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American Pale Ale Classique | AMB - Maître Brasseur

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American Pale Ale ClassiqueAmerican Pale Ale Classique
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American Pale Ale ClassiqueAmerican Pale Ale Classique

Brewed by:
AMB - Maître Brasseur
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ZorPrime on 09-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by wordemupg:
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3.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/6/11 sent my way by cjbmcdon

A clear golden yellow without a great deal of visible carbonation but somehow a thick two finger foam that just sits there slowly falling to a thick 1/2inch film that leaves partial rings well down the glass

S leafy wet forest after the snow melts and some mild orange rind

T what I smell but with a massive iced tea flavor that I just can't shake with a little ginger ale of all things

M turns to foam in your mouth, I'm not sure where the bubbles are hiding this beer looks flat

O almost a beer iced tea hybrid but it somehow works, easy enough to drink and no major complaints

this one leaves me a little confused but that's fairly normal for me so I just might go with it

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eat
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Almost-clear golden body with a thin, patchy cover of white head. Barely any lacing. There's a place on the label to list a best-before date, though the brewery has chosen not to make use of it.

The nose is predominantly sugary caramel malt, almost smelling like a malty barley wine without the alcohol. I can't really pick out much else, maybe some distant citrusy hops but it might be my imagination. The malt actually smells pretty good but where are the hops? Doesn't smell bad but it's way off style here.

Some hops thankfully appear in the mouth though this beer is still much too malty to be an American pale ale, much less a "classic" one. Bitterness is noticeable but pretty much every American pale ale I've tried has had considerably more. It tastes like there might have been some citrusy hops present when it was very fresh but they've since faded almost completely, leaving you wondering whether you're just imagining them. Sugary sweet malt with a touch of almost-characterless bitterness on the finish.

The body and carbonation are both a bit on the light side; I'd appreciate a fuller body and more lively carbonation. Feels a little flat, even.

As a beer this isn't totally horrible and my overall rating here probably makes it look worse than it actually is. I didn't have any trouble getting through the bottle but rated to style, this American pale ale is pretty poor. I might try it again to see if this was just a freshness issue (if I knew it was fresh) but AMB doesn't seem to like to use their own best-before system.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow color, clear. White head, but timid it goes out quickly. Fruity aroma, light. Similar taste, citrusy. Too light, should be a little bit more upfront and aggressive. Thin body. Not very good, more an average beer. Nothing appealing and more a general beer than anything else.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some light lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, brown sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and brown sugar. There is also a fair amount of a dry woody hop taste. Not really much citrus juiciness here.. which is sort of disappointing.. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with some light hop bitterness.

Overall - I actually started to enjoy this beer more as it approached room temperature. For the price it's a pretty decent pale ale.. especially considering what available in my area.

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Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pleasant tasting but overall unremarkable American Pale Ale.

Hazy straw colour with subtle head, but decent carbonation level and bubbly mouthfeel. Aroma is bready and floral, but not hoppy. Taste is better balanced, hints of citrus and definite bittering hops in the finish. but without the caramelized malts to truly round out the palate.

Not a beer I'd travel to get, but there are far worse tasting pints in Canada!

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Photo of NightINgale
3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually found this beer great!

341ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - Hazy golden body with a creamy white head. The head did not remain thick for long, but its retention was definitely not bad! Looks more like an APA from the US than any other Quebec APA I've ever tasted.

S - Fresh hops, with apparent hints of orange, grapefruit, and even a bit of mango. Also a tad grassy. Some mild graininess in the background. Not too weak, not too intense. Nothing spectacular, but it smells very appropriate nonetheless.

T - Starts with a decent hop bite that is followed by an immediate sweetness (which was a pleasant surprise for me). I felt the hoppiness was more aromatic than bittering, which was excellent! Hints of citrus and tropical fruits, with a touch of caramel.

M - Medium body to it (arguably, light-to-medium). Moderate carbonation. Quite soft in the mouth, with no hints of alcohol and a very mild bitterness.

D - At 5% abv this beer has barely got any competition among typical APA's. Extremely sessionable and smooth. This is what an APA should be: not too intense (this is not an IPA, after all!), yet flavourful and easy-drinking, for those who are accustomed to hoppy beers. Good job, AMB!

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +19%

American Pale Ale Classique from AMB - Maître Brasseur
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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