Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
45 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Norm's Raggedy Ass IPANorm's Raggedy Ass IPA

Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBrewo on 07-30-2013

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 474
Photo of NastyNorseman
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 369 characters

Photo of carlborch
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

 705 characters

Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

 213 characters

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of GlennSt
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

 208 characters

Photo of LloydDobler
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

 289 characters

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 349 characters

Photo of mynie
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

 474 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

 541 characters

Photo of mabermud
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Solid amber body. White dense head.
Smell: Tropical fruit.
Taste: Tropical fruit and good peach. Nice hit of bitterness and tang. Juice.
Feel: Smoother than not. Medium and mixed finish.

Overall - Very well. This could be a go-to beer for me.

 261 characters

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had straight from can. Aroma is floral and citrus hop notes, with some sweet maltiness. Doesn't give off the impression of being a huge hop-bomb, and follows through. Tastes clean and sweet, with a bit of tropical-citrus hoppy goodness without being too harsh or bitter. Great hot day in the back yard ale. 7.2 ABV is well hidden.

 330 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft, shaker pint. Plae yellow golden color, white head. Earthy, grassy hop aroma. Not much malt flavor in taste at all. Needs more balance for me, body is very thin. Higher carbonation

 191 characters

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can (what a great invention)

Pours hazed medium amber, nice ringed lacing left behind, like khaki froth

Ripe fruit and medium toast on the nose

Easy drinking and pleasant enough IPA. On the maltier side with mild piney and grainy hops coming on late. Better then decent, but did not blow me away with yummyness. Worth a try and certainly well crafted.

 363 characters

Photo of imonhiatus
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

boom boom thanks to the bandit for tossing this my way from a LIF on TB as an extra! enjoyed from a local brewpub's oversized wine glass.

deep amber orange glows, massive frothy ipa head sheets of lace. nose is resinous toffee hop with phenolic alcohol briskness...almost American barleywine. taste follows the nose...alcoholic glaze over a toffee resinous hop. not bad but not really my thing

 394 characters

Photo of Bottleguy
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Holy hops. IPA is a tough breed for me. I either love em, or hate em. This beer in particular isn't something I would purchase again. Pale and bitter, very bitter. I can see where many hopheads would enjoy this. Just isn't for me.

 230 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated 16 oz can at 41 degrees into SA perfect pint
$ 2.09/16 oz can at Lager Mill
Aroma light floral
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to frothy layer with raised center
Lacing – head withdrawal leaves complete curtains
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor starts moderately bitter, ends with bitter aftertaste with long hang time; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

 493 characters

Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled "pub" pint.
Straw gold in color with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Heady bouquet of pineapple and tropical hops
Taste-Pineapple, mango, sugar-coated grapefruit and some honey are well-balanced by a good dose of hops that never overpower. Amazingly light-bodied and very easy drinking. Excellent flavor and balance. Nothing "raggedy-ass" about this brew at all. Worth seeking out.

 431 characters

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Straight from the can so I will give an average rate in this department.

S - Smelled bitter. Quite bitter. Beautifully bitter. No further comment

T - Was not disappointed. Dank, bitter, and hoppy as all hell. It was quite delicious.

F - Sits well on the tongue and goes down very smooth. Carbonation is not a bothering factor with this one.

O - I liked it. A definite must-try for anybody who wants an IPA that borders between heavy and moderate. East drinker, and 6 of them will get you pretty toasty.

 510 characters

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

All bitters, and fairly unexciting. Very pale base; good effervescence, but not much else is drawn out of the malt. Not entirely unappealing, and entirely drinkable, but nonetheless there's little to whelm of wow here.

 220 characters

Photo of deebo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear yellow ipa with a brilliant white head that sticks to the glass. Nice hoppy aroma that hits a bunch of different hop aromas. Taste is piney, citrusy, grassy, and a bit floral. Not too bitter but does linger as you go. Good ipa.

 235 characters

Photo of KLHBB
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Note to self: if you plan on drinking more than one brew in one setting, save the best for last. Just saying. Served in a pint glass at Slapshotz at the Detroit airport. Murky greenish Amber color, taste of hops and grassy. Solid choice for this style. Just not my fave style.

 287 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%

The Raggedy Ass IPA is quite nice....a bit sweet....but nice. The beer poured a golden clear with thin yet thick white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent carries fresh hops and a subtle hard candy sweet scent. The taste starts sweet with almost that clearish opaque tropical fruit life saver type sweetness then comes a nice and not overpowering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and I would highly recommend trying it.

Type: Can

 511 characters

Photo of MIbeer27
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, undated

The can pours with a deep golden hue and a one finger, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is a huge hit of a creamy, bready malt sweetness joined with some tropical fruit and citrus.

Taste follows the nose with an even better balance of the aforementioned tropical fruit and creamy, candied malt.

Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent. The body itself is super light as it is drank, but leaves behind a sticky sweetness. Bitterness is on the medium-high end and perfectly combats the hops and malt sweetness.

Overall, the creamy malt aspect of this beer, along with the fruity hops make this beer oh so drinkable!

Sidenote: I had Norm's Raggedy Ass on tap a few weeks ago and the beer was even better, with the fruity hops slightly outshining the creamy malt (opposite out of the can). Either way, one I will have a hard time turning down again, especially for $7.99 for a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans!

 964 characters

Photo of Gear54
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Joes Garage in Clio MI

Pour is golden yellow with 1 finger of white head that sticks to the glass very nicely

Smell is bitter bitter hops. Pine and citrus hops basically dominate the nose

Taste follows well. Hop forward with both citrus and hop notes. Just enough biscuit malt for balance and flavor but hops is the star of this show

Overall a crisp and refreshing IPA with lots of flavor and character

 417 characters

Photo of JeffONeal
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First thing that hit me when I opened the can was a burst of fruity hops the was unexpected. If the amazin smell had lasted into the glass' this would be an epic brew. I love the pale yellow color. It's rare to find an India PALE Ale these days that is actually pale. Great lacing and a continuous thin layer of white foam. Aromas of pineapple, ginger, honey, and Sugar In The Raw. It has a toasted marshmallow front end malt backbone with a sweet mild ginger and pineapple finish with a perfect amount of hop bitterness. If I have any concerns it would be the mouth feel, it is not as full bodied as I would like. The beer is improving in aroma and flavor nicely as it warms up a bit.

 689 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Norm's Raggedy Ass IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!