Ambear Red Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale
BA SCORE
40.6%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 133 ratings
Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,224
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
133
Liked:
54
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
11.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of RBorsato
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
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

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Photo of StormAles
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fortyfield
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I suppose auburn is the colour to describe this beer. Fantastic lacing. Head dies down to a thin film that remains on the beer.

Aroma is pure hops. Fruity and herbal.

Taste delivers on the hops too. Very well balanced and smooth. Lemon and citrus hops are really refreshing. Very little aftertaste and drinkability is high. Not overly complex by any means but certainly a quality beer.

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of waterbuffalo
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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 al_al1357
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikemands
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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 drtth
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - beautiful burnt auburn colour with a delicious 1/4-inch sustaining head with fine lacing.

Smell - mildly astringent, some faint perfume, clothed in a majstic oak bouquet very lightly covered in a deep roasted grain aroma.

Taste - a fine taste reminiscent of a good English Brown Ale. Deep caramel and chocolate flavourings combined with a roasted malt finish that is long and satisfying.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth and definitely shows some pride and craftmanship.

Drinkability - nice evening beer that takes away the cares of the day. Enjoyable in any season, ideal for a rural setting.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of chadmbogo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jeff8ham
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 40.6% out of 100 with 133 ratings
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