St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011

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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 57
Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, must have when in town.

Photo of crag
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer had a nice hop presence and the malt was certainly there but what surprised me was the nose and taste of fruit - cherry maybe.

Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Orangey amber with a modest foam in the big Duvel tulip. The aroma is pretty insignificant. Pleasant spritzy mouthfeel.

Bitter and tingly. There is just a touch of plum or pear, but mostly it is resiny bitterness. The slight malty sweetness is welcome and the fruity hints are promising, but... As you sip this just gets more bitter and medicinal. Very bitter finish that gets its teeth into you.

I"d say the hoppy brews from McAuslan are not their best, at least by the current standards of delicious fruity West Coast hop bombs. From the 341 ml screw-cap bottle purchased at a BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack.

Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange amber. One inch of head formed by large bubbles. Some carbonation. Good lacing with retention.

The aroma is not what you would expect of an American IPA. It is not totally citrus. There is malt aroma in there too. Lemon bread. Cold steel.

There are the hops. Citrus taste - grapefruit. Sharp generic bitterness then carmel malt with bread. Ends with grassy bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel. Nothing special.

Well balanced IPA that showcases two distinctly different hops flavours. But the aroma was weak compared to the taste. I will definitely drink this again.

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

IPAs are a funny thing to try to colour code. Back in the day, anything paler than brown would have been considered "pale" and ales, even at their clearest, were still murky. St. Ambroise IPA is hazy but transparent, its golden-amber tone relatively light even for a modern rendition.

The aroma combines leafiness and (lightly vegetal) earthiness in such a way that is almost reminiscent of that classic English dish: minted peas. Of course, the sweetness of the malts is too prominent to let hops take over completely, but the aroma is certainly pungent.

St. Ambroise IPA has gin-worthy citrus and herbal components. Indeed, the taste could pass for some kind of snake oil remedy, a bitter-to-swallow, kitchen sink concoction of botanicals that includes flavours of steamed leafy greens, pine resins, tree bark, flower petals, and citrus skins.

It may taste like something prescribed by a holistic Native American pharmacist, but it drinks far easier and more pleasant than I've let on. Beyond the weedy astringency lay, maybe not mountains, but foothills of toffee-laced maltiness that envelop every decimal of the 6.2% alcohol.

St. Ambroise's is the kind of IPA to make traditional British brewers proud. As far as those types go this a reasonably bold example, and if weedy, bitter, leafy herbals rock your boat, then it's not to be missed. For me, however, the six pack was, truthfully, an effort to get through. A well made IPA, it's just not often with this style I'm in the mood for plum fruit over grapefruit.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber with a big, loose head, some lacing on the glass. Nose is floral, some fruit. Typically bitter and herbal, a bit of a piney and spicy edge. A little bit on the sweet side. Finishes bitter and a bit hot. Slick mouthfeel. For me, it's a bit harsh overall. I prefer a bit more of that resinous hop rather than the flatter bitterness of this one.

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Overall this was underwhelming, maybe because the IPA I had the day before this was out of this world. Medium gold colour, very clear with good lacing. Aroma has a dry grapefruit note, with earthy spice, dry english hops are noticeable, with a bready maltiness. Taste had a hoppy start with floral and citrus notes that faded to be more grainy and bready. Some lemon and slight earthy spice notes, then a bready and clean finish, mod/light bitterness, with initial sharpness that fades out. Drinkability is good for sure, but it lacks the vibrancy, complexity and forward nature I would like to come out a bit more. Certainly a decently tasty IPA but there are better examples, I would have this again but hopefully on draft (review here was a can from the LCBO).

Photo of Trillium
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Excellent beer! Aroma of the hops explodes on the nose. Very pleasant, with an almost floral like fragrance. Slight haze, but to be expected for an IPA. Slight sweet flavour, but leaves the tounge dry. Very dry. Bitterness comes through in the finish, but does not taste as bitter as the 56 IBU on the can and is not harsh like some other examples of this style. Bitterness disappeared quickly. I found this to be an easy drinking IPA. Very nice lacing on the glass from first gulp to the last. Top class example of this style.

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone pretty quick. Dark gold and clear.

