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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale | Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale
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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Barraclou on 03-17-2006

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of SebD
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear amber colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of bready/grainy malts with slight caramel and some light grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy taste with some light caramel and light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavours and aromas.

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Photo of Converge
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - One finger of fluffy, light-beige head after a gentle pour. Deep amber red hue sits below a decently retained head. Doesn't look half bad. Impressive lacing for a Keith's brew.

S - Bready grains and light caramel malt. A light earthy, grassy aroma lingers in the background.

T - For a split second I thought I tasted a well hopped ale as the brew started off, only to have it finish with a slightly sour, metallic grain finish. Way too close to a macro-lager in this department to be considered an amber ale. And while this is a clear step up from most fizzy, golden-yellow lagers, it doesn't really do anything for me.

M - Little carbonation with a fairly thin body. Could be worse. Dries my mouth out by the end.

D - It sort of irks me that Keith's try to market their beers as real craft beers, yet their catalog seems to be filled with watery brews that are only a minor step up from boring macro-lagers. This ale is alright, and I'd take it over a gross Corona or something any day, but this really isn't anything special.

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Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always maintained that big, commercial breweries would make great consultants for the cosmetic industry - the way they can use adjuncts, chemicals, stabilizers, etc. to make a beer so bland look so attractive must surely be useful to the people at L'Oreal or Yves Saint Laurent. This clear, sparkling, candy-apple red offering would make a fine spokesperson.

Keith's Red Amber smells nothing like an amber ale should, but I'm somewhat impressed that it at least doesn't smell foul. Most Labatt brands - and Alexander Keith's IPA chief among them - reveal in their aroma alone that their brewers have stooped to using adjuncts and hurrying the brew process. To its one and only credit, Keith's Red Amber at least smells neutral.

Being 'neutral' isn't normally a quality worth commending, especially not for a style that can boast the richest maltiness, the most resinous hop profiles and, in the best examples, the operative balance between the two. But the fact that this one lacks a cloying corn syrup feature almost makes up for the fact that it also lacks the other two features just mentioned.

Given its colour, I keep expecting to taste *some* degree of malt flavour or sweetness, but it's as if I had a cold. I reckon this has less flavour than Keith's IPA and while less of a bad thing is good, more of a good thing would have been better. This is so plain so as to be utterly unrecognizable from even the most average amber ale. This is like drinking stale lager.

Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale is by no means offensive like the Alexander Keith's IPA, but it's equally as pathetic an example of the style it claims to be. If you came looking for rich, caramelly maltiness and/or pine-y hop zest, you've come to the absolute wrong place. If you're content drinking something that tastes virtually like nothing, pony up.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear reddish brown colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for close to 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, an earthiness, breads/grains, dark fruits, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels kind of thin. I can taste malts mixed with grains and an earthiness. There are also notes of dark fruits and butterscotch. It finishes with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Well, it's one of the better beers I've had from this brewer.. but that still isn't saying a whole lot. It's drinkable, but nothing something I'd buy again.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This seems to be a staple at local pubs. I've had a bunch of other keith's brews, and have yet to be impressed.

Pours a clear reddish amber colour (go figure?). Almost no head to speak of.

The aroma is faint. Kind of grainy. Also faintly metallic or chemical.

Taste is weak. Slightly sour, but some nice malty notes come out towards the end and stick around.

Really heavily carbonated, and thin.. Not my thing.

I wouldn't turn this beer down, but I'm definitely not seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of marty21
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: It's a clear amber with a small off white head. Settles to a solid cap and left a lot of lacing all over the glass.

S: Not much there for aroma. A little bit of sweet malt but pretty faint.

T: It has a caramel malt flavor that's very sweet. There's a faint grainy aftertaste.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: Not much to say about this beer. It's not bad at all but it's nothing that will blow your socks off. It would be a refreshing session beer. At least Alexander Keith's got the correct style name for this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and grass, about what I expect from a red ale. The flavor is more of the same. I get some toffee, grass and some grain notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much to say about this beer. There is nothing really wrong with it, but there is not too much going on either. Not one I would try again, but not something I regret trying.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish-amber appearance with minimal head. Smell is sweet and slightly malty.

Taste is overwhelmed by bitterness, it is a bit sweet and picked up some floral hops, but overall watery. Body is light with high carbonation. As for the aftertaste, once the bitterness is gone, it is mostly dry.

Overall, a very mediocre Red Ale. At first I was surprised Keith's made anything besides IPA, and I suggest Keith's fans stick to IPA over this.

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Photo of kwjd
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright red colour without any head (or it completely dissipated by the time the waitress brought this to my table). No lacing on the glass. Smells of some mild sweet caramel added to a macro lager. Flavour has a bit of sweetness, almost no bitterness, pretty bland. Carbonation was quite prickly, which wasn't expected since it had no head. I'm pretty sure this only exists so they can have an alternative to Rickard's Red, though it falls way short of mediocre.

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Photo of DrJay
2.04/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear red/amber with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles topping the beer. A bit of lace, fair head retention. It doesn't smell very good, sour with some fruit and grain aromas. The flavour's a bit better, but still not great. Sweet with very low bitterness, fruity and grainy for the most part. Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, a bit of dryness. I won't be going back to this one.

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Photo of BruChef
2.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at a Jays game at Rogers Center. Appearance was dark red/brown with a decent head that diminished after about a minute. Smelled somewhat of caramel and light cereal. Taste was bland, unbalanced and lacking somehow in both malt and hop flavor although the hops were just a little more prevalent than the malt. Reminded me of miller light with food coloring added except you could taste the food coloring too. mouth feel was light and luckily easy enough to slug down during a hot day at the ball park. Would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at a local pub in Kingston.

