Ambear Red Ale
Cameron's Brewing Co.

Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,112
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
142
From:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Year-round
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83
Good
Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale
Notes: Cameron’s Auburn Ale is our most awarded beer. Deliciously complex, this West Coast style ale uses an abundance of citrus, aromatic American hops. Named after its unique rich colour, this beer offers a full body that evokes a multitude of different flavors. Watch for the generous hop aroma, smooth maltiness, followed by a deep smooth, perfect compliment for red meat, fish or a spicy food.
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InspectorHound from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Chestnut brown with hints of red. Two finger beige head settles down to a froth across the top in 5 minutes.
Smell: Sweet whole wheat bread and malt
Taste: Very sweet, and malt heavy, a little bit of almond, earthy.
Feel: A bit astringent on the top of the palate, smooth and medium bodied.
Overall a solid B, nothing stands out, but something I could see myself enjoying again.

May 08, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a standard 473 ml Canadian pint can. It is red as advertised, primarily tasting of malt (though not especially sweet) and some hop. It's a decent example of the style, but it's not a style I drink frequently.

Nov 02, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I brought back a can of this from Toronto whilst there for business. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Jul 29, 2017
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Cramshawbar from Canada

1.76/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I am not going to mince words here. This (so called) beer is absolute garbage. It lacks any style, tastes like dirty water, in the mold (mold, how apropos) of Rickard's Dark.
Certainly one of the worst beverages I have tried and most of it went down the drain.

Jun 07, 2017
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BIGGIE101 from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Old school Ontario small brewery beer. It really more a porter in flavour and cream ale in body and also differs from the original with less hoppy character. Gateway beer

May 26, 2017
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NeilW from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 473 ml can from the LCBO, served well chilled in a pint glass.

This beer is enticing from the pour - a deep mahogany red in the glass with a tan head. The initial aroma I detected was actually of red berries – but this dissipated quite quickly and turned to malt, and grain.

On the pallet this beer was not a typical red ale for me with flavours of chocolate, espresso, and sweet maltiness. Well balanced hops made this quite an enjoyable pour.

Mar 19, 2017
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akdo from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: The beer has an unfiltered dark brown body of nearly 17 SRM. It produces a two-finger white head which dies quickly.

SMELL: Low presence of hops and a little bit of malt on the nose. The malt doesn't smell like fruits.

TASTE: The beer's malt tastes like caramel while the hops have an earthy, grainy and bready taste. They both support each other in that you don't taste the malt while you're feeling the hops and vice versa.

Feel: The beer has a medium-bodied feel because of the bitterness. Although the finish is crisp and a little bit dry, the beer is easy to drink. There's no carbonation and astringency.

Overall: I would have loved to see a better head retention from this beer. Other than that, I loved the balance and simplicity of a beer.

Jul 06, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under the $3.00 mark or so. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute or two. Medium gold colour and filtered clear.

S- Malt and caramel. Roasty good

T- Roasted malt, caramel and sugar. Hops to be found but not in abundance. Has a touch of a metallic taste at the end and that brings this otherwise wonderful brew down a touch.

M- Dry and tart.

O- Nice blend. Will buy again once in a blue moon as a change. Like their mixed 6pks so imagine I'll get this one again one day

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with........ Collared greens fried after blanching with pine nuts, gorgonzola cheese and a touch heavy cream. Sprig of thyme and rosemary to simmer.

Enjoy

Mar 30, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Ruby brown, filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of light beige head, fair head retention.

S: Nutty, medium toasted malts, light sweet fruitiness, black tea, light creaminess.

T: Nutty, medium toasted malts, light creaminess, tea like tannic quality.

M: Medium, medium low carbonation, medium body, dry tea like finish. Powdery.

O: The hopping is light, perhaps citrusy, but it really doesn’t show. It’s a malt based beer, borderlines on a British style brown ale. Tried this one again Feb 27, 2018. Its much better than I'd remembered and experienced the first time, so I have marked it higher. Very west coast in hops, and on the nose, its quite a decent amber ale. Drinking it from a can this time on Lake Muskoka.

