Color Field | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Color Field is an American wild farmhouse ale brewed with hibiscus, rose hips, and chamomile. Produced with a mixed culture fermentation, it pours a hazy pink color topped with a fluffy white head. Tart aromas of lemon, black pepper, and earthy, gently perfumed botanicals mingle with classic saison funk. The soft, refreshing acidity is balanced by a hint of floral sweetness. This beer is never boiled and never filtered.

Added by HertzaHaeon on 01-10-2015

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours pretty! Like pink grapefruit juice. Head is white with the slightest pink saturation. Random, squiggly lacing. Aroma isn't necessarily very inviting. The rose hips, chamomile and hibiscus dominate the flavor and remind me of those bags filled with dried herbs that you throw into a bath. A cooking spice rack. Some funky yeast pitches in as well. The taste and smell are similar. The flavor is fruitier with some citrusy fruit. Very floral and perfumey. Tangy yeast. Not very tart or sour or anything; a unique take on a Wild Ale. Finishes dry and the flavor doesn't linger for very long, thankfully. Has some body in there. Higher carbonation. I really wasn't a big fan of this beer. Still love their artwork and other beers I have tried. This one wasn't doing it for me, though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: $11.04 with bottle deposit at a New York City Whole Paycheck. Brown glass. Great label art, with a grey label colour. Unbranded black pry-off crown cap. December 2016 vintage. 1 pint 6 fl oz format.

"Dry hopped sour ale brewed with hibiscus, rose hips, & chamomile." 4.7% ABV.

Served cold into stemware per the label's instructions.

APPEARANCE: Bright pink-white head. Murky hazy dull pink body. Frothy and creamy, with a generally soft fluffy consistency. Leaves a thin coating of lacing as the head recedes, which takes a good ~8 minutes.

Appears well-carbonated. Could be more vibrant. The pinkish hue to the head helps set it apart from other sour ales.

AROMA: Nails the hibiscus and rose hips, with chamomile taking a backseat but still lending some aromatics. Sourness seems mild at most - maybe a 2-3/10 in terms of acidity, and isn't complemented by any acidity, overt bacterial notes, microflora, or tartness. Malts are neutral. Hop aromatics are basically nonexistent (to style).

The result is an aroma suggestive more of a fruit ale than a proper sour ale, with the rose hips and hibiscus dominating. The lack of bacterial (or brettanomyces-derived) sourness and intricacies is disappointing, but maybe the taste will deliver more? Outside of style conventions, it's an appealing if simplistic aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a soft refreshing ale.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Certainly soft and refreshing, with a nice smooth, coating, wet mouthfeel.

Tart rose hips and hibiscus hit in the second act, but sourness is almost as mild (read: weak) as the aroma suggested - maybe a 3-4/10 in terms of intensity. Luckily, it's accentuated by some smacky lactic acidity, showing this brew packs some bacterial punch after all...though it's admittedly meagre. Chamomile isn't really there even when I search for it, which is disappointing. (Compare this to, say, Greenpoint Ales and Lagers' Milk and Honey Blonde ale and it's night and day in terms of chamomile presence).

Muted lemon (some might say lemon detergent). There's a blip of funkiness (the "sweaty gym sock" descriptor some reviewers use might be applied; it's definitely not a clean funkiness as one might find in, say, Cantillon).

There's no microfloral intricacy here, nor any wild yeast(s). Has the sterile feel of a stainless steel aged sour ale; aging in oak or chestnut wood barrels instead would definitely help this along and give it some more interesting complex undertones.

Balanced, with the neutral malt (probably 2 or 6 row, maybe wheat as well?) backbone bending easily to the sourness and fruit. While simplistic for a sour ale, it's got adequate flavour and makes for an interesting fruit ale build.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

OVERALL: More fruit ale than sour ale, with a disappointingly reticent chamomile presence. The bright floral tones could be more vivid and expressive, as could the ale as a whole. It's highly drinkable; I'll have no trouble at all finishing the large format bottle. Well worth trying once, but not a beer I'd buy again (at least not at $11 a bottle). More nice work from Grimm, but not amongst their finest work. More commitment to the bacteria and flowers, more acidity and tartness, proper barrel aging instead of stainless steel, and more thoughtful utilization of hops would help elevate this. I'm glad I got to try it, but it isn't world-class.

B- (3.35) / WORTHY

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Photo of JaredSammy
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Hay colored even color to the edges. Lots of carbonation forming on the bottom of the glass.
S - Mild, sour, sweet, peach.
T - extra mild for a wild. I think this was the point of this beer. No pucker, sugar sweet, seems like a pit fruit juice flavor profile.
F - light, carbonated almost overly.
O - if you want a artisanal American wild then you found it. As far to one side of the spectrum as a wild gets. Mild is an understatement.

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle - January 2015 edition

Pours cloudy pink grapefruit in color. Moderate off white head, leaves a spotty tiny bubble film and minor lace.

Fruity nose with some herbal tea mixed in.

More of the same on the palate. Pineapple, lime, tea, fruity, thirst quenchingly dry in the finish. Moderate tart notes and carbonation here is on the high side, with some noticeable prickliness on the tongue. Has a champagne kinda quality to it. Good one to have some wine lovers try

So to recap, tart, dry, kinda beer...another interesting and tasty brew from Grimm..not great but def interesting and worth trying....I'm thinking a peppery salad and some salty cheese might go great here....gonna seek out more of their creations

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste is honey, light sour mix, biscuit, and flowers. This is lightly sour and it becomes sweeter. A sipper that has me curious about the brewery and willing to try more.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tappangordo
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ugh, not good. Started out tasting like a sour, turned sweet, and then the flavor just completely fell off. Absolutely no aftertaste. This was my first Grimm and I am hesitant to try more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mindfuldave
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of underoath437
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy strawberry pink, with a tight white head, but little retention and lacing.

S: Cherry, strawberry, rose, plum, and clove.

T: Cherry, strawberry, rose, sugary plums, cracker malt, wheat, graininess. Dry and fruity.

F: Medium-light, well carbonated, crisp, dry, amazing.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip. The appearance was a slight dark amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a fairly quick pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had some citrusy and floral bright notes up front flowing into a some subtle jalapeno spicy undertones. The flavor had the sweet floral and citrusy qualities up front allowing the spicy tones to come in slightly and form the aftertaste together fairly nice. Finish was sweet and spicy. The palate was warm and inviting with an almost medium bodied sort of feel to it. More of a sipper because of the jalapenos, as the "heat" seemed to radiate a sort of mild harshness over my tongue. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, I have to question if this was truly a "wild ale" as I thought this was more of a "spice/vegetable beer" with the jalapenos coming out as they did, but perhaps it could just be me. Not sure.

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Photo of natbarr
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Color Field from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 156 ratings