St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Double India Pale AleSt-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
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From:
McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,494
ABV:
8%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,776
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.18%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
65
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 22, 2022
Added:
Sep 11, 2013
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  14
SCORE
81
Good
St-Ambroise Double India Pale AleSt-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Our master brewer uses the word “intense” to describe St. Ambroise Double India Pale Ale. If you like hops and you like malt, you will love the citrous aromas and the full-bodied taste of this unfiltered St.Ambroise Double India Pale Ale.

77 IBU
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark shade of gold with a large dense head. Hoppy and yeasty on the smell. Boozy and hoppy on the taste. Malty background but the alcohol content overpowers all other tastes. Nicely carbonated. Overall a decent strong beer.
July 21 2022
Jul 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Jun 26, 2022
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Rated by lflotron from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Way to bitter for my taste. The bitterness overpowers all the other flavor.
Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by edthehead from New York

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2,100th review! Best before March 27, 2021. Canning date appears to be November 27, 2020.

Appearance - Most clear amber colored beer with three fingers of dense but fluffy white head. Incredible staying power and forms and odd cap of built up foam on top. This usually only happens with Belgians (think Duvel) and fine German hefeweizens (Weihenstephaner). Some bubbling in the beer and huge swaths of lacing everywhere.

Smell - Perfumey, piney, floral and with lots of malts, definitely a stronger relative to the Pale Ale, there are similarities in the aromatics.

Taste - Heavy handed with the hops, plenty of bitterness, leafy and weedy, some perfumey aspects and the booze is present although reasonably well hidden. Some piney elements but muted. Definitely old-school.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied, creamy, carbonation is on point and slightly astringent on the tongue.

Overall - Not a brew for everyone, but I rather enjoyed this rendition of a DIPA before New England Style was even a thing and back when it was Hop Wars for the biggest baddest IBU's. Not a great beer, but very good and definitely a welcome change from what the balance of the local markets are doing.
Apr 07, 2021
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Rated by AndrewMorash from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A little heavy handed with the hops. Even if named Double IPA. Not my favourite St-Ambroise beer.
Aug 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jan 24, 2020
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Reviewed by bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Well...where to start.
A 16 oz can was $2.79 + dep + tax. . So, relatively cheap for Quebec.
Canned on & BB dates BOTH clearly stamped...so that's impressive.
....the interpolated 35-day recommended shelf life was both surprisingly short, and uniquely transparent.

Pours cloudy copper ,impressive creamy head. Numerous, noticeably large, "plant wood" chunks sink directly to the bottom...never seen that before.
Taste is not nuanced. The hops are all used for bittering...no flavouring of aroma present at all.
This is like being hit with a hop cudgel....no subtlety or style. You like hops? Here!
But I will give some credit.....for 8% abv, not very astringent tasting.

Cheap yes...but not great IPA value for money.
Nov 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by JoebRogers from Canada (QC)

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a large wine glass!
Slightly hazy gold with a good rocky head of foam which eventually settles to about one inch.
Rich aroma of citrus hops and malt, Wonderful!!
A little heavy-handed on the American hops I would have preferred a bit more malt in the background but not horrible.
Good carbonation and a dry finish
It could use more malt for a better body but overall a very good effort!
I'd love to find this on tap!!
Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured from the 500mL can into a tulip glass (as recommended on the can). The beer is a slightly hazy pure orange color with a foamy off-white head with a good amount of lacing.

S: Very citrusy with grapefruit rind the most dominant note along with a little bit of balancing malt and a bit of spice.

T: Heavy bitterness with sap, pine, lemon and a good amount of alcohol. Some citrus rind in there, but quite unbalanced with not much malt to speak of.

F: Good amount of carbonation and drying in the finish.

Overall: This is a very bitter DIPA, which is good if you are into that, and improves as you get used to it more, but it could use a bit more balance to make it a really good beer.
Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by Happyyb from New Hampshire

Aug 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.32 by PCPhil from Canada (QC)

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a tulip. Pours golden clear with very good collar. Nose is malt with slight fruit - would have liked a bit more complexity here. Strong bitter here and as much as I enjoy strong ABU, this one needs a bit of a buffer. Aftertaste equally strong and lingering. This one actually gets better the longer it decants and ended smoother after a few minutes....or perhaps it was the kick in of the 8% volume that made me feel better. :) A decent enough find.
Jul 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had a pint of this at the brewery, which I made sure to get to during a trip through Montreal primarily because I enjoy their Oatmeal stout. DIPAs are a style preference as well so I was looking forward to trying this. In the end I was disappointed as this was more malty than anything up front with some fruity (melon rind) & a touch of floral. A little piney bitterness at the end of each sip but not nearly as much hop character as I'd hoped.
Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.27 by BCborn from Canada (BC)

Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours lightly hazy bronze with a foamy off white head that lasts a good while. Leafy, herbal hops, fruity yeast esters and butterscotch malts in the nose. Also a bit of booziness. The taste is of woody, herbal hops, fusel alcohol, fruity, melony yeast esters and doughy, toasty malts. Moderate carbonation and a medium to full body. The finish is sweetish and boozy.

This is a mediocre DIPA at best. Very boozy and lacking in hops. Avoid.
Sep 17, 2017
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy gold with a moderate head. Light citrus nose. Firm malt body with large but not overpowering peppery hoppiness. A little alcohol warmth.
Sep 09, 2017
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Straight up gold color. Light haze. Small head with spots to streaks for lace.

Like many of this series, there is very little smell. More caramel than hop nose.

