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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Yoonisaykul on 07-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
174
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
18.9%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 174
Photo of hopsolutely
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not the beer for which I'd hoped from a brewery that I respect so much. Bottle picked up in Montreal this morning.

A good looking beer with an excellent hop-forward aroma and a nice malt backbone. But the flavour is not as well balanced, and is missing the citrus and tropical fruit elements that are more present in the aroma. It has an impressively bitter finish, almost sharp, but starts with a surprisingly sweet caramelized malt base and the transition is not as smooth as I'd choose.

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Photo of SebD
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a beautiful golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, floral/grassy hops and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready malts, some caramel, alot of grassy hops, some floral notes and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a hazy orangish-gold with a creamy white inch of head. Good retention; excellent spider web-like lacing.

S:
Malty sweet hop aromas with some citrusy/green apple aromas and a soapy twang.

T:
Strong, sweet, juicy hops. Tinge of medicinal bitterness at the end. Green apples and biscuity malt flavors abound.

M:
Medium (bordering on light) body with soft carbonation; fairly creamy.

O:
Not a bad IPA, but far from my favorite. The hop flavor comes through good but is a little too sweet for my tastes. Fine looking, though and it drinks nice. Would have again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 341ml bottle to a shaker

A: Perhaps a tad darker then straw. Close to blonde. One finger of head with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Fresh cut grass and citrusy fruit.

T: Grassy and citrusy fruits are dominant in the beer and are very pleasing and well done. Grapefruit is very present. Small amounts of sweet malts are also available. The beer is pretty balanced and easily drinkable. Bitterness is maybe a bit low for what I'm used to in an ipa too. Perhaps a bit of spicy hops as well.

M: Carbonation might be a bit low for my liking but its okay and doesn't make the beer too filling.

O: Pretty decent beer overall. Nothing astounding but it was a good experience and I enjoyed it.

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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 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 Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally had this at some cool restaurant in Quebec city. The missus and I wanted to get some good food, and to my surprise, they had this on tap. It was really nice on tap, so I bought a few bottles from the supermarket down the road. Quality.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a good wisp. A splotchy wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, with some nice honeydew melon as well. Watermellon and a hint of cantelope as well. Pretty fruity and nice for sure.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Pale malts, caramel flavors, and lots of fruity stuff all over the place. Watermellon, cantelope and honeydew melon with some floral bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste of caramel, melon sweetness and a nice floral bitterness. Quite good really.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Solid feel.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. This is a nice English style IPA with a solid American twist. Glad I ran into this one and was able to get some at the shop down the road. Will have to look for this one again if I'm in La Belle Province again next year. Quebec is always so lovely. Cheers!

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Photo of peensteen
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep orange colour, just under a finger of white head, some decent lace as well. Smell is malty and bready, earthy grassy hop, caramel and toffee and a light hint of lemony citrus as well. Taste is big and bready, light butter and floral hops, bitterness rolls in mid palate and is quite drying, citrus, finishes lightly sweet and malty. Medium body, medium carbonation. Not a bad english IPA but not something I will actively seek out again, would probably order this if I saw it on tap somewhere though, 6.2% ABV well hidden.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange color. The frothy head lasts a long time and musters up a good amount of foam on the glass. Earthy, woody Goldings hops fill the nose, with a mineral edge and a good dose of bready malts. The taste is the same earthy hops and chewy, doughy malts mixed with a light diacytel buttery element. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation and medium bodied. The finish is lightly bitter and malty.

A very nice example of an English IPA. No punches are pulled in the hop department like many examples of the style. I recommend this.

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

From a 341 ml brown bottle, out of a 4-pack. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, with a tall loose creamy white head that retains well and slowly settles.

Bready, biscuity malt on the nose, with some cakey malt sweetness, accompanied by pleasant floral and herbal hops, touches of orange.

Nice balance found in the flavour. Starts off with bready, cakey malt, quickly joined by mild yet abundant herbal and grassy hops that tend to dominate the rest of the way, yet never overpower. Some spicy hops near the finish and into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, somewhat slippery texture with a rather assertive amount of carbonation.

Enjoyable take on the English IPA variety, great balance between the malt and hops, and equally impressive refinement behind the hop presence itself. Another solid offering from McAuslan.

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Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold amber with over a finger of head that leaves some lace behind.

Smell. Honey, earthy hops, peaches and grapefruit with some light toasted grains.

