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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) - Cameron's Brewing Co.

RPA (Rye Pale Ale)RPA (Rye Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%


Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale ABV is one of our most popular seasonal beers. It was originally brewed for the 2011 Bar Volo IPA challenge, earning 2nd Place, by combining the best parts of American and British IPA styles, we achieved a robust and unique staple. This fusion is hazy orange-amber in colour, with a well-constructed white head. It begins with an up front citrus aroma followed by a complex malt body with a hint of peppery rye which releases earthy floral British hop flavour on the finish.

It is made of a combination of seven different floral British and pungent American hops, some which are added in a dry hopping process. This involves adding hops directly to the fermented beer in the fermenter. The hops are well supported by a large malt bill of five character malts with a generous portion of rye which contributes to mouth feel and Cameron’s Rye Pale Ale’s own special character.

(Beer added by: ritzkiss on 04-03-2012)
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LoonCampbell74

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle. Received in a taster pack. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous copper/caramel colour, Thick, creamy, yet surprisingly bubbly off-white coloured head. Distinct spider-web lace left on the glass. Head dissipates quite slowly, if at all.

Smell: No doubt a heavily hopped beer, and it reflects in the smell. Grapefruit, slight pine, earthy, pineapple, mixed tropical/warm-weather fruits (kiwi, mango, papaya). Slight caramel sweetness, which gives the aroma a pleasant balance of both sweet and bitter.

Taste: Like an IPA with a bit of caramel. Strong grapefruit, pine, and pineapple flavours. Nice caramel graininess to compliment the bite of the hops. While barely noticeable in the smell, the rye flavour just gets through at the end of the palate and balances the beer even further with it's maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Bitingly bubbly but chewably grainy. Strong lingering flavours. Quite dry.

Overall: Damn good beer. While it's almost unfair to call this a rye beer because of how similar it is to an IPA, the rye is hard to deny. Would recommend to any beer lover and can't wait to buy some more!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:46:47 | More by LoonCampbell74
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BBickle

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another hit from the brewer's at Cameron's Brewing Company. They have added the correct amount of Rye so that it is a easy drinking beer. I would not change this beer at all. You could almost drink this beer all night.

I liked this so much I am going to brew my own RPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:30:54 | More by BBickle
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, recently arrived to Alberta bottleshop shelves.

This beer pours a hazy medium orange brick amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, bubbly, and tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves some decent droopy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and kiwi citrus, bready, grainy caramel malt, a twinge of spicy rye graininess, wet pine needles, underripe generic melon, a pithy, chalky Pez candies sweetness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and rye malt, acerbic orange, grapefruit, and pineapple rind, sharp pine needles, muddled, weirdly dry tropical fruit notes, and an aggressive hard water flintiness, which may be partly attributable to the latent grassy, herbal hops.

The bubbles are tight, but mostly low-key and palate-friendly, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and really just too much akin to yer typical IPA in its burgeoning astringency to be celebrated for its smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the fruitiness surely pressing back, as the spicy rye malt, and heady (multiple meanings, yo) IPA-worthy hops strongly profess otherwise.

I know that this is classified here as a rye beer, but c'mon - the IPA bitterness is so much more pronounced than the admittedly prominent rye malt bill ratio. Yer average rye beer is hardly as punchy as this one is, so the average consumer may get the wrong idea. At any rate, a pleasant cross-breeding of styles, glad to finally get a chance to try it, and with the minimal amount of effort, thanks be to Christian!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:37:25 | More by biboergosum
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the Cameron's Taster's pack. Haven't loved the style yet, although this one is highly regarded. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - murky copper brown color with generous 2.5 fingers of off-white head. Substantial lacing left down the sides of the glass and the head actually stays for a good long while. Head is creating a nice little cap on top too.

Smell - Some rye, but also quite a bit of hops are present, and smells deliciously like grapefruit. Faint grainy smell as well but the aromas meld together nicely to create something that is inviting and complex simultaneously.

Taste - Big bitterness from the hops and a certain dry quality to them enhanced by the rye characteristics. The bitterness lasts well into the aftertaste and is a bit excessive for my tastes, but has been nicely blended with the hops for a clean crisp taste.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, but well carbonated and gives a lively sensation in the mouth. Works well with the flavors in the beer as well.

Overall - So I don't think I'll ever be a rye beer person, but I feel that this is a good representation of the style and illustrates some of the possibilities available especially when crossing with a hoppy pale ale. It was enjoyable and refreshing albeit an intense experience and would definitely pick up again if I were in the mood. Keeps getting better the farther you get into the glass. Definitely recommended for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:00:31 | More by DenisKolkin
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the LCBO

From a bomber into a snifter
E3013

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Cloudy burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a faint, splotchy wisp with dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Big, bold nose with pale malts, some spicy rye, grapefruit, notes of lemon and some honeydew melon as well. Really interesting and enticing. Great.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel sweetness, some spicy rye malts, with grapefruit and bitter hops at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of spicy rye, some sweet melon flavors, grapefruit and well measured hop bitterness. Really flavorful, interesting and well balanced. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy, velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Fantastic stuff!

OVERALL: This is excellent. The rye works wonders with the base caramel malts and the hop bill is spot on. A wonderful, full, creamy feel as well. Between this one and Sawdust's Lone Pine IPA, Ontario can easily satisfy my hop cravings without issue. World class beer right here, and I'm surprised the scores aren't even higher. Absolutely wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 20:06:47 | More by Jeffo
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from the LCBO; packaging code E3013 (so I'm guessing May 30 2013). I've heard nothing but praise for this stuff, and have been interested in trying it for close to a year now. Lucky me - this batch of bottles actually made it all the way to Sarnia, something I never would have imagined happening a year or two ago. How the times have changed. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour, topped with two fingers of loose, puffy, off white-coloured head. Great retention; it recedes slowly over the next five minutes or so, absolutely caking the glass with lacing. Looks great, and the aroma is equally enticing - tons of juicy pink grapefruit, lemongrass, and pine needles, along with some mandarin and pineapple notes. I can pick out a slight brown sugar vibe, but the rye and malts in general are hard to detect through the sea of hops.

The flavour is bold, delicious, and no less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Toffee sweetness and bready malts underlie a vibrant array of floral, fruity notes from the seven hop varieties - grapefruit, peach, oranges, pine and cedar being the most prominent flavours. Spicy rye and pepper notes come through near the finish, mingling favourably with the earthy bitterness of the hops. Bitter aftertaste, with the rye lingering on the palate. Medium-bodied, almost pushing full, with mild carbonation and an exceptionally smooth, creamy mouthfeel that I absolutely love. Very drinkable stuff, but I'd rather sip and savour it for a while - why rush something this good?

Final Grade: 4.48, an incredible A grade. Worth the wait - Cameron's Rye Pale Ale is probably the best IPA I've had in the last year or so. The spicy, peppery feel imparted by the rye malts is the perfect companion for the intensely citrusy, earthy flavours of the hops, making for an excellent brew that is certain to please the palates of hopheads everywhere. This is easily the best Cameron's beer I've yet tried, and something that the brewers should be extremely proud of. If this is available regularly, you'd better believe I'll be buying plenty more, as this is definitely a new favourite for me. The perfect choice for my 500th beer tick on BA - and on International IPA Day, to boot!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 04:02:57 | More by thehyperduck
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.09/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that produces decent lacing. Unfortunately, the head didn't stick around very long. The body is a beautiful clear rust color with steady carbonation.

Smell: Plenty of spice, but it's hard to tell if the rye or the hops is the reason. Grapefruit, pine, and pepper with slight herbal and a rough grainy scent in the background. Warming helped it out quite a bit.

Taste: Starts with peppery rough malt that I assume is rye with a slight peach citrus taste which then turns to an IPA slam of hops as the citrus comes forward to quash the pine and herb rebellion that ends the beer.

Mouthfeel: The hops tend to linger far more then the pepper and malt, and produce that oily texture I don't enjoy. The carbonation seems to reign in a lot of this though oddly enough, but it regrettably was spend at the 1/3rd left mark. It's a bumpy ride, from start to finish.

Drinkability: Well the beer settles down well, but smooth and easy it is not. The taste and mouthfeel conspire against it here. It has that rare pleasant dryness to it that makes up some ground for me though.

Final Thoughts: This is my second Rye beer, and it certainly fared better then the first. That still being said, Rye beer does not appear to be my cup of tea. It's like an IPA with the hop kick spread out a bit more, and the sweet malt replaced with it's rougher rye cousin, which I would say is the best piece of advice I can give if you are drinking your first rye beer. Standard beer is toast, and this beer is rye bread toast. Regular toast tends to be sweeter the bread because the sugars in the bread caramelize. However Rye bread toast doesn't really do it quite as well, because, well I dunno, I guess there is less sugar/it's hardier? Either way, rye malt seems to have the same characteristic as there is next to nothing remotely sweet here, which makes for something different, it's just not quite what I'm looking for. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:05:36 | More by TheHammer
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 6.6%.

