Augusta Ale - Kensington Brewing Company

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Augusta AleAugusta Ale

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 04-13-2011)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Fairly tasty stuff with a prominent hop bite, but nothing especially notable. Maybe the weird taste of the gluten-free beer I had before this ruined my palate, but this seems fairly hoppy and astringent for an APA. More malt kick would be appreciated, but this is certainly more than serviceable as-is.

Final Grade: 3.53, a respectable B grade. Augusta Ale is a well-made APA, but the category works against it because there's some stiff competition to consider. This stuff 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dalia
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of andrewdanks
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BGDrock
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits the mark.

This was really foamy, a problem with the lines on tap at the Burger Bar. Mild hop aromas. Light orange colour. The foam was removed by spoon by the bartenderess. A nice citrus, hoppy ale, without an assault on the palate. Above average palate.

Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaveBar
3.95/5  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

Enjoy

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dipso123
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint of this new offering at The Only in an oddly snowy April Sunday. Pours a clear burnished orange with an attractive foamy head that leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals some nice citrus hopping, light caramel and bread, clean but light in the aroma, a little malt forward to me.

Clean malt profile, orange rind and grapefruit pith hopping, light pine, slightly oily at times (a good thing). Very balanced and drinkable but no IPA (as it is originally entered as), definitely more of an American Pale Ale - not enough hop presence or bitterness to be otherwise, even by Ontario's standards. As an APA (which I am rating it as), very approachable and fresh, just enough moderate bite and dryness in the finish to keep you coming back for more. Much more American styled malt profile than most in Ontario, no red malty mess here.

This is a great pale ale (perhaps one of the best in the province), very drinkable and fresh, certainly a nice addition to the Ontario scene. In fact, as I drink I am prone to want to rate this up a little - Will gladly come back to this. Love to see this venture succeed and put out more adventurous offerings.

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Top_Jimmy
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SandS
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of RefillMyglass
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.