1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

Not Rated.
St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

95 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JG_brew

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

01-11-2013 02:29:26 | More by JG_brew
Photo of Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

09-19-2013 00:24:37 | More by Krakpoff
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-06-2012 19:22:59 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of davegray


3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-12-2013 03:55:08 | More by davegray
Photo of Hoppytree


3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-07-2013 23:55:50 | More by Hoppytree
Photo of slowfade

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-13-2014 03:08:17 | More by slowfade
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

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
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

since this came out of the newly arrived Winter mixed 12 pack you would think it would be reasonably fresh tasting but I detected slightly cardboard notes in the finish which ruined the beer for me as the hop levels are not that high in this IPA( more English than PNW). The beer seemed to lack focus which is strange considering how great the Pale Ale is for the style.

12-22-2011 16:59:37 | More by canucklehead
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

08-05-2011 18:37:21 | More by spinrsx
Photo of NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-21-2014 14:11:13 | More by NJBeer265
Photo of smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-03-2013 09:52:20 | More by smekermann
Photo of mspang

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-13-2013 01:02:48 | More by mspang
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.31/5  rDev -10.5%

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
Photo of mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -10%

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
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

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
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

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
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Was interested to try this one. Beer was light golden in colour, looked rather like a lager. A small but frothy white head. Not particularly exciting.

I got almost no smell from this beer. I do find that draught beer is often less pungent than bottled beer, but I really couldn't detect almost anything on this beer. Mild to an extreme. Nothing unpleasant, just very little going on.

A hint of pine-flavoured hops at the outset of the taste, with a very mild bitterness. Some caramelly malt is present as well. A mild bitter aftertaste is present as well. The beer is very balanced, but part of that balance comes from the fact that both the hop and malt flavours are quite mild. For me, it lacked the rich malt flavours of a good English IPA, but certainly does not have the hop presence of an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is decent- medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels fairly good.

Overall, a disappointment. I was interested to try this one, but didn't find it to be particularly enjoyable. I spent too much of this pint wondering looking forward to having something else.

07-30-2011 02:58:49 | More by jrenihan
Photo of

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at Gambrinus in London, Ontario.

Pale golden with a persistent white head, and leaves incredible lacing as it recedes. Aromas are somewhat weak, but present grassy hops, a bit of citrus, and moderate malt. Flavours are very nice but restrained; more citrus and grassy hops, enough malt for balance. This one isn't going to blow you away, but is a slolid, well-balanced IPA.

08-30-2011 11:52:18 | More by
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.46/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

05-03-2013 00:48:52 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-19-2013 13:13:35 | More by juliendesrochers
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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
Photo of CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-23-2012 20:56:06 | More by CurtisD
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2014 18:17:10 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
Photo of edugasmtl

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-26-2014 23:39:32 | More by edugasmtl
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-15-2012 13:10:17 | More by oldp0rt
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.