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Auburn Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Auburn AleAuburn Ale

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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.
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Photo of RBorsato
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown with a low light tan head and very nice carbonation. Excellent toasty and biscuity malt aroma and flavor with light traces of ground coffee... Balanced very well with light fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry roasty malt finish.

A beer I will use along with Boulder Sundance Amber to judge other non-hoppy ambers by.

'151203' lasered on bottom (bottled 12/15/03 ?)
Tasted: 02/06/05

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I suppose auburn is the colour to describe this beer. Fantastic lacing. Head dies down to a thin film that remains on the beer.

Aroma is pure hops. Fruity and herbal.

Taste delivers on the hops too. Very well balanced and smooth. Lemon and citrus hops are really refreshing. Very little aftertaste and drinkability is high. Not overly complex by any means but certainly a quality beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wonder if this is related to the brewery in County Durham. Both offer an "Auburn" Ale.
"Brewed by a connoiseur instead of an accountant" appears on the official, under-construction web site.
Deeply colored with caramel/brown hue, it tenders a glossy, cream-colored head of diminutive stature.
Fried grain and burnt sugar feature prominently on the nose and so do loads of banana, grape jelly and cream.
Pliant, pillowy textured and clean, it struggles to find a compelling fruit argument. Roasted sugar, toast, wood, caramel and resin balance nicely within the clear, light-bodied frame. Awash with briny, oceanic mineral and skeleton flavors, there does appear a discernable notion of aged lemon peel on the finish.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer. It's got a fresh and interesting taste that makes it a decent drinking beer.

Pours a crystal clear carmel colour – the term auburn fits quite nicely. Just a wee bit of a short-lived head. Gentle, maybe too subtle aroma, nicely balanced, full of hops and malt.

Very tasty. Deliciously fruity hops, nice malt sweetness, comes across as quite fresh. Noticeable taste of apricots – which I quite like – makes this distinctive and something I look forward to drinking.

Disappointing finish however. Lots of interesting things happening up front and then – nada. Nothing really lingers which is a darn shame, 'cause overall this beer is well worth a try. Everything hangs together just so. Still tasty after each bottle. Mmmm.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great all around beer. I like the 9 and 15 packs the brewery sells it in, for the novelty alone I suppose.

The pour reveals a copper orange colored liquid topped with a smattering of white foam. The almost non-existent head does manage to leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The smell is lightly citrusy and grassy hop aroma and a doughy malt that gets more and more prominent throughout the glass. The taste is malt forward, but complimented with a very pleasant hop profile. Very much a PacNW flavor, cascades no doubt. The mouthfeel has very low carbonation, which I like, so many beers are overcarbonated in bottles these days. The finish is lightly bitter and bready.

A good beer, probably a good entry beer into the world of craft beer. Enjoyable to quaff by the pool as well.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - beautiful burnt auburn colour with a delicious 1/4-inch sustaining head with fine lacing.

Smell - mildly astringent, some faint perfume, clothed in a majstic oak bouquet very lightly covered in a deep roasted grain aroma.

Taste - a fine taste reminiscent of a good English Brown Ale. Deep caramel and chocolate flavourings combined with a roasted malt finish that is long and satisfying.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth and definitely shows some pride and craftmanship.

Drinkability - nice evening beer that takes away the cares of the day. Enjoyable in any season, ideal for a rural setting.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying their lager I was a little afraid about this one, but that fear was unfounded, this is quite a good beer.

This poured a beautiful deep clear amber brown with a nice thin ring of head and a cloud on top. Smell was very malty, quite appetizing. These malts are present in the flavor also, making this quite a delicious beer. It is very smooth on the way down and quite easy to drink. I'd recommend this one handily.

This was purchased at the same time as the Lager with a brewed date of 11/06 making this one a month younger than the previous. That could have made the difference in freshness with this, but I am unsure. Regardless, this is a great beer and definitely worth having in your fridge.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with some retention, and no real lacing.

