St-Ambroise Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Pale AleSt-Ambroise Pale Ale
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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

Added by Jason on 10-26-2000

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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on several occasions, but this is my first formal review of it.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of light fluffy head with decent retention which settles into small islands leaving no real lacing.

S - Floral hops with pine and cedar coming through followed by some caramel malts and buttered bread.

T - The woody cedar and pine hops come through nicely off the top and are nicely balanced by some toffee and caramel malts on the finish.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that fills the tongue nicely and goes down smooth. The finish is a touch dry, though consistent with the style.

D - This beer is delicious, easily sessionable with a nice hop presence and balanced malt finish. I could drink this stuff all day and it is sure to please any pale ale fan.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber color with minimal head. It is difficult to pull anything specific out of the aroma or taste - what is amazing about this beer is how integrated everything is.

Nice appropriate bitterness for the style. Hops and malt are well balanced and very tasty. In an age where everything seems to be double, imperial, big OG, IBU's, this stands out as an elegant well-made, and very drinkable ale. A good choice for keeping in the frig at all times!

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Photo of Swedes21
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fairly aggressive pour results in a 3 finger white head in my pint glass. Bright and dark gold in colour. Head is loose but looks like it might stick around for a while. Medium amount of carbonation. Generous lacing half way through.

S - Nice fruity hops with some mild malts. Good balance in the aroma. Grapefruit is present for sure. Mild amounts of hops make for a good compliment.

T - Good malts up front with hops to balance. Very mild bitterness. Nothing too crazy but good nonetheless.

M - Light body. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Fairly high. I've sessioned this before and I don't see why anyone wouldn't. It's a good example of a milder APA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 MattyV
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden-amber into a pint glass with a frothy off-white head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves lots of web-like lacing in its wake.

The aroma is wonderful-- you're hit with a mix of pale and bready malt, and fruity, floral hops, just inviting you to delve further and have a drink.

The malt profile is a mix of bready and pale malt flavour, neither overpowering the other, but culminating in a slightly sweet flavour. The hops perfectly balance out the malt, with a fruity, slightly grassy flavour that also has hints of citrus.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, this is my perfect session beer. Slightly hop-forward but well-balanced, this is a great option when introducing people to craft beer, or as a sixer to bring to a BBQ. This is my reliable go-to beer when I'm not sure what to pick up.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra that i recieved from a great trader. Decided to crack this one open this afternoon. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/04/2010.

Pours a nice and clean amber color with a good sized head of about two inches that falls down quickly but leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is light grains, hints of a small citric hop profile, touches of bready grains and a smooth biscuit like touch. Clean and very crisp taste, starts with a light touch of hops and follows through with nice bready malt character that comes through cleanly on the palate and offers a decent amount of balance. Nice and light, well carbonated body makes it a breeze to drink and seriously one of the most well rounded pales in terms of solid drinkability.

Overall a very nice representation of the style. Light, clean and easy to drink. Would have no issues with going after this one again.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer as Ive had it numerous times. This pale ale pours with a fluffy white head, nice lacing and is copper in color.

Smells of pale bready malts, fruits and faint citric hopiness.

Has a good hop bitterness on the palate also more bread and malt sweetness. This is a well balanced easy drinking beer.

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Photo of IllNate
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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 regspeir
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in trade courtesy of korguy123. 341 ML into a standard pint glass. Poured a golden amber with a two-finger head which dissapted rapidly to a coating. Nose has some floral elements up front, as well as some citrus, caramel and biscuit. Taste is slightly bitter with notes of coriander and orange, held up by the biscuity malt. There are some citrus hops but they aren't forward. Finish is slightly bitter and sticky. Carbonation is certainly visible but not felt. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. A decent APA but not my favorite style, for sure.

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Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into my SA Perfect Pint.

A- Clear copper color. 1 1/2 finger white head gracefully floating on top. Excellent lacing.

S- Sweet malts, mandarin, strawberries, yeasty bready smells.

T- Faint fruity (pineapple, strawberries, orange rind) earthy/bready. Excellent malt/hop balance.

M- Almost juicy feeling like an IPA but I was a little let down to how watery this feels to me.

D- Excellent pale ale from an excellent Canadian brewer. I could drink these things all day.

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Photo of nokes
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug, coppery, deep amber with lots of bubbles rising moderately slowly all around. Two fingers of head that died back slowly around the glass leaving a pillowy centre that retained well and eventually died down to a film that stayed around for the duration and left nice lacing on the glass. Hard to beat that...looks really good.

Smell seemed fairly muted, a gentle mix of hops and malts. Nicely balanced, but it wasn't inspiring for whatever reason.

Taste, though, is great. Very very nice. Right from the get-go, an excellent balance of bready, malty, citrusy, lightly bitter hoppy, yummy flavours. It's really good.

Mouthfeel is moderate to full, with an excellent balance of carbonation to keep it even.

