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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale AleAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale
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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale AleAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brad007 on 04-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Bierwolf:
Photo of Bierwolf
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass and achieved a thick1 finger head slightly off white in color. It made a fizzy sound like soda pop. Retained a little while leaving light lacing as it went away. Color was a clear light amber.

Smell: I definitely smelled more malt than hops. The hops were in the background producing a slight citrus aroma.

Taste: Again more malt than hops. The hops were there but the bitterness was mild. Slight citrus in the background.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied with a dry smooth finish. Here there is a slight aftertaste of hops. This is the only place that they make you notice them.

Overall: I was a bit surprised of the mildness of this beer. I was expecting a bigger hop presence but instead there was more malt. This is not a bad beer but it is not what I expected. I think that as an example of the style it is missing in the taste and aroma areas.

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Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: earthy hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, really sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Overall: An OK pale ale that is definitely more on the malty side. I miss some of the hops that I normally get with this style. I could have several if offered to me, but would just as easily pass.

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Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of mempath
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not as bad as i expected after seeing all those C scores...

sure, average appearance and nose...but the taste kicks up nicely with a biscuity malt presence, not overly sweet, small hop's the mouthfeel that saves it, allows the rather mellow notes present their best. i can live without a great appearance or nose...that of course makes a beer stellar, but this counts where it basically counts. good taste and mouthfeel. i can't slam it but i don't think i'll buy it again when we live in an age of unlimited choices with limited funds and time on earth...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle; code on neck label: 11096 BG86
$1.69 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

A: Clear, deep golden body beneath an average sized head of bright white. Head retention and lacing are average.

S: Grainy malt with a bit of sweetness and a touch of floral hops.

T: As the nose suggests, this is a fairly straightforward beer that balances its grainy and lightly sweet maltiness with a sprinkling of floral and grassy hops over a moderate bitterness. Some apple-like yeasty fruitiness is present as well. It finishes with a bit of residual malt sweetness that fades relatively quickly leaving a smattering of leafy and grassy hops behind.

M: Medium bodied with a gently crisp, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Consumed ice-cold it shows a little more balance; as it warms it becomes a touch sweet. The malt character is nice, and the hops are pleasant. It's fairly basic, but also readily accessible, giving it a good bit of drinkability for the mid-flavor market.

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Photo of tempest
2.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have to assume this beer is no way shape or form represents the pale ales of Nova Scotia. If it did, it implies the island has never heard of hops. For a cheap amber ale, the beer isn't bad - with only a hint of macro character. There's a basic caramel malt and bread crust taste and maybe, just maybe the slightest touch of earthy hops.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I see this is labeled as an American Pale Ale here on BA. Wasn't sure exactly what a Nova Scotia Style might imply, though a more British origin seemed likely. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle which bears reference to St. Louis, Mo. of all places. The pour is pretty clear with a touch of haze, and moderate to deep straw in color. A half inch of white cap offers some retention. Rather light in color and a but unassuming and with a light carbonation.

Aroma is all adjunct initially and smacks of a macro lager. It does open up pretty quickly, showing a largely neutral graininess. Touch of lemon and a caramel/berry flavor that seems a bit artificial. Hops are pleasant but quite light and of a citric design, as the fruity malt presence is more forward.

Flavor is light and somewhat thin up front with neutral grain/straw notes. This segues quickly to the odd caramel/berry that presented itself on the nose. This odd character does have a decent lingering presence yet is a bit too reminiscent of a wine cooler of yore. Body is thin and lager like but matches the design of the beer adequately. Overall an easy drinking and fruity Leinenkugel-esqe brew as for what I assume are additives/adjuncts/syrups. Not a bad experience but a bit tame in the bedroom.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours dark amber with tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, milk chocolate covered berries, and some biscuit. Taste is sweet malt and little hop bitterness. Thin bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish. Not bad, but I think its too sweet to be sessionable.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brwon 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is also malty, rather mild, for a pale ale the hops are really well hidden. Flavor is not offensive but somewhat boring. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 11097-BG-05. Sampled on April 29, 2011. Even though Keith's is from Nova Scotia, the label on these new Keith's Nova Scotia Style brews says St. Louis, Missouri. It pours golden yellow with a thin head. The aroma is pretty average but I get a halfway decent mixture of thin malts and thin hops and a little corn but the gut reaction is that this smells crisp and clean. OK body. The taste also combines a thin but reasonably well-balanced combination of malts, hops, and bread. It is refreshing in its own way and unoffensive.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mom got this for me in Fairfield.

Appearance- golden color, nice head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- malt, little bit of hops, light flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I would drink it again. Not too bad but I have had better.

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Photo of FatJesus
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden Color with litte head.

Smell is not impressive at all. Little citrus smell. Could have called this beer an ale. It does smell clean though.

Taste is ok. Again not any hop taste at all. Maybe i'm used to the ipa's but I am getting nothing. It is a refreshing ale though, nice and clean taste, finishing dry, maybe that's the hops. I found them.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Again maybe used to the bigger ipa's and can't enjoy this like it should be enjoyed but for me it is a session yard work beer.

Being from nova scotia but brewed in St.Louis. What's that a'boot

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Photo of DoubleMalt
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of hef
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Johnnyv310
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on a recent visit to Toronto. Not my favorite of the trip but considering how easy it was to get not bad.

Appearance was a light pale, very active carbonation but not much head to speak of.

Aroma was very light. More malt than hops but not a whole lot of anything.

Flavor as well was not outstanding. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit on the unremarkable side.

Overall I like this better than Molson but not much more than most other things.

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Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of wheat cracker malt. Hop is herbal and grassy to the nose. Smells clean just not real strong or complex.

Starts out malty and a little sweet with a faint bitter aftertaste. Not much flavor here just some malty and grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a dull ale. Doesn't taste bad, it mostly just doesn't taste.

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Photo of bmbarth44
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of cbutova
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a golden yellow hue into a pint glass with a small white head. Cap fizzes out fairly quickly and leaves a very thin cloud atop the beer. No lace.

S- Faint aroma with a light malt presence. A tiny bit of hops and fruit as well.

T- Very light flavor, even for an APA. Mostly just sweet light caramel malt. Finishes out with a slight fruit flavor and a small amount of herbal, grassy hops.

MF- Creamy body with high carbonation. Light bitterness.

As far as flavor goes, this one is lighter even for an APA. Just a light malt sweetness throughout.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of apples, citrus and caramel followed by some breadiness from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style worth drinking above this one.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first beer from this brewery...

Pours out heavily carbonated, white frothy head of about two fingers thick and retains decently. Body is copper in color and cleanly filtered.

Smells very metallic, like the inside of a rusty tin can. There are some nuances of wet cardboard mixed in with freshly cut lawn grass.

The taste is buttery, a little toffee, and maybe a bit leathery too. This seems a bit more on the English Pale Ale side, than an APA.

Feels medium to light in body, a bit wetting to the palate, and that's about it.

I figured by its position in the grocery store, this beer is in the same league as maybe Beck's and St Pauly's. Not a drain pour, but not something I'd purchase again.

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