Cosmic Cream Ale
Cameron's Brewing Co.

Cosmic Cream AleCosmic Cream Ale
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Style:
Cream Ale
Ranked #289
ABV:
5%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,092
Avg:
3.27 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
108
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Cameron's Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Cosmic Cream AleCosmic Cream Ale
Notes: Cameron’s Cream Ale is the beer that started our company. Hailed by Toronto Life in 1998 as “best new beer of the year.” This elegant golden ale is crisp, refreshing and balanced with a fruity backbone. Brewed with 2 row malted barley and specialty hops from the UK. Cameron’s Cream Ale is a dimensional beer that is refreshing in the summer and comforting in the colder seasons.
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Cramshawbar from Canada

1.97/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lol. Cameron's.
Anyway, I have tried another one of their "masterpieces", thanks to a mixer-pack gift from someone who meant well.
This reminds me of mass produced American weasel piss, starting with the nose. Not only is it all malt, but I swear it has corn syrup. Also, this is in no way an ale (nor creamy).
I will never buy Cameron's again, after trying many of their disastrous products. Probably my least favourite "craft beer" brewery in Canada.

Apr 23, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the hotel bar Mississauga.
Faintly hazy deep yellow color with a tight white head that dissipates. Light apple and crackery bready pilsner with hints of earth and floral hops. Pretty good beer.

Apr 07, 2018
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MichaelGennings from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cosmic Cream Ale from Cameron’s Brewing Company in Oakville, Ontario.

473ml can. 5% alc.

Thick off-white head that dissipates quickly. Decent glass lacing. Beer is golden colour with moderate ascending bubbles.

The beer has a slight grainy smell plus hints of roasted malt.

The taste mirrors the aroma and there is a mild hop bitterness.

Mild carbonation gives a somewhat smooth feel to this beer.

The beer is light to medium bodied and the finish dry.

Overall, a pleasant beverage. Nothing earth shattering and that’s OK.

Mar 06, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this from my last visit to Toronto. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had slight booze. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

Oct 10, 2017
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SoundRules from Canada

3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark golden colour. Pours with a respectable head which goes down very quickly.

Smells very malty. Smells like it might taste great.

Tastes very sweet, with a tart finish.

Overall a good beer that I would buy again.

Sep 25, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada

3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around that magical $3.00 mark or so. 473ml can served at 7deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within the minute. Medium gold colour and filtered Clear

S- Super extra malty good. Touch metallic

T- Malty good. I do like this one. Switches from sour to sweet to tart to roasted. Nice blend. Like this one. Sure do like the hit of hops at first.

M- Nice and creamy going down then dries out pretty good afterward.

O- I like this brew. Nice break from the usual brews. Good one for early summer in the back yard smoking bacon.

Food Pairing

Standing here smoking bacon I think it will go well with........ Smoked Bacon!!! LOL

Enjoy

May 14, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 31/7/14

A clear golden liquid, bubbles of all sizes and speeds feeding a short lived film that manages to leave some polka dot lace

S soggy cereal, weedy and herbal hops, a hint of caramel and cardboard bin

T more of the same really with some old pennies, not much going on and what is there doesn't blow me away, a little better then macro lagers but leaves something to be desired

M light bodied prickly bubbles flatten out quickly, weedy metallic finish

O nothing special but drinkable, another one and done

I could see a few tickers liking the mixed 4 pack from Cameron's but I doubt I'd buy a second, I would buy a fresh bomber of their RyePA again but that's about it.

Jul 31, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

2.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Golden copper, clear filtered, little slow rising carbonation, 3 fingers of off white head, nice lacing, fades moderately fast.

S: Lager yeasts, dried hay, slight fruitiness, slight hot banana pepper spice, snow.

T: Lager like, light dried hay, cereal as in Shreddies, little dull bitterness on the end, lightly hopped, very light sweetness. Corn.

M: Medium bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: Ok. Smooth, light, lager like, not wowing me. Got it in a Cameron’s mixed pack.

