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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
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:
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(Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Sammy, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

liamt07, May 10, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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

wordemupg, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

spinrsx, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

tbeckett, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

canucklehead, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

andrenaline, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Rutager, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

jrenihan, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Jeffo, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

IronDjinn, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Howlader
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Howlader, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

peensteen, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mikeincharleston, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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

sholland119, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

NJBeer265, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 06, 2011
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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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