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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

Griffon Red AleGriffon Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 10-12-2004)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chonyr for brining this treat to the beer hinterland that is NW Ont.

Appearance
This ale poured a very dark red-brown. Its colour was somewhere between a typical red and cola. A nice one finger light tan head formed on the pour. Nice, extensive fine lacings remained in this finely carbonated ale.

Aroma
Hints of dark fruit, malts, both toasted and roasted, and an earthy grassiness.

Taste
Dont let the low alcohol fool you. Theres alot of malty goodness, depth and complexity in this ale. Hints of dark fruit and toast along with its creamyness reminded me of buttered and toasted raisin bread. Theres also a hint of caramel and a light touch of earthy and grassy hops. There was a very mild bitterness to this ale that i was having trouble pining down, but its creamy, nutty, and bitter character reminded me of black walnuts. Lots of complex malt flavours in this low alc brew.

Mouthfeel
Rich and creamy mouthfeel in this medium bodied ale. Nicely balanced but certainly favours the malts.

Drinkability
This is a very drinkable ale and would make great session fare, if only i could buy it here. This would also be a great crossover ale to open a macro drinkers beer goggles to the realm of craft brew. While deep and complex in its maltiness its not challenging. Ill be picking this one up if i ever see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 14:04:53 | More by demcorhip
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Served from a 341Ml bottle

A: Beautiful ruby red color when pressed against the light. Otherwise the beer has a rather red/brown appearance and is fairly opaque. Small one finger head that died down quickly and left some, but rather minimal, lacing up the sides of my glass.

S: Not much in this department. There really is very little for the nose to pick up on. Caramel like malts are present but extremely faint. Sweet smelling with no real hop presence available to the nose.

T: The initial sip provides delicious caramel tasting malts. There is also a nice toasty character. The malts are soon balanced out by the bitter taste of the hops however. The taste is really not too complex.

M: Pretty thin feeling. Carbonation is minimal and the beer goes down quiet smooth.

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.