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McAuslan Cream Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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84
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-29-2003

St Ambroise Pale Ale served on nitro.
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Photo of Franck
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of TheDeuce
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of gskitt
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of slowfade
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 307x
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PiratePete
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came out of the tap with a huge head. When it began to settle it was a beautiful amber red. Man, this is without a doubt the creamiest cream ale I've ever had. On of the very best, too. Nice presence of both malt and hop. Well balanced and flavourful. Very good mouthfeel - strong and alive - tingly and refreshing. (Yeah, I know, I say that about most cream ales.) Maybe this is what cream ale is suppose to be.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Clear amber ale with a huge creamy-like head with excellent retention. Aroma is solely comprised of some very nice floral malts. Taste is quite refreshing with again the floral malt bringing some added sweetness, which makes this even more enjoyable. Taste is also very creamy-like and way better then some other cream ale (Sleeman). I very much enjoyed this as a great session beer.

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-Tap

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.

Photo of rappmann
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution, one of several McAuslan brews currently on showcase. Quite a looker, a cloudy golden-beige with two fingers of creamy whipped head, small nitro bubbles forming a nice compact froth. Aroma is very light and fruity: Hard candy, subtle orchard fruit (pears), a whiff of citrus rind, sweet grains, and a dash of green grass. Palate is similarly fruity and gently bitter, a muddle of lemon rind, vanilla, pear, stale white peppercorn, and grass with a mineral bite. Background white bread and corn sweetness. I do appreciate the silky smooth creamy texture, as billed. Whereas McAuslan's red failed to meet my expectations, this exceeded them. Nothing that will re-define your beer paradigm (or even your cream ale paradigm), but makes for a reasonable low-key session.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Say what you want about nitro-beer, but they always look beautiful. Pours a light copper with a thick creamy head. Lacings coat the glass entirely.

As has been noted, the aroma takes a hit, but you can still discern the light fruity note that typifies the McCauslan range of ales. Biscuity malt with a little bit of light fruit sweetness followed quickly by bittering classic hops.

Unsurprisingly smooth and creamy. It's pretty good, but I ordered a Tankhouse to follow it up.

Photo of nighthawk
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Nitro-tap at Hart & Thistle. Served in a pint glass. Notes from 9 Dec /09.

Golden amber hued body with a generous creamy white head that leaves tons of sheeting and retains until the end.

Aroma is muted, but fruity malts and a bit of biscuit can be discerned.

Taste has lots of fruity malt, some citrus and pine hops, and a mildly sweet biscuit backbone.

Creamy, smooth body that's still light in the mouth.

Very nice quaffer, flavourful and very drinkable.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

O:
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.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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McAuslan Cream Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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