Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale | Alexander Keith's

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

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ktrillionaire on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 87
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Bready, estery nose
Pours a nice clear chestnut brown with a 2" finely bubbled persistent off-white head
The palate offers rich malt flavors with a little caramel. the esters on the nose do not show up on the palate. It is a touch sweet and a touch light on hops.
Medium body and carbonation - a fairly medium beer.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A Canadian beer brewed in St Louis

A- Clear chestnut brown. Two finger tan head that fades fast into a foamy ring.

S- Very sweet. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. No detectable nutty notes.

T- A lot like the smell, Very sweet. Too sweet for my tastebuds, esp for a brown ale IMO

M- Full bodied. Very smooth.

O- Not undrinkable, but way to sweet for my liking. Probably the sweetest brown ale I have ever had. Would have liked more dryness and some nutty, toasted malt notes.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one at the House of 1,000 for a dollar.

A - Pours a nice clear ruby brown color but head is minimal and reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell is mild yet sweet with toasted nuts, bread crusts, overripe banana, and a touch of caramel.

T - Well it's much better than their pale ale but still a very lackluster brown. Mild if any nuts or toasted bread, very little brown malt, and an over sweetened finish that doesn't seem to save the overall beer. And I love sweet. Damn...

M - Light to medium it's really thin for a brown ale.

Overall not something to get even for a dollar. Look for better brown ales.

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Photo of wcdoyle
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this a bit too sweet to enjoy more than one. I wanted to like it, but there are "better" browns out there. The mouthfeel is a bit unctuous, and then I was left with am overly saccharin sweetness. Felt carbonation was on the low side.

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Photo of Offa
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red brown, med-big tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is caramelized toasted barley, bread crust, hints of wood and nut.

Taste is similar to aroma, lightly on the sweet side with very light but noticeable toasty-woody-peppery bitterness and a light winy hint. It is fairly simple and a bit sweet perhaps, but has good well-rounded character and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of wac9
4.66/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

what a wonderful brown ale got back into brown ales again so i like it what a great pour it looks great in a glass , nice brown color its gooes down smooth a little after taste but i cant say anything bad about this beer only good stuff , yum no other words can i say i said taste its mighty fine it smells evxellant and a great mouth full

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Alex has moved to St. Louis, no longer that oddball cult IPA that many have talked about. Intensely sweet, a bit off-kilter but still resists being undrinkable. Some dryness would help a lot, and more depth is needed in the malt department, as that sweetness stays around.

LOOK: Chestnut brown

SMELL: Sweet, caramel, brown sugar, hermit cookies, herbal hop

TASTE: Full bodied, smooth, very sweet, toasted grain, caramel, nou- gat, cake batter, mild bitterness

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Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think its one of the best bang for your buck six packs you can pick up at your local store. Just rich flavor very smooth, you can't wait to open another. No it can't beat the $15 4-6 packs in quality or taste, but it can hold its own against the usual six pack. Before I moved on to bigger beer distributors I always came back to the keiths at my local beer deli.

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Photo of Brewin
1.38/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: This beer has a nice amber color to it. I would not consider this to be a brown ale. Slight head retention.

Smell: Sweet butterscotch.

Taste: Malts, nothing else. No hops were added to this beer. If you like the taste of malty soda this is the beer for you.

Mouthful: Syrup thickness at first with a watery fell to it.

Overall: The price of the beer was decent, but I would rather drink a Budweiser than this beer. This beer had no hop flavor. I couldn't tell if it was a beer. I couldn't compare this to any brown ale I have ever had. Was this suppose to be compare to the north or south of England?

