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Auburn Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Auburn AleAuburn Ale

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BA SCORE
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Auburn Ale is our most awarded beer. Deliciously complex, this West Coast style ale uses an abundance of citrus, aromatic American hops. Named after its unique rich colour, this beer offers a full body that evokes a multitude of different flavors. Watch for the generous hop aroma, smooth maltiness, followed by a deep smooth, perfect compliment for red meat, fish or a spicy food.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002)
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Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle from the Cameron's Mixer Pack, purchased at the Lawrence & Avenue LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Pours a copper brown body with orange hues, nice clarity, a creamy and lasting off-white head, and drapes of spotted lacing down the shaker glass. Smell is slight grain, caramel, fruity and floral hops, grassy and resinous, yeasty doughiness, honey, and brown sugar. Taste is somewhat sweet, weird acidic sourness, toasted grain, toffee, green grapes, mild hop bitterness, and a bit of apple in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, kinda watery, soft carbonation, parched and astringent finish. A strange bitter/sourness suggests this might have turned from being stored at room temperature. Too bad, really, because Auburn is a quaffable amber with a healthy dose of hops. The LCBO needs to refrigerate these natural, unpasteurized craft beers!

cratez, Jul 27, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic

LOOK (3/5) Pours a copper-amber color, a little lighter than auburn. Clarity is very good. The head is disappointingly small (half a finger). It falls to a tiny film within a few minutes, leaving no lacing. Bubbles cling to the inside of the glass, but also leave quickly.

SMELL (3/5) Some citrus/grapefruit hops, but less than I'd have expected. This means that the malts kinda take the balance. I get some darker fruits and to bready/bread-crust notes. Finish is clean and crisp - there's a hint of metal (which i really don't like)

TASTE (3/5) As with the smell, the flavor is pretty malty. There is some melanoidin flavor, they level out with the hops nicely - but I think the combination leads to a metalic flavor. Simply put, the hops didn't deliver and they needed to. The finish was crisper.

FEEL (3.5) Moderatly-light body, pretty light feel, I expected a bit more. Some higher carbonation served to almost highlight the poor hops even more.

DRINK (3.5) This makes for a decent session ale - the balance is great, but the hops themselves had that metal taste (or it may have been the hops with the malts). That was the main failing.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright green with a purple head. Nah, it's auburn, just like the bottle says. The head is thin, but hangs out for a while.

More malty than hoppy, with a subdued bitterness and a moderate body, the toasty creamy malt flavor combines with a clean, slightly hoppy finish to produce an ale that I could happily enjoy over an extended drinking session again and again. Nothing that jumps out & says incredible, just a very clean, drinkable, well crafted beer.

sponberg, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of my Cameron mixed four pack.

Poured into a becker Creemore glass. A light amber hue - a little too light to fall under the 'auburn' spectrum, but still very nice. Leaves behind about a half inch of white head, which dissolves into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is malty, nutty and buttery, some apple and herbal hops in the back.

Quite pleased with the taste - dominated by the malts early on, but the herbal hops give it a lasting finish. Nutty and crisp, very satisfying.

Good carbonation, but a touch too thin. Very quaffable, however.

This one was my favorite of the bunch - easy to drink, flavorful, nothing funky or out of place. Not very complex, but something one could session with incredible ease. A solid Ontario offering - I'll definitely pick this one up again.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber orange hued body with a nice sized two finger off white cream head, leaves behind fine lacing spread evenly. Aroma: Nice mild citrusy hop bite, with sweetness spread from the malts very solid offering. Taste: Smooth sweet flavor buttery malts with citrus twang from the hops very solid, a bit mild in the flavor but an incredible balance. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied session ale here, full creamy edge moderate carbonation. Drinkability: I met one of the reps for Cameron's Brewing, and he bought me a second pint after seeing me drinking is product. I had about three pints total and thought it was excellent all around, very timid and withdrawn but the flavors that were there were in full cohesion.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Atramentous, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, day 12 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nicely layered cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, dry maple syrup, mild citrus and pine hops, a hint of dark orchard stone fruit, and further earthy, floral hop esters. The taste is more gritty biscuity, bready caramel malt, a hollow metallic flintiness, orange, grapefruit, and dry lemon fruit, some very soft astringent woody notes, a nod toward some bar-top nuts, and very tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate after a wee initial outburst, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a certain mineral character reducing things a bit there. It finishes mostly dry, the fruitiness and bitter hoppiness holding tight.

