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Cream Ale - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-09-2003

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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 85
Photo of wordemupg
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 31/7/14

A clear golden liquid, bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a short lived film that manages to leave some polka dot lace

S soggy cereal, weedy and herbal hops, a hint of caramel and cardboard bin

T more of the same really with some old pennies, not much going on and what is there doesn't blow me away, a little better then macro lagers but leaves something to be desired

M light bodied prickly bubbles flatten out quickly, weedy metallic finish

O nothing special but drinkable, another one and done

I could see a few tickers liking the mixed 4 pack from Cameron's but I doubt I'd buy a second, I would buy a fresh bomber of their RyePA again but that's about it. (719 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Golden copper, clear filtered, little slow rising carbonation, 3 fingers of off white head, nice lacing, fades moderately fast.

S: Lager yeasts, dried hay, slight fruitiness, slight hot banana pepper spice, snow.

T: Lager like, light dried hay, cereal as in Shreddies, little dull bitterness on the end, lightly hopped, very light sweetness. Corn.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Ok. Smooth, light, lager like, not wowing me. Got it in a Cameron’s mixed pack. (486 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,739 characters)

Photo of BBickle
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.22/5  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. (1,302 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Final Grade: 3.35, a B-. (1,858 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (324 characters)

Photo of Roke87
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,382 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.59/5  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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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? (323 characters)

Photo of paxkey
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.19/5  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. (322 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.37/5  rDev +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. (1,675 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.07/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,772 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (637 characters)

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Cream Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.