Ambear Red Ale
Cameron's Brewing Co.

Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #456
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,160
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
142
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Cameron's Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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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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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

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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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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canoehornpoint from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this reminds me of a good light, craft beer with slightly more cascade hops than commercial beers but not what i would call "hoppy". I've re-reviewed this several times. Something just doesn't seem right with the finish. The nose is nice and citrusy. The beer starts ok with a nice cascade hop and malt balance but seems to finish somewhat......institutional? It's sort of a creamy, chemical like conglomeration. I bought a 9 pack this last time and still can't find better words to describe the finish.

Jan 22, 2002
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sponberg from New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright green with a purple head. Nah, it's auburn, just like the bottle says. The head is thin, but hangs out for a while.

More malty than hoppy, with a subdued bitterness and a moderate body, the toasty creamy malt flavor combines with a clean, slightly hoppy finish to produce an ale that I could happily enjoy over an extended drinking session again and again. Nothing that jumps out & says incredible, just a very clean, drinkable, well crafted beer.

Aug 18, 2002
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the42ndtourist from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice auburn colour (who woulda thunkit?) with minimal head. The taste started a little hoppy and bitter then faded to a creamy aftertaste. the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. overall, a good beer, and perfect for session drinking. this beats the sleeman equivalent in my book.

Aug 13, 2002
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putnam from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wonder if this is related to the brewery in County Durham. Both offer an "Auburn" Ale.
"Brewed by a connoiseur instead of an accountant" appears on the official, under-construction web site.
Deeply colored with caramel/brown hue, it tenders a glossy, cream-colored head of diminutive stature.
Fried grain and burnt sugar feature prominently on the nose and so do loads of banana, grape jelly and cream.
Pliant, pillowy textured and clean, it struggles to find a compelling fruit argument. Roasted sugar, toast, wood, caramel and resin balance nicely within the clear, light-bodied frame. Awash with briny, oceanic mineral and skeleton flavors, there does appear a discernable notion of aged lemon peel on the finish.

Oct 11, 2003
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber orange hued body with a nice sized two finger off white cream head, leaves behind fine lacing spread evenly. Aroma: Nice mild citrusy hop bite, with sweetness spread from the malts very solid offering. Taste: Smooth sweet flavor buttery malts with citrus twang from the hops very solid, a bit mild in the flavor but an incredible balance. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied session ale here, full creamy edge moderate carbonation. Drinkability: I met one of the reps for Cameron's Brewing, and he bought me a second pint after seeing me drinking is product. I had about three pints total and thought it was excellent all around, very timid and withdrawn but the flavors that were there were in full cohesion.

Feb 18, 2004
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown with a low light tan head and very nice carbonation. Excellent toasty and biscuity malt aroma and flavor with light traces of ground coffee... Balanced very well with light fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry roasty malt finish.

A beer I will use along with Boulder Sundance Amber to judge other non-hoppy ambers by.

'151203' lasered on bottom (bottled 12/15/03 ?)
Tasted: 02/06/05

Feb 09, 2005
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I quite liked this ale more than most Ontario ambers. Tapped a definate dark amber with a nice 1 finger cap that laced out and stayed for the ride. Lovely aromas...notes of grassy hop-citrus(citrus quite pronounced) and sweet malts. Started medium heavy (a filling drink) with lots of carmelized malty body and then the light lemon burst of hops comes in for a moment just before the finish which is mild and leaves a biscuit aftertaste with slight metalic tastes.Not a balanced ale but who cares eh? Nice pub fare....one more of these Bill ;-)

Jul 23, 2004
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vitesse from Georgia

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

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.

i didn't really know what to expect from this beer, but i ended up really liking cameron's auburn ale.
it pours a very clear amber color. very bright and clear, very appetizing. not much head retention....but it's not under-carbonated either. the hops are what jump out at me at first. this is a very fresh-tasting beer (i had just bought a 9-pack of the previous weekend in toronto). the hops are very herbaceous, citric and slightly grassy, without too much of burning bitterness. the malts are basic amber/pale ale style...not over the top estery.
the hops really shine in this beer. mouthfeel is nice. low carbonation keeps it from being too fizzy.
extremely drinkable. good with spicy mexican food, thirst quenching.
i highly recommend this beer.

