Camden Pale Ale | Camden Town Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Camden Town Brewery
England, United Kingdom
camdentownbrewery.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
98
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
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2
Gots:
36
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Lemreway16
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In the UK with so many class Pale Ales and IPAs' you have to come up with some thing really special to cut above the best - sadly nice as it is this does not. It on pouring has the look and smell of a proper Pale Ale but on tasting the expectation falls away. Its nice but that's it, nice. It does not excite the palate. Yes it has the fruity hoppy aroma of a Pale Ale but the taste is simply bland - a standard beer. Want an exciting Pale Ale then from the North its Timothy Taylors 'Landlord' or the South - Badgers 'Hopping Hare'. London then forget this and try Fullers Bengal Lancer for a real taste sensation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a pretty classic pale ale here that tasted a lot brighter and fresher than many other we had around london, and despite some negative murmurs about these guys, i thought his was pretty good, clean and drinkable for an english style with some unassuming crisping hop bitterness in the finish and nice balance overall. a little english crystal type malt gives this a light brassy hue, good white head on it, and not quite all the way clear but close. aroma and flavor show a simple and traditional english malt profile, supported by a mild but distinct ale yeast, and plenty of hoppy zip. its not as aromatic or flavorful on the hops as some, more old school in that way, but the bitterness is certainly there in the taste, and the freshness is obvious, way more than seemed to be the standard around the city. good carbonation keeps it moving, and it stays together well as it warms. a light orange peel citrus note marries in well with the bready yeast, and its drier at the end than many. overall pretty good, nothing to dislike at all here, not sure why it gets a bad rap...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft, imperial pint glass

Clear, light golden in color, bright white head. Crisp clean aroma, slightly floral and citrus. Mild grainy malt in the taste as well. Thinner vodied., Higher carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, floral notes and citrus. Nice sweet caramel taste with a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of Vader444
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into tulip glass.

Pale orange, Small head. Malt and oranges on the nose. Flavours follow suit. Crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing and very sessionable. I could sink a few of these on a spring/summer evening. Surprised by many of the mediocre ratings on here; this is better than I expected.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes you've got to wonder what AB-InBev is thinking when they pay 80 million pounds for a really, really average brewery. This beer pretty much sums them up. Average in every way. Well, to be fair, I actually like the nose on this beer a bit more than average, but the flavor is a bit below, so it all comes out even. I'd choose this over a crap euro lager if there was nothing else, but it would pretty much be at the bottom of my list at a real craft bar.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.99 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep golden-amber coloured body that displays plenty of fine streaming carbonation when held to the light. A thin, one-finger in height, bubbly, white head reduces disappointingly quickly to a frothy collar, leaving only a small amount of broken sticky lacing.

A fragrant, hop forward nose leads with a delicious mix of sweet tropical fruit and juicy citrus flesh. Tangerine, grapefruit and lemon are easily detectable along with some subtler floral and pine notes in the background. Initially, ripe tropical fruits lead the flavour profile, above a soft, vaguely sweet and bready malt backbone. Fresh, juicy orange notes become apparent throughout the mid palate, while grapefruit and lemon zest gradually build, transforming the beer from sweet and fruity to crisp and lightly bitter. A light body and soft carbonation give a mouth-feel that is reasonably smooth and creamy, despite being a tad thin. On the end, lingering citrus peels provide just enough drying bitterness to balance the sweet start and make you want to take another sip.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It’s bright and clean, easy drinking, and at only 4% ABV hugely sessionable. It hides its 40 IBU’s well, managing to deliver plenty of fruity and citrusy hop flavour, without an intense bitterness. I am not usually a fan of the style, but this I could certainly drink more of. Recommended.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/15 notes at a random pub in Edinburgh, Scotland. Keg beer.

Pours a clear amber orange color. Citrus hops, floral notes, grapefruit, some earthy and herbal notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a fairly standard English pale ale...nothing really jumps out about it.

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Photo of Spike
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle showing 4.0% ABV.

Definitely a British style of pale ale. The malt base is solid and doesn't play second fiddle to the (American) hops. The grain bill comprises mainly (light and dark) lager malts which produce a lovely, rich, pale amber colour and a satisfying, crisp texture. The nose is malty and subtle. But after a decent start the taste and mouthfeel are both disappointingly lacklustre and thin. An ok session beer but I wonder if this was better in its original 5% ABV format?
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Pint from Budweiser bar at O2 Arena.
Man, this beer is nothing special now ABInbev have their claws in it. Pale amber, faint malt nose, faint malt taste. Smooth, oily mouthfeel is the best bit. A pale ale version of bud, basically.

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Photo of ARoman
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aromas are pronounced bread and caramel notes. It pours a brilliant and effervescent amber hue with a dense, whipped, white head that has good retention and a great coat of lace. The taste is a well balanced medium bittersweet. The light texture has a bit of a syrupy quality to it with a soft, foamy carbonation. The medium body has muted caramel flavoring with oranges and a slight roastiness. The finish picks up some bread crust, herbs, and nuts but, in the aftertaste, returns to citrus and its peel for a mellow bitterness with a light hint of nuts.

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Photo of vinicole
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a slight haze.
Citrus and smelly feet - but still quite nice!
Resinous, stewed hops - light bitter.
Moderate carbonation and rather thin..