A - Poured a hazy rusty orange with 1cm off white head, head reduced to a thin cap and eventually surface bubbles, good lacing.

S - Citrus (Grapefruit, orange peel), pine, spice, grass, some tea, some caramel in the background. The rye isn't apparent in the aroma but there's a ton of hops. Seven different ones according to the label. Overall very complex and inviting aroma.

T - Caramel, some rye bread, citrus like sourness, notes of tropical fruits, pine, spicy, bitter finish, bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is well masked behind the sweetness and all the hops. Overall this is quite flavourful.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, a bit sticky, a bit of heat, dry finish.

O - Wow! This is simply one of the best I've ever had. It sure goes down easy. It has a rye beer meets DIPA vibe to it. For some reason these haven't been moving off the shelve at my local LCBO. Next time I'm in I'll take care of that!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 03:16:14 | More by decimator
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy oragnge-amber as described. Solid long-lived head with lots and lots of lace. A really good looking beer.

Really all about the hops. Nose is citrus peel and a hint of pepper. Thin-bodied up front, but immediately hoppy bitter to follow. Citrusy and dry, a touch boozy. The citrus over tops the rye and malt, although there is some sweetness up the middle.

I'm somehow not catching all the nuance of this one, I guess. Mostly just hops to me, but still a good quality quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:31:09 | More by TerryW
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times; usually pick up a bottle when I'm back in Ontario. Served in a DryHop taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent amber body.

S - Floral and grapefruit rind hops, spicy rye, toasted grain, hints of toffee and crackery malts. Fairly low sweetness.

T - Similar flavor profile, with a mixture of spicy rye, pithy rye, pine, lemon, and herbal hops. Malt character is also quite crackery and low in sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but not excessively so.

M - Dry, medium body, with crisp carbonation and lingering hop resins and oils. No perceptible alcohol.

D - A solid, enjoyable, RyePA. I don't get a lot of the tropical and citrusy notes some of the other reviewers mention; wondering if there is variability to the hop bill. I'm fairly certain the bottles I've had are fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:01:44 | More by MasterSki
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 650ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy white head which is very slowly beginning to dissolve, leaving behing a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell - The beer is distinctly spicy smelling. Sort of over-powering whatever else is going on here. There's also a good deal of citrus, probably orange and/or grapefruit.

Taste - Lot's of spice. What exactly, I can't say....peppery maybe. That must be the rye grain? (This is my first Rye beer, so I don't really know what to expect here). Towards the finish there's a decent amount of citrus. There's some caramel/toffee malt flavour in there somewhere as well. There's a lingering hop bitterness as well, but nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, light carbonation. Sort of a creamy texture.

Overall - 4.25/5 Not sure if this is standard fare for the style, but if it is sign me up. Three cheers for rye beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 04:30:47 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

props to andrenaline for including in our latest trade
A - dark slightly hazy burnt orange, tower of light tan head wasn't going anywhere, lots of random sticky lacing
S - spicy and grainy with a touch of citrus and a mild earthiness
T - spicy rye grain mixes well with citrus and mild floral hop notes, touch of metallic on the finish
M - medium to light body with a smooth start that gives way to a pleasant peppery feel with a slightly dry finish
O - big on rye spiciness which i prefer in the style, but maintains its drinkability, a very fine example of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:42:55 | More by joemcgrath27
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 650 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours a honey/copper gold with a two to three finger head. The retention is nice and long and even after the head finally dissipates, there is a nice halo.

S: there is a faint rye smell, but I have an overpowering memory recall of marmalade on this. Citrus is very prominent.

T: a bit of pine, but those citrus flavors come through. I love the "bitter" flavor.

M: smooth with good carbonation and it seems rather slick. I like the fact that the hops stay around in the finish as a reminder.

