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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 133 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by JOaikido:
Photo of JOaikido
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Nice golden colour. Not much of a head, but it did leave some nice lacing.

S- Citrussy hops with some grassy notes.

T- Nice hops flavour and not overdone. Grapefruit bitterness with some floral and grassy notes. Malt a bit weak but nice with a very faint touch of caramel. I prefer a stronger middle. Mild aftertaste which was very pleasant for a fairly hoppy beer.

MF- Fairly light bodied, crisp and very thirst quenching.

D- Very easy drinking. Would be a nice beer to take in the heat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent bubbly wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of biscuity, bready malt, mild citrus, and earthy/grassy hops. The taste is bitter herbal, spicy floral hops up front, really lording it over the lesser pale malts, with a little acerbic aged lemon tossed in for good measure, and the extra alcohol is well-obfuscated. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough. It finishes with a still-strong hoppy edge, emphasis on the edge - it borders on the metallic.

Definitely English in style, but it seems a little too one-dimensional, and not in any forgivable direction.

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Volo, IPA day. No aroma even after warms, creaminess to mouthfeel. Some bitterness, yes I am judging against an American IPA. Some spider lace. Sweetishness to it, even sugar. A little colour in the body. Would not seek out again, and not a good IPA even by English standards. OK drinkability if hot and thirsty.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got a hold of this.
Kind of disappointed it's not an AmericanIPA but whatever, as long as it's good.
Last bottle of the four-pack into Lucky Kat pint.

A- Beautiful deep, but crystal clear gold. Slightest yellow tint to the chewy head.

S- Smells delicious but a little muted. Different kinds of melon honeydew especially. Not the typical citrus and pine hop aromas I'm used to.

T- Grassy bitterness right up front. Just enough sweetness as well as a perfect amount of alcohol when aerating. After-taste is quite grassy as well.

M- Great feel here. Medium but robust body and carbonation. Crisp, and it all foams up and leaves quite dry.

O- A very good beer but I don't think it'll manage to infiltrate amrkets other than Quebec's. I'd be quite interested to try a side by side with the Pale Ale to see how close they are. I'm finding lots of similarities.

Better than most bottled IPAs in Quebec but come on McAuslan, a lil' more effort.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a tulip, nearly clear copper, tall off white head, retained well with random sticky lacing
S - strong earthy, piney, and some perfume, along with some caramel on the finish
T - very earthy hops with hints of grapefruit and perfume, a strange spice mix, with a mild caramel maltiness
M - light to medium body, spicy with a slight nostril sting, faint bitterness
O - happy to see more McAuslan offering in Calgary, especially and IPA, nothing over the top but it is very aromatic and flavourful, a nice addition to a fine lineup

Photo of eat
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, filtered-looking honey-coloured body with a good finger of white head, leaving some lacing behind.

The nose shows tropical and citrus fruits: lemon-lime, guava, pineapple. Sweet malt and light minerals. Could be more present.

There's a solid similarity to their pale ale here, though this one is distinctly an IPA. Very well balanced in spite of a moderately-high bitterness. The hops present earthy, herbal and citrus notes and are contrasted against an adequate malt base. Alcohol is pretty noticeable for its 6.2% ABV but it works here, blending in with the hops.

I'm not totally sold on the feel, it's on the light side for my liking. Carbonation is moderate.

I think this one seems to fit in with a good many other IPAs I've had from this country; Canadian brewers overall seem to have stylistic preferences distinct from either English or American brewers when it comes to the IPA, lying somewhere in the middle of the two (somewhat appropriately, it could be said). I'm not going to lie: I was hoping for something a little more impressive than this. Quality-wise, this one doesn't sit alongside their pale ale or stouts. That said, it is a decent offering, fairly drinkable and one of the best IPAs currently available in bottles in Quebec.

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 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 Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold amber with over a finger of head that leaves some lace behind.

Smell. Honey, earthy hops, peaches and grapefruit with some light toasted grains.

Taste. Really herby hops, some sweet light grains and a little citrus. Pretty dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A well made ipa, just not a big fan of the hops being used.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry English hops is pleasant though not spectacular. Taste is a nice mix between a lightly sweet caramel malt base and English dry hops with light bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very drinkable with limited complexity.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshness dating on the bottle does not seem to follow the documented format and it G1311. July 13, 2011?

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured a light amber colour. Translucent with one finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Not an overly strong nose. Some bitterness is evident up front along with a good caramel malt sweetness. Some floral and earthy notes come through as well.

T - Very sweet initially with a lot of caramel malt flavours coming through and dominating the palate. A decent hop bitterness is present as well with some floral and earthy notes evident.

M - Medium body with a bit of a chew and light to moderate carbonation.

O - Very average IPA.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I was waiting on this one! Finally got a bottle...

Copper color. Slightly veiled. Nice white foamy and creamy head. Wow when pouring the beer the hops aroma hits you nicely. Hoppy and caramel malts in the nose. Well balanced. Delightful. Citrus hops note in the nose. Some grapefruits in the nose... very light.

On the taste, fruity. The bitterness is light. For some, it might be bad... but I think it is very good. Different. Caramel malts are dominating. Delicious. Easy to drink. Refreshing. A nice beer from McAuslan.

Photo of mmurphy525
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle and served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber/orange color with about a finger of off white head that dissipates to a thin layer of head that remains until the last mouthful.

Up front is grass/earth notes, followed by juicy citrus fruits, and some banana and mango.

The taste, as with the smell starts with the earth notes but is mixed with some bready characters. Again there is orange and grapefruit notes throughout. Right near then end, just before the mild hop bitterness, there is a nice banana mango flavour combo – probably the highlight of the flavour profile for me.

