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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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Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
210
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
32.75%
 
 
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 210
Photo of CrazyMike
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -25.1%
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 -28.9%
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 -19.5%
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 +9.1%
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 +2.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +3.1%
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 -24%
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 +38%
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 -6.6%
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 +11.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +15%
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 +15%
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 +4.5%
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 -10.8%
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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Photo of nokes
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes.

I've had this beer a number of times by now, mostly just out of the bottle. It's always been, well, fine, but nothing to look forward to. Time for a review.

Wow! Poured into a glass, this actually looks good! Really quite good! Foamy, rocky head; deep reddish-brown; light bubbles rising from halfway up the glass. Head dissipates to some modest lacing. Not bad at all.

Smells not too bad. Nutty, a bit earthy actually, and some deeper aromas too. Raisins, maybe? Did I just get a really good one, or what? It's nice.

Uh oh. That's about as far as it goes. The nuttiness is barely perceptible, there's some very light sweetness, and..uh..the depth is, well...not. That's just weird. Where do the smells come from?

Mouthfeel is thin and watery...there's nothing that pokes out, so it seems like someone took a balanced beer and watered it down.

And drinkability...well, somehow despite the wateriness, it manages to be sticky.

This is not an offensive beer; it just surprised me when I actually decided to think about it. Looks nice, smells nice, and it's probably an average beer tastewise, but I couldn't help feeling disappointed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, medium high carbonation, with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I actually really like this. It is a nice and smooth amber and could session it. I think it is the breweries best and think of it as a Canadian treat.

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Photo of berley31
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured with a small, off-white head, and a clear, amber-colored body... really, nothing special to look at. Nothing special to smell, either: light malt; what you would expect from a quickly-churned out amber. The body was light and texture thin, with average carbonation. Flavor was short-lived, lightly sweet. Not bad for Alexander Keith's, but not a good amber ale at all... just boring.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

473 mL (16 oz) can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber, crystal clear, with a moderate white head that sticks around briefly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain, very light leafy hops and a cooked veggie odour.

Mild sweet malt taste, followed by a slight corn, with a cooked veggie and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick and sticky, with very little carbonation. It's a bit too thin and watery.

Not even a middle-of-the-road amber, this beer is too sweet and sticky to be refreshing, but not robust either. Perhaps not overly offensive bit it's not a pleasure to drink. Avoid if possible.

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Photo of ffejherb
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 4/8/09.

A - Poured a dark amber/reddish copper color with half a finger of bubbly beige head that quickly dispersed into a patchy film and left very sparse lacing.

S - Faint caramel and grainy malts with a light floral hop presence. Pretty muted aroma overall.

T - Macro-esque flavor with grainy and generic malty notes paired with a subtle hop presence suggesting light floral notes. Finish is sweet with suggestions of bready malt.

M - Light bodied with a watery texture and prickly carbonation. Not very bitter, but rather quite sweet on the palate.

D - Pretty quaffable, but definitely not memorable at all. This is a very ho-hum red amber ale.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a beer stein.

Appearance - attractive maroon body with a light, foamy head that leaves lace.

Smell - tinny, hoppy, with leafy aroma. Not a whole lot else going on.

Taste - smooth, beckoning flavour with pretty minimal bitterness. Nice barley aftertaste felt on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability - not a bad choice for a session. The reality is that this beer ain't much, but it's enough.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Can is pretty generic, but pours with a solid finger and a half of head. Laces very well, and the head sustains itself decently. The beer itself is a dark reddish/brown color, as the name would expect it to be. Not many signs of carbonation, and while it is decently dark, I think I seem some odd particles in the beer, but it's too hard to tell.

Smell - Clear malt scent with slight nut like undertones. Much more pronounced after the beer has warmed up. Also catching quite a bit of bitter hops. Something is a bit off though, but frankly it's so slight it's not worth mentioning.

Taste - Not bad, but something's not right. Starts with some sweet grains and then hits you a bitter nut and malt mixture. Finishes with a sudden wave of bitter hops but has an almost plastic like taste to them. I highly suspect preservatives are at work here. Also a bit too bitter for my taste.

Mouthfeel - The hops are in no way tempered and far too sudden the that plastic aftertaste lingers for far too long. The carbonation seems only good at retaining the head as it has definitely lessened substantially halfway through the beer. Still that lack of carbonation seems to make the beer a bit more palatable.

Drinkability - If not for the aftertaste, this beer would be solid. Despite it not being my thing, I find myself wanting to finish it fairly quickly and it is quite light on the stomach.

Final Thoughts - Slightly bellow average offering to be frank. Honestly, this beer strikes me as a beer that was designed to people who were already sold on Keith's India Pale Ale and might want a slight change of pace. It clearly has that Keith's hop taste, and it's drinkable, but it leaves something to be desired. Maybe if I'm bored I'll try it again someday, but nothing special here.

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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