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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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 183
Photo of JG_brew
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 341ml bottle.

I was expecting a hoppy beer and i didnt really get much hoppiness. Due to the giant hop nuggets on the label i was waiting for a bitterness hit or even some nice aroma that never came. It's definately an english style IPA and probably true to an "old fashion" english IPA as oppose to an American IPA of todays standard. More just an expectation and marketing issue for me.

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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshness dating on the bottle does not seem to follow the documented format and it G1311. July 13, 2011?

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured a light amber colour. Translucent with one finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Not an overly strong nose. Some bitterness is evident up front along with a good caramel malt sweetness. Some floral and earthy notes come through as well.

T - Very sweet initially with a lot of caramel malt flavours coming through and dominating the palate. A decent hop bitterness is present as well with some floral and earthy notes evident.

M - Medium body with a bit of a chew and light to moderate carbonation.

O - Very average IPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

since this came out of the newly arrived Winter mixed 12 pack you would think it would be reasonably fresh tasting but I detected slightly cardboard notes in the finish which ruined the beer for me as the hop levels are not that high in this IPA( more English than PNW). The beer seemed to lack focus which is strange considering how great the Pale Ale is for the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Crystal clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige/off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, faint oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. There is also a very light orange/citrus type flavour. The beer finishes with a dry bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - This beer kind of has a taste all it's own. It's like an English IPA meets an east coast IPA. There is actually quite a bit of hop bitterness, but it's very one dimension. It's unbalanced and not something that I would buy again, especially with beers like Mad Tom, Smashbomb, Crazy Canuck available to me nearby.

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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 mmurphy525
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle and served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber/orange color with about a finger of off white head that dissipates to a thin layer of head that remains until the last mouthful.

Up front is grass/earth notes, followed by juicy citrus fruits, and some banana and mango.

The taste, as with the smell starts with the earth notes but is mixed with some bready characters. Again there is orange and grapefruit notes throughout. Right near then end, just before the mild hop bitterness, there is a nice banana mango flavour combo – probably the highlight of the flavour profile for me.

As is the theme of this beer the mouth feel is light and mild, taking on a little bit of a creamy texture as it passes through the mouth.

There is nothing that jumps out and screams at you with this one. It is just an average, refreshing, light to mild IPA. This is simply a good light IPA with mild bitterness that would be good to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral hops, fruity confectionery, toffee, diacetyl notes. Not particularly hoppy.
More diacetyl as a flavour along with some spicy hops, light sweet malt and a sharp but plain bitter finish.
Carbonation seems a bit full on.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 papat444
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last night with some chicken burgers.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled July 13, 2011.

Appearance: The head is an off-white color, very generous and sticks around for awhile @ 3-4 fingers. Body is a clear, pale gold. Wish it were a bit hazy.

Smell: Dry hoppiness, resiny a bit with more malt than hops for aroma.

Taste: A bit of a hop bite but more in the aftertaste. Piney with some citrus fruit. Biscuity as it warms with a slightly more aggressive edge.

Mouthfeel: Dry a bit but not overly so. The bitterness seems more of an afterthought though it is there. The body lacks IMO. Not quite a strong one.

Overall: Certainly not bad but i would have hoped for a more intense IPA, especially since they did so well with their RIS. Worth trying before moving on to better IPAs.

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

Was interested to try this one. Beer was light golden in colour, looked rather like a lager. A small but frothy white head. Not particularly exciting.

I got almost no smell from this beer. I do find that draught beer is often less pungent than bottled beer, but I really couldn't detect almost anything on this beer. Mild to an extreme. Nothing unpleasant, just very little going on.

A hint of pine-flavoured hops at the outset of the taste, with a very mild bitterness. Some caramelly malt is present as well. A mild bitter aftertaste is present as well. The beer is very balanced, but part of that balance comes from the fact that both the hop and malt flavours are quite mild. For me, it lacked the rich malt flavours of a good English IPA, but certainly does not have the hop presence of an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is decent- medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels fairly good.

Overall, a disappointment. I was interested to try this one, but didn't find it to be particularly enjoyable. I spent too much of this pint wondering looking forward to having something else.

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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
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gambrinus in London, Ontario.

Pale golden with a persistent white head, and leaves incredible lacing as it recedes. Aromas are somewhat weak, but present grassy hops, a bit of citrus, and moderate malt. Flavours are very nice but restrained; more citrus and grassy hops, enough malt for balance. This one isn't going to blow you away, but is a slolid, well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 341ml bottle.

Appearance is nice golden orange with lots of carbonation and a couple finger widths of head.

Smell is less hoppy than I expected, although for an English IPA this makes sense. More of a bready smell to it, but quite gentle.

Taste is bready, herby, and a little citrus, with a really dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall a solid English style IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry English hops is pleasant though not spectacular. Taste is a nice mix between a lightly sweet caramel malt base and English dry hops with light bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very drinkable with limited complexity.

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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 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 fostachild
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, light orange/medium yellow golden color. a bit of foamy white head.

you really have to dig for the smell but it was different and quite nice. fruity, sweet malt, hops in there too.

taste was decent but i found it to be very heavy on the malt. there were noticeable grassy/piney undertones but still could have been a bit more hoppy in my opinion. good drinkability and well carbonated.

this beer was by no means bad but i don't think i'll be revisiting it any time soon.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 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 liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 341ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered dark orange with a white head. Decent lacing and mild retention. Nose is bready, lost of caramel and earthy malt qualities. Grassy and herbal hops notes. Taste has some bitter citrus and herbal hops, citrus rinds and less malt than the nose led on. Bready with sweeter caramel notes again. A bit earthy and leafy. Herbal bitterness linger. A tad lighter than medium body, and decent medium carbonation. I've had better for the style, this was OK at best.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice clear golden orange color, white head leaves a decent amount of lace. Carbonation looks soft to me.

S- Could tell this was an English IPA as soon as I opened it. The golding and Willamette really come through, I think it's more earthy than spicy or herbal. I'm also picking up a good amount of sweet malt.

T- The bitterness is fairly strong in the finish. Most of the flavor is in the backend and it's mostly from the hops.

M- Mouthfeel has a good weight, it's slightly sticky and chewy. The carbonation is a little higher than what I thought it would be given the appearance.

O- There's better IPA's out there for sure and this isn't one of McAuslans better brews, but it's kind of growing on me and I think it's approachable for the style.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Premier Wine and Spirits in Halifax.

A-Pours a clear gold with a hint of honey. Lots of fluffy white head and good carbonation lead to great retention and nice sitcky lacing.

S-A little light on the hoppiness. Nice biscuit malt with a good floral hop note.

T-Very nice. Some good maltiness combines with a pleasant bitterness in the middle and finish. More like a pale ale than an IPa but very nice.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

O-Not the best IPA I have ever had, and in some respects a disappointment given the quality of the brewery. But still pleasant to drink while working in my hotel room, watching the NFL season opener.


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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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