S- Pretty good. There is a goodly amount of hops here.

T- Pretty good here too. Nice and light while having that hop bite

M- Nice and dry.

O- A pretty good brew. Will try again to break it up once in a while

Food Pairing

This nice beer went well with...... Roast Chicken

Enjoy

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; canned Sept 12 2014. Quebec might not be known for its IPAs, but McAuslan has not yet steered me wrong - so I'm still pumped to try this hopped ale from one of my favourite QC brewers. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with just under two fingers of soapy white head. Decent retention; it slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving plenty of messy lace behind as it is reduced to a frothy collar and wispy cap. The aroma consists of a mixture of toffee malt sweetness, floral hops, and subdued citrus notes. Straightforward, but suitable for the style.

Not an exciting beer, but a proper English IPA, for sure. Caramel and toffee sweetness characterize the malt backbone, providing a sturdy platform the combination of floral, grassy, orange-citrusy hops which sum up the latter half of the flavour profile. Some light floral bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, with a hint of citrus; both fade gradually from the palate. Medium-bodied, with a moderate bite from the carbonation that provides this brew with a somewhat crisp, fulfilling feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 3.93, an impressive B+. Despite the fact that it uses several North American hop strains, St-Ambroise IPA is not geared toward American IPA fans. The strongly floral qualities, prominent malt presence and (relatively) balanced nature of this beer place it firmly in English IPA territory - and it's a pretty good one, at that. This is a worthwhile, traditional IPA that would make for an excellent introduction to the style - definitely a solid strong ale that I'd consider purchasing again, if it were available locally.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Purchased for about $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - clear copper coloured beer, topped off by over a finger of white head with decent retention. A few bubbles rise to the surface and minimal curtain lacing left behind.

Smell - heavy dose of earthy aromas, a mild twinge of citrus mixed in, rather floral throughout like fresh flowers in spring.

Taste - strikingly similar to the nose, with that subdued bitter flavor, with just a hint of citrus, an underlying earthy flavor and some floral tastes. Works pretty well.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - a decently well executed English IPA, but if you don't love the flowery aspect of this beer, it may not be the one for you. Would rather drink their pale ale on a regular basis. It's not bad, it's just after so many great beers from this brewery, it just doesn't quite live up to the rest of the lineup. I guess this shows that even great brewers can't have a perfect lineup.

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -18.7%

On tap. Subtil hops and aroma of peaches...

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a deep dark clear golden color with a short lived creamy white head.

Im getting a malty spicy hoppy smell.....not a grapefruit hop mind you which is different.

Very spicy hop bitterness...very slight malt profile. This is a more traditional ipa.....a little different than the norm now adays. So good.

Mouthfeel is good and on point with the abv.

Overall this is very good. I would love to be able to get this on the regular.

Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap at National on 10th in Cowtown.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with one finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - soapy hops, caramel malts, toffee sweetness

Taste - soapy hops followed by the the caramel malts and toffee sweetness. This one is very malt forward.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness from the malts.

Overall - A "ho-hum" English IPA. I was expecting a little more hop flavour to balance out the malts as I found this brew to be very malt forward. A little tweak to add more hops to this will make this a winner in the EIPA world.

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan Brewing 'St.Ambroise IPA' @ 6.2% , served from a couple of 473 ml cans purchased for $2.25 each

A-pour is gold from the can to glass with a small off-white head leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-distinct east coast hop's

T-clean & crisp , tasty

MF-ok/low carbonation , big medium body

Ov-surprisingly good beer

prost LampertLand

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orangey gold with rapidly dissipating white head.

Smell: Grassy hops, floral notes. Earthy. Smells like summer.

Taste: More grassy hops, lots of 'em. Malts and hops remain decently balanced however. A tiny tiny hint of fruit juice-like sweetness up front rapidly transitions to a lingering bitterness that becomes a bit astringent in the finish. Some caramel-like undercurrent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly peppy, but a bit watery for my tastes.

Overall: IPAs are admittedly not my favourite style, but this was still pretty good, and a perfectly respectable beer. Not as nice as some of McAuslan's other offerings, but still very solid. It's just missing a little something.

