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

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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 36   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."

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4.6
Metalflake (73) - Les Coteaux, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2015
Can from the grocery store. Poured into a pint glass, bright clear orange with a 1-inch off-white head that stayed around almost to the bottom of the glass. This is one of my go-to beers, always have some in the fridge, but strangely haven’t gotten around to rating it until now. Aroma right up front is unapologetically all floral hops, with a nice grainy maltiness making itself known after a few sips. Nicely bitter, but not in an over-the-top, puckering sort of way, with a mellowing earthy sweetness underneath. Medium carbonation, with a clean, bitter finish. One of the best of the macro-micro offerings from Québec, in my opinion reminiscent of some of the great Burton ales. Always deserving of a space on the shelf.

4.4
shorlin (736) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 8, 2000
So great! Orange and lemon in there. Looong aftertaste. Wow!..............

4.4
PJMTL (9) - LaPrairie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
Opens with a hoppy aroma and is followed by aromas of sweet malts. Pours a beautiful orangy brown, thick white head that receds slowly. Hop bitterness is present and does not overpower the malty-ness. This is by far one of my favorite everyday drinking beers.

4.4
meredithmj22 (1) - montreal, CANADA - JAN 30, 2009 does not count
Best on tap, Really flavorful with a hoppy fruity taste and a bitter finish.

4.3
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Pale in color, clear. very pleasant to drink. Nice spicey aroma. Hoppy flavor.

4.3
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 This beer is like candy. The first few drops really taste like caramel... but then the real fiesta starts as the after taste hits like a Todd Bertuzzi going on rampage! Rich, warming presence, this is a beautiful example of a pale ale, one that many should take as an model.

4.3
Haggisboy (9) - Montreal, CANADA - MAY 5, 2007 does not count
This is the beer that kick-started the McAuslan brewery, is owner Peter McAuslan’s labor of love, and has been surprisingly consistent from its inception roughly two decades ago. A true IPA, this beer is only closely rivaled by Bass and some other great British beers. Bitter, with few to no residual esters, this beer goes down smooth and seems to always fit the season. Whether it be a hot summer day when a cool refreshing beer is demanded, to a cold blustery winter horror, St. Ambroise Pale Ale always seems to suit the mood and occasion. Even as a beer lover who prefers Pilseners to ales, this beer is a standout.

4.3
mcsquint (93) - , Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2008
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.

4.2
williamalmas (7) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2007 does not count
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.

4.2
Metalchopz (3680) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
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.


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