Bonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPA | Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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Bonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPABonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPA
Bonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPABonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2010 World Beer Cup Silver award winner. Brewed and dry-hopped with American hops, Centennial, Columbus, Cascades and Bravo.

90 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 44
Photo of CEEALAN
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can. Cloudy and a bit lighter than expected, with a subdued nose. Overall, this is a solid imperial and is.surprisingly easy to drink. Nothing fancy or different, just a well executed high-abv IPA.

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

Poured from can to spiegelau IPA glass. Golden in color with a chill haze and two fingers of foam. Nice aromas of pine, grapefruit, papaya and biscuit. Flavors are an amazing balance of malt and hop, with tropical and citrus fruits riding a caramel biscuit backbone. Semi-slick and medium feel. Great compliment to Norm's.

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Photo of AnthonyKolka
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent hop and malt balance in this very drinkankable DIPA. I drank this right out of the can as I often do. Most noticeable smell note is caramel. Moderately hoppy with noticeable malt backbone. Excellent medium body. This is going into the rotation for me.

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Photo of clager
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Had straight out of the can at the Public House in Ferndale

S: Orange, pineapple, lemon, grass, and caramel. A little bit dank

T: Bitter up front (but not too much), moderate malt flavor, good citrus hop flavor

F: Appropriately carbonated, a little harsh overall.

O: A solid DIPA, not too malty compared to other DIPAs which I appreciated. Good hop blend. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of BrewChaz
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This #BitterBomb is a fine example of a #DoubleIPA from #GriffinClawBrewery, fruity notes stick to the tongue in #Hoptastic fashion. Enjoyed at #HartPlaza on a beautiful Friday in #DetroitHopCity

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark golden haze.
Adequate head and lacing.
Smells of malt, caramel, and zesty fruity hops.
Taste is as follows but a bit more fruit forward, citrus and dank, nice malty back bone. Also has very nice hop zest thats bites you in the mouth. Hints of rye as well. Alot going on here indeed.
Nice carbonation with a medium body.
Pleasantly well made double ipa.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy amber with a one finger creamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is mango, peach, pineapple and caramel malts.

T - The taste starts with mango, peach, tangerine and caramel malts. The tropical malts and sweet malts give way to some toasted biscuit and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - Norm's bigger badder sister. Nice mix of tropical fruits, sweet malts & earthy hops. Nice DIPA.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$8.99 bomber ... basically, the equivalent of $4.50 for a 12oz bottle. As usual, a pricey beer by GCBC.

I really like this beer... I'll get that out right away. There's something unique about it. It has so much going on. On the front, there's a lot of malt -- even a bit of a rye quality. Halfway through there are some earthy, herbal, and, well, "dank" hops coupled with a honey-like flavor without a lot of sweetness thanks to the bitter hops cutting through. The finish is sort of leafy with hop resin. This isn't a particularly juicy DIPA -- it's one that's on the pinier/earthier side, but with a not-too-subtle malt profile. I don't love the aroma on this (there's a lot of malt on the nose), but the complexity comes through in the flavor, and that's what I ultimately enjoy ... and, ultimately all that matters in a beer, really.

Worth the price? Nope, but at the same time, I'd say it's worth a try despite it. Too bad about the price... this would be one of my go-to DIPAs.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a very recent release. Listed at 9.5% and 75 IBU on the bottle. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, light pine, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Definitely on the maltier side of the style, but still very bright and juicy on hop flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on tap at the Griffin Claw Brewing Company taproom in Birmingham, Michigan. It arrived in a house goblet, glowing a deep pumpkin orange coloring. It held a half finger tall head of quick white foam, and although this phase was transient, a hearty film remained across the top of the liquid for the remainder of the tasting. Thick sheets of lacing were also left circumferentially around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The nose filled with notes of warm vanilla cake, gritty pale maltiness, mustiness, penicillin chemical bite, candy corn and confectioner’s sugar, cucumber skins, pineapple juiciness, lightly caramel malts, and mango flesh fruitiness with warmth. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely hoppy, but also quite sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. As we sipped, the taste opened with big tinny metallics, almond buttery warmth, light diacetyls, bubblegum esters, bright herbal, grassy, and citric hops, cotton candy cloy, eucalyptus, and clean pale malts. The middle came to a peak with spicy brown sugar, booze, continued buttery slipperiness, toasty cereal and caramel grain, pale and pseudo-wheaty powdered dryness, light roast, and brown breadiness. The ending wash came with sesame and poppy seeds, walnut oils, dill, grapefruity and herbal hops, and sugary sweetness of pale and caramel malts, and liquid brown sugar. The aftertaste breathed of metallics, sourdough yeast, green grassy hops, fresh herbal tones, white sugar cubes, toasty pale malts, white flour, mango fruitiness, strawberry stems, and mineral bite. The body was medium to full, with a bit of a syrupy smack, while carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and glug were all nice, with a creamy coating left around the mouth, with mild astringency, and no real puck. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavor and its feel. While the base flavors were sweet, and more to the cloying malty side than to the resinous hop side, the balance was approachable. To compare, the nose was overly sweet throughout, with sugary sweetness and fruitiness pushing the hops too far to the side. Griffin Claw’s “single” IPA, Norm’s, found a much better balance, with a more pronounced presence of the hops in freshness and in function. Here, however, both of these components fade quickly with warmth, as it feels like they tried to just ramp up the other ingredients to make this a bigger, and better version, while inadvertently throwing things out of whack. That said, this is a nice, easy drinking DIPA for a hot summer’s day.

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Bonnie's Raggedy Ass Imperial IPA from Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 44 ratings