In this beer blog, we are going to sample out two brews for the first time here on this blog. I am talking about Griffin Claw Brewing. This review will be their Norm’s Raggedy Ass India Pale Ale and the other review will be their Grind Line Pale Ale that will be released tomorrow. There is not much history on this brewery. Their website does not say much, however, I believe they started this year. Let us get into the beer.
It has a slight cloudy golden color with a constant white head on this India Pale Ale. The smell has malty to bad citrus notes. The taste has a piney to bad wet citrus notes. There is a bad hop taste to aftertaste. It is like a bad import beer taste. It is not really drinkable.
Here is a description from their website (www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com):
No corners are cut to brew our World Beer Cup champion Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA. The key is in the giant, wonderful combination of piney, citrusy, and fruity hops with a surprisingly low malt profile. In other words, this is a powerhouse beer but it won’t make you drowsy. You’ll probably just want to order another pint
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In the end, I was pretty excited to see this on shelves of my local liquor store. Since getting back from Chicago, my goal is to try any Michigan craft beer that I can get in my hand. I have to say that I have had some good ones and some bad ones. I heard somethings about Griffin Claw Brewing and I was happy to see their beers in cans. I love beer in cans because it protects it from its two enemies, who are air and sunlight. I love how this beer looked. I did not like the aroma and the taste. I just believe this beer is not balanced enough or the hops are just a bad mix. It is not a good beer. I do not know if I just brought a bad beer and I will try it again. As of right now, I am pretty disappointed. I did retry this beer at Sports Locker in Livonia on draft. I know now I had a bad can or batch. It is better. I still do not like the hops that they are using in the beer. I recommend you trying this brew. I am not a huge fan but it is better than the first can I had. This does not mean you will not like it. Please, let me know what your thoughts are on this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser