St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Double India Pale AleSt-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jrempel on 09-11-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
66
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
27.56%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by tbeckett:
Photo of tbeckett
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Peluso in Montreal. From notes.

A - Poured bright with an orangey golden colour and mild carbonation. For what they claim is an unfiletered beer, this is lookin' pretty damn filtered. Two finger fluffy white head, minimal spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Honey and grapefruit. Quite mild. Alcohol came out more as it warmed. Not overly impressive.

T - Much nicer than the aroma with a good hop burst in the flavour profile and lot's of honey, sweet syrupy fruits, sweet fruits, grapefruit, and pineapple. Much sweeter as it warmed with some alcohol present.

M - Decent bitterness for the style, good carbonation, fuller end of medium body.

O/D - Definitely not a great DIPA, but not a terrible one. Not exactly easy drinking though. Nothing stood out as overly positive and the alcohol was too noticeable for the ABV without a great hop character and too much sweetness. Wouldn't seek it out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerboy21
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows honey, bready malt and some resinous hops. Very sweet-smelling.
Flavours include heavy booze, loads of sweet syrupy malt and a piny, metallic bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of rugene
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of green hoppy notes with nice floral hops aroma. Taste is also dominated by nice green floral hops with a medium sweet caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. I was expecting a lot worse based on previous ratings and comments but it is actually quite well balanced with an enjoyable level of hops.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Jul_dredd
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremy7
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Poljazz22
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St.Ambroise 'Double IPA' @ 8.0% , served from 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $14.50

A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a big frothy off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-smelley double IPA , lot's of hops

T-dissapointing at first because of the dry bitterness that lingers on the palate thru out

MF-not the best carbonation , feels full bodied , dryness lingers on the palate

Ov-dissapointing Dbl IPA

prost LampertLand

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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".

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Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Lelampp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of headstash
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of theDuck
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of saxguyty
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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