Camerons Strongarm | Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

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Camerons StrongarmCamerons Strongarm

Brewed by:
Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2003

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Mattandwin
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgittens
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Johnq1964
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hadlance
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indeed ruby red, with loose sandy honeycomb head that fades fast. Steel grain with hints of toast, red currant and burnt sugar.
Rhubarb jam on buttered toast, stewed apple in the middle, with slight wood and tea leaf hops.
Cocoa and treacle finish and butterscotch linger. Prickly, light to medium, oily.

For having 4 hops varieties (Fuggles, EKG, Target and Challenger) this has some pretty gloppy malts. That and a big diacetyl hit make this a bit of hard work. Doesn't strongarm anyone.

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Photo of kobeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of rd2nowhere
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- large 2inch head is standard with this beer and it should last the length of the pint. Dark ruby in colour and clear as a.bell.
S- not much special here, but not offensive all the same.
T- lots and lots and lots of caramel, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. The hops try to balance it out but it is Scottish heavy than English bitter in truth.
M- silky, quite thick leaves a long lasting.coating to the mouth.

I'm from hartlepool so I might be biased, but if made correctly, hand pulled hard with.a.sprinkler on the tap I think this beer is extremely hard to beat and deserves greater recognition.

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Photo of FriedGold2112
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ralphgant
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled, as the label says ruby red in colour, it has a very creamy lasting head that stands above the glass and leaves good lacing, a nice fruity malt aroma, fruity caramel bitter taste, it is also good in bottles.

My hometown beer, you love it or hate it, I love it.

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Photo of flexabull
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy dark amber, almost brown color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of light tea, some chocolates, and a general earthiness.

Taste is pretty malty. A little bit tea like, (man, I've had a lot of beers lately that have a brewed tea like flavor) with some bready spices, and a hint of chocolate sweetness. Finish is crisp with an earthy hop note.

Mouthfeel is nice, light carbonation, and a general smoothness.

Drinkability is very good. Nice easy drinking and tasty ale. I love these simple sessionable British Ales. Good stuff.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I wait for my pizza to cool off from the oven, I'll get this review started. On to the beer:

Amber, copper colored beer with hues of orange. Good sticky head on top. The aroma...diacteyl, caramel, butterscotch..the usual suspect of a bitter. And to drink... the flavor is light, that's for sure. Soft butterscotch yeast in the begining, and it seems to stick throughout the journey. Low gravity toffee, faint hops, esters. Soft in the mouth, very easy to knock back. The flavor gets stronger as it warms...gee, didn't see that one coming.

Pleasing to the taste buds and the thirst. Nothing gets in the way of the drinkability. I'd love to try this beer on cask.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint, .09 fl oz bottle purchased singly from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a deep, dark, purple, ruby-red colored hue with a modest foamy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Faint, subtle aroma of slight malts, bread, and butter essences...
Taste resembled the smell, with a strong suggestion of creamy, sweet malts, bread, butter, caramel, vanilla, and a powerful, nutty, sugared-flavor that was subtle yet distinct...
Average mouthfeel to say the least, a little too watered down and bland for me...
Drinkability was average... the 4%ABV was very easy to down, but there was also a lack of complexity in the taste and smell, which wasn't too appealing overall...
A light, easily drinkable session brew, but wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out or recommend this one...

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Photo of SargeC
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-red color. Minimal head and little carbonation movement,

Smell: Sweet molasses, alcohol, roast malt.

Taste: The slight alcohol quality works well with the sweetness in this brew. The roast malt flavors counteract the sugary sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium body brew.

Drinkability: Very satisfying. The balances this brew provides between sweet and bitter increased drinkability and enjoyment.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear ruby red to brown with a chubby reddish pink creamy head that settle quickly leaving the lace to cover the glass. Nose is that of over ripe cherries, caramel and with the malt present a cotton candy like sweetness, fresh and appetizing. Front has the pleasant malt sweetness, with the cherry like taste also present, light to medium in feel. Finish has a light to medium hop spiciness, sweet to the end with the acidity stunning, quite dry, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a foamy, tan, three-finger head. It left big rings of lace.

S - It smelled of gasses/hops and some malt.

T - It tasted of grassy hops and caramel malts. It had a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and relatively smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Not bad. Like all English Bitters it is not very bitter, but is still a good drinking beer.

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Photo of biggmike
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber color. No real overwhelming characteristic. Average. Wouldnt go out my way to get again. Not much head, not much lacing, not much taste. Kind of disappointing, most English bitters that I've had, I have really enjoyed but this was pretty much just standard fare. Nothing offensive, just a little bland for my tastes.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a long brown bottle with a stubby neck crimped on cap

Hazy ruby red color with a brownish hue. 1" light tan head quickly dissapating to a thin layer of foam.

Clean aromas, vinious with dark fruityness,nutty with burnt carmell, a good strong malty nose.

Very good complex tastes nutty, with dark fruits raisins/figs some toffee, slighty roasty some slight alcohol twang and some syrupyness. Finishes with a good,sharp,tart,fruity taste. Nice Engish style taste.

Light to medium mouthfeel,tangy with some cloyingness. A good pleasing light feel,goes down very easy,could drink quite a few of these. If you like English style beers give this one a try.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark slightly cloudy brownish red with a small bubbly tan head that fizzes out rather quickly.

Smell. Fruity and yeasty, has a heavier aroma than i would have guessed. fruits are cut red apples mostly.

Taste. Seems to be a little off here. It is not bad, but has a watered down flavor to me. Very mild fruit flavor and a touch of the yeast that i got in the aroma. aftertaste is just slightly spiced.

Mouthfeel. This one seems to have a low level of carbonation. Initially body seems a little slick and empty, but seems to fill up a touch as it warms more in my mouth.

Overall, i've had this before, but dont remember it being like this. Perhaps i got an old bottle or something, but there just isnt an off-taste to it to go assuming that. I want to try this again to check my test-retest reliability on this beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty cloudy burnt caramel color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles that faded within about 30 seconds.

Aroma: Lots of sweet fruity british hops accenting the toasty notes of the British malts. This is a very aromatic beer, but I would say that the hops are in charge of the aroma overall. As the beer warms, the caramel sweetness is becoming more apparent.

Taste: The toasty sweet British malts are a huge player in the flavor, but the hops are no slouch. There seems to be a reversal of roles here as I believe that the malt is the dominant player in the flavor. There are some minerals that are obvious in the flavor as mouthfeel...leaving a chalky feeling to linger on the back of the throat. There is a bit of oxidation in this beer as well, so this may be why the hops are more muted in the flavor.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I am nort a huge fan of the British styles for the most part, and this beer is no exception. I like a beer with lighter water, and this one sits on my palate pretty heavy. I would drink it again, but it will not be one that I seek out.

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Camerons Strongarm from Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
3.72 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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