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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 54
Photo of Jul_dredd
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poirierxgab
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rugene
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cycle69
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McEwen
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimWakimika
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -4.1%
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 imfinished
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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 +35.9%

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 elecnix
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of coder
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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


Photo of zweird
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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: 3.95, 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 Bf_89
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +15.2%

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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