Not a particularly interesting version of an already banal style, as the hops display bitterness, sure, but no real character beyond that. Drinkable, I guess, but after this one, I'm glad there's something else waiting for me tomorrow morning.

biboergosum, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lace.

Smells doughy. Nice toast and caramel aromas. Citrusy hop aroma.

Good caramel malt flavour. Nutty. A little bit buttery. Citrusy hops. Mild but balanced bitterness.

Body approaching medium with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Seems like a decent session ale, it tastes pretty good but theres nothing here that would offend a macro drinkers tastebuds.

mintjellie, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am of two minds about this beer. At their plant it went down well but was way too cold, and am told it is their best seller. It did not store well in my beer celler (no pun intended) and diacetyl was apparent serving it at normal beer serving temperature. The box recommends it be fridge stored (is it not pasteurized?) and they should have pointed this out at the plant.

Sammy, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of WeizenMike
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

WeizenMike, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - amber color, crisp clarity, no lacing and nearly no dead

S - malt, some citrus hops, bread

T - malt up front with some grapefruit hops - medium bitterness, some breadiness

M - smooth up front bitter on the back end - decent carbonation and light to medium body

O - decent offering for my first cameron,s brew

Stocean1, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of butler
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

butler, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Medium amber colour; translucent. A slight orange glow and a small amount of white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops up front with caramel malts providing some sweetness.

T - A nice balance of crisp bitter hops and sweet caramel bready malts. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

D - A very good ale with a good balance of hops and malts. Would definitely buy this one again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

WillAndSarah, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice auburn colour (who woulda thunkit?) with minimal head. The taste started a little hoppy and bitter then faded to a creamy aftertaste. the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. overall, a good beer, and perfect for session drinking. this beats the sleeman equivalent in my book.

the42ndtourist, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of FishMan123
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at a bar in Ottawa. Bartender's recommendation after chatting with him about the lousy beer selections in most of the bars. Note: I found most bars in Ottawa all carry the same crappy beers - this particular bar had a nice selection.

Anyway, since I got this on tap, I'm reviewing from memory. I really liked this beer because I found it very distinctive/unique.

Color deep amber, as the name would imply. It had a taste that I couldn't quite place. Citrus - but more grapefruit than lemon. And there was an herbal bite to the beer. Hard to describe.

Definately worth a try for its unique style.

FishMan123, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Noelito76, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Antilochus
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brewery I've never heard of! There was a party at my house last night and some girl brought a 9-pack. I guess she didn't drink it all because I found five in the morning. Nice!

5.00% abv, 341mL. Didn't check out the freshness statement - this might be important as I believe it is unpasteurized. Twist off bottle. Poured into tulip tasting glass.

Appearance was orangey copper, decent white head dissipates quickly to ring and some floating bubbles. Leaves some white blobs on the glass.

First pour hearty sugared grapefruit hop bouquet. Candied citrus rind? Some nice palt malt aromas too. Brown sugar and oatmeal. Diacetyl. Unripe tangerines.

Nicely hopped palate, not too sweet. Fairly subtle, substantial mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. Diacetyl. Finishes with citrus and some standard maltiness. Well balanced, long finish with drawn out grapefruit.

Just judging from the scores it seems like I got lucky with Cameron's and this is the star of their lineup.

Antilochus, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of williamv0123
4/5  rDev +11.7%

williamv0123, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

DamageCase76, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of baiser
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured copper orange, nice creamy head, lots of lacing. Pretty looking beer. Sweet, floral aroma. Bread, hops, syrup.

This is a good tasting beer, good balance of hops, malt. Body is smooth, moderate. Great beer to drink on its own. After taste is dry. Slight metallic taste, but otherwise, the best cameron's has to offer.

baiser, Nov 10, 2004
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Auburn Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.