Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by TheHammer:
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I picked up a McAuslan mix pack at a Beer Store in Burlington, has four different beers and this will be the first of four. A shame the didn't put the oatmeal stout in this pack though.
Appearance: I can't think of a single thing to take away from this. Poured with two fingers of creamy head that both sustained and laced well. The beer itself is everything I'd expect a red ale to be, and nice deep and dark crimson and the body boasts good carbonation with no signs of sediment.
Smell: The nose is dominated by a mixture of roasted barely malt sweet caramel with just a touch of wheat and the barest notes of chestnuts. There is a slight funk to the smell though, that I suspect is due to having too much malt and not enough hops, however it's a minor complaint.
Taste: As expected, there is a lot of malt taste to this offering, a bit too much to be honest as it is present throughout the entire beer. Starts with the sweeter end of things, as the caramel makes its appearance which then shifts to a touch of wheat which ends with a light dusting of grain and hops.
Mouthfeel: The beer is almost too smooth, as feels strange as it transitions between flavors. It does leave a nice wheat and malt aftertaste that doesn't linger. It's really creamy going down, almost too much so.
Drinkability: Well, apart from the odd funky note all in all this goes down pretty well. Medium bodied, but doesn't cause any gas issues. Refreshing, but not extremely so and the creaminess going down makes it easy to pack back.
Final Thoughts: A solid offering, all in all and there isn't really too many negatives to this beer. Exceptional it is not, but certainly better then most Macro offerings. This would be a great pub or dinner beer, that is for sure.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2009 17:31:28 | More by TheHammer
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