St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

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

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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Photo of fermentedbarley
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is an inviting flowery and beery note. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Golden color and plenty of foam in the Kasteel chalice.

Quite fruity with some apricot taste. It gets unpleasantly bitter about the time you start enjoying the hoppy aromatics. Brewer says the hops are Chinook and Cascade and rates the IBUs at 77.

This seems like kind of a cut-rate dirty concoction compared to the delicious exuberance of DIPAs available everywhere lately. From the 341 ml bottle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of bylerteck
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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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

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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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St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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