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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits the mark.

This was really foamy, a problem with the lines on tap at the Burger Bar. Mild hop aromas. Light orange colour. The foam was removed by spoon by the bartenderess. A nice citrus, hoppy ale, without an assault on the palate. Above average palate.

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Photo of liamt07
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Best before November 23 of this year.

Golden orange, unfiltered. Loose soapy white head with a whole bunch of sticky lacing and some good retention. Nose has some orange freezie, pine and some citrus wood cleaner. Some bready/biscuity character but it's fairly weak and not all that pleasant. Taste has some mild citrus and fruity hopping, light bitterness and a mild sweet malt character. Medium body, low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing really about this stands out in the can. I feel like I've enjoyed this much more when I've had this on draught.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Volo.

A - Poured a pale, slightly cloudy orange/yellow colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus, pine and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Very balanced. Good bitterness with pine, grass and citrus notes. A very significant sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well that becomes more and more dominant as the beer warms up and becomes a little overpowering at times.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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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 spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear dark amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste piney hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some hay/straw flavour and a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a slightly bitter malty/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Not an APA by any stretch.. basically just a amber/esb type beer.. It's okay I guess, but definitely nothing I would buy again. It reminded me a bit of a 'hops and robbers' beer I had the other day, but without any trace of a fruitiness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" light beige head over the slightly cloudy golden copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is sedate, lightly citrus.

Taste starts medium sweet, citrus tart in the middle, biscuit and moderately bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. I wouldn't kick this one to the curb.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, white head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin film. Cloudy gamboge with no real carbonation. Splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glas.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, some floral hops and touches of bread on the nose. Alright.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front with touche s of caramel through the middle and floral hops at the swallow. A big aftertaste of grainy malts, bread, and bitter floral hops linger on the palate. A little light up front, but the grainy, bitter finish is interesting enough.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty good actually, and really well executed, but still not my style per se. A little too grainy and harshly bitter at the finish. Not a bad beer at all, but not something I'd want to re-visit myself. Still, give it a shot if you see it, as it might be right up your alley.

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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 peensteen
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy golden amber colour, decent white head, nice lace. Smell is fairly malty, light hops, dry and slightly grassy. Taste is dry initially, hops, grassy notes, lots of malt, biscuit like in the finish. Mouthfeel is not bad, carbonation a little high, quite dry making it feel more effervescent than it is. Good pale ale, went well with the Burger Bar burger, would revisit this for sure.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. Translucent, sunny and medium orange in colour, with a light tan coloured head of two fingers. Nice retention and lace. Aroma has some herbal hop notes, some citrus and nutty malts. Mild bitterness, with a nutty, grainy malts, notes of sweet citrus. Feel is nice and creamy, with a good carbonation and upper light body. Nice enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tallboy can from the LCBO; no packaging date. Nice to see more of these quasi-startup microbreweries (Double Trouble, Spearhead, and these guys) finally getting their stuff packaged and accessible in stores. I haven't heard much about this particular APA, but as a fan of the style I figured it was definitely worth a try. Listed at 5.5% abv, and poured close to fridge temperature.

Pours a lovely orange-amber colour, slightly foggy, and topped with one finger of foamy, even, off white-coloured head. It survives for a few minutes before wilting into a thin film, with a surprisingly thick collar of froth around the edge of the glass. Mild aroma with nothing unusual for the style - pale malts, some light caramel sweetness accompanied with citric hops. Enjoyable, but too faint to be much of a consideration.

The aroma is a good indicator of what to expect from the flavour, with more of the same grainy pale malts and a healthy dose of bitter, pithy grapefruit-and-lemon citrus hoppiness. Not getting nearly as much malt sweetness as I expected from the aroma; maybe a light twinge of brown sugar and biscuits that intensifies slightly as the beer warms (while the bitterness weakens a comparable amount). Dry, pithy finish that lingers on. On the light side of medium-bodied, with appropriate (restrained) carbonation levels.

Augusta Ale is a respectable APA, but the category works against it because there's some stiff competition that needs to be considered. This pale ale just doesn't really do enough for me to want to drink it regularly. It's not like I'd refuse one, and wouldn't discourage others from trying it - but I'd just as soon stick with Tankhouse, Hoptical Illusion, or Crazy Canuck. A solid brew, just not one that distinguishes itself from the crowd.

[Updated Nov 4 2015]

This one hasn't been sold locally for most of the last two years, but another couple of flats of tallboys showed up recently and I wanted to give this review an update. Gorgeous head and lacing, but the aroma is still lacking. Tasty, hop-forward flavour profile that is heavy on the citrus and pine resin astringency, and extremely light on the malt backing. I don't mind this beer, and I wouldn't rule out another purchase in the future, but I still don't feel that Augusta Ale is one of the better Ontario-made pale ales on the market.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can from LCBO into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden brown / copper color, 2 fingers of creamy white head with significant retention. Some great lacing on the glass too.

