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New Beer Blog Griffin Claw Brewery Raymondo El Rojo Red Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to talk about another beer from Griffin Claw Brewery.  It is their Raymondo El Rojo Red Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan base craft brewery.  Let us get into this red ale.

It has a clear red color with a white constant color head. The aroma has a sweet caramel notes. The taste has a sweet malty to caramel notes with a slight nutty to caramel aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com):

Our bronze medal winning El Rojo Red Ale has a malty, roasted flavor profile. Entered in competition as an English brown, the El Rojo is really more of an American Red – bigger than Scottish Reds with a beautiful ruby red color and a rich, roasty, caramel body.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @griffinclaw

In the end, I waited a long time until I try this brew.  There is no reason.  I just was busy trying other brews.  I was picking together a mix six pack at a liquor store in Detroit.  I saw it and I figured I would try it.  I am not a huge fan of red and amber ales.  Please, take that in count for my thought pattern and ideas on this beer.  I believe this a bad take and just like all their beers, they are not constant.  I bet they are trying to fix that fact.  I am not a fan of this beer.  I have had better red and amber ales.  I would say try this at least once.  Let me know what you think.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Griffin Claw Screamin’ Pumpkin Ale (2014)


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In this fall seasonal beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Griffin Claw Brewery.  I do not know why I keep coming back to this brewery.  I know why for this beer because this is an old Michigan Brewery Company recipe.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this young craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this pumpkin ale.

It has a light amber to dark color with a semi white head.  The aroma has a heavy cinnamon and nutmeg notes.  The taste has really no notes but slight sweet malt. The aftertaste is a heavy cinnamon and nutmeg notes. It is so not drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com):

Our Screamin’ Pumkin Ale is like a slice of warm pie. Cinnamon, clove, sweet pumpkin, a little molasses. A couple sips in you’ll mistake the malty aftertaste for a crispy crust. The perfect beer to celebrate Halloween. Or Thanksgiving. Or Christmas, if there’s any left. From the time we brew it in July get it while it’s good.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @Griffinclaw

Closing, I was a pretty big fan of the Michigan Brewery Company Screaming Pumpkin Ale.  I use to make trips back from Chicago to bring some back.  Later years I stop because of being busy and then they went out of business.  I was pretty excited to hear that a craft brewery brought the rights to the recipe.  I do not know what they did with this recipe but it is not the same beer as I remember it.  It has been a long time since I had it.  Maybe my taste has changed over the years.  I might have to retry it but I am hoping I do not get a bad batch.  Who knows, maybe this first one was a bad batch.  It was not really good. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Griffin Claw Norm’s Gateway Session IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a brewery that I need to stop drinking.  I am talking about Griffin Claw and it is their Gateway Session IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this young Michigan craft brewery.  If you have not read it, please, do so to get to get to know this Michigan craft brewery.  Let us get into this Session IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a constant white head.  The color is like an American lager.  The aroma has a fresh piney to a slight grapefruit notes.  The taste has some grapefruit to piney notes.  The aftertaste has a dry hop bitter finish.  It is extremely drinkable.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @Griffinclaw

In the end, this is a really good beer.  I was pretty impressive.  I really have not liked many of their beers that I have had.  I will be hunting down their Pumpkin Ale because there is a rumor that it is the same recipe of Michigan Brewery Company one.  There is an ongoing theme with this brewery and their beers.  Their batches of beer are not constant.  This makes it challenging for the craft beer drinker.  I had this beer a few times already before writing this beer blog post.   Yesterday, I had a great batch but this one that I have today is not really good.  If this craft brewery corrects this problem, they could have some success in this tough Michigan craft beer market.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Griffin Claw Brewing Grind Line Pale Ale


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Starting a new tab, we are going to get into the second brew from Griffin Claw Brewing.  It is their Grind Line Pale Ale.  If you read blog post from yesterday, you learn that I could not find too much information on this brewery.  If you know anything, please, let me know anything about this brewery so I could share with the world.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear copper color with a white head on this pale ale.  The smell is slight earthy notes.  The taste has an extremely light earth notes to creamy caramel notes. It is pretty drinkable.

Here is a description from their website (www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com):

Our gold-medal-winning Grind Line Pale Ale gets its name from equal parts Detroit Hockey and Detroit Automaking. Everything about this Ale works together to form the whole – just the right amount of malt and hops. A good place to start if you’re having trouble deciding.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @Griffinclaw

Closing, I have to say this brew was so much better than their IPA.  I realize they are two different styles.  I could drink this brew.  It is pretty drinkable and there is a nice hop balance here with the malty backbone.  I will not say this was the best pale ale that I have ever had.  It is not the worse.  There are pretty good pale ales out on the market.  I was pretty happy to try it.  I will try it again just like their IPA to get a true sense of how I feel about this beer.  I right now feel this is average to below average brew.  I recommend you trying this brew.  Please, let me know what you think.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Griffin Claw Brewing Norm’s Raggedy Ass India Pale Ale


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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

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @Griffinclaw

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/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser