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

Added by Jason on 10-26-2000

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice pale ale. Poured up a medium orange with honey coloured highlights. Smell was a little muted, but consisted of sweet, mildly fruity malts with a modest nose of citrusy hops. Taste was well balanced with equal parts sweet malts and delicious, bitter hops. Very drinkable. Not a spectacular beer, but a very good and very well crafted pale ale, for sure. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this in the bottle at Town & County Liquor (Fullerton, CA). Is it what I remember, let us see...impressive tightly bubbled head on top this copper/orange colored beer. The aroma is light, mostly lemon peel, some dry grain. Not as fruity as I remember tastewise. Lemon rind upfront, in comes a blast of grapefruit and buttered bread, some diacteyl. Juicy flavors towards the finish. Good balance of flavors here. This is way different than I remember from my last sample of this pale ale.

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Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured a clear orange to copper body with a modest white head. There was decent layered lacing that lingered until the beer was gone.

S: It was dominated by sweet moderately toasted malts, honey and sweet ripe oranges. There was a hint of white yeasty bread.

T: It had a bold sweet malt flavor with a honey and caramel sweetness that covered hints of yeast and cirtusy hops. Nice balance of flavors.

M: It was smooth and light bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet wet presence on the tongue. It finished wet and sweet.

D: This is a pleasant Pale Ale. It's modest ABV and light body make it a good choice for a session beer.

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Photo of sccala
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer as part of my latest beer of the month club shipment. It is in the top 3 of best beers I've had in a long time. Served out of a brown glass bottle with a cool looking half lion, half dragon type creature on it....similar to the Lowenbrau emblem....poured into a traditional pint glass ....Here we go...

A- Superb head. About a 3 inch collar with suprisingly good retention. Even to the last sip, there was about 1/16 of foam coating the surface of the beer. Beautiful. Wonderful, textbook lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Very good amber/honey color with a nice offwhite colored head. I would have given the appearance my first perfect score of "5", but the carbonation was a bit too low.

S- MMMMmmm...Hops. Take some very deep drags of this beer with your hands cupping the top of the glass, and you will get deep whiffs of hops, and right towards the will smell something sweet. Kind of like's faint, but enough to make you continually smell it!

T- Take a sip, and the minor issue with the apparent lack of carbonation in appearance proves to be just a facade. A perfect balance of bubbles file into your. The beer is slightly bitter, and then upon the swallow the hops really kick in and massage your throat on the way down.

M- Even 15 minutes after this beer has been completely been drank, it still tastes fresh in your mouth. Wonderful!

D- Very glad this beer was randomly selected as part of this months beers of the month. Drink this beer as an apertif only. You really need to enjoy this one without any food of any sort involved.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 4+ fingers of creamy sand/tan head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & some toffee & slight citric hops as this warms.

T: Biscuitty malt, lemony & herbal hops up front. More herbal hops & slight tangerine & biscuitty malt as this warms. Finishes with orange peel, Some pineapple, more herbal hops & some honey malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, great balance

Drinks very easy, skews English to me style-wise. I am happy to try some beer from this brewery after a 10 year break, lucky I ran into this in Kansas!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright red-amber with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, orange peel, dark fruits, and biscuit.

Similar to the aroma, the taste was a medley of dark fruits, sweet malts, biscuit, and citrus.

Medium bodied, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

A quite enjoyable APA for sure. Time for another.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. I tleft sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral with citrus notes.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, very smooth. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good APA. I'd like to try more from McAuslan.

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Photo of AmishT
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a great frothy white head that leaves ample lacing down the glass

S - Strong dark fruit character and bready malts in the nose as the beer warmed. Not what I was expecting at all from a beer classified as an APA, but it's pleasant to say the least.

T&M - It's flavor profile is quite similar to the nose: I get dark fruit and bready malts. However, there's not much flavor initially. The fruits are quite prevalent in the finish - a uinque touch. Light bodied. No real carbonation, unfortunately, and the mouth comes off pretty watery.

D - It's fairly drinkable due to it's somewhat low abv and light body. However, the flavor profile, to me, is not my favorite, so I'm not sure how much of this i could enjoy. A very unique finish is noteworthy.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to everetends for this bottle.

A: A lighter amber color with a dense, frothy head that falls to a nice disc layer, leaving some light webs of lacing.

S: Very, very interesting aroma of biscuity malt and a light fruitiness. Hop aroma seems to be more floral/lightly fruity than anything else. Very unique.

T&M: A good bit of the pear-like fruitiness is present in the flavor, too. Some herbal hop flavor finishes things off with a slightly lingering bitterness that lends itself to an almost tea-like description. Flavor is a little bland/light for my tastes in this style. Body is medium to full with a brisk carbonation that adds a tad bit of astringency to the feel. A tad smoother would be appreciable.

