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#256 ranked American Wild Ale | 5.00% ABV

Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Notes: Rotating availibility. Psychokinesis is a hoppy, tart American Wild ale fermented with a mixed culture of yeast and lactobacillus and conditioned on American white oak. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Jarrylo hops. This beer has never been boiled or filtered.
BA SCORE
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Photo of kitch
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled in January 2018, and poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, passionfruit, guava, lemon sherbet, with hints of orange.

Taste: Lightly tart and sour, tangy, unripe mango, passionfruit, lemon, guava, orange and orange rind with a touch of sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed the aroma, but taste while having lots of fruit, were not of my favourite combination.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L : Blonde, golden yellow.
S: Strong funky and hoppy odors that pop out from the bottle and continue until the drink.
T: Odd mix of very dry hops with sour notes.
F: Very light overall flavor unlike many other I've had. There aren't any notes but just light dry hops at the end.
O: Excellent "light" beer that fuses hops and sours together in a unique way.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of lemon, nectarines, diluted oranges and distant Yakult.
Tart Flavor with notes of pineapple juice, oranges, lactobacilus byproducts, lemon, white pepper, white wine and ginger.
Dry and acid aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very original beer that jas some characteristics of a IPA and born a Sour with some lactic acidosis and citrus complexity. Oak is very subtle.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Ma and Pa's. Soft tasty sipper. Very nice balance between the hop bitterness and the lacto tart. Not but so nicely crafted that it almost seemed spontaneously fermented. Very pleasant sessionable beer that would go great with food. Nose is subtle with nice notes of the wood. Taste is a great mélange of the oak, dry hopping and the wild yeast. Definitely in the European farmhouse style just kicked up with our hops. Will definitely look to get more of this. Well done!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dry-hopped sour ale. Mango, orange, melon, lemon, lime and pine. Lots of fruit flavor up front, tart mid-palate and mellows out at the end. Cracker malt. Light and bright. Lower carb. Bitter, citrus zest with a semi dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a teku glass

Clear yellow liquid crown Ned by a one finger white foam cap, settles to a white ring

Sour, tart lemon aroma, wheat, whiff of tropical fruit

Sour but not overbearing tartness, oak, grassiness

Medium sudsing, tart acidic finish

Good beer

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a hazy straw yellow topped by a dense and rocky four finger white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of light tartness with some juicy citrus hop notes and a hint of oak. Slightly herbal on the nose as well.
T: Taste is tart up front wiht some light oak, nice crisp citrus notes, with some light lemony tartness, herbal notes come in toward the end as well. Hint of orange rind as well. Swallow is more lemony tartness, light oak, citrus rinds and grapefruit juice.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of things and is slightly watery. Carbonation is just below prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity despite the low ABV. Very enjoyable and well balanced between the hop notes and the sourness. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2018. Pours fairly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big fairly tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of pepper, banana, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big fairly tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of pepper, banana, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness; light yeast spiciness and herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread dough, light banana/funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness and bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent dry hopped sour/wind ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Mosaic, El Dorado, and Jarrylo hops. Balanced fruity/funky Brett/Lacto and juicy/dank citrus/tropical hops; with a nice wheat/pils malty backbone. A really enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour pears and tropical fruits—pineapples seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a little sourness with flavors of pears, pineapples, and watermelon along with bits of oak in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The Lactobacillus also contributes a faint amount of creaminess to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer seems to have more delicate aromas and flavors compared to most of Grimm's other offerings, but has some interesting complexities in the smell and taste. It is very easy to drink and even has some refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light hoppy floral undertones notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a mix of tart notes with light Brett notes and some oak notes with nice floral undertones with hints of residual sugar notes to balance the acidity level. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good drinkability with nice level of complexity.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated March 2017
A clear pale yellow gold with tightly bubbled white foam head.
Nose is bright citrus with some funk
Washes over the palate, lemony coats the tongue, ... a nice musty funky finish. As it warms, theemony fades and mildly tart tropical fruit emerges.
Easy drinker, wish I had more of this.
Might've been better a couple months ago (or maybe more so in a few months from now?) but this is one to grab.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very light gold, moderately hazy. A very big three-finger fluffy white head with good retention. Lots of visible carbonation at first, though it settles down after a short while.

S: Lactic tartness, a bit of lemon, and light two-row malts. Some citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness. Some earthy mustiness, but no overt Brettanomyces. Decent…not huge though, and not terribly hoppy. But composed and balanced.

T: Lemon and citrus fruit, some lactic tartness. Some saison-like mustiness, earthiness and a woodsy dryness. A lemony citric acid bite over the light pale malts. The dry, bitter and tart flavors swell near the swallow. But then everything disappears very, very abruptly at the back of the tongue, leaving just a little watery mineral dryness in the hang.

M: Good carbonation and a low alcohol presence. The body seems watery rather than light, especially as it disappears at the end.