The flavor is a vast improvement. This is not an overly hoppy beer but the bitterness is strong and peppery. Full bodied which is enhanced by a lower carbonation. Light but lasting aftertaste.
Sep 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by DreamDeath from Canada (NB)

Aug 23, 2017
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a nice gold with a fluffy white head. When the head breaks there is fantastic lacing. The smell isn't much to write home about, malts and hops, more malty than hoppy. The taste is a bit of a letdown with it being more malt forward than I expected. Hops never really define themselves. Feel is medium carbonation and medium body.

Well, I'd have it as lake beer, but I wouldn't write home about it. Just average.
Jun 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.26 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Sep 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Aug 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a bit of a disappointment; A nice golden color with a white head. Taste of malt alcohol and hops. Very sweet as if the brew was over sugared to get to 8% ABV. Not dry enough for the style.
Aug 05, 2016
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Tallboy can from TBS; dated Mar 17 2016 (and 'best before' Aug 16 2017). After trying their Session IPA a few days ago, this seemed like an appropriate follow-up. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent golden-orange hue, fitted with a foamy crown about one finger high. It wilts off gradually over the next 5 minutes or so, with the eventual remnants including a wide collar of froth, a patchy cap and a nice ring of uninterrupted lacing. Light caramel and butterscotch sweetness on the nose, with a mix of muddled citrus, pine resin, strawberry and floral hops. I know this isn't a particularly fresh can, and to be honest it sure smells that way.

Pretty ho-hum. The taste follows the aroma, with caramel/butterscotch malt sweetness overlapping with familiar flavours of citrusy, floral, resiny Cascade hops and the spicier Chinook variety. Still getting strawberry, or at least some sort of red berry-like fruity quality. Not especially astringent, though it does have an earthy, floral finish and a slightly muddy, bitter aftertaste. Just the slightest hint of ethanol. Medium-bodied - perhaps leaning toward the thicker side - with a relatively smooth, frothy mouthfeel augmented by a gentle bite, courtesy of the moderate carbonation levels. Easy drinking as DIPAs go, but still not something I'd want more than one can of per night.

Final Grade: 3.52, a B grade. McAuslan makes some really good beers, but IMO their forays into IPA territory have always been a bit lacking - and this Double India Pale Ale is, unfortunately, not an exception. This can is already 3-4 months old, but given the best before date I think it's fair to grade this one as-is - and the unfortunate truth is that this DIPA just isn't doing much for me. It's drinkable (and to be fair, the price is excellent for an imperial IPA), but still wholly unremarkable. If I get lucky and find some cans that are only a month or so out, I'll probably revisit this one... but for now I'm content to file this beer under "Meh".
Jul 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Purchased at Metro in Montreal for $3.00 plus taxes and deposit so around $3.50 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 3mins. Medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Sweet and malty.

T- Boozy. Really boozy. Malt galore and some hops but they are overpowered against the sweetness of this brew. Not so hoppy or at least IIPA hoppy.

M- Dry and tart

O- Not bad but not great. Will not buy again. This company doesn't do IPA's very well yet. They have such good stouts. Maybe they can do a collaboration effort with someone that makes a great one but not so good stout.

Food Pairing

This nice IPA went well with........ Fried sauerkraut with kielbasa fried along with onions. Few tablespoons of oil to fry. Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy
Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by PJT from Canada (QC)

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by akdo from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I poured a 341-ml bottle of this beer into a pint glass.

Look: It had the typical body of an IPA in that it was slightly dark amber. Given that we could barely see through the glass, the beer is unfiltered. Moreover, the beer produced a two-finger white head that stayed for over thirty minutes. Hence, the perfect score.

Aromas: The typical IPA aromas, meaning grapefruits, a little bit of citrus and a little bit of malt.

Taste: Unfortunately, being like a typical IPA does a disservice to this beer which is supposed to be a Double India Pale Ale. At the beginning, I could taste the grapefruit, a few hints of honey and then the notes of kumquats. However, the finale was disappointing as this beer is not hoppier than a standard India Pale Ale.

Feel: The beer has a full-bodied feel, but it was not in the same territory as other Double India Pale Ale. The finale was dry and was not astringent since the objective of a Double India Pale Ale is to still remain drinkable. Moreover, the alcoholic warmth is barely felt in the throat upon taking a sip, which is good.

Overall: This is more like a West Coast IPA to me. Although I always appreciate what McAuslan Brewing has in store, St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale slightly disappointed me, because I was expecting a little bit more punch from the hops.
Jan 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by jfreeze from Canada (NB)

Dec 18, 2015
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Reviewed by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance - Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a snifter, pours an extremely cloudy gold color with less than 1 finger head that dissapeared almost immediatly. the lack of head is where it lost most of its points for me...

Aroma - I get the usual citrus hop smells mostly grapefruit, I also get some grainy malts but my problem here is the overshadowing flavor of apricot. It just shouldnt be there in my eyes.

Taste - I get grape fruit and some orange peel some grainy cereal malts. again theres a weird apricot taste over the entire brew making it way to sweet for the style It finishes off with an earthy hop bitterness.

Feel - Medium light body which isnt entirely bad but rather watery for whats supposed to be a full beer. barely any carbontarion feel and a bitter finish.

Overall - This is not a good example of a double IPA In my mind it has more of the flavor of a pale ale with apricot, the bitterness isnt super strong, the fruityness sticks out. the hop flavors are light. With that said its not drain pour gross its just not the style they were intending to hit. I would have this again but with more of a lets taste everything mindset... Cheers!
Dec 06, 2015
 
Rated: 2.93 by fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

Nov 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.69 by T-34-85 from New York

Nov 14, 2015
St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 91 ratings