Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Smoked Beer
4.01 | pDev: 8.48%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Action/Adventure is our lichtenhainer, a near extinct German-style smoked sour ale. As intimidating as that may sound, this wheaty, hazy-golden beer is actually a quenching, lightly tart summertime treat with a bit of smoke in the background — Grimm’s idea of a lawnmower beer! We picture you unwinding with a glass at a backyard cookout on a hot August night. Recommended for fans of Gose, Berliner Weisse, and Grätzer. Action/Adventure is brewed with cherrywood-smoked malt to balance the lactic tartness. We made use of wild lactobacillus that naturally occurs on grain to sour our wort overnight. In the pictures below, you can see the bags of crushed grain on their way into the kettle.
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ncelauro from New York

3.85/5  rDev -4%

Nov 07, 2014
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hoponit from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Aug 31, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Action/Adventure is pale-coloured, considerably hazed, and bubbly. It is also my first foray into the world of "Lichtenhainer" (a style I hadn't even ever heard of until now). What little information is out there likens this cherrywood-smoked, all-barley, lactobacillus induced recipe to Berliner Weiss (in terms of low bitterness, predominant tartness) as well as Gräzter (owing to the smokiness).

Let's start with the smoke. Plenty think of Rauchbiers as winter beers, and I get that. But nothing pairs better with summer BBQ than smoky beer. And what better by the campfire than a hearty ale accented by campfire-like smoke? The guys at Grimm know what I'm talking about - they conjured up this recipe precisely with thoughts of backyard cookouts in mind.

Hell, they even go so far as to call it their idea of a perfect lawnmower beer! I would not disagree. Action/Adventure has an ultra-refreshing tartness and notably light body despite good malt flavour. Smoke only sneaks in on the finish and is faint. Still, it manages to contribute subtle yet tasteful sausage and smoked meat qualities.

Now, that's not to suggest this will be for everyone. Ever wonder what fermentation smells like? Here's your answer. The aroma is 'capital F' Funky and smacks of festering, soured orchard fruits and subtly of rancid meat. The flavour has a definite milkiness and strong 'cheese' element to it. Plus the mouthfeel is lined with a bacterial tartness reminiscent of that in fresh yogurt.

But don't let any of that turn you off - odd though it may seem, these attributes are pros not cons (and, besides, lack intensity). Uniqueness notwithstanding, this is delicious, quenching and delightfully effervescent. Action/Adventure is indeed something to get excited about. This blockbuster of a beer is without doubt one of the most simultaneously interesting and fantastic offerings of recent memory.

Jan 18, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Nov 22, 2014
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drewone from California

3/5  rDev -25.2%

Dec 06, 2014
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Sep 14, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale yellow.

The flavor hits up front of tart qualities of lemon and lemon peel. Lots of wheat throughout, with a substantial and interesting malt quality in the middle. Not much smoke on this one. It reminds me of an interesting take on a Berlinerweisse.

A well made sour and a flavorful beer at its ABV

Aug 05, 2014
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Oct 24, 2014
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gory4d from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the only lichtenhainer I've had. Pours a murky yellow with a thin head. Smell is sharp smoke and some citrus tang. The taste is much the same, rather puckering. Nice and quenching. Wish they'd make this one again.

Oct 06, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -4%

Poured a cloudy gold body with little head and lace and had an aroma that could be described as smoky and sour (citrus on the sour edge).
Beer is light and smooth and has a pronounced sour/tart lemon/citric edge with touches of spice (and maybe a yeast/wheat twang to explain the smoothness).
It finishes with a slightly smoked edge to balance out the sourness of beer.
I wouldn't call this a smoked beer but more like a sour beer with a touch of smoke.
Not a bad combo at all and this beer is worth trying but this isn't a reinvention of the wheel.

Aug 15, 2014
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Strelnikov from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 22, 2015
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Oct 16, 2014
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from draught to a small tulip, this is a cloudy gold, with a fine white head that quickly dissipates, leaving thin lacing.

The aroma was mildly smoky and modestly sour, as expected, but lacking much interest.

The flavors too are modest. Tartness and acid are as expected.

Light body, and carbonation.

I was really excited by the anticipation of this beer, but was ultimately disappointed. My research lead me to be intrigued by its Old World charm, and the possibilities of a smoked sour. Hopefully some other version of this elusive "style" will prove my imagination lives up to the intrigue.

Nov 15, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dec 01, 2014
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Keene from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -7.2%

Sep 17, 2014
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nathanmiller from New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 28, 2015
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Darwin232 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 24, 2015
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ianjsullivan from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%

Aug 13, 2014
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smithj4 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nov 22, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, smoke, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, smoke, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of sour and smoke aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 01, 2014
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Sep 13, 2014
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deonreds from New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Sep 09, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured off the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a half-sized, stemmed house goblet, colored as a dirty apricot. Holding a quarter finger head of tight white foam, retention was brief. Sheeted rings of lacing were left around the glass. A dense haze obscured clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be very light. The aroma gave big lactobacillus sourness, smoked peat, prosciutto salty savoriness, glassy metallics, hibiscus and rose petal florals, gooseberries and under ripe golden raspberries, pale malts, smoked wheat, and very faint peaty mossiness, leathery oiliness, honeysuckle plant greenness, and an earthen pseudo-woodiness. Through the flavoring we enjoyed notes of powerfully tart wild yeastiness, orange and lemon peel, straight attic dust layer, burlap, bile and stomach acidity, white wine grape skins, old cinder blocks, heavy lactic sourness, rubber cement, dewed floral petals, wet cornmeal batter, chimney smoke, hickory, medicinal ether quality, soured tin, lemon pulp, and cloven phenols. By the aftertaste, the smoked and peaty maltiness became so sour in its own right, bringing you down under a whole new umbrella of dank, funky wilderness. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium but pleasantly prickly. Nice slurp and smack came off the sip, with appropriately lighter cream and froth. The mouth was left puckered, scathed a layer down, and astringently dried. The abv was easy, and so was the drinking, but the latter had to be slow and deliberate.

Overall, this has got to be one of the more unique beers we’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with in a while. The contrast between the intensely soured lacto and the heavy smokiness, especially through the flavor, made for an incredibly interesting and innovative display. High acidity meets savory, malty smokiness, and it works. You get a mix of the best of both worlds, but at the same time, it is easy to see why it might not appeal to some. Avoid this if you hate sours. Avoid it if you don’t like smoke in your beer’s flavor. Otherwise, if you’re adventurous with your beverages, try it, and let this guy get to room temperature for the full effect. This is our first brush with a Grimm ale, and we can safely say that it has piqued our interest for the brewery.

Jan 30, 2015
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BryanK from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 08, 2014
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SadMachine from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2015
Action/Adventure from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 56 ratings