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

bottled
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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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."


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2003
Golden amber body with quick diminishing off white head. Aroma was spicy with sweet malts. Flavour was slightly sweet with a caramel like taste. Finish was slightly acidic and not enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 Deep golden amber colour with a thick frothy off-white head. Lots of spice, cloves, and toffee in the aroma. Flavour is less complex, with hints of spice and toffee, and a deep bitter finish. Medium to full body and very smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1359) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
Nice copper colored beer with a nice head. Good sweet malty aroma with hints of fruit. Good thick mouthfeeln with a good flavor of sweet malt. Nice finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
Rich medium copper w/ small off-white head. Sweet malt aroma w/ notes of orange & earth. Sticky, syrupy feel. Sweet malt flavour (caramel?) w/ orange & honey. Moderately dry, earthy bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
Cloudy amber,beige head Small bead.Complex carmel malt/hop nose.Light malt, medium hops. Good body & balance

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2003
On the pour deep amber to copper color with an impressive head, frothy in its texture, and the resultant lace a fine covering sheet. Crisp citrus nose, orange peels, sweet malt, fresh and clean, the start sweetly malt, top middling in its feel. Finish strikingly acidic, the hops perky in their bite, dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Great aroma! Nice amber colour, with a little foamy head. A fairly agressive bitter finish, with quite a bit of aftertaste. Overall, I'm satisfied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Copper hazy with large creamy thick head and strong lasting retention and lace. Nice looking. Orangey resiny hop aroma with light fruity and caramel notes. Creamy smooth body with round malt sweetness and lightly tingly peppery orangey hops and pleasant rising of bitterness in the finish. Excellent characterful version of a pale ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Appealing clear orange with reddish tints, small head dies quickly but lasting ring of cream sticks around. Aroma of flowers, caramel, and a bit of the barnyard; that Belgian influence you find in most Quebec beers? Strong hoppiness at the front sticks with you all the way through, but there is certainly enough malt and body to keep us non-hopheads entertained. Woody character throughout and some hints of iron. I wouldn't call it top-notch like some others, but it is well above average and ridiculously cheap for its quality in Quebec. Thanks so much MartinT!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2003
In my opinion, this is what an American pale ale should be. None of this wussy "not quite" crap that so many breweries put out, and none of the hopelessly unbalanced 6,000 IBU stuff that others think is necessary for a good APA. No, this one neither dissapoints nor assaults. Wonderful floral aroma and malt sweetness in the nose, perfectly balanced. Pours with a nice head, and the first sip is a tasty sweet malt nicely balanced by a perfectly generous dose of hops, medium body and mouthfeel, with a lingering and rather dry finish. Everything an APA should be.


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