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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Reviews: 30
Hads: 380
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheBrewo on 07-30-2013

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated 16 oz can at 41 degrees into SA perfect pint
$ 2.09/16 oz can at Lager Mill
Aroma light floral
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to frothy layer with raised center
Lacing – head withdrawal leaves complete curtains
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor starts moderately bitter, ends with bitter aftertaste with long hang time; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25 (493 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled "pub" pint.
Straw gold in color with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Heady bouquet of pineapple and tropical hops
Taste-Pineapple, mango, sugar-coated grapefruit and some honey are well-balanced by a good dose of hops that never overpower. Amazingly light-bodied and very easy drinking. Excellent flavor and balance. Nothing "raggedy-ass" about this brew at all. Worth seeking out. (431 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Straight from the can so I will give an average rate in this department.

S - Smelled bitter. Quite bitter. Beautifully bitter. No further comment

T - Was not disappointed. Dank, bitter, and hoppy as all hell. It was quite delicious.

F - Sits well on the tongue and goes down very smooth. Carbonation is not a bothering factor with this one.

O - I liked it. A definite must-try for anybody who wants an IPA that borders between heavy and moderate. East drinker, and 6 of them will get you pretty toasty. (510 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

All bitters, and fairly unexciting. Very pale base; good effervescence, but not much else is drawn out of the malt. Not entirely unappealing, and entirely drinkable, but nonetheless there's little to whelm of wow here. (220 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear yellow ipa with a brilliant white head that sticks to the glass. Nice hoppy aroma that hits a bunch of different hop aromas. Taste is piney, citrusy, grassy, and a bit floral. Not too bitter but does linger as you go. Good ipa. (235 characters)

Photo of KLHBB
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Note to self: if you plan on drinking more than one brew in one setting, save the best for last. Just saying. Served in a pint glass at Slapshotz at the Detroit airport. Murky greenish Amber color, taste of hops and grassy. Solid choice for this style. Just not my fave style. (287 characters)

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 (511 characters)

Photo of MIbeer27
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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, 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! (964 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Joes Garage in Clio MI

Pour is golden yellow with 1 finger of white head that sticks to the glass very nicely

Smell is bitter bitter hops. Pine and citrus hops basically dominate the nose

Taste follows well. Hop forward with both citrus and hop notes. Just enough biscuit malt for balance and flavor but hops is the star of this show

Overall a crisp and refreshing IPA with lots of flavor and character (417 characters)

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. (689 characters)

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. (1,227 characters)

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. (306 characters)

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. (544 characters)

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. (516 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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. (532 characters)

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. (553 characters)

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. (516 characters)

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. (421 characters)

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 (306 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can, no date posted, poured into a Griffin Claw Goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with some light amber tones with a fair amount of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. A thick, frothy white head appears, about a finger or so high that has good retention and leaves a remarkable amount of soapy lace behind. The aroma is somewhat muted, bitter for sure, piney and earthy but comes out very unenthusiastically, some bready malts cut down the bitterness, but it lacks any complexity on the nose. The flavors are okay, bitter, piney, a bit of juicy citrus, a little floral character but strongly bitter and resinous with a pretty sturdy malt character as a backbone, but again, the flavors come off as a bit lazy and uninspired. The body is nice, rich, coating, lively and crisp with an easy finish that is nice and dry.

Verdict: Not a bad IPA from Griffin Claw, quaffable but just pretty middle of the road with no one element really standing out or being the showcase. With many great IPAs coming out of Michigan, I don't think I'd ever revisit this one. (1,104 characters)

Photo of GoneARye
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a sierra Nevada IPA glass. Large amounts of fluffy white head - actually had to pour carefully in two stages. Beer is a golden straw, slightly unfiltered looking. Good, thick lacing as the glass empties.
S: Piney, resiny notes, giving way to some mild floral flourishes, followed by a malty sweetness. Smells like a well put together IPA.
T: the malt tasted a tad on the sweet side, reminiscent of some imperials I've had, even though this is a standard IPA. A nice amount of bitterness blossoms as the beer plays over my tongue. A slight alcohol presence plays against the top of my pallets. The finish echoes the nose, and emphasizes the contrast between the bitter hops and the slight malty a sweetness.
MF: A little on the thinner side, but I also get tons of resiny slickness from the hops. A light carbonation lets the hops speak mostly for themselves.
O: Would definitely buy again if I could get this beer in WA. (941 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$2 16oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Very hazy yellow orange color. No visible particles. Creamy, offwhite head that's about two fingers high and most of it stays around. Phenomenal lacing. Beautiful beer.

Smell: Crystal and caramel malt sort of sweetness is the initial thing I notice, followed by a fresh balance of earthy hops with a nondescript fruitiness -- it's a bit tropical though. Pleasing to the nose.

Taste/feel: The feel is great, I'd just like to say that. A nice, full-bodied feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is like the smell where it's an interested blend of flavors that I can't quite pinpoint (helpful, I know). Definitely spicy with a grassy flavor. The sweetness from the malts with the hops also create that nondescript fruit flavor as well. Hard to describe, but easy to love. Fresh and delicious. Based on memory, I'd say this is the sweetest standard IPA I've ever had.

This is an extremely good beer... and it won a gold medal in 2010 for a reason. This will be one of my go-to IPAs if I'm in the mood for one and headed to a party or something. Interestingly, this beer is an IPA, but it drinks more like a double IPA. It's got a bit of a heavier body to it with quite a lot of sweetness to it as well. Maybe that's why this beer is rated as "low" as it is on this site? Different expectations? I can definitely see why people would think this beer is a bit too sweet though. In any event, NRA IPA is one of the best IPAs I've had in quite awhile. For $7 for a four-pack of 16oz cans as well, the price is absolutely fantastic.

Two biggest flaws: It is quite sweet, so be prepared, and there's no canning date... get on the ball, Griffin Claw. (1,721 characters)

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

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but was released recently in cans. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon peel, citrus rind, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, light bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/pine hop and light-moderate malt presence; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange/lemon peel, citrus rind, light caramel, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of bright hop flavors with light-moderate malt presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good complexity of bright hop flavors with light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,380 characters)

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Piney floral hops with a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - Nice amount of sweetness upfront. Citrus comes through midway through. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice dry sticky mouthfeel.

O - This is a very easy drinking IPA. Good clean flavors. Very enjoyable. (416 characters)

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.