Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA - Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2013 22:23:50 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 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.
Serving type: can
04-08-2014 00:04:26 | More by buschbeer
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
Serving type: can
04-01-2014 06:22:41 | More by OMills
Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.