Brewed by Oland Brewery (AB-InBev)
Style: Amber Ale
Halifax, Canada


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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A refreshing amber ale crafted using the finest quality ingredients, with a moderate body and a crisp, clean bitter finish.

collieman's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, - FEB 26, 2006
this is now the best beer we have at my work, wich ofcource doesn’t say very much for our selection. Cource maby I am blinded by the thirst and exaustion that leaves the kitchen with me, but I find this one to be refreshing and a little better. Better than what is the question. Pours a "very clearly too perfect to be natural" ruby red, with some high levels of carbonation and a prety pathetick head of misty white fizz, but I feel that like most clasic Canadian ales {and that is what this realy is} it’s best from the bottle. Aroma is a little sweet, and a little hard to completly detect due to the mass amout of co2 flowing out of the neck. Taste is where it wins me over a 50, but only slightly. Slightly bready, nutty sweet malt makes a tiny first aperance, folowed by a very nice, yet overly small splash of nice pinny tangy hopy bitterness, folowed by a sweet and rosey finish with a trace of yeast. Add to that it’s dry, thin and slightly silky palat, and light "almost not there" mouthfeel, not to mention it’s light dry aftertase, this is a perfect realy hot, tired and thirsty, 20 seconds to swalow beer. And, realy, isn’t that what a clasic Canadian ale shoud be? not a delecate sipper for the refined palat, but an honest beer for the workin man.and in that respect, it’s a great choice over the normal montreal tavern molson and labat prodouts. But in this beer-o-centrec world of ours, this is a standard blend of artificialyfermentend grains that is for some reason called beer. All depends on you’re point of view I guess. Cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChadPoole (102) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Pours dark red with a quick desolving off white head. An aroma of malt and nuts. Has a malt, nut and fruit flavor with a medium body. Good summer beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrNosha (1322) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2016
341ml Flasche. Rot-braunes Bier mit wenig Schaum. Etwas Röstmalzaroma. Flacher Geschmack. Malz und Nüsse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tranquillity (1696) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2015
Draft. Red body, thick white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet and buttery, while the flavor is acidic. Nice for a hot summer day compared to a lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
a_sully (421) - - AUG 10, 2015
Deep Amber red and clear body with a minimal white head. Atoms of grass and yeast. Taste matches aroma with an overall sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scopey (11346) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Draught in Parsborro. It pours deep red with a small off-white head. The nose is sweet, sticky, toffee, generic red fruit and some artificial action. The taste is sweet, caramel, sugar, dried fruits, dull bitterness and plastic with a short, dryish finish. Light body and fine carbonation. Watery, sweet and just very basic overall. Forgettable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
[bottle someone left in my fridge after a party] This beer screams of "quality" and "premium" like no other. It’s no wonder that it is the pride of Nova Scotia, along with the other Keith’s offerings. The aroma is premium hops and quality malt, while the flavour is premium malt and a quality hop (maybe they put in more than one hop--it’s hard to tell). The lack of flavour premiumifies this beer which, no doubt, costs more than the even more lacklustre mass produced "Canadian" beers. More seriously, what makes this beer different than the yellow ones is the dark colour and a faint nuttiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ametras (1117) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2015
On tap. Clear reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Flavors are sweet/toasted malts and nuts with fruity and metallic notes. Light body, lively carbonation, thin texture.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This deceptively red brew shares nothing of note, not even caramel aromas that are typical to a beer of this billing. Bland and fizzy.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the gleaming dark red.
-That color doesn’t come from malts; it’s obvious in both the nose and flavor profile.
-Tasted blind, this could have been a blond ale. And a tasteless one at that.
-This is obviously drinkable, but eminently forgettable. There are no flavors or aromas to hang on to.
-This is as dishonest a product as their hopless ’India Pale Ale’.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daytona00 (138) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
Nice red color. Small head. Very light taste. A bit too light for my taste for an red. Average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Psytron (1724) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Smell of metal, sugar, some malt. Copper colour, white head. Aroma of metal, paper, some sugar and alcohol. Finishes with paper. This isnt a good one. Lively carbon, slightly oily texture. Mid-light body. Mid-sweet.

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