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St. Ambroise India Pale Ale

Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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India Pale Ales were brewed in the 19th century with long sea travel in clipper ships across the equator to India in mind. In order to endure these rigours, the beers were high in alcohol and brewed with plenty of hops. The hops provided a spicy bitterness balancing the malt and maintaining the quality of the ale through the natural antibacterial properties of hops. McAuslan has brewed a classic IPA using a blend of pale and specialty malts giving the beer a New World Twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2092) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
341 mL bottle. Copper-brown with a small, bright white head. The aroma is actually a balance of caramel malt and piney, herbal hops. The flavour is much the same. Decent bitterness. Iíd really like to see more from the hops, especially in the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guil0000 (292) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Nose of light malt with some notes of earthy floral hops.Medium body. Dry to sweet on the taste. You reallyget the malt in the beguinning then the hops kick in for a medium hoppy finish. I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAndPonies (109) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
Single 341 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in a nonic pint. Pours a brilliant orangey-amber shade with light carbonation and a fluffy cap of orange-tinted white, with good retention and leaving doily-like lace rings. Aroma is a lovely hit of fresh resinous and citrus hops with mildly sweet malts keeping the backbone straight. Flavor is led by puckeringly bitter piney hops leaving their mark on the back of the tongue, while the citrus and malt retreat from the resinous wallop. Thin, with a good finish, although the astringency hangs around long enough to be a nuisance. Itís a good IPA, but itís kind of problematic due to its imbalanced, bitey bitterness, and its 6.5% abv punch rules out sessioning.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdubs92 (36) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Weaker smell. Mainly hop and citrus. Copper with bubbly white top. Nice balance of hop and sweetness. Sweetness is most distinctivly caramel. Moderate carbonation and only slightly oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
packers188 (41) - - FEB 17, 2015
Style: Indian Pale Ale Ibu: - Description: Biere de style anglaise ambree, bon petillement, mousse tranquile:/ bon nez houblonner relativement tranquille/ Bonne Ipa tres classique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris__hartley (291) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
It pours copper with straw highlights; the head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: grapefruit, grassy-notes, alcohol, and toffee. The taste is medium-light bitter that finishes medium bitter with light astringency; there are notes of: grapefruit, alcohol, burnt caramel, and slight malt. The palate is medium-light bodied, has medium carbonation, a slightly oily mouthfeel, and a long bitter finish. Overall, itís overly simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregorymconway (218) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Draft at the only cafe. Dark copper body. herbal and grassy. Reminiscent of their apricot beer on the nose in a way, unique and nice. The bitterness doesnít really shine through on the nose, but hits well in the mouth. Enjoyable and unique. A current favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
341ml bottle (dated 02/08/2012) served in a St-Ambroise tulip glass around 6 degrees: Visually, you get a clear dark copper pour holding rough carbonation and topped off by about two fingers of bright frothy head. I found the foam very airy and it also left large spotted lacing. The nose is mostly dominated by sweet elements (honey, brown sugar, corn syrup), but grassy/herbal hops and some soapy yeasts can also easily be found. On the tongue, this ale will unwrap different layers of flavour, starting with a sweet attack of honey and corn syrup. Itís closely followed by a more bready element from the malts and it ends on a herbal and floral note from the hops. Finishes dry, it was very well balanced from start to finish and it held a moderate bitterness. Density is off the charts giving it unbelievable corpus and an enjoyable creamy texture. Overall, this EnglishIPA is an excellent product. Itís complex, structured, balanced, full-bodied, and all that, without being overwhelming. Enjoy it fresh so you get all its properties. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Listigovers (449) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Nice gold with a slight orange tint, medium offwhite head. Smells resinous and hoppy. Slight hop bitterness with more malts for balance, the hop flavours themselves are grassy and resinous, medium to light bodied, juicy and refreshing, pretty nice, although I have faith McAuslan can make one with even more punch ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
terrybail (701) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
473ml can from the lcboPours pale orangey yellow with a soapy headNice hop aromaBitter crisp finish pretty good

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