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Pale amber with shapeless off-white scum. 3.75
Skunk and grapefruit skin nose. 3.75
Caramel shortbread with orange Squirt, and light resin hops. 3.5
Bit of herb to end and slightly sticky linger.
Thin, slight cling, round. 3.75

Cascade, Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe, Calypso and Citra

US hops in beach bar doses; a can for all seasons. 4% (yes, different ABV on tap and packaged - SOP for UK breweries), so how much are you gonna complain? But there are far better hoppy beers even just in London. Certainly doesn't play like a 7 hop monster.

Stick to lagers, Camden. 3.75

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid pale ale. Amber colored with a light head. Carbonation is lively but not overly done. Solid balance of hops with a lingering light bitterness

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour, with slight cloud. No head; listless. Looks a bit meh.

Smells fruity, delicious. Big lychee character with honey, apple, and a touch of mandarin. Maybe a bit sweet, but appealing.

Taste is fruity upfront, a bit light. Gets a bit nutty, light midway then a bit yeasty. Decent but yeah, a bit light on hops with bitterness taking a back seat to yeast. Dry, not bad, but nose promised a lot and taste could use more bitterness, even for a pale ale.

Decent body, lingers quite nicely.

Not a bad pale but not quite enough marriage between the nose potential and taste deliverance.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Road.

Pours a very clear, very bright pale golden colour, with a fine white head that settles out to a fair ring. Carbonation is quite fine and refined. Lacing is minimal, but given the minimal head and the body, it's not all that surprising. Looks pretty decent overall.

Nose is great. Clean, crisp and direct hop fragrance makes it bright and sharp from the get-go. Slight faint lemon character and a soda brightness wrap it up. Not much in the way of malt, but it doesn't need it. Pretty tasty.

Taste is great, very clean and bright, with a crispness on the back from the hops. Feel is very light, but it has a very pleasant lemon character which runs through from front to back. It's extremely drinkable.

Yep. Cracking, easy-drinking beer. I'd missed the bandwagon Camden takeovers which seemed to ram through all of the Australian east-coast craft beer pubs recently, but I would have been suitably impressed if this was the first refreshing beer I had on-tap. If the price-point is right, this would be a great pick for a clean, summer BBQ beer. It paired very nicely with some rock oysters seasoned with lemon and cracked pepper.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows floral and spicy hops with soft honey and biscuity malt underneath.
Lots more biscuity malt as a flavour, like a German pils. More spicy and herbal hops too followed by a refreshing bitterness.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and sadly not bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with ruby hue and decent enough white head.
Aroma has some grapefruit & pineapple in the aroma and flavour Just very muted

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle 4% ABV. Poured a frothy head of white foam, retention is pretty good. Colour is a slightly orange gold, carbonation is slight. Leaves a really nice lacing and a good bit of film.

Smell is strongly hopped, quite piney, strong floral character. Also a bit of brown sugar sweetness which is nice. Bready malt in the background. Grapefruit citrus, green apple freshness.

Taste has a biscuity maltiness with a fair bit of herbal hops coming through. There is a bit of the piney resin character presumably from the cascade hops but seems meek in comparison to American version. A bit bready malt body here, some fruitiness and on the finish it turns more to the bitter dry hops.

Mouthfeel is mild and smooth, light bodied session ale, very little carbonation, but it has enough bitter crispness to make it quite refreshing, finishes quite dry.

Interesting combination, more hopped than your average english PA, possibly more malty than a typical American. It falls somewhere in between, has some good flavour going on, still a couple of rough areas where it could be more interesting and balanced, a bit of a tug-of-war between malt and hops at points. Really decent stuff though, and for a low ABV it packs some flavour.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They use a good variety of hops (4C + Amarillo and Simcoe). It has a pale amber color with a thin head.
Nice citric and fruity hoppy aroma with hints of passion fruit.
Light body with light carbonation.
Sweet malty and bready taste, also a bit citric, though mild on the hops which are better felt in the nose and in its bitterness. Flavor is crispy with a high drinkability. Bitter and dry (a bit astringent) aftertaste.
Refreshing beer but lacked a little heavier body, though wonderful for a hot day.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foggy deep amber colored beer. A fluffy off-white head with some lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of nuts, honey, pine and soap.

Tasting sweet honey bread, orange marmalade and grape-fruit zest.

Low carbonation, a soft texture. A medium body with a good dry finish.

In all an extremely well balanced brew, and on 4.0% it is really much action per %.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange with a thin but foamy white head on the top of the beer that stays throughout. There is some good lacing.

Hop filled to begin with an almost like an American style amber ale with a lot of summer fruits fighting to be noticed and a little citrus as well. There is some mild grapefruit and touches of wheat as well.

A good mix of fruit and hops to begin with along with some mild pine notes and definitely some grapefruit following this. The taste is quite light and summery with a slight bitter kick right at the end.

Smooth on the palate with a medium body and carbonation levels about the same. There was a subtle alcohol kick around the middle to back end and a refreshing, easy going finish that was slightly bitter and quite fruity.

An enjoyable beer and whilst nothing outstanding I was wishing it came as a full pint rather than just a half in the restaurant I ordered it.

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Camden Pale Ale from Camden Town Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 98 ratings