Grimm Artisanal Ales

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #217
Ranked #1,773
4.23 | pDev: 6.15%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: Telekinesis is a hoppy, tart, and smashable American wild ale fermented with a mixed culture of yeast and spontaneous microbes. Mosaic, Citra, and Falconer’s Flight hops contribute peachy, tropical hop character. Lightly toasted white oak spirals lend subtle tannin structure, while our no-boil process leaves a puckering hint of raw sourdough.
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Photo of Delli555
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Grimm beers. This and Psychokinesis are two most similar beers they make, and both are among the smoothest beers you will ever drink. Light it flavor and taste, but delicate notes make it well balanced in flavor and taste without strong tastes or scent that might be liked by some and not others. If you like a good sour, you will certainly like this beer, as it really doesn't get much better than this beer.

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Photo of Porchsitter
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass per bottle instructions on a warm night watching a ballgame. Pour was light and hazy with small amount of head. The taste was refreshing, tarty, and light. Outstanding. Will definitely be revisiting this beer in the future.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour lemons and peaches are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having a moderate amount of sourness with notes of lemons and hints of peaches.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very refreshing. It would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Ryan and Caseys in Greenfield. Beer pours with a murky, medium color straw yellow appearance with no head. Aromas include various citrus aromas, but could mostly smell very ripe orange. Bittersweet with some good orange and lemon balance. Nice and crisp carbonation. Overall, great smells and taste and an exceptional mouthfeel.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sours I've had in quite awhile. Nice color and aroma with just the right funk/sour to it. Not overwhelming - nice and tasty. Super drinkable especially on a warm day. Fantastic brew - so much flavor. Just wish Grimm's brews were more available. Hopefully with the new brewery that will happen.

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Photo of c_tails
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at Mission Dolores in 10oz wine-shaped glass

pours - cloudy straw yellow

smells - sour fruits, citrus, floral, slightly bready

taste - tart and tangy. grimm describes one flavor as raw sourdough and i totally get that in the sip. tart fruitiness upfront, a lower amount of hops than i expected, and that sour bread at the end.

overall - perhaps not my favorite sour offering. a little too tangy and lemony, it felt slightly off balance in a way that other sours i've tried that spike the tongue with tartness and are fruity and dry, but balance that tanginess better.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle released July 2016

Pours cloudy straw yellow with a lasting creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh funky lychee fruit, tart peaches, nectarine, raspberry, blueberry, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, tropical mango, musty passionfruit, guava, toasted white oak, bready malts, with dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sour fruits, lemon, funky lychee fruit, peach, nectarine, tart berries, orange citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, tropical mango, musty passionfruit, guava, some toasted white oak, bready malts, with dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really great dry-hopped sour ale.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grimm is starting to be a favorite brewery of mine. I have yet to find a beer of theirs I haven't at least liked. This sour is amazing. I am a big fan of The Funkatorium and their sours. This would hold up there.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, straw colored beer with a white head that hangs around but leaves only a spot or two of lacing. Big tropical nose with grapefruit, papaya and peaches. There is some sour and oak in there as well. The taste is sour and fruity with oak and vanilla. Really great beer.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I always expect great beers from Grimm but damn they really hit a Grand slam here. Citrus, Citrus, Citrus is all over this beauty. Not in that sour Lemon or bitter Grapefruit nor the sweet Tangerine way, but the best charectoristics of these fruits showcased. All this without having any Citrus additives at all, Totally amazing! One of the best sours I've tried yet.

From bottle with release date of July 2016

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a hazy yellow straw color. There was a modest white head that settled quickly.
Lemon aroma, some sweet fruit.
Lemon taste. Passion fruit. A bit of funk.
Nicely tart.
Another great beer from Grimm.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw color with a white hued haze. Moderate head to start but it settles quickly to rim bubbles. Almost no lace (one solitary streak).

Smells of lemongrass, dandelions and

Starts like a pale malted brew but the sourness comes in quickly. Every taste comes in clearly but with moderation which leads to a complex and well balanced beer. In the swallow there's enough hop bitterness to bring a new unexpected element to the taste.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a hazy straw gold. A couple of fingers of white foam. Smell and taste have tons of apricot and other fruits, along with a lemon tartness and some sweaty dank. Really great sour beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware, as usual). July 2016 batch, noted on the side of the label. This might be a couple of weeks to a month old.

