Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #202
Ranked #41,263
3.56 | pDev: 15.17%
Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light amber with a short to moderate head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is slightly metallic and with a floral hop smell- very pollen like with balanced sweet malt in the background. The taste has some of the restrained maltiness as the smell, along with the slightly metallic note and floral hoppiness as well. I find these notes common in English esbs, and now here they are in an English pale. This is no ESB, though. Substantially more hop flavor, and there is quite an earthy bitterness to this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial but drying. Hoppier than I expected for an English brew and a little bit different. Quite nice.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white head slowly receding and leaving nice lacing on the glass. Clear pale golden yellow liquid, looks like a Pilsner more than a Pale Ale. Nose is light and delicate Fuggles hoppiness, true to its name, and some light maltiness. Taste is light, crisp and bitter with a wisp of malty sweetness. Finishes up dry yet refreshing, a nice session ale that to me has more in common with a decent Pilsner than anything else.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that stays a while leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Faint grassy/hoppy nose. Starts with some sweetness hops kick in and finish is hoppy with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of inebrius
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can one resist the pull of an earthy hop variety after being exposed to the grapefruit and pine potpourri of American pales? Golden liquid resonates in the glass under wisps of crisped grains and river weeds. A pull is toasted alongside bitter salad greens and easy. Longleg is more connected to its Eastern European cousins than anything. A clean and less fruity drinking ale.

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Photo of maxpower
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear golden with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Grassy lemon aromas, caramel, lemon and pear flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and lightly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes dry with a pleasant bitterness, a good session brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

English Fuggles Hop Ale mmm my favorite variety,pours a light golden with a rather big white head with a nice amount of carbonation.Minty,herbal aromas abound here very "green" and fresh and appetizing,very dry and herbal flavors crisp as a cracker,big dose of those fuggles but with a firm dry malty backbone.Now this is a true quaffer not overly complex but cant get much more sociable in my opinion,a nice beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear but just slightly chill-hazed orange color. Nice creamy white head, rises to 1/2 an inch. Thick sheeting laces, nice appearance. Smell is tilted on the malt side, brown sugar with a heavy sweet sense and some apricot. Just a bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is lightish, and the mood of this beer rests there too. Pleasant and easy-going, caramel with a noticeable but not aggressively assertive Fuggles counterpoint. Similar in profile from beginning to end. Slightly more juiciness than a Bitter, but with many of the same elements in common. I'd drink this one again, a toss 'em back more or less session beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one initially has a nice white head atop a golden liquid. Head retention could have been a little better, though. The smell is a nice balance between bready maltiness and floral hops, in a light and airy sort of way. This is not an in-your-face beer, but the smell is still very inviting. I love the English hops aroma. The has a mild, slightly doughy malt sweetness that’s accented with caramel. The malt flavor is full and round, backed by a mildly bitter hoppiness. The beer isn’t too sweet, and the hops really do a great job of finishing the beer. Some nut and herbal flavors come out in the taste as well. Medium body. Terrific balance. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at the Moan and Dove during the last bus trip. I believe Fuggles was also included in the name of this one. Cloudy goldenrod with a creamy white head, I enjoyed the perfumey hop aroma. After that, though, the beer was just ok..thin+ mouthfeel, light biscuity taste. Not awful, but kind of blah. Taste didn't live up to the aroma.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour brings up a frothy head of white above Longleg's clear yellow-gold body. The retention is good, and it leaves smears of spotty lace behind it.

The nose offers a lightly sweet, straightforward grainy maltiness with just a touch of caramel; a mild, orange-like fruitiness; and some dull leafy and floral hops in the backkground.

In the mouth it's light bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation in the English style.

The flavor offers a delicate balance of its malt, fruit, and hops backed by a brisk bitterness. It's initially a touch sweet and fruity (orange, apple), quickly followed by the appearance of grainy malt as it warms, with grassy and leafy hops right on its tail. It finishes dry with a smudge of lingering malt, and a peppering of leafy/earthy/mineralish hops.

