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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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very good

373 Ratings

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 215
Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber orange rind. Great two finger head right after the pour that slowly recedes to a thick rng and film. The aroma is resiny hops mlded with Belgian bread. Fisrt sip is a little sweet on th toasty malts. Almost Belgiany. The dry malts and tangy citrus develop halfway through the tongue. Giving a breezey palate and spongey texture. Great to have one after nother. Need to find this on tap.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a golden amber colour with a massive off white foamy and frothy head. There is some excellent lacing and the head sticks around for a while.

Smell - I can smell toasted nuts, malts, a honey sweetness and some hops.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mouth feel, it might benefit from a little more carbonation, but it is good nonetheless. It feels smooth and velvety, and the first thing I can pick up on is the bitter hops, followed by a cantaloupe like sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and finishes smooth with just a hint of sweet and sour. The finish comes through as a little watery, but still good.

Drink - A fantastic beer that is one of my go to's. Give it a try if you happen to see it on a menu.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 5, 2011. It pours a cloudy copper-amber with an elegant head that settles down to a ring. There is a strong malty and fruit character up front on the nose with a slight hopped shadow. The body is medium and creamy. The taste is full of sweet malts with an idle dose of meaty fruits like banana and there is a very sharp, almost sour hop bite on the tail end. Very nice.

Photo of tbeckett
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fairly aggressive pour results in a 3 finger white head in my pint glass. Bright and dark gold in colour. Head is loose but looks like it might stick around for a while. Medium amount of carbonation. Generous lacing half way through.

S - Nice fruity hops with some mild malts. Good balance in the aroma. Grapefruit is present for sure. Mild amounts of hops make for a good compliment.

T - Good malts up front with hops to balance. Very mild bitterness. Nothing too crazy but good nonetheless.

M - Light body. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Fairly high. I've sessioned this before and I don't see why anyone wouldn't. It's a good example of a milder APA.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark for a Pale Ale but it is a crystal clear amber colour with a billowing off white head with decent head retention.

Aromas are fruity and quite sweet. The fruitiness is not quite fitting into any particular fruit box but it works.

There is big flavour here with lots of hop bitterness, a good dose of fruity hops and a solid malt backbone to hold it all up. There is lots going on here but it is almost up to IPA levels of bitterness. Quite good.

St Ambroise Pale Ale is crisp and refreshing with plenty of carbonation to counter its medium body. A very good mouthfeel.

This is a good beer with lots of flavour but the bitterness is almost overwhelming (and I like bitter beers). A very good beer.

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Also labelled as "Biere Blonde".

Golden in color with a nice full off-white head, good carbonation, and some decent lace. Citrusy and spicy hop aroma dominates. Nice hoppy ale with great balanced maltiness... biscuit-like with some nice grainy character. Medium-light bodied with a crisp dry hoppy finish.

The hoppiest Cnadian brew I've had to date... Worth seeking out !

(341 ml / 11.5 oz)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear golden brew, head size and lacing depends on how dirty the glass they serve it to you in is. Aromas of malty bread with a bit of spicy hops, maybe saaz? maybe not! Taste is a bit sweet but balanced nice with the hops and a little chewy from the malts. Mouthfeel remains a bit tepid but ya know it works. Pretty much a nice change of pace from the macro filled slum bars of certain parts of Quebec. You see it on tap everywhere and even the most lame ass bodega probably sells flats of it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but what are you gonna do? Drinkability is decent enough. I'd probably drink this beer exclusively if I was fat, 20 years older, and thought that Crescent street was the best street in Montreal Viva La Sociale Strippers!

Photo of canucklehead
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on several occasions, but this is my first formal review of it.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of light fluffy head with decent retention which settles into small islands leaving no real lacing.

S - Floral hops with pine and cedar coming through followed by some caramel malts and buttered bread.

T - The woody cedar and pine hops come through nicely off the top and are nicely balanced by some toffee and caramel malts on the finish.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that fills the tongue nicely and goes down smooth. The finish is a touch dry, though consistent with the style.

D - This beer is delicious, easily sessionable with a nice hop presence and balanced malt finish. I could drink this stuff all day and it is sure to please any pale ale fan.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club
Poured a deep amber color with modest white head. Smell is an attractive combination of toasted malt, piney and grassy hops, and a touch of caramel. Taste folows through on the smell with nice malt balanced with a piney hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers on at the finish to leave an enjoyable mouth feel. Good solid beer that is a nice example of the style. Easy drinking and very refreshing.

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish colour, with some amount of red in it. Nice half inch head and some lacing down the glass. Nice mild hoppy aroma. It has a nice level of bitterness to it, with some hop flavour to enjoy. Quite well balanced. Not over the top carbonation, which makes this quite drinkable.

I drink this beer often, as it seems to be on tap at several restaurants in Toronto (ie. Harbord Room & Black Hoof). It isn't spectacular, but it is a very solid offering and I'll frequently order it with my meal. I'm able to have several in a sitting without being tired of it too.

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-gold with a tight, soapy white head. The malts smell almost German...this smells just like something that I can't put my finger on. Soft, lightly sweet pale fruit, lemon, and sweet bread. Nicely balanced, easy going pale ale flavor. An initial dry maltiness is quickly joined by leafy hop oils and more fruit. Solid, smooth, and a bit crisp...very nice feeling. This is an interesting pale ale worth checking out.

Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bobsy
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Amber pour with a small white head. Fresh hops and fruit aroma with a touch of caramel. Great hops taste, well married to a malty body. Medium mouthfeel and a lingering finish. This is a pleasant brew, but not as good as many of the other offerings from this brewery

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Ambroise- Pale Ale

A- Nice deep golden orange with a big fluffy heavy lacing head. Clear with good small bubbly carbonation.
S- I don't detect much here. Light buttery caramel malt, toasted grains, and grassy hops. Very light on the nose.
T- Very watery. Light caramelized toasted malt. Sugary sweet pine hop touch in the end.
M- Very watery, very light. Light and sweet in the body with a mildly bitter floral hop finish.

Overall- This was too subdued for me. Watery and lacking. I'll stick with their Oatmeal Stout!

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Ambroise Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, copper appearance, with a few bubbles and some floating brown bits, and not much lacing. A grayish cloud descended when I swished the bottom residue and poured it in. The aroma is not to bold, but one picks up toast, sweet brown bread crust, and some caramel. Taste is similar, with an energetic, yet, overall mellow bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is light and watery and slick. St. Ambroise Pale Ale finishes dry, flavorful, and mild. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Check it out!


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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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