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St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

217 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 217
Hads: 385
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 22
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-26-2000

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35
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Reviews: 217 | Hads: 385
Photo of ghisty
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance:
decided to use a becks flute for this blonde, mightve been the wrong choice,
pours burnt orange with a slight opaqueness, not totally clear but well carbbed.
impressive overall. the lacing is like nothing ive seen before. fluffy ridges.

smell:
like autumn. dried leaves. corn husks. woodsmoke. maybe tomatoe?

taste:
exactly how i had hoped it would be. bright and hoppy with a very malty note.
exactly the combination of grains and corn and sharp hops i was in the mood for.

mouth:
smooth. and complex at the same time,with just the right level of everything.

overall:
a very good beer overall. nice rich range of malty goodness. easy to drink and just a perfect example of what the craftier side has to offer, its almost like something id serve in a very large wine glass. just to let it work its magic a little more.
one of my new favorites as far as the craft beers go. (888 characters)

Photo of atomicbolt
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just popped open a bottle of this as something to drink while I watched the series finale of the Trailer Park Boys, I felt a beer would be appropriate to honour the falling of this Canadian institution, and I made a good choice with St Ambroise.

Hazy deep amber colour, creamy white head. Looks good! Smells fruity and yeasty, a bit of citrus character.

Big, crisp malty taste up front. Fruity, tangy, fading into slight hoppy and bready flavours. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, goes down easy. Malty, fresh aftertaste resides for a bit. Very drinkable, I could see myself downing a few of these and enjoying every drop.

A very enjoyable pale ale. Hats off to McAuslan. (669 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Dark golden orange with an off-white head, about 2cm thick. Head dies out with average speed, leave some lacing, not much. Lacing is very fast to die out. Very pleasing look.

SMELL : First nose is almost absent, but what is there is mostly grassy hops, with some pale malt. Second nose releases more pale malt aromas and seems fresher than the first nose. Third nose is all about pale malt with some hops to sharpen it up. Hops are there but somewhat indistinct, very well blended into the malt profile.

TASTE : Somewhat toasty pale malts (this toasty side was absent on the nose) with some caramel malts as well, very fruity. Red apples, pears, sugary candy apples. Hops are present but well blended in the malt, as was the case on the third nose. Very fresh, very refreshing.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation, not too explosive on the palate, allows the beer to fully take its place in the mouth, expanding the flavours everywhere. Quite lengthy aftertaste for a pale ale.

OVERALL : This is my standard everyday beer and has been for quite some time. I just never got down to reviewing it. Now that it's done, I think I appreciate it even more. Definitely one of my favorite pale ales around, and I've had some pretty good ones, including Yakima by Benelux and Edward by Hill Farmstead. St-Ambroise Pale Ale totally measures up, even though their production is much larger. They don't cut the corner for this beer - after all, it's their flagship product. (1,586 characters)

Photo of Ardon
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of ABHatter
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz. tumbler. 3/4 inch fluffy head vanishes very quickly. Fairly transparent with a orangey amber color, Carbonation is good. The nose on this is mostly sweet caramel malt, Sour dough bread with a faint apricot/peachy fruitiness. The taste is very good. Sweet caramel entry with a crisp dryness at the end. Very well balanced, This beer holds all of the good qualities of a superb pale ale. Drinkability seems to be good due to the good balance of Sweet maltiness & very Mild hop bitterness. I was really impressed with this breweries Oatmeal Stout, And although I am not crazy about fruit beers their apricot wheat was also quite tasty. This beer was certainly not a let down and well worth a try. Great interpretation of the style! (765 characters)

Photo of Taffle
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was amber orange with a mild haze through the glass. The head was creamy rich, lacing and coating the edges on every swril.

Light floral scent paired with fruit and malty notes.

A soft, creamy texture gives way to malt and sweet fruit. A zesty, hoppy highness follows intensifying the tongue. The flavors linger and dance in your mouth.

Suculent smooth and medium bodied. A satisfying mouthfeel for a pale ale.

One of the best pales ales in my opinion. Really lively flavors balanced with a savory feel. (523 characters)

Photo of sccala
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer as part of my latest beer of the month club shipment. It is in the top 3 of best beers I've had in a long time. Served out of a brown glass bottle with a cool looking half lion, half dragon type creature on it....similar to the Lowenbrau emblem....poured into a traditional pint glass ....Here we go...

A- Superb head. About a 3 inch collar with suprisingly good retention. Even to the last sip, there was about 1/16 of foam coating the surface of the beer. Beautiful. Wonderful, textbook lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Very good amber/honey color with a nice offwhite colored head. I would have given the appearance my first perfect score of "5", but the carbonation was a bit too low.

S- MMMMmmm...Hops. Take some very deep drags of this beer with your hands cupping the top of the glass, and you will get deep whiffs of hops, and right towards the end...you will smell something sweet. Kind of like honey...it's faint, but enough to make you continually smell it!

T- Take a sip, and the minor issue with the apparent lack of carbonation in appearance proves to be just a facade. A perfect balance of bubbles file into your. The beer is slightly bitter, and then upon the swallow the hops really kick in and massage your throat on the way down.

