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St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, ample white head arises. Smell is citrusy, some grapefruit, nice and pleasantly hoppy but the malt is still detectable. Taste is malt at the front, citrus in the middle and a clean bitter finish. Nice and dry, smooth mouth, tasty beer.

Viggo, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of thesilverhand
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely gorgeous bright copper with a massive creamy off-white head that left huge amounts of beautiful lace on my glass. This is a truly beautiful beer.

Hops...not too aggressive, but prevalent in the aroma. Grassy, earthy florals with a touch of pine and a pleasant faint spiciness. Very nice.

Up to this point, this beer really impressed me. Unfortunately, it couldn't quite live up to the anticipation it brought upon itself. The flavour is very nice - don't get me wrong, this is a very nice beer - but after the truly great appearance and wonderful aroma, I was expecting a bit more. There's decent hop bitterness and a touch of the earthiness I smelled earlier. It's extremely well balanced, too, with good sweetness from the malt. I guess the main problem is that I find the body a bit weak. There's just not quite enough to it.

That said, this is a VERY enjoyable brew, and would be an awesome choice for a long afternoon of drinking. I'll definitely try to have it from time to time (especially after I return to Canada next year). It's a great pale ale.

thesilverhand, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of Tim2000
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341 mL brown bottle, 3 months until best before date.

Bright golden brew with a thick, creamy foam that lasts until it hits the bottom of the glass.

Citrusy hop aroma.

A nutty, caramel maltiness blends with resinous hops. Grapefruit flavours are very present. Pleasant drawn-out aftertaste lets the hop bitterness fade slowly while remaining somewhat sweet. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much complexity here, but balance is the key.

Refreshing.

Tim2000, May 10, 2005
Photo of Borussia
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Up front this beer features a floral hop character, followed by a rich malt palate combining crystal and two-row flavours. The back end combines a dry bitterneess with a lingering, golden-roasted malt taste. Nice folral hop nose as well. You can easily have three or four of this one without tiring.

Borussia, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper, with a creamy, clingy white head.

Smell: Grainy, with a sweet touch of hops.

Taste: In a word, balance. Just the perfect equilibrium of malt sweetness at first and hop bitterness in the end. Goes down creamy and smooth, and fits well in any occasion. In my dictionary, next to "Session Beer", there's a picture of a St-Ambroise Pale Ale.

Goldorak, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice pale, although I can’t get as excited as some do about it. Well crafted, beautiful color, fair lacing, better than average micro pales in the aroma department....but certainly not phenomenally outstanding in the bottled form...in the same class as Conner’s with possibly more fruit-floral nose to it.

The pour was a clear orange-amber with a 1 finger head that laces nicely. Fragrance of fruity-floral hopping over a sweet malt aroma. Medium to heavily carbonation (lost points for this from me). That (IMHO) over carbonation produced a sandy-peppery mouth feel that SHOULD let go, sooner or later, and reduce this medium bodied ale to a creamy mouth feel....but it doesn’t… that carbonation hangs in there and actually detracts for the finer aspects of this ale. I detected nice floral-bittering over some great pale malt sweetness...the finish is dry and tart with the hopping lingering in the metallic after taste...but even in the finish the tongue is still being strip mined by the damnable over carbonation. This is probably a very good pale ale but they’re gonna have to remove a lot of that fizzy mega brewer carbonation to get these great tastes across undisrupted.

I had a Black Oak pale right after this and I Know I’m right about this. The BO was softly carbonated and this lends itself to the flavor departures AND makes it much more drinkable . I have tried this beer on tap in PQ many times hoping the carbonation would be less aggressive but it always seems to be present masking this ales true potential.

pootz, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prettiest brew I have seen in quite sometime...arrived with close to a two finger crown with a multitude of carbonation that seems never ending.
The colour is mix of bronze/orange, deep and slightly murky.
As consumed the head decreases by half but is survived by a mountainous cling to the top.
The nose is fruity, mainly currents and light of green apple.
The taste starts to the malts, somewhat grainy but ends to a nice hoppy pop to finish and linger.
Very impressive.

Shiloh, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St.Ambroise Pale Ale is an excellent pale ale. It displays genuine qualities, but it is quite dark (coppery amber) for a pale ale. The smell is awesome and it remembers the pleasure of drinking micros. St.Ambroise Pale Ale tastes bitter in reason of its strong roasted malt and sweet hops taste. The mouthfeel is fun and lasts a good time. A full-bodied quality product that I am glad to have tasted.

Barraclou, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will try to be as objective about this one as I can. I have been drinking this beer for about 10 years now... it is my all time favourite session ale and in my top 10 to be sure.

Poured this in one of my tasting glasses (like all the other beers I rate) beautiful fully copper tint with caramel highlights under a generous and fluffy off white plate of foam. The head was tenacious to say the least and, I as I stare at the empty glass, I see sheets of lace all around the walls of the vessel.

The aromas of this beer when it is fresh beckon the nose to plunge into the glass again and again. Full freshness of malts dancing with hops over notes of caramel, orchard and citrucy fruits and just a hint of vanilla up front and in the middle. The finish sees the biscuit quality of the malts return and once again mingle with the hops. So satisfying!

A steady bead emerges from the beer in columns all around the glass as I taste. Omnipresent are the bready malt and hops that are punctuated by accents of caramelized oranges and apples. The very full flavours are consecrated by a sharp but pleasant fresh hop bitterness which quietly dries the tongue. I could easily drink this all day and never get bored.

Hope those of you who have a chance to try this enjoy it as much as I. Hope even more that you get a fresh batch so you can experience the sensory indulgence I just had.

Beersignal, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good tasting beer. Pours a dark amber with a fluffy white head. Smell is very floral, with hints of banana, apricot, and plums. Taste was very good as well, very fruity, with and almost banana bread taste. Nice dry finish with some hoppiness. Mounthfeel was light and bubbly, but not too fizzy. This a highly drinkable beer, and I enjoyed it a great deal.

tatterdash, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer from one of Canada's best breweries pours a nice dark amber color with frenetic carbonation. The head is ivory and the bubbles are densely packed. It starts big, quickly dissipating to a half cm 'lid' which leaves thick layers of lace. The aroma is of cedary, spicey and earthy hops and apple cider hints. The taste is of caramel malts, fruity ringwood yeast esters and earthy English hops (probably Goldings and Fuggles). Theres a buttery character in the middle and some nice hop bitterness in the finish. The masses of fine carbonation give this beer a creamy thick mouthfeel. This is a very rich and well balanced English Pale Ale that everyone should try.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Arrow and Loon, Ottawa.

Red-copper, with a nice one centimetre white head. Smells slightly earthy, but much more of a fruity note than in the bottles. I was both smelling and tasting apple in this pint - which I've never noticed from the bottle. Anyhow, good hopping, when I first tried this I found a wall of bitterness - now it's just one of the best, well rounded, session beers I can get in Ontario. Drink it, love it.

This lives in the (exceedingly dark) shadow of the St. Ambroise oatmeal stout, but it's no less tasty or well-made.

the42ndtourist, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

baiser, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IronDjinn, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of Cwrw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cwrw, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Ardon
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Ardon, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

canucklehead, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Rastacouere, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of TerryW
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TerryW, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ManekiNeko, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jcalabre, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Popsinc, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kbub6f, Jul 03, 2003
St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.