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:
118
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Drake Hotel. Cold but not too cold. Some hop, some body, a tad metallic, but drinkable. Bit of reddish colour. Not the best from this brewery. A bit aggressive carbonation, bitterness is significant but more than balanced by malting.Some sugar.

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

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear brown ale with a large foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma is comprised of some nice malt. Taste is floral malt with very little bitterness. A good everyday beer but nothing very spectacular or inspiring.

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Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm thinking of a dark macro-lager here. I know it is an ale, but the body is so light as to give the impression of an adjunct laden beer.

The other demerit comes from the very mild nose. No off aromas, but neither is there any potency. The flavor is of a brown ale without any hop. Kind of one-dimensional.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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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 andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

Flashback #296

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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 Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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 DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ZachT
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife & I were bicycling along the canal during our recent visit to Montreal. It was a hot day, so you can imagine my delight when I spotted this brewery.

They have a small garden and bar set-up in the back of building. Note that they also offer some food for hungry walkers/bikers.

Served in a pint glass, this beer is light brown with red highlights. Fluffy tan head and some nice lacing make this an attractive beer.

The nose is of fresh malts, wheat crackers, fresh apples and a wee bit of citrus.

The taste is nicely sweet with a bit of toasted malts. While the hops are not really prominent, they are clearly at work here and add some balance. This is a friendly sort of beer and would be an easy one to session or match with food.

The mouth is best described as soft. This is another easy drinker from this brewery. Well done!

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Photo of bobsy
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at The C’est What? Fall Festival of Beers. Poured a reddish brown with a small bubbly beige head. Subtle sweet malt aroma. Creamy malt taste with slight bitterness in the finish. Smooth and medium-bodied. This is a solid beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Griffon Red Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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