Nicely done! It's light enough in overall character that it makes an easy-drinking and refreshing ale, but it's just complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown glass bottle sealed with a simple looking brass colored crown cap. Profiled main label shows a pair of stilt walking dudes in a hop field. Advertised as ‘LongLeg – English Fuggles Hop Ale’. Best Before 02/06/05, oh my this one is well past its advertised best by at least a year!

Appearance: Peach melba body is enhanced by a range of amber tones that present a varied appearance. Deep off-white head is feisty and lives the life throughout. Low key lacing is good enough.

Nose: Soft chewy caramel with a hint of tangerine and some fleshy apricot to add a fruity dimension. Has a Bubblegum tangent that adds a commercial nature.

Taste: Fuggles are in play here, but they are in profile and don’t stray out of the box. Simplistic aspects are favorable but there is a tired feel, this could be due to the aged nature of this past BB date beer. Finish has some toffee and the toasty malts lend balance to the chewy hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very fine in nature, the disposition is one that rarely frustrates and moreover adds to a brew that enhances the overall experience.

Drinkability: Session material, my friends would have me carried me home before I reached satisfaction with this one.

Overall: Despite the fact that this one is almost a year beyond its BB date, it presented its case rather well I feel. Nice stuff. No short legs here. But I’d rather try this one fresh.

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Photo of putnam
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best before 31/01/06"

Bright, clear straw gold color and a dynamic, crumpet-like top of white. Lemon drop candy aromas spin away into images of lemon cookies, lemon bars and lemon meringue pie. Sophisticated elements of buttered breadcrusts are present too.
On the palate it is racy. Soft in character overall, there is a crunchy, biscuity dryness to the malt that is nicely boosted with subtle shadings of barn-cured herbs. Honey sweetness is never yielded to by solid, sure bitterness -- the persistent, gorgeous finish is full of dry crust, bitter chocolate, marigold and a smear of butter.
It's a picnic.
I'm impressed with the agility, proportion and class of these Cameron's brews. Only one warning: this is not beer for "competition" -- it is for serious, committed savoring, one after another. Don't dare serve it cold either. Room temp is best.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of 2 make my own 6 packs.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by Jan 31 2006) a hazy straw gold with a very large head of foam that lingers on for the entire session and it has some very good lacing.

The smell, well, is *very* nice. I get notes of caramel malt and some hops in the background. If I were blindfolded, I could tell that this brew was from the UK.

The taste is a very finely balanced flavour of caramel malt and those yummy Fuggles hops which impart just the slightest hint of citrus. Yummy.(again) It's very flavourful and only sags right at the finish where I'd describe it as very dry. Damn. This is a very easy drinker and I'm already down to my last 2 or 3 ounces. I'd certainly buy this one again.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty English Pale Ale, even though it's almost a year and a half past its best by date. I'd love to sample a fresh bottle.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear light gold color with a good white-ish head and nice active carbonation. Prominent spicy bitter hop aroma and flavor ... definitely Fuggles-city. Decently balanced but a bit too English Hop Bitter-y for my liking. Light-medium bodied with a biting dry bitter finish.

Per BOM notes: 4.8% ABV

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy color, immensely carbonated, billions of bubbles, covering the side of the glass...thin wafer of white foam.
Nose is citric, fruity, apricot and tangerine, a bit grassy, but moreover bubble-gummy and a bit plastic. Pleasant enough, though.
Taste is gummy as well, fruity, then dry. Flavor doesn't seem to last very long, leaves with a whisper, leaving nothing much on the palate. Gets a little jiggle in the mouth, sloshes about,gets juicy, brief hoppy blitz with each sip, then zip, bam, fades away.
Good drinking, easy enough to swallow, if not for the flaws and the lack of real exciting flavor

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice looking pale, gloden color. Huge off white head on top that lasts all the way down the glass. Sharp, earthy and spicy aroma. Malt flavor at first that quickly changes to a peppery, spicy bitterness. Almost comes off as oxidized. Not all the well balanced against the malt. Overly bitter for a UK pale ale if you ask me. Decent enough body. Rather average-theres better UK pales out there.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with an scarcely legible dot matrixed best before date. Cool picture of men on stilts holding on to a trellis and holding up harvested hops. I might be an idiot, but I kinda thought that the English did not use trellises to grow hops; I thought they sort of let them run amuck until they became almost unmanagable and then it was a good indication it was time to harvest.

