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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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 82 | 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 JeffONeal
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 deebo
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of SerBennett
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally! Griffin Claw has launched their flagship beers in a 4-pack of 16oz cans!

A: Much lighter than one might expect from an IPA. Almost a pale-golden hue. Good lacing, but no head retention.

S: Ohhh my. Huge hop bitterness. Very piney. If you don't like piney IPAs, stay away from this one. I love them, however, so I think this beer smells fantastic. Almost no maltiness present. This is all about the hops.

T: Just with the smell, huge hop bite, both up front and on the backend of the tongue. Little malt presence.

M: Just fantastic. Slight stinging/tingling with a very crisp lightness to it. Makes me want to have another sip as soon as I finish the first.

O: Griffin Claw is an awesome brewery, and I'm happy that they have finally started to make their beers available in beer stores. If only some of the other great MI brewers did this as well... (I'm looking at you, Kuhnhenn.)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 buschbeer
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RaulMondesi
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Um, it's ok. Kind of like top ramen; yeah, I guess, but it sure isn't my first choice. Unlike a Kardashian, it's a lil too sharp. There is a bite in the taste - and not a good one like your freaky ex was into. Also, like Lamar Odom's ex, it's not the prettiest thang Raul has ever seen.

Let's finish things off, shall we? Like a good mother-in-law, it's not off putting, but you'd still rather not have it around.


Photo of OMills
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Griffin Claw's Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA a couple days ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer a couple times over the years at some beer festivals when it was made at Big Rock Chop House, I remember liking it and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visual canning date, which is a little disappointing, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty good with a mean looking donkey with a fat cigar in it's mouth and there's a few quotes and info about the beer that makes the can look a little busy, but I don't mind it. It poured a very cloudy muddy golden color that took on more of a bright golden orange color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sheets of lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, the head, retention, and lacing were really nice, but the color was a bit weird looking and not that great looking.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops showing up front with a slight floral and piney aroma, but it's the citrus and tropical fruit hops aroma that stick out the most imparting a great fruit juice like aroma with orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit like aromas coming through. Up next comes a slight bit of grainy and pale malt aroma with a slight bit of sweet malts in the background. This beer had a really nice aroma, it may not have the best balance but i really like the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma but not as intense and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some hops showing up first and imparting a mixture of spicy, piney, floral, citrus, and fruity hop flavors that are pretty balanced with no one aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a light malt flavor with a light bit of grainy, pale malt, and bready flavors with a slight bit of sweet malts in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that doesn't linger with a hoppy and citrus rind like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I wish the hop profile was as fruity as it was in the aroma, but I still enjoyed it.

M- Very smooth, clean, crisp, slightly dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and I thought it was a good example of an American IPA, it wasn't mind blowing but I thought it was a pretty solid IPA and if the taste was more like aroma it might have been pretty awesome. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, clean, crisp, not too filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking two or three pints and think this would be a nice IPA to enjoy in the summer time. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma I thought it was very good and it was highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but the color wasn't that attractive looking. I would buy this beer again and i might consider getting a four pack sometime, especially during the summer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes IPAs, it's a good straight forward IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was pretty much just as good as I remember and I'm glad to be able to easily find cans of it. Good job guys, this was my first official Griffin Claw beer and it made for a good first impression, I'll be picking up the other two beers that were released, good job guys.

Photo of RateDoc
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 GoneARye
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Erniepeters
2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
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 Lloydness
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Light colored ipa. Smooth, not too bitter.

Photo of Augusta3
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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 lochef81
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 KlayWey
2.58/5  rDev -33%
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 TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Griffin Claw Brewing Company taproom in Birmingham, Michigan. It arrived in a house imperial pint glass, glowing a solid bronze coloring, with lighter golden hues let up around the edges. It held a one finger head of stark white foam, leaving a thick sheet of lacing all around the glass as it departed at a medium pace. A chill haze was noted to cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave a huge hoppy bouquet of fruity nectary varietals, bright citrics, and light pines. Alongside these were notes of tannic teas, soft vanilla warmth, lactic creaminess, solidly pale malts, tinny metallics, green resiny bite, and sweet cereal grain. Our first impression was that the flavoring exhibited a fantastic hop presence, with excellent balance of bitterness from soapy and fruity citric hops, for a nicely balanced presentation. As we sipped, the taste opened with lemon tea, citric and soapy hop heaviness, guava and honeydew melon fruitiness, sweet booze, resiny hop oils, gritty tree bark, and parchment paper. The middle came to a peak with a continued soapy and citric hop explosion of juiciness, with candy corn and white sugar sweetness, wheat bread crustiness, tannic black tea leafiness, pseudo-cedar woodiness, grassy twang, and dried apricot fruitiness. The ending wash came with creamy lactics, white sugar, fruity nectary hops, strawberry, apple, and apricot fruitiness, raw celery stalk, rice starchiness, powdered yeast, and bittered herbal earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of big piney and soapy hops, graphite, eraser plastics, bready pales, caramel sugars, toasted sesame seed, lemon rind bitterness, India ink, iceberg lettuce, gravel, phenolic chemical bite, chlorine, and sweet but fusel booziness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but really frothed up on the swirl around the mouth. Each sip gave excellent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with happy pop to the finish. The mouth was coated with sticky, syrupy thickness, but this quickly dried into chalky astringency across the tongue and hard palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This remained fresh and insanely hoppy throughout the entire tasting, giving notes of fruit, citrus, soap, and pine, for an interesting and inclusive final mix. This translated well into flavoring, but with that same warmth came an enhancement of those residual sugars and the intrinsically sweet malt base, giving a borderline cloying twang with every few sips. Regardless, the malt bill stepped up to match the big soapy bitterness as well, giving hearty breadiness, nice toast, and generally even smoothness. In the end, this is a fantastic brew, with nice flavoring, aroma, and feel, but tackle it closer to fridge temperature than to room if you can, for the cleanest, most even representation of what is being offered here.

Photo of jimdisser
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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 KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Billet
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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 derekalmost
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
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 johncopter
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better on draft than in can.

Photo of KidDoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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