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: 38
Hads: 407
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 40.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 94 | 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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 407
Photo of mynie
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Slapshotz at terminal A of the Detroit airport. Good tap list there,

Pours a dark yellowish that looks kinda sickly compared to the dregs of this Shorts I just had. Smells a little funky and earthy with minimal complexity. Tastes likewise funky.. Been a while since I've come across that flavor... Buttery diactyl! I thought they figured out how to knock this out.

Anyhow, it's more or less drinkable. That's the best I can say.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: An opaque amber with off-white one-finger head that settled quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Oranges, mangoes, peaches and apricots. Citrus abounds here.

T: Follows nose with apricots at the forefront. So smooth with very low bitterness. A real convincing taste for those scared away by the letters IPA. Sweet and fruity with a pinch of resin. Easy drinking.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise from Griffin Claw. Love the name. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of mabermud
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Solid amber body. White dense head.
Smell: Tropical fruit.
Taste: Tropical fruit and good peach. Nice hit of bitterness and tang. Juice.
Feel: Smoother than not. Medium and mixed finish.

Overall - Very well. This could be a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had straight from can. Aroma is floral and citrus hop notes, with some sweet maltiness. Doesn't give off the impression of being a huge hop-bomb, and follows through. Tastes clean and sweet, with a bit of tropical-citrus hoppy goodness without being too harsh or bitter. Great hot day in the back yard ale. 7.2 ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft, shaker pint. Plae yellow golden color, white head. Earthy, grassy hop aroma. Not much malt flavor in taste at all. Needs more balance for me, body is very thin. Higher carbonation

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (what a great invention)

Pours hazed medium amber, nice ringed lacing left behind, like khaki froth

Ripe fruit and medium toast on the nose

Easy drinking and pleasant enough IPA. On the maltier side with mild piney and grainy hops coming on late. Better then decent, but did not blow me away with yummyness. Worth a try and certainly well crafted.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

boom boom thanks to the bandit for tossing this my way from a LIF on TB as an extra! enjoyed from a local brewpub's oversized wine glass.

deep amber orange glows, massive frothy ipa head sheets of lace. nose is resinous toffee hop with phenolic alcohol briskness...almost American barleywine. taste follows the nose...alcoholic glaze over a toffee resinous hop. not bad but not really my thing

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Photo of Bottleguy
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Holy hops. IPA is a tough breed for me. I either love em, or hate em. This beer in particular isn't something I would purchase again. Pale and bitter, very bitter. I can see where many hopheads would enjoy this. Just isn't for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of deebo
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of Gear54
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of JeffONeal
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Erniepeters
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Billet
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Augusta3
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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