Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
St-Ambroise Pale Ale is the brewery's flagship beer. Introduced in February 1989, it is a hoppy, amber, full-flavoured ale. In The Simon and Schuster Pocket Guide To Beer , beer critic Michael Jackson gave it three stars and described it as: "An outstanding ale... amber-red, clean and appetizing, with a very good hop character, from its bouquet to its long finish. Hoppy, fruity, and tasty all the way through."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 Bottle (341ml) - Pours a fairly clear glowing coppery amber, quick-dispersing white head, bubbly lacing left behind. Aroma - hop-bitter, slightly sour malt, apricot, grains (corn? canola?). Taste is mild hop, mild grainy malt - smooth, balanced, non-challenging but not boring either. A bit of astringent orange peel and minerals on the palate, starts a tad malty, finishes bitter. Tastes of northern forest and eastern rocks. Not great but very good Canadian ale - why don’t the macros even taste remotely like this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours orange/copper, slightly cloudy with a nice frothy head. Aroma is citrus fruits (Lemon and orange rind, a bit of grapefruit), mild yeast and malt. Flavours are very nice, citrus fruits, yeast and a bit of bitterness at first but a fairly heavy finish. Mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pour is nice amber with an off white fast fading head that left a nice lacing...smell is full of hops...grapefruit and pine...taste is sweetly fruity and a nice clean hoppy finish...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Light brown color, bubble and thin white head, fully lasting and nice lacings. Hops and yeast aroma. Explosion of malt, cereal and fruits. Light alcohol in the finish, watery texture (just a little) and light to medium bodied. Nice Pale Ale. Bière de couleur brun pale avec des bulles dans sa robe et un mince collet blanc qui perdure jusqu’à la fin et qui colle bien au verre. Au goût, le malt est frappant à la 1ere gorgée, go¸ut également de céréal et de fruits. Texture un peu acqueuse, corps léger à médium, leger fini d’alcool. Très bonne Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
Poured golden colour with the perfect head. Just the sweet side of balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Thanks pintbypint. Poured a dark godl, almost orange color. The aroma is sweet caramel and bananas. The taste is light grapefruit with some dark bread crust. There is also a note of black pepper in the aftertaste, but it is faint. A nice varation on an APA. I think this might be closer to an amber, but shows that the style has a lot of potential for diversity. More well balanced than many in the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Clear Light Brown Coloring with Good White Head. Sweet Malt Aroma. Wet, Sweet Malt...Light Cardboard Taste. Decent Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Toujours une très bonne bière. Robe blonde aux reflets cuivrée surmontée d’une mousse blanche. Arômes de caramel, de fleurs, d’agrumes et de fruits rouges. Saveurs de houblon floral bien balancées avec les malts. Présence du corps.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2005
Dark gold color with no head. Just a slight grain aroma. More of the same in the taste, just a bit of grain. I didn’t get any hops at all; it was more like a bland pale lager. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
Light orangish-amber color, big foamy head, fruity, floral hop, pale malt aromas, follow through on a medium-bodied with a very good hop character, malty note and a nice dose of dry bittering hop finish.

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