St-Ambroise India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
196 Ratings
St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,059
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
196
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by guezarka:
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4/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of Poljazz22
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.

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jack77
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LDuke
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent bubbly wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of biscuity, bready malt, mild citrus, and earthy/grassy hops. The taste is bitter herbal, spicy floral hops up front, really lording it over the lesser pale malts, with a little acerbic aged lemon tossed in for good measure, and the extra alcohol is well-obfuscated. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough. It finishes with a still-strong hoppy edge, emphasis on the edge - it borders on the metallic.

Definitely English in style, but it seems a little too one-dimensional, and not in any forgivable direction.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Volo, IPA day. No aroma even after warms, creaminess to mouthfeel. Some bitterness, yes I am judging against an American IPA. Some spider lace. Sweetishness to it, even sugar. A little colour in the body. Would not seek out again, and not a good IPA even by English standards. OK drinkability if hot and thirsty.

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Photo of jcubz
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Tarheel219
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juliendesrochers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got a hold of this.
Kind of disappointed it's not an AmericanIPA but whatever, as long as it's good.
Last bottle of the four-pack into Lucky Kat pint.

A- Beautiful deep, but crystal clear gold. Slightest yellow tint to the chewy head.

S- Smells delicious but a little muted. Different kinds of melon honeydew especially. Not the typical citrus and pine hop aromas I'm used to.

T- Grassy bitterness right up front. Just enough sweetness as well as a perfect amount of alcohol when aerating. After-taste is quite grassy as well.

M- Great feel here. Medium but robust body and carbonation. Crisp, and it all foams up and leaves quite dry.

O- A very good beer but I don't think it'll manage to infiltrate amrkets other than Quebec's. I'd be quite interested to try a side by side with the Pale Ale to see how close they are. I'm finding lots of similarities.

Better than most bottled IPAs in Quebec but come on McAuslan, a lil' more effort.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a tulip, nearly clear copper, tall off white head, retained well with random sticky lacing
S - strong earthy, piney, and some perfume, along with some caramel on the finish
T - very earthy hops with hints of grapefruit and perfume, a strange spice mix, with a mild caramel maltiness
M - light to medium body, spicy with a slight nostril sting, faint bitterness
O - happy to see more McAuslan offering in Calgary, especially and IPA, nothing over the top but it is very aromatic and flavourful, a nice addition to a fine lineup

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Photo of LanceH
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jtnord
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwa357
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eat
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, filtered-looking honey-coloured body with a good finger of white head, leaving some lacing behind.

The nose shows tropical and citrus fruits: lemon-lime, guava, pineapple. Sweet malt and light minerals. Could be more present.

There's a solid similarity to their pale ale here, though this one is distinctly an IPA. Very well balanced in spite of a moderately-high bitterness. The hops present earthy, herbal and citrus notes and are contrasted against an adequate malt base. Alcohol is pretty noticeable for its 6.2% ABV but it works here, blending in with the hops.

I'm not totally sold on the feel, it's on the light side for my liking. Carbonation is moderate.

I think this one seems to fit in with a good many other IPAs I've had from this country; Canadian brewers overall seem to have stylistic preferences distinct from either English or American brewers when it comes to the IPA, lying somewhere in the middle of the two (somewhat appropriately, it could be said). I'm not going to lie: I was hoping for something a little more impressive than this. Quality-wise, this one doesn't sit alongside their pale ale or stouts. That said, it is a decent offering, fairly drinkable and one of the best IPAs currently available in bottles in Quebec.

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Photo of Coombaron
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone pretty quick. Dark gold and clear.

S- Pretty good. There is a goodly amount of hops here.

T- Pretty good here too. Nice and light while having that hop bite

M- Nice and dry.

O- A pretty good brew. Will try again to break it up once in a while

Food Pairing

This nice beer went well with...... Roast Chicken

Enjoy

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus. Taste is well balanced citrus hops and caramel malts, light bitterness at the finish, glass is becoming empty quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer and a good thirst quencher.

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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