mcsquint (93) - , Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 11.5oz bottle into pint glass
Aroma - Malty, fruity, yeasty. Slightest hint of citrusy hops
Appearance - Dark golden amber with large, creamy white head. Considerable lacing on the glass.
Flavor - Full malt flavor with fruit and yeast, followed by a very tasteful use of hops. This is delicious!
Palate - Light to medium with a very crisp finish. Leaves you longing for the next sip.
Overall - Very drinkable. This bridges the hop gap between British and American pale ale.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great copper color, malty nose, prime aftertaste/bite. A new favorite for me for sure!
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flowery hop aroma. Clear amber colour with two-finger white head that receeds to a film with lacing throughout. Wonderful hop flavours with a nice malt character to back it up and some fruitiness. Definitely balanced on the hoppy side with plenty of lasting bitterness. Medium-light body - a good refresher or an excellent session beer. Bottle.
williamalmas (7) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again McAuslan wows me. I have had many Pale Ales (mostly English) to which I have not enjoyed nearly as much as this. It has a beautiful hop presence that should be in all pale ales. Word to the wise: do not purchase this beer if you are not in favour of hop flavouring.
Metalchopz (3095) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally rated March 2005. This is one pale ale that is not boring. It pours an amber colour with an off-white head that is thick and sloppy, and leaves heavy lacing. The carbonation is quite active and the brew is clean. A beautiful bouquet of hop mixed with floral scents are the nose. The mouth is very smooth with the taste of mild fruits, but the bitterness attack is always present. If you like hop, this one’s for you. An excellent session ale.
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. Pours a nice golden amber colour, with a medium head. The aroma is an enticing blend of good hops with some sweet malts. Wow, the taste is very nice, I’m impressed! The malts come up front, a little caramel, then they get over-powered by the floral hops, which add the bitter bite to the taste, then it finishes off with the malts again, almost fruity tasting, but I’m going to say more toffee-like, with a hint of bananas. The after taste is not all that bitter, but I can definitely still taste the hops. In the end a highly enjoyable, very tasty pale ale. Lots of flavour, with a medium body, this is a great beer from an amazing brewery. Top notch in my books.
speedywinger (29) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Marche Gravelle in Aylmer Quebec. Amber/orange/red ale with an average off-white frothy head. The aroma is caramel malts with a hint of hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malts balanced by a slightly bitter hoppy long finish. Lightly buttery/creamy mouthfeel. Very satisfying beer. One of my favorites.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished to a 1/2-sized finger. Some slight lacing. Body is quite clear, and a nice, dark-yellow color. A very handsome-looking APA.
S: Terrific aroma of hops, herbs, and orange.
T: A very refreshing, yet slightly-intense flavor of hops that ends fairly bitter, but not overpowering, and with citrus undertones. Taste stays with you for awhile.
M: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, it’s quite soft and pleasant on the palate. Lively carbonation.
D: An excellent APA with a lot of character, yet easy to drink at the same time. Another winning entry from a Quebec brewery. McAuslan Brewing and Unibroue are doing VERY well for themselves.