Taste. Really herby hops, some sweet light grains and a little citrus. Pretty dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A well made ipa, just not a big fan of the hops being used.

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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 tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Black Tomato. From notes.

A - Poured a golden straw colour with minimal visible carbonation. Bright. One finger of white head leaves sticky rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Earthy with citrus in the form of peach and grapefruit, and lot's of grassy notes.

T - Grassy hops with peach that is quite strong and some grapefruit. Candied fruits and biscuity malts.

M - Nice tingly and refreshing carbonation. Lightish body with a nice gripping bitterness.

O/D - A very sessionable IPA. Lacking in body but nice flavours come together to make this a good offering.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Nice golden colour. Not much of a head, but it did leave some nice lacing.

S- Citrussy hops with some grassy notes.

T- Nice hops flavour and not overdone. Grapefruit bitterness with some floral and grassy notes. Malt a bit weak but nice with a very faint touch of caramel. I prefer a stronger middle. Mild aftertaste which was very pleasant for a fairly hoppy beer.

MF- Fairly light bodied, crisp and very thirst quenching.

D- Very easy drinking. Would be a nice beer to take in the heat.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumped to get this from my western BA pal.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper colour, finger of big bubbled head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet lemon iced tea citrus notes and a touch of musty caramel. Reminds me of Nestea.

T - Musty leafy green hop notes and a bitter citrus flavour that is less sweet than implied by the nose. Bready caramel lingers on the palette alongside a touch of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, though a tad prickly going down and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty rendition but could easily step it up a notch on the hop side. Satisfying nonetheless, and it would be nice to see if they'll release a DIPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 341ml bottle...

A - Looks similar to a typical American IPA; light amber in colour, slightly hazy, the head is nice and fluffy and its retention is quite good.

S - Very fruity nose. Apple, peach, maybe pear or plum, and some ripe oranges. Also malty, with hints of toffee and bread. To some extent it smells similar to an English IPA or an ESB.

T - Starts out very juicy and fruity, with lots of orange, peach, and apple notes. Then you get that smooth bready sweetness, thanks to the crystal malts. Bitterness can be felt throughout, but it is particularly noticeable in the after-taste, blending well with lingering fruitiness. I was impressed by the intenseness of the aromatic hop profile of this beer and by the lovely balance between fruity, bitter and sweet.

M - Lighter-than-medium body to the beer. Medium level of carbonation. I could also feel the hop oils on the palate. Virtually no taste of alcohol. Fairly strong bitterness.

O - I'm loving what the folks at McAuslan have done with the style. It's not an American IPA, yet it isn't quite an English IPA either! Strong on the aromatic side, not too intense on the bitter side. I hope this sticks around the few shops it's sold at! I'm getting myself another 4-pack!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I was waiting on this one! Finally got a bottle...

Copper color. Slightly veiled. Nice white foamy and creamy head. Wow when pouring the beer the hops aroma hits you nicely. Hoppy and caramel malts in the nose. Well balanced. Delightful. Citrus hops note in the nose. Some grapefruits in the nose... very light.

On the taste, fruity. The bitterness is light. For some, it might be bad... but I think it is very good. Different. Caramel malts are dominating. Delicious. Easy to drink. Refreshing. A nice beer from McAuslan.

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Photo of Long813
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S: Loads of bready malts and hops. Some citrus notes, but not to strong.

T: Following the aroma, there is loads of earthy hops mixed with a balanced breadiness. Hard to pick out any fruitiness here.

M: Medium-light bodied with loads of carbonation. The texture was froathy and left a very bitter aftertaste that lingered for ages. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O: Good brew, pleasing and tasteful, but I felt the carbonation could be toned as well as have some more malt character.

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

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 10/9/11

A clear golden orange with lots of bubbles feeding a thumbs width of soapy foam that hangs around foe a couple minuets Leaving a few patches of lace

S biscuit with some toffee and butterscotch with faint tropical fruit

T mimics the smell quite well but the flavors are stronger, I get a little rind and some leafy, herbal, earthy hops

M quite slick and well carbonated, flavors linger for a short time, almost too many bubbles as it nearly turns to foam

O decent brew but nothing amazing, easy enough to drink but I'm glad I have 4 opposed to 6

English style for sure but I'm surprised this one has got so little love from BA's because I liked it

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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 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.

HV

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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 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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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.
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