Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale
Alexander Keith's

Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop AleAlexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Avg:
3.2 | pDev: 15.31%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
144
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Alexander Keith's
 
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop AleAlexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale
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Reviews by biegaman:
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a caramel amber colour. This is a far more typical complexion for an IPA than standard Keith's usual watery yellow. Finally someone at the brewery got the memo! To boot, it's got clarity, shine, bubbles and good head retention - as far as being taken seriously as an IPA, this passes the first test...

And the second. The bouquet features toasty caramel malt, florals, and a breezy spritz of citrus. It is very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-esque. Swirling brings about a sweeter, heavier toast as well as more bitter, pithy hop notes though it is, on the whole, only mildly aromatic. Still, what's there is good (and what's even better is what's not there: stinky corn adjuncts!)

The taste is also mild, though pleasant, and ends with a satisfying combination of nutty-sweet malt, light citrus zest and faint tree resins. The hoppiness is a bit too mellow for concrete flavours of grapefruit or orange to really develop, though it maintains a citrusy air throughout. I'm surprised by how ample the malt is; it is relatively substantial for a commercial ale.

The bitterness is neither too little to disgruntle the average hop-head nor too much to offend the average mainstream drinker; a good balance is found between malt and hop, resulting in a very approachable beer. While I (like I imagine most craft drinkers) find it a bit dull for my tastes, at least the delightful floral and citrus qualities of the Cascade hops can be fully appreciated.

Alexander Keith's IPA is an IPA in name only. It is also my lowest rated beer and, baring a recipe change as well as public apology and reparations from the brewery, this is likely never to change. But this offering, indeed the whole Hop Series, shows that large commercial breweries don't have to be the enemy of integrity. Both craft beer and neoclassical economics advocates can rejoice - consumer tastes demanded this, the market supplied it. This is progress.

Mar 30, 2013
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slitherySOB from Canada (ON)

2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Well, it's more of an IPA than the original Keith's. I'll give it that. Pours a decent golden colour with a thick white head that dissipates a little slower than the average swill. Smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange rind and bread. Not that bitter smelling. Tastes... Not that bad. More bitter and citrusy than the scent would have you believe. Starts of caramel and bready, which quickly turns into citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, ruby orange peel. For a mass produced product, this is pretty damn decent. I'd drink it again. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and somewhat creamy.

Sep 29, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with non-descript caramel malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by light citrus hoppy notes with some medium sweet caramel malt notes. Body is lighter then average with good carbonation. This one is definitely lacking character.

Jun 03, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A reasonable effort by Keiths, but like all of their specialty beers, something dumbed down for the masses and lacking any genuine character.

Pours a moderate head on a clear amber brew. Reasonably long-lived with some lace.

Aroma is hoppy, but really lacking in the punch you normally expect from a Cascade brew. Some grapefruit, some malt, some bread. It just plain doesn't grab you, but it's better than you're typical macro. Slightly thin body, some bitterness to finish. Despite this, would probably rate as something radical to someone with an uneducated beer palate.

S'ok, but won't blow you away.

Apr 28, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit better than expected, from LCBO. Some orange hop flavour, not much, but enough to make it somewhat drinkable. Orange coloured body, not much head. Some orange citrus aroma.A tad thin and more carbonated than of course necessary. Still an upgrade on macro brewing.

May 26, 2013
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried a draft sample, this is more what an IPA should be.

Slightly orange color, white foam, decent retention with thin lace sheet. Some smell of citrus hops, along with the same orange, grapefruit taste. Body is a bit thin and highly carbonated.
A bit better than expected, for sure more flavorful and therefore more drinkable than regular Keith's.

Must find a can before it's gone.

May 04, 2013
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with a billowy head.

S - Nose has some hops but not a big grapefruitiness I would expect. Smells a bit sweeter with some lemon/citrus, floral notes and some fruit.

T - Not a huge hop presence although a good deal more than a regular keith's... There's some light toast, ok bitterness and a fairly solid balancing sweetness. Fairly fruity.

M - Moderate body. Good carbonation level - not too much, not too little.

