Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.33/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
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.
Hints of dark fruit, malts, both toasted and roasted, and an earthy grassiness.
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.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel in this medium bodied ale. Nicely balanced but certainly favours the malts.
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
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
O: This really seems like a dressed up session beer to me. Not really in the same league as McAuslans other brews in my opinion. Something I could sit down and enjoy if I had to but there's much better on the market. That being said it could make a good session beer for someone looking to branch out. Kind of bland but you could do worse.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2013 00:09:02 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
one of the only beers on tap and a fancy wine white table cloth french place in old montreal. it pours perfectly clear dark caramel to amber in color, with a short lived inch of white head. the nose is boring, dusty old red malts and minerals. flavor is a little better, but this is not an inspired beer, despite being a local product on a fine food menu. it has almost no sweetness, which i like a lot, but the caramely malt doesnt make any sense without it. watery body, not enough carbonation, and a really light feel. its kind of an easy beer, very relaxed and drinkable. not intended to blow anyone away or anything, but an approachable beer to pass the time between great ones.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2012 19:28:17 | More by StonedTrippin
Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.