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


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RATINGS: 548   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4649) - 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 didnít 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 (3222) - montrťal, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Amber color. Sweet hop aroma. Nice and sweet with hops. A good enjoyable beer, but nothing to make it stand above the crowd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 A refreshing, easy-drinking APA from glorious Quebec. Not as muscular as many North American examples of the style - this is at the lighter, summery end of the scale. Amber body with a shallow cap of suds. Really inviting aroma of nutty malts, lychee and toffee. Quite a restrained example of the style. Some caramel malt flavour underpins piney hops. I prefer something a bit chewier than this but this is very sessionable. (341ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB 31/7/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
Called Blonde (Pale Ale). Clear dark golden colour. Medium rocky head that fades to thin. Citric Hoppy nose. strong dry citric hoppy lingering taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4414) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 2004 bottle. Light amber color, not highly filtered. Good amount of white head, very well retained. Aroma of floral hops, fruitskin (peach, pear, nectarine, apple), drying bitterness and not much malt detectable in the nose. Flavor is surprisingly bitter to start, not citric bitterness; I do like the hops profile here. Little bit of grassiness, a bit of sweet malt that tastes more suitable to a pilsener than an APA, but itís refreshing and pretty well balanced regardless of the ingredients used. Finishes with more floral hops, dry bitterness and a touch of sweet fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12343) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a descent off-white head. Aroma of grapes, raisins, and maple syrup. Flavor of malts, caramel, and cola. Slick mouthfeel. Not sure why this is classified as an APA...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2005
This is a good American Pale Ale. Hoppy, malty, and spicy flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3012) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2005
341ml brown bottle. Iíve had a lot of beers described as "Pale Ale", most were frighteningly bad. I almost didnít buy this. but I trusted this brewery, and was well rewarded. Deep gold/coppery appearance. Full, fluffy white head. Fruity nose, nice hop bouquet. Begins with a fruity note, moves towards earthy malt, spicey and bitter hops blend beautifully throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2005
Copper, with a creamy, clingy white head. Grainy, with a sweet touch of hops. If I could describe the taste with just one word, it would be balance. Just the perfect equilibrium of malt sweetness at first and hop bitterness in the end. Goes down creamy and smooth, and fits well in any occasion. In my dictionary, next to "Session Beer", thereís a picture of a St-Ambroise Pale Ale.

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