May 02, 2004
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer. It's got a fresh and interesting taste that makes it a decent drinking beer.

Pours a crystal clear carmel colour – the term auburn fits quite nicely. Just a wee bit of a short-lived head. Gentle, maybe too subtle aroma, nicely balanced, full of hops and malt.

Very tasty. Deliciously fruity hops, nice malt sweetness, comes across as quite fresh. Noticeable taste of apricots – which I quite like – makes this distinctive and something I look forward to drinking.

Disappointing finish however. Lots of interesting things happening up front and then – nada. Nothing really lingers which is a darn shame, 'cause overall this beer is well worth a try. Everything hangs together just so. Still tasty after each bottle. Mmmm.

Aug 25, 2004
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Shaw from Florida

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

This ale's color is perfectly named: Auburn. I hadn't thought of that synonym for amber before. Think I'll use it in future reviews!

Anyway, the color is good, with a short tan head that reduces down quickly to just a thin sliver of white.

It has a light smell of toasted malt and hops. The taste has a bit of hop flavor and bitterness that combines with the aforementioned malt. There is also some astringency but nothing major. The body is above average in heft. This beer is quite light in my mouth.

Overall this ale is above average and would be a good session beer.

May 12, 2004
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

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

I am of two minds about this beer. At their plant it went down well but was way too cold, and am told it is their best seller. It did not store well in my beer celler (no pun intended) and diacetyl was apparent serving it at normal beer serving temperature. The box recommends it be fridge stored (is it not pasteurized?) and they should have pointed this out at the plant.

Dec 08, 2003
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great all around beer. I like the 9 and 15 packs the brewery sells it in, for the novelty alone I suppose.

The pour reveals a copper orange colored liquid topped with a smattering of white foam. The almost non-existent head does manage to leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The smell is lightly citrusy and grassy hop aroma and a doughy malt that gets more and more prominent throughout the glass. The taste is malt forward, but complimented with a very pleasant hop profile. Very much a PacNW flavor, cascades no doubt. The mouthfeel has very low carbonation, which I like, so many beers are overcarbonated in bottles these days. The finish is lightly bitter and bready.

A good beer, probably a good entry beer into the world of craft beer. Enjoyable to quaff by the pool as well.

Apr 16, 2009
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baiser from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured copper orange, nice creamy head, lots of lacing. Pretty looking beer. Sweet, floral aroma. Bread, hops, syrup.

This is a good tasting beer, good balance of hops, malt. Body is smooth, moderate. Great beer to drink on its own. After taste is dry. Slight metallic taste, but otherwise, the best cameron's has to offer.

Nov 10, 2004
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired in trade with beanmedic (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear/see through amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Grainy aroma with some caramel. Watery tastes of caramel, lemons, and citrus. The body was on the weaker side as well.

Notes from: 10/30/05

Jan 13, 2009
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Noelito76 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dec 25, 2013
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BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild copper colour with a slightly off-white head. The head is quite thick and billowing to start, but it calms down quite quickly.

Slightly sour and somewhat bitter scent; slight grassiness. Fresh bread, toffee and a bit of caramel. Very mild taste - bready malts, really light hops. Not very powerful or spectacular but still a good, simple tasting beer.

A bit watery, but otherwise a good session beer.

May 19, 2010
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Derek from Canada (BC)

2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected, and there wasn't a lot of flavour either. I detected a slightly burnt taste, presumably from a small amount of very dark malt (primarily for colour?).

It seems to have a relatively large proportion of adjuncts.

It's better than your average cheap beer... but I wouldn't consider this a premium beverage.

Apr 01, 2005
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grub from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

pours reddish copper with a whisp of fine white head. no lace.

aroma is good. bit of pine and grapefruit. light bready malt. hint of smoke. just a trace of dms.

taste is nice. dms is higher than in the aroma. light toasted bready malt. low bitterness. bit of grapefruit. fruity.

mouthfeel is good. medium bodied with a med-low carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. this bottle has actually been sitting in my cellar since december and i think it has done it some good. normally this beer is decent but unexciting, and today i'm enjoying this one.