This is scary drinkable. Generally, I'm so-so on pale ales, but I really like this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark gold with a thin white head, some nice lacing.

Smells of grassy grains and sweet malts and fruits, strawberries, and hint of hops in the aroma.

Tastes malty and sweet up front, some grassiness, pretty fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Not as hoppy as I would of liked but still a very good balance.

Decent mouthfeel, and highly drinkable. This is always a good refreshing beer to have on hand.

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Photo of slyke
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan Pale Ale pours a pleasing golden color with a slightly off-white head.

The smell has a breadiness, a citrus quality and a bit sweetness.

Taste is balanced with all of the above-listed notes playing a part. The flavor is more like an English Pale Ale than an APA to me.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slight, pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good. It would be no trouble to enjoy a few of these at a sitting. Recommended.

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Photo of Eastman2009
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
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 liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Golden brown colour, with a few fingers of head (poured a bit aggressively on my part by accident) that settled down to a small layer head for the remainder of the beer; web-like lacing too. Smell of sweet hops, a bit of hops in there. Taste is good, pretty balanced with a nice bitterness and the sweet, kind of sugary malt flavour with it too. Good mouthfeel, medium/low carbonation and definitely sessionable in terms of drinkability! Solid pale ale.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Maple syrup like color, fully transluscent. Head has big bubbles, is tan but doesn't last very long and doesn't show any lacing.

S: Lots of biscuits malts in this. Pretty sweet, brown sugar like. Overall strong malts. Quite a nice level of floral and herbal hops.

T: Quite a nice level of biscuit malts. Brown sugar again. Slight hops with floral and herbal characteristics.

M: Very lively, light to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D: Very high, very sessionable.

EDIT: had to change my review, I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had to find some good session beer, not out of this world in the taste. Got a 6-pack. Here is my review.

The color is copper, very clear. Bubbles are present and the head is creamy and sticks well to the glass. The aroma presents itself with hops notes and caramel malts. A great aroma, very inviting. On the taste, it is caramel malts instead of being dominated by hops. However, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. It stays in the mouth for a long time... Very good taste but I would prefer a little more hop bite. Not bad at all, it would be perfect with the additional hop bite in the end. Medium body beer with carbonation that is presents in the mouth. A good session beer for everyday.

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Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish colour, with some amount of red in it. Nice half inch head and some lacing down the glass. Nice mild hoppy aroma. It has a nice level of bitterness to it, with some hop flavour to enjoy. Quite well balanced. Not over the top carbonation, which makes this quite drinkable.

I drink this beer often, as it seems to be on tap at several restaurants in Toronto (ie. Harbord Room & Black Hoof). It isn't spectacular, but it is a very solid offering and I'll frequently order it with my meal. I'm able to have several in a sitting without being tired of it too.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A : Nice golden color, dense head (almost creamy) that leaves a nice ring on the glass.

S : We can easily detect hops.

T : The bitterness is well balanced, some hops, crisp taste also.

M : Low carbonation, feels watery

D : Really enjoyable, easy to drink.

Overall a good beer but I have seen better from McAuslan breweries.

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Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a redder than expected, though not abnormally so, with a short head that did not last long, but did leave light lacing throughout. Smells normal with a bit of citrusy hops, a sweetness on the nose and a couple of times I could have sworn I smelled banana.

The beer itself is balanced, with a crisp light bitterness. Very little in the body save the bitterness and malt. It later sips I caught some fruity flavour. Finishes cleanly. A good crisp level of carbonation. Enjoyable and quite easily sessionable.

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Photo of bob3701
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a light amber with a big fluffy white head with Ok lacing. Flowery aroma. Kind of a bland taste with big hoppy finish. High carbination in mouth but still very drinkable. Not my first Canadian choice. Much better beers coming out of Montreal.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: color of the brew is amber,lots of white head, creamy foam, medium carbonation

Smell: floral,herbal malty smell

Taste: well balanced brew with a friendly bitterness,some floral notes, that comes and go during the sip

MF: medium carbonation, creamy and fresh at the same time. well strutured body

Drinkability: this is an excellent pale ale
very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two fingers of moussy cream coloured head over a clear amber-orange body. Good head retention and a little lace.

Smell - 4.0
Subtle, pleasant hop driven smell mostly consisting of floral and fruity hop aromas, with sweet biscuity malt in the background.

Taste - 4.0
Very well balanced pale ale with a biscuity malt and fruity yeast to back up the hops. Bitterness punches strongly in the middle with grapefruit, metallic and spicy flavour, fading in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Light to medium bodied, with lively carbonation and fine bead.

Drinkability - 4.0
Good session beer that deserves re-visiting.

OVERALL - 4.15
Lovely pale ale that has character far beyond its 5% abv. To me this seems somewhere in between the Belgian and American pale ale styles due to the fruity yeast character.

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 71.4% out of 100 with 416 ratings
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