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Augusta Ale - Kensington Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 04-13-2011

With an abundance of hops and a sweet caramel backbone, this is a true session beer. A grassy, nutty and flavourful malt body is balanced by delicate citrus hops and a touch of spice. Clocking in at 34 IBUs, this beer is just bitter enough to keep the hopheads coming back without being crushingly dry or astringent. Designed to be enjoyed often!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great, not really a craft beer.
And in fact, this is the problem that I have with many Canadian breweries (I am sure other countries are the same but this is where I live) - they claim to be something that they are simply not. I am sure that they are trying hard, but in the end, the results seem to indicate otherwise.

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Photo of tomghiley
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

definitely the best beer I've had from Kensington Brewing, not overly complex for a sessionable pale ale, but its not offensive at all, its a good gateway beer for people who aren't fond of pale ales.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $2.90 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened and poured well. Nice amber cloudy color.

S- Lots of hops. Citrus galore Nice blend!!

T- Excellent! Grapefruit galore so you know the hops...

M- Very good.

O- Me likie a lot! Good break from other IPA's. Will buy again for sure.

Food Pairing

This nice IPA goes well with... general Tso's chicken


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Photo of ppoitras
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" light beige head over the slightly cloudy golden copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is sedate, lightly citrus.

Taste starts medium sweet, citrus tart in the middle, biscuit and moderately bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. I wouldn't kick this one to the curb.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden brown / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy white head with significant retention. Some great lacing on the glass too.

Smell - Predominately hops, citrus, pines scents. Balanced with mild detectable malts. This is pretty good.

Taste - Similar to the smell, the hops are nice. New drinkers to the style without a love of hops will find this palatable, yet has sufficient IBU's that hopheads won't sneer at it. Nothing extraordinary but above average. There is a bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste is expected, however the bitterness here seems more bitter than the beer itself.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated should give it a creamy feel, yet this comes out feeling almost a touch thin.

Overall - First time trying this beer, and was not disappointed. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, white head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin film. Cloudy gamboge with no real carbonation. Splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glas.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, some floral hops and touches of bread on the nose. Alright.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front with touche s of caramel through the middle and floral hops at the swallow. A big aftertaste of grainy malts, bread, and bitter floral hops linger on the palate. A little light up front, but the grainy, bitter finish is interesting enough.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty good actually, and really well executed, but still not my style per se. A little too grainy and harshly bitter at the finish. Not a bad beer at all, but not something I'd want to re-visit myself. Still, give it a shot if you see it, as it might be right up your alley.

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Photo of Opiate42
4.87/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It mixes the hops of a nice IPA with the smooth feel of a red ale. Colour is a nice reddish brown and the aroma is fresh and hoppy. The ingredients used must be top notch as I can drink quite a few without getting any form of headache (cheaply made beer gives me migraines).

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Photo of Top_Jimmy
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Kensington Brewery is a small Ontario Craft Brewery that currently brewed at Wellington Brewery in Guelph Ontario. The company is so small they only currently have 2 full time employees.

This has become one of my new favourite craft beers from Ontario.

Apperance - This beer pours an amber colour from the can leaving a small head that does not remain while some lacing does remain for a short period.

Smell - Nice amount of hops, bready with a slight malt, slight citrus background

Taste - Forefront of hops, a nice bitter IPA, citrus

Mouthfeel - This beer has some body and a nice mouthfeel. It has a great amount of carbonation and finishes with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste

Overall - This has become one of my current favourite Ontario Craft Brews. It is a nice IPA that is good to start with and not as hoppy and bitter as other local beers susch as Hops and Robbers, which I also enjoy but others may not.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beautiful frothy white head. It then falls to a thin film but keeps some nice lacing. Deep straw colour with hues of orange. Slight haze but you can still see fairly well through the glass.

S: Thick bread/biscuit, toffee, grainy with herbal/pine hops

T: The bread and biscuits come trough followed by pine, grassy and a hint of lemon hop flavours.

M: Low to medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness is on the lower side. It allows the flavours of the malt and the hops to shine.

O: A good Pale Ale by any standards. The flavours come through well, the carbonation is on par, and the finish is dry with a short sweet burst.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. Translucent, sunny and medium orange in colour, with a light tan coloured head of two fingers. Nice retention and lace. Aroma has some herbal hop notes, some citrus and nutty malts. Mild bitterness, with a nutty, grainy malts, notes of sweet citrus. Feel is nice and creamy, with a good carbonation and upper light body. Nice enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber gold; head is fairly weak and sparse, fades quickly to a film; clear

Aroma: bready malt, caramel; herbal, spicy, and light citrus hops, all mingling well

Taste & Mouthfeel: moderate level of woody, rustic hops at a strength right for the style; malt notes hover in the background the whole way through, of toffee and sap; clean, crisp mouthfeel

Overall: well balanced and sessionable, but nothing really to make it stand out from others in the category

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augusta Ale glows a lightly coppered golden tone, clear but not without distortion, and minimal head (despite all that generated from the pour). It is a basic looking ale, but one that strikes me as though it belongs in no less than a pint-sized serving. Webs of lacing do stick here and there on the glass even while its bubbles are lethargic.