May 13, 2014
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BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada

3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the concept of the taster packs sold by Canadian craft brewers. We get to sample several of the brewery's beers without having to hunt up individual cans or bottles. So accordingly, I just picked up a Taster 4 Pack from Cameron's Brewing Company. It contains their Cream Ale, Auburn Ale, Lager and Dark 266. The 'packaged on' date stamped on the box read Jun 29 2011.

Cameron's Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Oakville, Ontario. Founded in 1997, it produces the four beers referred to above, which are only sold in the province of Ontario. Apparently the Dark 266 is only available in the Toronto area in limited distribution. Cameron's is known for selling its beer in 9 packs as opposed to the conventional 6 pack, and for its use of all natural ingredients.

I decided to start with Cameron's Cream Ale ("CCA"), their flagship brand, which is 5.0% alcohol by volume and came in a 341 ml bottle. CCA poured a clear golden yellow colour, and took on a beautiful golden hue when held up to the light. Pouring produced a very thin, fizzy white head which disappeared inside two minutes, leaving a collar which produced some minimal lacing down the glass. The aroma was subdued but interesting...sweet malts, apple and a bit of hops. Carbonation level was moderate and the beer was medium bodied with a bit of a creamy feel to it. The taste began with the sweet malts and transitioned to a slightly bitter, apple flavoured finish. The bitter/apple aftertaste didn't linger too long. A decent beer overall, but if I was in the mood for a cream ale this offering just isn't in the same league as say Muskoka's Cream Ale.

According to the company's web site, CCA was a gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Apr 17, 2014
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BBickle from Canada

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer poors well, carbonated well, provides enough head, tastes well, drinks well, but that's about it. It's a good beer, but nothing special and falls into the good/ok category.

I am hoping to try the beer again as I may of had an off batch. Cameron's has award winning beers.

Feb 23, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Picked this up as part of the Cameron's taster's pack.

Appearance - Nice dark golden color, very clear, but virtually no head at all is poured, and what is poured dissipates almost immediately. The color looks good, just wish there was more head here. Some good lacing left around the glass however.

Smell - Faint sweetness of caramel and maybe a trace of vanilla, that I find in many cream ales. Also general beer graininess dominates the aroma. Not a lot else, but the nose comes through boldly and smells inviting.

taste - More of the roasted grains, transitioning to a bitter conclusion from the hops. The vanilla and caramel sweetness on the nose doesn't show up in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation gives a slightly flat feel, yet at the same time there is a fizziness that is briefly present when it first hits your tongue. Dry finish lingers in the mouth a while too.

Overall - A bit better than I had remembered it, but definitely nothing outstanding. Holds its own with some of Ontario's other brewers in the style, but not anything I would rush out again. The main purpose behind trying the pack was to get a small taste of the rye Pale Ale and the Deviator Doppelbock anyway, but this will help quaff my thirst for the afternoon.

Dec 24, 2013
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IdeaSpeeder from Canada

3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep gold colour. A vibrant, bright white two gingers of fluffy looking head caps the beer, dissipating at a moderate pace, leaving behind a good deal of lacing (for a cream ale)

Smell - some grains and grass. Pretty basic stuff, but also a very light hint of vanilla which I'm hoping will compliment the style.

Taste - Not disappointed - the vanilla flavour is there, its subtle but it really compliments the mouthfeel. There's next to no hop bitterness here. There's also some grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation. Feels 'creamy' in the tongue...obviously.

Overall - 3.5/5

Jun 03, 2013
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mintjellie from Canada

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep gold in colour, topped by a finger of somewhat lacy and retentive head. Toasted bread aroma, simple but pleasant. Malt-forward and doughy flavour with some light fruity esters giving it some apple character. A noticeable buttery flavour detracts from it's flavour. Minimal hopping is restrained to a very light bitterness in its short finish. I think this tastes pretty good for what it is. Light-bodied with an abundance of soft, finely textured carbonation. Not bad, but not something I care to return to.

May 12, 2012
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341 mL bottle, the last in a sampler of four different brews.

