St-Ambroise India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise India Pale AleSt-Ambroise India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 damndirtyape
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ELS
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this beer at a restaurant called Holder in Montreal. Limited tap list so when the waiter said IPA I said ok. Beer came in a pint glass with no head. I don't know if it was due to sitting at the bar for awhile. Smelled almost no hops but it did smell a little floral. Tasted a little floral with no hop bite. A little orange and honey on the back end. It wasn't a bad taste but knowing I was going to Vermont in 2 days to drink some of the best IPAs in the country I wasn't giving this beer any breaks. It went down fairly easily but again the mouthfeel was average. I realized this was more of an English Style IPA but I'm not buying it. Overall, I'll pass on this beer if I ever see it again which is unlikely.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lingers around.

Smell: caramel and earthy tones hit the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, some earthy flavors, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touch dry late.

Overall: a very easy to drink English style IPA that is a nice changeup form the grapefruit laden hop bombs.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 473 ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance - poured murky amber with 2 and a half fingers of extremely creamy head. not too much carbonation but the head lasted awhile.

Aroma - first came of with a caramel crackery type malt then some citrusy hops and some pine.

Taste - those sweet malts seem to come first followed by some orange and lemon with some pine bitterness. aftertaste of bread.

Mouth feel - light body with minimal creamy carbonation. and a light bitterness hanging around in the back of your mouth.

Overall - This was a half decent brew but it didn't have that wow factor a lot of ipas do. I'd happily drink it again but I wont hunt for it like i would their oatmeal stout.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy amber color with a strong amount of activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with some very good legs.

Smell of caramel biscuit and citrus. Flavors of orange, lemon, caramel, burnt sugar, grains, pine, ester, herbal spices. Grassy and piney hops with a roasted malt breadiness. Balanced mix of all flavors, but a little faint.

Light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light to medium strength finish of moderate length, ending with a strong piney tongue coat, a little hoppy and malty.

Overall this is a decent craft offering good flavors that are a little too faint, and a weak body and smell. Lacking some freshness being a little flat with a boozy and diacetyl feel. Although well balanced, it has almost no real personality.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing. Got it in an can 2 for 5 dollars here in Montreal Quebec.

So the look of it: Clear Amber Yellow golden color with medium carbonation. 1 finger of white head.

The smell of it: Orange-citrus Caramel malt also is there. It is not that strong, this smell is smooth, fruity, complexe at the same time. Very nice for an IPA !

The taste of it: Like herbal hops , with a touch of orange and citrus like the smell. Feels watery for a 6,2%ABV. Goes down really easy. The hops are there but much less present compare to over like American IPA. The caramel is on the aftertaste. I will definitely drink it again. One of my favorite IPA so far...

So overall would I recommend ? In one word, YES !

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy off white head that died down, leaving specks of lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and herbal hops. Some toasted malts become noticeable in the smell as the beer starts to warm up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted hops along with notes of herbal hops and hints of citrus hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer Is relatively easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, must have when in town. Floral, some citrus in the hops, with alcohol bringing a neat texture to the beer. Amber body and lacing white head to capitalize on the beer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Orangey amber with a modest foam in the big Duvel tulip. The aroma is pretty insignificant. Pleasant spritzy mouthfeel.

Bitter and tingly. There is just a touch of plum or pear, but mostly it is resiny bitterness. The slight malty sweetness is welcome and the fruity hints are promising, but... As you sip this just gets more bitter and medicinal. Very bitter finish that gets its teeth into you.

I"d say the hoppy brews from McAuslan are not their best, at least by the current standards of delicious fruity West Coast hop bombs. From the 341 ml screw-cap bottle purchased at a BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange amber. One inch of head formed by large bubbles. Some carbonation. Good lacing with retention.

The aroma is not what you would expect of an American IPA. It is not totally citrus. There is malt aroma in there too. Lemon bread. Cold steel.

There are the hops. Citrus taste - grapefruit. Sharp generic bitterness then carmel malt with bread. Ends with grassy bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel. Nothing special.

Well balanced IPA that showcases two distinctly different hops flavours. But the aroma was weak compared to the taste. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

IPAs are a funny thing to try to colour code. Back in the day, anything paler than brown would have been considered "pale" and ales, even at their clearest, were still murky. St. Ambroise IPA is hazy but transparent, its golden-amber tone relatively light even for a modern rendition.

The aroma combines leafiness and (lightly vegetal) earthiness in such a way that is almost reminiscent of that classic English dish: minted peas. Of course, the sweetness of the malts is too prominent to let hops take over completely, but the aroma is certainly pungent.

St. Ambroise IPA has gin-worthy citrus and herbal components. Indeed, the taste could pass for some kind of snake oil remedy, a bitter-to-swallow, kitchen sink concoction of botanicals that includes flavours of steamed leafy greens, pine resins, tree bark, flower petals, and citrus skins.

It may taste like something prescribed by a holistic Native American pharmacist, but it drinks far easier and more pleasant than I've let on. Beyond the weedy astringency lay, maybe not mountains, but foothills of toffee-laced maltiness that envelop every decimal of the 6.2% alcohol.

St. Ambroise's is the kind of IPA to make traditional British brewers proud. As far as those types go this a reasonably bold example, and if weedy, bitter, leafy herbals rock your boat, then it's not to be missed. For me, however, the six pack was, truthfully, an effort to get through. A well made IPA, it's just not often with this style I'm in the mood for plum fruit over grapefruit.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber with a big, loose head, some lacing on the glass. Nose is floral, some fruit. Typically bitter and herbal, a bit of a piney and spicy edge. A little bit on the sweet side. Finishes bitter and a bit hot. Slick mouthfeel. For me, it's a bit harsh overall. I prefer a bit more of that resinous hop rather than the flatter bitterness of this one.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Overall this was underwhelming, maybe because the IPA I had the day before this was out of this world. Medium gold colour, very clear with good lacing. Aroma has a dry grapefruit note, with earthy spice, dry english hops are noticeable, with a bready maltiness. Taste had a hoppy start with floral and citrus notes that faded to be more grainy and bready. Some lemon and slight earthy spice notes, then a bready and clean finish, mod/light bitterness, with initial sharpness that fades out. Drinkability is good for sure, but it lacks the vibrancy, complexity and forward nature I would like to come out a bit more. Certainly a decently tasty IPA but there are better examples, I would have this again but hopefully on draft (review here was a can from the LCBO).

