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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 151
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dawkfan
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice clear golden orange color, white head leaves a decent amount of lace. Carbonation looks soft to me.

S- Could tell this was an English IPA as soon as I opened it. The golding and Willamette really come through, I think it's more earthy than spicy or herbal. I'm also picking up a good amount of sweet malt.

T- The bitterness is fairly strong in the finish. Most of the flavor is in the backend and it's mostly from the hops.

M- Mouthfeel has a good weight, it's slightly sticky and chewy. The carbonation is a little higher than what I thought it would be given the appearance.

O- There's better IPA's out there for sure and this isn't one of McAuslans better brews, but it's kind of growing on me and I think it's approachable for the style. (753 characters)

Photo of
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (381 characters)

Photo of mmurphy525
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (966 characters)

Photo of ctgui
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes. Served in a pint glass.

A- 1.5 finger offwhite yellow-ish head. It fell pretty quickly to only a thin layer. Golden amber color. The design on the bottle is quite nice, in line with other St-Ambroise products.

S- Herbal, grassy aroma. Citrus. The hop is really present as well. Would have liked a stronger smell though.

T- Some hop at first, herbal notes, some citrus is present. The aftertaste is hoppy and sticks. Not overly bitter. Really enjoying it.

M- Medium bodied with a dry finish that goes perfectly with the style. The bitterness is sticking to the palate.

D- Drinkable, will have a few more of those in some time. I feel like it’s one of the best IPAs available in Quebec currently and for this reason, it may become popular. As other reviewers, I’d like to compare with the St-Ambroise Pale ale as there seems to be quite a few similarities. (885 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 nighthawk
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 ml twist-off bottle from 4-pack. No freshness date on bottle on package. Tasted from tulip.

Very nice, clear amber with small carbonation bubbles feeding an initially two-finger white head. Head fades to a small, thin, patchy haze. No lacing or spotting.

Herbal and grassy hops up front with some lemony citrus in the back. Mild sweetness, some grainy malt.

Balanced, mild mannered IPA flavours here, just slightly bracing hop bitterness (grassy, a bit floral) smoothed out by some slight citrus sweetness. Malts are bready, a touch nutty, and sweet.

Smooth, and a bit creamy in the mouth. Good body, but not too thick, and light carbonation.

Overall it's a nice, if mild (teetering on the edge of boring) example of the IPA. Surprised it took McAuslan so long to join the rest of the brewing world, and this may hurt the acceptance of the beer; in a sea of brash, flavourful brews, this one is meek. I will say that I enjoy this beer, and will likely drink it again on occasion, but I don't think it will ever be a recommended IPA for me. (1,048 characters)

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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