St-Ambroise Pale Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale
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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
American Pale Ale
Ranked #641
Ranked #18,275
3.86 | pDev: 11.92%
Oct 29, 2021
Oct 26, 2000
Very Good
St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale
Notes: Our flagship beer -the one that put McAuslan on the map. St-Ambroise Pale Ale is a golden, generously hopped brew, and a perennial favourite of the many pale ale drinkers who have enjoyed its rich, fruity flavour since 1989.

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, Golding, Hallertau

IBU: 35
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Rated: 3.63 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 2.23 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jul 14, 2020
Rated: 3.95 by Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by YesKing from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful beer. Pours a semi transparent copper/amber with a light amount of white foam with fairly good retention throughout. Has a pleasant fruity smell, along with notes of grains and spice.

The taste is less fruity and more bready and malty than the smell, although the notes of orange peel, citrus and banana linger in the background which is a nice touch. It finishes with spice, brown sugar and a noticeable amount of hoppy bitterness. It feels very clean and smooth, almost effortless to drink.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, really hits the spot in almost any occasion.
May 11, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 16, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by kylepod from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, E068 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a thin off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Mild carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Balanced citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready English malt complexity. Probably very old judging by the flavor profile, but was still quite enjoyable and not too bad at all. Drank more like an English pale ale with the mild carbonation.
Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

Dec 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in that you think it should be hoppy and then remember that it's not claiming to be an IPA or a NE IPA, but just a PA. I've come to prefer more hop flavour than this one has and don't buy this type of beer often but can still enjoy it when I do.
Dec 17, 2017
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear medium Amber with a half inch white head that dissipated to a ring quickly and left some lacing
Really more of an END than an APA in my opinion. Smell is mild with caramel, malts and hops. Taste follows the nose along with a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonation, dry mouth feel.
Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by Squeezyq from Canada (ON)

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by YourMackDaddy from Canada (NL)

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 473mL can into a traditional pint glass at about 5 degrees Celsius.

L-A clear amber/copper colour. Head is a clingy foam that disperses but sticks around as a light coating on top that sticks to the glass. A pretty sight, not too harsh on carbonation from the look.

S- A poppy and fruity scent rises from the glass. It's crisp and is really just the right way I'd like an APA to smell. This is how it should be.

T- Brash hops mingle perfectly with a refreshing malt opening. There is an excellent balance between the sweet and the bitter flavours, giving a very crisp and flavourful experience. A great mix of fruitiness and grain, in the finish you can expect apple skin and grain. This is the best pale ale I've had up to this point, and I'll be having it again.

F- Just the right amount of carbonation for me, not too heavy on it at all. Crisp and refreshing, with an almost creamy texture with the smoothness and foam.

O- Truly an excellent beer. The best APA I've ever had, and I don't foresee another trumping it anytime soon. I'd reccomend this to anyone. Complex and flavourful without going so far as to be too assertive, a comfortable and refreshing drink. Do yourself a favour. Everyone may not feel the same, but this is personally all I want in a pale ale done exceptionally well, it's worth trying.
Apr 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Updated: Pours clearl copper color with thick lace. It has a fruity aroma - citrus/banana. Elevated carbonation with a sharp bitter finish. Overall balanced beer with smooth, soft hop, caramel flavours..
Apr 24, 2017
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Lovely copper colour. Smooth malt start, bitter finish. Balanced, solid, better in the can than bottle. More English than American in style.
Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Jul 07, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

May 23, 2016
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
McAuslan Brewing 'St.Ambroise Pale Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a couple of 341 ml bottle's purchased for $1.85 each
A-pour is gold from the bottle to clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of wheat
T-wheat pale ale
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , weak pale ale
prost LampertLand
May 08, 2016
Rated: 4 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
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Reviewed by cosmin from Canada (ON)

2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
This is the second time I've tried this beer (473mL can from LCBO). Consumed about 6 months before data shown on bottom of can. Pours lovely orange/copper colour with plenty of head. Not much of a smell. I was waiting and waiting for the hops to hit me but it never happened. Quite disappointed especially after trying their Oatmeal Stout and Apricot Wheat Ale (yum!). From an American Pale Ale you'd expect more hops and a little more excitement in the beer. I think it's too sweet and trying to be a cross between English and American style pale ale but not getting neither quite right. I'm very shocked at the ratings on this one. Usually the ratings hold true to a beer but not this one (for me at least!).

