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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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 69
Photo of mactrail
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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Photo of CanadianBacon
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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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 akdo
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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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 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 AnHeroicHippo
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, at about 8 degrees Celsius.

Appearance – Clear, golden, no haziness, solid inch of head retention after a few minutes.

Smell – From two feet away, I can already smell the intense IPA-style hops aromas! Upon closer inspection, I also get some thick, heavy sugars, almost like molasses or maple syrup; but mostly piny, resinous, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste – A lot of the same as the smell, minus the heavy sugars; maybe not quite as hoppy as the smell.

Mouthfeel – fair carbonation; alcohol content (8%) showing through a bit much as dryness on my tongue; not very bitter, considering the strong hoppy smell and the DIPA label.

Overall – pretty good double IPA, although I do prefer the hops profile of the regular St-Ambroise IPA… might try my next bottle a bit colder.

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

Color is a clear light amber color with a fingers worth of white slightly rocky head. Aroma is of some sweet fruits, malt, and light hops. Taste is similar to the smell with more fruit sweetness than expected from a DIPA. Caramel malts and floral hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall a little too sweet and fruity for me for a DIPA. Not terrible but not spectacular.

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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.


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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 kevofficiel
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale,

The look of it: Yellow golden color, with lots of carbonation. About 2 fingers of head thats stays in the glass until in the end.

The smell of it: Typical of the IPA, hops aromas with some grapefruit.

The taste of it: Not as strong as the smell. The hops are less present. You feel it more o the after taste. As a double IPA, the taste is not quite there. Some presence of candy sugar with a dry finish.

So overall would I recommend it? Yes but as a double IPA, I am a bit disappointed. I really can t see the difference between that beer and a regular IPA expect that the double IPA have a higher ABV. But overall its a nice beer.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear golden / amber color with a bright white frothy head that dissipates rather quickly.

The smell is very strong with resinous pine and citrus, mostly pineapple and grapefruit... A bit of honey sweetness with maybe a little maple syrup as well.

The taste is very bitter and piney at first from the hops... citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple with a candy sweetness before a dry finish.

I did notice the alcohol come out as it warmed, but not too much that it was overpowering.

Overall, a pretty good Double IPA.. not a phenomenal beer, but a good and well balanced one.


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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden yellow that just slightly borders on orange. One finger of very creamy looking white head. Excellent retention. Thick rings of lacing indicate when each sip was taken.

S: Hops. Definitely of the west coast variety. Chinook.

T: Once again hops are definitely the most present thing, which is almost a redundant statement given the fact that its a DIPA. I get a signifcant portion of pine, not overly pungent like pine sol, but a pleasing pine. Citrus fruit is also there. The malt backbone of the beer is just that, a backbone. It doesn't really stand out but more provides a framework. I also detect some kind of buttery/butterscotch like flavors. Most likely due to diacetly perhaps from a improper fermentation. Its slight but more apparent as the beer warms.

M: Nicely bodied but still fairly dry and drinkable. It could be very easy to drink this beer quickly. Alcohol is barely noticeable (although likely covered by hops).

O: I thought this beer was great. I will most likely be picking some up in the future and could envision myself drinking it frequently. A decent bit better then the IPA from them, although I think i'll probably revisit that one as well.

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Photo of jrempel
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up at a dep on parc a few days ago, the clerk said they got their first shipment that very day.

Look: Hazy straw, pour gives me three fingers of foamy off-white head that falls slowly, very nice lacing.

Smell: grapefruit, glorious hops, citrus, pine

Taste: is it the perfect DIPA? naw, overall well balanced but a bit piney for me

Mouthfeel: a tad under-carbonated

Overall: a good addition by one of my favourite canadian breweries

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St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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