Anyhow, This one pours a deep straw color with some honey highlights and a fizzy, off-white head. Poor retention. Some bready aromas with a tinge of hops, almost metallic. A little diacetyl, a little 2-row sweetness, barely any bitterness other than a noble grassiness in the finish, Mouthfeel is a little slick, whereas there is not too many flavors to pinpoint. Rather disappointing. Other than the faint diacetyl and light fruity estery reminder that its an ale, this drinks more like a lager. Lower carbonation plays a role in the ale's slickness on the tongue. It is rather drinkable and the Fuggles are lingering a little bit, just not as much as I may have wanted. It is balanced well.

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Photo of marburg
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a fresh bottle at just slightly below room temp out of my imperial pint glass. Sparkling orange-ish color with a foamy, easily ressurectable head atop the brew.

Sweet graham cracker aromas hint at a strong malt presence -- more malt, crackers, and biscuits. Deliberate, forceful swirls of the glass reveal a lot of fruit subtlety in the form of nectarine and lemon.

There's a real bready, biscuity maltiness to this. The bitterness is mild but it lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Fairly straightforward on the palate, this is remarkably well balanced. A hell of a drink. I could suck 50 of these down without blinking an eye (well, maybe one blink when I collapsed and died...but I'd be happy).

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Photo of rebel1771
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a thick fine head.

The aroma of hops dominate smell of this beer along with a sweet bready aroma.

The flavor is awesome. Great hop bite balanced with just a touch of maltiness. This is a type of beer I don't want to over analyze, I just want to sit back and enjoy it.

This brew rocks. Nuff said.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, thin layer of foam that disappears rather quickly

Aroma: light caramel, lots of lovely Fuggles aroma

Flavor: mild malt sweetness with a twinge of hazelnuts, herbally hop flavor, finishes dryish with a mild bitterness and scrumptious Fuggles

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, zippy carbonation, crisp texture

Other: A great hop aroma/flavor showcase and very refreshing.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a light gold/orange color, with a small white bubbly head topping it off. Light hop aroma. The brew hits your tounge with a bitter hop whack, with about the intesity of an english pale that you would expect. Some slight citrus aspects, bready malt, everything that i would want from this style of beer. Good session.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed, light honey yellow. Actually quite bright and clear once the condensation leaves. Small, unlasting cap of whiteness. A few thick globby strings and a few spots of lace are left along the glass.

Soft, delicate, chewy caramel aroma with a bit of pale melon fruityness.

Taste is mostly malt and fairly low toned, breif carbonation stay in the front. Pale caramel with a few hints to some melon, apple, and green grapey dryness. Finish is light and short-ended with a smallish hop leafyness and some mineral-like ascents sticking behind late.

Body is a bit loose and shy of medium, firm, clean, yet stubstantially missing a better boldness and girth to its mouthfeel.

An OK Pale ale, nothing to get excitied about, but drinks fine enough.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazed amber with a thin tan head. looks a lot like a pint of iced tea.
actually smells a lot like an iced tea too, with tea and citrusy lemon like slightly grassy hop aromas. saltine cracker aroma and a healthy dose of toffee in there as well especially as it warms.
somehwhere between a 3.5 and 4.0 for flavor, but i'm gonna round down. tea like lemony bitterness with caramel and toffee backing it up. grassy qualities develop with some warmth. maybe a hint of apricot and nuttiness.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
a nice sessionable beer. a solid english ale with a unique sweetness to it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a mild hop aroma. It's sweet with a fruity edge as well as bitter. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy with a little residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good English pale. I love the aroma, but the residual sweetness is a little much. Overall, a decent drinker.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean yellow/straw colored beer. Has a nice ,but small creamy white head with a nice lace. A light grassy note in the aroma to start. Then some sweet malt with a hint of hops in the background. The hop bitterness is right up front in the flavor with a slowly emmerging malt sweetness that gives way to the hops again in the finish.

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Longleg from Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 70 ratings