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

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 127
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | 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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4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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

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Photo of Jeffo
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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.

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Photo of Weebay
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper with red hue good lacing, not much head.

Smell - Citrus, a little mango and some pine

Taste - A touch of spiciness, good malt back bone. Great hops. The taste is much like the smell minus the pine and with the addition of grapefruit. The rye adds that perfect spiced taste that really let the hops take center stage.

Mouthfeel - Good. Slightly viscous, coats the mouth well, not overly so.

Overall - I am very impressed! I've never been impressed with anything that Cameron's has put out, until now!

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Photo of decimator
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of heebes
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeremy-Gilchrist
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of kevinlater
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. "G0915" coded on the front label -- bottled july 9 2015? consumed on july 20, 2015

a: clear light copper with two fingers of off-white head

s: rye, caramel, melon, grapefruit, and orange, slight dankness and pine character

t: a damn tasty beer. incredibly balanced. lots of caramel and rye to go around, with the hop characteristics taking a slight backseat -- herbal leafy touches, pine, grapefruity orange, and cantaloupe. finishes with rye flavour and a moderate hop bitterness

m: incredible! medium-plus feel, medium-minus carbonation, creamy and a bit sticky

o: haven't had this beer in over a year, turns out it's still one of my ontario favourites

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.4/5  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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of LoonCampbell74
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


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Photo of andrenaline
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BBickle
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $13.00 for a 6pk. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out in a minute or two. Very dark gold color. Unfiltered

S- Lots of hops and malt here. Sweet

T- Not much rye but lots of hops! Good malt base. Sweet and sickly. Overall a nicely blended brew.

M- Sweet and sickly.

O- Good brew that bitter bite is nice and overall enjoyable. Will buy again for sure and it's a break from the every day

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Peperoni pizza!


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Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

I purchased a bottle from the LCBO some time ago and remember this brew being pretty good. This is a 341Ml bottle from the Camerons taster pack $10.50 at the LCBO.

A- pours an unfiltered deep copper color with a nice thick pillow of foam followed by decent sticky lacing. Its almost unnoticeable but the carbonation is present.

S- Some nice Caramel malt and some wiffs of floral citrus hops, pine, touch of grass, tree sap.

T- nice malt profile up front with flavors of caramel, burnt sugar and a touch of butterscotch along with some wholesome flavors of whole grain bran flakes and fresh 12 grain bread. The hops are there but take their time to overlap the initial malt sweetness, after a second or two the nice flavors of grapefruit, pine and grass along with a dose of spice and hints of tropical fruit lead the way to a finish that holds a nice mellow bitterness on the top of my mouth between sips.

M- A smooth and full bodied pale ale with near perfect carbonation for such a style.

D- a very flavorfull pale ale and very drinakable.

Overall the transition from malts sweetness to hops bitterness is astounding, giving you equal opportunity to enjoy both the malt spectrum and hop spectrum of this beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4.22/5  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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber colour, nearly a finger of white head with some lace at the top of the glass. Smell is a blast of citrus and pine, big chunks of pineapple up front, some malt with a bit of a spicy rye kick, mango and grapefruit, lots of citrus and tropical fruit scents. Tasts is quite hoppy, citrus and tropical flavours, grapefruit, mango as well spicy malt, dry bitterness in the middle and finish, some more malt and spice in the aftertaste. Good feel, medium carboantion, lightly sweet points followed by nice drying carbonation, oily at points. This was a pleasure to have, defintley something I would drink again, very nice on tap.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.