A: Clear amber color with a decent head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma slightly sweet, not much else.

T: Had a mild sweetness and fairly clean finish.

M: Light body, smooth with some carbonation.

D: Decent beer, good for a couple.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from a sampler case, containing three of their brews.

Appropriately enough, it pours a copper-amber colour, generating a thin head with decent retention. It looks pretty inviting, to say the least. The aroma is sweet and malty but I can't put my finger on any specific odours.

The taste is similar to the smell - smooth, caramel malt, and rather sweet. A brief bitter hop bite at the start of the sip. A little nondescript I suppose, but nothing offensive. The carbonation is a bit high for my liking, but this is a pretty minor complaint. Mouthfeel is watery, but this is a Keith's we are talking about here so that's pretty much par for the course. It's light and tasty enough that I don't think I would have much trouble throwing back a few of these.

Everything about this beer is moderate. It's moderately tasty, and the flavours are generic and subdued. I have no strong feelings either way on this one, it's a decidedly average beer. I can't see myself going out of the way to pick up more of this, but it's certainly better than their flagship IPA.

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Photo of orcasteve
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thers nothing special about this one, this is thin and watery, their is a dry malty flavor up front and a light kiss of hops that are citrusey and week at best. the hops are the one thing that i like in this one. i could drink a few of these on a hot sumer day but i wont go out of my way to get more but i would drink one if it were offered to me

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Photo of keithmurray
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at a rib joint in MOntreal

Poured a copper red color with fluffy tan head

aroma was a bit malty, caramel

flavor - malts, caramel

mouthfeel - watery, light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not very complex

drinkability - these go down quickly

a decent beer, not really anything special but not bad either.

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Photo of Sammy
2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bugsby's in St. Catherines. A little cheesy aroma, reddish brown colour, a lot of white foam. Malty, a tad of bitterness. The smallest amount of toasted malt. Drinkable, but not something to seek out.DRying, average mouthfeel.Taste is not that complex, weak for style.

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Photo of prosper
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice brilliantly clear amber/red with a decent head.

Smells faintly of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is thin and sharp - slight caramel, but nothing really substantial, and not much else going on the malt side. More bitterness than I'd expect, but no real hop flavour. Finishes dry.

Very light mouthfeel.

I don't know what this beer is trying to be. It's like a light lager that sort of wants to bean amber, but in reality - just has a little food colouring in it. It's a feeble attempt, and ultimately, very unsatisfying.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CANned beer from CANada in support of the CANQuest! CAN you believe it?!?

My pour created a lovely two fingers' worth of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lovely deep amber with ruby highlights, in fact closer to deep red than amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight tang along with its malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a raspberry-like sweet/tart flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, still sweet-tart, very tasty. Decent lacing throughout. Frankly, I really liked this and would definitely set some room aside in my cooler for it, if I could get it regularly.

From the CAN: "Using only the finest ingredients, Alexander Keith brewed slowly, carefully, taking the time to get it right. Today, we still brew his Family of Fine Beers his way, only in Nova Scotia. Those who like it, like it a lot."

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Photo of Otterburn
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: the color of the brew is red,amber so it say on the label..with a small offwhite head that almost dissapeared

Smell: not much smell. maybe a little bit of sweet

Taste: some weak bitter taste in someways, plain

mouthfeel: watery, small body

drinkability: alright with chips,crips, whatever you can eat with it to had some flavors..

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Photo of jhall00
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the Keith's that I have had (IPA, Red, and Dark), this is the best so far.

A- Red/amber beer with decent head and carbonation

S- slightly floral and malty

T- Hints of nuts and floral, but no real maltiness

M- thin and watery, true to Keiths

D- a decent average beer, not true to style

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can I bought at LCBO at Ossington and Bloor last trip to Toronto.

Looks a dark reddish amber, appropriately named. Thick, foamy head that clears quickly, but leaves a small bit behind.

Smells very slightly floral, very faintly though. I had to almost stick my nose in the beer to get a sniff.

Tastes slightly oaky, with distinct hop notes. Not much grain presence. Feels a bit light in the mouth.

Not exceptional, but not bad. I still like the original Kieth's more, but this is a good alternative.

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Photo of eth916
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

Appearance - Large foamy head that unfortunately subsides rather quickly.

Smell - Toasted Malt and hops

Taste - Slightly bitter to start and ends with a mild/sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Feels a little over-carbonated and rough on the tongue at times.

Drinkability - Not a horrible Amber, Not a great Amber. Would not hesitate to drink again in the future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at an Irish bar in Toronto. As with other Alexander Keith's beers that I've had this was unimpressive. It might be the best of the buch so far but still, pretty mediocre. The beer is clear, dark red or mild brown color, 1 finger of foam. The smell is malty sweet, not unlike Killians. Taste is likewise pretty close to Killians, balanced more or less, bitter hops and caramel malts. Drinkable red ale, not horrible, not great though.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into Ok Springs glass sept7 2009

A a clear reddish amber with a one finger head that falls fast and leaves no lace

S sweet grains and mild caramel

T a little sweeter then it smells but nothing special nor offensive

M good carbonation and smooth enough

D about as average as they come, grab a pint when your looking at all the big Canadian brands and nothing else

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Photo of biggred1
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small creamy eggshell head that leaves a touch of lace behind. The nose is very faint and subdued some light toasted malt and just the faintest suggestion of spice. Mild sweet malty flavors with just the faintest suggestion of hops for balance. The mouthfeel is very similar to a diet coke, watery with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not much going on with this one.

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