Appearance (3.5): Three fingers of bone white foam rise off of the pour, dying down slowly, capping a hazy, pale straw-colored body. Some scattered clumps of splotchy foam are sticking to the sides of the glass. Could use more head, but the body and head are beautiful. Lacing is disappointing.

Smell (4.5): Passion fruit, yellow bell pepper, fresh cut grass, some gooseberry . . . lemon curd, lemon zest, and a touch of greek yogurt. The malt body clocks in with notes of water crackers and unmalted wheat—very dry, almost dusty and starchy. Later on, gorgeous passion fruit notes really dominate here. Ugh, that New Zealand vibe hits hard with this one.

Taste (4.5): Bracingly tart, with grapefruit juice and passion fruit pith. This just has a resounding, acidic tartness which bounces back off of the different fruit tones. Some of that sweet, yellow bell pepper comes in on the palate, just as it was in the nose. Grapefruit really pulls the weight here as the beer goes on, along with some good limeade. I’m guessing the recipe contains a fair amount of raw wheat. A little starchy, aided by grapefruit pith-driven dryness. There’s a juiciness to it at the same time that comes out a bit as it warms, with gooseberry and bell pepper notes filling it out (very sauv blanc-ish). Unbelievably refreshing and crushable as hell.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Juicy, man. The carbonation is loose and a bit prickly, foaming up softly with a voluminous body before washing out with a quenching, luscious feel. Juicy as hell. The acidity contributes to a perfect level of dryness. It’s like a low-carb limeade—or kombucha without the acetic acid, and limeade flavored.

Overall (4.5): Frankly, this is the type of beer that I’d drink every day if I could, and I simply do not have the words to fully describe the flavor or the full effect of the drink as a whole. I could go on for days about how refreshing and bombastic this beer is without being harsh or overwhelming, but what would be the point? All you need to know is that if you like sour beers, you should try it. If you like hoppy beers, you should try it. If you like sauvignon blanc, you should try it. If you like summertime crushers, you should try it. And if you like more than one of these things, you should seek this mother-trucker out. Highly recommended, and I can’t wait to try Grimm’s other dry-hopped sours.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden straw with a tight bubbled small head that fades and leaves little to no lacing. Aromas are strong funky fruit and sourdough. Notes of lemon, tart grapefruit, melon, next to the pit stone fruit and some raw sourdough. Light body trending toward medium, crisp, tart and super dry. Amazing flavor in a low abv sour ale, there's not much to dislike here it's very well done.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very hazy light and gold. Inviting color with just a bit of lacing remaining.

S: Oniony, resiny funk from the hops meld well with the fruity sour character.

T: Really well balanced. General fruitiness and piney hop character. Solid.

MF: Light and effervescent. I would've liked a touch more depth to it. Just slightly watery.

O: Very solid. Kind or a more accessible Iris.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cloudy lemon color with a 4F head in a tulip glass.

Very fine aroma for this style: tropical fruit, melon, lemon, and sour.

Ver tart MF

Sour, melon, lemon, citrus well balanced in the taste.

Excellent tart finish, pungent.

Great beer- one of the better I tasted in this style. Is it a sour or a cross between a Saison and a sour? Will grab another bottle.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy lemon straw color, hazy, micro-thin white lacing ring.

S - Tangerine and lemon peel with nice funk and slight tartness.

T - Follows the nose: tangerine citrus, lemon peel, tart sour dough bread, nice citrus zing that's not over the top but with just the right amount.

M - Medium body, delicate carbonation, puckering finish, wet.

O - Nicely done.

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Photo of Damian
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Released July 2016
Served in a tulip

As always, Grimm comes through again here with their amazingly hip and bizarre bottle graphics. The beer itself poured a cloudy, pale straw yellow and was topped by a frothy, bright white, inch-tall crown that fell to a barely-there film. Some streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose was pure tropical fruit bliss. Musty passionfruit came through big time. Some ripe mango and guava too. Good dose of lemony tartness. Really crisp and bright. Saison yeast notes were detectible as well. Slightly powdery and dry. Fresh, grassy hops were also noticeable. As the beer sat, the musty, yeasty notes intensified, but the fragrant fruity notes later fought for dominance.

