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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: 4
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 greenengineer
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Noxious26
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of bryehn
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown, with a layer of foamy white goodness on top. Laces amazingly. The more beers I try from this brewery the more I realize they sure know how to make a beer look good.

The aroma is rich caramel, slight roast, slight raisin and toffee and grassy hops and beechwood.

The taste is a sweetly caramel toast with a hint of coffee like roast washed away by a metallic bitterness. Finishes quick and dry. The flavors all seem to be on the fringes with nothing pulling them all together on center stage.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

It's easy drinking and enjoyable.

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.

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

Photo of Otterburn
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of nokes
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red ales. I get the feeling I'd really love a really good one, but so far I haven't found one that knocks my socks off...let's see how this one fares.

Fantastic start, gotta say. Poured two fingers of frothy head into a pint glass. Mahogany in colour, bubbles rising throughout, and after dying down to a couple millimetres of medium-dense foam, it stuck around all the way down (I took my time) and laced the glass beautifully. Very nice.

Smells of roasted malts and caramel, and a touch of hops. Smells good, but it's hard to live up to the way it looks.

Taste is pretty much like it smells, but it slides around a bit. Caramelly up front, grassy and almost citrusy in the middle, then the roasted flavours come out to play and it finishes a bit bitter but not offensively so. Balanced well, tasty, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is medium and finishes a bit thin. Carbonation is good, though, so it's not a washout. Nice, but not great.

This is quite drinkable, though. I like the slightly bitter finish, actually. It takes the edge off what could have a sticky caramel thing. Nice overall. Easy to drink. Beats Rickards pretty handily and makes me wish this was as available as that one.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ReFill31
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Dark red, almost brown with nice head. It also goes down slowly and leaves a good ring.

S : Toasted malts, caramel

T : Sweet aftertaste (caramel), toasted malts, the hops are a little bit perceptible also.

M : There is not a lot of bubbles, but overall enjoyable.

D : Easy drinking beer. The low ABV helps also on this one.

Photo of berley31
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white, creamy head that exhibited quite nice lacing. Body is a dark amber color, and completely crystal clear. This is a nice-looking amber.

S: Not overly strong, some caramel and light sweetness comes through.

T: Starts slightly sweet with caramel malt most apparent, then finishes moderately bitter and dry. Nicely balanced, if a little harsh.

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

D: Definitely better than the Extra Blonde, this is a safe-beer, but still enjoyable enough to put back a couple.

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

Photo of ludachris
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. I didn't even know they sold mix packs of McAuslan products.

Pours a great shade of ruby red with deep honey brown highlights, topped by a 2 finger cream coloured head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Big, toasted malts upfront in the nose with some caramel, biscuit and a dry nutty character. Hops are virtually indetectable.

Toasted malt, hints of wheat, caramel and biscuit are followed by a quick, dry, grassy hop finish. Light toffee is the backdrop of this beer, making an appearance from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery but decently balanced. At 4.5%, with nothing overly pronounced, this is an easy quaffer.

Overall, a decent brew but rates pretty low to the other McAuslan products I've had. Seems like a beer I'd have pitchers of, instead of sitting down and enjoying it. Worth a try, but don't judge the brewery based on this beer.

Photo of nighthawk
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a McAuslan mix pack at a Beer Store in Burlington, has four different beers and this will be the first of four. A shame the didn't put the oatmeal stout in this pack though.

Appearance: I can't think of a single thing to take away from this. Poured with two fingers of creamy head that both sustained and laced well. The beer itself is everything I'd expect a red ale to be, and nice deep and dark crimson and the body boasts good carbonation with no signs of sediment.

Smell: The nose is dominated by a mixture of roasted barely malt sweet caramel with just a touch of wheat and the barest notes of chestnuts. There is a slight funk to the smell though, that I suspect is due to having too much malt and not enough hops, however it's a minor complaint.

Taste: As expected, there is a lot of malt taste to this offering, a bit too much to be honest as it is present throughout the entire beer. Starts with the sweeter end of things, as the caramel makes its appearance which then shifts to a touch of wheat which ends with a light dusting of grain and hops.

Mouthfeel: The beer is almost too smooth, as feels strange as it transitions between flavors. It does leave a nice wheat and malt aftertaste that doesn't linger. It's really creamy going down, almost too much so.

Drinkability: Well, apart from the odd funky note all in all this goes down pretty well. Medium bodied, but doesn't cause any gas issues. Refreshing, but not extremely so and the creaminess going down makes it easy to pack back.

Final Thoughts: A solid offering, all in all and there isn't really too many negatives to this beer. Exceptional it is not, but certainly better then most Macro offerings. This would be a great pub or dinner beer, that is for sure.

Photo of Long813
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of eat
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Montreal for the Mondial de la Biere, picked up some beer for the Hotel fridge. Looking for local brews this was the first thing that caught my eye.

A - Pours a nice copper red. One finger head quickly dissipated to a thin foam
S - A little nutty and strong barley scent
T - Comparable to a great American red ale, with a slightly stronger hint of toasted wheat
D - Goes down very smooth. Typically not one of my favorite beers but I have enjoyed 3 of these now.
M - A little thin and a little gassy but not bad at all.

Photo of elricorico
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber bordering on brown in colour, thick foamy cream coloured head with good staying power. Good amounts of lacing.

Quite malty to the nose, caramel like aroma. Hops bring a bit of citrus in, but malt is the stronger of the two.

Dry toasty caramel flavour through most of the mouth. A small bite of citrus near the middle. Lingering caramel and grain. Fair balance, as the malt isn't very sweet and doesn't take much hops to equal.

Slightly creamy body with medium to high carbonation. Another quaffer. Nothing sensational, but solid all around.

Photo of mizzoueng
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in Gatineau, QC at a Thai restaurant. Color was spot on and the aroma was perfect for a red ale. Nice malty flavor with some light hop backing it up. Paired with some Red curry and beef with jasmine rice and this was a knockout!

Drinkable? Yes. Would I order again? Yes.

Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.