Grimm Artisanal Ales

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #36
Ranked #394
4.41 | pDev: 6.58%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another big thanks to Jay for the can. Cheers man!

Pours like straight up, no pulp orange juice. Bright yellowy orange capped by a frothy white head that plasters the glass.

Smells like OJ too, with a splash of pineapple and mango. No need to complicate things. That's what I get.

Flavor is a bit more broad. Quite the smorgasbord of fruit juices with all the above mentioned, along with a mild berry influence, topped of with a hint and f vanilla and just a suggestion of damp pine.

Smooth, creamy, and soft feeling with a juicy sweet start that progresses into a mildly bitter and warming finish.

I thought this was going to be a sipper, but as I type this, the glass is looking pretty empty. I mean, 1/4 FULL. I could get down on these.


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Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Predictably pulpy, a shade darker than lemon colored, giving an impression of burnt orange highlights. Head production and retention are quite good, leaving behind clumpy white lacing. No visible floaties.

Nose is balanced, with hop tones of mild dankness, pungent herbs, pineapple, mango, straw, honey, and vanilla.

Very, very juicy on the palate. None of the astringent hop burn from which some in the style suffer. Vanilla, pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, light pepper, light hints of bright Italian herbs, papaya.

Very soft mouthfeel, more pillowy than creamy. Surprisingly light bodied for an 8% brew. Fantastic drinkability. Reminiscent of Tree House.

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 19, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tesseract is a great name for this one, as its truly unique and dynamic flavor evolves with each passing sip to create the presense of fouth dimensional alchemy within the palette and olfactories. It carries a west coast aroma as it is pungent and robustly hopped, and upon the first sip the immediate flavors are very earthy and dank; however, there is a subtle presence of apricot, lemon rind, and pineapple which sneak through on the back end. These and similar flavors became more noticeable as I journeyed towards the bottom of my glass. I cannot get over just how EARTHY and DANK this beer is and yet somehow the malt and mosaic subtly conspire to keep the pungent bitterness in check; there is no clash between the fruity and bitter ends of the flavor specturm; instead, the malt and zesty/citrusy notes tactfully mute the eartty/dank pungent tones. I'm telling you, this one is unique.

Also noteworthy is how long the lacy white head of this beer retains its thickness.

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

Had on tap at the Tip Tap Room, Boston

Solid and punchy mosaic-centric DIPA featuring the classic earthy/dank/citric aspects that one might expect. Nothing crazy extraordinary at this point in the realm of NEIPAs, but you won't be disappointed either


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jun 19, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - massive, dense yellowish head atop a vibrant, near-opaque yellow body.

S - grapefruit, herb.

T - very dank grapefruit. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - high on the dankometer.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, May 25, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BeerShop, NYC.
Pours a hazy orange color with a moderate foam head. Head soon dissipates and leaves ring like lacing.
The aromas are hops forward and fruity. Notes of tangerine, orange, mango, melon and blueberry. There is also a light trace of bready malt, bubblegum and a hint of herbal dank, pine and grass. Very aromatic overall.
The taste is fruity and juicy with a sweetness in the opening. However, a gentle hops bitterness soon sets in, peppery and spicy in flavor. It compliments well with the flavors of grapefruit pith, blueberry, mango, peach, pineapple and orange. There are also notes of bubblegum, melon, pine, grass, and dry cracker malt. A dry and pithy finish keeps it drinkable.
Medium bodied with a nice smoothness to it. The hops flavors smooth, clean and well integrated overall. Although juicy, the palate is dry overall. Carbonation is moderate. Despite the fullness of flavor, it has a nice lightness to it.
I’m an admirer of Grimm for their expertly crafted brews. This one is no exception.

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Gajo74 from New York, May 24, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth with my Dad! He had a Mainer Weisse from Night Shift. This is your standard Double NEIPA with an absurd level of hops and fruit juice drinkability.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Dec 28, 2018
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal IPA. Easily top 5 best Ihave tried to date. You won’t be disappointed, as I am a harsh critic when it comes to IPA- not many impress
me. This one is impressive enough to want more!

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Delli555 from Massachusetts, Dec 28, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not the best, most poetic, most articulate reviewer, but I will say that this was an incredible New England IPA! A perfect balance of mild hop bitterness, tropical fruit juice and a well hidden 8% ABV. This was Tree House-esque! Up there with the best of Tree House, Burlington Beer Co. and Mikkeller New England IPA's.