The flavor profile was also outstanding. Awesome balance between the crisp, saison character and the tropical fruit-forward hoppy notes. Tart and lemony but not overly so. Really wheaty. Bit of mango, passionfruit and ripe tangerine in the center. Crisp, dry and yeasty on the back end. Grassy hops were detectible. Lemon notes appeared again in the finish. Just a hint of rind-like bitterness. Interesting and immensely refreshing.

The mouthfeel was fluffy and frothy on the palate. Medium-full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a finer, zippy, spritzy effervescence that turned smooth and supple.

While I find many wild ales to be overtly tart and challenging to drink, I absolutely love the Brett and adjunct infusions that Grimm have been doing with their saisons, goses and Berliner Weisses. These guys know how to combine interesting and unique flavors while still maintaining balance and drinkability. I have yet to try one of their beers that has not blown me away.

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Photo of professorchow
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure that this should be called a "saison," no matter how elastic that category is [later note: at time of original review, the site listed this bear as a saison], but who cares? This is a terrific beer. It's like a good version of some silly beer commercial where the moment the bottle is opened, everyone's whisked to a tropical beach. Or:

Pours a cloudy yellow with thick white head. Smells like lemon, peaches, and tropical fruit. Tastes mainly of the first two. Starts like a lemony peach candy, but turns tartish on the finish. I wish maybe it were just a tad tarter, but this is not a beer that should make you pucker too much. It's an original--never had a sour quite like it--and also remarkably drinkable. Great beer for a hot summer day, and maybe an ideal sour for introducing novices and the skeptical. I hope to come across this ale again. I give the Grimms credit for creativity and excellent execution, and It makes me happy to know that brewers are doing stuff like this.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of sour fruits, lightly citrus and quite funky.

Overall a really good light sour; well worth checking out and some good funk to it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 7/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong tart citrus, light caramelized malts, esters and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong tart citrus flavor (grapefruit and tangerine). Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side but brings a very good balance. The after-taste is tart and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Beer Shop NYC on the UWS
Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a thin white head, smell is sweet lemon-drop candy, pineapple, dried ginger, and a pinch of pine bitterness, taste is very tart and citrusy up front, follow by a nice pineapple sweetness and a touch of bready malts, finishes with a mild tart citrus pith, this beer is very light and bright and excellent carbonation. A tart citrusy pineapple beer, reminiscent of the Pine Drink from Tocaway Beach in the Rockaways.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipates immediately. The smell is very bright and citrusy with a sour twang and a slight bit of funk. Taste is the same. Lemon is the most dominant characteristic, but it is accompanied by a solid tart flavor, some barnyard funk, and some light crackery malt. Feel is light and very crisp with medium-high carbonation. Overall a very good beer from Grimm. If I could change one thing I wish it was a bit more tart, but still great nonetheless.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a pale very hazy yellow-straw with a smallish quickly receding head that leaves behind a bit of froth around the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of stonefruit, revealing juicy peaches, nectarines and apricots. Dry and hay-like, tart with a touch of oak and wheat. A little bit of barnyardy funk character and farmhouse esters also pull through along with a certain minerality sometimes found in white wines.

T: Highly remniscent of tropical fruit juice and lemons, with restrained tartness, and unfiltered yeast and hop character. Not as dry as some other examples of dry-hopped sours, with some sourdough-like malt and wheat accentuating the perception of juiciness. Finish is fruity, mildly tart and revealing of a little bit of toasted oak. The oak in the finish really helps round out this beer, helping to stave off any abrasiveness from the tartness.

F: Medium-body with slightly under medium carbonation. Pretty chewy and creamy for the style.

Thoughts: A very good and well-balanced dry-hopped sour. Not too dry or tart, with the subtle oak adding a nice backbone to the finish. I’m not sure which of the two I prefer, but I found this to be a bit more rounded than Psychokinesis, which was drier and more tart but incorporated some really interesting hop varieties.

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