O: This wasn't terrible, but I’m not sure I care for it that much. More hops, more to the malt body, and/or more tartness - more of any of them could have helped. I really dig dry-hopped sours in general, but there are many, much better executed exemplars of style out there.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Who you gonna call? JESTER BUSTERS!); this has a bottling date of March, 2017 printed on the far right side of the bottle. Could be early March, could be late March, but it’s likely 4-6 weeks old right now. It’s been refrigerated for over 24 hours prior to consumption.

Appearance (5.0): This pours out a solid three fingers of bone-white, gentle foam that recedes slowly for a sour, leaving a rocky, gorgeous cap that eventually dissipates almost altogether. In its wake, it leaves broken collars and scattered legs of surprisingly clumpy lacing. The body, meanwhile, is a bright, straw-golden color with an even haze that lets enough light to pass through that it offers glowing yellow highlights.

Smell (4.75): HNNGH that initial aroma slays me. Pungent pink guava flesh, passionfruit nectar, gentle grassy aromas, and then this totally discordant understory of funky, dank, herbal goodness. What the hell, man. And of course, a bombastic tartness that’s halfway between grapefruit juice and yogurty funk, with a perfect lactic twang, just serves to accentuate the color of all those fruit tones. I love it. If there’s anything wrong with it, it’s that the acid might be a little too brassy.

Taste (4.5): In contrast to the nose, the lactic character is much more balanced—fairly restrained actually, allowing the juicy fruit components to come out more clearly. It throws a touch of mango, passionfruit funk, some peach sweetness, a restrained dose of lemon juice, along with yellow grapefruit flesh. As with the nose, there’s definitely some resinous, weedy, dank character that comes out, but it follows the juicy fruit parts, unfolding on the back half of the palate as it transitions into a twangy, modestly bitter finish in which lactic acid and hops resolve into a subtle blend of citrus zest and fresh cut grass (a juicier type like Timothy). I’m really digging this beer, although I expected the weediness to be a little more forward. (Not complaining.) There’s not much malt character here—it’s largely been fermented into oblivion—but what’s there is light and grainy, like a multigrain boule. This is so freaking good, you guys.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This is absurdly juicy and smooth, considering it’s most definitely a sour beer. The body is smooth and a bit creamy, with the slickness of mango juice, but it finishes with a nice, modestly tart dryness. Meanwhile, the carbonation is restrained at first, but it distributes itself evenly before puffing up with just a soft prickle. The way the slight, prickly carb and restrained, dry finish come together is fantastic. This is absolutely crushable.

Overall (4.5): I am thrilled with this beer. It’s at once bombastic and colorful, but balanced and nuanced in other ways. IT’S GOT LAYERS, MAN. Layers that don’t unfold all at once, or even become obvious right away, but goddamnit, they’re there. This is what a dry-hopped sour should look, smell, taste, and feel like. Now, I’m extra psyched (see what I did there?) to try Vacay. Hot damn, you guys. Very, very highly recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ my favourite beer bar in NYC. $8 / 10oz.

White cap over a cloudy yellow body. Looks more like a witbier than anything else, to be honest. Head retention is good - ~2 minutes.

AROMA: Lemony twang. Pils malt. Mild (~6/10 in terms of intensity) sourness. Suggests a beer of above average acidity. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Matches the aroma to a T. Pleasant twang and lacto sourness/acidity.

Smooth, wet, light-bodied, well-carbonated. Gloriously soft.

OVERALL: Drinkable enjoyable fare for a sour ale. Strong understated work from Grimm, and well worth trying. One of their better efforts in recent weeks by my estimation.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2017 bottle, it pours cloudy yellow with bubbles racing up to a 1-2 finger thick foamy bright white colored head that's full of bubbles, fading very slowly and easing down to a layer on top leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, light yeast, green apple, wheat, grapefruit, white wine and peppery spices. It's a complex nose and mostly fruity, but just seems dialed down and tame. Nice balance, fine tropical fruit and even some tart farmhouse notes, but very mellow smelling overall.

Tastes similar to the nose with a lot of bitter citrus up front that's a mix of lemon, grapefruit, clementine, orange peel, mild pineapple and what seems like dry hop powder. The next wave of flavor barnyard funk, bubblegum, green apple, peppery spices like coriander and cumin, peppercorns and then lime, chalky yeast, white wine and woody notes. It gets better as it warms and reminds me of a good Belgian or a wine barrel aged brew. It fades like a Sour Patch Kids candy with the tart green apple and oaky white wine lingering, almost like grape must or farm animal hair were blended.

