McAuslan Cream Ale | McAuslan Brewing

McAuslan Cream AleMcAuslan Cream Ale
BA SCORE
52.2%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 69 ratings
McAuslan Cream AleMcAuslan Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
St Ambroise Pale Ale served on nitro.

Added by PiratePete on 11-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,204
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
69
Liked:
36
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
9.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good. This brewery rocks. Bow & Arrow's replacement for Creemore and I think it competes well. Good cream. And surprisingly bitter aftertaste, almost a requirement of the Arrow franchise lineup. Medium mouthfeel. Malty sweet balance with genuine fruity highlights including apricot and peach.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer appears clear medium orange amber hue, with a few fingers of very creamy white head - it looks at lot like melted ice cream, and leaves lace that seems painted on. It smells of spicy biscuit grain, and very mild earthy hops. The taste is cereal malt, and edgy, herbal hops. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body super-smooth and creamy, and it finishes dry with some fruity graininess.

This goes down so smoothly, it was hard to enjoy the scenery on its way past!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Clear amber ale with a huge creamy-like head with excellent retention. Aroma is solely comprised of some very nice floral malts. Taste is quite refreshing with again the floral malt bringing some added sweetness, which makes this even more enjoyable. Taste is also very creamy-like and way better then some other cream ale (Sleeman). I very much enjoyed this as a great session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan Brewing "McAuslan Cream Ale"
on tap via ntiro

Notes: Ah, I had no idea McAuslan was from Quebec. For some reason I thought they were on the other side of the country in Alberta or British Columbia. Anyway... it's a clear deep-amber/copper in color beneath a creamy bright white head. As might be expected the head retention and lacing are both excellent. The aroma is limited to some doughy and lightly caramelish malt, but that usually a trade-off with the nitro pour as the head itself is keeping the aromas in. The flavor opens up delivering sweetish biscuity malt with a light touch of golden caramel, and some yeasty fruit (apple, pear).Spicy and floral hops appear across the palate and become a bit grassy as well in the dry finish. Firm bitterness. Medium-light body, and creamy smooth via the nitro pour. Very nicely done. An enjoyable, quaffable pint.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this at C'est What while looking for some roti. Served in a pint glass.

A - Lovely nitro-style reverse cascading waterfall pour. One finger of pristine off-white foam that just sat there forever without dissipating. After a few minutes I gave up and just starting drinking the brew, which was a transparent orange-amber color.

S - Fruity - apple, berries, peach, apricot, as well as some light spicy noble hops and caramel malts. Not super pungent or super adventurous, but well balanced.

T - Similar to the smell, but a little less complex - mostly the caramel malt and fruit flavors without the floral hoppiness.

M - Super creamy, soft as velvet, mild carbonation, and a light-to-medium body that still boasts some viscosity. Exactly what I'd from a cream ale.

D - Not super different in flavor from other McAuslan brews (like the Apricot Wheat or Pale Ale) but with a significantly improved feel and texture to it. Low ABV and carbonation make it very easy to drink, although the creaminess might slow me down a little bit.

Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It looks peachy, with a touch of creamy white head. I expected more retention & lace (with the nitro-tap).

S: Fruity appricot. Quite fruity.

T: Pale, biscuity malt flavour with plenty of fruity appricot; smooth bitter aftertaste. It's quite fruity... I wonder if it's the same yeast they use for their appricot wheat?

M: Creamy body with moderate mouthfeel; light carbonation.

D: Bring it on!

This is only slightly darker than a typical North American creme ale, but with the creaminess of the best that Ireland has to offer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Dominion on Queen, in Toronto.

Nitro-taps invariably produce a permanent, ultra-creamy head which, despite looking impressive, is totally fake. What I mean to say is that it's produced with no thanks to the beer itself and thus it's the gas that really deserves the credit, no? (Although its lacing, it must be noted, is so thick and hardened that the glass became opaque).

And let's not take everything away from the beer; its body, an icy dark orange shade, is quite impressive in its own right. Certainly it's much more colorful than the bouquet, which is utterly toneless and seemingly omitted entirely from the brewer's blueprint for the beer. It is hollow, devoid of everything less a faint maltiness, and, essentially, absent.

I've heard that McAuslan Cream Ale is nothing more than the brewery's St. Ambroise Pale Ale served on nitro-tap. While I can't officially confirm nor disconfirm this, I can attest that it tastes remarkably similar, albeit with a more muted hoppiness. It has a sharp, floral flavour with a strongly malty underbelly that boasts a crisp, biscuity taste.

Draft beer is pressurized with carbon dioxide; the addition of nitrogen to the mixture helps create a thicker, longer-lasting head but it can also deaden the flavour. This seems to me it'd be considerably tastier on a regular tap. And while the nitrogen paves the beer an ultra-creamy texture, it diminishes surprisingly little of its (sizable) bitterness.