D: Relatively interesting brew--easy to drink, but not bursting with flavor. Tastes almost like an English/American pale ale hybrid to me. Unfortunately, I'm more of an either/or drinker with regard to these two styles. Still, it's a solid beer that I enjoyed and would not hesitate to enjoy again.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- enjoyed at Cathedral Mountain Lodge in Yoho National Park, BC... served up by CBA

A: Quite red... a beautiful copper-amber with red highlights. White, thick head of seafoam. While I probably wouldn't call this much of a "pale" ale, it looks quite nice.

S: Wow, what a nice smelling brew... spruce and woody aromas that are boldened by the wooded surroundings (which likely also play a role in the aroma I get). A soft citrus nose, and a sweet touch of malts.

T: A perfect balance of hops and malt on my palate. Citrus rind flavours, a bit of bark, and a soft earthiness.

M: Smooth and rich... very nice in a pale ale. Soft carbonation, and a bit of a creamy finish, finally finishing nice and clean...

D: An excellent beer... perhaps not exactly 'pale,' as mentioned, but there's no love lost on that. Easy ABV, and great to sip away at outdoors. I will certainly be seeking out more of this.

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Photo of YankChef
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into the curvy SA pint glass

Appearance: Relatively clear and allows a lot of light to pass with no signs of sediment. 1/4 inch thick head that is foamy and leaves some nice lacing. Light brown amber in color.

Smell: Subtle sweet aromas of lychee and some other fruit as well, hops aroma comes through big time and melds with the sweetness to create a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Very... blah. there is a very quick sweetness upfront but this beer is very crisp and finishes slightly bitter and finishes very quickly with all but no after taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is moderate- medium high. Pretty smooth

Overall: A solid beer, very enjoyable and perfect as a session choice with outstandingly high drinkability, I got this for 5 bucks for one 12 oz bottle.... at that price stay away. 5 Bucks a six pack would look much much more appealing. I think this stuff might be old...

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Photo of demcorhip
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking pale ale. Deep amber in colour, nice beige head, almost two fingers worth, with decent retention despite a very mild amount of finely bubbling carbonation. Already leaving some intricate sticky webs of lace as the head recedes.

Some apricot fruitiness greets the nose, a touch of honey, as well as the aroma of whole grain crusty bread. A touch of orange pekoe tea as well as an interesting earthiness, perhaps from the hops or the minerals present in the water.

A tasty pale ale, malts and esters as in the nose, with a decent level of clean tasting bitterness at the finish with a slight lemony quality to it. Not hopped with high alpha acid aromatic C-hops, but a solid level of bitterness nonetheless, which does a great job of counterbalancing the tasty malts.

Have yet to be disappointed by this fine brewery. A solid, medium bodied ale, nice malt to hop balance, and quite mildly carbonated. Mildly astringent with a tea like quality.

A very drinkable, sessionable ale that is a great example of a pale ale, no matter what side of the pond one happens to be on. Tasty and simply elegant enough for the adventurous, while toned down enough to be a great introduction to the wonders of craft brewing. Will definitely be purchasing again, and enjoying more than a few bottles of this tasty brew this summer, as well as every other summer to come. Highly recommended to afficionados of the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be available in Atlanta years ago. Glad to see it back in the market. Pours a somewhat dark golden with a nice head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some laing as well. Smells a bit grainy, slightly sweet, and with some light citrusy and floral hop aromas. Nicely balanced. The taste is also very nicely balanced. Just enough malt to give a very slightly sweet edge, just enough hops to balance the malt, and just thick and solid enough to support the predominant flavors A well made, somewhat simple tasty balanced beer. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of everetends
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful dark orange. Had a nice head that goes down to a nice ring that creates some nice lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up to the top. Good to look at.

S: A little lacking. Has some hops coming through with a little more sweet fruit.

T: The fruit hits you first. Subtle banana, apple and sweet peach. Then a nice hop flavor with a touch of wood. has a good malt backbone with a touch of caramel. Very nice.

M: A good amount of carbonation makes this beer very refreshing. Does not coat the mouth. Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice.

D: This makes for a good hot weather beer. Very cooling and refreshing. I ended up with more of them than I wanted, but now I am happy about that. Very nice.

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Photo of Taffle
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was amber orange with a mild haze through the glass. The head was creamy rich, lacing and coating the edges on every swril.

Light floral scent paired with fruit and malty notes.

A soft, creamy texture gives way to malt and sweet fruit. A zesty, hoppy highness follows intensifying the tongue. The flavors linger and dance in your mouth.

Suculent smooth and medium bodied. A satisfying mouthfeel for a pale ale.

One of the best pales ales in my opinion. Really lively flavors balanced with a savory feel.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a one finger white head that slowly falls to a thin surface foam. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness easily rises from the glass.

Taste: solid malt base with red apples, plums, caramel, and a nice balancing bitterness. There is a hint of breadiness here too.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors linger for a minute or so.

