Augusta Ale | Kensington Brewing Company

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Augusta AleAugusta Ale

Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With an abundance of hops and a sweet caramel backbone, this is a true session beer. A grassy, nutty and flavourful malt body is balanced by delicate citrus hops and a touch of spice. Clocking in at 34 IBUs, this beer is just bitter enough to keep the hopheads coming back without being crushingly dry or astringent. Designed to be enjoyed often!

35 IBU

Added by Sammy on 04-13-2011

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Photo of Opiate42
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It mixes the hops of a nice IPA with the smooth feel of a red ale. Colour is a nice reddish brown and the aroma is fresh and hoppy. The ingredients used must be top notch as I can drink quite a few without getting any form of headache (cheaply made beer gives me migraines).

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Photo of mrpchristensen
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigox420
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Top_Jimmy
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Kensington Brewery is a small Ontario Craft Brewery that currently brewed at Wellington Brewery in Guelph Ontario. The company is so small they only currently have 2 full time employees.

This has become one of my new favourite craft beers from Ontario.

Apperance - This beer pours an amber colour from the can leaving a small head that does not remain while some lacing does remain for a short period.

Smell - Nice amount of hops, bready with a slight malt, slight citrus background

Taste - Forefront of hops, a nice bitter IPA, citrus

Mouthfeel - This beer has some body and a nice mouthfeel. It has a great amount of carbonation and finishes with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste

Overall - This has become one of my current favourite Ontario Craft Brews. It is a nice IPA that is good to start with and not as hoppy and bitter as other local beers susch as Hops and Robbers, which I also enjoy but others may not.

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Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this at Burger Bar. Pours a pale orange colour with thick head. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells of grapefuity hops with some bready malt. Bitterness is quite forward for an APA, still well balanced. I could easily drink many of these over a night. Nice medium bodied carbonation level. I think this may be my favourite pale ale from Ontario. I am certainly going to have this again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint of this new offering at The Only in an oddly snowy April Sunday. Pours a clear burnished orange with an attractive foamy head that leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals some nice citrus hopping, light caramel and bread, clean but light in the aroma, a little malt forward to me.

Clean malt profile, orange rind and grapefruit pith hopping, light pine, slightly oily at times (a good thing). Very balanced and drinkable but no IPA (as it is originally entered as), definitely more of an American Pale Ale - not enough hop presence or bitterness to be otherwise, even by Ontario's standards. As an APA (which I am rating it as), very approachable and fresh, just enough moderate bite and dryness in the finish to keep you coming back for more. Much more American styled malt profile than most in Ontario, no red malty mess here.

This is a great pale ale (perhaps one of the best in the province), very drinkable and fresh, certainly a nice addition to the Ontario scene. In fact, as I drink I am prone to want to rate this up a little - Will gladly come back to this. Love to see this venture succeed and put out more adventurous offerings.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, bitter brew, hazy orange with a light head, lots and lots of lacing. Very punchy, some drying. Mild floral and lemon hop notes. Tasty and full.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Pils gold color. A smallish rocky head leaves chunks of foam on the glass. Fresh bread and light, citrusy hops compete for attention in the nose. The taste is wonderfully balanced between honeyish malts and citrusy hops. Lemon drops and eucalyptus get more prominent with warmth, adding tremendous complexity to the hop profile. The finish is lightly bitter but lasts a long time.

A very enjoyable Pale Ale. Lots of hops relative to the standard in this area. Great stuff from the Market.

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Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augusta Ale glows a lightly coppered golden tone, clear but not without distortion, and minimal head (despite all that generated from the pour). It is a basic looking ale, but one that strikes me as though it belongs in no less than a pint-sized serving. Webs of lacing do stick here and there on the glass even while its bubbles are lethargic.

Augusta Ale welcomes you with aromas of tree resin, citrus rinds, and bitter herbals. In other words, I hope you like hops. While a big backdrop of biscuity, caramel malt disqualifies this from (especially American) "IPA" discussions, there is nonetheless a notable, distinct hop bouquet that leaves little to be desired for a pale ale.

The entire flavour profile is outlined and shaded in green. Like a comic book illustrator, the brewer has traced each separate panel (flavour) with a bold, hoppy contour. Whether it's the biscuity, bready cookie-like start or the sweet, toasted nut finish, each individual scene is accentuated by hops, be it via pine or grapefruit or weedy, grassy herbals.

The slight citrusy character notwithstanding, this beer has a bitter, leafy quality not unlike spinach. What makes it infinitely more pleasant, however, is a maltiness that tastes like toasted nuts drizzled in caramel. This bready, biscuity profile almost tastes like a Greek pastry (think nuts, honey and phyllo). It is a gratifying ale, but a pint won't last long at all.

Just as there's nothing creative about the name 'Augusta Ale' (the street where this is brewed) so too is there little distinguished about the beer itself. But that doesn't imply there's anything wrong with it. On the contrary, I wouldn't change a thing. Insofar as sessionable, hoppy pale ales go, this is a winner. And a definite re-buy, too.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $2.90 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened and poured well. Nice amber cloudy color.

S- Lots of hops. Citrus galore Nice blend!!

T- Excellent! Grapefruit galore so you know the hops...

M- Very good.

O- Me likie a lot! Good break from other IPA's. Will buy again for sure.

Food Pairing

This nice IPA goes well with... general Tso's chicken


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Photo of MattCampbell
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light frothy head of white foam, light carbonation and crisp medium copper gold colour. Leaves some good curtain lacing.

On the nose there is a good hop note, with some fresh baked aromas. Quite well integrated, malt and hops interplay nicely, maybe slightly restrained.

Taste is malty before hops come through strongly. Also a strong fruitiness (apples, pears, berries) comes through lending to a nice rich flavour profile. Solid bitterness and good flavour intensity. Finish is crisp, fairly short though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very rich mouthfeel in consideration. Very smooth and balanced. Flavours are rich on the palate, carbonation is light, maybe a touch on the metallic side.

This is a very nice beer and a pleasure to drink. No flavour dominates the others. Hops are a solid character. I find the beer well put together, with no obvious flaws. Worth trying out.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gambrinus in Lonon, Ontario.

Appearance - Deep golden with a nice, long-lasting head. Leaves patchy lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Bread, caramel, and some light citrus hops.

Taste - Bread and biscuits with a little citrus and moderately assertive bitterness. As I drank this the biscuit and carmel flavours really came to the fore, which was a perfect counterpoint to the bitterness.

This is one of best, if not the best, Ontario Pale Ales I've tasted.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beautiful frothy white head. It then falls to a thin film but keeps some nice lacing. Deep straw colour with hues of orange. Slight haze but you can still see fairly well through the glass.

S: Thick bread/biscuit, toffee, grainy with herbal/pine hops

T: The bread and biscuits come trough followed by pine, grassy and a hint of lemon hop flavours.

M: Low to medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness is on the lower side. It allows the flavours of the malt and the hops to shine.

O: A good Pale Ale by any standards. The flavours come through well, the carbonation is on par, and the finish is dry with a short sweet burst.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing Company
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