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

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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

TheHammer, Jul 26, 2013
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JonnyBeers, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

biboergosum, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hoppy beer. Light golden with enormous foamy white head. Hoppy and spicy aroma.Very good drinkability, with a spicy bitterness. Citrus lemon and grapefruit. Very floral.A bit acidic in the finish.
This one hits the bullseye.
Thanks for hooking me up Jon.

Sammy, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of heebes
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from the brewery, bottle pours a slight haze amber gold with light beige foam head. Nose is pungent from the beginning of juicy grapefruit and citrus hops, bit of rye and malt to round it out. Exactly how I'd want this beer to smell. Taste is quite exceptional, with the spiciness of the rye blending smoothly with the big hop punch and a bit of sweetness out of the backing malt body. Mouthfeel is crisp, making it quite drinkable.
Man, this isnt something I`d expect out of Cameron`s in Ontario to produce. Quite frankly the best beer available right now, though I believe it`s intended to be a spring seasonal. The only downside was the pricing, over $16 for the six pack.

heebes, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

randallpink, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

WeizenMike, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

emerge077, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TheSevenDuffs!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Toasty grains, pine needles and sweet citrus fruits with some spicy hops.

Taste. Piney hops, lemons and yellow grapefruits, some roasted grains and a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A nice west coast style rye ipa. Enjoyed it.

Rutager, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DuffMan32, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. No freshness info but probably about a month or so old.

A - Hazy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow around the edges. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and quickly receded to a thin layer. Some very light lacing.

S - Huge fresh citrus aroma up front - tones of grapefruit, tangerine and pine. A very light malt sweetness in the background. Very fresh and robust.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with pine, citrus and herbal flavours. The citrus is not as prominent as the nose indicated but there are some big grapefruit and orange zest flavours. A nice rye spiciness in the finish adds a wonderful complexity to this beer.

M - Medium body, silky and creamy. Lots of fresh, sticky tongue-coating hop oils.

O - A great beer and one of Ontario's many bright spots lately. Well done!

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ThinkAgain, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WillAndSarah, Oct 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

irishkyle21, May 06, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

mtomlins, Nov 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

dipso123, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

CurtisD, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Only.

The best Cameron's I've had to date, pretty solid step up. Hazy orange IPA colour, nose is full of fresh citrus hops, hint of caramel and vanilla. Real hop forward brew, citrus and touch of pine, grapefruit, caramel malt base, just a faint hint of maybe something leaning to diacytl (though I'm sensitive to it), touch of rye spiciness, touch of earth, fresh and drinkable, quite a lingering bitterness for an Ontario IPA.

This one is all about the hops and they shine. And I love me a good beer with rye. Would gladly drink this again and I hope it becomes a bit more available. Really nice stuff.

Edit: Happy to re-review. Been drinking a lot of this on tap at The Only - great hop brightness, citrus character, balanced with a rye spiciness and a slight chewiness. Just a terrific beer and perhaps one of the best in Ontario for IPAs.

ritzkiss, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

papat444, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Orange amber and cloudy with lots of yeast sediment, 3 fingers of off white yellow creamy head leaving a nice chunky lacing.


S: Pine, hops, citrus, black pepper papadums, light sweet candy, rye bread.


T: A good candy sweet quality with pine, citrus, black pepper and solid bitterness on the end. I think IPA more than rye, but rye is definitely there, especially on the second half.


M: Thick somewhat syrupy body, medium low carbonation.


O: Been looking forward to having this proudly brewed Canadian classic for some time. Really well done, no complaints here. You get both rye and IPA here. Bought in Kitchener, drank in New Hamburg Aug 24th, 2014.

patre_tim, Aug 25, 2014
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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.