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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 02-06-2002

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by Mudpuppet:
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a very nice amber color with about 1/4" of head.

S- First thing I thought was Coors Light. That isn't a bad thing but it translates to nice malts but slightly off nose.

T- The flavor is really nice though. Good malt coming though. A decent but not overpowering hop character. Some caramel notes from the malts.

M- Good carbonation with a nice medium body.

D- I could drink a few of these for sure. A nice session red.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a McAuslan sampler pack brought back from Montreal. Best before date is November 2011.

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely amber-ruby hue, gorgeous in the light. Carbonation rains upwards to form a nice creamy head - good retention on that. Sheets of lacing creep up the glass.

Nose is cherry, a lovely blast of caramel, cream, grape, and a light citrus hop character.

Malty, slightly burnt, notes of caramel and dark fruit. A persistent metallic twang to it that's melded in with the citrus hops. Long, bitter finish.

Medium bodied, puckery because of the metallic character, slightly creamy. Zippy pinprick carbonation.

A drinkable, flavorful red ale that goes down fairly well, but is unfortunately blighted by a tinny flavor that I'm not really digging. Given my love of McAuslan's Oatmeal Stout and Blonde Ale, this was a bit of a let down. Still, I could probably down a pint or two of this. Low ABV would be good for a session.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, burnt amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy ecru head, which settles lazily, eventually rendering some broad swaths of low-lying foggy lace around the glass. It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, some mild orchard fruitiness, and some grassy, weedy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, kind of buttery, a bit more bitter grassy hops, and a slight metallic edge. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt still overriding the lesser hops.

A more or less enjoyable amber ale, a hefty step above the average dreck proffered by the bigger Canadian breweries.

Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dusky dark copper with a patched sandy lacing.
Strongly scented of ginger ale, sassafras, and Captain Morgan's, backed with more usual brown ale wafts of toffee and butter pecans.
It enters with a peanut brittle maltiness that fragments into dry shards of buttered toast and hay. Toffeed raisins gathers in the hollow moments of the midsection along with something akin to teriyaki glazed pears. Yeast gathers and builds a lactic, buttery diacetyl, and damp spackling. It exits with a peanut skin astringency and a bitter tree bark.
Extremely light bodied, pasty in feel, and lacking almost wholly in carbonation.
While this has some interesting moments and is certainly in the English realm of Brown Ales, it lacks substancially in malt, and ends up seeming like one cut half-and-half with club soda.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Drake Hotel. Cold but not too cold. Some hop, some body, a tad metallic, but drinkable. Bit of reddish colour. Not the best from this brewery. A bit aggressive carbonation, bitterness is significant but more than balanced by malting.Some sugar.

Photo of jackndan
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Griffon Brown Ale: Brown ale, perfectly clear, tan head that does not linger, but good lace. Aroma, clean new mown hay/malt. Sweet, with pronounced taste of raisins and raspberries. Aftertaste is simply Raisin Bran with a healthy dollop of sugar. Not bad, but sweet

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had lots of these through the years. Never actually want to drink this but am often left with it when I purchase McAuslan variety packs. This and the blonde are the beers I give out, I tend to keep the St-Ambroise and Abricots for myself. Let me try and review it.

A- Like cherrywood, a very red brown. Light beige head that varies. May be the glass but I sometimes get a nice island that lasts until the last sip.

S- Woody. Light roasted malt. Caramel. Alcohol comes on pretty strong considering the abv.

T- Slightly sour maple syrup. Light molasses. Finish is pretty bitter but really doesnt last long at all. The watery/seltzery character of this beer is what ruins it for me. It's like they make a good beer and then dilute it with water and forced carbonation.

M- Carbonation is pretty high. Very dry. I'd say the mouthfeel is pretty full especially considering the wateriness.

D- Good. Not that tasty so you don't crave it but it's easy to drink and I consider it a good beer. 6 pack no problem.

If you're broke but feel like drinking some sort of quality, this is it.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very deep clear amber, one thumb of tan creamy tan head, pretty good retention, nice lace up the glass
S - sweet caramel, roasty, and bready malts, light floral hop hint
T - sweet molasses and floral hop kick up front, finishing with a mix of spiciness and bready malt
M - medium carbonation with a smooth malty body, slightly dry and tingly
D - i've been a fan of amber's since i started drinking, and this fits the style very well, great feature of malts and grains with just enough hops, once again worth the mixer pack purchase

Photo of Mandrake
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dull red, clear, with a one-finger light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some lacing. Smell is a tad metallic, with caramel and a bit of chocolate dominating the malt-heavy profile. Taste is sub-par for this brewery. Some faint caramel and nondescript maltiness are obliterated by the sugary sweetness and metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, nothing special here, and drinkability is average. A weak offering from a usually inspired brewery.

