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Cream Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 14.01%

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Cream Ale is the beer that started our company. Hailed by Toronto Life in 1998 as “best new beer of the year.” This elegant golden ale is crisp, refreshing and balanced with a fruity backbone. Brewed with 2 row malted barley and specialty hops from the UK. Cameron’s Cream Ale is a dimensional beer that is refreshing in the summer and comforting in the colder seasons.

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Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the concept of the taster packs sold by Canadian craft brewers. We get to sample several of the brewery's beers without having to hunt up individual cans or bottles. So accordingly, I just picked up a Taster 4 Pack from Cameron's Brewing Company. It contains their Cream Ale, Auburn Ale, Lager and Dark 266. The 'packaged on' date stamped on the box read Jun 29 2011.

Cameron's Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Oakville, Ontario. Founded in 1997, it produces the four beers referred to above, which are only sold in the province of Ontario. Apparently the Dark 266 is only available in the Toronto area in limited distribution. Cameron's is known for selling its beer in 9 packs as opposed to the conventional 6 pack, and for its use of all natural ingredients.

I decided to start with Cameron's Cream Ale ("CCA"), their flagship brand, which is 5.0% alcohol by volume and came in a 341 ml bottle. CCA poured a clear golden yellow colour, and took on a beautiful golden hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced a very thin, fizzy white head which disappeared inside two minutes, leaving a collar which produced some minimal lacing down the glass. The aroma was subdued but interesting...sweet malts, apple and a bit of hops. Carbonation level was moderate and the beer was medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to it. The taste began with the sweet malts and transitioned to a slightly bitter, apple flavoured finish. The bitter/apple aftertaste didn't linger too long. A decent beer overall, but if I was in the mood for a cream ale this offering just isn't in the same league as say Muskoka's Cream Ale.

According to the company's web site, CCA was a gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 22:56:58 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer poors well, carbonated well, provides enough head, tastes well, drinks well, but that's about it. It's a good beer, but nothing special and falls into the good/ok category.

I am hoping to try the beer again as I may of had an off batch. Cameron's has award winning beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:35:02 | More by BBickle
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Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Picked this up as part of the Cameron's taster's pack.

Appearance - Nice dark golden color, very clear, but virtually no head at all is poured, and what is poured dissipates almost immediately. The color looks good, just wish there was more head here. Some good lacing left around the glass however.

Smell - Faint sweetness of caramel and maybe a trace of vanilla, that I find in many cream ales. Also general beer graininess dominates the aroma. Not a lot else, but the nose comes through boldly and smells inviting.

taste - More of the roasted grains, transitioning to a bitter conclusion from the hops. The vanilla and caramel sweetness on the nose doesn't show up in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation gives a slightly flat feel, yet at the same time there is a fizziness that is briefly present when it first hits your tongue. Dry finish lingers in the mouth a while too.

Overall - A bit better than I had remembered it, but definitely nothing outstanding. Holds its own with some of Ontario's other brewers in the style, but not anything I would rush out again. The main purpose behind trying the pack was to get a small taste of the rye Pale Ale and the Deviator Doppelbock anyway, but this will help quaff my thirst for the afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 19:36:31 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep gold colour. A vibrant, bright white two gingers of fluffy looking head caps the beer, dissipating at a moderate pace, leaving behind a good deal of lacing (for a cream ale)

Smell - some grains and grass. Pretty basic stuff, but also a very light hint of vanilla which I'm hoping will compliment the style.

Taste - Not disappointed - the vanilla flavour is there, its subtle but it really compliments the mouthfeel. There's next to no hop bitterness here. There's also some grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation. Feels 'creamy' in the tongue...obviously.

Overall - 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:34:47 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep gold in colour, topped by a finger of somewhat lacy and retentive head. Toasted bread aroma, simple but pleasant. Malt-forward and doughy flavour with some light fruity esters giving it some apple character. A noticeable buttery flavour detracts from it's flavour. Minimal hopping is restrained to a very light bitterness in its short finish. I think this tastes pretty good for what it is. Light-bodied with an abundance of soft, finely textured carbonation. Not bad, but not something I care to return to.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:04:08 | More by mintjellie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle, the last in a sampler of four different brews.

Pours a relatively deep golden yellow, almost honey-like in hue, topped with less than a finger of white head that retains poorly. Carbonation level looks almost flat. The aroma is very faint and pretty simple, but it's enjoyable enough. I am reminded of a loaf of honey oat bread... not so much the oats, but the other parts. It's malty, bready, and a little sweet.

The taste is also pretty straightforward and inoffensive. Malts are pretty dominant, very bready with lots of sweet honey and fruity apple notes. Slightly peppery; there is some vague grassy or herbal bitterness in the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet. This is a thin-bodied beer, but it still manages to feel a little syrupy. Fairly creamy, though, with moderate carbonation to facilitate this.

