Griffin Claw Grind Line Pale Ale - Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.86/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
We open a can, pouring a brew of dark goldenrod coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It offers up a one and a half finger tall head of chunky off-white bubbles, showing great retention. Ridges and rings of lacing are left around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be highly active. The aroma gives cheap grassy and citric hoppiness, pear and apple sugars, coppery metallics, pale, wheat, and chalky rye graininess, tobacco leafiness, sour lemon flesh and rind, spicy cinnamon and clovey phenols, nectary tangerine and strawberry fruitiness, bubblegum esters, and white wine grape. German pilsner malts come to the front with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely fresh, with good zing and earthy depth to the hops. As we sip, the taste begins with bitter pilsner, pale, and white flour maltiness, herbal hops, walnutty oiliness, biting soaps, coppery metallics, salty breadiness, bitter tart Starburst candy sugars, and sour lemon rind. The middle comes to a peak with medicinal phenols, sugar cookie sweetness, freshly baked sourdough breadiness, goldenrod and white flour absorbency, herbal and bitterly earthy hops, overdone popcorn, and burnt English brown malts. The end comes with more smoothness of flavor, washing with clean pear and lemon fruitiness, pale and rye maltiness, metallic tininess, fried potato skins, white sugars, hazelnut warmth, brown rice starches, salty and toasty grassy hops oils, straw, denim, and chlorine chemical bite. The aftertaste breathes of sweaty saltiness, pale and wheaty grain, paper towel dryness, glassy metallics, mineral and musk, cinnamon roll sweetness, grassy and earthen hops, Graham crackers, sweet honeys, bitter twig skin resins, chestnut, and adhesive tapes. The body is medium, and the carbonation is softly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with heavy glug and coat to the mustache. The mouth is coated and filmed, left with astringently across the meat of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back easily.
Overall, the best thing about this brew was its soft flavoring and lightness of drinkability. We were surprised to find how grain-heavy and hop-light this thing was. Compared to the other hoppy beverages they churn out at Griffin Claw, this has a balanced tipped in the opposite direction. The grain is less caramel and roasty driven, with more cleanliness and bounced echoes of hops to balance, rather than overcome. This is really an interesting beer, with cleanliness around every curb and balance to suit the most aggressive partaker. This is an easy going beer from an easy going brewery, and we are enthusiastic to recommend it to lovers of the style, the local scene, or of easily sipped beers in general.
Serving type: can
12-08-2013 03:58:02 | More by TheBrewo
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2.89/5 rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16 ounce can, no freshness date.
Can started gushing upon cracking. Pour yielded a massive 5 finger head that slowly dissipated to about 3 fingers. Color was a crystal clear yellow.
Aroma was dominated by the malt base defined by bread and slight caramel sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops were at the back end of the nose.
Taste generally follows the nose with a better balance of grain and hops than the nose. Finish was a very odd sweetness that lingers, not pleasant.
Mouthfeel was crisp with low bitterness, doesn't quite clean up the palate. Carbonation was on the high end.
Overall, this was a below average American Pale Ale. Every can I had from the the 4-pack was over carbonated, so I wonder if there was something off with this batch.
Serving type: can
07-27-2014 04:09:44 | More by MIbeer27
Griffin Claw Grind Line Pale Ale from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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