Cloudbusting
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #497
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,755
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
225
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Notes: Hazy golden, juicy VT-style double IPA brewed with 100% New Zealand hops: Nelson Sauvin, Waimea, and Southern Cross. This beer is overflowing with luscious tropical fruit, berry, tangelo, and lemon aromatics. A creamy, lush mouthfeel softens the bitterness and highlights the fruit-forward New Zealand hops. A touch of rye in the grist enhances the overall complexity of the beer.
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Photo of TripleSun
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Hazy tangerine color with a smudge of froth that leaves a glaze
S - Very juicy nose with stone fruits and a kind of candy-ness
T - Berries, mango, stone fruits, pineapple etc
F - Mouthfeel is different than I've tasted before. Almost nonexistent bitterness so maybe that's the reason why but still felt kind of "open". Not sure how to explain it.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Mudville9, NYC while on lunch break from jury duty.
Pours a hazy golden with an orange hue. A finger length high creamy foam head retains well. It eventually dissipates and leaves a ring film as well as sticky lacing. An alluring looking drink.
In the nose there is a tropical bouquet of mango, papaya and hints of pineapple. There is also a mix of berries and citrus fruit. Overall, the aroma is fruity with a hint of toasted bread. The aroma is pleasant yet understated in that it is not as fragrant or pungent as other IPAs.
The flavor is dominated by juicy fruitiness with a touch of malt sweetness. As with the aroma, I'm getting lots of tropical fruit, particularly, mango. This is accompanied by a moderate hops profile that emphasizes citrus. The hops presence increases gradually and gently, resulting in a grapefruit rind like finish that adds a touch of bitterness.
Perhaps the best attribute of this brew is the soft and smooth mouthfeel. It is medium bodied yet so light on its toes. The gentle carbonation further enhances this. The alcohol is undetectable, which further adds to the amazing drinkability, especially for a DIPA.
I thought this was a very good DIPA and only regret that it came in a puny 10oz serving. I would have ordered another if not for the fact that I had to go back to jury duty. Would love to try it in a can.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright apricot color, hazy, big white head and nice chunky lacing. Soft citrus aroma. Notes of citrus flesh, orange, tangerine, nectarine, light pine and some sweet roll. Hefty medium body, lush, soft, very drinkable and only lightly dry leaving almost no bitterness on the pallet. I'd have to say this was one of the best DIPAs I've had, flawed only by a weak aroma.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Salud! in Charlotte, NC. Pours hazy orange with a nice billowy head. The nose & taste are citrus, citrus & more citrus - fresh berries and lemons abound. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a damn good DIPA. Snag a glass and see what you think. Cheers!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3

Overall a really good DIPA but I actually preferred Catch Wave. Nice citrus hops, tropical fruits, lightly bitter bite in the taste. Strong but not too bad; very good.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass at Fraunces Tavern. From notes. Reviewed 19 January 2016.
4/3.5/4.25/4.25/4.25
Cloudy gold, impenetrable. Creamy head.
It smells sharply of citrus and little else.
Tastes really fruity and pleasant. Mild tangerine, robust mouthfeel. Very creamy. Hops manage to be prickly without being sharp and last the entirety of the taste.
A little on the subdued side, especially for the ABV, otherwise I'd rate even higher.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a yellow gold with a dense white head leaving nice lacing. Smell is crazy fruity, with a big emphasis on berries. Taste is similar, but not sweet like you might think based on smell. Smooth feel, on the soft side and creamy. Unique beer, and a good one.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Beltway Brewing taproom in VA, who contract brews this for Grimm, so I'm assuming this is about as fresh as it gets. Pours a mostly clear golden color with half a finger fluffy white head. Nose is tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is orange, tangerine, honeydew, overripe mango. Finish has virtually no bitterness... almost "Tang"-like on the back of the tongue. Much like drinking juice. Feel is soft, light, and marshmallow-y. Overall, the flavors and feel of this IPA were excellent. While this was quite different (in a good way) from the West Coast style IPAs I typically drink, I prefer that bitter finish.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of the weirdest IPA offerings Ive ever had.. knew it was coming with the Aussie hops.. great color and mouthfeel.. just not my style of hops.. well done and like that they try different things

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold, hazy color. One finger of creamy white head. Lemon is prominant in the aroma; american hops, clean yet sweet malt profile. Medium creamy mouthfeel, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Cloudy orange pour with finger white head with great retention and coating lace. Tropical aroma, pineapple. Tropic taste as well, orange juice and pineapple with citrus peel n grassy hops. A touch of wood n spice in the finish, maybe from the rye. Very tasty brew, different. Medium to full soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can...canned on 12/1/2015...so yeah, this is pretty fresh...no bargain at almost $5/can at Bev world in Peekskill, NY and no they do not have any more...

