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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPANorm's Raggedy Ass IPA

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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 07-30-2013

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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 35
Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice malt level. Lacks hop flavor. 83/100

Photo of Lloydness
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Light colored ipa. Smooth, not too bitter.

Photo of KidDoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Detroit airport. Not bad overall. Lot's of better choices in the world but very serviceable.

Photo of RateDoc
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy the taste of this IPA. Seems easier to drink and less filling then some others I've had plus it local!

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.43/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fairly decent flavor after a somewhat off-putting sour aroma.

Photo of jimdisser
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What I'm drinking at this moment. Griffin Claw is my favorite local brewery (Detroit). Wonderful concoction, this.

Photo of derekalmost
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely incredible IPA. I would choose this of Two Hearted any day.

Photo of KlayWey
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good color and clarity, just not the flavor profile I was expecting.

Photo of johncopter
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better on draft than in can.

Photo of btkling
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my top-3 IPAs for sure.... this stuff is awesome. A bit less hoppy than the DRIPA from Kuhnhenn. Both are amazing.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very balanced, nice clean flavors, a much more maltier IPA.

Photo of joe12pk
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me of Lagunitas Sucks. This is one of the best beer I've had so far...

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

The Raggedy Ass IPA is quite nice....a bit sweet....but nice. The beer poured a golden clear with thin yet thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent carries fresh hops and a subtle hard candy sweet scent. The taste starts sweet with almost that clearish opaque tropical fruit life saver type sweetness then comes a nice and not overpowering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and I would highly recommend trying it.

Type: Can

Photo of MIbeer27
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, undated

The can pours with a deep golden hue and a one finger, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is a huge hit of a creamy, bready malt sweetness joined with some tropical fruit and citrus.

Taste follows the nose with an even better balance of the aforementioned tropical fruit and creamy, candied malt.

Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent. The body itself is super light as it is drank, but leaves behind a sticky sweetness. Bitterness is on the medium-high end and perfectly combats the hops and malt sweetness.

Overall, I think I have found my favorite year-round IPA. The creamy malt aspect of this beer, along with the fruity hops make this beer oh so drinkable!

Sidenote: I had Norm's Raggedy Ass on tap a few weeks ago and the beer was even better, with the fruity hops slightly outshining the creamy malt (opposite out of the can). Either way, one I will have a hard time turning down again, especially for $7.99 for a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans!

Photo of JeffONeal
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First thing that hit me when I opened the can was a burst of fruity hops the was unexpected. If the amazin smell had lasted into the glass' this would be an epic brew. I love the pale yellow color. It's rare to find an India PALE Ale these days that is actually pale. Great lacing and a continuous thin layer of white foam. Aromas of pineapple, ginger, honey, and Sugar In The Raw. It has a toasted marshmallow front end malt backbone with a sweet mild ginger and pineapple finish with a perfect amount of hop bitterness. If I have any concerns it would be the mouth feel, it is not as full bodied as I would like. The beer is improving in aroma and flavor nicely as it warms up a bit.

Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a slightly dark orange color with some lighter accents along the edges. Poured with a massive head of about three fingers, which settled in to about half a finger while drinking. Active carbonation is a touch low but about right for the style.

Smell: Medium bodied pine bitterness with some orange peel and saturated citrus on the front. Light caramel and toffee malts open up on the body. Some pleasant lighter fruits can be picked up on the body as well with accents of pomegranate, papaya, and kiwi.

Taste: Soft fruits greet the palate, then are quickly accompanied by caramel malts. The hop profile takes a different turn on the body, adding waves of heavier oranges and tangerines but still having some lighter accents of papaya, kiwi, and grapefruit. Creamy malts, cover the palate on the back end with linger accents of pine and toffee.

Mouthfeel: The lower carbonation fits well with the creamy malt textures in this brew. Very drinkable, a touch of booze sting keeps the drinker on their toes.

Overall: Nice offering from Griffin Claw. It has a lot of accents that a middle of the road IPA would have, but the soft fruits and distinctive mouthfeel set this one in the above average range.

Photo of Erniepeters
2.51/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had a funky taste that I have not been able to place. Not sure if I got a bad can or there is something in this beer that I can't identify. I will have to try it again some day to make sure it wasn't just a bad can. Or the beer I had before this one affected my taste. I love some of their other offerings.

Photo of lochef81
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on a recent stop at Griffin Claw. It pours a very clear golden copper color with a small white head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The nose is a well balanced blend of citrus and pine hops and bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decently sticky resin quality. Carbonation is perfect on tap. The flavor is a bit hoppier than the nose but still quite well balanced by a backbone of bready malts. This is quite good on tap, not so mu h in cans. If you get a chance to stop at the brewery. ..please do, you won't regret it.

Photo of Billet
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice IPA, which is saying a lot because their are so many good IPAs to choose from. It has a nice golden color, lighter than many IPAs, and is very clear. It is lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. The smell is mildly sweet and hoppy, with a taste to match. This IPA is less piney and citrusy than most. It is not overly bitter, but you can tell it is an IPA for sure. It has a medium to light body and has a light honey type sweetness, it drinks easily. Very well done.

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Tigers game on Sunday.Poured copper with a thicker but quick to fade white head.Alot of malt in the nose with caramel/biscuit malts standing out,citric hops are present but not real big.The hops are a little more assertive on the palate giving some tropical fruit and citrusy notes,the malt base is still pretty hefty giving off some sweet caramel and breadiness.Not bad but not a big hop assertive ipa,still better than most of what you are gonna get at a ballgame.

Photo of Augusta3
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to try this beer because of its interesting name, and I was pretty surprised by how much I liked it!

Appearance: very cloudy and does not have the best color... it sort of looks like a dirty golden color.
Aroma: VERY hoppy (I love hops) and fruity with a slight amount of malts
Taste: I was surprised how much fruit came through in the taste. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.
Overall: I have gotten this beer every time I see it on tap at my local bar. Very hoppy, so if you do not like hops, do not get it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - It has a sweet candy smell. I also smell some citrus and pine but not significantly.

T - It doesn't have huge flavor. I taste some caramel malt and mild citrus. There is a slight pine bitterness at the end. Then a clean finish.

M - Moderate.

O - This beer reminds me of a session IPA with the lighter taste and smell, but the 7.25% abv take it up a notch. I like it. It has a lighter taste but a higher abv.

Photo of OMills
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Nice caramel color with a 2 finger white head. Head retention was moderate last about 1 minute.

S- Nice fruity aroma. Getting a lot of peaches and some hop presence.

T- Very fruity especially peaches. Bitterness is nice but a little underwhelming for the style. Hop taste is bit absent.

M- I find this perfect. Not too carbonated and not overly watery.

O- It's a pretty good beer overall, but not a great example of the style. IMO it could up the hop profile much more. I find it pretty good overall though.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy brown / orange with a a finger of white fluff. Maintains at a thin layer of bubbles in the center of the glass.

S - Floral, citrus, piney, faintly resinous. Slightly bread and some yeast in the nose as well.

T - Nice citrus snap up front balanced by some yeast / bread dough and malts. Finishes semi dry on the palate that lingers.

O - A medium bodied and nicely balanced IPA. Solid offering - worth a shot.

Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-malt, tropical fruit, light citrus,light pine,slight sweetness

T-grains, pineapple, citrus, pine, slight sweetness, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation smooth

O-a very tropical flavors IPA, easy drinking

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.