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Griffin Claw Normís Raggedy-Ass IPA

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Golden in color this pale ale features true English hop character, flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied with a slight malt character that compliments the fruity esters and intense hop aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerFanDan17 (973) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 1, 2014
This is really odd for an IPA. Taste is slightly wheaty, almost the palate of a lighter hefe. But, there is a slight hop aroma. Mostly though, light toast, bread, and just a bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBear11D (213) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
The Raggedy Ass IPA pours a clear golden bronze with a small ivory head that lasts a fair while. The aroma is fresh toast, citrus and honey. The flavor is honey, citrus, toast and cinnamon. Overall this is a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft pour at coral gables in saugatuck. Orange and cloudy. Medium bubbly white head. Has the English bitter flavor but in a good way. Grapefruit and tropical citrus notes. Bitter finish and hoppy. Pretty good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Standard grapefruit. Fresh and tasty but nothing special. Had on a geocaching road trip in Michigan. Thanks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdoyledesign (168) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
On tap at Johnny Blacks. Pours a light amber color with a thin head that dissipates. Smells of faint pine, citrus and hops. Taste is well balanced and smooth. Hops are the most apparent with so w citrus and pine as well. Palate is fairly muted but lots of citrus and flower notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (243) - - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Sweet caramel, light and tropical fruits, especially grapefruit, sweet orange, and citrus hops. Citrus peel and slightly grassy finish. Medium bodied. A good goto when you?re looking for an easy to drink, sweeter IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3874) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
16oz tallboy from Gimmethefunk, thanx Pat. Poured a rust body under a foamy bright white head. Aroma and flavor are super fruity. Notes of apricots, tangerines, peach, lime, lemon and grapefruit. Nice medium to fuller body with average carbonation and a creamy finish. Nice beer, especially at $1.99 a tallboy!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1456) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Medium body with average head. English hop blend leaned to earthy rater than bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
$2 16oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance: Very hazy yellow orange color. No visible particles. Creamy, offwhite head thatís about two fingers high and most of it stays around. Phenomenal lacing. Beautiful beer. Smell: Crystal and caramel malt sort of sweetness is the initial thing I notice, followed by a fresh balance of earthy hops with a nondescript fruitiness -- itís a bit tropical though. Pleasing to the nose. Taste/feel: The feel is great, Iíd just like to say that. A nice, full-bodied feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is like the smell where itís an interested blend of flavors that I canít quite pinpoint (helpful, I know). Definitely spicy with a grassy flavor. The sweetness from the malts with the hops also create that nondescript fruit flavor as well. Hard to describe, but easy to love. Fresh and delicious. Based on memory, Iíd say this is the sweetest standard IPA Iíve ever had. This is an extremely good beer... and it won a gold medal in 2010 for a reason. This will be one of my go-to IPAs if Iím in the mood for one and headed to a party or something. Interestingly, this beer is an IPA, but it drinks more like a double IPA. Itís got a bit of a heavier body to it with quite a lot of sweetness to it as well. Maybe thatís why this beer is rated as "low" as it is on this site? Different expectations? I can definitely see why people would think this beer is a bit too sweet though. In any event, NRA IPA is one of the best IPAs Iíve had in quite awhile. For $7 for a four-pack of 16oz cans as well, the price is absolutely fantastic. Two biggest flaws: It is quite sweet, so be prepared, and thereís no canning date... get on the ball, Griffin Claw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours yellow haze, huge white head. Nose is pine grass and grapefruit. Body is light and drinkable slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

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