Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by nokes:
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
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.