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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.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 128
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 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 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 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 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 ludachris
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second beer from my OCB 2nd edition 6 pack. Thanks Marky.
Pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of off white head with some nice retention and great lacing.
Citrus, pine, buttery malts and grassy hops in the nose. Reminds me a tiny bit of an american IPA.
Buttery malts, biscuit and a tiny bit of caramel upfront followed by citrus, pine and a grassy hop finish. Has a bit of a funky solvent taste that lingers in the end, but nothing too offensive.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth but I thought the transition between the malts and hops could use a bit of work. About medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, a nice, refreshing american amber but nothing that really stood out besides its funky finish. I don't think I would commit to a 9 pack of these but I would recommend to anyone anxious to try some Ontario crafts.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 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 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 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 GodOfBeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark auburn with a thin foamy white head with lots of carbonation.

Smells interesting, grapefruit and piney hops and some sweet grainy malts.

Nice and malty, pretty sweet, some honey with a bit of melon? And a nice citrusy hop finish. Not too complex, needs more body.

Nice smooth carbonated mouthfeel, not a bad beer from cameron's, the best I've had from them.

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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 CaptainIPA
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thank you to my big sister and her family for turning me onto the Ontario Craft Brewers' Discovery Pack No. 2: 6 assorted bottles. All the way from Toronto. Nice Christmas gift, EH?
#2 in a series.

A: Pours an, you guessed it, AUBURN color with a two-finger, tan-colored head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S: Hopriffic nose: grapefruit and pine.

T: Opens with an annoying metallic twang, followed by notes of toasted malt and a hint of apricot. Clean balance between hops and malts. Finishes with an oh-so-subtle bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light to medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

D: Its mild-mannered nature makes Cameron's Auburn Ale optimal for session drinking.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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 cyrenaica
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I first tried this beer on October 19, 2007 at my annual hockey pool. The beer poured a beautiful pale translucent red colour with a thin white head. The aroma is a little bit of hops and a little bit of fruit, plum like. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour is hoppy with some malt, plums, and yeast tones.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9 Pack from the Beerstore, 12. 07, B, written in the top corner of the box.

Served from a 341 ml twist off into a pint glass.

A- Clear copper/orange with some floating particles. Decent head settles to lace fairly well around the entire glass.

S- Nose is pleasent and malty with note of citrus/grapefruit, pine, some fruit.

T- Nice and malty with a citrusy hop profile that compliments the malt quite well. A little caramel and toastyness was present too. Dry finish is good.

M- Medium bodied brew with carbonation on the low side of moderate, somewhat powdery mouthfeel.

D- A solid drinkable brew. Sessionable.

Overall and excellent brew. Good flavor. I will be picking this up again in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brewery I've never heard of! There was a party at my house last night and some girl brought a 9-pack. I guess she didn't drink it all because I found five in the morning. Nice!

5.00% abv, 341mL. Didn't check out the freshness statement - this might be important as I believe it is unpasteurized. Twist off bottle. Poured into tulip tasting glass.

Appearance was orangey copper, decent white head dissipates quickly to ring and some floating bubbles. Leaves some white blobs on the glass.

First pour hearty sugared grapefruit hop bouquet. Candied citrus rind? Some nice palt malt aromas too. Brown sugar and oatmeal. Diacetyl. Unripe tangerines.

Nicely hopped palate, not too sweet. Fairly subtle, substantial mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. Diacetyl. Finishes with citrus and some standard maltiness. Well balanced, long finish with drawn out grapefruit.

Just judging from the scores it seems like I got lucky with Cameron's and this is the star of their lineup.

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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 funkengruven
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 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 baiser
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured copper orange, nice creamy head, lots of lacing. Pretty looking beer. Sweet, floral aroma. Bread, hops, syrup.

This is a good tasting beer, good balance of hops, malt. Body is smooth, moderate. Great beer to drink on its own. After taste is dry. Slight metallic taste, but otherwise, the best cameron's has to offer.

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