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Ambear Red Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
cameronsbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2002

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Reviews:
58
Ratings:
128
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
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Reviews by tomdavistoronto:
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Photo of patre_tim
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of my Cameron mixed four pack.

Poured into a becker Creemore glass. A light amber hue - a little too light to fall under the 'auburn' spectrum, but still very nice. Leaves behind about a half inch of white head, which dissolves into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is malty, nutty and buttery, some apple and herbal hops in the back.

Quite pleased with the taste - dominated by the malts early on, but the herbal hops give it a lasting finish. Nutty and crisp, very satisfying.

Good carbonation, but a touch too thin. Very quaffable, however.

This one was my favorite of the bunch - easy to drink, flavorful, nothing funky or out of place. Not very complex, but something one could session with incredible ease. A solid Ontario offering - I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MJ63
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of bryanzk
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of al_al1357
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waterbuffalo
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious amber beer with nice finish. Carmel notes and medium hop.

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of butler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Medium amber colour; translucent. A slight orange glow and a small amount of white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops up front with caramel malts providing some sweetness.

T - A nice balance of crisp bitter hops and sweet caramel bready malts. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

D - A very good ale with a good balance of hops and malts. Would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at a bar in Ottawa. Bartender's recommendation after chatting with him about the lousy beer selections in most of the bars. Note: I found most bars in Ottawa all carry the same crappy beers - this particular bar had a nice selection.

Anyway, since I got this on tap, I'm reviewing from memory. I really liked this beer because I found it very distinctive/unique.

Color deep amber, as the name would imply. It had a taste that I couldn't quite place. Citrus - but more grapefruit than lemon. And there was an herbal bite to the beer. Hard to describe.

Definately worth a try for its unique style.

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Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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