Augusta Ale welcomes you with aromas of tree resin, citrus rinds, and bitter herbals. In other words, I hope you like hops. While a big backdrop of biscuity, caramel malt disqualifies this from (especially American) "IPA" discussions, there is nonetheless a notable, distinct hop bouquet that leaves little to be desired for a pale ale.

The entire flavour profile is outlined and shaded in green. Like a comic book illustrator, the brewer has traced each separate panel (flavour) with a bold, hoppy contour. Whether it's the biscuity, bready cookie-like start or the sweet, toasted nut finish, each individual scene is accentuated by hops, be it via pine or grapefruit or weedy, grassy herbals.

The slight citrusy character notwithstanding, this beer has a bitter, leafy quality not unlike spinach. What makes it infinitely more pleasant, however, is a maltiness that tastes like toasted nuts drizzled in caramel. This bready, biscuity profile almost tastes like a Greek pastry (think nuts, honey and phyllo). It is a gratifying ale, but a pint won't last long at all.

Just as there's nothing creative about the name 'Augusta Ale' (the street where this is brewed) so too is there little distinguished about the beer itself. But that doesn't imply there's anything wrong with it. On the contrary, I wouldn't change a thing. Insofar as sessionable, hoppy pale ales go, this is a winner. And a definite re-buy, too.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've enjoyed this beer since brewing moved from Black Oak to Wellington's facilities. I can't tell the difference and the can is similar to earlier draught.

This is a very well brewed and easy drinking ale, but personally I wouldn't have classified it as "American" in style, as it is grain-forward and lacking any "west coast" or "c" hops. Pours a clear, dark golden colour with impressive white head and lacing. Aroma of bready and green grains with caramelized malts. Taste of sweet caramelized malts transitions into a nicely bitter finish, which lingers for an impressively long time. If there were a hint of pine, citrus or tropical fruits in those hops, it could easily become a “regular” for me.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-visited this one again since my last review of Nov. 8, 2012.

(3.75) A: Clear copper colour with an orange hue and a respectably tall creamy head. Nice retention and equal lacing that leaves a slight ring formation.

(3.5) S: Floral elements, orange, hints of oaky wood, fairly potent baked bread aroma. Leans to the malty side of things. Nothing that exceptional or diverse but pleasing nonetheless.

(3.5) T: Bitter floral taste, light caramel, orange, nutmeg, and more of a cracker-like backbone. There is a noticeable element of spices in this that works well with the floral qualities.

(3.25) M: Lighter bodied with a relatively low carbonation. Clean textured and fairly dry with a level bitterness.

(3.5) D: This is a decent IPA and definitely easy-to-drink but not something I would likely revisit (again) with superior local IPA’s out there right now.

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Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light frothy head of white foam, light carbonation and crisp medium copper gold colour. Leaves some good curtain lacing.

On the nose there is a good hop note, with some fresh baked aromas. Quite well integrated, malt and hops interplay nicely, maybe slightly restrained.

Taste is malty before hops come through strongly. Also a strong fruitiness (apples, pears, berries) comes through lending to a nice rich flavour profile. Solid bitterness and good flavour intensity. Finish is crisp, fairly short though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very rich mouthfeel in consideration. Very smooth and balanced. Flavours are rich on the palate, carbonation is light, maybe a touch on the metallic side.

This is a very nice beer and a pleasure to drink. No flavour dominates the others. Hops are a solid character. I find the beer well put together, with no obvious flaws. Worth trying out.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the LCBO; no packaging date. Nice to see more of these quasi-startup microbreweries (Double Trouble, Spearhead, and these guys) finally getting their stuff packaged and accessible in stores. I haven't heard much about this particular APA, but as a fan of the style I figured it was definitely worth a try. Listed at 5.5% abv, and poured close to fridge temperature.

Pours a lovely orange-amber colour, slightly foggy, and topped with one finger of foamy, even, off white-coloured head. It survives for a few minutes before wilting into a thin film, with a surprisingly thick collar of froth around the edge of the glass. Mild aroma with nothing unusual for the style - pale malts, some light caramel sweetness accompanied with citric hops. Enjoyable, but too faint to be much of a consideration.

The aroma is a good indicator of what to expect from the flavour, with more of the same grainy pale malts and a healthy dose of bitter, pithy grapefruit-and-lemon citrus hoppiness. Not getting nearly as much malt sweetness as I expected from the aroma; maybe a light twinge of brown sugar and biscuits that intensifies slightly as the beer warms (while the bitterness weakens a comparable amount). Dry, pithy finish that lingers on. On the light side of medium-bodied, with appropriate (restrained) carbonation levels.

