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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3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 biegaman
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.

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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 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 tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
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 andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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 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 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 grub
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of SebD
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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 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 mick303
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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 DenisKolkin
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 putnam
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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