St-Ambroise India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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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
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
31
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0
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Photo of LDuke
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VbolieuV
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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 crag
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer had a nice hop presence and the malt was certainly there but what surprised me was the nose and taste of fruit - cherry maybe.

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
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 Jul_dredd
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poirierxgab
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rugene
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cycle69
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McEwen
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimWakimika
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssmack
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +0.8%
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%
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 imfinished
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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