D - Solid quaffing ale that falls short of a 2nd tier brew. It's ok for everyday drinking and accessible.

May 16, 2013
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass.

Clear, pale copper in colour. 1/4 inch off-white head on the pour dissolves to a thin ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is all citrus hops. Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. Perhaps some orange in there. Pretty much no malt balance.

Flavour matches the aroma. Lots of citrus hops flavour, mildly bitter with little to no malt backbone. Jsut enough to give it some colour.

Medium-to-light bodied with a bit of a harsh mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is the same as most macro produced north american lagers.

This was better than I expected, but a ways away from being a solid IPA. Probably the best labatt product out there and good for them for even trying something like this.

Jul 22, 2013
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

2.24/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper colour, large off-white head. Mediocre retention, no lace. Mild grapefruit and floral aromatics. Light toasty malt character, very faint citrus flavour in the finish. Low bitterness that still comes across harsh on the palate. Light-bodied with restrained carbonation. Feels thin and a little watery, especially when taken in concert with it's anemic flavour. Where the Hallertau Hop Ale at least manages to deliver an easily perceived hop character, this Cascade Hop version almost completely fails.

Apr 11, 2013
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Mit from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a rapidly dissipating head...

Definite grapefruit smell in the bouquet....very nice....not a big hint of sweetness to balance but there was some..

Okay this is what Keiths should taste like...LOL...this or the other one....LOL. Def cascade hops...more malt than the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel is typical of the alcohol content.

Overall this is so much better than regular keiths and I'm happy that they decided to cash in on the craft beer "fad"

Apr 20, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; served ice cold. Probably one of the only macro 'faux-craft' beers I've ever known about ahead of its release; I love me some hops and I am really hoping that Labatt has actually made a hoppy session ale that will be affordable, decent, and widely-available.

Pours a clear orange-amber colour; highly effervescent, and topped with about one finger of frothy, creamy white head that manages to hold itself together for a few minutes. Eventually it wilts completely, leaving a smattering of lacing behind on the glass. A fairly attractive beer, with an enjoyable aroma to accompany it - with the Cascade hops providing a clean, citrusy feel that provides the majority of the aroma. There's a weak hint of caramel malts, but for the most part it's all lemon and grapefruit citrus, all the time. Not bad, but not imaginative.

The same could certainly be said of the taste, which, although not very interesting by the standards of the style, is still probably the closest thing to an "IPA" that the Keith's brand has ever produced. Starts off with some light pale malt and caramel sweetness, leading into some crisp lemon zest, leafy hop notes and a clean finish lightly brushed with hop resins. The grapefruit that I picked up on the nose is nowhere to be seen on the palate. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a crisp, clean mouthfeel that works nicely with the zesty features of the hop bill. Extremely drinkable, and tasty enough to make consuming this an enjoyable prospect, rather than simply a vector for the facilitation of drunken shenanigans.

Final Grade: 3.41, a B-. Easily one of the best Keith's 'specialty brews' I've yet tried, Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a good beer, but it still isn't the kind of stuff that is going to blow away most BAs. Most of us have had enough IPAs to be familiar with the intense flavours and aromas that this style is capable of generating. Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a restrained, almost benign sort of IPA - but rather than starting a rant as to whether this is actually an IPA, an APA, or something else, I'll simply focus on what the brewer did properly here. This is a well put-together beer by macro standards, one that showcases a few nuances of Cascade hop flavours without smacking you in the face with a burlap sack full of the stuff. I'd buy this again, but at this price point it's probably not too difficult to find something slightly better from an independent brewer. I prefer the Hallertauer variant over this one, but either one would do in a pinch.

Apr 06, 2013
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nickfl from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 31, 2014
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev -6.3%

May 04, 2013
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BrewQuest from North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Sep 23, 2014
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Dec 09, 2014
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a very clear coppery color, that has tinges of red and orange in it. The head is quite nice looking too, being quite thick but it isn't dense or anything....it is an off white color. Lacing could use some work, as thin wisps of foam quickly slink back into the liquid. There appears to be heavy carbonation rising at a rapid rate too....very much like the other Hop Series brew.

