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:
#31,097
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
196
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 67
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 yancot
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Simon212
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of ELS
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
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 PJT
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzik
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of binno
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of StomachUlcers
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 theDuck
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Supergenou
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -10.6%
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 toddsschneider
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevofficiel
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.8%
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 Beer21
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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