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St. Ambroise India Pale Ale

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2864) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - SEP 30, 2015
This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a slightly hazy burnt pale orange color to it. A one finger white foamy head started and dissipated within about a minute and a half. Semi-clingy slightly foamy white lacing started and slid into the beer. The smell started off with sweet pale malts wrapping sweet oranges in and around a light earthy and grassy sweet to super light bitterness. "Soapiness" does tweak its way into the mix. The taste was mostly herbal and earthy sweet through the mix of the oranges and the pale malts. There’s a semi-dry sweet soapiness blending into a super light kick of spice in the aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation finishes light showing an ample amount of harshness. Overall, honestly, all of my prior descriptions of the describing this beer tells me, its an English Pale ale in disguise. To me, I don’t mind it, but I can’t see this as an American India Pale ale and find it even hard to fit it into the English side of the India Pale ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
s_r (66) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
Robe ambrée avec une fine mousse. Au nez, c’est plus malté qu’houblonné (étrange pour une IPA). En bouche, même constat. Sucré, malté, mais peu houblonné. Quelques arômes de fruits, et une amertume bien présente. Assez peu intéressant comme IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (842) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Nice! Clear orange pour with a foamy head - no lacing. Flavour is zesty, grassy and hoppy with a good level of hoppy bitterness and pine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bamsen78 (4504) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2015
Draught @ Pub du Parvis, Vieux Québec. Pours slightly hazy amber with airy white head. Clear aroma of yeast and malt, with bready notes and touches of hops. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, with notes of yeast and bitter, hoppy touches. Sweetish, estery and malty aftertraste with notes of hops. Drinkable but poor for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (184) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2015
Poured from can. Aroma of citrus. Pours a clear golden with white head. Taste is a medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture, with a bitter finish. Not that great compared to the best IPAs out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (770) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a golden orange colour with a medium white head. Aroma is light hops, grass. Taste is same. Not bad, but there are better IPAs out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jbuccs9940 (4) - Parkton, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
So I got this as a free sample for the store I work at. Had decent color and aroma but then I tasted it. There was a clear taste of corn, as if they used corn in the mash. I dumped it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2216) - 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. I’d 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 (313) - 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 (119) - 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. It’s a good IPA, but it’s kind of problematic due to its imbalanced, bitey bitterness, and its 6.5% abv punch rules out sessioning.

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