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TimothyD11 from New York, Dec 20, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in New York City.

Pours a hazy light orange with a thick cap of fine head.

Smell is juicy and dank with notes of melon, mango and peach candy. Slight grassiness too.

Taste is sweet and juicy. Notes of mango, melon, gummy candy and some grass. Nice, mellow bitterness and no hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, Grimm strikes again with a great, super drinkable DIPA.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Dec 18, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/26. Bright and hazy orange, fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving sticky lacing around the glass and a nice ring of foam. Smells a bit muted but is floral forward with mango, peach and nectarine. Tastes like under ripe white peach, grape rind and citrus. Nice hop presence. Very soft body with moderate carbonation, a very mildly dry finish.

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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey, Dec 16, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a willie pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear bright golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. The head has absurd retention, leaving a plethora of clingy lacing as it settles into a thick blanket that gently envelops the beer. Absolutely gorgeous.

The aroma brings lots of citrus; namely grapefruit and clementine oranges. Then comes a wave of freshly picked berries followed by some overripe mangoes and papaya. The back end brings a subtle but pleasant biscuity malt character. Slightly vegetal, but sweet.

The flavor starts with notes of blueberries, oranges, and mangoes and is followed by fresh papaya and the faintest hint of grapefruit. Finishes with some sweet caramel and the absolute foggiest idea of citrus rind. A sweet beer, but not at all cloying.

The feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Incredible smoothness and creaminess, with a moderately dry finish. Could use a bit more carbonation, but otherwise very well done.

Overall, the first hoppy beer I tried from Grimm and I'm definitely impressed. This one has the look and aroma of a West Coast DIPA, but the sweet flavor and soft creamy body of a NEIPA. It's well-balanced and drinkable as hell. Very nice.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Jul 31, 2018
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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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woemad from Washington, May 24, 2018
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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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metter98 from New York, Mar 18, 2018
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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

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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter. Golden orange, hazy color. Little head, left lace on glass. Subtle aroma of citrus and light pine. Taste is wonderful, citrusy, smoooooth blend of hops and malt. Mouth-filling, with a clean, pleasant finish. A joy to sip and savor.

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pdad329 from Massachusetts, Jul 13, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a goblet a slight hazed lighter lemon yellow color with a half finger white head atop.Big orange oil aromas with a bit of resin,caramel and sweet alcohol thrown in.Orange and sweet onion flavors with some resin showing thru,sweet biscuit malts underneath along some stinging alcohol.It's good but to me not nearly as good as the rating....not even close.

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oberon from North Carolina, Jun 28, 2017
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal, world class IPA that can stand up to all the cult New England IPAs. Grimm makes incredible beers, and this one is one of their best.

Opaque orange with a soft white head. Smell is floral, slightly piney, slightly citrusy.

The taste is a perfect balance between malt and hops. The hops are assertive and bitter, but there is a clear malt backbone that stands up well to the hopping.

This isn't an ultra complex beer, but that isn't a criticism. This is just a beautifully balanced hazy east coast IPA. Refreshing. Robustly hopped, but with enough malt to keep things in check. Citrusy, clean, and refreshing. Just wonderful. If you know the normal fare from Grimm, singlecut, alchemist, other half, Lawson's, and the like, you know what to expect from this. This stands with the best.

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lbloom from New York, Jun 03, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably worth noting that the can I am drinking is from contract brewer Beltway Brewing.

Very nice creamcicle orange color, nice head, plenty of lacing (or my glass is dirty). Bonus for very cool can art. Nose is very light - especially when compared with other NE style brews - a little dank, a little tropical - maybe mango (emphasis on little). Clean taste - a little dank, a little pineapple, a little apricot and a nice bitter hop kick at the end. Smooth mouth feel. Drinks more like an IPA than a DIPA -- suspect that 8.0 could get sneaky.

Two years ago, I would have been excited about this one -- just too much quality competition now. This is a very nice DIPA, but not close to world-class.

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11-52_4hops from Virginia, Feb 18, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

unlike lambo door, which was supposed to be epic but fell short of that mark, this one is incredible, one of the best ipa types i have had from grimm, if not the very best. on tap at blue tusk in syracuse, its a pretty beer, very light, pale yellow/orange in color with a little haze. i can almost still smell it, its so pungent in the nose. these hops are incredible, i wish i knew which varietals were here, but suffice it to say its a big tropical juicy medley, and with the base being so light, its hops from the second it hits the lips until long after the swallow. surprised this is as strong as it is, it drinks like an all day from founders, no kidding, just light and easy and juicy all the way. hints of lime and pineapple in the hop complexion and only very tame bitterness here. not as thick and hazy as a lot of the now famous easy coast ipa types, but it has a similar hop flavor to it, punchy and mega fresh. awesome carbonation, not watery in feel, sneaky strong. a majorly enjoyable glass of ipa, this is about as good as they get in this direction. oddly wonderful on a kicking hangover...