May 14, 2014
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The dark amber beer is served in a nonic pint glass with a 1/2" white head that leaves a nice pattern of fine lacing as it recedes. Some remains on the side of the glass even as it is almost finished. Sipping creates some interesting patterns of spots and legs of lacing.

The aromas include lots of mild citrus backed up by noticeable malt.

The flavors are citric and sweet and bitter all at once with what seems just a touch of diacytl. None of them are overly powerful though and so the balance is restrained but pleasant. The finish is lightly bitter and dry, inviting another sip.

The mouth feel seems a bit on the light side of medium bodied and the persistent moderate carbonation is there but more smooth than prickly.

Overall I liked this beer and would be more than happy to have one or two more, especially while sitting around with friends having a good conversation. While it's a bit higher ABV than I would prefer in a true session beer it otherwise seems to be fit for that purpose as I expect I'd enjoy several in an evening.

Note: After writing this review I skimmed through a few of the other reviews/comments about the beer. Based on that I'd say this is a beer best had fresh on tap rather than bottled and with a few weeks of age. Given that I had this beer on tap at the restaurant of the place I was staying on a visit to Toronto I'd also guess from some of the other comments that this beer might not be one that travels well.

May 02, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, day 12 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nicely layered cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, dry maple syrup, mild citrus and pine hops, a hint of dark orchard stone fruit, and further earthy, floral hop esters. The taste is more gritty biscuity, bready caramel malt, a hollow metallic flintiness, orange, grapefruit, and dry lemon fruit, some very soft astringent woody notes, a nod toward some bar-top nuts, and very tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are quite sedate after a wee initial outburst, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, a certain mineral character reducing things a bit there. It finishes mostly dry, the fruitiness and bitter hoppiness holding tight.

Not a particularly interesting version of an already banal style, as the hops display bitterness, sure, but no real character beyond that. Drinkable, I guess, but after this one, I'm glad there's something else waiting for me tomorrow morning.

Dec 13, 2013
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krussader from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial glass, date code L0613.

Appearance: Brilliant dark copper with a finger of off white head.

Aroma: Slight citrus and pine from hops with a blend of dark pitted fruit from English malts.

Taste: Slight chocolate-caramel with a crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate with a medium carbonation.

Overall: A classic West coast-style red, enough malt to keep the beer rounded but enough hops to be very drinkable.

Nov 12, 2013
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The-Jolly-Imbiber from Antarctica

3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a conical pint glass.

A medium-dark (medium-light?) auburn, with a 2-finger head that settled rather quickly (about a minute or two). Auburn or copper, kind of the same colour as maple syrup, you might say.

The head smelled rather fruity, almost like a hand soap, to be honest. Not really in a bad way.

Taste is surprisingly light. More of the same fruitiness in the taste. There's a taste in here that reminds me a bit of the taste of lipstick. The lightness of the flavour makes me feel like this is the kind of beer you can easily chillax with, paired with some simple food.

You can see bubbles rising to the head for quite some time. Significant carbonation. Although the top of the head is disappearing, the bottom keeps rebuilding. Sort of a 7 millimeter "head" staying for quite some time as a result.

Overall, an interesting take on American Amber/Red. Probably not something I'd buy again (I prefer other reds), but this is an okay beer.

(Updated (improved) my ratings after a second try of this beer.)

Oct 21, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle #5 of 6 in the LCBO Ontario craft brewer's taster's pack. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Auburn color with slight ruby hues. 1 plus fingers of white head that dissipates moderately. Very clear with effervescent bubbles.

Smell - Caramel, maple syrup like smells. Grains and light grassy notes as well. pretty good. Hop aromas kicks in after a few whiffs and mostly on the back end. Hops aromas is a pine / citrus mixture.

