Cosmic Cream Ale | Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Cosmic Cream AleCosmic Cream Ale

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

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-09-2003

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by ThatWineGuy:
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow with hazy orange highlights, half finger off-white head retreats leaving a wispy, cloudy surface. Carbonation a little scarce. Ring with minor ribbon lacing. Smell is a bit tangy, tangerine, orange rind.

Taste offers a glimpse of citrus hops that quickly gives way to a malty backbone that seems to take over. There is a mineral-like quality to this cream ale that I often find with this style, an earthy presence, at worst metallic. Nonetheless, it's still pretty drinkable. Light to medium body, smooth enough.

This is a pretty typical cream ale, not outstanding but true to the style, if you like cream ales, give it a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
3.79/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another two week sojourn in T.O. for work, another hotel with some local-ish microbrews on draft at their in-house bar. A 20oz pint whilst grabbing a pre-anniversary night bash drink with my girl, flown in just for the occasion.

This beer appears a faintly hazy medium golden orange colour, with one finger of puffy, bubbly and ultimately creamy white head, which leaves a few walls of spackled lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy cereal malt, simple honey, vanilla cookies, and grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - sweet bready grain, vanilla wafers, dried honey, and somewhat tangy floral, perfumed hops.

The carbonation is moderately soft, the body medium weight, mostly smooth, and just a wee bit creamy, sort of the runt of the family, as it were. It finishes pretty dry, some plain graininess and pithy florals loitering for a bit.

A moderately above-average cream ale, mostly unmemorable, and inoffensive. Nothing I would go out of my way to procure, but adequate if there are no better options, read: swanky, expense-account hotel bar. And what the hell does being 'dimensional' mean? Existent? Here right now? Pfft.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing outstanding about this beer, whose style has become popularized through Creemore flagship. OK pour and foam. Was a bit sweet, no outstanding flavour.OK on the tongue. Found it dried the mouth and felt was bits of yeast aftertaste. Fine for a summer day. A cut above national brands.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.79/5  rDev +17%
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


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Photo of StormAles
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paxkey
2.36/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to pint glass

A - Light yellow, slight cloudy with a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Crisp, bready malts and a slight bitter hop nose with a faint citrus smell.

T - Slight hop bite up front with some citrus. A nice crisp bready malt backbone.

M - Light body with a very slight creamy texture. Heavily carbonated.

D - An enjoyable beer but not a memorable one.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of irishkyle21
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of baiser
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow, little white head, not much retention. Mostly malt in the nose, with some floral hops. Taste was sweet, bready, and some fruity tones. Finishes dry, slight bitterness. A tad watery IMO. A bit too sweet for my liking. Some other off flavours present too.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to partake in Cameron's Cream Ale after sampling - and being fairly impressed - with their Auburn Ale. Cameron's Cream Ale was, of course, the first beer brewed by the fledgling family brewery, and it is an excellent take on a personal favourite style (Cream Ale doesn't get the love it deserves for being a straightforward, refreshingly simple and tasty brew), perhaps the best Cream Ale that I've tried.

Poured into my pint glass from an industry standard twist-off bottle (freshness dating on the 9-pack, though I can't figure out if its a confusing code or simply the brewed-on date) a typical cream ale colour. Fairly straw yellow, as per the style, but with a surprising hint of orange. Some bubbles, but not nearly as overcarbonated as the macro 'marker' for the style (Sleeman's Cream Ale). Topped by a finger and a half of fairly fluffy head that dies down fairly quickly to a few rings and some light, light lacing. It doesn't wow the eye, but it's a fairly respectable looking brew.

Smell is surprisingly similar to Cameron's Auburn Ale, which compels me to believe that this is a sort of 'trademark' character (not unlike the Sleeman cooked veggie odour, though much, much more pleasant). Dominant fruits in the nose (though I can't figure out if its a result of hopping or the malt) - raspberries, blackberries, etc. Faint graininess, an herbal sort of character, a slightly yeasty character, a touch of malt. Very nice.

Taste is likewise similar to the Auburn Ale, and rather nice in its own right. The initial fruit/herbal character presents itself quickly with a sweetness. Fairly creamy, and a surprisingly nice malt backbone. Some graininess, a touch of lemon, nuts, and just a sprinkle of bitterness that balances out the sweet. Finishes fairly dry, with a pleasant malty taste in the mouth. Quite a good cream ale; this should serve as a marker for the style in Ontario.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly nice as well, as Cameron's lacks the extreme over-carbonation of most cream ales I have sampled in the past - it is lively, but unobtrusive, and is matched by a nice medium body. As with any cream ale, drinkability is up there - these are hot weather, refreshing beers, and this is no exception.

3.5's across the board for a fairly impressive brew. If you're a fan of the Cream Ale and you haven't tried Cameron's, you should go out now and do so. If you're not a fan of the style, this is still worth a try, as its a great beer in its own right, regardless of style.

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Photo of Roke87
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Cosmic Cream Ale from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 107 ratings