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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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90
outstanding

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 13
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 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
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

deonreds, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

BigGruntyThirst, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of evil_liver
4/5  rDev -0.7%

evil_liver, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2013
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 IdeaSpeeder
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 650ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-copper colour, with 2 fingers of foamy white head which is very slowly beginning to dissolve, leaving behing a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell - The beer is distinctly spicy smelling. Sort of over-powering whatever else is going on here. There's also a good deal of citrus, probably orange and/or grapefruit.

Taste - Lot's of spice. What exactly, I can't say....peppery maybe. That must be the rye grain? (This is my first Rye beer, so I don't really know what to expect here). Towards the finish there's a decent amount of citrus. There's some caramel/toffee malt flavour in there somewhere as well. There's a lingering hop bitterness as well, but nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, light carbonation. Sort of a creamy texture.

Overall - 4.25/5 Not sure if this is standard fare for the style, but if it is sign me up. Three cheers for rye beer!

IdeaSpeeder, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

kelvarnsen, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DaPan, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of AugustusRex
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

AugustusRex, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev -0.7%

KeKeKumba, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  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

joemcgrath27, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

polloenfuego, Jun 07, 2013
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 bigox420
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bigox420, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ThinkAgain, May 27, 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 jimctin
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

jimctin, May 15, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

irishkyle21, May 06, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

CurtisD, Apr 29, 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 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 WeissBoy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

WeissBoy, Apr 22, 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 RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RedAleMan, Apr 18, 2013
RPA (Rye Pale Ale) from Cameron's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.