St-Ambroise India Pale Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale
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From:
McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
English IPA
Ranked #53
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,450
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 10.9%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
134
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 18, 2022
Added:
Jul 25, 2011
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  36
SCORE
83
Good
St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale
Notes: McAuslan presents its New World take on the classic IPAs of the 19th-century England. In those days, the beers was brewed extra-strong and generously hopped to help it survive the long journey to India. Inspired by that history and today’s blod American IPAs, we’ve married Cascade and Chinook hops with a subtle blend of malts -anyone who appreciates strong ale will love it. Hop bitterness and malt smoothness: it’s a journey your taste buds will enjoy time and again.
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Rated: 3.53 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.17 by matt_hill from Canada (ON)

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a dusty bronzed copper color with a thin cap of a little white foamy head sliding off subtly. Lots of big messy lace.
The aroma had a stifled grassy to citrusy hoppy crisp appeal rolling into some English malts, somewhat biscuit-like. Touch of herbal/medicinal fruity hop character coming in underneath.
The flavor was moderately malty sweet with some hop tickles of grassy citrusy bittersweetness. Mild aftertaste of biscuits, and grassy citrus herbal blends.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Enough hop harshness was there maintaining a fair bitter composure hitting my tongue. Decent carbonation and the ABV felt appropriate. Definitely a crisp herbal to citrusy finish.
Overall, seems like an American styled IPA trying to also be an English one. I could see myself coming back to if offered.
Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

Oct 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Johnnyrafer from California

Jul 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.3 by kylepod from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by Bhunter0812 from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Like Quebecois bieres. Including this brewer's stout.
A) Pours a clear, dark copper with a finger of sudsy white head with lace galore and decent retention.
S) Ample northern nose of malts, honey, floral herbs and medicine cabinet - a bit of tincture.
T) Follows smell, trending toward an EIPA, but more interesting due to the medicine cabinet features of band-aid, tincture, witch hazel... along with hop bittering, caramel, apple peel, tobacco, sulphur, flint and pine. Complex, and better as it warms.
F) Feel is creamy and smooth, medium-plus bodied and well carbonated.
O) It's an English IPA, well-balanced with my roast chicken and veggies, and any barbecue foods.
Oct 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.15 by SDRedDevil from California

Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
a timeless flavor profile here indicative of the old world meeting the new. with a sturdy english malt built, yeast complexion, and more hop bitterness than flavor, but also with the classic northwestern pine and grapefruit essence, freshness, and spiciness of the well known american hops, and a smooth, balanced taste and feel overall, this is an ipa for those who like them a bit english and forever drinkable. biscuity slightly caramelized crystal type malt overtones in here, but a zippy bitter hoppiness too, it goes back and forth between rich and bready to fresh and citrusy, nice balance and interchange, but decidedly old school overall, it doesnt even taste or smell dry hopped in the now all important area of juiciness, and this has very much been evolved beyond in a lot of ways, but still stands as a monument to ipa as it used to be, when it was an english style, and a lot more malty and bitter than they tend to be these days. these guys are an institution in their part of the world, and its always a joy to try some of their beers. still my favorite from them is the oatmeal stout!
Sep 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by JPadilla from Florida

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by DreamDeath from Canada (NB)

Aug 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by Bitburger from Vermont

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by Tarheel219 from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2017
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Rated by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Nice copper coloured beer with good lace. Hoppy and bitter but tempered with a smooth feel. Good beer.
Jun 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.18 by Jack77 from Georgia

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by kier from Canada (ON)

May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.16 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 16oz can with an indecipherable code stamp on the bottom. Served in a tulip.

Pours a stunningly clear copper-gold with a finger-and-a-half of soft, sudsy white head. Decent retention, a little sticky lacing.

Strong nose of malts, clover honey and medicinal herbs.

Taste is thick and chewy, bready malt with aggressive hop bittering. Burnt toast and caramel, apple peels, orange pith, cigar ends and pine cones. Floral, fruity and earthy.

Feel is creamy and smooth, medium-plus bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, a fine example of an English export-style IPA, well-balanced in the sense that both the malt and bitter dials are cranked all the way over to 10. A little jarring to my NEIPA-acclimated palate, not something I'd be likely to seek out, but it would pair beautifully with fried food.
Apr 27, 2017
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Smooth EIPA. Clear amber colour. Light head. Mild nose, reasonable but not overpowering hoppiness. Medium-high carbonation.
Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.4 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a rocky, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of toasted bread, caramel and grasses. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with a mild grassy bitterness. Crisp and clean.
Dec 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.46 by BigGruntyThirst from Canada (ON)

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by dbauer from California

Nov 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Oct 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Sep 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by DoubleMalt from New York

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Lovely copper color with on off white head.
Smells of sweetness citrus- apple cereal
Tastes pale malt, british hops, some added citrus. Extra hop flavors as final. Goes from malt to bitter- floral.
Quite nice and easy to drink. A delicate carbonation, the ABV is well hidden. The hops linger on and on as a nice final.
Nicely balanced British IPA. More punch than The St-Ambroise Session IPA.
Still not quite as good as Dieu du Ciel Moralité or Le Castor IPA. Worth the $2.50 can I paid.
Aug 05, 2016
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Rated by naciml from Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This a very good IPA.
Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by A-Sox from Rhode Island

Jun 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jtnord from Colorado

Jun 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Jun 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.46 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

May 16, 2016
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle at Brit and Chips in Montreal. Served in a straight wall 10oz glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with a hint of amber. Thin white head with some fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Floral, and quite hoppy for an English IPA. Had some other mild citrus notes like it was trying to be more of an AIPA rather than EIPA.

Taste: Nice hop punch up at the front and at the end of the beer, with some definite pine and citrus notes, but tempered nicely with a good bready malt to counter the bitterness and also some floral/herbal flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, good carbonation, not too sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Went very well with fish and chips, but much more American in style than an English style IPA. Tasty enough, easily drinkable. Solid, but nothing super memorable. Good appearance and clarity though, especially given how often IPAs are getting cloudier and cloudier as the hops get crammed into the beer. This IPA was well balanced, but notably hoppy, and was a pleasure to look at.
Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 4/21/2015. Pours lightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, plum, melon, light pepper, pine, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, plum, melon, light pepper, pine, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pear, apple, plum, melon, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Apr 09, 2016
St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 204 ratings