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St-Ambroise Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 420 |  Reviews: 229
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear deep amber robe topped by a short, creamy white head that dissipates shortly but holds a decent collar and leaves some thin lace. The aroma offers some light dried summer fruit, and a bready and mildly caramel malt that's entwined with grassy & floral hops (Goldings?). It's not overly special or unusual, but it is nicely done, clean, and inviting. The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that's lightly crisp at first but warms to become creamy. The flavor offers a decent amount of hop flavor and bold bitterness atop a soft, lightly caramel-tinged malt. Quite English! The finish is clean and dry with some lingering grassy, and even peppery, hops. Well done! It reveals more of it's character as it warms, but I don't think that serving it at cellar temperature would benefit it greatly. Worth trying.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist, no description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with a wonderful web like white lace that clings everywhere and leaves thick rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Fragrant fruity and hoppy floral make for a sweetish aroma. Slight sweet tea nose within, very appealing.

Taste: Smooth with a moderate body that boots a crisp malty palate. Rustic hop bitterness and a lightly pungent hop oil flavour linger on top with a fruity and sweet grain mix. Fruitiness fades from peaches to apples while the hop bitterness cleans up. Pale malt character holds strong though is certainly not dominant.

Notes: Not much else one could ask for in a pale ale, seriously one of the finest pale ales I have ever had the joy to drink.

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Photo of Rukeli76
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear bright copper with two inches of frothy off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - very fruity malt character with a nice balance of floral hops.

Taste - starts sweet and fruity, perfectly balanced in the middle between sweet malt and mildly bitter, earthy hops, and with a lingering herbal, earthy aftertaste.

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Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Groulxsome
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotsudge
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Eastman2009
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. One finger of quickly dissipating head. A warm golden shade with steady lacing throughout the drink.

Fully alcoholic scent, few other scents, off malt notes?.

No real hop profile to speak of. If this is a pale ale, it's a very tame one. Not even a lingering flavor. While highly drinkable and probably appealing to even the most novice of beer newbies, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Note: My opinion didn't change throughout the six pack.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a St. Ambroise variety pack
A - very clear copper, with a tower of off white head that had very nice retention and lacing up the glass
S - grainy and caramelly malts, light leafy and fruity hops, with a light buttery corn hint
T - nice crispy bready malt, a mix of grassy, floral, and fruity hops with a slightly oily flavour, and buttery sweet grain taste
M - medium body that starts crisp and smooth, moving to a light hop bitter mixed with a somewhat oily feel, complex
D - a great mix of malt and hop flavours, complex feels from start to finish, and very easy drinking, this beer alone is worth the variety pack purchase

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Photo of IllNate
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Liamt07, cheers!

A - finger of head disappearing to nice lace. Excellent orange amber, very good clarity.

S - Sweet malt, fruity/strawberry nose.

T - Bitter up front and in the back, but a malt sweetness coming through in the middle. Dry finish.

M - Carbonation a bit high maybe. The mouthfeel is sharp and the bitterness from the hops doesn't help.

D - I'd have another.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a golden amber colour with a massive off white foamy and frothy head. There is some excellent lacing and the head sticks around for a while.

Smell - I can smell toasted nuts, malts, a honey sweetness and some hops.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average mouth feel, it might benefit from a little more carbonation, but it is good nonetheless. It feels smooth and velvety, and the first thing I can pick up on is the bitter hops, followed by a cantaloupe like sweetness. The beer is medium bodied and finishes smooth with just a hint of sweet and sour. The finish comes through as a little watery, but still good.

Drink - A fantastic beer that is one of my go to's. Give it a try if you happen to see it on a menu.

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Photo of paxkey
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

aggressive pour in nonic yields giant lasting 3 fingers of head. rocky white with lots of lacing.
beer is clear and golden colored. some reddish hue.

smells of malts and hops in nice balance. mild fresh. summer fruits raspberry peach.tangerine. aroma reminds me slightly of vitamin C tablets i had 30 years ago as a kid.

easy drinking and a wonderful minty aftertaste. quite invigorating.

starting to pull a strong cracker malt in the midpalate and its hanging around the aftertaste. not great pull.

still getting sweet fruit on the nose but the american lager malt profile is starting to nose through.

really creamy drinking with more fruit on the aftertaste with a healthy chug.
not a slow drinking beer for me. but what else is there.

nice going down though.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of greenengineer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL Can - still in the hotel in Toronto - going through an assorted six pack from the LCBO
A - Transparent orange/bronze. Foamy head fades quickly.
S - slightly sweet aroma, milky
T - nice balance of hops and malt, slightly charred malt taste
M - pretty light, a little astringent
O - after being disappointed with a few other Canadian Pale Ales that were too sweet, this is a nice find. Nothing heroic, but a well balanced brew.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Clear copper with a tall, creamy, and bubbly, white head. Takes a while to recede to a thin blanket and leaves nice lacing in doing so.

(4.0) S: Grains, light floral notes, baked biscuits, a bit of tangerine, and light spices (kind of pumpkin pie like). This leans toward the biscuit/grain side but with some complimentary hop elements as well.

(4.25) T: Exactly as aroma indicated with a biscuit-malt base and tangerine/spice tastes to add a bit of kick. Well balanced and crisp. Leaves quite a lingering bitterness along with a cracker-like dryness, both of which are very satisfying.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Coats the mouth with an appropriate oily sheen.

(4.0) D: Very easy drinking and definitely flavourful considering the ABV. Happy to see this in tall cans as I will have to add it to my regulars.

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Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this dozens of times. this review is for a glass i had on-tap at a montreal restaurant.

color was amber/copper - very clear. okay head.

smell was malty, bit of hops, and earthy.

taste also malty and a bit hoppy. very smooth and a nice sweetness to it that i couldn't get enough of. good carbonation and drinkability. overall really tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swedes21
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - beer pours with a great amount of head that quickly disappears. Beer is a amber colour and not much carbonation is present. Some nice lacing is occuring.

Smell - I can smell some hops as well as citrus hints. This is a nicely put together beer.

Taste - good tasting beer, I would say a slight bitterness upfront and smooth on the backend. Minimal taste of hops, all around a smooth tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - little carbonation added and you can taste the hops come fwd. The beer is a little less bitter actually and has a smooth finish.

Drinkability - I'd stock this beer and drink it again. Very nice beer with lots of taste and nice ending.

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Photo of cram
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 420 ratings