Taste - Quite similar to the taste, slight oakiness undertone. Nice mixture of malts such as caramel and maple syrup and molasses and the earthy hop bite. Right level of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but a bit thin, but retains a moderate body and full flavor while retaining its thirst quenching feel. Medium carbonation.

Overall - One of my favorites from any of the Southern Ontario brewers, as this one has balance, good flavor and easy drinkability. Two thumbs up.

Sep 19, 2013
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IdeaSpeeder from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Appearance - It's...wait for it...auburn coloured. That's honestly probably the best way to describe it though. It's a clear red-brown colour, with about two fingers of off white head which dissipates slowly leaving behing an epic amount of lacing .

Smell - Toasty malts, some sweet toffee and not a whole lot else.

Taste - A decent hop presence up front. Which lingers until the end. Not expecting that much bitterness from the nose, but its quite good. The toffee and malt flavours dominate.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, and moderately creamy. Carbonation is about average, and makes for a crisp enough finish.

Overall - 3.5/5

Jun 05, 2013
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hopsolutely from Canada

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An "old standard" of mine from years ago that I haven't revisited in some time with the new wealth of Ontario craft brewers. Saw a single at the LCBO and decided to take a trip down memory lane for BA rating purposes!

Pours a beautiful clear amber with minimal head, no lacing. Believe this bottle has less carbonation than normal. Malt-forward aroma of caramelized and roasted grains. These initially sweet flavours meld into a nicely bitter finish, with lots of toffee and breadiness in a well-rounded body. More depth than I expected and that finish lingers...

An excellent "transition beer" for anyone newly into the world of beer with flavour. A good example of roasted and toasted malted barley potential without being too threatening to a macro “red” drinker.

Dec 15, 2012
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SebD from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted and bready malts, caramel, citrus and earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet roasty/bready malt character along with some caramel, some nut and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Aug 14, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with some retention, and no real lacing.

S - Nice earthy hop notes, sweet caramel, hints of cedar and a leafy green finish.

T - Tasty ale with a solid hop presence, nice earthy flavors, and a solid caramel backbone. Hints of cocoa and coffee linger on the finish.

M - Medium, smooth and a tough of dryness.

O - A surprisingly flavorful offering with a solid hop presence and some tasty lingering flavors. Well worth grabbing and easily sessionable.

Jul 16, 2012
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mick303 from Canada

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours about two fingers of creamy white foam that retains for a good time, and leaves a good lacing and film. Colour is quite a medium dark ruddy chestnut with lively carbonation. 4

Aroma is of strongly caramelized malts. Quite dry. Also a hint of hay. Altogether quite malty and balanced. 3.5

Taste is very malty, hops are also present. The balance here is quite good, and quite rich flavour. Leaves a woody caramel bitterness on the finish. I really like the intensity of flavour, but theres not a huge amount of complexity. 4

Mouthfeel is good and balanced, carbonation gives a bit of sharpness. Quite dry and a bit bitter towards the finish. Enjoyable and drinkable. 3.5

This is a pretty straightforward amber ale in that it keeps mainly to the malty and hopped aspects to deliver a pretty solid all round beer that is quite drinkable. Can see myself potentially getting more of this. 3.5

Jul 11, 2012
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from a sampler pack of 4. I don't know anything about this brewery, but the description on the bottle has me eager to try this one. Served a bit warmer than fridge temperature (I let it sit for ~10-15 minutes before pouring).

Pours a bright, clear copper-amber (or perhaps auburn?) colour, topped with a thin, foamy off-white head that fizzles out unfortunately quickly. Its only remnants are a thin film on the surface, and a respectable creamy collar around the edge of the glass that leaves smears of lacing. The aroma confirms that the label was not lying; there is plenty of grapefruit citrus and pine sap on top of caramel malts and toffee. Some floral notes as well.

A very hoppy, rather unbalanced example of the style, though as an IPA lover I am not about to complain. Earthy, bitter grapefruit and resiny pine sap are present from the start of the sip and linger well into the aftertaste. The malts remind me more of roasted bread and nuts rather than the toffee/caramel in the aroma. Good body for a 5%er, solid medium. Mildly carbonated, and really easy to drink - this is one of the first times I've almost finished the beer before the review!