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Photo of Trillium
5/5  rDev +37%

Excellent beer! Aroma of the hops explodes on the nose. Very pleasant, with an almost floral like fragrance. Slight haze, but to be expected for an IPA. Slight sweet flavour, but leaves the tounge dry. Very dry. Bitterness comes through in the finish, but does not taste as bitter as the 56 IBU on the can and is not harsh like some other examples of this style. Bitterness disappeared quickly. I found this to be an easy drinking IPA. Very nice lacing on the glass from first gulp to the last. Top class example of this style.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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


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Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; canned Sept 12 2014. Quebec might not be known for its IPAs, but McAuslan has not yet steered me wrong - so I'm still pumped to try this hopped ale from one of my favourite QC brewers. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with just under two fingers of soapy white head. Decent retention; it slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so, leaving plenty of messy lace behind as it is reduced to a frothy collar and wispy cap. The aroma consists of a mixture of toffee malt sweetness, floral hops, and subdued citrus notes. Straightforward, but suitable for the style.

Not an exciting beer, but a proper English IPA, for sure. Caramel and toffee sweetness characterize the malt backbone, providing a sturdy platform the combination of floral, grassy, orange-citrusy hops which sum up the latter half of the flavour profile. Some light floral bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, with a hint of citrus; both fade gradually from the palate. Medium-bodied, with a moderate bite from the carbonation that provides this brew with a somewhat crisp, fulfilling feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 3.93, an impressive B+. Despite the fact that it uses several North American hop strains, St-Ambroise IPA is not geared toward American IPA fans. The strongly floral qualities, prominent malt presence and (relatively) balanced nature of this beer place it firmly in English IPA territory - and it's a pretty good one, at that. This is a worthwhile, traditional IPA that would make for an excellent introduction to the style - definitely a solid strong ale that I'd consider purchasing again, if it were available locally.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Purchased for about $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - clear copper coloured beer, topped off by over a finger of white head with decent retention. A few bubbles rise to the surface and minimal curtain lacing left behind.

Smell - heavy dose of earthy aromas, a mild twinge of citrus mixed in, rather floral throughout like fresh flowers in spring.

Taste - strikingly similar to the nose, with that subdued bitter flavor, with just a hint of citrus, an underlying earthy flavor and some floral tastes. Works pretty well.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - a decently well executed English IPA, but if you don't love the flowery aspect of this beer, it may not be the one for you. Would rather drink their pale ale on a regular basis. It's not bad, it's just after so many great beers from this brewery, it just doesn't quite live up to the rest of the lineup. I guess this shows that even great brewers can't have a perfect lineup.

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Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a deep dark clear golden color with a short lived creamy white head.

Im getting a malty spicy hoppy smell.....not a grapefruit hop mind you which is different.

Very spicy hop bitterness...very slight malt profile. This is a more traditional ipa.....a little different than the norm now adays. So good.

Mouthfeel is good and on point with the abv.

Overall this is very good. I would love to be able to get this on the regular.

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Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

On tap at National on 10th in Cowtown.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with one finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - soapy hops, caramel malts, toffee sweetness

Taste - soapy hops followed by the the caramel malts and toffee sweetness. This one is very malt forward.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness from the malts.

Overall - A "ho-hum" English IPA. I was expecting a little more hop flavour to balance out the malts as I found this brew to be very malt forward. A little tweak to add more hops to this will make this a winner in the EIPA world.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan Brewing 'St.Ambroise IPA' @ 6.2% , served from a couple of 473 ml cans purchased for $2.25 each

A-pour is gold from the can to glass with a small off-white head leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-distinct east coast hop's

T-clean & crisp , tasty

MF-ok/low carbonation , big medium body

Ov-surprisingly good beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orangey gold with rapidly dissipating white head.

Smell: Grassy hops, floral notes. Earthy. Smells like summer.

Taste: More grassy hops, lots of 'em. Malts and hops remain decently balanced however. A tiny tiny hint of fruit juice-like sweetness up front rapidly transitions to a lingering bitterness that becomes a bit astringent in the finish. Some caramel-like undercurrent throughout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly peppy, but a bit watery for my tastes.

Overall: IPAs are admittedly not my favourite style, but this was still pretty good, and a perfectly respectable beer. Not as nice as some of McAuslan's other offerings, but still very solid. It's just missing a little something.

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Photo of BeerLaw
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: IPA
Poured from a 375ml bottle bought here in PEI in a variety pack.

Appearance: Light with slight amber. White head with fairly large bubbles

Smell: Very grassy and earthy. Smells like cascade hops - must be dry hopped with it, and likely added at the end of the boil (sure enough their website says it has Chinook, Golding and Cascade).

Mouthfeel: medium low mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Slight creamy. 6.2% very well hidden.

Taste: Fairly good for an IPA. Not too hoppy/bitter to the point the malt cannot carry it. But it is much too grassy of a taste to me (too much cascade hops?). A bit astringent.

I love that I was able to drink a beer with a ton of cascade (its been a while)- so I definitely learned something drinking this. Must admit I don't like the hop much though - just far too grassy.

Quite good for an IPA but not the best I've had.

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