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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

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Added by Barraclou on 03-17-2006

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled a pint on tap at the Black Swan in Calgary. The color is not good, a murky root beer-like brown with bronze highlights, none of the rich ruby red character one should get in well-executed examples of the style. Aroma was the expected coarse grain and light grape character one gets in many macro-brewed ales (and lagers ... One could certainly be forgiven for assuming this was a cold-fermented brew without prior knowledge of its ale designation). Maybe a hint of butterscotch as well. Palate is similarly uninspired although to be honest I expected this to taste worse based on the visual and olfactory assessment. Light brown sugar (very light) with bread-like malts winking in and out, unripe pears or apples, cherry chewing gum, not super sweet and even a tad tangy, but with no hop aroma or flavor to speak of. Overly carbonated, which mutes the already subtle flavors, thin-bodied and featuring some husky notes in the finish (and again, no hops to speak of). Not worth trying in my view, although I'd drink this before its pale "IPA" stablemate.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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1/5  rDev -65.9%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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1.3/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is quite possibly the saddest excuse of a red ale I have ever had in my life. It was dark and appealing upon pouring.

The taste? There was no taste. It tasted like someone dumped food coloring in a Bud Light in an attempt to pass it off as a red ale. I'd have a coke next time instead if offered this.

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5/5  rDev +70.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev +36.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev +36.5%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820 and is therefore one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is owned by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Keith's produces an India Pale Ale, Red Amber Ale, Premium White, Light Ale, and Keith's Dark Ale previously known as Stag's Head Stout for Canadian beer drinkers. Keith's also produces its Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Nova Scotia Style Lager, and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale for the US market. Keith's has also produced a Harvest Ale, and Tartan Ale as seasonal brews.

On this occasion we sampled Keith's Red Amber Ale which is 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

This is a great looking ale which pours a beautiful mahogany colour, with about 2 centimeters of off white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some lacing down the glass. There isn't much of an aroma to it, just a faint sweet malt. The Red Amber Ale ("RAA") is lightly carbonated with a light/medium body. The taste is respectable with a slightly sweet malt coming through and a clean finish. In all, there is certainly nothing offensive about RAA, but aside from the beautiful colour, nothing to really distinguish it either. I would certainly drink it again, but there's just not enough here to elevate it into the ranks of my favourites.

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +28%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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