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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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toddsschneider

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

deep red color, assertive carbonation, medium off-white head with above-average retention and lacing
nicely malty aroma from its backbone
hoppy bitterness, balanced by maltiness, some sweetness
moderate body
all natural ingredients, quite drinkable, recommended

08-25-2007 22:34:16 | More by toddsschneider
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zbs

New York

4.35/5  rDev +25%

Montreal. At a beer garden whose name I can't recall--perhaps that invalidates this review. Followed a subpar pitcher of Chambly.

Griffon Rousse special on tap. Red in the pitcher, poured with an even, controlled head--trembles into cumulous along the lip of my glass. The first impression is warm, comforting, with some soaring notes carefully harmonizing with a certain rotundity. Heavier in spirit than many other Reds. One of the finest brews in a visit marked by admirable locals (the Quebecois maintain a marked, deliberate ignorance of American micros, alas).

At 12 CDN per pitcher we finished off a few before stumbling back down Guy Str.

10-12-2004 19:29:01 | More by zbs
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

09-30-2006 14:04:53 | More by demcorhip
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +23%

This fantastic Mcauslan brew was recently introduced to my local Beer Store.

It pours amber with vivid red hints. The creamy tan head has good retention and drapes the glass with lace. Aromas of roasted specialty malts, dough and earthy hop leaf. The taste is packed with layers of malt flavors. Never cloying, but sweet, bready, robust. Caramel and berries are noticeable. Crackers and rye toast as well. A wonderful English hop flavor provides balance. The finish is nicely bitter and also fruity. Velvety carbonation thickens the mouthfeel, very well done.

This is a rich, full flavored red ale. Very refreshig but not as light as I was expecting. Another winner from this great brewery.

05-29-2006 04:38:06 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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VbolieuV

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

04-23-2014 16:43:35 | More by VbolieuV
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

A - very deep clear amber, one thumb of tan creamy tan head, pretty good retention, nice lace up the glass
S - sweet caramel, roasty, and bready malts, light floral hop hint
T - sweet molasses and floral hop kick up front, finishing with a mix of spiciness and bready malt
M - medium carbonation with a smooth malty body, slightly dry and tingly
D - i've been a fan of amber's since i started drinking, and this fits the style very well, great feature of malts and grains with just enough hops, once again worth the mixer pack purchase

09-16-2010 01:00:20 | More by joemcgrath27
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-05-2011 02:48:36 | More by benbou17
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.9%

My wife & I were bicycling along the canal during our recent visit to Montreal. It was a hot day, so you can imagine my delight when I spotted this brewery.

They have a small garden and bar set-up in the back of building. Note that they also offer some food for hungry walkers/bikers.

Served in a pint glass, this beer is light brown with red highlights. Fluffy tan head and some nice lacing make this an attractive beer.

The nose is of fresh malts, wheat crackers, fresh apples and a wee bit of citrus.

The taste is nicely sweet with a bit of toasted malts. While the hops are not really prominent, they are clearly at work here and add some balance. This is a friendly sort of beer and would be an easy one to session or match with food.

The mouth is best described as soft. This is another easy drinker from this brewery. Well done!

09-11-2006 20:56:51 | More by Redrover
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-26-2011 04:22:56 | More by NightINgale
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Marie-Sophie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-10-2014 01:50:08 | More by Marie-Sophie
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

10-11-2013 19:36:08 | More by ZachT
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

dark amber with ruby and caramel color, clear,

nice head wich leaves good laces, slow carbonation

smell a lot of malt and caramel

taste: rich and malty, of course caramel, little sweet, little burnt

mf is very smooth and mellow, low carbonation.
however its a full body rousse

it is very drinkable, its well balanced, pretty smooth red ale, with some edge.

08-23-2010 20:33:42 | More by Otterburn
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

An old favorite for me. A beer I regularly choose at meal times, especially with pizza. This is the same beer as the brown ale, which is a better description. The change in name is probably the result of marketing pressures, as few people in Quebec would know what a brown ale is.

A- Poors a nice creamy head. Dark red/brown colour. Very dark, yet clear and appetizing.

S- Smells like good malty ale, which it is. There's a touch of spice I can't quite place.

T- Bitterness just right. Slightly sweet malt flavour is predominant. Flavour could be stronger in the middle. Some of the little spicy, fruity tastes hiding in there would be better if a bit punched up.

MF- Soft and creamy. Carbonation just right for my tastes.

D- One of my favorite session beers and meal time beers. A beer I find hard to drink one at a time.

