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St-Ambroise Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

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very good

322 Ratings

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-2002)
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Photo of jpagewatts

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 21:24:48 | More by jpagewatts
Photo of brucepepper

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 00:32:49 | More by brucepepper
Photo of Borussia

Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 23:07:26 | More by Borussia
Photo of Eastman2009


2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:32:10 | More by Eastman2009
Photo of peterthepiper

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 03:32:26 | More by peterthepiper
Photo of Kloug

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything, from smell to taste to mouthfell, is world class in this beer.

The smell is fruity and especially very hoppy.

Taste : this is the most hop oriented beer I ever tasted. The bitterness is wonderfull!

The mouthfeel is opulent and classy.

An outstanding beer from Quebec!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:57:04 | More by Kloug
Photo of kevwalsh

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 19:53:04 | More by kevwalsh
Photo of Jason-Dallan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Serving type: can

10-27-2013 21:46:29 | More by Jason-Dallan
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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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