Camo Genuine Ale | Camo Brewing Company

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Camo Genuine AleCamo Genuine Ale

Brewed by:
Camo Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2002

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light pale golden forms a nice white head dwindling quickly leaves fine scattered lacing. Aroma: Somewhat of a scant hop aroma sweet alcoholic undertones malted 2 row with corn and rice adjuncts. Taste: Upfront fruitiness applely dare I say, compared to the typical mass produced strong ales, sugary malt tones with corn and rice layers leaves an alcohol presence on the palate. Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied mass produced shit beer what's better when chillin' with good friends. Drinkability: Well, what can be said it matches up with other brews in the style....which I'm not sure how many others exist.

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Photo of bditty187
1.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ultra pale yellow, very translucent, minimal animation, foamy bright white head, soapy retention, no lace. Sweet, slightly alcoholic nose, surprisingly clean but the afore mentioned undertones slay the invitation. The palate is clean… alcoholic with harsh metallic notes (influence of the can?), a persuasion of adjuncts too. The more you sip this Ale, the more you regret it… the alcohol burns your throat, very harsh. The carbonation is minimal, smooth yet flat to drink. I could not finish half of the 24 oz. can; even at $1.19 I’d never drink it again… skip it, unless you are really stupid.

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Photo of happygnome
2/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: pours a pale yellow color with about a half inch of white head the dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: adjunct malts, corn high aroma of alcohol, kind of dieselish
t: corn malts and a lot of alcohol there really is no bitterness in this
m: light to medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, this serves a purpose, get drunk cheaply, and i suppose for those that want that this is perfect, but for me, this is the last can that i'll get not as bad as i expected though

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Photo of Reidrover
1.03/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok in search of that perfect beer...LOL just kidding.I have this awful habit of buying THE cheapest beer in and again..this was just one such occaison.
Comes in a rather gaudy 24 oz can with all sorts of big claims on it"Special Reserve","Super premium" "Genuine Ale" etc etc.
The appearance is off urine topped with a large but yet horrid looking head..chemical comes to goes down to almost zero in 30 secs.
Smells like urone too..well maybe a wee bit like wet dog hair mixed with rubbing alcohol.
Taste is saccharine sweet with an awful bitterness..then alcohol..unhidden.
This stuff is the pits down there with Magnum 40..when will I ever does not always mean a good deal.

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Photo of kguyty
2.5/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is meant to do one thing: be a cheap buzz. It does that well once you get past the first swig.

It has a sweet smell, as well as a sweet taste due to the high alcohol volume, but after a bit it doesn't taste that bad. This beer does its job well for the price.

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Photo of nicksta
1.06/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When it comes to the three Camos, the High Gravity Lager, the Silver Ice, and the Genuine Ale, hell, when it comes to beer, the Genuine Ale is the WORST. The ultra sweet splenda taste is back but this time its like a double shot. It is so bad I barf after two cans every time. It never gets easier drinking Camo, let alone this particular kind. As for the rest of the beer: The appearance isn't that great. Its a kinda dark piss with a little lacing. The smell is just like the taste, sickly sweet. The mouthfeel is like heavy sugar water and the drinkablity is that of Gasoline i imagine. If your broke and your drinking it for the buzz, which you are because your not drinking it for anything else, go for the ICE. It is more tolerable with the same abv. If you are drinking it for the taste then damn,... just... damn.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The third leg of the Camo triple crown for me. This reminds me of the other camos, not surprising. Usual clear yellow color. Strong and sweet , adjunct instead of quality malts. Ho hops to be found. This is just another brown bagger which should be avoided unless broke. Yuck.