S- The cascade hop aroma is noticeable, but not super powerful or anything and it is the dominant aroma as well. Behind this, I notice refreshing, slightly citrusy malt sweetness....caramel/toffee and perhaps some vanilla bean. The finish is clean and of fresh hop cones.

T- The flavors follow the aromas quite closely, with the dominant flavor being of zesty Cascade hops. There is some balancing malty sweetness noted as well, with toasty caramel or molasses tasted. The finish is clean, refreshing and mildly bitter...the bitterness lingers on the palate for awhile after the swallow.

M- Thin bodied but full of flavor and the carbonation really mellows out after ten minutes or so, providing a richer, creamy beer that almost lingers towards medium bodied. The character of the beer bursts onto the palate rather well and while refreshing, is smooth at the same time.

O- I like this one....I don't think quite as much as the other brew in this series to date, but that's my personal taste....not a reflection of the beer itself. It definitely shows a good example of the style and hop itself, is rather well balanced, the alcohol is noticeable to a very small degree but doesn't offend, and I feel this is a good summertime refresher. I would buy this again in the future and recommend anybody to give it a try!

Aug 06, 2013
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deleted_user_127363 from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

May 18, 2013
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

473ml can
5.5% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
April 4, 2013
The beer pours a golden-red colour with a very thin tan coloured ring for a cap. There is definitely the citrusy notes of the cascade hops, as well as some weak caramel notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour doesn't live up to the aroma. Some weak hoppy grapefruit notes mixed in with the infamous dishsoap notes. Better than their flagship IPA, but still 'crafty' as opposed to 'craft'

Jun 08, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle. Nice to see that they've added a pry-off cap to their current single-hop bandwagoneering. My somewhat raw hand was expecting otherwise.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, caked foamy off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of sea-foam lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of slightly sour, mildly toasted grainy malt, musty florals, jumpy citrus peel, an absence of any corn or rice nastiness, but an unfortunate ascendance of a phenolic fruitiness, which lends easy thoughts of bottom shelf, Minhas territory chemical gunk - oooh, so close. The taste is grainy, bready malt, an ethereal touch of dime-store caramel, very soft citrus pith, a faint pine needle astringency, and just a hint (thankfully for this hopeful enterprise) of that industry-standard, indistinct musty unpleasantness.

The carbonation is quite light and just a bit frothy, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit tacky, but mostly workaday smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt kind of assuming a de facto role, while the now obviously neutered Cascade hops whimper at the gate.

I was given to believe a bit too much after trying the Hallertauer instance in this admittedly admirable venture by AB-InBev, which exhibited the very aspects of that hallowed noble hop. Here, not so much. The Cascade hops are way too downplayed, so much so that a few other undesirables burble up to take their place. I guess that the lesson here is baby steps, i.e. don't expect to become a sassy west-coast IPA (relatively) overnight. Because this surely isn't, even if the effort is definitely pointed in the right direction, finally.

Apr 06, 2013
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GodOfBeer from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper light brown, with almost no carbonation, no noteworthy aroma to speak of. Taste is alright for a macro brewery, good try Labbatt's!

May 19, 2016
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Sep 07, 2013
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jul 07, 2015
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sirsteve42 from New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Oct 29, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/5/13

A clear light copper with a shitload of bubbles feeding a finger of off white foam that quickly falls to a 1/4inch film that sticks around but leaves no lace

S some spice, citrus almost creamsicle like, a little caramel and bread, better then I'd guess

T what I smell but somethings not quite right, not too far off but a big step back from the nose, not skunky but soggy cardboard perhaps

M pretty light bodied for an "IPA" carbonation gives some life but a little thin and I that aftertaste is more soggy cardboard

O far from good but better then expected, there's some hop character and that's much more then I expected but I would never buy it when I could get something like Phillips Hop Circle for the same price

its a step in the right direction but far from something I'd go out of my way to drink

May 04, 2013
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Apr 13, 2013
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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 144 ratings