Monday, May 30, 2011

Alexander Keith Brewery's Pale Ale

An elk on a label of a pale ale usually sells itself, which is exactly what grabbed me into grabbing this beer; and the fact it will be the first Canadian beer covered by the blog.

Alexander Keith's Brewery started up in 1820, around the time of one of my favorite wars, the war of 1812. This makes it, as scholars put it, a old ass brewery (for North America). So up in Halifax, Alexander Keith jumped across from Scotland to Canada back in 1817 and apparently got right to brewing beer. Today the brewery makes, like, 8 beers, two of whom are seasonals. They didn't actually export beer to the States until this year, 2011, which make sense since I never saw it around before and lord knows I stopped going to Canada when I turned 21.

If you are in Canada, however, you can tour this brewery but it costs, like, 20 bucks, which an economist will tell you is utter bullshit. You couldn't pay me to go to Canada. Well, you could, but it'd cost way more than $20. We're talking, like, $30. They also have a translation on their website to French, which makes it one of the more sissier sites I've ever been to.

Now down to the beer. This beer wasn't bad but if they keep assuring me this is a pale ale, they're gonna get a fist to the mouth. This is a horrible "pale ale" but a decent "lager". It has nutty overtones, with a hint of citrus. It's got an ABV of 5.4%. I don't know. This beer really upsets me because it doesn't taste, no, it's NOT a pale ale. I don't like people lying to me. I wouldn't buy it ever again for that simple reason. Shame on you! Didn't taste too bad though. I feel they are lying to Americans because this beer is export only which makes me wonder "What are they REALLY hiding up in Halifax?"

You can get a sixer for about nine bones.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 5.5/10

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