Norm's Gateway IPA - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Norm's Gateway IPANorm's Gateway IPA

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: midlifec on 06-08-2014

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Griffin Claw's Norm's Gateway IPA last week for $1.29 at The Lager Mill. This beer was just recently released and since Griffin Claw seems to have some skills when it comes to IPA's I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice design to it and it think it's a little eye catching. It poured a pale yellow color that was just a little clear and it took on more of a golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some pale malt, slightly grainy and some light sweet malts with a light amount of doughy yeast showing up in the back ground. The malts only show up for a second and they are quickly followed by a good amount of hops that impart a mixture of citrus, tropical fruit and spicy hops aromas with the spicy hops seem to show up just a little more than the fruity hops. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and I thought it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the hops which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's a light berry like flavor thrown into the mix and the spicy hops still seem to stick out the most. On the finish there's a low amount of medium bitterness with a slight grainy malt, fruity and spicy hop like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting aroma, it was pretty similar to the aroma and I have no complaints.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought this was a nice example of a session IPA, it seemed to be pretty true to style and it had pretty much everything that a nice Session IPA should have, but it didn't have that extra tasty hop profile that some of the best of the style seem to have. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be a good amount of me and I think more than that and the hop profile might start to wear on me a little, but I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy in the summer. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, it was nice to have a little bit of those malts show up in the taste and aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was that the fruity hops didn't show up a little more, I wish the fruity hops stuck out the most and that the spicy hops showed up in the background. I might buy this beer again, but with Founders All Day IPA readily available I don't think I will be picking it up often, but I wouldn't turn one down and it's priced nicely. I would recommend this beer to people who like session IPA's. All in all I was happy with this beer, but I can't say I was all that impressed, it was nice and at the very least that's what I expect from Griffin Claw, but it doesn't really seem to be a stand out in the style. This isn't my favorite beer from Griffin Claw or Session IPA, but it's not a bad beer by any means, I just prefer Founder's All Day IPA. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, pine. Taste is hops up front, malts at the finish, refreshing, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but drinks much more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +4%

12 oz. can
Served in a snifter

It is straw colored with two inches of white head. Some lacing clings to the side of the glass.

It has a nice citrus aroma. I also get some tropical fruit.

It has nice citrus flavor. I even get a little pineapple.

Thin mouthfeel

This is either a good session IPA, or I may be finally embracing the style. I could also be biased. I like the brewery, and I like the idea of getting an eight pack for $8.99 and not being price gauged on a low abv IPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Secret Santa BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head. Big juicy citrus hop aroma with hints of cracker and bread with just a touch of sweet maltiness. Decent brew, but these session ipa's always feel too thin to me I just can't get into them.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops with some light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops and light malt balance; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected for 4%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. Good complexity and balance of bright citrus/grassy hops with light malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Tikidude13
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Michigan session IPA. It embodies the idea of a session. Good hop nose, easy yet moderate mouth feel, exceptional hop profile. Everything you want from a session IPA.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to Trent. Thanks, buddy!

A hazy orange yellow colour, it gives me about a 1 finger's worth of thick foam.

A nice nose of pine and grapefruit greet my nosebuds.

Grapefruit and pine in the taste, I'm sensing a bit of bread as far as the malt goes.

On the light side of medium bodied, a bit too much carbonation, imho.

Good bitter flavours, good drinkability. I like. Especially that it clocks in at 4.0 % abv.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2 can. No date, but canned recently. Poured into a shaker.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze. Decent lacing. Only a thin bit of foam on top.

Smell: Lots of lime/lemon citrus. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet. A bit light. Very pleasant.

Taste/feel: Citrus and pine most simply. Little malt sweetness on the finish... crystal malt? Really drinkable and tasty. Not very bitter. Feel is decent. Thin, but not to the consistency of water.

One of my shortest reviews ever. It's a good beer and a very nice session IPA... I might prefer it to All Day, actually. I think I do. It's pretty close. This is an enjoyable beer that I could easily drink a six pack of if I were outside all day long working, playing baseball, cutting the grass...

A bit surprised. I liked it quite a lot.

Photo of MIbeer27
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, undated

Appearance is a slightly hazy, golden hue and a one finger white head. The head slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is nice hit of caramel and bready malts, join by faint citrus (lemon) and grassy hops in the background.

Taste follows the nose almost exactly, with the bready malts taking over the caramel. Hops again linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, leaving a subtle stickiness on the palate. Carbonation is medium with medium bitterness.

Overall, this is a solid session IPA that doesn't quite compete with the likes of Founders All Day IPA. I would have liked the hops to shine through a lot more than they actually did. I suspect that I am drinking an older can based on other reviews, but who knows as there is no canning date (get on this Griffin Claw!)

Photo of daveshu22
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright for a light abv ipa

Norm's Gateway IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.