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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Griffon Red AleGriffon Red Ale

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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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Quebec (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -32.5%

This one pours a nice reddish-brown. Decent retention on a foamy head. Not quite clear, not quite cloudy; somewhere in between.

Not much smell: roasted malt, yeast, a metallic quality. Pretty neutral.

This tastes like yogurt, molasses, yeast and skunk with some roasted athlete's foot. Yuck. There's an unpleasant bitter aftertaste as well. Nasty.

Too watery; not enough carbonation.

This is really not drinkable. It tastes like ass. I might give this a re-review because I find it hard to believe that people buy this beer and actually drink it. At least it looks okay...maybe it's just meant to pour and look at? This stuff turns over enough in the store though, I can't imagine it being that old.

McAuslan, what's going on? I didn't particularly enjoy Griffon Blonde either. They make such wicked St. Ambroise products, you'd think their cheap line would at least be decent.

06-10-2009 08:42:00 | More by eat
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

11-03-2012 21:04:13 | More by TheBeermin
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Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -23.9%

Clear chesnut red with a decent head that doesn't last. Some spotty lace.

Nose and taste dominated by sweet malts. Bitter metallic finish. Rather a lacklustre effort as I'm having a hard time pinning down how to describe this beer - which I don't imagine is a particularly good thing.

Uninspired across the board.

11-20-2006 23:32:10 | More by TerryW
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

04-17-2013 14:43:51 | More by Whatup14
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21%

08-13-2014 03:06:27 | More by slowfade
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2.85/5  rDev -18.1%

Dusky dark copper with a patched sandy lacing.
Strongly scented of ginger ale, sassafras, and Captain Morgan's, backed with more usual brown ale wafts of toffee and butter pecans.
It enters with a peanut brittle maltiness that fragments into dry shards of buttered toast and hay. Toffeed raisins gathers in the hollow moments of the midsection along with something akin to teriyaki glazed pears. Yeast gathers and builds a lactic, buttery diacetyl, and damp spackling. It exits with a peanut skin astringency and a bitter tree bark.
Extremely light bodied, pasty in feel, and lacking almost wholly in carbonation.
While this has some interesting moments and is certainly in the English realm of Brown Ales, it lacks substancially in malt, and ends up seeming like one cut half-and-half with club soda.

07-11-2005 02:33:46 | More by cokes
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2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

Pint draft at Casse - Crepe Breton in Vieux-Quebec.
A - nice red color, not much head, pretty flat, may be the keg.
S - hints of malt
T - malty, a little thin and watery, not quite what I was expecting, but not bad
M - thin, not much fizz
O - went well with the food. Nothing special, but would order it again.

11-28-2011 01:17:27 | More by greenengineer
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Quebec (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

Griffon rousse is a red ale, but it hides its true colors. When I poured that beer, it was brown (not reddish) under a small white foam neck. Its smell and taste can be largely improved. Its mouthfeel is ok, but the roasted barley / malt aftertaste is too bitter and it diseappears too quickly.

12-16-2004 01:11:10 | More by Barraclou
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap. From a taster 12-pack. Poured in a pint glass.

Clear, red-amber in colour. Off white head is 1/8 inch on the pour and quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Very few carbonation bubbles.

Aroma is pretty faint. Probably due to the lack of carbonation and head. Faint hints of malt and not much else.

Flavour is mostly malty with hints of pecans. Pretty consistent through and through. Plain but unoffensive.

Medium bodied with little pin pricks of carbonation. Even though you don't see many bubbles, they come to life in the mouth.

A very average red ale. Similar to a lot of the industrial red ales (i.e. Rickard's Red and Keith's Red). Not bad, but not great.

08-13-2011 04:25:44 | More by Noxious26
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-14-2012 01:21:49 | More by Mattgruv
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown ale with a large foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma is comprised of some nice malt. Taste is floral malt with very little bitterness. A good everyday beer but nothing very spectacular or inspiring.

08-15-2006 17:31:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-15-2012 15:16:04 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-08-2014 22:04:32 | More by Jotora
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-15-2012 13:09:31 | More by oldp0rt
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-04-2014 01:12:04 | More by Brewsed
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-24-2014 13:59:46 | More by Pmicdee
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

08-12-2014 20:47:15 | More by fostachild
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-30-2011 17:50:14 | More by kelvarnsen
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Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

I had lots of these through the years. Never actually want to drink this but am often left with it when I purchase McAuslan variety packs. This and the blonde are the beers I give out, I tend to keep the St-Ambroise and Abricots for myself. Let me try and review it.

A- Like cherrywood, a very red brown. Light beige head that varies. May be the glass but I sometimes get a nice island that lasts until the last sip.

S- Woody. Light roasted malt. Caramel. Alcohol comes on pretty strong considering the abv.

T- Slightly sour maple syrup. Light molasses. Finish is pretty bitter but really doesnt last long at all. The watery/seltzery character of this beer is what ruins it for me. It's like they make a good beer and then dilute it with water and forced carbonation.

M- Carbonation is pretty high. Very dry. I'd say the mouthfeel is pretty full especially considering the wateriness.

D- Good. Not that tasty so you don't crave it but it's easy to drink and I consider it a good beer. 6 pack no problem.

If you're broke but feel like drinking some sort of quality, this is it.

05-14-2010 04:24:28 | More by Yoonisaykul
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

I'm thinking of a dark macro-lager here. I know it is an ale, but the body is so light as to give the impression of an adjunct laden beer.

The other demerit comes from the very mild nose. No off aromas, but neither is there any potency. The flavor is of a brown ale without any hop. Kind of one-dimensional.

08-21-2008 01:39:25 | More by smcolw
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3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

A - poured with one finger of off white head on a clear, amber body. The head settles quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - toasted malt and some dark bread. Just a hint of herbal hops.

T - dark, bready malt up front, some musty kind of sour hops in the middle. Finishes with toffee and dry toast as well as light bitterness.

M - medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - bland and lightly malty, it is drinkable but just barely. There is much better beer than this to be found in quebec.

12-22-2011 22:25:27 | More by nickfl
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottle at the Drake Hotel. Cold but not too cold. Some hop, some body, a tad metallic, but drinkable. Bit of reddish colour. Not the best from this brewery. A bit aggressive carbonation, bitterness is significant but more than balanced by malting.Some sugar.

06-29-2006 03:34:56 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

G: Pint Glass

A: One finger of off-white head that dissipates into a think film leaving minimal lacing. Dark rugby red body.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, finishing with hops

T: Sweet malts, and grainy hops in the end

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves a sticky/dry after taste probably due to the sweet malts

D: Well balanced beer that is easy to drink, but I feel the flavours are lacking for me to repurchase. Decent overall.

10-12-2009 02:49:18 | More by Long813
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-15-2014 15:57:00 | More by Noelito76
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-01-2014 02:03:24 | More by Rob_Z
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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.