Unfortunately, this is the last time I try their pale ale. Their other brews are awesome though!
Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by binno from Canada (ON)

Feb 23, 2016
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Reviewed by fortyfield from Canada (ON)

3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours an amber colour, with a 2 finger head that dissipates over the course of a couple minutes. Looks very appealing.

Smell is very faint. English noble hops with a caramel malt. Enjoyable, but underwhelming compared to what I was expecting/hoped for from a pale ale.

Taste is about the same as the smell, though there is a lingering bitterness that I'm not a big fan of. Almost reminds me more of an English Bitter, as I feel this is quite similar to Fullers London Pride. That being said, the taste certainly is not unpleasant, though I hoped it would reveal more of a hop bite than what the aroma was revealing.

Mouthfeel certainly feels more carbonated than it looks, as other reviewers have mentioned. Appropriate level of carbonation for the style.

Overall this is a nice tasting beer, though I was hoping for a little more excitement. However, I understand that not every beer has to blow you away with such a strong flavour. I do not see myself purchasing this again as there are plenty of other options out there that more suit my preferences, but I will say that this could be a great beer for any lager drinker who is looking to try something a little different.
Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by gallaghercm from Canada (ON)

Feb 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 473ml can. This must rank among the top three or four of beers I've consumed the most of in my lifetime. Some really good memories associated with this one.

Nice pale ale colour. Two inches of foamy head dissipate quickly. Some lacing.

Really interesting hop profile. It's citrusy and floral.

Most of the reviews here fail to capture just how distinctive-tasting an APA this really is. It's got your standard Cascade notes, but that's combined with some amped-up English and noble hops. It's a genius bit of brewing. There's a solid biscuity malt backbone there, too.


This is a true classic. In Montreal you pretty much can't help but drink cheap pints of it everywhere you go. Here in Ontario it's a bit more expensive but still well worth seeking out.
Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 4 by yasky from Canada (ON)

Jan 21, 2016
Rated: 4 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by talbotjf99 from Canada (QC)

Jan 06, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK)

Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by sherpahigh from Canada (AB)

Dec 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2015
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Reviewed by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
After falling in love with their oatmeal stout awhile back I felt it was rightly time to try this, and I have to say I'm Glad I did, This beer is on Sierra Nevada scale, It really is a delicious pale ale.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers head. head fades to leave a film on top and rings in my glass. Definitely doesnt appear extremely carbonated.

Aroma - light malts, floral hops citrus hops, caramel. This everything you could ask a pale ale to smell like in my opinion.

Taste - light malted grains at the back of my pallet, lemon, caramel some light fruits. at the start and end its bitter but sweet in the middle. Very interesting combination.

Feel - This beer is light and creamy with what feels like more carbonation then it looks to have.

Overall - This beer encompasses everything I look for in a pale ale, It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter and all the classic flavors are there. I think if you can find it you should give it a go. A+ beer all the way.
Oct 29, 2015
Rated: 3 by SocalKicks from California

Oct 28, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by Wajohnst from Canada (ON)

Oct 20, 2015
Rated: 3.39 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Sep 22, 2015
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Rated by josvemden from Belgium

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Lekkere geur,goede bitterheid die niet overheerst. Voldaan gevoel. GP Quebec
Sep 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Borbly from Canada ()

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Presents a wonderful golden color with a thick, frothy head. Following this, the scent is rather mild, though what comes through the most are spicy and fruity hop aromas. The taste is almost tart, with hoppy bitterness backing the end. Feel is very smooth, carbonation is present but not artificially heavy. Overall a very good beer.
Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by jfreeze from Canada (NB)

Aug 16, 2015
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