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Photo of RedBiddy
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's appeared in the cooler of my local Plaid Pantry. I had a choice of Pale Ale or Brown Ale. I chose the brown. It was inexpensive and my wallet was thin. Didn't have high expectations but was pleasantly surprised! Good pour, OK head and average to thin lacing. Typical brown ale color. The taste and mouthfeel is what surprised me. Sweet hazelnuts and as smooth as Michael Jordan's head with Brylcream. Good carbonation...not excessive. WAY better than Newcastle or many local browns I've had. Solid but lacks the complexity of better browns I've had.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up over at New Beer Distributors in New York last week. I had never seen this before and I had no idea that this beer was from Saint, Nova Scotia. Regardless of that, this was cheaply priced and I didn't expect much from this. While this beer didn't blow me away, I thought it was a decent Brown Ale and deserved a higher rating that it received on here. This was well-balanced, enjoyable, and had just enough flavor in it to slowly savor.

The pour to this was good, wish a nice and deep brown hue and decent lacing to match. As to be expected, this tasted like a Brown Ale with a roasted undertone and caramel notes. This reminded me a bit more of a Scotch Ale though, since it was sticky, cloying, and had a hint of peat in it as well. The aftertaste was a bit tingly and this could have been carbonated just a bit less. It went down easy but never felt watered-down at all.

Even though I only had one in a sitting, this would be easy to curl up with on a cool night and enjoy one after the other. The alcohol couldn't be felt and this reminded me of one of those hard candies that come individually wrapped in clear plastic. This beer won't knock anyone's socks off but I found it enjoyable and accessible and once in a while, it's nice to have something like this that I can just crack open and relax to.

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Photo of cbutova
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Random mix a six pick.

A- Poured into a pint glass with a brown colored body. One finger light tan head forms and has decent retention. Just a few lace spots.

S- Hard to pick up much. With my biggest sniffs I get a laid back brown sugar, nutty malt profile.

T- Relaxed brown ale with a sweet, nutty, brown sugar and slight roast malt profile. Buttery feel and some notes of dark fruit, bread and grain.

MF- Silky and creamy light brown ale body with a good moderate carbonation level. Oily and slightly bitter.

Definitely on the lighter brown ale side but not bad. Aroma was pretty much non existent and I would say it is just a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Gmann
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tight, creamy off-white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of toasted grains and a raisin/oxidized scent. Not really what I was expecting for a brown ale. Not really much going on here.

The taste is of a bready malt, light toast with some honey sweetness. Not as grainy as in the aroma. However the oxidized notes are still there. There is a fairly strong raisin/prune flavor which is odd for an american brown ale.

The feel is very light, almost watery, with very fizzy carbonation. It drinks easy due to this. Sweet overall on the palate.

The aroma is off, the flavors not quite there and the body is very thin. Doesn't really live up to the style. Plus the oxidized flavors appear to be a flaw.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"A Keith's Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO". And I thought I was getting the true version made in Nova Scotia. Perhaps that partly explains the $1.29 pricetag for a bottle, versus the $12 six-pack price it runs in Canada. Regardless, it will be my first run-in with the brand in almost 4 years. On to the beer:

Very dark brown colored, almost black even. The head is an inch thick, and settles to a creamy lace. Good lacing sticks around the glass. The nose has some goodies and a considerable pitfalls. Goodies include oatmeal raisin cookies and toasted bread crust. The pitfall being a moderate cardboard aroma.

More or less balanced between interesting flavors and flavors that I don't really care for. Maple, figs, and raisin are all appealing, the husky grain, modest cardbaord, and a subtle solvent alcohol I don't really care for. It is a medium bodied beer, with some snappy carbonation which slowly reduces in snap.

Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale isn't a world beater, but it sure is a lot closer to being a brown ale than its popular stablemate "India Pale Ale" is to being an India Pale Ale. Perhaps worth a try, given it's not a total abomination.

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Nice hazy dark caramel brown pour with a half finger of tan head that receded quickly.

S – Caramel malt. Not much else.

T – An odd type of sweetness to start. Almost a stale biscuit follows. Trace bitterness.

M – Light bodied with medium to good carbonation.