Augusta Ale is a respectable APA, but the category works against it because there's some stiff competition that needs to be considered. This pale ale just doesn't really do enough for me to want to drink it regularly. It's not like I'd refuse one, and wouldn't discourage others from trying it - but I'd just as soon stick with Tankhouse, Hoptical Illusion, or Crazy Canuck. A solid brew, just not one that distinguishes itself from the crowd.

[Updated Nov 4 2015]

This one hasn't been sold locally for most of the last two years, but another couple of flats of tallboys showed up recently and I wanted to give this review an update. Gorgeous head and lacing, but the aroma is still lacking. Tasty, hop-forward flavour profile that is heavy on the citrus and pine resin astringency, and extremely light on the malt backing. I don't mind this beer, and I wouldn't rule out another purchase in the future, but I still don't feel that Augusta Ale is one of the better Ontario-made pale ales on the market.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B.

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Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into tumbler. First canning so only a month old or so.

A- Crystal clear light orange pour with a two finger soapy, short lived off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Sweet bread, peaches, short bread cookies, slight floral hops. Very balanced and simple.

T- Sweet malts, short bread, bitter floral notes and a touch of pine. There is a touch of juicy citrus but again very balanced.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation and a little bit of chew in the finish.

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Photo of bryehn
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a large and frothy white head that is slow to burn off, leaving a large collar in its wake, but very little lace.

Smells of toasted malts, caramel and freshly cut grains. A nice floral tone appears after warming.

Taste is very much in line with the smell. It’s toasty and malty with a sweet caramel tone. There is a really solid bitter bite that carries a subtle grapefruit rind citrus character. The finish is dry and bitter.

Medium-bodied with a light carbonation level. Hearty bread-like sensation on the tongue with a mild oiliness. The aftertaste is grainy with a hint of chocolate.

Solid, refreshing session-style ale that has a lot of amber-like qualities. Great with fried foods, potato chips, grilled meats and veggies.

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Photo of decimator
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.5%.

A - Poured a golden yellow-orange with a 1 cm head. Head reduce to some bubbles. Good lacing.

S - Grains, citrus, hint of spice. Overall the aroma is light.

T - More flavourful than the aroma let on. Sweet malts, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, pine.

M - medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, some tanginess, some creaminess, dry bitter finish.

O - Not bad. I wasn't expecting much after the aroma but I was pleasantly surprised with the flavourful hoppiness of this brew.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Pils gold color. A smallish rocky head leaves chunks of foam on the glass. Fresh bread and light, citrusy hops compete for attention in the nose. The taste is wonderfully balanced between honeyish malts and citrusy hops. Lemon drops and eucalyptus get more prominent with warmth, adding tremendous complexity to the hop profile. The finish is lightly bitter but lasts a long time.

A very enjoyable Pale Ale. Lots of hops relative to the standard in this area. Great stuff from the Market.

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Photo of liamt07
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Best before November 23 of this year.

Golden orange, unfiltered. Loose soapy white head with a whole bunch of sticky lacing and some good retention. Nose has some orange freezie, pine and some citrus wood cleaner. Some bready/biscuity character but it's fairly weak and not all that pleasant. Taste has some mild citrus and fruity hopping, light bitterness and a mild sweet malt character. Medium body, low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing really about this stands out in the can. I feel like I've enjoyed this much more when I've had this on draught.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473mL can from the Uptown LCBO. New brewery from the Kensington Market area of Toronto, worth a try.

Poured into a nonic. Deep amber golden, about an inch of frothy head, sticky patches of lace. Nice retention on this brew.

Nose is pretty faint: grain, pale malt, a bit of citrus.

Not a bad brew by any stretch. A pale ale with a touch of grain, decent bitterness and a touch of citrus. Finish is clean, some lingering bitterness.

Slightly creamy, carbonation hits at about the right level.

Solid beer, certainly goes down well. Nothing special, mind, but it has enough flavor to keep me occupied. Now if only they could redesign the can...

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste piney hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some hay/straw flavour and a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a slightly bitter malty/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Not an APA by any stretch.. basically just a amber/esb type beer.. It's okay I guess, but definitely nothing I would buy again. It reminded me a bit of a 'hops and robbers' beer I had the other day, but without any trace of a fruitiness.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Volo.

A - Poured a pale, slightly cloudy orange/yellow colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus, pine and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Very balanced. Good bitterness with pine, grass and citrus notes. A very significant sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well that becomes more and more dominant as the beer warms up and becomes a little overpowering at times.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gambrinus in Lonon, Ontario.

Appearance - Deep golden with a nice, long-lasting head. Leaves patchy lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Bread, caramel, and some light citrus hops.

Taste - Bread and biscuits with a little citrus and moderately assertive bitterness. As I drank this the biscuit and carmel flavours really came to the fore, which was a perfect counterpoint to the bitterness.

This is one of best, if not the best, Ontario Pale Ales I've tasted.

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Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.