St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
Very clear, copper coloured with a cream coloured head (very long-lasting with lots of lace on the sides of the pint glass). The aroma was predominantly floral hops with some caramel and light citrus. The flavour is mostly bitter, and the well-rounded hop bitterness becomes slightly more harsh as the malty sweetness dissipates. The finish is dry and bitter, and it definitely lingers... but that's not a bad thing. Medium/light body with a slight graininess present.
08-06-2004 00:59:58 | More by DrJay
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Wow, another great beer from McAuslan.
Poured bright, copper-red with a creamy head. You notice the carbonation right away. The head was huge even with an easy pour. Healthy lacing stayed through the entire time. Very attractive.
Smelled very fruity, malty and with hints of toasted caramel.
Initially, the taste was like....honey and caramel balanced by a good amount of hops. At a colder temperature, you notice the hops alot more. After it warmed, the fruity/malty sweetness is wonderful.
This is a very full bodied ale with a perfect balance between malts and hops. At the very end, it had a wonderful peach hktea-like quality. One of the best pale ale's around.
Will definitely have again.
07-20-2004 00:48:06 | More by baiser
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Hooray, we finally have some St. Ambroise available in Alberta. It's about damn time. This is a very esthetically appealing ale, a clear vibrant copper hue capped by a creamy off-white head that never fully disipates. Grassy and floral hops up front on the nose, accompanied by sweet malt and a faux spiciness. Flavour is bold and in your face, seemlessly blended malt and hops carry throughout the sip, and both linger on the aftertaste as well. One of the most balanced beers I have ever tried in my life. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy for a pale ale, becoming slightly oily on the aftertaste. This would make one hell of a session ale, I'm very glad that this is available here now. I want to try more from McAuslan now as well.
06-27-2004 21:39:26 | More by IronDjinn
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The first thing I noticed as I twisted the cap was the aggressive carbonation of this beer: the cap came off with a forceful pop and the bottle neck clouded with a great deal of vapour. This is what I like: an interesting beer from the very start. I found it hard to control the healthy mammoth head, despite pouring slowly and carefully. Nice. Copper brown with slight reds and very sticky lace. The aroma is a masterful balance: just enough malt and hops. The hops are dominant, but no so powerful that little else can be detected, because the sweetish malt comes through beautifully. The hop presence adds earthy, flowery, and a strong spiced honey smell. The taste is exceptional because of the balance. Sweet fruits, the bitterness of cloves, slightly toasted malt, and a very strong earth flavour--not spices, but more bitter greens or even vegetable flavours. Not spicy, but soil-like. The bitterness hits the tongue almost immediately, even on the front, and it stays around for the finish. A good bready malt taste asserts itself too, however. Indeed, the finish, after re-tasting the beer's presence on your tongue, is SIGNIFICANTLY malty. Again, the balance is superb. The mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and medium bodied, but this beer leaves your mouth with quite a dry feeling, which would prevent me from consuming too many of these at once. Otherwise, this is an incredible brew. It is influenced by a more balanced British style Pale Ale Style, rather than the oftentimes over-hopped American style. With Unibroue and St. Ambroise, Quebec is becoming quite renowned for brewing craft beer authentically.
04-24-2004 06:12:16 | More by Cwrw
5/5 rDev +28.5%
Wow, top notch pale ale, one of the greatest I have yet sampled and it's brewed only an hour and a half away from me! Fantastic hop oilyness. Very appetizing bitterness with an unidentifiable malt fruitiness up front and a long lingering hop flavour. Perfectly balanced. Appearance is a rich pale amber with a long lingering dense head. I adore this stuff! Even better than their Oatmeal Stout which is saying alot. A great brew for the fans of hops who aren't quite the hopheads who wanna be smacked around by them.
03-21-2004 19:32:14 | More by Ardon
British Columbia (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Could be the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale of Canada? This beer has the great balance and decent hops of that famous pale ale from Chico. I like this beer as a session brew because it one of the most drinkable pale ales anywhere. I would love to support my home province in the pale ale listings but this beer beats out similar offerings from Granville Island and OK Springs.
03-05-2004 03:53:28 | More by canucklehead
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
Pale amber color. Appealing bouquet of spices and yeasts. The taste is well pronounced and balanced: a little of everything from flowers to spices, from malt to hops, from sweetness to bitterness. MUST be drunk as close as possible to the bottling date to be truly great and reveal all the subtilities of its hops
02-06-2004 03:08:47 | More by Rastacouere
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Darned impressive to look at. Attractive rusty amber colour with a moderate head that you won't be able to wait out. It stays firmly perched up there on top of your beer. Leaves big chunks of foam behind on the glass as you drink. Very nice.
Sweet fruit hops which are a delight to the nose. Nice warm up to drinking this beer.
Starts hoppy, breaks to bitter and herbal, has a nice tea-like characteristic. Sweet maltiness in the background. This beer is a good drink. Lots of interesting things to enjoy. Real easy on the palate, highly drinkable.
Found this as a single, but I think I'll wander out and find a six. Nicely done.
01-20-2004 20:45:14 | More by TerryW
4/5 rDev +2.8%
12 oz bottle served chilled in a Molson's mug.
Appearance: Clear orange amber toped by a slightly rocky offwhite head that leaves a nice layer of foam all the way down to the last sip. Leaves rings of foam and some lacy fingers on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Nice orangey and biscuit malt aromas with some mildly floral hop notes.