Pours a relatively deep golden yellow, almost honey-like in hue, topped with less than a finger of white head that retains poorly. Carbonation level looks almost flat. The aroma is very faint and pretty simple, but it's enjoyable enough. I am reminded of a loaf of honey oat bread... not so much the oats, but the other parts. It's malty, bready, and a little sweet.

The taste is also pretty straightforward and inoffensive. Malts are pretty dominant, very bready with lots of sweet honey and fruity apple notes. Slightly peppery; there is some vague grassy or herbal bitterness in the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet. This is a thin-bodied beer, but it still manages to feel a little syrupy. Fairly creamy, though, with moderate carbonation to facilitate this.

This is refreshing I guess, but not anything that I'd go out of my way for again. I would not consider this significantly better (or worse) than Sleeman Cream Ale, which I have never been a big fan of anyway. Probably the weakest of the four brews in the sampler pack, but to be fair it's a decent example of the style and perfectly drinkable. Try it if the opportunity comes up, but unless you really like cream ales you can probably skip this without much loss.

Update (Nov. 14 2012) - Picked up another sampler... almost exactly a year later, too! I feel I must take back my Sleeman Cream Ale comparison - this cream ale is noticeably better, and even though it's not really up my alley, it's still clean-tasting and approachable. I bumped the taste score up a tiny bit to reflect my softened opinion. I wouldn't really call Cameron's Cream Ale particularly good, but it's not mediocre, either. It's somewhere in between, and an arguably solid example of a relatively uninteresting style.

[Updated Jun 3 2018]

Tall can from a recent sampler; dated Apr 2018. Perhaps it's palate drift, but the more I drink this one - and I have had it at least a dozen times since that original review - the more I seem to enjoy it. It's refreshing despite being a little slick, with a pleasant hop bite and good flavours all around. Sometimes I am in the mood for a cream ale, and this is a pretty solid one with very wide distribution. I don't seek it out, but I'll return on occasion.

Final Grade: 3.64, a B grade.

Nov 18, 2011
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karait95 from Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The looking is good according to the style, well carbonated, the head is medium with a layer on top of withe bubbles with mixed sizes, the color is also nice a golden yellow one.

S: Barley malt smell, mixed with some sugar and really minimal hops. It is pleasant and nice not very intense but present.

T: The flavor is more light or faint than strong, not too intense.

M: There is a short little bitter ending, the start is nice but also minimal not as intense as expected.

Sep 17, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second from the Cameron's mixed pack.

A - Pours a golden honey kinda colour. Half finger white head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Tiny amount of lacing and a film of retention.

S - Earthy with some honey and bready.

T - Strong honey taste. Far too sweet. A little crackers. A little medicinal maybe. Not overly tasty.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy medium body and a sweet finish. Definately cloying.

O/D - Not for me. Something just gives off too much of a honey note and takes over any other element that could power through. It could be better.

Jul 16, 2011
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canucklehead from Canada

3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ho hum , not much going on and I suppose that is the point . A slighter better version of the Sleeman's Cream Ale. A drinkable beer that is a true cream ale ( not the mild such is found in BC). Fairly boring beer in that it really never excites. The slight apple juice flavour is there on the finish. Not really worth buying

Jun 26, 2011
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Roke87 from Canada

2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from the OCB spring discovery pack, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow colour although a bit more on the amber spectrum with a half of a finger of white that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Very malty on the aromas, smells likes a big loaf of bread, not much else going on in the nose although I also do get that typical adjunct smell that is found in mass produced macros, which almost wet cardboard aromas if you will.

Taste- To be honest it really reminds me of Rogue’s dead guy ale which I didn’t really like all that much either, a lot of bready malt flavours that almost taste like that canned Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, lots of weird flavours coming from this one.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with average carbonation, smooth and crisp and it is a little creamy as well but not what I expected from a cream ale.