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Photo of hwwty4
1.31/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured this bad boy into my 25oz Chiefs mug. Just to preface why I am drinking this, I was in my local semi ghetto grocery store and they had these cans in front of the check out lines for 59 cents. 59 cents for 24 fluid ounces of 9%XXX Super Premium genuine ale Special Reserve, that seems like a steel to me. On to the review. Wow, this beer smells like watered down, corny vodka. Also there is definite overtones of finger nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol. This beer tastes like (what I assume) licking a cheap prostitutes ass would taste like. Nasty. It sucks that I have to drink the rest of the beer. Promised my wife that I would drink the whole thing since I spent 59 cents on it. Besides the hooker's ass, there is definite overtones of paint thinner. It almost numbs my mouth when I drink it. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. That's really all I can feel since the paint thinner numbed my mouth. All in all this has to be the most undrinkable Camo 24 XXX Super Premium Genuine Ale Special Reserve that I have ever had.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
1.38/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear, pale gold. Three finger head is bubbly, and retains for under a minuite before sinking to surprisingly nice lacing. Apple esters and astringent alcohol smell that are trademark to Camo beers are the only aromas. Taste is more like a cider than an ale, insdistinct adjuncts and malt liquor flavor mask some of the alcohol, but grossly unbalanced sweetness ruins the taste alltogether. Full bodied and evenly carbonated, but the harsh flavor is residual and makes the finish hardly palatable. A poor attempt at a quality style, even for Camo.

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Photo of troobie
2.09/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I've only had Special Reserve Camo Super Premium Genuine Ale xxXxx a few times. It isn't available where I live and I brought home some 24's of the Camo range the last time I was in Las Vegas. It was insanely cheap there, like 89 cents per 24 oz. can (and no 10 cent deposit like CA.) At 9.0% ABV, the homeless in Vegas must live like kings.

I am more familiar with Camo Silver Ice, so I have to compare it to that.

I'm drinking this from the can. Duh. It has that grape smell that happens once you hit 9.0% ABV and up. I know what I'm in for. Mouthfeel is bad and comparable to carbonated water. This tastes just like the Silver Ice except for the finish. The Silver Ice finishes with a bitter metallic twang while this actually has a smoother finish. No twang, and only slightly metallic. I would say this is creamy compared to the Silver Ice. The taste is just slightly a little more bold. If it was between this and Silver Ice (same ABV) I would choose this.

For the price and purpose, how could I complain?

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Photo of BEERandCIGS
1.03/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I tried this beer because it was at my local liquor store for only 79 cents a can. I wasn't expecting it to be great due to it being so cheap and being 8.6% alcohol. When I cracked it open, it smelled like a mixed drink not beer. I swear I could smell vodka, either way I tried it and it was very carbonated and watery, lack of any kind of beer flavor. I would have to say it almost tastes more like a can of sparks. Kind of sweet but not pleasant. I only noticed the color when I was pouring the rest down the sink, seemed kind of a dark yellow.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.43/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From a twenty-four ounce can - Pours a pale color with a slight haze and decent white head. Smells of bad corn cereal and adjuncts with plenty of sweetness in the nose. First sip is just awful with a bitterness that is not welcomed nor worthy. Plenty of adjuncts and skimping on real malt. Though the taste is horrible the mouthfeel was a little better. AVOID

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Photo of BeerBob
2.38/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This failed NASA rocket fuel came in a blue camo motif of 24 fl oz and at 8.6% acl/vol can, the no smoking lamp should be on.

Acrid with no discernable sweet notes at all, although there was some, not unpleasant stickiness, Camo genuine ALE is not for the faint of heart, or the faint of anything for that matter. We are talking liquid novocaine here and not much carbonation either.

Major altered reality in a can, or rocket fuel for small rockets, Camo genuine ALE will get the job done post-haste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.24/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange-yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: The typical sweetish fetor of chemicals and adjuncts but kicked up the notches unknown. This is pretty poor even for a malt liquor.

Taste: This is going to be an absolute struggle. Sweetish, harsh flavor of corn, rubbing alcohol, diesel, and the tears of sentient apples. The burn and palate grating mix of crude flavors only increases; unyielding until well beyond the perceived finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was definitely horrendous. Why is it the worst beers come in such obscenely large doses?

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Photo of kinger
1.31/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

ahhh special reserve, a truly genuine ale. Well I knew what I was buying but I couldn't resist. Much to my surprise this is respectable malt liquor, not good but better than most. Aroma is sweet corn and sugar. I poured some into a glass and it looked decent nice carbonation lots of lacing and a decent head. Mouthfeel is watery yet smooth. Flavor is considerably drinkable, I was expecting much worse. There is a funky candy sweetness to this but it isn't that bad. Cheap buzz that is tolerable Gooo Camo!

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Camo Genuine Ale from Camo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 1.59 out of 5 with 15 ratings