Griffon Red Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of EMH73
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with a half inch well retained white head that left moderate lacing. Smells of caramel, lightly roasted malts and an earthly quality. Tastes of caramel, sweet malts, a light orange flavor in the background, light hop presence and a grassy quality. Light bodied and carbonation, slightly dry mouth feel.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark copper color with lots of activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of butterscotch, roasted grains, berries, apricot, nutmeg, ginger, butter, herbal spices. Highly sugary and almost candy like, but with sharp bitter spices. Creamy and smooth full body with soft crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, bitter leafy red ale spices, fruity esters and burnt malts, with notes of walnuts and peppercorn. A bit dry, chalky, and metallic. So you have a very sweet red ale here, but well compensated by the sharp finish. Decent freshness and a solid body. Highly inviting smell, good flavors and balance. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doctorpepperguy
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of -chii-
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PJT
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of talbotjf99
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured for a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz bar glass, 2 and a half fingers of foamy offwhite head sprung up immediatly and lasted a good few minuites before leaving a thick film behind. The beer itself pours a clear brownish amber. It looks like a half decent red ale nothing special.

Aroma - Caramel malts and wheat seem to stand out the most with some light floral hops in the background.

Taste - Immediately after tasting I get a wheaty zest and caramel followed by citrus and earthy tastes to finish it off. (orange peel and light grass). Again mediocre the way the flavors come together not bad but not great either.

Feel - This is a very light watery body with Very little carbonation feel. This is the weakest part of the beer to me.

Overall - I'm not saying this isnt a good beer its just not great. I wont buy it again but if its available I'll gladly drink it.

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Photo of theDuck
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryften
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Psykomike
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rugene
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MegaHurricaneDitka
2.92/5  rDev -17%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A brown-red with a finger or so of creamy beige head. Aroma is rich brown sugar, rather nutty and perhaps floral with a light fruity tang. Unfortunately I had high hopes for this brew and they were dashed, at least where the palate is concerned. Nice nutty malts but little else, dry and bitter compared to the nose, too much so for the style. Although admittedly not every red ale must be fruity and hop-fueled, this puts nut shells and an earthy bitterness front and center and I am left wanting more. Subtle toffee and chocolate poke out here and there. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth and slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation ... Little stands out here either. Unfortunate as this brewery can nail other styles (e.g., oatmeal stout). Oh well. All part of life's rich tapestry.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing review but Kevofficiel.
The look of it is more on the brown side than the red one. Really surprising. Nice carbonation with 1 finger of head that stays for a while but then disappear.
The smell is nice but it could come with more parfum with some maybe chocolate.
About the taste, Im a bit disappointed. I think it's about the finish that I didn t really like it. I don t think this is better than a Boreale Rousse or a Belle Gueule Rousse. But the Griffon Red Ale does the job. The price is a bit high.
So overall, would I recommend it ? To be honest with you I will say NO. Don't take me wrong this is not a bad beer at all but the reason why I say No its because there is much better for the same price here in Quebec. For me if I had the choice with a Boreale Rousse or even a Belle Gueulle I will go with those but not with the Griffon Rousse. But if you had the chance to try, well give it a try, its a nice beer but overall there is much better.

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Photo of Mikeb578
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of VirusQc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of slowfade
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fostachild
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Marie-Sophie
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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