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St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Double India Pale AleSt-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
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3.5/5
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76 Ratings
St-Ambroise Double India Pale AleSt-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jrempel on 09-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,308
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
76
pDev:
12.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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 mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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 smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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 mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of groleau
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RedAleMan
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ksimons
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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 NightINgale
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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St-Ambroise Double India Pale Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 76 ratings
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