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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Sammy, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, burnt amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy ecru head, which settles lazily, eventually rendering some broad swaths of low-lying foggy lace around the glass. It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, some mild orchard fruitiness, and some grassy, weedy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, kind of buttery, a bit more bitter grassy hops, and a slight metallic edge. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt still overriding the lesser hops.

A more or less enjoyable amber ale, a hefty step above the average dreck proffered by the bigger Canadian breweries.

biboergosum, May 27, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

nickfl, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

smcolw, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

DrJay, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

wordemupg, Dec 10, 2009
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

spinrsx, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

cokes, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

canucklehead, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

warnerry, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark red colour, nice visible carbonation on the body, thumb and a half of head after a vigorous pour, solid retention (5+ minutes), solid lacing and settles to nice smooth mountainous bubble terrrain.

S - Caramel malts dominate with some chocolate and toffee on the finish.

T - Flavour was dominated by toffee and caramel malts, buttered bread lingers on the finish. Slightest metallic finish, but nothing terribly offensive.

M - Lighter bodied ale, slightly dry one the finish, but finishes quite smooth.

D - Overall a tasty amber ale. I've had better, but this one offers a nice balance of flavours with nothing overpowering the palette. Worthy offering and would love to try this on tap.

andrenaline, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

bobsy, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -13.8%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Redrover, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

krome, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (341 ml.) purchased from "Bières & Chopes" Nantes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : red copper color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : hops and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malts flavours with bitter finsih.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style brown ale.

thierrynantes, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DaPan, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

joemcgrath27, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

pootz, Mar 21, 2005
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.

albern, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted and bready malts along with caramel, some fruitiness and some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted and bready malts with some caramel, nuts and slight earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a slightly thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

BDTyre, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

CAMRAhardliner, May 29, 2006
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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.