A flagship IPA almost seems mandatory for most breweries anymore and there’s a lot that can be said about the over abundance of IPA’s available on any given day. Many of them fall somewhere in between extremely bitter and over hopped or the other extreme of underwhelming. Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA is neither of these extremes, this beer is simply a fantastic beer that is available year round and always satisfies my craving for a solid IPA.
Norm’s is one of the cleanest IPA’S that comes to mind and when you pour this raggedy beer into a glass it shows. The beer itself is a golden brew with very little haze to it and leaves little to no sediment in your glass. The beer itself has a fresh citrusy aroma that like many ipa’s is slightly bitter and even a bit malty. The most impressive aspect of this beer is that Griffin Claw manages to load it with prominent flavors while balancing everything out flawlessly. The beer can dominate your palate without destroying it. Even after enjoying a few of these Raggedy Assed brews your taste buds will be intact and eligible to taste other things. This balancing act makes Norm’s very drinkable and extremely versatile when pairing with food. Norms has a ABV at 7.2% which gives the beer a nice body that is very smooth and refreshing to drink. Like all of Griffin Claws flagship beers(excluding Gateway) Norms ships in 4 pack 16 ounce cans which is nice because it makes the beer very portable and therefore very easy to share with friends and family. This is a beer that I’ve shared at numerous gatherings and has always been well received by anyone that I’ve shared it with.
There was a time that if you had asked me what my “go to” Beer was I wouldn’t really have had an answer. Sure there were beers I found myself buying more than others but that really came from a lack of options available. I discovered Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA shortly after Griffin Claw opened in 2013 and along with their Pale Ale, Grind Line, it’s now a beer that is standard in my house. The difference is that I keep this beer stocked by choice because I genuinely desire it. This beer has become my Big Lebowski of beers (without any White Russian flavors), sometimes there’s a beer that’s just the beer for it’s place and time. It fits right in there, and that’s Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA, from Birmingham Michigan.
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