Ambear Red Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Ambear Red AleAmbear Red Ale

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

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of patre_tim
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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