Ambear Red Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada | website

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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58
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123
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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Photo of Derek
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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

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Photo of shamus
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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

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Photo of decimator
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a auburn (orange-brown) color with a 1/4" head which slowly dissipated. Looks good.

S - Caramel, malts and toasts mostly. There's a hint of something fruity in the background but I can't nail down the aroma.

T - Mostly sweet toasty malts and some hop bitterness.

M - Low carbonation. Smooth.

D - Just kind of average. I could easily drink a few in an evening but I would probably get bored of it.

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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 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 MeisterBurger
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gentle pour reveals shades of amber and copper and chestnut brown topped by a thin head that leave spots of lace.

The aroma reveals citrus and aluminum with something of a brown ale about it, toasty, with some mild floral aromatics.

Not having had this for several years, the taste is much milder than I remember it. A rich malt, somewhat reminiscent of a Tootsie® Roll fades with every sip and gives way to a floral, metallic bitter in the finish. As it warms the malt grows toastier, the caramel comes out and the hops swing towards grapefruit rind all with an underlying green grape sourness. The finish is a bit rough.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation.

This is better than I was expecting, different than I remember, and there's something in the aftertaste I find a little off-putting.

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Photo of pootz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ;-)

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.)

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Photo of TheHammer
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in my OCB discovery pack #2.

Appearance: Unsurprisingly the beer is a light auburn, that boasts good carbonation and decent clarity. It poured with barely half a finger of head but it retained and laced incredibly well.

Smell: Definite dry and floral hop smell, without a doubt with notes of pine. I'm catching also the barest of citrus and malt undertones, but the seem fairly well buried by the hops.

Taste: Starts with a slight, but well balanced sweet malt and grapefruit taste and then transitions quite well to the hops, although the drier taste is dominant and ends with a slight honey caramel taste that is hard to notice, mostly because it serves to cleanse the pallet from the hops. Very good, even if I'm not a fan of dry tasting beers.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste on this one is a bit subdued, but you clearly taste the hops after everything is said and done. Surprisingly the dry sensation it leaves is somewhat balanced. Carbonation is perfect as well, but I have to deduct points for the lacking head.

Drinkability: Well, at first I wasn't a fan (mainly due to the dryness) but it began to warm up to me. It's not that refreshing but it does go down smoothly and doesn't cause any gas or stomach issues. I dunno, it just seems something is missing though.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this would make a great session ale. It has a nice hop character, it's aftertaste isn't out of control and it sits fairly well in the stomach. However, I wouldn't want to get stuck with a case of it. All in all, like many of the beers in the OCB discovery pack 2, it's a beer that I would gladly take as part of a variety pack, but not a six pack alone.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 karait95
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of cratez
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

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Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty fresh case of beer, and the bottling date indicates its a mere two weeks old, so I'm expecting lots of goodness here.

Pours a nice clear copper (lets call it auburn), with a white head that diminished to a film, but laced well. Nice floral aroma, combined with citrus - a melange of honeysuckle and grapefruit with some toasted malt underneath. Presentation is decent and slightly above average, so I have high hopes for the taste.

At colder temperatures the floral and citrus aspects are more apparent in the flavour, but a toasty malt gradually becomes more dominant, and eventually overwhelms everything else. Its interesting to have the grapefruit flavours in there without the heightened bitterness, but they struggle to compete against the malt, leaving the beer a little unbalanced for my liking. The body is medium-light with medium carbonation - straightforward and quaffable.

This is a decent beer, but not one I'd reach for often. The emphasis on the toasty malt flavours really does nothing for me, and it seems to be stuck in a no-man's ground between a full on malt-forward beer and a hoppier amber. Its also a bit off-putting that this is only available in a 9-pack. Its a novel format at the store, but I prefer variety in my fridge, and nine of the same beer isn't cutting it. Cameron's make some great one-off casks, and it would be nice to see them translate those incarnations into seasonals. This beer is approachable though, and they'll continue to do well with it.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recent trip to Ontario resulted in me getting the OCB's summer mix six pack, which included this.

Pouring into a pint glass definitely results in an auburn ale, with a finger of white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Scent is a bit yeasty, with some toasted malts.

Taste is of some lip smacking nice roasted malt flavoring. Kinda creamy to a degree. A hint of bitterness at the end, but overall very smooth. Low carbonation is pleasant, allowing one to enjoy the flavors.

Overall, a pretty good amber/red ale. Maybe not as good as some, but definitely better than others.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 demcorhip
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, im working my way through the OCB Discovery Pack. Not much to discover so far other than approachable ales.

A nice looking amber ale. One finger of head on the pour, which subsides to leave a thin collar.

Caramel malts and a touch of biscuit with no hint of the full hop flavour promised at on the label. There is, however, an underlying herbal grassiness.

Well there is a clean hop bitterness present that keeps this from being too pedestrian. Nice flavour from the caramel malts too. A somewhat tame yet tasty brew.

Nice, body has a bit of substance, decent level of bitterness and touch of astringent grain husk balances out the malts.

A good, drinkable and sessionable ale. Could be kicked up a notch or too with some dry hopping to add another dimension to what is otherwise a quality yet tame offering. As it is its reminiscent of an American Octoberfest.

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Photo of bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Auburn is the perfect descriptor. Pours with a modest tan head that reduces to a thin collar without leaving any real lacing.

Has a surprisingly buttery, citrus hop aroma with a toasted malt backing. Simple, but solid. A honey tone and an apple-y alcohol note come through after warming.

Malt forward taste with a light fruit note like apple or grape. Toasted notes come through after a nice punch of dryness.

Feels creamy at first, but has a watery characteristic that almost seems to dilute the taste. Slight sourness and astringency on the finish.

Not bad, great introduction to the brewery and start of a sampler. Seems highly session-able and could be great for a poker game or dinner party. Goes well with peppery or fatty foods.

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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 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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