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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Another excellent IPA from Grimm, whom I've known mostly for their sours and wild ales, but whose IPA offerings have proven to be consistently impressive.

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3.66/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] The can lists the ABV (8.0%) it also has a canned date (10/24/2016) it also looks really cool. The beer is a murky apricot color. It pours out with 1 1/2 fingers of really dense white head.

S: [3.50] Dank, pine, pineapple, lemon rind. Nothing too pungent - the scents are subdued.

T: [3.75] Lemon rind, golden raisins (something sweet but not citrusy), crackers and toffee.

M: [3.50] Medium to just below medium body - low carbonation (which might lead to the thinner feel). There is a slight bitter finish.

O: [3.50] This beer was limited release at my bottle shop. I felt great to get it. I feel only average now. This beer is visually quite nice but then it falters. The mose is really weak (even when warmed). The taste is onlly slightly above average IPA and the mouthfeel might be slightly below. It is decent but not worth a special trip

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fscottkey from New York, Nov 13, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Flynn's Mansfield

Nice thick pillowy rich 1 finger head doesn't fade at all, thick lacing, mostly clear golden pilsner color

Nose citrus and fruity hops, tropical all over, papaya, mango skin, tangerine, fruity bubblegum, little grainy malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, little grainy toasted reddish malt, fair bitterness into big orange zest, citrus, tangerine, little grapefruit, orange cream, mango flesh, papaya, generic fruity. Finish is drier but a little sticky pretty bitter, lingering candied orange peel

Mouth is med bod touch creamy nice carb
Overall not bad, good hop presence especially aroma, malts a bit heavy but booze hidden fairly well from that.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Nov 12, 2016
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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

Canned 10/24/16. Consumed 11/10/16.

A: Beer comes in a rich amber hue with medium-minus haze and about a finger of fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. A bit of lacing left on the glass with alcohol legs for sure.

S: Very tropical and herbal, with big notes of cantaloupe, papaya, and peach with some mango thrown in combined with dank green tea and a hint of grassy pine. The earthy, herbaceousness aspect of the nose perfectly balances the sweetness from the fruit aromas to offer a supremely appealing nose.

T: Follows the nose... Maybe a bit more fruit-forward, but definitely a balance between the earthy, herbal and the tropical aspects of the hops. Up front, I get tons of ripe papaya, passionfruit, and mango, along with some strawberry and blueberry as well. Maybe even some more exotic, candied fruits (guava?). Moves into a soft, mild, white-bread-y malt and, on the finish, a piney, herbal dankness that persists with some mild residual fruitiness.

M: Really really awesome feel with tremendous balance, especially as it warms. There's some sweetness, but only just enough; for an 8% beer, this one drinks a percent or two below its ABV. It's smooth, clean, and even somewhat dry while still retaining a juiciness on the initial sip. It has a medium-plus weight on the tongue with that signature Grimm softness on the carbonation. Only thing holding this one back from a 4.75 is a slightly unpleasant, mild sting of booze on the swallow. Without that (and with a bit more weight/creaminess), this would be a perfect feel.

O: Definitely one of the best Grimm DIPAs I've had... Though definitely a step down from Afterimage, IMO. While I didn't have the opportunity to try this one super fresh (as I did with Afterimage), I found that I preferred the flavor and aroma profile on Afterimage vs. Tesseract. While Tesseract is drier and more herb-/tea-forward, I actually enjoyed the overwhelming punch of sweet, exotic fruit offered by Afterimage. In terms of mouthfeel, Tesseract is on par with the best of Grimm, delivering intense flavors with incredible softness and a damn near perfect weight on the palate to balance drinkability with substance. Overall, Tesseract is a great DIPA, but not my favorite from the brewery.

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avas from New York, Nov 11, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rosy-golden-amber with little to no head. Smells fruity! Taste is fruity and a little herbal, only mild bitterness. Very low carbonation, feels a little thin.

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aquabears from Connecticut, Nov 09, 2016
Tesseract from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 585 ratings