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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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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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2013
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
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 biboergosum
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 MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -25.6%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

biegaman, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +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.

liamt07, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrJay, Dec 29, 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
Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

wordemupg, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

spinrsx, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

tbeckett, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

woosterbill, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

andrenaline, Apr 23, 2013
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 jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +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.

jrenihan, May 02, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Jeffo, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Molson2000, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.