Not balanced like I usually expect from an amber... but very easy to like at the same time, and even if it's not a textbook example of the style it's a thoroughly enjoyable one either way. I could definitely see myself getting this again if I were in the mood for a reasonably hoppy session ale.

[Updated Nov. 21 2013]

Tried another bottle, this time from the Fall 2013 OCB sampler. The hop character definitely dies down over time; still present but not nearly as prominent, with the beer becoming smoother and more malt-forward. Like most of Cameron's core lineup, this is a well-constructed, safe beer that doesn't have the same flair or creativity as their newer seasonals. This is the third time I've tried this - once when it was very fresh (and I loved it), and twice where it was at least a few months old (and I was considerably less enamoured with it). It's a serviceable amber that I'd happily drink again without complaint, and would consider re-purchasing at some point.

Final Grade: 3.7, a B grade.

Nov 14, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour to it. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a small touch of hope bite.

Overall - Not a half bad beer that was a one of the only good options on tap. It didn't seem as sweet as it did when I had it from a bottle previously. It's not offensive and I enjoyed my glass.

Nov 02, 2011
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Stocean1 from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - amber color, crisp clarity, no lacing and nearly no dead

S - malt, some citrus hops, bread

T - malt up front with some grapefruit hops - medium bitterness, some breadiness

M - smooth up front bitter on the back end - decent carbonation and light to medium body

O - decent offering for my first cameron,s brew

Aug 02, 2011
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Rijtjeshuis from Canada

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic

LOOK (3/5) Pours a copper-amber color, a little lighter than auburn. Clarity is very good. The head is disappointingly small (half a finger). It falls to a tiny film within a few minutes, leaving no lacing. Bubbles cling to the inside of the glass, but also leave quickly.

SMELL (3/5) Some citrus/grapefruit hops, but less than I'd have expected. This means that the malts kinda take the balance. I get some darker fruits and to bready/bread-crust notes. Finish is clean and crisp - there's a hint of metal (which i really don't like)

TASTE (3/5) As with the smell, the flavor is pretty malty. There is some melanoidin flavor, they level out with the hops nicely - but I think the combination leads to a metalic flavor. Simply put, the hops didn't deliver and they needed to. The finish was crisper.

FEEL (3.5) Moderatly-light body, pretty light feel, I expected a bit more. Some higher carbonation served to almost highlight the poor hops even more.

DRINK (3.5) This makes for a decent session ale - the balance is great, but the hops themselves had that metal taste (or it may have been the hops with the malts). That was the main failing.

Jul 16, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the mixed pack at the LCBO. I ran out of interesting things to try so I went for this.

A - Pours a medium copper with good carbonation and a one finger eggshell head. Moderate rings of lacing and a film of retention. Bright.

S - Caramel, earthy hops, bread.

T - Good combo of earthy tones and caramel malts, bread, and some yeast I think.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, and a slightly sweet then dry finish.

O/D - This one's alright. A quality session lager that's refreshing and tasty. Nothing over the top but it fills a hole as a quality craft lager.

Jul 16, 2011
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karait95 from Mexico

3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is a dark light brown hue with very little of reddish, the head was small not to prominent, even the carbonation is not poor it doesn't present a permanent layer on top of the beer, the looking could be better.

S: It is nice, a natural barley, caramel, hops aroma can be sensed, that is not very very strong or intense but it is present, the caramel aroma is not very clear but as it has some toasted malts it is basic, the balance between the barley and the hops is good but again it is not to strong.

T: It is well balanced flavored, full malty - hops flavor with some traces of the caramel, the hops are somehow more strong.

M: Even it is in general well balanced the bitterness breaks the balance, the body is well formed and the sensation is smooth the ending is also good.

Jun 25, 2011
Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 142 ratings