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Ale Camino - Tap It Brewing Co.

Ale CaminoAle Camino

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BA SCORE
81
good

14 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 9.74%


Brewed by:
Tap It Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 04-07-2013)
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear red colored body.
The aroma is grainy and danky or earthy. Not bad, but tough to like.
The taste is heavy on the malt, touch of caramel, fairly sweet, mild grapefruit bitterness in the middle.
The texture is sticky and a little heavy.
This amber ale drinks like a double red ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 05:13:27 | More by Fatehunter
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DoubleJ

California

3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 bottle which was poured into a Tap It branded shaker pint, on to the beer:

This amber ale wanted to go multiple directions, even though neither of its flavors were overly impressive. It looks like a fine amber ale topped with good head retention. The aroma is a little earthy, grassy, grainy, mediocre overall, and the taste is similar to that, although it has the addition of teasing fruitiness. While overall drinkable to an extent, it's not something that I'm rushing to the store for a second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 22:56:05 | More by DoubleJ
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mactrail

California

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is quite decent. An attractive coppery amber in the glass with a thin foam that lasts well. There doesn't seem to be a lot happening at first sip, but the roasted flavors take a while. So then I decided it should be called an Oktoberfest, but finally some hoppy notes emerge. So it's more bitter than that, and pretty much the standard American Amber.

While the bitterness is without much of any hop flavor, but at least there is some balance with the malt. Slightly salty tasting. Altogether not a bad beer, simple, thirst-quenching and fairly flavorful. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Lee's Discount Liquor in Mesquite, Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 05:17:48 | More by mactrail
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Jdbateman83

California

3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An Amber Ale? Really? The brew master must be color blind to call this an amber. It is obviously a brown ale and should be treated as such. Lots of flavor, little bitterness, little much on the carbonation but nothing a swivel in the glass cant handle. Overall a nice tasting beer, probably wont get it again, but hey, the label is cool.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:18:30 | More by Jdbateman83
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt and hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but nothing too exciting going on with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:05:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Adding a new beer.

From the website:

Ale Camino is named after El Camino Real, The Historic Route 101 which runs along the California Central Coast. El Camino Real translates as "The Road," "The Journey," or "The Way." Tap It Brewing Co. is located just off this historic route in the city of San Luis Obispo, and its where this family-run company brews their extraordinary hand-crafted beers. You can taste the Journey, and the way of passionate artisanal brewing in every sip. Ale Camino is an American style Amber Ale hand-crafted with a blend of malt and hops, which give it a truly unique character. The aroma blends sweet malts, a hint of chocolate, and a light earthy nose that highlights the malty aromatics. Ale Camino has a round and full-bodied flavor, full of sweet malts, chocolate malts, crystal malts, and hop varieties Willamette and Zythos added for minimal bitterness and aroma, hand-crafted together for a rich, complex flavor and aroma. This amber finishes with a clean, semi dry and light hoppy finish.

OK now lets give it a try.

Dark amber with a tall tan colored head. You certainly could call this color red if you wish it is nearing brown in color.

Smell is malty with the scent of coffee and burnt sugar. Mild menthol and and woody and strong tea aromas. Mild spice, bruised cardamom. Very faint chocolate aroma still smells more strongly of coffee.

Starts out malty and mildly bitter certainly not an unbalanced hop head brew. Slight butter and and coffee and mild brown sugar. Little bit yeasty with a mild baked bread flavor. One word sums this up MILD. Bitterness is well balanced to the malt and is just about perfect. Not a complex beer but it also has no faults.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a nice tasty uncomplicated ale. I would sum this beer up as willing to please.

Disclaimer for a long time I didn't think much of this brewery based on their pale ale. The new batch of beers are very much better and I am beginning to like them.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:21:41 | More by Zorro
Ale Camino from Tap It Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.