Overall- Personally I didn’t really like this one, I mean it’s definitely not a drain pour and it reminds me of a higher rated American craft but it really tastes like an adjunct macro, not much aromas going on and the tastes really match the smell as well, just a lot of bready malts and not a whole lot else. Would not pick this one up again and probably wouldn’t have if not for the OCB discovery pack.

Jun 04, 2011
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bryehn from Canada

3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a small, but very frothy white head that stays as a collar without leaving lace.

Smells very fresh. Has a real butterscotch or toffee overtone to it, but mostly sweet malts. Gets more bready after warming.

Surprisingly crisp. Tastes malty, but well-balanced between sweet and tart. There's an odd, almost sour taste in the finish that I can't put my finger on.

Decent carbonation and quite crisp. Yeasty, bread-like on the tongue. Has a sort of resin in the aftertaste.

Another very drinkable beer from Cameron's, though maybe a bit too syrupy. This one plays it safe and would go over well in many casual settings.

Jun 01, 2011
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MeisterBurger from Canada

3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orangey yellow topped by a thin ring of foam.

The aroma is mild apple and citrus and dried peaches, all very subdued--as in barely there. Some light, light, LIGHT caramel sweetness as well.

The taste is like apple sauce and ripe pears, bready with a lemon rind aspect to the hops and some light floral spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is, as one might expect, lightly creamy with low carbonation.

Cameron's seems to excel at making beers that are equal parts really boring and very drinkable. I had the lager right before this and I found the experience to be eerily similar.

May 13, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, grass, corn, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There is also quite a bit of corn syrup and/or honey sweetness. And maybe a little bit of a butterscotch flavour. The beer finishes with a grainy sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had no issues with this beer. Seems like a fairly good example of the style and although I wouldn’t buy it again I’m happy that I gave it a try. It was better than the Muskoka Cream Ale for sure.

May 12, 2011
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JohnnyBarman from Canada

2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a four-bottle sample pack. Packaged on February 11th.

Poured into a becker glass. Extremely light for an ale, a fine golden hue, with a thick creamy head and sheets of lacing rings. Good looking brew.

The nose is bready malts, a bit of hops, and then a strange adjunct smell that reminds me of cardboard or something tomato-y. Maybe a bit of apple in there, like a really sweet cider. Not altogether pleasant.

Taste is sweet, grainy, but with that strange flavor from the nose that's becoming quite offputting. Again, like other reviewers, I get tomato or something that really shouldn't be found in a beer. That particular flavor is not overpowering though, and so the rest of the brew is mild and easy to drink. A bit of apple, and the finish is nice and smooth, but it's not something I'm enjoying much. Not something I'm liable to return to.

Creamy, thick, a bit flat after a strong carbonation burnoff after pouring.

I'll still review them just in case I find one I like, but I'm not a fan of cream ales, and this one is a perfect example of why this is so. Bland, sweet, and with a strange adjunct flavor that really throws the whole off. Won't get again.

Feb 19, 2011
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Mit from Canada

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a clear golden colour almost devoid of head.

s- some breadyness, some malts...pretty unoffensive smell. Not a ton to it.

t-carbonation taste....some malts. Has a crispness to it almost like a cider.

m-feels about right for a 5%.

d-well there is nothing controversial here...why couldn't you have a ton of these?

Feb 02, 2011
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paxkey from Canada

2.36/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out pale yellowish with some orange tints.
aggressive pour yields fluffy 3 finger white head.

getting some wet cardboard smell off this. Cannot quite describe what i smell..kind of like the smell after opening a canned tomato juice.. yes smells oddly of tomato juice

it does have a creamy mouthfeel but that tomato-ish aroma is present in the taste. finishes creamy and a bit bitter. but overall not a winner.

Jan 12, 2011
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kwjd from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with almost no head/lacing. Smells of strong bready malt without any real hop aroma. Flavour is quite muted, some sweetness. Nothing is off about the flavour, but it is quite mild. Carbonation is a bit low, but it isn't flat. Pretty much on style for a cream ale, but a pretty uninteresting one.

Oct 11, 2010
Cosmic Cream Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 108 ratings