It's a very different beer and I like it as each sip is different. Smooth as it slides, it's bitter at times, sour at times, hoppy, fruity and all over the place while hiding the ABV quite well. It's like drinking a happy experiment that went right.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light colored and light drinking Wild Ale - and I mean that in all the best ways. So drinkable - smooth with just the right flavors throughout. Lots going on here - one part of me wants to drink this slowly and enjoy the complex flavors but the other part just drinks the hell out of it as its go's down so easy. Another winner from Grimm. They are killing it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a weird one from grimm, surprised to learn its not a kettle sour, it certainly has that same acidity and tang to it, nowhere near funky enough to be bretty and oak aged right? its awfully mild on the yeast front, super clean, and with only a little real sourness to it. its incredibly light too, pale watered down yellow, nearly clear. the head is fizzy and white and only lasts a minute. major hoppy nose, fruity and new school, heavy citrus and pineapple, lime zest, really bright with the mouthwatering lacto tang. the flavor is also quite delicate, hoppy without being at all bitter, and soft on the acidity. lemon and lime notes to this, no trace of it being done with oak, and almost no funk, seems more bacterial than bretty by far. i like the hops, really the best feature of this. decent brew overall, but not the best these guys can do, and really pretty one dimensional for a wild ale. tastes like a quick simple souring process on the front end. good beer, the hops rule, but this lacks complexity overall.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid pale straw in color with a fluffy pure white head that lingers well for the style.

Lemon, peach and grapes round out the fruity notes on the aroma, with a woody mustiness that is perceptible but does not dominate.

Tart... white grape, green apple and lemon deliver a mouth puckering, eye watering tartness across the palate. The acidity is somewhat softened on the finish with a low pine bitterness and wheat. While still musty, it's a lot less noticeable on the palate then on the nose.

Very light in body. Medium amount of carbonation and very dry.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow gold, compact head of dense foam, spotty halo of lace.
Bright citrus aroma, lemon and grapefruit jump out of the glass.
Taste is pleasantly tart with a grapefruit lemon melange, sort of like a tart lemonade mimosa without the sugar.
Pleasant dry hop character is well integrated with the mild lactic/citric sourness.
Body is smooth and light, finishes dry and crisp. Overall a great summer quencher from Grimm.

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Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color / pineapple juice, soapy white head fades quickly to a thin ring, a few blobs of lace trailing down the glass. Smell: upfront are quick notes of lemon, lime and dried orange peel; herbal and a bit grassy, green pepper, mildly lactic with grainy and esthery notes. Taste: lemon-lime, tart melon, dried pineapple, a little brett C like action, green apple and slightly herbal finish. Lots of flavor, refreshing.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hellatiously easy to drink. Especially Refreshing on a hot humid day here in central Fl. One of the nicer "tarts" tastes that I have had. I will buy this again

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All 4.25s because that's the general consensus. This beer, to me, and as my first sour, smells like the outter coating of a warhead and tastes the same. I'm not saying it's not enjoyable it's just going to take time for me. I can taste the dry hop when I burp lol but that's about it hop wise. Bitter and very tart. If this is what they were going for they hit the nail on the head if not well it was nice to have a drink that tastes like childhood candies.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

8 oz pour on tap into snifter

A: hazy straw color with a very white small bubbles head

S: smells like grapes and apricots very wine like with some hints of oak

T: wow grapes, apricot, honey, oak,

M: softer mouthfeel yet feels very full the body is almost buttery and slick

O: this beer is excellent not very tart but the oak honey apricot and grapes is so lush and beautiful on the tongue. Do not want to pass this beer up.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while back in New York and finally got around to it today since I had a chance to take some time off of work. Bottle had a nice design to it and was dated from April, which led me to wonder if this would taste fresh or not. Thankfully, this did as it was quite lively and tart, which was in line with how easy it was to enjoy thanks to the light amount of alcohol in body and taste.

This beer had a nice look to it as the pour was cloudy, straw, and lively. Lots of carbonation here though the big bubbles in the head quickly settled down and didn't remain as foam or lacing on the side of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this as there was just a hint of tart apple and lactobacillus to be found. More of those were present in the taste, as they accompanied an earthy funk, subtle hops, and underlying oak from the aging that gave this beer a wonderful but understated depth. Lots of carbonation on top of tht as there was a good amount of lemon and lime here, but it came out more in the mouthfeel than the actual taste. This almost felt like soda given how crisp the aftertaste was and how the citrus emerged more after the liquid went down, especially in the juicy slickness that coated my palate in between each sip.

This was as tasty, easygoing, and solid as a session beer could get since this was so easy to polish off. While not overtly full of yeast, there was enough to keep this lively while being in proportion with the hops and flavors that could be found here. A really enjoyable beer perfect for an early summer day such as this, that wasn't too funky for a Wild Ale. Easily worth the effort to find and obtain!

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Photo of dalizzie
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap take-over at Beltway Brewing.

(L) The color is lemonade yellow. Nice lacing. A) Smell was guava, grapefruit, and loads of sour and some funk. Couldn't place sour at first then someone mentioned sauerkraut. After, that's all I could smell. :/ (T) Sour and slightly bitter. Sauerkraut still coming through hard. (F) Effervescent and light, like mineral water.

Despite the odd sauerkraut taste and smell, I still kind of enjoyed this one.

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Psychokinesis from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 327 ratings