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Alexander Keith's Brewery

Beer Name Rating
Red Amber Ale 7.25
India Pale Ale 6.51


Alexander Keith's Brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820 and is therefore one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is owned by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Keith's produces an India Pale Ale, Red Amber Ale, Premium White, Light Ale, and Keith's Dark Ale previously known as Stag's Head Stout for Canadian beer drinkers. Keith's also produces its Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Nova Scotia Style Lager, and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale for the US market. Keith's has also produced a Harvest Ale, and Tartan Ale as seasonal brews.

On this occasion we sampled Keith's Red Amber Ale which is 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

This is a great looking ale which pours a beautiful mahogany colour, with about 2 centimeters of off white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some lacing down the glass. There isn't much of an aroma to it, just a faint sweet malt. The Red Amber Ale ("RAA") is lightly carbonated with a light/medium body. The taste is respectable with a slightly sweet malt coming through and a clean finish. In all, there is certainly nothing offensive about RAA, but aside from the beautiful colour, nothing to really distinguish it either. I would certainly drink it again, but there's just not enough here to elevate it into the ranks of my favourites.

Rating 7.25 / 10.00


This week we sampled Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale ("IPA") in a 473 ml can. IPA is 5.0% alcohol by volume, and the date code on the can read D13H111217.

IPA has a colour to it that is lighter than golden, and closer to the pale yellow end of the spectrum. The beer was very clear and poured with about 2 centimetres of fizzy white head that dissipated quickly, settling into a thin cap and leaving minimal lacing down the glass. IPA was well carbonated but smooth, with a light to medium mouth feel. Its aroma is mild with hints of light sweet malt and floral hops. The taste, much like the aroma, is has a simple light grain malt flavour at the outset, finishing with a suggestion of hop bitterness. All in all, nothing offensive here, and you get the impression that Keith's intention was not to offend rather than go for something bold. Not bad for a mass produced beer and I would drink it again, but not something that I would actively seek out.

Rating 6.51/10.00






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