M- Even 15 minutes after this beer has been completely been drank, it still tastes fresh in your mouth. Wonderful!

D- Very glad this beer was randomly selected as part of this months beers of the month. Drink this beer as an apertif only. You really need to enjoy this one without any food of any sort involved. (1,603 characters)

Photo of jpagewatts
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear amber beer, almost a deep orange. Pure white head on top that stays around.

S - Crisp and rich in the nose, like autumn, if you will. I smell the caramel malt predominantly.

T - There's a nice malty roundness to the body and the hop bitterness hits and lasts. even a while after swallowing flavors like biscuit linger.

M - The bottled beer has too much hop harshness that the kegged beer lacks.

D - I've been drinking this beer for years and I keep drinking this beer. Never disappointing. (513 characters)

Photo of brucepepper
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a bit biased when it comes to the McAuslin Brewery. I lived in Montreal for a while and I have a general liking for their beers.

A - I really like the solid amber colour of this beer, and has a frothy head that is off white. The head is lasting quite a while and the lacing is very pronounced.

S - The smell is very mild but I detect a bit of citrus. There is a hint of metallic smell, but I'm not sure that I'm using the right words.

T - The taste is quite bitter, but not too much. I don't have the review skills to do this beer justice.

M - It feels quite carbonated yet smooth.

D - As I mentioned earlier, I have drank this beer many times, and sometimes many at a time. Very easy to drink, and always interesting.

This, along with the St A. Oatmeal Stout, is a staple in my fridge and will always be one of my favourite evening treats. (865 characters)

Photo of Borussia
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Eastman2009
2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. One finger of quickly dissipating head. A warm golden shade with steady lacing throughout the drink.

Fully alcoholic scent, few other scents, off malt notes?.

No real hop profile to speak of. If this is a pale ale, it's a very tame one. Not even a lingering flavor. While highly drinkable and probably appealing to even the most novice of beer newbies, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Note: My opinion didn't change throughout the six pack. (496 characters)

Photo of camdaley
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 473 ml can into a glass mug

Appearance: Foamy inch tall white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves great lacing. Beer is a beautiful copper color.

Aroma: Fairly gentle aroma. Slight aromas of orange and other fruits

Taste: Very flavorful beer. First thing I notice is a hint of tobacco and cinnamon. Mildly creamy mouth feel. Traces of brown sugar.

Aftertaste: Somewhat bitter finish with lingering notes of brown sugar and tobacco.

Overall: A very crisp, refreshing beer that is packed with flavor. I will be returning to this beer every once in a while.

-CD (597 characters)

Photo of peterthepiper
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will get this out of the way at first: this is my favorite non-Belgian styled beer. I was very glad to see it available at the local BC liquor store for much less than I can get it in Calgary.

Upon opening, the aroma is quite evident. I find it to be floral, with fruit and hops notes. Beautiful. Pouring, it results in a good white head, that lasts for a fairly short time.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. No beer I have had before has such strong floral notes. But, they are well matched with the hops and other characteristics of the beer. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the balance of the St. Ambroise Pale is impeccable. Mouthfeel is good, with a fair bit of carbonation.

Combining all of these characteristics into a beer results in an excellent, drinkable brew. It's my choice for a session beer.

Poured from a 330 mL bottle. (861 characters)

Photo of BeerLaw
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Pale ale - Blonde
Poured from a 375ml bottle

Appearance: Nice golden color with white head. Left white lacing.

Smell: This has a fairly simple smell - mostly malt to me. After swirling as I drank to kill some carbonation, I detected more grassy and earthy. Slight caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice body to the mouthfeel - just enough - a bit creamy like.

Taste: Light malt with a bit of wheat and light sweetness and caramel (from a light crystal malt?). Great hop balance in this which pairs well with the level of carbonation and malt flavours. There is definitely a number of different hops - I can definitely detect williamette (on review of their site I see that it has Cascade, Willamette, Golding and Hallertau). This just seems so balanced beautifully. (762 characters)

Photo of kevwalsh
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is miscategorized. If you look at all the top beers in this category, they are all floral, cascades hops based, american brewed beers.

As much as i love those beers, it's hard to rate this great beer against them.

What i like about this beer is its simple but unique character. Like most St Ambroise products, it is well balanced and consistent in quality. (370 characters)

Photo of Jason-Dallan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I have had it many times and today bout a 6 pack. i am reviewing this over the fifth and 6th beer.

a- This beer pours a copper colour with huge head. It pours a 2-4+ finger head depending on pour and previous lacing in the glass and leaves a nice thick film of head throughout the rest of the beer.

s- nice fruity hoppy smell. smells of lots of caramel and great smell of fruity hops. also takes on a bit of the smell of tea which becomes more apparent the more you drink of this beer. It smells very strongly from a bit of a distance.

t- tastes great. easy to drink. hops are very apparent for a beer at 35ibu. leaves long lasting fruity hop aftertaste for a while after drinking. bitterness is not too high but the aftertaste is great and long lasting. also tastes of some tea after drinking more as stated above.

m-the mouthfeel is good nothing wrong with it. carbonated beverage to me

o- one of my favourites had it many times before. its good (975 characters)

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.