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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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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 jrempel
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TheBeermin
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Odri
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted and bready malts along with caramel, some fruitiness and some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted and bready malts with some caramel, nuts and slight earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a slightly thin overall balance and feel.

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

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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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Photo of Mattgruv
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of citycrab
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 benbou17
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of greenengineer
2.85/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Noxious26
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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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 JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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