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Alexander Keiths India Pale Ale

Brewed by Oland Brewery (AB-InBev)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Nova Scotia’s most popular beer, Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale is fully fermented, mellow-aged for smoothness and uses balanced North American flavour and bittering hops to create a unique, malty flavour. Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale is smooth with a slightly floral hop character and a sweet flavour delivery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markman96 (1) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
Keith’s IPA is a classic beer that is located at many locations around my place of residence, not only is it available on tap at bars and restaurants, it is the premier beer available on tap at the stadium making it a go to delight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChrisSc (290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2015
330 on tap. Toronto. Pale yellow in color. Translucent. Small white head. Smells malty, hay, apples, no hops at all. Lacks taste in general. Sweet if anything. Tin palate. Short finish. Easily the worst IPA I have ever had. Generally not a great beer at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
weissbierdrinker (8) - - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
Closer in taste to a North-American lager beer than a real IPA. No real hop taste like you would expect from an IPA. Slightly sweet. Carbonation is good, drinks away easily. If you like IPA, stay away from this, if you like smooth beers that go down easily (such as lagers) then you might like this. Gives me headaches easily the next day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerAndPonies (41) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
355 ml can from a 15-pack from Liquor Depot, served in an undimpled mug. Pours a light straw color with a large-bubbled white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves blots and islands of lace. Aroma is thoroughly unlike an ale and much more like a lager, although a hint of floral hop does come through the mainly grainy, citrusy scent. Flavor consists of lightly sweet malt, rice, and lemon; any hops are vacant except for bittering. Body is thin, with a fairly high carbonation; served very cold, it can potentially lead to uncomfortable gassiness. Crisp, mildly bitter finish, like a lager. It’s nowhere near the style of an IPA and, as a pale lager, is an undistinguished but serviceable hot-weather quencher.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Zeswaft (1422) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Was skeptical that the waitress didnt bring me the rolling rock that my coworker ordered. ’Nuff said.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Pizz5116 (61) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Aroma is faint and no clear characteristics. Pours a clear yellow with little to no head. Taste is faintly there with taste of bitter water beer. Not an IPA by any means.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RhetoricalAns (417) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle, can, draft, whatever. Clear pale yellow with some white bubbles up top. Dull grain aroma and taste but that’s it. watery throughout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HippyHop (305) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
I found this cheap whore of a beer buried in the back of my fridge. It was left there by a friend, who lost all sense of taste in a tragic ghost pepper accident (all that to say I don’t judge him for drinking this swill.....ah who am I kidding, of course I do). Everything is wrong with this beer. For starters, calling this an IPA is about as disingenuous as me listing my body type as "athletic" on match.com. Never mind the IP, this atrocity is barely an A (I would argue it tastes more like a generic lager than anything else). Secondly, none of the virtues extolled in the description above are actually present. Telling me the bottle was full of unicorn tears would’ve been more believable than the idiotic fluff they put in the description. There’s no floral hop character. There is no unique, malty character. It’s just a shitty macro beer that smells like cat piss and apple juice, and tastes about the same (although there is a lovely skunk flavour in there as well, like a Molson Canadian and a Heineken had unprotected sex and nine months Alexander Keith’s was born). In fairness there IS a nondescript crispness to the finish but there’s no flavour there - unless vaguely dry is a flavour. The "unique, malty flavour" is grain/cereal (a grain-based beverage that tastes like grain? Why that’s brilliantly progressive!), and the hop presence is virtually nonexistent in terms of flavour. I call this beer the noid (because it’s definitely something you want to avoid).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
neurbob (3) - - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
Twice I have been deceived while visiting Canada into ordering their version of an "IPA". Never again! This is one of the lamest beers I have partaken of since playing beer pong in college. On tap at 2 otherwise good restaurants in Canada. Little aroma. Yellow-Golden. Where are the hops? Not much else in there. Can’t disagree with most of the previous ratings.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sam_rates_beer (23) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Didn't bother pouring it out of the bottle. Why bother, although, I can imagine that it would look pale yellow like watered down urine. Tastes much better to be sure. I would get a dull headache drinking 6 or more, a 7th would probably clear that up though. Calling it an IPA smacks of east coast humour.

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