Smell - Predominately hops, citrus, pines scents. Balanced with mild detectable malts. This is pretty good.

Taste - Similar to the smell, the hops are nice. New drinkers to the style without a love of hops will find this palatable, yet has sufficient IBU's that hopheads won't sneer at it. Nothing extraordinary but above average. There is a bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste is expected, however the bitterness here seems more bitter than the beer itself.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated should give it a creamy feel, yet this comes out feeling almost a touch thin.

Overall - First time trying this beer, and was not disappointed. Pretty good brew.

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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 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 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 hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I've enjoyed this beer since brewing moved from Black Oak to Wellington's facilities. I can't tell the difference and the can is similar to earlier draught.

This is a very well brewed and easy drinking ale, but personally I wouldn't have classified it as "American" in style, as it is grain-forward and lacking any "west coast" or "c" hops. Pours a clear, dark golden colour with impressive white head and lacing. Aroma of bready and green grains with caramelized malts. Taste of sweet caramelized malts transitions into a nicely bitter finish, which lingers for an impressively long time. If there were a hint of pine, citrus or tropical fruits in those hops, it could easily become a “regular” for me.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473mL can from the Uptown LCBO. New brewery from the Kensington Market area of Toronto, worth a try.

Poured into a nonic. Deep amber golden, about an inch of frothy head, sticky patches of lace. Nice retention on this brew.

Nose is pretty faint: grain, pale malt, a bit of citrus.

Not a bad brew by any stretch. A pale ale with a touch of grain, decent bitterness and a touch of citrus. Finish is clean, some lingering bitterness.

Slightly creamy, carbonation hits at about the right level.

Solid beer, certainly goes down well. Nothing special, mind, but it has enough flavor to keep me occupied. Now if only they could redesign the can...

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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 korguy123
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into tumbler. First canning so only a month old or so.

A- Crystal clear light orange pour with a two finger soapy, short lived off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Sweet bread, peaches, short bread cookies, slight floral hops. Very balanced and simple.

T- Sweet malts, short bread, bitter floral notes and a touch of pine. There is a touch of juicy citrus but again very balanced.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation and a little bit of chew in the finish.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-visited this one again since my last review of Nov. 8, 2012.

(3.75) A: Clear copper colour with an orange hue and a respectably tall creamy head. Nice retention and equal lacing that leaves a slight ring formation.

(3.5) S: Floral elements, orange, hints of oaky wood, fairly potent baked bread aroma. Leans to the malty side of things. Nothing that exceptional or diverse but pleasing nonetheless.

(3.5) T: Bitter floral taste, light caramel, orange, nutmeg, and more of a cracker-like backbone. There is a noticeable element of spices in this that works well with the floral qualities.

(3.25) M: Lighter bodied with a relatively low carbonation. Clean textured and fairly dry with a level bitterness.

(3.5) D: This is a decent IPA and definitely easy-to-drink but not something I would likely revisit (again) with superior local IPA’s out there right now.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great, not really a craft beer.
And in fact, this is the problem that I have with many Canadian breweries (I am sure other countries are the same but this is where I live) - they claim to be something that they are simply not. I am sure that they are trying hard, but in the end, the results seem to indicate otherwise.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on April 29, 2011 at 'C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent golden copper colour with a thin white head that laced well. The aroma was citrus hops, caramel malt, and alittle spice. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour slightly sweet with grapefruity hops. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of bryehn
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a large and frothy white head that is slow to burn off, leaving a large collar in its wake, but very little lace.

Smells of toasted malts, caramel and freshly cut grains. A nice floral tone appears after warming.

Taste is very much in line with the smell. It’s toasty and malty with a sweet caramel tone. There is a really solid bitter bite that carries a subtle grapefruit rind citrus character. The finish is dry and bitter.

Medium-bodied with a light carbonation level. Hearty bread-like sensation on the tongue with a mild oiliness. The aftertaste is grainy with a hint of chocolate.

Solid, refreshing session-style ale that has a lot of amber-like qualities. Great with fried foods, potato chips, grilled meats and veggies.

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Photo of decimator
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.5%.

A - Poured a golden yellow-orange with a 1 cm head. Head reduce to some bubbles. Good lacing.

S - Grains, citrus, hint of spice. Overall the aroma is light.

T - More flavourful than the aroma let on. Sweet malts, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, pine.

M - medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, some tanginess, some creaminess, dry bitter finish.

O - Not bad. I wasn't expecting much after the aroma but I was pleasantly surprised with the flavourful hoppiness of this brew.

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