Taste: Biscuity malt goodness with a nice smack of peppery/grassy hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Lightly medium in bodied with great palate cleansing from the carbonation and the hops.
Drinkability: The first decent Canadian beer I had on a recent trip there. A killer session beer that is a great representative of the British interp of the style. I'd get this if it were available in my area.
01-04-2004 20:14:03 | More by ManekiNeko
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
Carbonation and hop works to make it quite drinkable and a champion Canadian beer. Excellent balance, above-average smell in head that dissipitates. Can drink this for a long time. Sweet start, excellent clean aftertaste.Had this again three years afterwards, and this in brief is a beer that I like and yet can till be popular.
12-28-2003 01:57:04 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
This poured a clear amber color with a white, fluffy head into a pint glass. The aroma is hoppy, fruity with a slight touch of leather in the background. The flavors are slightly citric, hoppy with a definite bite on the tongue. This pale ale would pair well with oily food or shellfish, IMO. Overall, this is an enjoyable Pale ale.
11-09-2003 05:06:51 | More by jcalabre
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: 341ml bottle. Best before 11/03. Dark amber pour with a generous foamy, white head.
Smell: Nice hoppy nose with a malty kick. Some sweetness and floral hints.
Taste: Nicely hoppy off the top with an adequate malt backbone. The body bends towards the sweet side with hints of caramel and light fruit such as apricot and mango. Lovely full body.
Mouthfeel: Lively and full. A carbonated finish that starts to dry out towards the end but leaves and sweet tingle on the tongue.
Drinkability: A well rounded brew. Perfect to accompany a steak or pork. I would consider this an everyday beer of good quality.
08-21-2003 20:09:39 | More by Popsinc
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, a couple of days in the fridge.
A big, cream-colored head is busy (busy) and densish. It collapses crustily. The beer is mostly clear, a darkish amber. There's plenty of fast carbonation. The smell is full of nice, sweet, citrusy hops. Finally, a Canadian with hops. Oh ya, a nice fruity, hoppy start allows some caramel to bloom, but this is much more about hops. It sweetens with temperature. The finish is hoppy bitter, with some grains.
Excellent. There's plenty of sweet maltiness at temperature, but big on the hops. Mmmmmmm.
07-03-2003 06:56:19 | More by kbub6f
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Color is a pale, hazy amberish orange, that reminded me of a Fuller's but with a paler glow. Has a small white head and web-like lacing that followed in level rings as it lowered. Smell is faint of citrus and sweetness, light and clean. Taste is crisp, clean and smooth, sweet dullish malt with citrusy fruit hop bitterness thats all balanced well leaving a nice bitterly dry sweetness thats very smooth. Very nice and very drinkable, a darn good pale.
04-09-2003 15:42:59 | More by tavernjef
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
The Beer Store didn't have any St. Ambroise oatmeal stout, so I settled for this. Damn, am I not dissapointed. This is a delicious beer. For a pale ale, it's very yellow. Sort of a copper yellow, or dark blonde. Blonde ale would be a better description for this, I think. Head settles too one finger after poured into the mug. White, fluffy and strong all the way down. Beautiful. Strong hop smell. Strong enough to give your nasal a kick, but not so strong as too be a turn off. Very hoppy taste. I love it. No malt on the tongue, which was a surprisingly good thing. Mouthfeel was bitter and clean. Highly drinkable. I love this beer. When I pick up their oatmeal stout, I'll be sure to get this again. It's delicious. I honestly believe the taste cannot be improved any more.
03-13-2003 12:01:56 | More by slitherySOB
3.93/5 rDev +1%
On the pour deep amber to copper color with an impressive head, frothy in its texture, and the resultant lace a fine covering sheet. Crisp citrus nose, orange peels, sweet malt, fresh and clean, the start sweetly malt, top middling in its feel. Finish strikingly acidic, the hops perky in their bite, dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew.
03-09-2003 06:35:36 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Crystal clear deep amber robe topped by a short, creamy white head that dissipates shortly but holds a decent collar and leaves some thin lace. The aroma offers some light dried summer fruit, and a bready and mildly caramel malt that's entwined with grassy & floral hops (Goldings?). It's not overly special or unusual, but it is nicely done, clean, and inviting. The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that's lightly crisp at first but warms to become creamy. The flavor offers a decent amount of hop flavor and bold bitterness atop a soft, lightly caramel-tinged malt. Quite English! The finish is clean and dry with some lingering grassy, and even peppery, hops. Well done! It reveals more of it's character as it warms, but I don't think that serving it at cellar temperature would benefit it greatly. Worth trying.
01-01-2003 19:03:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4.47/5 rDev +14.9%
Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist, no description and no freshness date.
Appearance: Hazy orange amber with a wonderful web like white lace that clings everywhere and leaves thick rings all the way down the glass.
Smell: Fragrant fruity and hoppy floral make for a sweetish aroma. Slight sweet tea nose within, very appealing.
Taste: Smooth with a moderate body that boots a crisp malty palate. Rustic hop bitterness and a lightly pungent hop oil flavour linger on top with a fruity and sweet grain mix. Fruitiness fades from peaches to apples while the hop bitterness cleans up. Pale malt character holds strong though is certainly not dominant.
Notes: Not much else one could ask for in a pale ale, seriously one of the finest pale ales I have ever had the joy to drink.
10-26-2000 00:00:01 | More by Jason
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.