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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

Griffon Red AleGriffon Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%


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 nokes:
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red ales. I get the feeling I'd really love a really good one, but so far I haven't found one that knocks my socks off...let's see how this one fares.

Fantastic start, gotta say. Poured two fingers of frothy head into a pint glass. Mahogany in colour, bubbles rising throughout, and after dying down to a couple millimetres of medium-dense foam, it stuck around all the way down (I took my time) and laced the glass beautifully. Very nice.

Smells of roasted malts and caramel, and a touch of hops. Smells good, but it's hard to live up to the way it looks.

Taste is pretty much like it smells, but it slides around a bit. Caramelly up front, grassy and almost citrusy in the middle, then the roasted flavours come out to play and it finishes a bit bitter but not offensively so. Balanced well, tasty, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is medium and finishes a bit thin. Carbonation is good, though, so it's not a washout. Nice, but not great.

This is quite drinkable, though. I like the slightly bitter finish, actually. It takes the edge off what could have a sticky caramel thing. Nice overall. Easy to drink. Beats Rickards pretty handily and makes me wish this was as available as that one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 00:05:52 | More by nokes
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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.

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.