Mar 28, 2007
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Mindsquall from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying their lager I was a little afraid about this one, but that fear was unfounded, this is quite a good beer.

This poured a beautiful deep clear amber brown with a nice thin ring of head and a cloud on top. Smell was very malty, quite appetizing. These malts are present in the flavor also, making this quite a delicious beer. It is very smooth on the way down and quite easy to drink. I'd recommend this one handily.

This was purchased at the same time as the Lager with a brewed date of 11/06 making this one a month younger than the previous. That could have made the difference in freshness with this, but I am unsure. Regardless, this is a great beer and definitely worth having in your fridge.

Jan 07, 2007
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

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

'Auburn Ale' may not be the most creative name but it is pretty accurate. The beer is, as you might have guessed, a clear and rather sparkling tone of auburn that might remind one of fall foliage or perhaps a new penny. The construction of its head seems incomplete with patches yet to be filled in (this despite a viscous, ropey lacing).

The aroma may not be too robust or overtly dynamic, but there can still be much grace and distinction in subtlety. Sweet toffee-ish malts and earthy, floral hops make for an elegant and unexpectedly intricate bouquet. The scents are lively: the hops softly fragrant like spring flowers and the malts dank and soggy like wet autumn leaves.

The beer may speak softly but it carries a fairly big stick. The malts are gluey and, while not too thick, offer a hefty toastiness and really nutty roast. (That nutty taste resembles roasted pecans or macadamia nuts and is, for my palate, quite delicious.) Beneath this chewy caramel flavour is a crew of bitterly floral, earthy hops.

For their part, those hops do well to get noticed. I was skeptical reading the label's promise of a "full hop flavour" but while they aren't anywhere as animated or zestful as you'd find in most American brewed amber ales, they do offer a spritz of rose water and a lengthy shaving of grapefruit peel that both linger ever so gently on the finish.

Cameron's Auburn is a gracefully flavourful ale that makes for a wonderfully social and satisfying pint. While I typically prefer more adventurous, more sassy, more bold beers, I equally (if not more) appreciate elegance and quality craftsmanship, which those more audacious examples often don't have. This is welcome in my fridge anytime.

Jun 26, 2010
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cratez from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle from the Cameron's Mixer Pack, purchased at the Lawrence & Avenue LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Pours a copper brown body with orange hues, nice clarity, a creamy and lasting off-white head, and drapes of spotted lacing down the shaker glass. Smell is slight grain, caramel, fruity and floral hops, grassy and resinous, yeasty doughiness, honey, and brown sugar. Taste is somewhat sweet, weird acidic sourness, toasted grain, toffee, green grapes, mild hop bitterness, and a bit of apple in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, kinda watery, soft carbonation, parched and astringent finish. A strange bitter/sourness suggests this might have turned from being stored at room temperature. Too bad, really, because Auburn is a quaffable amber with a healthy dose of hops. The LCBO needs to refrigerate these natural, unpasteurized craft beers!

Jul 27, 2010
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention and lace.

Smells doughy. Nice toast and caramel aromas. Citrusy hop aroma.

Good caramel malt flavour. Nutty. A little bit buttery. Citrusy hops. Mild but balanced bitterness.

Body approaching medium with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Seems like a decent session ale, it tastes pretty good but theres nothing here that would offend a macro drinkers tastebuds.

Aug 04, 2009
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shamus from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've seen this in the LCBO for some time but never wanted to commit to a full case. I found a single this weekend and am going to give it a try.

Plenty of head and a lovely 'auburn' body as described in the name. It smells a bit like solvent though which is making me anticipate a less than grand taste experience.

Tastes like hmmm. Finishes quite tart and a bit sour. Nothing terrible or wonderful. Not a lot of character.

Conclusion: an adequate beer but boring as all purgatory

Apr 05, 2009
Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 142 ratings