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Ambear Red Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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3.62/5
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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:
#35,465
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
136
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of tomdavistoronto
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AddyCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sbarre
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Vyronian
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SebD
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 mick303
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 BigGruntyThirst
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Atramentous
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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 spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Rijtjeshuis
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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 karait95
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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 bryehn
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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 MeisterBurger
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of my Cameron mixed four pack.

Poured into a becker Creemore glass. A light amber hue - a little too light to fall under the 'auburn' spectrum, but still very nice. Leaves behind about a half inch of white head, which dissolves into a thin ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is malty, nutty and buttery, some apple and herbal hops in the back.

Quite pleased with the taste - dominated by the malts early on, but the herbal hops give it a lasting finish. Nutty and crisp, very satisfying.

Good carbonation, but a touch too thin. Very quaffable, however.

This one was my favorite of the bunch - easy to drink, flavorful, nothing funky or out of place. Not very complex, but something one could session with incredible ease. A solid Ontario offering - I'll definitely pick this one up again.

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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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Ambear Red Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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