This is refreshing I guess, but not anything that I'd go out of my way for again. I would not consider this significantly better (or worse) than Sleeman Cream Ale, which I have never been a big fan of anyway. Probably the weakest of the four brews in the sampler pack, but to be fair it's a decent example of the style and perfectly drinkable. Try it if the opportunity comes up, but unless you really like cream ales you can probably skip this without much loss.

Update (Nov. 14 2012) - Picked up another sampler... almost exactly a year later, too! I feel I must take back my Sleeman Cream Ale comparison - this cream ale is noticeably better, and even though it's not really up my alley, it's still clean-tasting and approachable. I bumped the taste score up a tiny bit to reflect my softened opinion. I wouldn't really call Cameron's Cream Ale particularly good, but it's not mediocre, either. It's somewhere in between, and an arguably solid example of a relatively uninteresting style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 20:55:47 | More by thehyperduck
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3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The looking is good according to the style, well carbonated, the head is medium with a layer on top of withe bubbles with mixed sizes, the color is also nice a golden yellow one.

S: Barley malt smell, mixed with some sugar and really minimal hops. It is pleasant and nice not very intense but present.

T: The flavor is more light or faint than strong, not too intense.

M: There is a short little bitter ending, the start is nice but also minimal not as intense as expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:30:45 | More by karait95
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Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second from the Cameron's mixed pack.

A - Pours a golden honey kinda colour. Half finger white head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Tiny amount of lacing and a film of retention.

S - Earthy with some honey and bready.

T - Strong honey taste. Far too sweet. A little crackers. A little medicinal maybe. Not overly tasty.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy medium body and a sweet finish. Definately cloying.

O/D - Not for me. Something just gives off too much of a honey note and takes over any other element that could power through. It could be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:01:53 | More by tbeckett
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ho hum , not much going on and I suppose that is the point . A slighter better version of the Sleeman's Cream Ale. A drinkable beer that is a true cream ale ( not the mild such is found in BC). Fairly boring beer in that it really never excites. The slight apple juice flavour is there on the finish. Not really worth buying

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:05:10 | More by canucklehead
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Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from the OCB spring discovery pack, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow colour although a bit more on the amber spectrum with a half of a finger of white that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Very malty on the aromas, smells likes a big loaf of bread, not much else going on in the nose although I also do get that typical adjunct smell that is found in mass produced macros, which almost wet cardboard aromas if you will.

Taste- To be honest it really reminds me of Rogue’s dead guy ale which I didn’t really like all that much either, a lot of bready malt flavours that almost taste like that canned Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, lots of weird flavours coming from this one.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with average carbonation, smooth and crisp and it is a little creamy as well but not what I expected from a cream ale.

Overall- Personally I didn’t really like this one, I mean it’s definitely not a drain pour and it reminds me of a higher rated American craft but it really tastes like an adjunct macro, not much aromas going on and the tastes really match the smell as well, just a lot of bready malts and not a whole lot else. Would not pick this one up again and probably wouldn’t have if not for the OCB discovery pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:51:23 | More by Roke87
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a small, but very frothy white head that stays as a collar without leaving lace.

Smells very fresh. Has a real butterscotch or toffee overtone to it, but mostly sweet malts. Gets more bready after warming.

Surprisingly crisp. Tastes malty, but well-balanced between sweet and tart. There's an odd, almost sour taste in the finish that I can't put my finger on.

Decent carbonation and quite crisp. Yeasty, bread-like on the tongue. Has a sort of resin in the aftertaste.

Another very drinkable beer from Cameron's, though maybe a bit too syrupy. This one plays it safe and would go over well in many casual settings.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 18:39:53 | More by bryehn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orangey yellow topped by a thin ring of foam.

The aroma is mild apple and citrus and dried peaches, all very subdued--as in barely there. Some light, light, LIGHT caramel sweetness as well.

The taste is like apple sauce and ripe pears, bready with a lemon rind aspect to the hops and some light floral spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is, as one might expect, lightly creamy with low carbonation.

Cameron's seems to excel at making beers that are equal parts really boring and very drinkable. I had the lager right before this and I found the experience to be eerily similar.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:35:04 | More by MeisterBurger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, grass, corn, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There is also quite a bit of corn syrup and/or honey sweetness. And maybe a little bit of a butterscotch flavour. The beer finishes with a grainy sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had no issues with this beer. Seems like a fairly good example of the style and although I wouldn’t buy it again I’m happy that I gave it a try. It was better than the Muskoka Cream Ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 19:00:37 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a four-bottle sample pack. Packaged on February 11th.