Pours super clouded, light and dull tangarine, quality fine off white cap, leaving ungodly amounts of fine sheeting and sticky stuff

Nose of more soft and ripe citrus, sublime

On the tongue and all around the mouth its waves of citric hops, soft and ripe fruity goodness, with some smoke added in.....simply delicious...world class

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Photo of KingEdward
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Ipa. Very fruity combo of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste like juice. Had this on draft and am hopeful the cans make it to NC in the near future.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very unusual DIPA. Pours yellow thick color with about a 1 inch head of foam. Smells very tropical. Taste is a tropical bomb with lots of mango and passion fruit and pineapple character. Very little bitterness with this beer. Very tasty but unusual with the lack of hop bitterness. I really like this beer though.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome looking beer with a very cloudy, pale orange/yellow look and a nice 1/2 finger head of tight white bubbles.

Unique aroma and taste that sets it apart from other bright hop forward DIPAs, with the presence of tropical fruit, including pineapple and white wine.

Really good mouthfeel for a DIPA, with an almost creamy feel with the carbonation and residual head on the beer.

Overall: This is a stellar DIPA, and one that I would definitely like to have again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I was able to get my hands on this. A huge shout out and thank you goes to Lewis Bros Market in Horseheads, NY, for getting this in and holding a pack for me. Canned on December 1st, so it's still very fresh.

Comes in a very hazy orange color, like your famed typical New England style IPA--yet not completely opaque, as plenty of carbonation is still visible--with a finger of fluffy white head.
As other reviews indicated, the aroma isn't explosive, but there is a lot going on. Lots of yellow grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Very citrusy and zesty. There's also a musty grape/white wine note, and hints of tropical fruits, maybe mango and pineapple.
There's a pop of hop bitterness upfront, with accompanying notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. There's a hint of fluffy, doughy malt and biscuit in the middle, but barely noticeable amongst the onslaught of hops. There's a big yeasty flavor to it, like sourdough bread and coriander. Things get a little funky on the finish with notes of musty white grapes, overripe apples and pears, and more lemon. Then the aftertaste is super clean with almost no lingering bitterness.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with only a light tingle of carbonation.

This is an excellent DIPA that I was super excited to try. This is my first allegedly "New England/Vermont-style IPA. I love the build of this, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I love it!

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap - what can I say i like these yellow colored IPA's and IIPA's, this looked like pineapple color and unfiltered with a great head and fine lacing, smell of deep citrus perhaps pineapple to go along with the look, flavor length was nice and long well balanced and crisp with an even hoppiness, great feel and flavor, this is an artisinal ale no doubt, give it a try!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow orange with a 1 finger bright white head that ends up just a small film across the top. The lacing however is excellent with many thin but pronounced hanging sheets forming after every sip. The smell is very nice with tangerine and white grapes taking center stage with tropical fruits also present. The taste is similar, but with more depth. Judging by the description it must be from the rye, but never in a million years would I have come up with that on my own. No bitterness whatsoever. Feel is light side of medium and creamy. Overall a very very good beer. Different take on an IPA which I can totally appreciate, but nowhere near the best from Grimm.

