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McAuslan Cream Ale - McAuslan Brewing

McAuslan Cream AleMcAuslan Cream Ale

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
St Ambroise Pale Ale served on nitro.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 07-26-2004)
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Reviews by juliendesrochers:
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2013 14:48:44 | More by juliendesrochers
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-28-2014 03:03:28 | More by bunruh
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-08-2014 07:47:26 | More by yancot
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-16-2013 20:21:24 | More by wizo
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Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A totally beige body due to the silky, creamy head mixes nicely with the light copper body. Aroma of nuts and malt is somewhat muted by the nitro. Decent flavor, mineral hops, some fruit. Very creamy body, ultra smooth but middle is a bit muddled.. Overall, decent enough.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-08-2013 00:51:49 | More by papat444
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-24-2013 20:54:37 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-23-2013 21:57:31 | More by 307x
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-16-2013 14:16:45 | More by TheBeeraholic
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Quebec (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick and creamy looking with nice cascading effects and good head retention; some light lacing.

Dry hay and some slight maltiness. Nothing too in-your-face.

Tastes mildly hoppy but not bitter or anything. A touch of sweetness citrus, grass, mustiness.

Nice and creamy. Smooth and dry with a quick finish.

This is a good beer. I read (don't know for sure) that this is just their Pale Ale with nitro and that they thought it tasted so different they decided to call it cream ale (I don't think it actually is one). I don't know if that is true but if it is, then it is quite amazing how different the taste is. I wouldn't spend tons to get my hands on it, but if it is on tap I'll definitely get it over some other stuff. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-02-2013 21:53:23 | More by TheDoctor
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-03-2013 05:15:57 | More by rale
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-29-2012 01:23:36 | More by KalanM
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - copper with two fingers of fluffy dense white head. Cascading beautifully. The head sticks around for the entire pint.

S - smells like a toned down version of their pale ale. Spicy notes from the yeast. really beautiful caramel malty notes.

T - Tons of biscuity malt characters fnished with the tiniest hop bite. very spicy.

M - The nitro really makes me enjoy this beer on another level. It adds the creamiest finish. This beer is extremely easy to drink

O - A good example of the style. Nitro made it way better. Had it at work after my shift and I'm glad I did. Would have again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-25-2012 03:37:51 | More by rappmann
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-06-2012 19:22:52 | More by cfalovo97
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Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2012 04:01:36 | More by NightINgale
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-06-2012 17:56:56 | More by mmurphy525
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-14-2012 01:21:31 | More by Mattgruv
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-25-2012 23:13:53 | More by Copyrightkilla
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2012 00:57:13 | More by Groulxsome
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Appearance – Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a really good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice velvety feel. I can taste malts, caramel, and some notes of tea. There was also a bit of a metallic flavour. Th beer ends with a nice light malty aftertaste.

Overall – A very drinkable beer with a fantastic appearance. They should really start selling this beer in cans. It's not as good as some of the cream ales from the UK, but it's close. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-31-2011 16:15:27 | More by spinrsx
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro tap at L'Escalier.

Thanks to the the nitrogen, it was a gorgeous pour: Super creamy, frothy head and cascading down the glass and thick lacing. Dark copper body. Hoppy malt smell.

A superbly creamy mouthfeel and nice bitter ale with some hop (similar to their "blonde" pale ale). Some toasted maltiness and caramel but also a wee thin and watery.

An almost perfect session ale for a night out with friends.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-03-2011 01:36:40 | More by Matt1516
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in Montreal. Poured a dark amber, orange, bright white head. Lots of stick and lacing on the glass. Smelled of grass, grain and herbs. Not sure if this was good or bad. Taste was more subdued, herbal and creamy. I guess cream ales should be creamy. This was. Overall, an enjoyable brew but not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 00:28:41 | More by gskitt
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

McAuslin Cream Ale…..in a bottle

Appearance-orange yellow color with a decent sized white head that rises with loads of bubbles and loads of carbonation. It sits and stares back at me for a minute before starting to leave as it settles. Not bad.

Smell-a little bit of fruit, hops appear, malt backbone and of course that pungent mixture aroma that comes with the style

Taste/Mouthfeel-right creaminess up front with a bit of hops, malt falls away creating a more sludgy texture without much smoothness, flavors are there upfront but don’t mix that well. Fruit at the end seems misplaced. Finishes fairly clean, unpleasant aftertaste. Mix of good and bad going on here, but while the taste is strong it doesn’t seem to work.

Overall-this beer started out great but doesn’t end as a good version of the style, maybe I had a bad bottle but the flavors didn’t work together and I didn’t find it very enjoyable. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:41:10 | More by TheDeuce
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate (though it was on nitro-tap). Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells fairly hoppy for a cream ale, with lots of sweet caramel as well. Taste is mildly bitter with nice sweetness. Very well balanced. Quite smooth mouthfeel from the nitro. I used to drink this frequently before I got into craft beer so I wasn't sure how it would hold up now that I've tried so many other beers, but this still is quite a nice beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-16-2010 22:17:40 | More by kwjd
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange body with a giant white cap that laces like freaking crazy. Obviously it's the nitro at work, but is this ever a fantastic looking beer. A surprising aroma for a cream ale, very hoppy, but not much else. I think the intro head is blocking the yummy malt from coming through. A good body with a slight caramel malt. The body though is a bit thin, as the carbonation is non-existent. Needs a little bit in the body for a bite. The head is nice, but the body thin. This beer went down way too easy though, and is eminently drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-10-2010 12:47:22 | More by kjyost
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Dominion on Queen, in Toronto.

Nitro-taps invariably produce a permanent, ultra-creamy head which, despite looking impressive, is totally fake. What I mean to say is that it's produced with no thanks to the beer itself and thus it's the gas that really deserves the credit, no? (Although its lacing, it must be noted, is so thick and hardened that the glass became opaque).

And let's not take everything away from the beer; its body, an icy dark orange shade, is quite impressive in its own right. Certainly it's much more colorful than the bouquet, which is utterly toneless and seemingly omitted entirely from the brewer's blueprint for the beer. It is hollow, devoid of everything less a faint maltiness, and, essentially, absent.

I've heard that McAuslan Cream Ale is nothing more than the brewery's St. Ambroise Pale Ale served on nitro-tap. While I can't officially confirm nor disconfirm this, I can attest that it tastes remarkably similar, albeit with a more muted hoppiness. It has a sharp, floral flavour with a strongly malty underbelly that boasts a crisp, biscuity taste.

Draft beer is pressurized with carbon dioxide; the addition of nitrogen to the mixture helps create a thicker, longer-lasting head but it can also deaden the flavour. This seems to me it'd be considerably tastier on a regular tap. And while the nitrogen paves the beer an ultra-creamy texture, it diminishes surprisingly little of its (sizable) bitterness.

For a beer style that is typically undistinguished and ordinary, this particular offering has an inordinate amount of character; unfortunately, that doesn't entirely work in its favor. The extra bitterness hits the palate slightly obnoxiously (and contrasts oddly with the creaminess of the nitrogen) and its flavour becomes clammy and dank.

McAuslan Cream Ale certainly has more colour, bitterness and flavour than most others in its style but those pluses don't add up to a better beer. I can think of a few other less flavourful cream ales that are still more enjoyable. This is a fantastic brewery with an outstanding lineup of beers - this offering, simply put, is just not one of their best.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-04-2010 18:01:02 | More by biegaman
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McAuslan Cream Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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