Poured into a becker glass. Extremely light for an ale, a fine golden hue, with a thick creamy head and sheets of lacing rings. Good looking brew.

The nose is bready malts, a bit of hops, and then a strange adjunct smell that reminds me of cardboard or something tomato-y. Maybe a bit of apple in there, like a really sweet cider. Not altogether pleasant.

Taste is sweet, grainy, but with that strange flavor from the nose that's becoming quite offputting. Again, like other reviewers, I get tomato or something that really shouldn't be found in a beer. That particular flavor is not overpowering though, and so the rest of the brew is mild and easy to drink. A bit of apple, and the finish is nice and smooth, but it's not something I'm enjoying much. Not something I'm liable to return to.

Creamy, thick, a bit flat after a strong carbonation burnoff after pouring.

I'll still review them just in case I find one I like, but I'm not a fan of cream ales, and this one is a perfect example of why this is so. Bland, sweet, and with a strange adjunct flavor that really throws the whole off. Won't get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:36:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a clear golden colour almost devoid of head.

s- some breadyness, some malts...pretty unoffensive smell. Not a ton to it.

t-carbonation taste....some malts. Has a crispness to it almost like a cider.

m-feels about right for a 5%.

d-well there is nothing controversial here...why couldn't you have a ton of these?

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:51:46 | More by Mit
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Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out pale yellowish with some orange tints.
aggressive pour yields fluffy 3 finger white head.

getting some wet cardboard smell off this. Cannot quite describe what i smell..kind of like the smell after opening a canned tomato juice.. yes smells oddly of tomato juice

it does have a creamy mouthfeel but that tomato-ish aroma is present in the taste. finishes creamy and a bit bitter. but overall not a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:58:47 | More by paxkey
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with almost no head/lacing. Smells of strong bready malt without any real hop aroma. Flavour is quite muted, some sweetness. Nothing is off about the flavour, but it is quite mild. Carbonation is a bit low, but it isn't flat. Pretty much on style for a cream ale, but a pretty uninteresting one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:43:27 | More by kwjd
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Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Virtually no head even with a hard pour. What little head that did form (perhaps a centimetre) quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the glass and a few patches of film. The beer is a very clear and light gold. Pretty average.

S - Not much going on here. It smells sweet, sort of an apple smell but smells off. Not that inviting in my opinion.

T - The taste is rather strange, I don't enjoy it at all. First you have the smell which isn't inviting to begin with, and then you taste this and it just tastes... off. I do taste the apple notes and slight bready malts, but there is also an unidentifiable flavour lurking through that throws everything out of order.

M - Alright, pretty light with medium carbonation.

D - In my case, not high at all. This beer is getting the drain. If someone could enjoy the taste or even find it acceptable then I'm sure that this would be a decent session beer. But for me I would sadly rather resort to macro beers than this any day. This was equally bland but also off putting, which ruined it for me.

Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 23:09:34 | More by StarshipPoopers
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing to write home about on this one, poured with a finger of head that managed to retain a single line for the rest of the beer. No lacing to speak of, but a bronze body that boasts slow carbonation allows that to be forgiven.

Smell: Lightly roasted biscuit malt with apple notes and a creamy undertone that plainly states it's case. It didn't take much warming to come out, but it is a bit on the soft side.

Taste: A very simple drinker as basic barely and possibly even a touch of wheat malt starts the experience which gives way to a light creaminess with a touch of apple, grape and apricot flavor. The experience then ends with a light dusting of dry grassy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Very nice transition, but the carbonation could use a little work as it seems to only appear at the creamier part of the beer, but I guess that's the idea with it being a cream ale. The aftertaste doesn't linger but there is a bit too much of the hops and not enough of the fruitier aspects which what makes this beer better then average.

Drinkability: Light body, low carbonation and easy to get down. This is a very good cottage or patio beer, but the aftertaste and dry parts don't make it as refreshing as it could be. You could certainly do worse, that is for sure.

Final Thoughts: Cameron's seems to establish itself as a gateway to craft beer brewery. It's offerings seem to be geared towards macro drinkers who want something different. Both this offer and their Lager are superior to their macro counterparts, but not so off the beaten path as to scare away non-BAs. For the most part, it's good beer for the average person, although not your average BA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 17:50:27 | More by TheHammer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to pint glass

A - Light yellow, slight cloudy with a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Crisp, bready malts and a slight bitter hop nose with a faint citrus smell.

T - Slight hop bite up front with some citrus. A nice crisp bready malt backbone.

M - Light body with a very slight creamy texture. Heavily carbonated.