O: I have wanted to try this for a while and I have to say that I am glad I did. I have to admit to not being a huge fan of RPA or IPA beers, but I want to give everything a fair chance. It was good. I would quite enjoy this with BBQ on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 20:17:20 | More by polloenfuego
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/6/13, big cheers to liamt07 for knocking off one of my biggest wants

A hazy orange amber, some tiny slow bubbles and a few large fast ones feeding a very well sustained thumbs width of foam that leaves a few thick partial rings followed by random patches

S I get some floral and spicy hops but for the most part a tropical citrus nose, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and mandarin, vitamin C chewable's with some pine and spruce, there's a little caramel malt but the hops are clearly in charge, some lemon rind as it warms

T I'm getting more of the spicy rye malt in the mouth but a little less of the killer tropical notes, more pine and some earthy notes, tastes great but the nose had just a little more going for it

M has a nice bitter snap, slightly creamy, almost full, a little gritty with a long and strong spicy, piney, rind finish

O I'm grooving to this brew, I'm guessing there's more American hops then English and the rye malt adds a nice spicy kick. Perhaps a little too smooth considering my bombers almost gone and I just started drinking it

this ones a winner in my books, big tropical hop blast with a little spicy kick, no mention of booze anywhere and I could easily drink another bomber or two without getting board. I can see why this brews so well rated and I want to try more from this brewery, I can see why this popped up among Canada's best.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 05:47:14 | More by wordemupg
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear dark amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of spicy malt notes with citrusy and spicy hops profile. Taste is a great refreshing mix between some spicy rye notes with some citrusy and spicy hops profile which are close to IPA level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid beer which is definitely better then the rest of Cameron’s standard offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:12:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

060413 on bottle. They need to clarify the meaning of this.

A - Slightly hazy copper pour with good carbonation. Two finger fluffy white head. Good finger of retention and great drapes of lace.

S - Subtle rye with lot's of citrus. Good grapefruit and peach. Nice balance, but leans more towards the hops. Rye comes out more as it warms.

T - Sadly the balance doesn't follow through in the flavour. Much more peppery rye spiciness that I don't reall enjoy. Seems like the deep citrus that is there plays second fiddle to the rye. As it warms, rye is less present in the middle and just shows strong in the finish.

M - good carbonation, medium body and a spicy rye finish. Harsh rye to finish that lingers quite a while.

O/D - Slightly torn on this one. Without the rye element I typically don't enjoy, this would be a really solid pale ale for our market. It was really hyped up but I can't really see myself buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:28:04 | More by tbeckett
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Props to peensteen for hooking up the geeks in Northern Ontario with this gem...

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Loads of citrus, earthy pine, hints of grapefruit, cotton candy and mandarin with a butter caramel finish.

T - Much like the nose, the citrus and earthy pine hop flavours dominate, grapefruit and cotton candy also come through, and the peppery rye malts linger on the palette alongside a sour citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, insanely smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. A hop bomb with a solid rye malt base that offered up a tasty twist to what could otherwise be interpreted as a generously hopped west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:41:37 | More by andrenaline
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerine/apricots. It ends with a decent amount of hoppy bitterness that lingers.

Overall – Been wanting to try this one for a while, and it lived up to the hype. Amazing to find this much west coast flavour in an Ontario beer. It reminds me a bit of a Firestone Union Jack. With beers like this available locally it makes me wonder why I bother ticking random crappy beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:24:07 | More by spinrsx
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy bronze color with a rocky eggshell head with excellent retention. Huge patches and trails of lace adorn the glass on the way down. The nose is of perfumey, citrusy hops and a well integrated doughy sweetness. The taste is a great mix of citrusy, flora, orangey hops and pale malts. Some spicy rye notes show up in the mix as well. A medium to light body is full of textured, small carbonation bubbles. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering rye character. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Very nice Rye Beer. A good amount of floral and citrusy hops mix flawlessly with the rye malts used. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:20:33 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance is not an easy one to describe: glowing but obscured, light in colour but dark in complexion, next to no head but a plethora of lacing - it's a visual paradox so far as the beer reviewer is concerned. The only thing harder than describing it is assessing it a score...

Blindfolded, I'd swear I was on the west coast. This level (though less so this brand) of aggressive hopping is synonymous with IPAs up and down the Pacific border. While it has the typical pithy and rank citrus notes, it is also distinguished by a spicy, earthy quality that is ultra-herbal. Regardless of flavour, it is as fragrant as a spicy curried basmati rice.

This isn't sunny and generous on the palate by IPA standards, but the hoppiness is both styled and engaging. Emphasis is placed on the spice, resins and herbals, leaving grapefruit and citrus fruit notes in the background. The malts are heavy enough to impart notes of burnt caramel, toasted almond, marzipan, and heavily toasted rye bread crusts.

This recipe uses seven hop varieties - of course, quantity matters far more than variety. Safe to say, however, that they were used in good number. Still, contrary to what the aroma let's on, the hops are actually quite suave on the palate. The bitterness is contained in breezy citrus notes, earthy grassiness and dry cedar-like notes.

