Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA
Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #3,884
Ranked #19,697
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our flagship - 2010 World Beer Cup gold medal award - brewed and hopped with American Centennial, Cascades, Columbus and Simcoe hops.

65 IBU
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a conical pint glass at the Detroit Airport Chili’s located on concourse C.
A: Pours a nearly clear, dark golden color with a one finger, white head, great retention and gorgeous, complex lacing.
S: Aromas of orange/tangerine, peach and pine.
T: More sweet than semisweet. Palate follows the nose closely, although caramel clearly more and more present as warms. Solid, but fairly balanced bitterness.
M: Medium tending toward light bodied and moderate carbonation. Clean drinking.
O: A delicious take on AIPA. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one gave off a huge, lasting white head over a dingy orange body.

Smell – This has a surprisingly complex hop aroma of sharp tangerine, lemon peel, and apricot. The malt balance is a good grain but the hops are the stars of the show.

Taste – The flavor is exactly as we found in the nose. The hops are incredibly smooth and evenly balanced. The grain is light but nicely compliments the hop profile.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, smooth, smooth. This has an incredibly smooth character, is well-balanced, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – One of the more sessionable IPAs I’ve had.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a hazy deep gold with a 2 1/2 finger foamy white head. Excellent retention and heavy lacing.

S- Lots of citrus with a bit of pine on the nose. Slightly sweet caramel malt

T- Same as the aroma. Well balanced with tons of flavour

F- Steady moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O- An excellent American IPA with tons of flavour. Not juicy per se, but a great mix of citrus and pine elements.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in the Detroit Airport. Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Sweet citrusy bitterness with pine and a malty backbone.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium: Canned, IPA glass.
Opacity: Hazy and cloudy.
Color: Golden with moderate activity.
Head: Creamy 2-3 finger.
Legs: Very good with strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Orange/Butter.
Taste: Pineapples/Grapefruits/Caramel.
Feel: Tropical/Leafy/Floral.
Body: Medium to full oily but smooth.
Carbonation: Good crisp.
Overall: Pleasant tongue coat. Solid quality.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 7.5/10 - Sensations 7.5/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 7/10 - Appreciation 7.5/10

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Photo of beertunes
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JodiB for this one. 16oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy dark yellow color with about 1/3 inch of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was led by some nice citrus and floral hops, with a bit of earthy grain underneath. Pretty similar on the tongue, just expanded, bigger, and brighter.

The body was fairly typical for an IPA, nicely medium, smooth, a touch of bitterness on the semi-dry finish. Drinkability was very good, I would happily have this in my rotation were it local to me.

Overall, a very nice brew. A must-try if you get the chance.

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Photo of TheMadBrewer
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not much aroma, very dank flavor but mild and quickly disappearing bitterness. Kind of odd... Most this crisp and clean are more fruity and less dank, so a unique experience for me...Most of its merit is in its oddity though. I would drink it again, but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the better choices in the Michigan IPA realm. This once surprised me and now I always look for it when it is on tap. This is a great choice no matter where you and stays accessible to even the novice IPA seeker!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glowing recommendation from our hotel check in guy persuaded me to order this one on draft from our hotel bar, and I am glad I did. It’s a very solid American hoppy pale al/ipa, brassy golden in color with a short white head on it, nicely balanced without ever being particularly malty or sweet, old school in complexion but with a somewhat new school hop profile, dry hoppy even though its perfectly clear, juicy and fruity and fresh, not piney, grapefruity, or particularly northwestern to me, although I cant readily identify the hops in here. familiar but also kind of new, maybe just a little fresher tasting than most, i get some orange peel and juniper notes, cedar even, and a nice intensity from them. Notes of biscuit and honey from the grain, fresh peach and orange to the hops, and enough bitterness at the end. The yeast is flavorless as it should be, and the body is fuller medium, but I still found this easy drinking, even refreshing after a long work day. A nice recipe just interesting enough to stand out, and one of the better beers I have had from these guys. Boldly hoppy but with great balance, i could have drank these all night long. weird name, great liquid.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan, on draft into plastic beer cup. Not a complicated or sophisticated beverage, but hops administered with a hammer on a deep malt base always satisfies.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a truly "pale" IPA that hits you in the face with citrusy hops but also has a decent malt backbone to balance. The biggest drawbacks are (1) a pretty thin body; and (2) a general lack of complexity or depth. Still, a decent IPA.

