St-Ambroise Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-drinking on, the 3rd brew of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Pale Ale was the first specialty beer to be bottled and sold in Quebec. This classic, full-bodied, cold-filtered pale ale takes its name from St. Ambroise Street in Montreal, which runs along the historic Lachine Canal where the brewery is located.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, toasted wheat, hops.

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  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Straightforward sweet toasted malt clean soft bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: too plain

Visual: Pours clear salamander orange with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, a mix of fast and slow loose streams.

Nose: bright fruity orange, raspberry jam, sweet malts (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-watery, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: short duration, touch of sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malt, bread-grainy

Finish: soft bitter hops, malty clean but short finish.

Summary: Easily drinkable but nothing much here. Very clean albeit basic malt profile with good texture. Lacks depth and character. Those nose was good, but the taste is just average.