S - Nice earthy hop notes, sweet caramel, hints of cedar and a leafy green finish.

T - Tasty ale with a solid hop presence, nice earthy flavors, and a solid caramel backbone. Hints of cocoa and coffee linger on the finish.

M - Medium, smooth and a tough of dryness.

O - A surprisingly flavorful offering with a solid hop presence and some tasty lingering flavors. Well worth grabbing and easily sessionable.

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Photo of baiser
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark auburn with a thin foamy white head with lots of carbonation.

Smells interesting, grapefruit and piney hops and some sweet grainy malts.

Nice and malty, pretty sweet, some honey with a bit of melon? And a nice citrusy hop finish. Not too complex, needs more body.

Nice smooth carbonated mouthfeel, not a bad beer from cameron's, the best I've had from them.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I first tried this beer on October 19, 2007 at my annual hockey pool. The beer poured a beautiful pale translucent red colour with a thin white head. The aroma is a little bit of hops and a little bit of fruit, plum like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is hoppy with some malt, plums, and yeast tones.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the mixed pack at the LCBO. I ran out of interesting things to try so I went for this.

A - Pours a medium copper with good carbonation and a one finger eggshell head. Moderate rings of lacing and a film of retention. Bright.

S - Caramel, earthy hops, bread.

T - Good combo of earthy tones and caramel malts, bread, and some yeast I think.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sweet then dry finish.

O/D - This one's alright. A quality session lager that's refreshing and tasty. Nothing over the top but it fills a hole as a quality craft lager.

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Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

pours reddish copper with a whisp of fine white head. no lace.

aroma is good. bit of pine and grapefruit. light bready malt. hint of smoke. just a trace of dms.

taste is nice. dms is higher than in the aroma. light toasted bready malt. low bitterness. bit of grapefruit. fruity.

mouthfeel is good. medium bodied with a med-low carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. this bottle has actually been sitting in my cellar since december and i think it has done it some good. normally this beer is decent but unexciting, and today i'm enjoying this one.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thank you to my big sister and her family for turning me onto the Ontario Craft Brewers' Discovery Pack No. 2: 6 assorted bottles. All the way from Toronto. Nice Christmas gift, EH?
#2 in a series.

A: Pours an, you guessed it, AUBURN color with a two-finger, tan-colored head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Hopriffic nose: grapefruit and pine.

T: Opens with an annoying metallic twang, followed by notes of toasted malt and a hint of apricot. Clean balance between hops and malts. Finishes with an oh-so-subtle bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light to medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

D: Its mild-mannered nature makes Cameron's Auburn Ale optimal for session drinking.

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Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours about two fingers of creamy white foam that retains for a good time, and leaves a good lacing and film. Colour is quite a medium dark ruddy chestnut with lively carbonation. 4

Aroma is of strongly caramelized malts. Quite dry. Also a hint of hay. Altogether quite malty and balanced. 3.5

Taste is very malty, hops are also present. The balance here is quite good, and quite rich flavour. Leaves a woody caramel bitterness on the finish. I really like the intensity of flavour, but theres not a huge amount of complexity. 4

Mouthfeel is good and balanced, carbonation gives a bit of sharpness. Quite dry and a bit bitter towards the finish. Enjoyable and drinkable. 3.5

This is a pretty straightforward amber ale in that it keeps mainly to the malty and hopped aspects to deliver a pretty solid all round beer that is quite drinkable. Can see myself potentially getting more of this. 3.5

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Photo of ludachris
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer from my OCB 2nd edition 6 pack. Thanks Marky.
Pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of off white head with some nice retention and great lacing.
Citrus, pine, buttery malts and grassy hops in the nose. Reminds me a tiny bit of an american IPA.
Buttery malts, biscuit and a tiny bit of caramel upfront followed by citrus, pine and a grassy hop finish. Has a bit of a funky solvent taste that lingers in the end, but nothing too offensive.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth but I thought the transition between the malts and hops could use a bit of work. About medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, a nice, refreshing american amber but nothing that really stood out besides its funky finish. I don't think I would commit to a 9 pack of these but I would recommend to anyone anxious to try some Ontario crafts.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9 Pack from the Beerstore, 12. 07, B, written in the top corner of the box.