08-10-2006 02:07:33 | More by JOaikido
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec10 2009

A clear brownish copper with a thumbs width of head that had fair retention and left lace while it lasted

S a little nutty with some burnt sugar and malt

T pretty close to the smell very nutty with some bread and a good amount of toffee/caramel

M good carbonation gives it a slightly creamy feel

D a nice red when all is said and done worth drinking for sure

far as I know this is only available in the mixers here in Alberta but the beers inside are worth trying, however they should put some of their oatmeal stout in the box too

12-10-2009 19:17:39 | More by wordemupg
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

I had this as the second beer in the sampler at the brewery, directly after the Griffon Extra Pale / Blonde Ale, and I liked it much better. It had a rich chestnut color, its finely laced head was retained by the glass, and it smelled really nice -- an interesting blend of malt and herbs, with a smoky, nutty thing going on as well.

I thought it tasted good -- well balanced, smokey, with some hazelnut and hickory. The mouthfeel was so-so; like the Blonde, it was full-bodied, but left a strange coating I didn't like. In all, definitely a well-crafted beer, and I could see enjoying three pints... Next, the St. Ambroise Cream...

02-08-2007 22:51:19 | More by jbsteiny
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Thanks to papat444 for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Pours a very nice amber color with about 1/4" of head.

S- First thing I thought was Coors Light. That isn't a bad thing but it translates to nice malts but slightly off nose.

T- The flavor is really nice though. Good malt coming though. A decent but not overpowering hop character. Some caramel notes from the malts.

M- Good carbonation with a nice medium body.

D- I could drink a few of these for sure. A nice session red.

03-13-2008 00:22:19 | More by Mudpuppet
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a very nice, fiery copper-amber colour. My Quebec-born spouse tells me that "Rousse" is what you would call a redheaded woman in French. That description seems about right.

Nice, tan-coloured head leaves a bit of lacing and hold on as a collar.

Toasted malt aroma with a sweet, buttery tone to it and a bit of a spicy backing. Somewhat mild but very appetizing for me.

Taste is also of toasted malt at first with a nutty fatness or oily quality to it. I get a strong citrus (orange-lemon) tone on my tongue about halfway through each glass. There is a nice, sweet caramel-butter note before a noticeable bitterness comes in.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but thin enough to not feel heavy on the tongue and remain drinkable. There is a slight metallic/astringent note in the aftertaste, but it's of an acceptable level.

Much like the Griffon Extra Blonde, this "redhead" is an easy-drinking but flavourful take on its chosen style.

02-25-2011 21:00:24 | More by bryehn
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

02-08-2013 00:09:02 | More by Haydn-Juby
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

Very elegant in a St Ambroise glass as the mid brown colour is tinted slightly red. The head is big and long lasting and the nose is quite malty. This is the malty cousin to the pale ale. A malty backbone is the secret to the success of this beer. I love this beer with food as it holds its own yet works with lots of BBQ and grilled meats. Like the pale ale this is all about balance. Delicate yet tough this beer needs to come in its own six pack as it is only available in BC in a taster pack.

12-09-2005 01:53:08 | More by canucklehead
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santa109

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Served at 46 degrees.

A: Poured a very dark red bordering on brown with 1 finger of thick dirty-white corlored head. The head fades into a thick film which still looks creamy. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S: Lots of sweet caramelly malt initially. As it warms, a touch of yeast funkyness appears in the aroma. Mostly, clean and sweet smelling.

T: Once again, mostly sweet malt with a touch of hop bitterness to balance it out. Earthy notes as the end. A tad metallic when cold but that disappears as it warms. Nothing spectacular but a well balanced brew.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that I wasn't expecting. Finishes clean and the carbonation feels in harmony with everything.

D: Low abv, clean finish, I could definately have a few of these.

Overall, a surprisingly well balanced brew that is easy to drink. I've had tastier examples of the style but this one has a very nice soothing mouthfeel.

04-30-2008 01:28:22 | More by santa109
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kbub6f

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, a couple of days in the fridge.

A big, tan-ish dense head suffers big implosions. Craters pock the thick, clumpy lacing. Fine, fast carbonation in the dark copper/brown beer. In color, the conflicting names make sense. It's red and it's brown. The smell is a faint caramel. Light chocolate in the front gives way to a caramel, toffee middle. Chocolate survives right through to the dry finish, where it's joined by some grains and lots of hops.

This is very dark tasting. It's a very good brown ale. Yum.

07-03-2003 07:07:01 | More by kbub6f
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-03-2013 14:14:48 | More by warnerry
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

06-21-2014 18:03:43 | More by krome
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-29-2012 23:31:54 | More by rale
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AnHeroicHippo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-09-2013 13:21:42 | More by AnHeroicHippo
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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.