Tesseract | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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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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87
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pDev:
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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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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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Tesseract from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 541 ratings