Griffon Extra Blonde - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 341ml bottle. A clear, golden pour. Small white head. Looks like apple juice.

Smell: Overall, a very light nose. Some hoppiness and light, fruity hints.

Taste: A malty & light fruity mix off the top. The beer bends towards the sweeter side with a caramel-like sweetness. Nicely hopped and this blends well with the maltiness giving the beer a decent backbone.

Mouthfeel: Moderately light but full. A fuzziness of the back end.

Drinkability: Not what i would consider a "big" pale ale. This beer is only moderatley hopped and is very decent but is nowhere near as good as its cousin brew, St. Ambroise Pale Ale.

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, satanic rendition of the eponymous beast on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy streaks of lace around the glass in its short wake. It smells of sweet pale malt, pears in syrup, and a mild grassy hoppiness. The taste is sweet, with a bready and wheaty malt, some mild lemon tartness, and leafy, weedy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-light, a little acerbic, and not quite smooth. It finishes a bit off-dry, the alcohol coming more into play, enlivening and cutting into those round malty edges.

Not a bad example of the style, with the caveat being that the style is generally not that impressive in the first place. Just a little too blah overall.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colour with lots of foam, creaminess left in glass. Smooth rich maltiness in aroma and taste. A bit metallic. Like a lager. Appropriate carbonation. An average beer, but a quite quaffable beverage. Meidum-to-thin moutfeel. On the sweet side, Dry aftertaste.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, one finger white head dissipated quickly leaving decent lacing
S - very toasty grainy malt, light grassiness, slight buttery scent
T - still very toasty grainy flavour, grassy and spicy hop notes, slightly metallic
M - generously carbonation bite, drys out very quickly with a bitterness and spiciness that really lingers along with some metallic quality
D - the flavours are nice but a little basic, the overall feel is very dry, almost too much so, but still enjoyable, I wouldn't turn one down

Photo of Mandrake
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light yellow, slightly hazy, with a one finger head in brilliant white that dissipates in fairly short order and leaves slight lacing. Smell is quite sweet and fruity up front, showing tropical notes like pineapple and mango, along with peach and berries, very much in character for a McAuslan beer. Very light citrusy hops show up as well, inviting yet understated. Taste is much more complex than it seems at first, showing lots of bright fruitiness and some sweet yeast alongside the slightly muted hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and nicely carbonated, and drinkability is very good. A great summer session ale, and maybe the perfect lawnmower beer. Not big or extraordinarly complex, but well crafted, balanced, and an enjoyable drink.

Photo of eat
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely clear, light golden colour. Pretty resilient, airy head; fading out into a lumpy clump of froth with some nice lacing. Not a bad looking beer at all.

Nice yeasty smell. Bready. Musty.

Ah, let down on the taste. Tastes mass-produced. Sourness and bitterness seem to come from no specific flavour at all; there's not really any hops or malt to speak of. Light wheat flavour. The 5% ABV is fully noticable; I've had many strong beers smoother than this.

This beer is too thin and watery for my taste. Light bodied and slides down the tongue like it's trying to get itself out of your mouth as quickly as possible; before you can notice it's not really that great.

I would drink this beer if someone gave it to me for free. That will likely be the extent of my future experiences with Griffon Extra Blonde. This is better than macro beers like Molson or Budweiser but there are much better options available in the same price range. I'm sad that I traded a bottle of Moosehead for this, if that tells you anything.

Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold that is just slightly orange. Solid two fingers of foamy head that is pretty slow to recede and sticks around as lacing.

Aroma is well balanced between sweet bready malt and flowery hops. Touch of graininess as well.

Fairly sweet overall, almost buttery up front. Bready malt, some lager-like crsipness to finish.

Light bodied, but not watery. Carbonation is middle of the road. Mouthfeel works fine here.

Certainly not a tough beer to down. I get more American Blonde Ale than APA from this beer. Pretty decent session type brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull orange with a foamy 2 finger plus eggshell white head. Retention was excellent as a spotty and clumpy lacing sticks well to the glass walls. Visible effervesce was faint with 2-3 tiny micro bubble streams lazily rising upwards.

S: light oranges and fresh green leaves. Sweet buttered malt is well detected here along with a candy sweetness. Overall the aroma was decent, perhaps more buttery sweet malt wise then hopping, and was moderate in strength.

T: The flavor starts off with tart orange peels, medium in strength before moving to a dryness of straw and lemongrass hopping. Some herbal notes of dry celery and some sour fruity notes tasted as well. There was a dried honey toast and buttery malting sweetening up things a bit with a nice bittering fade of lemongrass and dried citrus flower notes on the fade and finish.

M: a fairly good thick consistency, with a smooth buttery creamy texture that sat well on the tongue.

D: Decent drinkability, nicely hopped for a blonde with better then average regards here.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap (served in a flute): Golden beer with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with some floral malt. Taste is very enjoyable with an excellent mix of floral malt and hops. Overall, this is a great refreshing pale ale. This beer is way better on tap then in bottle.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Her color was a shy yellow-golden, with a good carbonization and many happy bubbles floating around. Her head was generous at first, then went to a medium size and slowly dissapared in beer heaven.

The smell was also shy, but some aromas of fruits were detectable, but also a smell of water. The first sip I was able to taste the fruit of that beer, it was a bit hoppish, with an after-taste that wasnt that bad. An oily feel characterized that beer which is not that bad.

Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet grainy malt with floral and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall decent drinkability but otherwise uneventful.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ye Olde Orchard in Montreal. Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Clear, light golden in color. Mildly biscuity, mildly hoppy, mildly creamy. Little to no head or lacing. Easy to drink but not very flavorful, but not bad. Lots of sweetness noted upon warming.

