Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale | Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop AleAlexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada
keiths.ca

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wordemupg on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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3
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15
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0
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Photo of garuda
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Average Pale Ale. Aroma actually has a nice noble hop profile - herbal, a little grassy. Taste goes south a bit though, a little watery mid-palate. Medium body, medium carbonation, but again, gets a little watery on the feel half way through. Looked interesting and I'd never heard of it before so I thought I'd give it a try. Not intrigued to get it again.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +52.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very clear golden, leaning to coppery color, and comes with plenty of bristly looking carbonation. The head is decent....patchy egg white colored and textured foam over the brew with some spots that are thinner and more big bubbly looking. Lacing doesn't exactly follow, as the thin wisps of soapy bubbles quickly slide back into the liquid, never to be seen again! After a couple of minutes I notice the carbonation settles down to a slower, finer pace....

S- I notice much more malt sweetness than the Hallertauer hop variety initially....caramel and/or toffee seems to be the dominant aroma happening. I also smell notes yeast and vanilla in the background, which in itself smells quite good, but its different than what the style would suggest and what I was expecting. The finish does have the hop bitterness but it's definitely not as strong or of the distinct character this variety usually brings in a Pilsener or similar...

T- Ahhh, now the hop character shows itself in flavor immediately, but again, it isn't nearly as powerful or distinct as I thought it would be....still very noticeable though. Balancing sweetness shows up on the palate too, with aforementioned notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla tasted....its actually quite malty! The finish is mostly hop bitterness which lingers on the palate during the break in between drinks.

M- This is a thin bodied beer with a touch of oiliness on my palate....perhaps this does lean a couple of points towards medium body but it's slight. The carbonation, as I thought on appearance, really does smooth out and it helps to bring out the overall flavor scheme. The malt sweetness and milder than expected bitterness actually provides for a refreshing mouthfeel!

O- I think this is very decent beer, even though I feel it could have been slightly better overall....would I buy this again....yes I would! It's not going to offend anyone, as it is balanced enough and perhaps would be a great starter for somebody looking to get into the APA style. The slightly higher than average 5.4% alc/vol is not noticed at all and it makes for a very nice summer refresher! I recommend giving this a try!

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper colour. It seems more golden like when it's held to the light. On top sits a finger of extremely thin, bright white head, wich dissipates quickly.

Smell - Some caramel/crystal malts which comes as a pleasant surprise. The hallertauer hops are definitely there...and actually pleasantly understated.

Taste - Caramel malts are evident instantly. The hallertauer hops follow this towards the middle, bringing with it some grass and grains, light spices and a very mild bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, maybe even low. Medium, smooth body.

Overall - 3.5/5

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Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer may be part of Alexander Keith's Hop Series, but it has an appearance that showcases malt; the caramel-coloured body has a hard copper complexion and plenty of golden highlighting. Its clarity is in inverse proportion to its head retention - 100% for the former, 0% for the latter. Not even swirling can generate any foam.

I'm happy to finally see a large commercial brewery actively encourage consumers to pour the beer into a glass. Only problem is that their suggested serving temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is way too cold to properly appreciate any beer's aroma. Whatever. You're not missing much anyway. It's more toffee-sweet than anything; the hoppiness, curiously, is downplayed.

That being said, there are floral and mildly herbal elements afoot. They are more pronounced on the palate though there, too, the sweeter, slightly caramelly malt holds more sway. A lingering toastiness crowds out most of the delicate minty and lemony notes. No doubt this is hoppier than Keith's so-called "IPA" but, let's be real, that's not saying much.

Hallertauer hops are typically used in German lagers and, indeed, this crisp, natural-tasting maltiness and unembellished hop profile resembles something like, say, a Vienna lager more than it does a pale ale or IPA (which, in fairness, this doesn't claim to be). As a simple quaffing ale I don't mind this at all - it's infinitely better than anything else in Keith's usual portfolio.

Hallertauer isn't the sexiest hop out there; I think even if Alexander Keith's brewed this ale with all the Hallertauer hops this side of Bavaria anyone who's not a lifetime drinker of mainstream lagers would likely still not find it hoppy enough (relative to a recipe that overloads on C-hops for example). Shortcomings aside, this is a huge leap in the right direction.

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Photo of RefillMyglass
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
3.27 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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