St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-03-2011 22:22:42 | More by biboergosum
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-04-2011 23:59:27 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-25-2011 21:37:28 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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
10-06-2011 03:10:54 | More by joemcgrath27
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-08-2011 02:49:14 | More by eat
3.31/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
11-18-2013 07:41:50 | More by CrazyDavros
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-23-2011 02:51:35 | More by Rutager
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
09-02-2011 20:02:56 | More by Phyl21ca
3.05/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
09-09-2011 00:59:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-22-2011 01:02:22 | More by ZorPrime
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
08-18-2011 17:21:14 | More by mmurphy525
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
01-30-2012 00:15:44 | More by IronDjinn
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
08-04-2011 10:24:26 | More by papat444
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
08-05-2011 18:37:21 | More by spinrsx
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-10-2012 02:59:44 | More by liamt07
St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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