St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011

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Photo of Trillium
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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. (530 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 341ml bottle...

A - Looks similar to a typical American IPA; light amber in colour, slightly hazy, the head is nice and fluffy and its retention is quite good.

S - Very fruity nose. Apple, peach, maybe pear or plum, and some ripe oranges. Also malty, with hints of toffee and bread. To some extent it smells similar to an English IPA or an ESB.

T - Starts out very juicy and fruity, with lots of orange, peach, and apple notes. Then you get that smooth bready sweetness, thanks to the crystal malts. Bitterness can be felt throughout, but it is particularly noticeable in the after-taste, blending well with lingering fruitiness. I was impressed by the intenseness of the aromatic hop profile of this beer and by the lovely balance between fruity, bitter and sweet.

M - Lighter-than-medium body to the beer. Medium level of carbonation. I could also feel the hop oils on the palate. Virtually no taste of alcohol. Fairly strong bitterness.

O - I'm loving what the folks at McAuslan have done with the style. It's not an American IPA, yet it isn't quite an English IPA either! Strong on the aromatic side, not too intense on the bitter side. I hope this sticks around the few shops it's sold at! I'm getting myself another 4-pack! (1,245 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 10/9/11

A clear golden orange with lots of bubbles feeding a thumbs width of soapy foam that hangs around foe a couple minuets Leaving a few patches of lace

S biscuit with some toffee and butterscotch with faint tropical fruit

T mimics the smell quite well but the flavors are stronger, I get a little rind and some leafy, herbal, earthy hops

M quite slick and well carbonated, flavors linger for a short time, almost too many bubbles as it nearly turns to foam

O decent brew but nothing amazing, easy enough to drink but I'm glad I have 4 opposed to 6

English style for sure but I'm surprised this one has got so little love from BA's because I liked it (701 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Black Tomato. From notes.

A - Poured a golden straw colour with minimal visible carbonation. Bright. One finger of white head leaves sticky rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Earthy with citrus in the form of peach and grapefruit, and lot's of grassy notes.

T - Grassy hops with peach that is quite strong and some grapefruit. Candied fruits and biscuity malts.

M - Nice tingly and refreshing carbonation. Lightish body with a nice gripping bitterness.

O/D - A very sessionable IPA. Lacking in body but nice flavours come together to make this a good offering. (581 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,690 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (1,414 characters)

Photo of ultrastiledivita
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (1,035 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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. (438 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (462 characters)

Photo of eat
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange color. The frothy head lasts a long time and musters up a good amount of foam on the glass. Earthy, woody Goldings hops fill the nose, with a mineral edge and a good dose of bready malts. The taste is the same earthy hops and chewy, doughy malts mixed with a light diacytel buttery element. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation and medium bodied. The finish is lightly bitter and malty.

A very nice example of an English IPA. No punches are pulled in the hop department like many examples of the style. I recommend this. (554 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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). (763 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus. Taste is well balanced citrus hops and caramel malts, light bitterness at the finish, glass is becoming empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer and a good thirst quencher. (320 characters)

Photo of mgclark
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Great light head that holds its own. Beautiful amber caramel colour.

S: Too grassy for me, but I like the big citrus/resiny IPAs. I imagine this is the way IPA should probably smell before centennial and fuggles.

T: Bitter, tangy and slightly sour. Not much malt coming in, except maybe to give balance. In the finish I can taste some light malt, more honey then caramel. Don't let that description fool you, this is not a sweet beer.

M: Too much carbonation for me. I could see how some people might find that really nice with this high levels bitterness, but I like my brews rich without so much carb. This is too light for the carbonation in my opinion.

O: This was a good beer. Not excellent, but I think I got my hopes up when I saw the words dry hopped with McAuslan brewing company, so maybe I am just being to hard on them. I would get this again, but there are better IPAs out there for sure. I could see it drastically improving out of a tap. I also have no idea how old this bottle is, there is no date on it. (1,076 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,528 characters)

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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