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Augusta Ale - Kensington Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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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 HATS4BATS
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kremlock
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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.

Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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