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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ungstrup (30812) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2004
An amber beer with a small disappearing white head. The aroma is almost nonexisting - what is there is sweetness. The flavor is very dry with notes of coriander, caramel, and spices, though I can’t tell which. The flavor is very artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2006 small head. decent flavour. pale yellow colour. slightly hopy flavour. a nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pootzboy (1653) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 A nice pale, although I can’t get as excited as some do about it. Well crafted, beautiful color, fair lacing, better than average micro pales in the aroma department....but certainly not phenomenally outstanding in the bottled form...in the same class as Conner’s with possibly more fruit-floral nose to it. The pour was a clear orange-amber with a 1 finger head that laces nicely. Fragrance of fruity-floral hopping over a sweet malt aroma. Medium to heavily carbonation (lost points for this from me). That (IMHO) over carbonation produced a sandy-peppery mouth feel that SHOULD let go, sooner or later, and reduce this medium bodied ale to a creamy mouth feel....but it doesn’t… that carbonation hangs in there and actually detracts for the finer aspects of this ale. I detected nice floral-bittering over some great pale malt sweetness...the finish is dry and tart with the hopping lingering in the metallic after taste...but even in the finish the tongue is still being strip mined by the damnable over carbonation. This is probably a very good pale ale but they’re gonna have to remove a lot of that fizzy mega brewer carbonation to get these great tastes across undisrupted. I had a Black Oak pale right after this and I Know I’m right about this. The BO was softly carbonated and this lends itself to the flavor departures AND makes it much more drinkable . I have tried this beer on tap in PQ many times hoping the carbonation would be less aggressive but it always seems to be present masking this ales true potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
Nice, clear redish amber color with a fairly laced medium white head. Grassy and fruity hops aroma. The flavor is hoppy but not overly bitter and then fruity and manbe tangy. Bitter finish. Light body, slightly watery texture, lively carbonation. This used to be an amazing beer but now it is decent at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
Aroma is hoppy, mixed with sweet malts. Pours a beautiful golden brown, thick bubbly white head that sticks around. Half-decent malt precence for an American Pale. Hop bitterness is present, but I would have liked it more aggresively hopped. A decent beer but falls short of being great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
Attractive colour, inviting smell, highly pleasant flavours: malty and nutty characteristics well balanced with the hops. Rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Clear, light copper appearance with a thick (at first), off white head. Grassy, earthy aroma not unlike an Italian pinot; this nose really grew on me. Medium-bodied, moderately bitter, with lively carbonation. The taste was a little fruity up front and led to a well hopped, dry finish. Thanks to tiggmtl for the trade.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2004
On tap, St. Lawrence beer show. I found this to be a little thinner than what I remember. The nose was certainly hoppy, but it had something else in it - I don’t know, I came up with Windex, so maybe it was the condition of the keg. Anyway, the body is still very crisp and thin for an IPA, yet is quite balanced between malt and hops and turns out quite good. Again, a little to carbonated for my liking, so it may have been the serving condition of he beer that is affecting my rating, much like the apricot. Good offering though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Served on tap,nitro.Light amber in color with a small white head. Floral hop aroma with a hint of toasted malt. Toasted malt flavor,bready,hoppy with a pleasant dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 A nicely balanced IPA with a good hoppy aroma and nice orangey/gold colour. To me it just didn’t taste hoppy enough. This is still a solid effort with a good balance of malt and hops, but I expect a little hop flavour from an IPA.

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