El Rojo Red Ale | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
144 Ratings
El Rojo Red AleEl Rojo Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBrewo on 12-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of pirmannt1
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd53grif
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Blackop555
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brownish red/ Amber. Thick, medium, light tan head. Lasts a bit.

Smells malty, caramel, hints of hops, roasty.

Taste roasted malt, caramel, light earthy hops. Slight sweetness. Finish is semi-sweet with bready linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of Grupatre
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeZ9654
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes better than it smells!

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Photo of Jack74
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BLZR
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DadsDrunkAgain
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Creamy and syrup(y), balanced flavor. Not too sweet not too bitter. Great beer anytime especially with salty food

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Photo of onespartan
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Detroit Zoo, served in a clear plastic cup. Not optimal, but will serve. Pour produced a thick, creamy layer of off-white head. Nice hang time. Color is hazy garnet. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, very pleasant. Taste is the same, with some bready and nutty notes. Solid brew to style.

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Photo of torwart68
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Griffin Claw El Rojo.

Was heading back from picking up my copy of the new Assassins Creed at the midnight release and decided to stop by a newer gas station in my town trying to get into the craft game. Didn't even stop in for the beer, but I noticed a selection of singles I had never had and simply couldn't resists. Usually Griffin Claw does a solid job with their beers and I'm hoping this one is pretty good as well.



Look - Hard pour from the pint into a pilsener glass. Pours a deep amber hue with a massive, very frothy and very bubbly off white head that leaves immediate stick and layers upon the top of the drink quite nicely. Carbonation appears to be pretty damn low, which isn't a bad thing for the style in question. Head retains very well throughout the drink and some sticky lacing is surely apparent.

Smell - Very hardened caramel candy forward. Smells like...a candy your grandma kept in an old cookie bin for a few years. Really isn't a whole lot else to say about the nose. Isn't complex, but it does smell quite solid. On to the next.

Taste - Starts and remains very, very sweet. Like biting into a fresh...something very, very sweet. Caramel heavy but also with a certainy and slight fruityness that I cannot quite finger...ahhh there it is. Beer tastes like a well baked cherry pie. With emphasis on the malty, bread aspect. Hop level is kept to a minimum in this brew. Bit of a sourness as you continue into the drink, and even a smidge of must. Very...unique to say the least.

Feel - The body is moderate in nature and very creamy due to the thick froth remaining amongst the top of the drink. Carbonation is low to moderate and the beer swallows a bit tougher than you may expect though not offensive in any way. Flavors develop a bit more and become almost cherry frosting like in nature.

Overall - A perfectly fine and very unique red ale out of griffin claw. Will admit that it isn't my favorite brew, but it reminds me oddly more of a malt forward christmas time winter warmer. If you like malt forward, high sweetness red ales this beer will be sure to tickle your pickle for more than a nickle. I'd surely have again, around a fire in Northern Michigan on a later November hunting trip..

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Photo of Campvann
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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El Rojo Red Ale from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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