Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #40
Ranked #439
4.4 | pDev: 6.59%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 6/23/2021 so 11 days old when reviewed. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a lazy, nearly opaque, bright tangerine color with a huge, foamy, bright white head and thick, soapy lacing. The smell is bold with tangerine, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and sweet floral hops. The taste opens with a blast of citrus blending tart lemon and grapefruit with sweeter pineapple, tangerine, and a hint of ripe cantaloupe. At mid-palate there are notes of pine needles, bubblegum, and grass. The Citra and Mosaic hops, always a great combination, really shine, and the Falconers Flight hops compliment then well. It finishes with a clean bitterness that appeases a hop lover without overpowering. This ale has a moderate mouth feel with a pleasant level of carbonation, and it's easily drinkable at 8% ABV. Tesseract is a DIPA I've been wanted to try for years and it didn't disappoint. It's so basic in its construct but highly flavorful and drinkable. It merits its World-Class rating.

Jul 04, 2021
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SudsDoctor from New York

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the third IPA I’ve had from Grimm (After Image and Lambo Door the others) and all have been excellent. But this may well be my favorite of the three. Like the eponymous space stone vessel from the MCU, this one is transporting. :wink: Pour reveals a golden, translucent liquid topped by an ample 3-4 finger head that slowly settles. Color is within range for the style and pedestrian, while the head is better than most. Massive pineapple/guava on the nose and palate, with some underlying notes of pale stone fruit on the latter as well. Smoothly creamy mouthfeel, but with enough bite to keep it from becoming insipid.

Mar 28, 2021
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 2/2/21.
Big hoppy, juicy IIPA here.
Lots of citrus, tropical fruits and dank resin qualities. Slick feel and strong flavors, punchy and sharp.
Very tasty, glad I picked this one up!

Mar 18, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: mostly clear medium yellow color; hint of haze. frothy white head fades quick. OK retention. Head comes back, but with much less magnitude.

AROMA: grapefruit, some hay,

TASTE: grapefruit, lemon peel, hay, white grape-pinot grigio, little bit of peach. Some late ash.

FEEL: pretty light bodied, with somewhat of a kick. Nice small bubble carbonation and sharp feel that approaches astringency, but stops short of anything negative.

Initially underwhelmed, but it rallied a bit. I'd still put it below Splish, but it's close. I also may have overrated Splish, but I will revisit some day if possible.


Mar 12, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (30Oct2020) into a Teku

L: pours a turbid yellow orange with a very thick white head. Not quite “clear” but certainly not the hazy/milky/creamy NEIPA look. As the head fades leaves chunky lacing, dissipates to minimal bubbles on the surface of the beer. Bit of soapy lacing left with each sip

S: fantastic gummy tropical fruit aroma with a nice bit of contrasting bitterness and earthiness as well. Get pineapple, papaya, melon, peach, some citrusy tangerine. Piney character as well, along with the berry medley I find with Mosaic. There’s a nice dank note under the fruit notes providing some welcome depth, perhaps tie that back to the piney character I noted

T: follows the nose well, great mix of fruit with a bit more bite and piney character than the standard NEIPAs of late. Nice tangerine/grapefruit citrusy bitterness is there with a more earthy/piney flavor. Get some of that peach/papaya/melon on the swallow but it’s less apparent here than the nose, that gummy nature present at first but then falling prey to the more bitter/earthy notes. Moves nicely into a medium-long finish, silly how drinkable it is

F: medium carbonation, medium/medium- body, quite light, very drinkable, slightly drying especially a minute or so post swallow

O: a really great DIPA that presents some nice earthiness that’s somewhat hard to find (unless it’s a negative like hop burn). Incredibly drinkable, there’s something I can’t quite put my finger on that I find it lacking - perhaps a bit more body? Splitting hairs, it’s great

Nov 19, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With Mosaic, Citra and Falconer Flight hops.
The aroma broadens with warming- floral, interesting citrus.
Taste: Very distinctive fruit- citrus, tropical fruit, but in a different blend than other DIPAs
Not very hoppy. Excellent DIPA.

