Camden Pale Ale - Camden Town Brewery

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Camden Pale AleCamden Pale Ale

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: flyingpig on 08-18-2012

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows floral and spicy hops with soft honey and biscuity malt underneath.
Lots more biscuity malt as a flavour, like a German pils. More spicy and herbal hops too followed by a refreshing bitterness.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of vinicole
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a slight haze.
Citrus and smelly feet - but still quite nice!
Resinous, stewed hops - light bitter.
Moderate carbonation and rather thin.

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

A foggy deep amber colored beer. A fluffy off-white head with some lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of nuts, honey, pine and soap.

Tasting sweet honey bread, orange marmalade and grape-fruit zest.

Low carbonation, a soft texture. A medium body with a good dry finish.

In all an extremely well balanced brew, and on 4.0% it is really much action per %.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid pale ale. Amber colored with a light head. Carbonation is lively but not overly done. Solid balance of hops with a lingering light bitterness

Photo of JohnOSE12
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely, lively ale with great fruit and citrus undertones,

Photo of franklioni
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice and easy drinking whilst not as sharp as some of its rivals.

Photo of DRS6S
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean IPA that tastes a bit special.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with shapeless off-white scum. 3.75
Skunk and grapefruit skin nose. 3.75
Caramel shortbread with orange Squirt, and light resin hops. 3.5
Bit of herb to end and slightly sticky linger.
Thin, slight cling, round. 3.75

Cascade, Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe, Calypso and Citra

US hops in beach bar doses; a can for all seasons. 4% (yes, different ABV on tap and packaged - SOP for UK breweries), so how much are you gonna complain? But there are far better hoppy beers even just in London. Certainly doesn't play like a 7 hop monster.

Stick to lagers, Camden. 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour, with slight cloud. No head; listless. Looks a bit meh.

Smells fruity, delicious. Big lychee character with honey, apple, and a touch of mandarin. Maybe a bit sweet, but appealing.

Taste is fruity upfront, a bit light. Gets a bit nutty, light midway then a bit yeasty. Decent but yeah, a bit light on hops with bitterness taking a back seat to yeast. Dry, not bad, but nose promised a lot and taste could use more bitterness, even for a pale ale.

Decent body, lingers quite nicely.

Not a bad pale but not quite enough marriage between the nose potential and taste deliverance.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Road.

Pours a very clear, very bright pale golden colour, with a fine white head that settles out to a fair ring. Carbonation is quite fine and refined. Lacing is minimal, but given the minimal head and the body, it's not all that surprising. Looks pretty decent overall.

Nose is great. Clean, crisp and direct hop fragrance makes it bright and sharp from the get-go. Slight faint lemon character and a soda brightness wrap it up. Not much in the way of malt, but it doesn't need it. Pretty tasty.

Taste is great, very clean and bright, with a crispness on the back from the hops. Feel is very light, but it has a very pleasant lemon character which runs through from front to back. It's extremely drinkable.

Yep. Cracking, easy-drinking beer. I'd missed the bandwagon Camden takeovers which seemed to ram through all of the Australian east-coast craft beer pubs recently, but I would have been suitably impressed if this was the first refreshing beer I had on-tap. If the price-point is right, this would be a great pick for a clean, summer BBQ beer. It paired very nicely with some rock oysters seasoned with lemon and cracked pepper.

Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They use a good variety of hops (4C + Amarillo and Simcoe). It has a pale amber color with a thin head.
Nice citric and fruity hoppy aroma with hints of passion fruit.
Light body with light carbonation.
Sweet malty and bready taste, also a bit citric, though mild on the hops which are better felt in the nose and in its bitterness. Flavor is crispy with a high drinkability. Bitter and dry (a bit astringent) aftertaste.
Refreshing beer but lacked a little heavier body, though wonderful for a hot day.

Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange with a thin but foamy white head on the top of the beer that stays throughout. There is some good lacing.

Hop filled to begin with an almost like an American style amber ale with a lot of summer fruits fighting to be noticed and a little citrus as well. There is some mild grapefruit and touches of wheat as well.

A good mix of fruit and hops to begin with along with some mild pine notes and definitely some grapefruit following this. The taste is quite light and summery with a slight bitter kick right at the end.

Smooth on the palate with a medium body and carbonation levels about the same. There was a subtle alcohol kick around the middle to back end and a refreshing, easy going finish that was slightly bitter and quite fruity.

An enjoyable beer and whilst nothing outstanding I was wishing it came as a full pint rather than just a half in the restaurant I ordered it.

Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle 4% ABV. Poured a frothy head of white foam, retention is pretty good. Colour is a slightly orange gold, carbonation is slight. Leaves a really nice lacing and a good bit of film.

Smell is strongly hopped, quite piney, strong floral character. Also a bit of brown sugar sweetness which is nice. Bready malt in the background. Grapefruit citrus, green apple freshness.

Taste has a biscuity maltiness with a fair bit of herbal hops coming through. There is a bit of the piney resin character presumably from the cascade hops but seems meek in comparison to American version. A bit bready malt body here, some fruitiness and on the finish it turns more to the bitter dry hops.

Mouthfeel is mild and smooth, light bodied session ale, very little carbonation, but it has enough bitter crispness to make it quite refreshing, finishes quite dry.

Interesting combination, more hopped than your average english PA, possibly more malty than a typical American. It falls somewhere in between, has some good flavour going on, still a couple of rough areas where it could be more interesting and balanced, a bit of a tug-of-war between malt and hops at points. Really decent stuff though, and for a low ABV it packs some flavour.

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Camden Pale Ale from Camden Town Brewery
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