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 Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -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. (744 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Orangey amber with a modest foam in the big Duvel tulip. The aroma is pretty insignificant. Pleasant spritzy mouthfeel.

Bitter and tingly. There is just a touch of plum or pear, but mostly it is resiny bitterness. The slight malty sweetness is welcome and the fruity hints are promising, but... As you sip this just gets more bitter and medicinal. Very bitter finish that gets its teeth into you.

I"d say the hoppy brews from McAuslan are not their best, at least by the current standards of delicious fruity West Coast hop bombs. From the 341 ml screw-cap bottle purchased at a BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack. (618 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)

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (682 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 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 spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (849 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 CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (266 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 canucklehead
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (370 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumped to get this from my western BA pal.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, finger of big bubbled head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet lemon iced tea citrus notes and a touch of musty caramel. Reminds me of Nestea.

T - Musty leafy green hop notes and a bitter citrus flavour that is less sweet than implied by the nose. Bready caramel lingers on the palette alongside a touch of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, though a tad prickly going down and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty rendition but could easily step it up a notch on the hop side. Satisfying nonetheless, and it would be nice to see if they'll release a DIPA. (670 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,081 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 peensteen
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep orange colour, just under a finger of white head, some decent lace as well. Smell is malty and bready, earthy grassy hop, caramel and toffee and a light hint of lemony citrus as well. Taste is big and bready, light butter and floral hops, bitterness rolls in mid palate and is quite drying, citrus, finishes lightly sweet and malty. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not a bad english IPA but not something I will actively seek out again, would probably order this if I saw it on tap somewhere though, 6.2% ABV well hidden. (532 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 papat444
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (542 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Premier Wine and Spirits in Halifax.

A-Pours a clear gold with a hint of honey. Lots of fluffy white head and good carbonation lead to great retention and nice sitcky lacing.

S-A little light on the hoppiness. Nice biscuit malt with a good floral hop note.

T-Very nice. Some good maltiness combines with a pleasant bitterness in the middle and finish. More like a pale ale than an IPa but very nice.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

O-Not the best IPA I have ever had, and in some respects a disappointment given the quality of the brewery. But still pleasant to drink while working in my hotel room, watching the NFL season opener.

HV (678 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 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 allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (353 characters)

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.