As is the theme of this beer the mouth feel is light and mild, taking on a little bit of a creamy texture as it passes through the mouth.

There is nothing that jumps out and screams at you with this one. It is just an average, refreshing, light to mild IPA. This is simply a good light IPA with mild bitterness that would be good to drink on a hot summer day.

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

From a 341 ml brown bottle, out of a 4-pack. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, with a tall loose creamy white head that retains well and slowly settles.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose, with some cakey malt sweetness, accompanied by pleasant floral and herbal hops, touches of orange.

Nice balance found in the flavour. Starts off with bready, cakey malt, quickly joined by mild yet abundant herbal and grassy hops that tend to dominate the rest of the way, yet never overpower. Some spicy hops near the finish and into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat slippery texture with a rather assertive amount of carbonation.

Enjoyable take on the English IPA variety, great balance between the malt and hops, and equally impressive refinement behind the hop presence itself. Another solid offering from McAuslan.

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 papat444
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last night with some chicken burgers.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled July 13, 2011.

Appearance: The head is an off-white color, very generous and sticks around for awhile @ 3-4 fingers. Body is a clear, pale gold. Wish it were a bit hazy.

Smell: Dry hoppiness, resiny a bit with more malt than hops for aroma.

Taste: A bit of a hop bite but more in the aftertaste. Piney with some citrus fruit. Biscuity as it warms with a slightly more aggressive edge.

Mouthfeel: Dry a bit but not overly so. The bitterness seems more of an afterthought though it is there. The body lacks IMO. Not quite a strong one.

Overall: Certainly not bad but i would have hoped for a more intense IPA, especially since they did so well with their RIS. Worth trying before moving on to better IPAs.

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige/off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, faint oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. There is also a very light orange/citrus type flavour. The beer finishes with a dry bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - This beer kind of has a taste all it's own. It's like an English IPA meets an east coast IPA. There is actually quite a bit of hop bitterness, but it's very one dimension. It's unbalanced and not something that I would buy again, especially with beers like Mad Tom, Smashbomb, Crazy Canuck available to me nearby.

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 341ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered dark orange with a white head. Decent lacing and mild retention. Nose is bready, lost of caramel and earthy malt qualities. Grassy and herbal hops notes. Taste has some bitter citrus and herbal hops, citrus rinds and less malt than the nose led on. Bready with sweeter caramel notes again. A bit earthy and leafy. Herbal bitterness linger. A tad lighter than medium body, and decent medium carbonation. I've had better for the style, this was OK at best.

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 ultrastiledivita
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a golden colour with many bubbles visible,lovely finger of head that looks nice and thick and stays throughout, decent lacing.

smell: hops, malt, some citrus notes and pine, nothing spectacular to note though

taste: malts and hops this is by no means an american ipa the hops are there but not overpowering, slight nuttiness, again some notes of citrus and pine but nothing near the hop bombs i've grown used too, very balanced i found it refreshing and a nice change of pace

mouthfeel: good carbonation, nice chewiness to the beer, easy to drink, by no means full bodied nor light

this was not the best beer i've had and without a doubt not the best ipa, but as another poster mentioned a welcome addition to the quebec market which lacks in this particular style, but it was very nice and i'll probably drink it regularly if it becomes easier to find in bars and deps, hopefully they keep brewing it, it's a nice addition to the mcauslan family i'd say even though they could have done much better with this one

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 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 nighthawk
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 ml twist-off bottle from 4-pack. No freshness date on bottle on package. Tasted from tulip.

Very nice, clear amber with small carbonation bubbles feeding an initially two-finger white head. Head fades to a small, thin, patchy haze. No lacing or spotting.

Herbal and grassy hops up front with some lemony citrus in the back. Mild sweetness, some grainy malt.

Balanced, mild mannered IPA flavours here, just slightly bracing hop bitterness (grassy, a bit floral) smoothed out by some slight citrus sweetness. Malts are bready, a touch nutty, and sweet.

Smooth, and a bit creamy in the mouth. Good body, but not too thick, and light carbonation.

Overall it's a nice, if mild (teetering on the edge of boring) example of the IPA. Surprised it took McAuslan so long to join the rest of the brewing world, and this may hurt the acceptance of the beer; in a sea of brash, flavourful brews, this one is meek. I will say that I enjoy this beer, and will likely drink it again on occasion, but I don't think it will ever be a recommended IPA for me.

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

A- Nice clear golden orange color, white head leaves a decent amount of lace. Carbonation looks soft to me.

S- Could tell this was an English IPA as soon as I opened it. The golding and Willamette really come through, I think it's more earthy than spicy or herbal. I'm also picking up a good amount of sweet malt.

T- The bitterness is fairly strong in the finish. Most of the flavor is in the backend and it's mostly from the hops.

M- Mouthfeel has a good weight, it's slightly sticky and chewy. The carbonation is a little higher than what I thought it would be given the appearance.

O- There's better IPA's out there for sure and this isn't one of McAuslans better brews, but it's kind of growing on me and I think it's approachable for the style.

Photo of Long813
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S: Loads of bready malts and hops. Some citrus notes, but not to strong.

T: Following the aroma, there is loads of earthy hops mixed with a balanced breadiness. Hard to pick out any fruitiness here.

M: Medium-light bodied with loads of carbonation. The texture was froathy and left a very bitter aftertaste that lingered for ages. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O: Good brew, pleasing and tasteful, but I felt the carbonation could be toned as well as have some more malt character.

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.