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Photo of seedyone
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As an unhoppy guy, my friends here are usually reluctant to recommend most IPAs. When this was presented without reservation, I was intrigued. My trust is intact. This is a superlative brew. Words fail. The approach here seems to be extremely refined. No 'bro within. Slight citrus to add to the extremely well balanced delivery. IMO Grimm is batting near 1K. In a word excellent.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/1/2015. Love the artwork! The body is completely hazy, beautiful golden yellow with a sparkly white head. The nose deviates from the more traditional New England IPAs. It smells very crisp and refreshing but doesn't jump out of the glass at you. I get lemon sorbet, pineapple, green apple, white grape, golden pear, biscuity sweetness, honeydew melon, some tropical hop spice, passionfruit, bubblegum, and papaya. The mouthfeel is amazing; creamy, full, and juicy. Finishes sweet and clean, with some mild grapefruit bitterness. Tastes like a gourmet fruit cocktail. Tangerine, melon, pear, keylime pie, mango, papaya, pleasant grassy hops, ripe pineapple, with a wonderfully clean honey malt backbone. I wonder if they used any oats in this? These guys can really do no wrong. Feel lucky to see their stuff pop up pretty consistently - just wish their DIPAs didn't have to fly off the shelves so quickly.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look-looks very much like grapefruit juice; color is a mix of orange, pink and brown>pours a finger of sudsy head that settles into chunky lacing.
Smell-Lots of mango, with sweet malt in there too.
Taste- mango, cantaloupe, sweet malt, slightly dank in the finish, no booze at all.
Feel-creamy, medium body for an IPA, mild carbonation.
Overall-not as good as the last beer I've had from grimm but very good.

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Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the tallboy can, pours light orange color like an actual orange or tangerine, it's got a lot of carbonation racing up the brew which is completely cloudy and opaque with a cream/foamy 1-2 finger white head that was full of tiny bubbles. It faded very slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Wow, the tropical fruit and fresh citrus zest hits your nose 6 inches from the glass. Smells of tangerine, lemon zest, peaches, mango, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, musty white grapes, caramel, green apple and some mild biscuit. It's really juicy smelling and the hops seems extremely fresh, but the lack of balance left me wanting more malt in the foundation. Candied sugar, light peppery spices and piney hops trail at the end as more citrus and lemon notes really pop out.

Tastes like it smells for the most part, but the malt I wanted in the nose comes out with graham cracker, roasted grains, yeast and hay or dry earthy tones jumping in to mix with the citrus complexities. The citrus hops have a lot more lemon zest and lemongrass in the flavor, with grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, musty white grapes, pear that started browning, tart green apples and white wine. It's bitter, but not overly bitter with a candy sweetness that seems like Razzles were crushed up and dropped in the mash. The spices are subtle and allow pepper, coriander and tea leaf to say hello before being washed away by more lemon/citrusy hops. If you like the taste of New Zealand hops and their lemon influence then this is the beer for you. Piney hop aspects are faint, but this is still an extremely tasty brew, it seems very fresh.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and slick as it slides down, with a medium, chewy body that is bitter in a good way and leaves a nice fresh citrus fruit aftertaste. This hides the 8% ABV completely and has different dynamics with each sip, which made it very enjoyable. A single region DIPA that works, overall really tasty.

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Photo of ksimons
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a very hazy yellow orangeish color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top.

S-smell is of citrus and some tropical fruits and light pale malt

T-taste is super juicy, lots of citrus and tropical fruits, pale malt, and a light bitter finish

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall a really nice juicy IPA, super drinkable

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimm has become one of the few brewery's that I trust enough to seek out their beers anytime I can. Not easy to get here in Jersey but I have some generous friends who work in NYC so I can usually score a few cans of their releases. This one was another amazingly tasty DIPA. Not my favorite from Grimm, I rate Tesseract just slightly higher but this is still a great brew. Different than most east coast DIPA's I've enjoyed but excellent. Doesn't quite have that big up front hop hit that I'm used to but the flavors are very deep and complex. My only complaint is that Grimm's brews are always limited and tough to get. Every beer from them is a home run. Cheers

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned Dec 1st 2015, opened Dec 13th 2015

A - Classic new-age New England DIPA with a creamy hazy light apricot body. Great retention and lace on a creamy pure white head that pours 2 fingers high.

S - Pleasant, but mellow nose. Peach and wheat.

T - Not bad. Wheat and peaches from the nose, papaya, touch of bitter cilantro, orange zest. Tangy agave finish.

M - Decently smooth. Medium light body. OK carbonation.

O - A solid DIPA.

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