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Photo of sholbert
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can. Pale golden, very clear, small head, good lacing. Nose is straw and pine, light citrus. Flavor shows more citrus up front, but then piney hops and bitterness take over. Very dry finish.

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Photo of Sully194
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can straight to my face.
Hint of honey in this most recent can.
This is a tough one. Seems like every can I get, the taste varies, within the same 4 pack....
Reasonable price and will get your ripped; no doubt!!!

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Photo of Blackop555
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold. Foamy, short, Whitehead that last a while with light lacing.

Smells Pine, bready malt and citrus.

Taste candied fruit, light citrus peel, bready and Pine. Finish is dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden pour, nearly clear, bone white head. Aromas ar piney, resiny hops and a bit of citrus.

Taste is spot-on West Coast-style IPA, very dry with a big piney hop bite, but enough citrus to soften the landing.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

L: pale yellow, bubbly head, small carbonation

A: pine, sugar, citrus

F: carbonated, bitter, sweet, thin to medium

T: malt, honey, sweetness to start and pine, metallic, bitterness to finish. Also very flat and stale yet can indicates March fresh.

O: my 1st Griffin Claw, not sure how they won't World Beer Cup Gold Award in 2010 for best IPA, maybe 7 years ago they used different ingredients but this is nothing special and I'm an IPA guy and have to say this is horrible. Glad I bought just the one and definitely glad I never bought the Costco Variety pack of this.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA was pretty solid pouring golden with a nice 2" white head stuck around. Had 20 oz inpint glass. Smells of hops and fruit, citrus, tropical, that compliment the hops flavor nicely without oberpowing it. Feels great going do medium-light bodied. This lacks a flavor characteristic that sets it apart, but this is a decent, well-balanced IPA that I'd drink again.

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Photo of carlborch
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 1-pint can it pours a golden with a slight haze. A 2-inch head forms, and is relatively stable. Carbonation appears to be medium-high. Very nice nose, with much hops and suggestions of apricots and mandarin peel. Medium body and the carbonation turns out to be rather light (must be my glass that caused the initial release!). For an IPA, and for a hop-head, the bitter hops are highly restrained on the palate. A nice floral hop nose continues, non-the-less. I would like some more bittering hops! Some Belgian lace does form. Suggestions of over-ripe fruit does become more evident as I drink the ale. The ABV is not evident. Not very complex or moreish. I will not seek this out again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a pleasuring tan orange color. There's a sharp candied orange note with some pine. Tastes bitter with the candied orange, slightly sweet. Decent body. Doesn't pop or stand out in a way I'd like. Decent.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can-no date so not sure if this is fresh.

Hazy yellow with a white foamy head. Smells of faint hope and lots of malt. Taste follows the nose. Not a lot of hop presence but plenty of malt. Wish this was a 12oz can as I am not interested in the additional 4 ounces. The can says this won the 2010 world beer cup gold medal. Wow has the craft beer world evolved. Glad I tried but nothing I would want again.

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Photo of GlennSt
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a balanced, creamy IPA that isn't as in-your-face as some others but which still has plenty of citrus and hoppiness. Looks a little cloudy. Would be a good session beer but the ABV might sneak up on you.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can with no date(must be new because the label is different than I remember)

Pours a hazy gold with a perfect white collar of foam. Smell is over ripened apricot, mango, and guava. Taste is very malty with minimal hop presence. Not the best I have had from these guys, but drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, that can is courtesy of the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, tropical fruits. Taste is tropical fruits, citrus, fairly bitter, tasty and disappearing quickly. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of mynie
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Slapshotz at terminal A of the Detroit airport. Good tap list there, in spite of its idiotic name.

Pours a dark yellowish that looks kinda sickly compared to the dregs of the Shorts I just had. Smells a little funky and earthy with minimal complexity. Tastes likewise funky. Been a while since I've come across that flavor... Buttery diactyl! I thought they figured out how to knock this out.

Anyhow, it's more or less drinkable. That's the best I can say.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: An opaque amber with off-white one-finger head that settled quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Oranges, mangoes, peaches and apricots. Citrus abounds here.

T: Follows nose with apricots at the forefront. So smooth with very low bitterness. A real convincing taste for those scared away by the letters IPA. Sweet and fruity with a pinch of resin. Easy drinking.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise from Griffin Claw. Love the name. Would definitely drink again!

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Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
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