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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Griffon Red AleGriffon Red Ale

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 02-06-2002

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 109
Photo of eat
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of greenengineer
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Long813
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not the best by McAuslan. Very dark copper, bordering almost on brown. Closer in appearance to a brown ale than an amber/red.

Sweet, syrupy caramel malt smell. Cold, metal background. Can't really detect any hops in there.

Taste is really wierd. Sort of like caramel and brass. Bitter-sweet toffee taste; really like an overdone red ale.

Not a very well done beer in all honesty. I'd have it again, but only if better choices were lacking.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poors a nice dark red color with three fingers of thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Very faint malt smell.

Taste consists of a light nutty roast malt with nice slightly creamy finish. Somewhat odd slightly bitter aftertaste throws off the experience slightly. Some caramel flavoring is left in the mouth. Low carbonation. Fairly smooth overall.

A decent brew, imo. A bit dry, which hampers drinking slightly, but still fairly ok for a few glasses.

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Photo of bobsy
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at The C’est What? Fall Festival of Beers. Poured a reddish brown with a small bubbly beige head. Subtle sweet malt aroma. Creamy malt taste with slight bitterness in the finish. Smooth and medium-bodied. This is a solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light brown with a bit of red topped by a creamy tan head. Good, thick lacing and excellent head retention as well. Malty aroma, a bit nutty with some caramel. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well as light hops. Sweet, malty flavour, a bit of dark malt and nuttiness, with low bitterness and hop character. Also a light bit of fruit and yeast. Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation. Pretty good, but there's a bit of a strange yeasty character in the flavour that isn't bad, but doesn't seem to fit well with the beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Griffon red is actually a brown ale and the color, nose and taste profile bear this out.

Poured a rusty brown with a nice sandy frothy cap that retains and laces nicely....moderate carbonation. Nice hit of sweet caramel malts in the nose. Mouth feel somewhat thin but ample sweet caramel malts are present with nutty yeast and attenuated grassy hops to make this recognizable as a light brown ale. Good session beer with sweet profile and all natural engedients.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a McAuslan sampler pack brought back from Montreal. Best before date is November 2011.

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely amber-ruby hue, gorgeous in the light. Carbonation rains upwards to form a nice creamy head - good retention on that. Sheets of lacing creep up the glass.

Nose is cherry, a lovely blast of caramel, cream, grape, and a light citrus hop character.

Malty, slightly burnt, notes of caramel and dark fruit. A persistent metallic twang to it that's melded in with the citrus hops. Long, bitter finish.

Medium bodied, puckery because of the metallic character, slightly creamy. Zippy pinprick carbonation.

A drinkable, flavorful red ale that goes down fairly well, but is unfortunately blighted by a tinny flavor that I'm not really digging. Given my love of McAuslan's Oatmeal Stout and Blonde Ale, this was a bit of a let down. Still, I could probably down a pint or two of this. Low ABV would be good for a session.

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Photo of jackndan
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Griffon Brown Ale: Brown ale, perfectly clear, tan head that does not linger, but good lace. Aroma, clean new mown hay/malt. Sweet, with pronounced taste of raisins and raspberries. Aftertaste is simply Raisin Bran with a healthy dollop of sugar. Not bad, but sweet

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A brown-red with a finger or so of creamy beige head. Aroma is rich brown sugar, rather nutty and perhaps floral with a light fruity tang. Unfortunately I had high hopes for this brew and they were dashed, at least where the palate is concerned. Nice nutty malts but little else, dry and bitter compared to the nose, too much so for the style. Although admittedly not every red ale must be fruity and hop-fueled, this puts nut shells and an earthy bitterness front and center and I am left wanting more. Subtle toffee and chocolate poke out here and there. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth and slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation ... Little stands out here either. Unfortunate as this brewery can nail other styles (e.g., oatmeal stout). Oh well. All part of life's rich tapestry.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - on the darker side as far as reds go

S - a toasted smell.. a little molasses in there as well

T - Tastes slightly bitter, toasted malts

M - Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D - easy drinking beer, not sure I'd want more than 2 or 3 at a time.. seems like a great beer to go with dinners

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Photo of nighthawk
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle with freshness date printed on back label poured into pint glass.

Body is a clear, dark ruby with one finger of tan head that leaves some lacing as it disappears. A swirl will temporarily bring it back, but not for long.

Nose seems entirely given to sweet caramel. It's not a bad smell, but it's one-dimensional and a bit boring.

Caramel and refined sugar up front, softening just enough to get some hints of biscuit and buttery nuts before hops are finally tasted, tea-like and floral, on the finish.

Moiuthfeel is medium, low carbonation with a bit of creaminess to it. Finishes sweet, but clean and fairly crisp.

Easy-drinking, feels pretty good in the mouth and is decently refreshing when cool. Nothing exciting, but worth trying.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing review but Kevofficiel.
The look of it is more on the brown side than the red one. Really surprising. Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that stays for a while but then disappear.
The smell is nice but it could come with more parfum with some maybe chocolate.
About the taste, Im a bit disappointed. I think it's about the finish that I didn t really like it. I don t think this is better than a Boreale Rousse or a Belle Gueule Rousse. But the Griffon Red Ale does the job. The price is a bit high.
So overall, would I recommend it ? To be honest with you I will say NO. Don't take me wrong this is not a bad beer at all but the reason why I say No its because there is much better for the same price here in Quebec. For me if I had the choice with a Boreale Rousse or even a Belle Gueulle I will go with those but not with the Griffon Rousse. But if you had the chance to try, well give it a try, its a nice beer but overall there is much better.

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Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent beer that I picked up in Canada, having never seen it before. This is a well carbonated, easily drinkable red ale. The beer laces up well.

The beer pours a nice rubyish red. There are sweet malts in the nose, and the flavor is peaty red, malty, slightly floral, slightly toasted, caramely, more of that peaty flavor.

This is a light to medium bodied beer, that has a dryishness in the finish. Not a bad beer, glad I tried it out.

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.