Tesseract | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We punched up our favorite DIPA with an extra dose of mosaic cryo hops. More lupulin oil and less vegetative matter delivers an even fruitier and smoother hop experience.

Added by Jason on 02-02-2015

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Ranking:
#311
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
522
pDev:
6.8%
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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can courtesy of beerloserLI. Contract brewed and canned in Sterling, Virginia, on February 23, 2018 per the label and bottom stamp. I do know a "tesseract" is a thing but not what kind of thing.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this wasn't as hazy as some east coast IPAs. In fact, unlike many, it was truly hazy rather than downright opaque, a kind of very chill-hazed amber rather than a glass of turbid orange juice. About an inch of off-white head, initially. Tons of lace.

Fruit-like hop nose. I get suggestions of mango, papaya and just the teeniest amount of grapefruit. There's a little bit of sweetness, but it's far short of cloying.

Taste is a little more complex but not hugely so. I feel I can add mandarin oranges to the list of fruits suggested above. The citrus-like flavors are subordinate to the ones that suggest tropical fruits, but nothing runs roughshod over anything else. I particularly like that, unlike many a fruit-juicy IPA of my acquaintance, there's not a big blast of something resembling pineapple. I don't hate pineapple, but I've had too many such beers that aren't far off from being Pineapple Pruno. This, by comparison, has a lovely balance. Soft, dry and juicy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a soft, slightly creamy and VERY slightly oily mouthfeel. Like a lot of east coast IPAs, I feel like the mouthfeel is a little bit bland compared to old school IPAs, which I remain a fan of. Fortunately, this one's not quite soft to the point of insipidness, like some.

A tesseract is "the fourth dimensional analogue of a cube." Glad we got that straightened out. Very satisfying beer. Very drinkable stuff. I'll always be a PNW hophead, but this was delicious, so I'd happily put aside my usual preference for big, grapefruity hop blasts to have another one of these, although I'd have to pace myself. There's no sign of the 8% abv in the taste. Thanks, Brian!

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Photo of fehrminator
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chriswjr
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ekw590
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberries and tangerines are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the blueberries are a little stronger are there are also some hints of papayas to go along with the tangerines. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a light amount of crispness. Unlike other Imperial IPAs, this beer is very smooth.
O: This beer packs in a lot of aromas and flavors from the hops, but these are smooth due to the use of cryo hops and lupulin oil.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Clear medium gold colored pour with very thick and creamy lacing.

S - Pungent, juicy, thick tropical fruit aroma permeates from the glass. Mango, pineapple, papaya, orange.

T - Spicy tropical fruit rind, peppery dank tropical fruit spice, pineapple, mango, papaya, oranges. In your face fruity sweetness from start to finish with a sweet citrus finish and light citrus bitterness. No ABV detected whatsoever. Impressive.

M - Big and thick, with a very dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding D-IPA, period.

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ER527
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dadthew
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicholas-Drinks
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like grimm has toned down a bit! They are probably trying to hone in their new brewery so I'll give this another go later on down the road!

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4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davoc727
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second only to Afterimage by Grimm

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4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Urs
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 522 ratings