O – Not much to speak of here. Really not that great of a brew. Not unpleasant or a drainpour but not worth it. Leaves a stale flavor in the mouth. No more for me.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a chocolate-brown, has a thick foamy head that leaves lacing. Medium-thin mouthfeel, average level of carbonation. A bit bland, just has a lot of sweetness to it, some caramel and raisin taste like Spaten Optimator, but highly drinkable, seems light-bodied. Nothing special, a decent beer at $7.49 for a six-pack. I'd buy it again, but it isn't impressive.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear brown color. Head is quite small but holds firm at a slick.
S- The smell is a bit weak. Browned biscuit and a fruity caramel aroma.
T- A bit more here. It leans toward toasted biscuity flavors, but there is a caramel flavor as well. Not complex, but fairly tasty.
M- Smooth but there is not much body to it at all. Needs a bit more substance.
O- A fair to middling brown ale that is approachable, but not all that exciting. Went down easy enough with the burger.

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Photo of drpimento
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With a relatively aggressive pour a small, light tan head that quickly settled down to a thin light cover and a little bit of lace. Color is a clear, dark brown with red orange notes. Aroma is malt, marshmallow, caramel. Flavor isn't as good as nose, basically some neutral sweetness with a hint of caramel and a bit of bitter and tang. Body is on the thin side and carbonation is a little crisp. Finish is on the short side and since it's like flavor, not much there. I'll finish this one and no more.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Vinny. Always comes through with beer for a bike ride, race, or weekend.

Poured into a pint, the body is a garnet brown whose clarity is crisp and clean. Thin and fizzy head that disappears quickly reaches about a cm in total height, mainly as a result of the pour.

The aroma is fair...sweet and somewhat fruity, there are some caramel notes in there, as well. A touch of grainy biscuit malt rounds it out. The flavor is more sweet and fruity than anything else, though there are still hints of caramel. My overall impression is overripe apple and pear, mixed with some cidery esters as well. This tastes a bit like a Mr. Beer experiment.

Easy to drink, but a bit too thin and a touch overcarbonated, this is a fine beer for a fall barbecue, but I would not recommend picking this up...there are far better brown ales out there.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber-brown color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of faint roasted malt. The taste has some mild caramel notes to it with a faint hint of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of Swim424
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into anchor bar glass.

A-very deep amber up to light. but basically brown/black when not up to light. looks very good. almost no head though.

S- smells decent. nutty. not much else comes to mind.

T- nuts. cant put my finger on it. not much hops. nothing exceptional.

MF- smooth. not much to it.

O-just tastes of some nuts and other malts. cant really find the words to describe. i wouldnt reccomend it for its price. but Im also not much of a brown ale fan.

Im reviewing this real quick because the taste hit me. its like a nutty mocha. thats how I would describe this.

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Photo of soju6
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Malty aroma of caramel, maple and some spicey sweetness.

T: Sweet flavor of caramel, maple and some toffee. No real bitterness and a finish that is a bit sweet and sticky.

O: Fairly medium body, smooth but a bit too sweet to enjoy. Needs more character not sweetness.

O: Not what I look for in a Brown Ale.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of their varieties I've tried this is the best so far. Poured a 2" mocha head. Clear but dark burnt umber brown body. It had almost no smell cold and only malt when warmer. Taste has a hint of porter to it with coffee and roasted malt. There's an acidic zing to the finish. I could drink a pack of this, yes.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly transparent birch colored. lack of head

S-roasted barley and honey. pretty sugary. some maple. light strength

T-comes in with a taste of sweet barley and brown sugar that comes in fairly strong but quickly turns in to just brown sugar. fairly bitter,

M-bitter medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-its too oddly sweet...or something. its not easy to finish to be honest...even for a whole 12ounces.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light brown, well carbonated, lively looking. Off-white head, gives a few streaks of lacing.

S: Plastic, caramel malt, mixed nuts.

T: Mild malt sweetness, a hint of cooked apples. Rather nutty, pecan tasting. Odd plastic taste, but enjoyable.

M: Maybe a touch over-carbonated, fairly light body.

O/D: It's a decent English Brown, for a low price. Easy to put down, appealing flavors.

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