El Rojo | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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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

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Added by TheBrewo on 12-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,176
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
147
pDev:
12.6%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
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4
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Photo of Raime
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopnado
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryften
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mhpendleton
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coz
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeLeja
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ngaron
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Toast, Caramel, Savory

The brewers intention here is a full on malt bomb, brimming with toasty grain and a thick caramel backing this is quite the Red Ale even though our palates are not being assaulted by hops. Exceptionally clean and easy to quaff back for a slightly bigger brew.

STYLE: American Red Ale | ABV: 6.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DavidRandall
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Segnem5
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djchrismac
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

El Rojo from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 147 ratings