Drinkability: easy to quaff. Solid pale ale that can be a nice session ale. Pick some of this up.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper to red colored ale with a good tan colored head.

Interesting smell I am picking up lots of fruitiness and a banana aroma. Fruity like a steam beer with a second layer of British style hops and herbal scent. Grassy hop scent this seems to lack citrus and pine that you would expect from an APA.

Taste starts out woody and fruity in the mouth with a sweet and woody aftertaste. Pretty much stays the same through out the whole glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a lot of subtlety here just a good straight ale that REALLY tastes like a California Steam beer which is a Pale Ale but is considered separate from the APA style. A good California Steam beer and really easy to drink.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a still copper-orange with a thin, frothy milk head that leaves some creamy lacing. Smells of toasty, biscuity malts with a touch of citrus hops. Kind of weak in the nose. Taste is a mix of light caramel, nuts, grapefruit oil, and cracker-like malt. Finishes a bit bitter and quite dry overall. The bitterness is a little muddy and the finish has a seltzer feel. Mouthfeel is light and a bit prickly on the tongue. The drinkability is solid. Not the greatest beer, but I wouldn't mind having this as my local micro.

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Photo of santa109
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 46 degrees. Best before date on the bottle: June 30th, 2008.

A: Poured an orangey amber with 2 fingers of thick bubbly off-white head into a pint. Lively looking head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing throughout the drinking session. The head also doesn't fully go away as a thick ring forms along the glass and a thicker than average film sticks around all along capturing some big bubbles.

S: Very nice aroma of grapefruit, citrus and pine from the hops. A underlining bready sweetness is also present.

T: Initial malt sweetness that quickly cedes to a controlled grapefruit, citrus twang from the hops. Once swallowed, a brief malt revival occurs with some bread type of taste and then it yields to a slightly pungent lingering aftertaste of hops. Very nice balance going back and forth in this one.

M: Tingling mouthfeel due to the carbonation which really helps to push the full hop flavors through. Slightly sticky feel that leaves a dry finish.

D: Another area where this beer shines. The balance between the flavors makes this a highly sessionable beer.

Overall, a superior APA due to its balance. Especially enjoyable outside in the warmth of the summer.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. nice rich, dark copper color with an off-white head. fair to low retention. fair lacing if any. not sure why it says blonde on the bottle.

S: nice crystal malt aroma, decent hop characteristics as well. I am picking up some fruity aromas as well. mostly peach and apricot.

T: definitely crystal malts up front. some metallic tones. a decent hop flavor. this tastes like an APA.

M: very crisp mouthfeel. clean and smooth palate. good carbonation level.

D: very nice for the style. nice solid pale ale but not outstanding. worthy of a try if you like APAs.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber orange rind. Great two finger head right after the pour that slowly recedes to a thick rng and film. The aroma is resiny hops mlded with Belgian bread. Fisrt sip is a little sweet on th toasty malts. Almost Belgiany. The dry malts and tangy citrus develop halfway through the tongue. Giving a breezey palate and spongey texture. Great to have one after nother. Need to find this on tap.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a cireamy white, thin, head that leaves trailing lacing with some stickage.

The smell is of some caramel, a touch of wood, some fruit (citric) zest.

The taste is of caramel with pale malt. Some mild citric tone - zesty - orange/lemon finish.

Medium carbonation - light-to-medium bodied.

Mild, a bit "old-school" APA - malty with some citric notes - mild - leans towards the malt. Dirnkable, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz single bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this company's oatmeal stout, which was a good, light representation of the style...
As far as an American Pale Ale is concerned, this was a top-notch depiction of the style, bursting with a strong, wheat, and grain aroma and similar thick, yet light and rich flavors...
So far, both samples that I've tried from McAuslan have been great, so I definitely think this is a promising brewery from Canada (finally something other than Unibroue)...
Good taste, replete with caramel and vanilla nuances along with a rich mouthfeel and excellent level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, formed a 1" beige head above the clear amber brew. Pillowy head falls sedately, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with ample pine and citrus tang. Taste follows the nose, well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good as well. Overall a pleasing beer, would be glad to have this one again.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since the last time I had a pale ale, stupid considering this simple style is a favourite.

Had on top. Poured into a gold-rimmed McAuslan pint glass in a fairly dim pub this beer looked pretty great. Not particularly "pale" the beer is a fairly deep amber with lively orange highlights. A lovely thick head that lasts till the last sip and leaves excellent markings.

Lively southern fruit on the nose with a hint of very light caramel. Floral hops possibly.

Nice sweet malt. Apricot and peaches, hints of caramel honey (I bought a jar from a farmer once, good stuff). Malt also has its grainy side. Hops are somewhat astringent and sharp in the finish, but pleasant overall.

No issues with the mouthfeel. It was an easy-drinking, perfectly carbonated pale.

Really enjoyed these (all 7 of them). A great session ale.

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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