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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

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

randallpink, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kevinlater, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DuffMan32, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

beerhunter13, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

JonnyBeers, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

KevinSP, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 29, 2013
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

strang, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

GoHabsGo, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

yossarian, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Caudalie, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Groulxsome, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Molson2000, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

davemathews68, Aug 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

WeizenMike, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

AussieAbroad, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ajzy, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

gloryhole, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.48/5  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: 4.48, 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!

thehyperduck, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

nullbort, Jul 26, 2013
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mick303, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of decimator
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

decimator, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy oragnge-amber as described. Solid long-lived head with lots and lots of lace. A really good looking beer.

Really all about the hops. Nose is citrus peel and a hint of pepper. Thin-bodied up front, but immediately hoppy bitter to follow. Citrusy and dry, a touch boozy. The citrus over tops the rye and malt, although there is some sweetness up the middle.

I'm somehow not catching all the nuance of this one, I guess. Mostly just hops to me, but still a good quality quaff.

TerryW, Jul 18, 2013
RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.