Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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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
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-24-2012 19:28:17 | More by StonedTrippin
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-16-2012 19:49:14 | More by SebD
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
07-07-2012 12:40:46 | More by thierrynantes
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-26-2011 23:56:37 | More by biboergosum
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-28-2011 21:56:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.