The inclusion of rye malt and the consideration of "balance" gives this ale far more density and textural richness than most hop-bombs. This is an inherently good quality but does, modestly speaking, take a little something away from the beer's hoppy edge; the acidity is not quite crisp enough and those looking for gum-bleeding citrus will be disappointed.

Cameron's Rye Pale Ale has enough bitter, aggressive hoppiness to be combat-operational but is not the kind of beer that eats its young. Layered with a remedying toasty malt, it has a collected, balanced disposition. Somewhere between English and American styles, this Canadian brewer found their own accent. Well crafted and reasonably priced, it's recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 22:50:55 | More by biegaman
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated: 03-19-13 (March 19, 2013)

(4.25) A: Hazy peach-copper colour with a very tall and creamy foam head. Appropriate retention time and very good lacing.

(4.75) S: Incredibly fresh and juicy grapefruit, smooth wet pine aroma, heavily buttered fresh bread, and a sweet toffee-like kick. This emits an overall damp and earthy muskyness that is wonderful stuff. The rye grows a bit stronger as this warms but isn’t overpowering at all. Excellent world-class aroma.

(4.25) T: Mellow and juicy grapefruit, rye malt, pine, ginger, floral and weedy characteristics, and some breadyness (although not nearly as rich and buttery as aroma indicated). This is very flavourful and the rye elements are definitely present but don't overpower this and are complimented nicely with juicy citrus and pine.

(4.5) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick and viscous with a very pleasant dryness and a slight ginger induced heat.

(4.25) D: This really surprised me and the freshness of this certainly came across. Won’t be hesitating to pick up more of this and glad to see Cameron’s experiments in the liquor stores. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:26:35 | More by Digimaika2
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beerbistro in Toronto.

A: Slightly hazy medium amber body with a thin head of extremely fine off-white foam that settles quickly into a ring and leaves some delicate lace. Ok.

S: Intense, pleasant mixture of piney, herbal hops and spicy rye malt. Straightforward, and very fresh and vibrant. I'm a fan.

T: Follows the nose: resinous hops are up front with some deliciously piney and slightly citrusy bitterness, and the spicy rye builds in midway through to provide balance without sweetness. Pure hop bitterness on the finish, with a long, clean, dry aftertaste. More of an IPA than a Rye Beer, but regardless it's delicious.

M: On the light side of a medium body with some lively carbonation. All right.

O: This is a delightful intense beer, with the bitter finish being just strong enough to make me thirsty for more without feeling overwhelmed. Really well done.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 23:26:29 | More by woosterbill
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A hazy dark-orange/light brown body, 2-3 fingers worth of head that falls back to a fat ring that clings all around.

Smell: Caramel malt, fleshy grapefruit, good rye presence, a bit peppery.

Taste: Astringent grapefruit and the rye is felt more in the finish though it keeps doing its thing long after the sip. Mineral-like feel , bit of spices and orange round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Solid body, spot on carbonation, good creamy feel with a healthy dose of bitterness.

Overall: This needs to be available year-round, preferably in the LCBO. Grab a sixer of this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 12:37:43 | More by papat444
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer on tap in Ottawa last summer and am delighted to see it released in bottles, albeit 650 mL's. An excellent RPA that stacks up against some of Michigan's finest - which is high praise indeed.

Pours a beautiful hazy copper colour with a decent white head that disappears quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Brilliant aroma of resinous pine and pineapple, the full "west-coast" hop profile with a malted rye edge. The taste melds caramel with mango and other tropical fruit flavours to a bracing hop bitterness, all supported by the distinct rye tones that are subtle until the peppery finish. Fresh, this is a hop lover’s dream.

Definitely a beer I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:07:28 | More by hopsolutely
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the PRF BBQ tasting soiree, full pour into a tasting glass. Thanks to James The Canadian for sharing, and Peppers/EmpireStateTroopers for hosting! This beer was a surprise hit of the night, wish I had a bottle of it.

Color is a light amber orange with a sizable head of offwhite foam on the surface. It lingers for awhile and deposits a halo of lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit, citrus, with a light grainy/earthy rye component too. Nicely pungent. Bitter hoppy flavors of grapefruit pith and peel, bready rye with a lingering earthy aftertaste, and dry hoppy bitterness. Medium to light body with an adequate carb level. Nice combo of citrus and rye, a session beer contender.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 14:36:15 | More by emerge077
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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.