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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
89
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: ritzkiss on 04-03-2012

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.
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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by decimator:
Photo of decimator
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  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

Photo of heebes
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rhino, into a pint glass (several times over).

Bright orange with some darker red and brown hues. White head with good retention and excellent lacing. Nose is bright and citric, light tropical notes compliment. Surely an IPA here. A light spiciness as well (the rye perhaps?). Modest malt profile on the whole, the hops shine here. Taste has more of the same, some orange and tangerine-like citrus. A bit of mango (Citra here?) and a bit more tropical notes. A lightly grainy-cereal-y rye malt is more apparent. A bit spicy and bready. Rye adds some good body to this brew and the mouthfeel is quite full. Juicy hop notes feeds a pine-y bitterness in the finish that's just right for this beer. Certainly the best Cameron's has done by a stretch.

Notice - alcohol is invisible here, this stuff creeps up on you faster than it should.

Photo of SebD
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice semi cloudy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, grapefruit (tropical fruit) with some pine and some light malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice tropical fruit character bringing out citrus, grapefruit and mango with a piney bitterness and a nice spiciness from the rye. Nice lingering bitterness. Reminds me of Smash Bomb but with some Rye Malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Very impressed with this one, wasn't expecting it to be this great! Thanks alot TheSevenDuffs

Photo of thehyperduck
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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: 4.47, 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!

Photo of Jeremy-Gilchrist
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong beer, Good flavour, amazing aroma, could be filtered to avoid chunks in bottom. great canadian take on IPA. Would have been better to be slightly sweeter but the rye adds an amazing layer of depth and complexity to the beer. A good summer beer to remind you of warmth in those cold winter months

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a moderately-sized off-white head. Good retention, good lacing.

Rye is the dominant scent, with some tropical fruit in the background provided by the hops. Hops are not as strong as expected but it is a nice smell.

Taste is quite different from the nose. Big citrus flavour, grapefruit and more. Quite bitter. A touch of pine, particularly in the finish. Very flavourful. Rye adds a nice touch, a spicy aspect, but is not as strong as expected. Some caramel malt as well. Very nice.

High carbonation, medium body. Chewy.

Overall, very nice. I hope this becomes a regular because it is easily the best beer I have had from Cameron's and would be a huge addition to the Ontario beer scene.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip from TheSevenDuffs
No freshness date on bottle.

A- Slightly hazy dark orange/copper pour with a two finger sticky, chunky off white head. Lacing is perfect!

S- Bright citrus (mandarin, grapefruit) good pine presence and an excellent zesty spice from the rye. Good sweetness from the malt profile.

T- Wow, candied citrus fruit. Good pine bitterness and this overwhelming rye presence that is chewy, spicy and just an excellent addition to the beer. This is by far one of the best Rye beers I've ever had.

M- Light to medium bodied, nice chew, good carbonation and a lingering bitterness that I always enjoy.

O- I don't know what to say, this is marvelous. Just a solid beer that needs to be available all the time and in my area (preferably in the Cameron's 9pk)

Photo of BBickle
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.