Rutting Elk Red | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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Rutting Elk RedRutting Elk Red

Brewed by:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium bodied beer with slight caramel and roast flavours.

This traditional Scottish style amber ale uses a combination of various roasted and pale malts to create its distinctive character.

Mahogany in colour, Rutting Elk Red is a great intro into the darker beers. People who want to move beyond our pale beers or have some beer knowledge will enjoy this classic.

Added by stirgy on 11-25-2003

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 38
Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker-style 20 oz pint glass at The Grizzly Paw brewpub (Canmore, AB).

A: Dark caramelly amber red with short cap of beige head with a thin cap of lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet and malty with a toasty note. The hops are minimal and mainly herbal and earthy.

T: The flavor is decent but uninspired and a little flat and flabby. The maltiness is there and sweet with a lot of caramel flavor, but there is little to no crispness or definition to the maltiness - it hangs there and there is either not enough countering bitterness or it has a one-dimensional malt profile. There is a bit of a toasty edge to it, and I thought this was an Irish red ale. There is no yeast or alcohol character and it is a very sweet beer.

M: The beer seems nondescript and flaccid without much body, kind of thin with a lot of sweetness. Carbonation is low which doesn't really help matter much.

O: I didn't think this was really a very good beer. It could use a little more of a signature element of maltiness -- as it stands it has a lot of caramel sweetness with a light toasty character but not mich else going for it. I think they should spring for more interesting British caramel malts and cut them way back and blend them with some more toasty malts, up the bitterness 4-5 IBUs, up the carbonation, and provide a brwe with some defintion. This beer just seems tired and I bet none of the brewers pick this very often for their end-of-shift pint.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me start off by saying, this is one of those beers you let someone try who is just getting into craft beers and who likes something a little sweeter. In fact, I believe it was this beer that turned me onto craft beer and had me wanting to explore the wide world of craft beer. It pours a lovely reddish pale brown with a nice amount of head. It smells really nice with a caramelly pleasant aroma. It's nice and tasty and definitely something to consume apre-ski or even avant-ski, as it is an easy drinker. Give this one to your buddies who talk smack about "craft beer being too expensive", as you can get a 6 pack for about the same price as crap Molson products.

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany colour with a finger width of creamy frothy head.

Smell - Roasted nuts and malts, hint of plum, slight floral hops.

Taste - Roasted nuts and malts (as picked up in the aroma) with a sweet finish. Little bit of floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall - An enjoyable Scottish Ale by Grizzly Paw. Excellent roasted malt notes come through in the smell and taste, definitely the star of the show.

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

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/5/12

A clear reddish amber with a few bubbles but not much for head or lace

S a little nutty chocolate, tea bag and leafy herbal hops

T mimics the smell quite well, decent stuff but far from mind blowing

M medium bodied, mild carbonation and quite slick

O reminds me more of a nut brown then a red but decent nonetheless

OK beer but I'm hoping its not the best offering at the brewpub, I'd get board before finishing a 6er

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a darker amber color with a nice size head. The smell is a bit earthy and sweet. The taste is rather malty, and thereofore a bit sweet, but not overpowering. An about average strength in the overall flavor as well. Overall a good beer, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

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Photo of spree92
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy amber/red that lightens at the edge. Zero head and zero lacing. Has a dirty malt aroma to it. The taste is malt, a weak caramel and a sweet hop. A touch heavy on the carbonation. This would make a decent, cheap daily red drinker. Right in the middle for ok beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml single bottle - thanks to Zyn, a new store in Calgary that, just, well, gets it. It has indeed been a number of years since my last late evening jaunt through downtown Canmore, inevitably ending up at the brewpub, for better or worse, eh lads? Oh, and cool name for a mountain-bred brew, if you don't think too hard about it.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and mostly soapy beige head, which leaves a bit of floating cobwebbed lace around the glass as things evenly sink away.

It smells somewhat mildly of semi-sweet toasted biscuit/bready malt, a touch of caramel and toffee sweetness, nutty cocoa notes, steeped black tea, and soft floral, earthy hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, with a touch of sour astringency, roasted nuts, ethereal generic tea notes, a bit of pithy lemon, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a plodding frothiness pushing us forward, the body on the lighter side of all things medium weight, with some fruity pithiness informing the otherwise meek smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the muddled, and nondescript caramel malt carrying on as ever was, in the face of a somewhat dry, and innocuous earthy hoppiness.

A pretty standard, and yet generally underwhelming Canadian amber ale. Nothing off-putting, and drinkable enough, I suppose. Probably still good for those end of the night, "just one more pitcher, guys!" kind of situations...something I must confess to acquiescing to just too many times (hey Craig!), all of which duly colour my current opinion, I'm certain.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.

The beer has a rich, mahogany tinted red tone that, ironically enough, would look quite befitting in an elk lodge motif. If I knew of any stronger word than 'perfect' I'd use it to describe this clarity. Despite a prominent white outline the beer has not a shred of head, it's as if the surface intentionally segregates the two colours.

I never get too carried away with the aroma but I do like it. It has a fair dose of both bitter and sweet smells that springs thoughts of melted toffee and biscuity, lightly roasted malts. It throws a bit of a wrench in the works, however, with a faint corny smell if left to sit too long without being swirled. My sense of smell is telling me this should be just OK.

There's a certain proportion of hops to malt for amber ales that many Americans breweries have perfected to a tee. I'm not exactly sure if it's an exact number like Pie or what, but I know it when I taste it and this ratio is pretty far off. I like the sweeter, caramelly amber malts but they'd be better off with a little more of that tropical hoppiness.

