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


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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 36   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."

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highlandlad (1480) - 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)

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.

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, 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 it’s refreshing and pretty well balanced regardless of the ingredients used. Finishes with more floral hops, dry bitterness and a touch of sweet fruitiness.

bu11zeye (13140) - 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...

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.

pintbypint (3767) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2005
341ml brown bottle. I’ve had a lot of beers described as "Pale Ale", most were frighteningly bad. I almost didn’t 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.

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", there’s a picture of a St-Ambroise Pale Ale.

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Aroma:Malt and caramel. Appearance:amber,beautiful white head. Flavor:malt,caramel,good bitterness,butter. Good pale ale

omhper (25563) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2004
Bottled, thanks Rastacouere Deep golden. Aroma of fruit and hay. Fairly sweet with buttery, dense malt character and balanced bitterness. Solid and enjoyable.

SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - NOV 23, 2004
341 ml bottle. Small white head, fully diminishing, fair lacing. Amber body that seems of average density. Moderated hops aroma (fruity and a bit herbal at the same time). Flowers, citrus (orange) in the nose also as less predominant (more subtle) aroma. Light sweetness and mostly hops of moderated to heavy bitterness as initial flavors. Hops and even heavier hop bitterness (but not as hoppy as you may think or as I may like) as final flavor of average to long duration. Medium body, fizzy carbonation (too much to really appreciate it to its full potential). Still a decent beer but would benefits a lot more from less carbonation and a bit more complexity.

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