St-Ambroise Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

very good
416 Ratings
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 harpus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jzlyo
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, copper coloured with a cream coloured head (very long-lasting with lots of lace on the sides of the pint glass). The aroma was predominantly floral hops with some caramel and light citrus. The flavour is mostly bitter, and the well-rounded hop bitterness becomes slightly more harsh as the malty sweetness dissipates. The finish is dry and bitter, and it definitely lingers... but that's not a bad thing. Medium/light body with a slight graininess present.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, ample white head arises. Smell is citrusy, some grapefruit, nice and pleasantly hoppy but the malt is still detectable. Taste is malt at the front, citrus in the middle and a clean bitter finish. Nice and dry, smooth mouth, tasty beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark for a Pale Ale but it is a crystal clear amber colour with a billowing off white head with decent head retention.

Aromas are fruity and quite sweet. The fruitiness is not quite fitting into any particular fruit box but it works.

There is big flavour here with lots of hop bitterness, a good dose of fruity hops and a solid malt backbone to hold it all up. There is lots going on here but it is almost up to IPA levels of bitterness. Quite good.

St Ambroise Pale Ale is crisp and refreshing with plenty of carbonation to counter its medium body. A very good mouthfeel.

This is a good beer with lots of flavour but the bitterness is almost overwhelming (and I like bitter beers). A very good beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour deep amber to copper color with an impressive head, frothy in its texture, and the resultant lace a fine covering sheet. Crisp citrus nose, orange peels, sweet malt, fresh and clean, the start sweetly malt, top middling in its feel. Finish strikingly acidic, the hops perky in their bite, dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at Bières & Saveurs in Chambly.

Pours a light orange color. Aroma leans towards more malt than hops. Flavor has a bit more hops but doesn't demarcate itself from the malt profile. Nice citrus flavor though. Used to have more teeth but there are better craft pale ales. Still, nice to have as an alternative to macros in restaurants around Montreal.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pale, hazy amberish orange, that reminded me of a Fuller's but with a paler glow. Has a small white head and web-like lacing that followed in level rings as it lowered. Smell is faint of citrus and sweetness, light and clean. Taste is crisp, clean and smooth, sweet dullish malt with citrusy fruit hop bitterness thats all balanced well leaving a nice bitterly dry sweetness thats very smooth. Very nice and very drinkable, a darn good pale.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-gold with a tight, soapy white head. The malts smell almost German...this smells just like something that I can't put my finger on. Soft, lightly sweet pale fruit, lemon, and sweet bread. Nicely balanced, easy going pale ale flavor. An initial dry maltiness is quickly joined by leafy hop oils and more fruit. Solid, smooth, and a bit crisp...very nice feeling. This is an interesting pale ale worth checking out.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Ambroise Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head, a hazy, copper appearance, with a few bubbles and some floating brown bits, and not much lacing. A grayish cloud descended when I swished the bottom residue and poured it in. The aroma is not to bold, but one picks up toast, sweet brown bread crust, and some caramel. Taste is similar, with an energetic, yet, overall mellow bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is light and watery and slick. St. Ambroise Pale Ale finishes dry, flavorful, and mild. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Check it out!


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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear golden brew, head size and lacing depends on how dirty the glass they serve it to you in is. Aromas of malty bread with a bit of spicy hops, maybe saaz? maybe not! Taste is a bit sweet but balanced nice with the hops and a little chewy from the malts. Mouthfeel remains a bit tepid but ya know it works. Pretty much a nice change of pace from the macro filled slum bars of certain parts of Quebec. You see it on tap everywhere and even the most lame ass bodega probably sells flats of it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but what are you gonna do? Drinkability is decent enough. I'd probably drink this beer exclusively if I was fat, 20 years older, and thought that Crescent street was the best street in Montreal Viva La Sociale Strippers!

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +2%

St-Ambroise Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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