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 by Kmat10:
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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 joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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 vanrassel
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Ryften
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -55.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zach_tateman
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IronDjinn
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of BigBry
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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 derdtheterd
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Voonder
2.88/5  rDev -15%
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 bumchilly25
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Long813
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LagerHOGGER
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
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 MasterOfArgos39
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
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 BeerAndBoSox
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Corson
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Curt3
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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