Griffon Extra Blonde | McAuslan Brewing

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Griffon Extra BlondeGriffon Extra Blonde

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 102
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikemueller2112
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of Mandrake
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of eat
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of rugene
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of VirusQc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of irishkyle21
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #295

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Photo of Treborofmoria
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Griffon Extra Blonde from McAuslan Brewing
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