Photo of eat
2.41/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one pours a nice reddish-brown. Decent retention on a foamy head. Not quite clear, not quite cloudy; somewhere in between.

Not much smell: roasted malt, yeast, a metallic quality. Pretty neutral.

This tastes like yogurt, molasses, yeast and skunk with some roasted athlete's foot. Yuck. There's an unpleasant bitter aftertaste as well. Nasty.

Too watery; not enough carbonation.

This is really not drinkable. It tastes like ass. I might give this a re-review because I find it hard to believe that people buy this beer and actually drink it. At least it looks okay...maybe it's just meant to pour and look at? This stuff turns over enough in the store though, I can't imagine it being that old.

McAuslan, what's going on? I didn't particularly enjoy Griffon Blonde either. They make such wicked St. Ambroise products, you'd think their cheap line would at least be decent.

Photo of elricorico
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber bordering on brown in colour, thick foamy cream coloured head with good staying power. Good amounts of lacing.

Quite malty to the nose, caramel like aroma. Hops bring a bit of citrus in, but malt is the stronger of the two.

Dry toasty caramel flavour through most of the mouth. A small bite of citrus near the middle. Lingering caramel and grain. Fair balance, as the malt isn't very sweet and doesn't take much hops to equal.

Slightly creamy body with medium to high carbonation. Another quaffer. Nothing sensational, but solid all around.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown ale with a large foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma is comprised of some nice malt. Taste is floral malt with very little bitterness. A good everyday beer but nothing very spectacular or inspiring.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - on the darker side as far as reds go

S - a toasted smell.. a little molasses in there as well

T - Tastes slightly bitter, toasted malts

M - Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D - easy drinking beer, not sure I'd want more than 2 or 3 at a time.. seems like a great beer to go with dinners

Photo of ludachris
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. I didn't even know they sold mix packs of McAuslan products.

Pours a great shade of ruby red with deep honey brown highlights, topped by a 2 finger cream coloured head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Big, toasted malts upfront in the nose with some caramel, biscuit and a dry nutty character. Hops are virtually indetectable.

Toasted malt, hints of wheat, caramel and biscuit are followed by a quick, dry, grassy hop finish. Light toffee is the backdrop of this beer, making an appearance from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery but decently balanced. At 4.5%, with nothing overly pronounced, this is an easy quaffer.

Overall, a decent brew but rates pretty low to the other McAuslan products I've had. Seems like a beer I'd have pitchers of, instead of sitting down and enjoying it. Worth a try, but don't judge the brewery based on this beer.

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted and bready malts along with caramel, some fruitiness and some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted and bready malts with some caramel, nuts and slight earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a slightly thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of greenengineer
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint draft at Casse - Crepe Breton in Vieux-Quebec.
A - nice red color, not much head, pretty flat, may be the keg.
S - hints of malt
T - malty, a little thin and watery, not quite what I was expecting, but not bad
M - thin, not much fizz
O - went well with the food. Nothing special, but would order it again.

Photo of zbs
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Montreal. At a beer garden whose name I can't recall--perhaps that invalidates this review. Followed a subpar pitcher of Chambly.

Griffon Rousse special on tap. Red in the pitcher, poured with an even, controlled head--trembles into cumulous along the lip of my glass. The first impression is warm, comforting, with some soaring notes carefully harmonizing with a certain rotundity. Heavier in spirit than many other Reds. One of the finest brews in a visit marked by admirable locals (the Quebecois maintain a marked, deliberate ignorance of American micros, alas).

At 12 CDN per pitcher we finished off a few before stumbling back down Guy Str.

Photo of nighthawk
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with freshness date printed on back label poured into pint glass.

Body is a clear, dark ruby with one finger of tan head that leaves some lacing as it disappears. A swirl will temporarily bring it back, but not for long.

Nose seems entirely given to sweet caramel. It's not a bad smell, but it's one-dimensional and a bit boring.

