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


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RATINGS: 666   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
barcull (9) - Ontario, - MAY 11, 2012
This is a typical offering from Canada’s large commercial breweries. The taste is so pedestrian that it leaves one wondering whether the breweries use one big vat and simply bottle and label with their own product. It all tastes the same! Traditional IPA’s are distinctive in the flavour profile. They have a rich matly taste, balanced by a high hop aroma. A good example of the style is Fuller’s Bengal Lancer. Keith’s has none of the profile characteristics. The malt is undetectable and there is NO hop aroma. How it can call itself an IPA is beyond me. The recipe for Keith’s is the following: 1. Put a bucket behind a horse, 2. Add yeast.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Handsy11 (16) - IRELAND - MAY 26, 2015
IPA?? Tastes like they have switched the label on a Coors Light bottle. Not even a hint of hops and the appearance/colouring is clearly that of a lager... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ComradeK (1068) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2015
341ml bottle. Pours a clear medium gold, with a small white head, which dissipates fairly quickly, and doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma has light grassy and floral hops notes, and not much by way of malt backing. There is a little grassy and spruce flavour up front, but this gives way to an odd, slightly soapy note in the mid-palate, and only very light bitterness to finish. This is far from the most interesting beer around, and that odd soap flavour certainly detracts from it, but from a macro it isn’t too bad.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
A complete joke, this beer is. Even as a diluted macro lager, it would not score well.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the clear, very pale blond.
-It tastes as though they have used one or two hop pellets for the entire batch.
-How a beer tagged "India Pale Ale" can be as flavorless as Labatt Blue is beyond me.
-This was tasted in a blind tasting.
-Why drink this when you can have a refreshing glass of water?


   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlainsDrifter (83) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2015
Pours pale yellow with small white head. Aroma of hay, grass. No bitterness, light hop spice balanced with slight malt. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nasmith003 (141) - Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
bread, golden, clear, white foam, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, lively,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AdamJackson (3493) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Tall can, bought last week. inBev IPA. golden yellow 1 finger white head. Nose is light, cream-like, with banana. taste is interesting. tastes like a sweet adjunct lager. nothing really hoppy to this at all.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jimrahm (7) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
Wow had this on a recent trip to Toronto at a very nice Irish pub Shebeens. Not sure what my Canadian friends think an IPA should taste like because this one is pretty sad. Better bring a 4 pack of green flash ipa with me next time and et them see what a real beer taste like.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
ContemplateBeer (1683) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Hmm. AB-InBev, huh? Trickery! Had this at Big R’s and Shannon’s BBQ in LaGrange, KY, from the bottle. Aroma: Light caramel, virtually no hop character. Appearance: Bottle. Flavor: Watery caramel; nothing resembling hops in the flavor. As others have stated ad nauseam- not an IPA. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: A dull, misnamed beer. If Nutella can be sued for making their product seem healthy, then why can’t AB-InBev be sued for allowing this to be called an IPA?

   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 (395) - 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.

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