Griffin Claw Grind Line Pale Ale - Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 ounce can into pint glass; no canning date, but was released pretty recently. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with bright hop presence and moderate malt balance; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of bright citrus hops with moderate malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance 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 very good pale ale. Good balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: can
02-06-2014 00:02:37 | More by superspak
3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
$2 16oz can poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: A very nice orange color with some particles floating around inside. Two fingers of an off-white, soapy head sits on top and sticks around. Excellent looking beer.
Smell: Certainly a pale ale. A pleasant mix of hops and malts, with neither overpowering the other. Sweet malts with a bit of a citrus and tropical fruit vibe. Really nice.
Taste/feel: Comes in the mouth for a split second almost like water -- no instant tang, sweetness, bitterness, or even carbonation on the tongue. After a moment, the beer opens up to a surprising complexity for a pale. A very pleasant hop flavor without any serious bitterness or dryness that a typical IPA offers. Caramel malts are there to take away that bitterness and provide a sweetness that would probably make Grind Line appeal to the masses. Aftertaste is a nice toasty caramel flavor with a bit of pine that I didn't get in the initial sip. Very pleasant.
This would be an excellent way of introducing somebody to craft beer, or somebody who's into craft beer, but doesn't particularly have a tongue for hops yet. This is a very good pale ale at a fantastic price. It has a great look when poured into a glass, has a nice nose, and the beer has a nice flavor that makes it very easy drinking.
Serving type: can
01-17-2014 16:46:00 | More by Alextricity
3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the can a deep clear orange-gold with two fingers of white head. Sheets of sticky lacing left behind.
Aroma of light citrus and floral hops along with sweet caramel malts.
Taste opened with floral hops upfront followed by light orange and a solid malty backbone. A tinge of earthy bitterness in the finish.
Medium bodied and dry with a light-to-moderate carbonation.
An easy drinking Pale Ale from Griffin Claw.
Serving type: can
01-12-2014 21:20:51 | More by Monkeyknife
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I picked up a can of Griffin Claw's Grind Line Pale Ale a couple days ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I tried their IPA recently and I liked it so I thought I would try more of their beers, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz pint can into a imperial pint glass.
A- The can looks ok, it's a little weird with some slightly bloody teeth on it, but that makes it a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took took on more of an orange color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that is bordering on being highly sweet and it's followed by the malts showing up first and impart a sweet malt, grainy, bready, light bread crust and light caramel malt like aromas. Up next comes some doughy yeast and a nice fruity aroma with strawberrys seeming to stick out the most, I think it's nice and it makes this beer a little unique. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a light earthy and herbal aroma with some citrus hop aroma seeming to stick out the most. This beer has a pretty good aroma, it's not overly hoppy for the style and the strawberry aroma makes it unique.
T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a sweet and creamy taste to it and it's followed by the hops showing up and imparting a higher amount of medium bitterness with all the hop aspects that I got in the aroma with neither one seeming to stick out the most. Up next a light fruity flavor that is a little strawberry like with some doughy yeast in the background and a pretty malty flavor shows up towards the end with some sweet malts, caramel malts, grainy, and bread like flavors coming through with a malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was a little more like it was in the aroma.
M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, slightly creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I thought it was just a little thick for the style.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of an American Pale Ale, I liked that it was pretty true to style, but it had a couple aspects that made it stick out for the style a little and it made it a little memorable. This beer has ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, crisp, a little filling and the taste did an decent job at holding my attention, but I think one pint would be enough for me since it's a little on the thick side for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both pretty good and they worked pretty well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it wasn't bad at all, but I wish it was more like the hop profile in the aroma. I might buy a pint or two of this again, but it's not something that I'm going to rush to the store and buy more of and I would recommend it to pretty much any American Pale Ale fan. All in all I liked this beer, it's for sure not my favorite of the style, but I think it's pretty solid and it wasn't a chore to drink it. Nice work Griffin Claw, I'll be trying the Red Ale shortly, keep up the good work.
Serving type: can
12-27-2013 04:33:10 | More by StoutHunter
Griffin Claw Grind Line Pale Ale from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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