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Red Rock Flanders Red - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Red Rock Flanders Red
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BA SCORE
89
very good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBrewo on 07-30-2013)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Griffin Claw Brewing Company taproom in Birmingham, Michigan. It arrived in a house goblet, showing a deep ruby tawny coloring. It held a half finger tall head of latte colored bubbles, showing okay retention. This left patterned lacing around the glass as it went, eventually settling into a film across the top of the liquid. A definite haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave notes of freshly pressed apple cider, fig, dark and sour cherry, red raspberry and peach iced teas, toffee, amber, and pale malt base, lemon rind, vinyl plastic bite, and distant rumbles of cooling but puckering Bretty yeastiness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was much more fruity than you might expect for the style, but without any of that inherent sweetness, and in a much more mild manner. As we sipped, the palate flooded with lemon zing, browned apples, funky Bretty yeast and wild bacterial bitterness, red and pale maltiness, dry red wine astringency, and walnut and pistachio oiliness. The middle came to a head with bittered vinyl plastics, orange pulp, fermented apricot wine, booze, cranberry and lemon tartness, soured brown malts, and continued Bretty yeast. The ending wash came with tinny metallics, fusel alcohols, soured red cherry, lemon zest, candied apples, dried pine cones, amber malt, gravel, and fresh vanilla. The aftertaste breathed of light citric hoppiness, soured vinegar, copper, alcohol, peppery booze, brown and amber maltiness, chalked yeast, soured Bretty juiciness, autumn leafiness, and acorn oils. The body was medium, and the carbonation was light to medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with decent finishing pop. The mouth was slickly coated, with partial drying astringency and puck of the soured yeastiness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer glugged back easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. This showed boldness, with excellent sour yeastiness and bite, especially as it warmed. The flavoring showed more of the same, but was a bit light for the style and our taste buds alike. The malts, too, were on the darker and more bittered side, taking away from the style’s usual sweeter fruity inclusions, and making a more malt forward and dominant beverage. With this beer it seemed like they were trying to ease up on the overt sourness and fruitiness of the style, and instead make it more approachable for people who may not be familiar with such bold beers. While this certainly aids drinkability, it makes it slightly less exciting for those of us who want to be knocked off our seats with those unique flavors. That said, this was a tasty treat, and again, something highly approachable and drinkable for many.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 22:21:16 | More by TheBrewo
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