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Griffon Red Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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Griffon Red AleGriffon Red Ale

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60 Reviews
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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

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Beer added by: John on 02-06-2002

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 109
Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now called La Griffon Rousse but is the same beer as the Griffon Brown Ale.

Pours a warm limpid roasted chestnut colour sporting crimson highlights. The foam is handsomely dressed atop the liquid. It is plentiful, long lasting and sticky leaving clumps on the sides of the glass.

Aromas are noticeably more powerful. Firm notes of crystal malt and some toastiness permeate the caramel up front. Noble hop aromas trail a mild fruitiness for the wrap up.

Flavours are malty and biscuity initially, making way for hints of apple skins and a crunchy bitterness that is helped along by a structured mouthfeel and silky carbonation. The finish is long and slightly bitter from the hops which leave a grassy / citrucy blanket on the tongue.

This beer is the logical next step for those newly initiated to craft beer who have tamed the Griffon Extra Pale Ale and are ready for yet more character without being scared off by the more robust flavour profile of the St-Ambroise Pale and Oatmeal Stout.


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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 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 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 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 zbs
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Montreal. At a beer garden whose name I can't recall--perhaps that invalidates this review. Followed a subpar pitcher of Chambly.

Griffon Rousse special on tap. Red in the pitcher, poured with an even, controlled head--trembles into cumulous along the lip of my glass. The first impression is warm, comforting, with some soaring notes carefully harmonizing with a certain rotundity. Heavier in spirit than many other Reds. One of the finest brews in a visit marked by admirable locals (the Quebecois maintain a marked, deliberate ignorance of American micros, alas).

At 12 CDN per pitcher we finished off a few before stumbling back down Guy Str.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, a couple of days in the fridge.

A big, tan-ish dense head suffers big implosions. Craters pock the thick, clumpy lacing. Fine, fast carbonation in the dark copper/brown beer. In color, the conflicting names make sense. It's red and it's brown. The smell is a faint caramel. Light chocolate in the front gives way to a caramel, toffee middle. Chocolate survives right through to the dry finish, where it's joined by some grains and lots of hops.

This is very dark tasting. It's a very good brown ale. Yum.

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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 John
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-brown color, aroma is bready and sweet. Some semi-dark roasted malt flavor balances out the sweetness. Pretty good even though brown ales generally aren't a favorite style of mine.

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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