Nov 18, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Somewhat hazy gold. White head. Lacing is present. 4.5

Nose: Pine, grapefruit, melon, raw dough. 4.5

Taste: Passionfruit, guava, pine, grapefruit and lemongrass. 4.25

Feel: Medium high carbonation. Body is medium leaning toward full bodied. 4.75

Overall: Wonderfully complex. 4.5

Jun 11, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5.27.2020, opened 6.7.2020

Can Purchased at CBC Plymouth poured into a teku

Been wanting to try this beer , not usually seen in these waters

One finger frothy white foam csp, good retention , good lacings, settles to a layer with clingy lacings over a golden orange translucent liquid

Aroma is very floral, hint of earthiness

Taste is floral hops

Smooth mouthfeel , medium sudsing, full hop flavor No bite

Good beer , repeatable

Jun 07, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. As a fan of the Grimm brand, I have been attempting to try this beer for years. Surprised by the pour. This beer is hazy but I can almost see clear through it. I was expecting a mud bath. Nothing of the sort. Aroma is a pretty standard setlist of wet, melon, mango hops. A Grimm production for sure. Sorta like when you know you're watching an A24 flick even before the title comes up. Nose is solid but it doesn't blow me away; mostly due to it's lack of intensity. Flavor is pretty rich but it's more of the same tricks I've seen before. Several times from other breweries AND from this brewery as well. Its tasty and drinks easy but it does not hit the marks I set for it after these years. Good not great.

Jun 06, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am so excited to finally drink this one, as it is a beer I have wanted to try for over five years... I think I first heard about it some time in 2014 or 2015 but we didn't get distribution for any Grimm IPAs at that time other than, every now and then, a keg of one of their more common single IPAs at the fancier places in Boston etc. Anyway, enough about my lust for this beer finally being satiated (although I will brag that I picked up the very last can in stock at the only retailer I know of that got any of this beer, so I feel quite cool)... how is it, in actuality?

The pour is a little less intense/impressive than I thought it'd be, honestly. It's hazy and yellow-ish without much depth to the color (Lambo Door is pretty similar to this in color, though, I will mention), and the head only builds up to a single finger so don't expect to be utterly blown away by how it looks. The lacing here, however, is quite spectacular; soapy and consistent with good retention. Overall, though, I actually think this might be disappointing to me. Oh well, I'm sure it'll make up for the lacking appearance with the more important aspects of scent and flavor.

This is hopped with Mosaic (Cryo, I believe, according to the updated notes here), Falconer's Flight, and Citra. Quite an illustrious blend, especially considering you don't really see FF much these days. When I first bring this to my nose, I am immediately impressed by the seemingly-effortless dance between the dank and fruity side of hazy double IPAs present in this recipe. I mean, this has that oregano/onion dankness quotient through the roof while also brimming with tangy citrus, soft tropical undertones, and a funky berry-driven earthiness which I typically attribute to Mosaic.

On the tongue, Tesseract is very herbal and tropical by turns, with some fun flavors of red berries and sticky pine melding with mango and aggressive guava. The dank and oniony note from the nose is a little more reined-in here, for sure, but it's replaced by the oily overly-complex approach Mosaic can sometimes take on in bigger hoppy beers like this, which is a pity because I really find stuff like that hit-or-miss, and this every now and then flirts a little too closely with the "miss" side of the paradigm for my liking. I know it's a personal thing, but my issue is that this seems like it can't settle down and choose a focus; it's all over the place, and not always in a satisfying way, because it's annoyingly tough to pin down. I mean, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal, grassy, dank, piney, sugary, sweet, and yet strongly bitter? It's a LOT to parse. That said, I do think it's quite good in its own way, I just don't prefer the approach here. Your taste may differ.

The feel, however, is superb. I have zero problems with it. Much like Lambo Door, this is super-plush feeling with incredible drinkability and litheness. It's just so crushable despite its high-ish ABV and complex flavor profile. The transition from playful, fruity earlier elements to more bitter finishing hops is superbly well-rendered here. I would probably buy this again if I had the opportunity, but I would also be fine enjoying this one can and never having it again. Take from that what you will!

Jun 06, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.


Nov 26, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Nov 19, 2019
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Nov 10, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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


Jun 19, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

May 25, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

May 24, 2019
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Dec 28, 2018
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Delli555 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3%
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!

Dec 28, 2018
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TimothyD11 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%
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.

Dec 20, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dec 16, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Jul 31, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

May 24, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Mar 18, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +2%
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.

Mar 15, 2018
Tesseract from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 610 ratings