Camerons Strongarm | Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd

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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: 68 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by SargeC:
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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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep ruby with a creamy-like head that sticks nicely to the glass,aroma of brown sugar dominates here but its quite subtle.Taste is all English here biscuity and some brown sugar notes as well as a light metallic flavors light but full of flavor.Wow a real nice brew great to get my hands on would just love to get a chance to try this on hand pump,I honestly could drink this from morning all day.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a smoky, red hued, mahogany body. Two finger tall, sticky tan head, insists on hanging around for several minutes. Sheet and patch lacing is profuse. A real beauty to behold here. Lacing effect is extraordinary, sitting atop a red tinted, dark brown body.
Aroma is large with maltiness. Toffee, caramel, maple syrup, dates and figs. Hops are present, and seem to be fruity pear and McIntosh apple.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with appropriate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but too much so.
Taste is bigtime malty, like the nose. Very English in character, with a hint of mineral water to liven all the malts. Plenty of dark fruits, soaked in rum and molasses. A doppelbock character, minus the ethanol, is what you have here. Smooth and malty, with an ideal backdrop of British hops.
Very lovely English ale, but not very pale in color or character. Beautiful complexity, and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled this one on Nitro tap at the Brazen head in Brooklyn, NY, Arrives rudy/red/dark amber/cloudy with tiny bubbles clinging to the glass. Super fine, creamy head, loads of lacing left behind. Minimal nose picked up. This one is all about the mega creamy mouthfeel and the light subtle, drinkable approach taken towards this very British ale. Fine sessioner, could drink this stuff all night

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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 hadlance
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red mahogany color with a decent yellowish head of 1/4 of an inch. Nice lacing on the glass, thin, but complete around the perimeter. Malty aroma, slightly musty and dusty but with a caramel and slight butter undertone. Lightish body but plenty of carbonation. Burnt caramelized sugar taste, creme brulee, bittering from English style hops early but matched by Heath bar toffee and a touch of wild honey. Thins a little mid mouth and closes on the light side, without nearly as much impact. Overall, I'd say this is a nice enough brew, good drinkability but the close is a little weak, making a little too much of a switch for me.

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Photo of foamer
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Bon Accord, Glasgow

Pours a deep amber/ruby with a foamy white head which leaves some lacing on the glass. Some malt in the nose but rather clean. Sweet malt with faint fruity notes and a subtle hint of diacetyl coming through and then leading to a delicate long hop finish. A rather mild and unassuming pale ale. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of cokes
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Burgundied amber with a compact sandy head.
Smells of buttered caramel and pear, with machinery backings.
Begins with a substancial caramel maltiness. Sweet and nougat-like, but not as heavy. Mild fruitness via red apples, pears, and black grapes. Turns a touch darker later, sub-chocolate carob colorings. Just a touch of butter. Ends modestly hopped, hued by herbs and metals.
Light-hearted and ridiculously consumable.
Forget the "Red Ale" claim from the label, this is a beautiful Dark Mild.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy chestnut body displays ruby highlights and streams of fine, steadily rising bubbles beneath an enormous head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves wide streaks of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose is mainly malty with a distinct caramel side and a touch of diacetyl, although some limited, grassy hops are able to slip through. The body is decidedly medium and its fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and creamy across the palate. The flavor reflects the caramel maltiness that's displayed in the nose with a splash of yeasty fruitiness (apples, pear, berries) and some subtle buttery diacetyl adding depth. It finishes soft and smooth; almost without notice. A straightforward, highly drinkable ale that could easily be enjoyed throughout an entire session!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark brown with a small head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma made up of plenty of caramel malt, some buttery smells and a bit of grassy hops.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Taste of caramel malt comes in noticably as do some fruit flavors, apple being the most noticable. Some buttery flavors come in as well, I guess this is what diacetly tastes like. Finishes with almost no aftertaste.

Plenty easy drinking, if not plenty interesting. Not bad though.

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Photo of jackndan
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strongarm Ruby Red Ale, in a bottle (best by date 6/04). Hmm, pours not so much ruby or red, but a kind of brown, fairly clear. Had some head, but what there was left fairly quickly. The aroma is mild, but I can sense a little red wine aroma, of all things. Fairly clean and brisk English style ale, with a nip and bit more of hops. Bready malts help to round out the flavor, leaves a slightly toasty aftertaste. Crisp, easy to drink, and light bodied. Very nice, I can see this being enjoyed in the late afternoon at an English pub. Nice.

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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 georgeanthorpe
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Slightly murky reddish-brown in color, with a small off-white head, which retains well. The lacing is fairly thick, and rings the glass nicely.

Aroma: Profound aroma of malt and dark caramel, a decent hop presence, and a slight spice note.

Taste: Opens with a burnt caramel note, which defines the taste from start to finish. Towards the end of the taste, an astringent bitter note appears. Finishes with mild, but persistent herbal and medicinal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: A bit light, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: An average example of the style, not bad, but there are much better bitters that can be had.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass Euro-style longneck with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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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 gentlebubbles
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Beautiful reddish copper with a nice thick light tan head, and a glint of ruby at the bottom. Smells of butterscotch. Tastes of appley cidery fruit. The butter scotch becomes more and more phenolic as I drink. Strong cidery finish. Not to my taste, and disappointing after the lovely Castle Eden.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Auburn brown with a decent tan head, decent carbonation, and sporadic lace. All malt toffee and brown sugar aroma and flavor. A bit on the sweet side but not overly so. Some earthy hop balance. Medium balance and smooth with a dry malty finish.

Per bottle: Est. 1865

Per Cameron's website: 4% ABV

Per B.O.M. notes: 4.5% ABV, Gold Medal (92 pts) English Brown Ale @ World Beer Championships.

Best Before: 05/20/05
Tasted: 07/03/05

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Photo of jdhilt
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger light tan head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose has some malt. Starts and finishes with a balance of hops and malts with a little sweetness at the end. $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Best by date Nov 04. The ABV is 4.0%.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super color here-deep caramel/amber with an enticing, creamy beige head that sticks throughout the journey-moderate to ample lace. Aromas are somewhat savory, with roasted grain and nut up front-some melon like fruit and tangy hop bitter on the tail end. The mouth feel is medium bodied, crisp and somewhat creamy. Flavors satiate, and are quite easy to swallow. The emphasis is on the roasted grain and the subtle, buzzing hop bitter that balances the beer in sublime English fashion. A flavorful, refreshing, and just right brew to serve up with a plate of fish and chips.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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Camerons Strongarm from Castle Eden & Camerons Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 68 ratings