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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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Reviews: 44
Hads: 125
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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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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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 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 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 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 emerge077
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 Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 SebD
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 korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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)

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Photo of jrenihan
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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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 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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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