Cameron’s California Sunshine

Reviewed by on May 26, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Cameron's Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Oakville, ON, CA

  • Rated On: May 26, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

While this offering is not a summer release, per se, the inspiration comes from the brewer’s impression that American Pale Ales originated in sunny California, which I’m not about to argue.

This 341ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and plainly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent melting windshield ice lace around the glass as things slowly bleed away.

It smells of dank pine forest floor coverings, musty, overripe blended citrus, baker’s yeast, bready pale malt, and a further bit of muted tropical fruit. The taste is much more redolent of bitter orange and white grapefruit peel, with some leafy pine resin, a lessened green dankness, gritty and crackery pale malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, still muddled tropical fruit, and a bit of grassy, weedy bookending hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly benign, not too much a-bubblin’ ’round here, the body a solid medium weight, and actually quite smooth, despite all those rabble-rousing hops mucking about. It finishes off-dry, the sheepish malt and fruitiness holding down the fort.

An enjoyable enough west coast APA, the hops really wearing as many hats as they can here. It’s not in the same league as your Sierra Nevada, Stone, or even Lagunitas offerings of the style, but I’m sure it plays well to hop-thirsty Ontario beer drinkers.

Brady White

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