Caramel and refined sugar up front, softening just enough to get some hints of biscuit and buttery nuts before hops are finally tasted, tea-like and floral, on the finish.

Moiuthfeel is medium, low carbonation with a bit of creaminess to it. Finishes sweet, but clean and fairly crisp.

Easy-drinking, feels pretty good in the mouth and is decently refreshing when cool. Nothing exciting, but worth trying.

Photo of berley31
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white, creamy head that exhibited quite nice lacing. Body is a dark amber color, and completely crystal clear. This is a nice-looking amber.

S: Not overly strong, some caramel and light sweetness comes through.

T: Starts slightly sweet with caramel malt most apparent, then finishes moderately bitter and dry. Nicely balanced, if a little harsh.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Definitely better than the Extra Blonde, this is a safe-beer, but still enjoyable enough to put back a couple.

Photo of smcolw
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm thinking of a dark macro-lager here. I know it is an ale, but the body is so light as to give the impression of an adjunct laden beer.

The other demerit comes from the very mild nose. No off aromas, but neither is there any potency. The flavor is of a brown ale without any hop. Kind of one-dimensional.

Photo of Long813
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Pint Glass

A: One finger of off-white head that dissipates into a think film leaving minimal lacing. Dark rugby red body.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, finishing with hops

T: Sweet malts, and grainy hops in the end

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves a sticky/dry after taste probably due to the sweet malts

D: Well balanced beer that is easy to drink, but I feel the flavours are lacking for me to repurchase. Decent overall.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing review but Kevofficiel.
The look of it is more on the brown side than the red one. Really surprising. Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that stays for a while but then disappear.
The smell is nice but it could come with more parfum with some maybe chocolate.
About the taste, Im a bit disappointed. I think it's about the finish that I didn t really like it. I don t think this is better than a Boreale Rousse or a Belle Gueule Rousse. But the Griffon Red Ale does the job. The price is a bit high.
So overall, would I recommend it ? To be honest with you I will say NO. Don't take me wrong this is not a bad beer at all but the reason why I say No its because there is much better for the same price here in Quebec. For me if I had the choice with a Boreale Rousse or even a Belle Gueulle I will go with those but not with the Griffon Rousse. But if you had the chance to try, well give it a try, its a nice beer but overall there is much better.

Photo of bryehn
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice, fiery copper-amber colour. My Quebec-born spouse tells me that "Rousse" is what you would call a redheaded woman in French. That description seems about right.

Nice, tan-coloured head leaves a bit of lacing and hold on as a collar.

Toasted malt aroma with a sweet, buttery tone to it and a bit of a spicy backing. Somewhat mild but very appetizing for me.

Taste is also of toasted malt at first with a nutty fatness or oily quality to it. I get a strong citrus (orange-lemon) tone on my tongue about halfway through each glass. There is a nice, sweet caramel-butter note before a noticeable bitterness comes in.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but thin enough to not feel heavy on the tongue and remain drinkable. There is a slight metallic/astringent note in the aftertaste, but it's of an acceptable level.

Much like the Griffon Extra Blonde, this "redhead" is an easy-drinking but flavourful take on its chosen style.

Photo of Noxious26
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap. From a taster 12-pack. Poured in a pint glass.

Clear, red-amber in colour. Off white head is 1/8 inch on the pour and quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Very few carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is pretty faint. Probably due to the lack of carbonation and head. Faint hints of malt and not much else.

Flavour is mostly malty with hints of pecans. Pretty consistent through and through. Plain but unoffensive.

Medium bodied with little pin pricks of carbonation. Even though you don't see many bubbles, they come to life in the mouth.

A very average red ale. Similar to a lot of the industrial red ales (i.e. Rickard's Red and Keith's Red). Not bad, but not great.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife & I were bicycling along the canal during our recent visit to Montreal. It was a hot day, so you can imagine my delight when I spotted this brewery.

They have a small garden and bar set-up in the back of building. Note that they also offer some food for hungry walkers/bikers.

Served in a pint glass, this beer is light brown with red highlights. Fluffy tan head and some nice lacing make this an attractive beer.

The nose is of fresh malts, wheat crackers, fresh apples and a wee bit of citrus.

The taste is nicely sweet with a bit of toasted malts. While the hops are not really prominent, they are clearly at work here and add some balance. This is a friendly sort of beer and would be an easy one to session or match with food.

The mouth is best described as soft. This is another easy drinker from this brewery. Well done!

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.