For a beer style that is typically undistinguished and ordinary, this particular offering has an inordinate amount of character; unfortunately, that doesn't entirely work in its favor. The extra bitterness hits the palate slightly obnoxiously (and contrasts oddly with the creaminess of the nitrogen) and its flavour becomes clammy and dank.

McAuslan Cream Ale certainly has more colour, bitterness and flavour than most others in its style but those pluses don't add up to a better beer. I can think of a few other less flavourful cream ales that are still more enjoyable. This is a fantastic brewery with an outstanding lineup of beers - this offering, simply put, is just not one of their best.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-Tap

Appearance – Clear light copper colour with an average size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a really good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, tea

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice velvety feel. I can taste malts, caramel, and some notes of tea. There was also a bit of a metallic flavour. Th beer ends with a nice light malty aftertaste.

Overall – A very drinkable beer with a fantastic appearance. They should really start selling this beer in cans. It's not as good as some of the cream ales from the UK, but it's close. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at C'est What?.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, thick and creamy white head forms, very dense, settles to a thick layer that never goes away, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass. Smell is nice, lots of citrus and floral, grapefruit, honey malt, really quite hoppy, caramel, nice citrus character, a bit herbal as well. Taste is nice too, very citrusy, caramel and honey, grapefruit, oranges, floral, nice malty middle, solid herbal/citrus bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very creamy. Pretty nice beer, solid hoppiness.

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Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A totally beige body due to the silky, creamy head mixes nicely with the light copper body. Aroma of nuts and malt is somewhat muted by the nitro. Decent flavor, mineral hops, some fruit. Very creamy body, ultra smooth but middle is a bit muddled.. Overall, decent enough.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a finger of white head that doesn't dissipate (though it was on nitro-tap). Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells fairly hoppy for a cream ale, with lots of sweet caramel as well. Taste is mildly bitter with nice sweetness. Very well balanced. Quite smooth mouthfeel from the nitro. I used to drink this frequently before I got into craft beer so I wasn't sure how it would hold up now that I've tried so many other beers, but this still is quite a nice beer.

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Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bobsy
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer... the pale ale on nitro? I can see that. Classy nitro appearance - HUGE smooth white head sat atop a radiant gold body. Lacing in sheets and retention out the wazoo. he nitro numbs the aroma somewhat, but some fruity malts peak through along with some spicy hops, and this becomes more apparent as it warms. Big rounded fruit flavour - apricots and peaches with cream, and a biscuit malt background, before tailing into a nice bitter finish. Surprisingly large apricot presence - almost fruit beer-esque! Obviously creamy body with low carbonation. Great drinkability on this classic Canadian cream ale.

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Photo of StormAles
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at fall ale fest.

Taps a hazed dark honey color, with a billowing creamy head.

Aromas are subtle but you get whiffs of floral hops, apricot, some sweet grainy notes.

Nice hop "bite" up front with a wonderful creamy smooth mouth feel, some citrus-peach notes in the middle with a clean, drying , delicate malty finish.

I think we got something here.Most cream ales are kind of a bland two dimensional thing because the brewers don't source proper yeasts... but this is both layered and subtle as well as smooth and creamy....don't know how much the nitrogen delivery has to do with it but this is one of the better commercial cream ales you'll find anywhere.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the best Cream Ale Ive ever had. Its a dark bronze color with a whipped cream nitro head that lasts the whole glass. About 95% of the glass remains covered in sheets of lace. The aroma is light and bready with a touch of caramel. The taste is honeysuckle sweet with plenty of doughyness. Hops are very retrained and the finish is minimally bitter. Typically smooth nitro mouthfeel.

Quite a nice Cream Ale, plenty of malt, sweet but not cloying. I recommend it if you like light flavored beers like Cream Ales.

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Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange body with a giant white cap that laces like freaking crazy. Obviously it's the nitro at work, but is this ever a fantastic looking beer. A surprising aroma for a cream ale, very hoppy, but not much else. I think the intro head is blocking the yummy malt from coming through. A good body with a slight caramel malt. The body though is a bit thin, as the carbonation is non-existent. Needs a little bit in the body for a bite. The head is nice, but the body thin. This beer went down way too easy though, and is eminently drinkable.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution, one of several McAuslan brews currently on showcase. Quite a looker, a cloudy golden-beige with two fingers of creamy whipped head, small nitro bubbles forming a nice compact froth. Aroma is very light and fruity: Hard candy, subtle orchard fruit (pears), a whiff of citrus rind, sweet grains, and a dash of green grass. Palate is similarly fruity and gently bitter, a muddle of lemon rind, vanilla, pear, stale white peppercorn, and grass with a mineral bite. Background white bread and corn sweetness. I do appreciate the silky smooth creamy texture, as billed. Whereas McAuslan's red failed to meet my expectations, this exceeded them. Nothing that will re-define your beer paradigm (or even your cream ale paradigm), but makes for a reasonable low-key session.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Beer rating: 52.2% out of 100 with 69 ratings
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