Photo of Treborofmoria
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, pleasant aroma of citrus and hops. Creamy white head. A belgian style pale ale. Very smooth on a summer day with a good hop bitterness to give it enough mouthfeel. First time I've tried this brewery and am impressed. Another quality Canadian product.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

342ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - golden dark yellow colour, small white head that hangs around for a while

S - smells of hops, bready, distinctive smell.. notes of corn, and a hint of fruit

T&M - average carbonation, somewhat bitter taste. The hops really come through. Slightly creamy..

D - I find this beer to be quite similar to the St Ambroise pale ale. A decent beer that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. It had a filtered golden color to it, not bad, a lot of bubbles are noticed right away.

Smell - Very sweet, grassy. It has a boozy note once this one warms.

Taste - Sweet from the get-go. Not much of a hop presence, if any, very crisp citrus and lemon is easily picked up. More and more flavors emerge as it warms.

Mouthfeel - this one had a lot of carbonation, but the bubbles were still soft, nothing unpleasant. light to medium in body.

Drinkability - I can see this one going very well with food, and having it on a hot summer day. The sweetness, became a bit cloying to me, but otherwise, it's a decent brew!

Photo of Shiloh
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pale ale..the brew arrives a nice deep golden colour but very murky with a limited head..The aroma has a very slight scent of the yeast..The taste is exceptional as it seems hops orientated with a minor in malts. I would recomend this ale to all..

Photo of ludachris
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. I'm a fan of both APA's and McAuslan's, so lets see how this one fairs.

Pours a clear apple juice gold with a one finger white head that quickly recedes, leaving minimal lace. A strong and lively amount of carbonation fuels the outer ring of head left behind.

Light smell of grainy malt, biscuit, apple, a touch of citrus and fresh floral hops.

Refreshing notes of apple, citrus and light, biscuity malt are quickly followed by a crisp and whispy floral hop finish and a subdued metallic taste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is light and wet throughout. Refreshing amount of carbonation and a decent balance, but nothing special.

Overall, it seems like another beer that falls short of the McAuslan standard. Light and refreshing but at the same time, a watered down and flavour-lacking APA. I'd split on a pitcher of this with some of my buddies, but that's about the only time I could see myself drinking this again.

Photo of SebD
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready/grainy malts with grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant grainy malt taste to it with a slight grassy hop bitterness and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice light balance.

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

Photo of TheDeuce
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Griffon Extra a Brasserie T! in Montreal Quebec Canada.

Appearance-served in a pint, bright golden color with a medium sized neat head. Radiant color, heavy carbonation. Looks nice here.

Smell-fairly strong aroma of light fruit, balanced hop and toasted malt. Straw and hay as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, balanced flavors work well thought they may be a little weak. Finish is fairly clean but the taste is typical of a blonde, the light balance is refreshing. Decent job.

Overall-nice beer, tasted great on a hot day, can stand with others of the same style.

Photo of maddmaxstar
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

McAuslan Griffon Blonde, Extra Pale Ale

A - Golden straw colour, slight amber hue. 2 finger head when poured into a Sam Adams Pint glass, dies quick.

S - Faint touches of hops, not much smell to speak of.

T - Mild bitterness carries to the back of the throat, slight sweetness on the back of the tongue, slight cream flavour, very nice.

M - Very smooth, crisp, mild carbonation is just right. Refreshing.

D - I've had other pale ales before, this one is very nice and refreshing with a good somewhat creamy taste that's very pleasant. Another winner from McAuslan.

Rating 4/5 (B+)

Photo of nighthawk
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341mL bottle from Taster Pack poured into pint glass. Best-before date on back label.

Pours a crystal-clear gold with lots of carbonation streaming up through the beer. The head is a bubbly white, substantial at first and slowly receding to a thin haze. A few specks of lacing left here and there.

Some caramel, light toast and mildly bitter and tea hops make up the aroma.

A caramel and honey sweetness up front, fading to a soft biscuit before lightly bitter hops on the finish. A faint peach and floral/herbal tea in there too. Sweet, but not cloying, through and through.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and fairly refreshing, though it has low carbonation felt.

A nice balance makes this beer pretty drinkable, though it's not the most flavourful APA around. A decent beer to have on occasion.

Photo of berley31
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark blonde color, completely clear. Average-sized, white head sits on top and slowly fades to 1/4-finger or so.

S: There's a bit of bitterness coming through in the aroma, but I mostly smell cooked corn. Not good.

T: Luckily, the taste of cooked corn isn't quite as apparent as I would have guessed from the smell, but it IS still there. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Well, not terrible, but a real disappointment coming from McAuslan Brewing... I guess this is their attempt at making a beer for the masses?

Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is almost sweet but hops balance, closer to a Belgian blonde than an ABA. $1.75 for a 12oz (part of mixed 6-pak) from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

Photo of Long813
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass: Pint

A: Clear golden pour with a thin head. Tiny lacing,

S: Light malts and hops

T: Light and crisp with a hoppy aftertaste

M: Low-medium body, that adds character

D: Easy to drink, nothing special about this though. It's a step up from a macro and that's all that can be said.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Griffon Extra Blonde from Montreal Quebec
The look of the beer is a yellow golden beer. Very light. Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that disappear slowly.
The smell is nice also. Interesting smell that you just wanna start drink it.
The taste of it is pretty damn good. For a blonde this is much better that those Molson dry, Coors or Budweiser.But for me the finish is not quite good because you have that corn taste.
So overall would I recommend it ? For sure. This is a nice Blonde Ale. A bit expensive but the quality is there and you won t be disappointed. You have a nice smell, a nice taste, less on the finish but overall this is a good beer.

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Griffon Extra Blonde from McAuslan Brewing
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