Beer Review: Grind Line Pale Ale Beer Review


Detroit is known for a lot of things, some good and some not so good.  One of the best qualities of Detroit and Detroiters is a strong work ethic that never quits and a true sense of local pride.  Detroiters wear their city on their sleeve, I’m no exception to that and anyone who has followed me knows that I absolutely love Detroit Hockey and that I have a great deal of local pride for the city that I was raised around.  Grind Line is a Pale Ale made by Griffin Claw brewing company that draws its name partially from the days of auto making in Detroit and part from the dominant line that helped the Detroit Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup of the modern era ending a 42 year championship drought. This beer, even more so than Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA, lured me to Griffin Claw and is a beer that is always in my fridge.  During Hockey season I enjoy this beer during literally every Red Wings hockey game including games that I get the joy of going to because it’s kept on tap at the Joe Louis Arena.  Does the beer live up to the name on it’s label?


Grind Line is a Pale Ale that pours fairly Golden to Copper in the glass and is not too hazy of a beer.  The aroma off the beer is a fresh crass and citrus, grapefruit,smell that isn’t at all overpowering.  The citrus and grapefruit flavor is prominent with the beer as well, and when you tip a glass filled with Grind Line the aroma shifts a little to a more grassy scent as the beer balances out with a somewhat dry malty finish.  The beer is a lighter brew both in body and ABV, which is good because depending on the game I often find myself burning through 3 or 4 of these in a night.  Grind Line’s %5 ABV serves it well as it aids in balancing out the beer’s flavors by keeping the beer on the lighter side and assures that the beer isn’t over powering.  Like all of Griffin Claw’s flagship beers Grind Line comes in a 16oz can and features by far my favorite beer label on the planet, an image of a hockey puck on ice with a few teeth knocked out to add some character.

Will you like this beer as much as I do?  Unless you’re local to the Detroit area probably not.  I fully admit that a big part of why I love this beer is as much about the character of the beer and the city that the beer is representing.  Still, aside from my homerism, the beer itself is a remarkably balanced and solid beer that makes an excellent selection for a beer to enjoy if you’re planning on having more than one or two beers.  Game day, tailgating, picnics, bonfires or just having a night in with friends sharing brews Grind Line is a quality choice.

John Fahrner
Twitter: @fahrn13

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Fan of Hockey, Football, and Mexican Food. Preferes beers in the style of Stout, Porter, IPA, and Red Ales.
Not a fan of Pumpkin beer or Sours