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Auburn Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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.

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Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:20:47 | More by ludachris
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:10:56 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in my OCB discovery pack #2.

Appearance: Unsurprisingly the beer is a light auburn, that boasts good carbonation and decent clarity. It poured with barely half a finger of head but it retained and laced incredibly well.

Smell: Definite dry and floral hop smell, without a doubt with notes of pine. I'm catching also the barest of citrus and malt undertones, but the seem fairly well buried by the hops.

Taste: Starts with a slight, but well balanced sweet malt and grapefruit taste and then transitions quite well to the hops, although the drier taste is dominant and ends with a slight honey caramel taste that is hard to notice, mostly because it serves to cleanse the pallet from the hops. Very good, even if I'm not a fan of dry tasting beers.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste on this one is a bit subdued, but you clearly taste the hops after everything is said and done. Surprisingly the dry sensation it leaves is somewhat balanced. Carbonation is perfect as well, but I have to deduct points for the lacking head.

Drinkability: Well, at first I wasn't a fan (mainly due to the dryness) but it began to warm up to me. It's not that refreshing but it does go down smoothly and doesn't cause any gas or stomach issues. I dunno, it just seems something is missing though.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this would make a great session ale. It has a nice hop character, it's aftertaste isn't out of control and it sits fairly well in the stomach. However, I wouldn't want to get stuck with a case of it. All in all, like many of the beers in the OCB discovery pack 2, it's a beer that I would gladly take as part of a variety pack, but not a six pack alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:52:01 | More by TheHammer
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty fresh case of beer, and the bottling date indicates its a mere two weeks old, so I'm expecting lots of goodness here.

Pours a nice clear copper (lets call it auburn), with a white head that diminished to a film, but laced well. Nice floral aroma, combined with citrus - a melange of honeysuckle and grapefruit with some toasted malt underneath. Presentation is decent and slightly above average, so I have high hopes for the taste.

At colder temperatures the floral and citrus aspects are more apparent in the flavour, but a toasty malt gradually becomes more dominant, and eventually overwhelms everything else. Its interesting to have the grapefruit flavours in there without the heightened bitterness, but they struggle to compete against the malt, leaving the beer a little unbalanced for my liking. The body is medium-light with medium carbonation - straightforward and quaffable.

This is a decent beer, but not one I'd reach for often. The emphasis on the toasty malt flavours really does nothing for me, and it seems to be stuck in a no-man's ground between a full on malt-forward beer and a hoppier amber. Its also a bit off-putting that this is only available in a 9-pack. Its a novel format at the store, but I prefer variety in my fridge, and nine of the same beer isn't cutting it. Cameron's make some great one-off casks, and it would be nice to see them translate those incarnations into seasonals. This beer is approachable though, and they'll continue to do well with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 13:52:27 | More by bobsy
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:54:51 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've seen this in the LCBO for some time but never wanted to commit to a full case. I found a single this weekend and am going to give it a try.

Plenty of head and a lovely 'auburn' body as described in the name. It smells a bit like solvent though which is making me anticipate a less than grand taste experience.

Tastes like hmmm. Finishes quite tart and a bit sour. Nothing terrible or wonderful. Not a lot of character.

Conclusion: an adequate beer but boring as all purgatory

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 18:43:12 | More by shamus
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:37:03 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of hopdog


2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired in trade with beanmedic (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear/see through amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Grainy aroma with some caramel. Watery tastes of caramel, lemons, and citrus. The body was on the weaker side as well.

Notes from: 10/30/05

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 15:06:18 | More by hopdog
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:19:45 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:57:58 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:11:45 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 23:09:12 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:26:40 | More by Antilochus
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 22:40:54 | More by grub
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 21:11:29 | More by funkengruven
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and there wasn't a lot of flavour either. I detected a slightly burnt taste, presumably from a small amount of very dark malt (primarily for colour?).

It seems to have a relatively large proportion of adjuncts.

It's better than your average cheap beer... but I wouldn't consider this a premium beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 21:52:51 | More by Derek
Photo of RBorsato


4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 17:35:00 | More by RBorsato
Photo of baiser


3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 23:06:10 | More by baiser
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 17:47:25 | More by TerryW
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I quite liked this ale more than most Ontario ambers. Tapped a definate dark amber with a nice 1 finger cap that laced out and stayed for the ride. Lovely aromas...notes of grassy hop-citrus(citrus quite pronounced) and sweet malts. Started medium heavy (a filling drink) with lots of carmelized malty body and then the light lemon burst of hops comes in for a moment just before the finish which is mild and leaves a biscuit aftertaste with slight metalic tastes.Not a balanced ale but who cares eh? Nice pub fare....one more of these Bill ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2004 19:46:05 | More by pootz
Photo of Shaw


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale's color is perfectly named: Auburn. I hadn't thought of that synonym for amber before. Think I'll use it in future reviews!

Anyway, the color is good, with a short tan head that reduces down quickly to just a thin sliver of white.

It has a light smell of toasted malt and hops. The taste has a bit of hop flavor and bitterness that combines with the aforementioned malt. There is also some astringency but nothing major. The body is above average in heft. This beer is quite light in my mouth.

Overall this ale is above average and would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 05:15:53 | More by Shaw
Photo of vitesse


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 20:09:23 | More by vitesse
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2004 21:28:40 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 14:03:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of putnam


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 02:22:49 | More by putnam
Auburn Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.