D - An enjoyable beer but not a memorable one.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:24:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Cameron's brew, in no small part because of its glimmering complexion, is more gold than yellow; its colour has a sharp, deep tone even despite that its clarity is beyond reproach. While the strong colour is appreciated, a strong head (or any head) is more important. There is virtually no white to be found anywhere on the beer.

A cream ale, typically, is a beer that is lagered with an ale strain of yeast; the result of which should be a beer as sparkling, light and crisp as a conventional lager but one that often times has just a smidgen more character to it. Indeed, with this particular one, faintly fruity esters improve on what would otherwise be a dreadfully boring aroma.

Those subtle but effervescent notes compliment the undertones of bread and corn to make for a much more well-rounded flavour than is customary for regular lagers. The maltiness is firm and very well-attenuated, leading to a substantially thirst quenching finish. As was expected from this brewer, the beer is clean tasting and highly palatable.

Neither sweetness nor bitterness are significantly present; the beer's soft maltiness is left undisturbed and unadulterated. It is the liquid equal of fresh baked artisanal bread. The finish is neutral but not overly dry. Cameron's must have the master recipe for cream ales and must have followed it step by step - this is a phenomenally good example of the style.

As much as I like this brewery's cream ale - and I really really do - I don't know what sense it makes to produce both this and their lager, given the beers are so similar in style (not to mention they only release 4 offerings in total). They obviously do what they do well, but I'd like to see this brewer put his talents towards tackling a wider ranger of styles.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 16:46:45 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a disclaimer I hate cream ales, but I also rate to style, so this one still has a good chance to impress.

Orange pour with a finger of bone white head that drops to an island of film and leaves a ring of foamy lace on the glass. Aroma is really muted - vaguely fruity, with cream of wheat mixed in. Some biscuit, and perhaps apple as well. You know what - for a cream ale this really isn't too shabby at all! Tastes quite fruity, with apple and pear dominating, but with a strong grainy character underneath. Cream of wheat is again present, and works well for the style. Lemony hops provide a clean bitterness. The body is really good - quite smooth, with the carbonation producing a creamy effect in the mouth.

Surprisingly decent. By no means is this something I'd go out and buy again (I only got it because I needed some of the bottles for a trade), but it has made me reassess my stance on cream ales a bit, and recognise that there's some potential there. Camerons Cream Ale went down very easily, and while its flavour is at the simpler end of the spectrum, it seems well-suited as a light summer quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 15:55:18 | More by bobsy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow with hazy orange highlights, half finger off-white head retreats leaving a wispy, cloudy surface. Carbonation a little scarce. Ring with minor ribbon lacing. Smell is a bit tangy, tangerine, orange rind.

Taste offers a glimpse of citrus hops that quickly gives way to a malty backbone that seems to take over. There is a mineral-like quality to this cream ale that I often find with this style, an earthy presence, at worst metallic. Nonetheless, it's still pretty drinkable. Light to medium body, smooth enough.

This is a pretty typical cream ale, not outstanding but true to the style, if you like cream ales, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:53:45 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from the OCB Discovery Pack 4. First review of a Cameron's beer, even though I've tried all four. This one is probably their second best offering, next to the Auburn Ale. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Deep golden yellow with one finger of white head and patches of webbed lacing. Smell and taste are Cream of Wheat cereal, some oatmeal, mildly floral and grassy hops, a touch of fruity sweetness, light grains, and a herbal, bitter hop twang in the finish (a bit soapy). Smoothish mouthfeel is medium-bodied and refreshing, with a subtle, lager-like dryness to end. Very drinkable.

Similar to the Blonde Ale and California Common, the Cream Ale falls somewhere in between a lager and an ale. The genre is not well regarded by craft drinkers, most likely because it lacks bold, in-your-face flavours. For the style, though, this beer is tasty and sessionable, and that's all it really needs to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 19:35:15 | More by cratez
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another two week sojourn in T.O. for work, another hotel with some local-ish microbrews on draft at their in-house bar. A 20oz pint whilst grabbing a pre-anniversary night bash drink with my girl, flown in just for the occasion.

This beer appears a faintly hazy medium golden orange colour, with one finger of puffy, bubbly and ultimately creamy white head, which leaves a few walls of spackled lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy cereal malt, simple honey, vanilla cookies, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - sweet bready grain, vanilla wafers, dried honey, and somewhat tangy floral, perfumed hops.

The carbonation is moderately soft, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a wee bit creamy, sort of the runt of the family, as it were. It finishes pretty dry, some plain graininess and pithy florals loitering for a bit.

A moderately above-average cream ale, mostly unmemorable, and inoffensive. Nothing I would go out of my way to procure, but adequate if there are no better options, read: swanky, expense-account hotel bar. And what the hell does being 'dimensional' mean? Existent? Here right now? Pfft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 08:47:18 | More by biboergosum
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Cream Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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