Norm's Gateway IPA
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Norm's Gateway IPANorm's Gateway IPA
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,169
Ranked #22,392
3.76 | pDev: 11.44%
Sep 27, 2020
Jun 08, 2014
Very Good
Norm's Gateway IPANorm's Gateway IPA
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Rated: 3.75 by HardyA34 from Michigan

Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Hardy-Astrom from Michigan

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 2.41 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by lakesaintclair from Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Started drinking craft beer in 1984. Guess what? I'm an old guy and old guys simply can't handle the rocket fuels. Norm's Gateway IPA comes in at 4% ABV. Where I live it also comes in at near a buck a beer and is widely available. Really nice to have a great tasting 4% IPA for a buck a can. The competitive session IPA's are good but in terms of value, Griffin Claw's Gateway IPA is top of my list.
Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by pirmannt1 from Illinois

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 13, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by hosehead83 from Ohio

Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by kyle_goochstink from Michigan

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by puftdank from Illinois

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by clager from Michigan

Jul 02, 2016
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Rated by MikeZ9654 from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
May 20, 2016
Rated: 4.78 by Jack74 from Michigan

Dec 22, 2015
Rated: 2.82 by Dduquette from Maryland

Nov 04, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Oct 30, 2015
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Kind of looks like ginger ale with its grayish tinted golden color. Large head forms before settling back to a thick cap. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Herbal and resiny aroma with subtle citrus hints. Extremely bitter for what little hop flavor is available. Surprisingly has a nice malt base to work off of. Some herbal and grassy hop flavors do eventually come through in the finish. It is a clean beer so I appreciate that and shows that the brewer has some skill. Light body and appropriated carbonated. Fits well with this low ABV beer.

Like a lot of Michigan breweries, I cannot find a canning date on the can so no idea if this is fresh or old. So I gotta assume this is a day out of the brewery.
Sep 26, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by LakersGotRings from Michigan

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by jrborchert74 from Michigan

Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by aussiebeer from Illinois

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jul 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Undated 12 oz can at 44 degrees into snifter
$ 1.39 at the Lager Mill
Aroma of citrus and flora, lasts
Head large (Five cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to one cm frothy ring and layer
Lacing good – complete curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow with tiny particles suspended throughout; looks like a snowglobe
Flavor slightly bitter, a bit grainy, no particular hop flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4
Jul 22, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Fahrn13 from Michigan

Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Jun 14, 2015
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, pine. Taste is hops up front, malts at the finish, refreshing, very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but drinks much more like a pale ale than an IPA.
May 30, 2015
Rated: 4 by ryand14 from Michigan

Apr 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Tikidude13 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is my favorite Michigan session IPA. It embodies the idea of a session. Good hop nose, easy yet moderate mouth feel, exceptional hop profile. Everything you want from a session IPA.
Mar 10, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2015
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Rated by daveshu22 from Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Alright for a light abv ipa
Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by FaradayUncaged from Michigan

Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 3.13 by akttr from Michigan

Jan 17, 2015
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Can from Secret Santa BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head. Big juicy citrus hop aroma with hints of cracker and bread with just a touch of sweet maltiness. Decent brew, but these session ipa's always feel too thin to me I just can't get into them.
Jan 09, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by TurboBrew from Michigan

Jan 06, 2015
Rated: 3.31 by rudabegga9 from Georgia

Dec 18, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by rkf1976 from Michigan

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mikediesel124 from Michigan

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 3 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Dec 01, 2014
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Reviewed by MIbeer27 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can, undated

Appearance is a slightly hazy, golden hue and a one finger white head. The head slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is nice hit of caramel and bready malts, join by faint citrus (lemon) and grassy hops in the background.

Taste follows the nose almost exactly, with the bready malts taking over the caramel. Hops again linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, leaving a subtle stickiness on the palate. Carbonation is medium with medium bitterness.

Overall, this is a solid session IPA that doesn't quite compete with the likes of Founders All Day IPA. I would have liked the hops to shine through a lot more than they actually did. I suspect that I am drinking an older can based on other reviews, but who knows as there is no canning date (get on this Griffin Claw!)
Oct 31, 2014
Rated: 3.85 by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker from Michigan

Oct 31, 2014
Norm's Gateway IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 95 ratings