And that's as true for flavour as it is for mouthfeel; a little more bitterness never hurt anybody. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for malty red ales and love the toffee-like sweetness - this one has a flattering smidgen of roast too - but in this particular case I think a few more IBUs would add a welcome few extra pounds to an otherwise underweight beer.

You'd probably never want to run into a rutting elk - the horny animal I mean, not the beer. I was actually very happy to have encountered this Grizzly Paw offering, it was one of my favourites of the ten or so of their beers I was able to try during my stay in Canmore. While it's bound to appeal more to the masses I'm sure it's something no one could dislike.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cheers to my fellow BA for the bottle swap!

A - Pours a bark brown with a red tint, thin layer of head with little retention, leaving no lacing.

S - This one is quite bready with sweet caramel and toffee. Some mild roasted coffee on the finish.

T - This one is very tangy and bitter, with rather complex flavours. I'd almost go as far to say as this one has a caramel apple flavour which lingers. The bready malts tend to dominate, but there is some mildly noticeable roasted coffee as well.

M - This one has bite. It bubbles up sharply, and when combined with the bitter tangy flavours, it finishes with bite. I found it a little strong for my liking, but some may enjoy such a feel.

D - This beer is quite unique. Flavours are strong, yet mild enough not to offend anyone. The mouthfeel was a little much for my liking, however, I wouldn't go as far as to say it completely detracts from the beer. I would definitely recommend this one to any red ale fan. Tasty offering from a great brewpub!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a deep amber, clear, with very little head that retained okay for what was there
S - a mix of nutty and bready malts, nice citrus hops, and hints of apple and smoke
T - sweet and nutty malts up front, the citrus hop taste is very subtle but there, a combination slightly bitter a smoky finish that is very pleasing
M - well carbonated, a little heavy and tart at first, but finishing with a slightly dry feel
D - a solid red ale, decent mix of flavours, not sure if I'd want to have more than a couple in a sitting given it's a little heavy

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A nice rich clear deep red color....almost leaning towards a chestnut tone. Didn't provide much of a head with a fairly hard pour but was does remain is a frothy, fine bubbled layer of foam over top the liquid. Much like their other brews, this one doesn't leave much lacing....very fine and thin. I also appears to have a creamy quality to it....doesn't seem to be overly carbonated.

S- I really notice a good hopped bitterness in the aroma. There's also some typical roasted malt qualities as well as some mild fruity and yeasty a light Christmas fruitcake!

T- This is a really nice tasting red! Good hop bitterness, and the roasted malts provide some dark chocolate notes, along with a molasses taste. Sweet but with a really good balance to finish off. The only thing I might notice that other reviewers have noted is a bit of a metallic flavor but it's not enough for me to think this is bad.

M- This is average for a red, which is good. Medium body and the carbonation is fine and I don't feel overdone. The bubbles are also fine which helps to break up the very forward flavors of this beer. This reminds me very much of what molasses is like...of course without the bubbles and not nearly as thick, but you get the idea.

D- While I really like this beer, it's not one that I'd have a bunch of in a row, but rather 1-2 then move on. I feel that this is a decent beer and is very enjoyable....would go well with a meal I think! Good job!

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Photo of Voonder
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very deep dark red almoust brown with very thin white head. Head dissapeared almoust immediately.
Very nice bitter smell with a touch of hops and dark chocolate.
A bit watery taste, roasted malt, hops. Not the best of this kind. Feels too much carbonated.
Not very drinkable beer, I wouldn't have more than couple pints of this.

Overall, it's a decent beer, I would have it on occasion, but again, there are much better brews of this style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of yeast and sourness is pretty strong with some roasted malt. Taste is dominated by some acidity and sourness with some roasted malt that is still discernable behind this mess. Definitely this one is infected and I usually don’t post review of infected beer leaving the benefit of the doubt to the brewers but since I don’t seem to be the only one with a bad bottle I will be posting this review.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but the Grizzly Paw has done a decent job with this beer and I'd have another if offered.

This is a good-looking beer, pouring a nice copper colour with some amber hues and a creamy head capping it off. The head quickly dwindled to a thin ring that left almost no lacing on the sides of my glass.

I smelled mainly grassy hops and that's what I tasted as well: a nice bitterness up front. The malt is there, ever so slightly, with a just a hint of bread in the aroma. There's a nice dry finish, but the mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking.

I bought a six-pack of bottles at the pub in Canmore, but it's nice to see some of the Grizzly Paw labels making it to stores in Calgary. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for others to try.

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Photo of BigBry
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Grizzly Paw Brewpub is bottling more and seems to be gaining a larger distribution around Alberta, have seen them at the last couple Beer Fests.
This is a pretty typical Red - clear, deep reddish brown, especially when held up to the light. Small white head that forms a thin cap, good stability with thin lace. Aroma is quite strong of bitter hops, with some grassy/grainyness. Flavour is what you expect - all bitter hops, strong flavor with full aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy but pretty average. I would have again, even if just to help out a local brewer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another label to be found available in cans from Canmore's Grizzly Paw Brewpub here in Calgary.

This is a great looking red, nearly a clear chestnut colour, but a deep rich amber when held up to the light. Small yet thickish head that caps the ale almost all the way down the glass. Nose contains a balance of floral and bittering hops, a grassy, almost herbal character to it. Flavour is all hops, bold up front with a flowery finish. Mouthfeel is creamy with an oily finish on the palate. Very refreshing for a red, it doesn't completely blow my skirt up, but I do like it a lot. I bought the last 6 pack available at the time, but will definitely keep an eye out for more.

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Rutting Elk Red from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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