Served from a 341 ml twist off into a pint glass.

A- Clear copper/orange with some floating particles. Decent head settles to lace fairly well around the entire glass.

S- Nose is pleasent and malty with note of citrus/grapefruit, pine, some fruit.

T- Nice and malty with a citrusy hop profile that compliments the malt quite well. A little caramel and toastyness was present too. Dry finish is good.

M- Medium bodied brew with carbonation on the low side of moderate, somewhat powdery mouthfeel.

D- A solid drinkable brew. Sessionable.

Overall and excellent brew. Good flavor. I will be picking this up again in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a sampler pack of 4. I don't know anything about this brewery, but the description on the bottle has me eager to try this one. Served a bit warmer than fridge temperature (I let it sit for ~10-15 minutes before pouring).

Pours a bright, clear copper-amber (or perhaps auburn?) colour, topped with a thin, foamy off-white head that fizzles out unfortunately quickly. Its only remnants are a thin film on the surface, and a respectable creamy collar around the edge of the glass that leaves smears of lacing. The aroma confirms that the label was not lying; there is plenty of grapefruit citrus and pine sap on top of caramel malts and toffee. Some floral notes as well.

A very hoppy, rather unbalanced example of the style, though as an IPA lover I am not about to complain. Earthy, bitter grapefruit and resiny pine sap are present from the start of the sip and linger well into the aftertaste. The malts remind me more of roasted bread and nuts rather than the toffee/caramel in the aroma. Good body for a 5%er, solid medium. Mildly carbonated, and really easy to drink - this is one of the first times I've almost finished the beer before the review!

Not balanced like I usually expect from an amber... but very easy to like at the same time, and even if it's not a textbook example of the style it's a thoroughly enjoyable one either way. I could definitely see myself getting this again if I were in the mood for a reasonably hoppy session ale.

[Updated Nov. 21 2013]

Tried another bottle, this time from the Fall 2013 OCB sampler. The hop character definitely dies down over time; still present but not nearly as prominent, with the beer becoming smoother and more malt-forward. Like most of Cameron's core lineup, this is a well-constructed, safe beer that doesn't have the same flair or creativity as their newer seasonals. This is the third time I've tried this - once when it was very fresh (and I loved it), and twice where it was at least a few months old (and I was considerably less enamoured with it). It's a serviceable amber that I'd happily drink again without complaint, and would consider re-purchasing at some point.

Final Grade: 3.7, a B grade.

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Photo of vitesse
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.

i didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but i ended up really liking cameron's auburn ale.
it pours a very clear amber color. very bright and clear, very appetizing. not much head retention....but it's not under-carbonated either. the hops are what jump out at me at first. this is a very fresh-tasting beer (i had just bought a 9-pack of the previous weekend in toronto). the hops are very herbaceous, citric and slightly grassy, without too much of burning bitterness. the malts are basic amber/pale ale style...not over the top estery.
the hops really shine in this beer. mouthfeel is nice. low carbonation keeps it from being too fizzy.
extremely drinkable. good with spicy mexican food, thirst quenching.
i highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An "old standard" of mine from years ago that I haven't revisited in some time with the new wealth of Ontario craft brewers. Saw a single at the LCBO and decided to take a trip down memory lane for BA rating purposes!

Pours a beautiful clear amber with minimal head, no lacing. Believe this bottle has less carbonation than normal. Malt-forward aroma of caramelized and roasted grains. These initially sweet flavours meld into a nicely bitter finish, with lots of toffee and breadiness in a well-rounded body. More depth than I expected and that finish lingers...

An excellent "transition beer" for anyone newly into the world of beer with flavour. A good example of roasted and toasted malted barley potential without being too threatening to a macro “red” drinker.

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Auburn Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.