Photo of BeerLaw
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: IPA
Poured from a 375ml bottle bought here in PEI in a variety pack.

Appearance: Light with slight amber. White head with fairly large bubbles

Smell: Very grassy and earthy. Smells like cascade hops - must be dry hopped with it, and likely added at the end of the boil (sure enough their website says it has Chinook, Golding and Cascade).

Mouthfeel: medium low mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Slight creamy. 6.2% very well hidden.

Taste: Fairly good for an IPA. Not too hoppy/bitter to the point the malt cannot carry it. But it is much too grassy of a taste to me (too much cascade hops?). A bit astringent.

I love that I was able to drink a beer with a ton of cascade (its been a while)- so I definitely learned something drinking this. Must admit I don't like the hop much though - just far too grassy.

Quite good for an IPA but not the best I've had.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral hops, fruity confectionery, toffee, diacetyl notes. Not particularly hoppy.
More diacetyl as a flavour along with some spicy hops, light sweet malt and a sharp but plain bitter finish.
Carbonation seems a bit full on.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not the beer for which I'd hoped from a brewery that I respect so much. Bottle picked up in Montreal this morning.

A good looking beer with an excellent hop-forward aroma and a nice malt backbone. But the flavour is not as well balanced, and is missing the citrus and tropical fruit elements that are more present in the aroma. It has an impressively bitter finish, almost sharp, but starts with a surprisingly sweet caramelized malt base and the transition is not as smooth as I'd choose.

Photo of SebD
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a beautiful golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, floral/grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready malts, some caramel, alot of grassy hops, some floral notes and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a hazy orangish-gold with a creamy white inch of head. Good retention; excellent spider web-like lacing.

S:
Malty sweet hop aromas with some citrusy/green apple aromas and a soapy twang.

T:
Strong, sweet, juicy hops. Tinge of medicinal bitterness at the end. Green apples and biscuity malt flavors abound.

M:
Medium (bordering on light) body with soft carbonation; fairly creamy.

O:
Not a bad IPA, but far from my favorite. The hop flavor comes through good but is a little too sweet for my tastes. Fine looking, though and it drinks nice. Would have again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle to a shaker

A: Perhaps a tad darker then straw. Close to blonde. One finger of head with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Fresh cut grass and citrusy fruit.

T: Grassy and citrusy fruits are dominant in the beer and are very pleasing and well done. Grapefruit is very present. Small amounts of sweet malts are also available. The beer is pretty balanced and easily drinkable. Bitterness is maybe a bit low for what I'm used to in an ipa too. Perhaps a bit of spicy hops as well.

M: Carbonation might be a bit low for my liking but its okay and doesn't make the beer too filling.

O: Pretty decent beer overall. Nothing astounding but it was a good experience and I enjoyed it.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 341ml bottle.

Appearance is nice golden orange with lots of carbonation and a couple finger widths of head.

Smell is less hoppy than I expected, although for an English IPA this makes sense. More of a bready smell to it, but quite gentle.

Taste is bready, herby, and a little citrus, with a really dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall a solid English style IPA.

Photo of JG_brew
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 341ml bottle.

I was expecting a hoppy beer and i didnt really get much hoppiness. Due to the giant hop nuggets on the label i was waiting for a bitterness hit or even some nice aroma that never came. It's definately an english style IPA and probably true to an "old fashion" english IPA as oppose to an American IPA of todays standard. More just an expectation and marketing issue for me.

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally had this at some cool restaurant in Quebec city. The missus and I wanted to get some good food, and to my surprise, they had this on tap. It was really nice on tap, so I bought a few bottles from the supermarket down the road. Quality.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, with some nice honeydew melon as well. Watermellon and a hint of cantelope as well. Pretty fruity and nice for sure.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Pale malts, caramel flavors, and lots of fruity stuff all over the place. Watermellon, cantelope and honeydew melon with some floral bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of caramel, melon sweetness and a nice floral bitterness. Quite good really.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Solid feel.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. This is a nice English style IPA with a solid American twist. Glad I ran into this one and was able to get some at the shop down the road. Will have to look for this one again if I'm in La Belle Province again next year. Quebec is always so lovely. Cheers!

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.