Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: American Pale Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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 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 (1616) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Nice citrusy sweet hop and yeast aroma. Murky orange /brown body with a foamy tan head with some great lacing. Really good pale ale. Fruity and bitter hops flavor with a mild breadiness. Long lasting aftertaste. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
On tap at the winking judge in Hamilton, Ontario. Pours a dark amber body with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is bready, hoppy, and bites you right in the nose. taste is biscuity, fruity, and bitter hops. Well balanced, which makes this PA an amazing session beer in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Carbonation and hop works to make it quite drinkable and a champion Canadian beer. This brewery doesn’t have an inferior product. Excellent balance, above-average smell in head that dissipitates. Can drink this for a long time. Sweet start, excellent clean aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2004
Amber orangish w/ a lasting off white head. A little bit of dry woody hop, and a fairly noticeable diacetyl. Fruitiness is low, and is slightly papery (oxidized). Well balanced, lightly bitter, and fruity sweetness is higher than int the aroma. There is a lightly acidic quality that sours it just a little. Hints of caramel; dry finish, a relatively light hop and stronger diacetyl aftertaste as it warms. Medium bodied w/ medium carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Not too bad of a beer! I'd prefer American pales like Sierra Nevada, but this is a pretty good one!

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