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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #327
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,376
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
346
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Notes: American wild/sour ale brewed with apricots, dry hopped with El Dorado, Columbus, and Cascade, and conditioned on oak.
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Photo of Tkaupp
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As summer wanes over here on the west coast, I've begun to push through my supply of "summer" beers. The days grow shorter, and my shelves of sours, fruit ales, saisons, and "juice bombs" slowly dwindle down to a few cans. I discovered this can of "wild ale" sitting in the way back, and having had Peche n' Brett the day before, I decided drinking this would be the logical progression.

It was not.

The scent out of the can was subtle, a spicy sourness with a nose of unripe apricots that seemed distant. The second the beer was poured into my glass, those apricots seemed to disappear. So much for that. The color of the beer was a light orange with zero head. Flavorwise, at the top of the glass there was a bit of sourness, followed by bitter but mild oak on the back end. As soon as that sourness petered out (about a third of the way down) the beer began to display more citrus qualities, namely pithy grapefruit rind, with a lingering acidity that one would expect from fruit, but without the fruit flavor. There was also a green bitterness that reminded me of licking the pit from an unripe stonefruit.

I feel that that at the crux of the flavor/color/scent is a mediocre mimosa, specifically the kind that might be handed to you by a flight attendant, or a dive bartender, or a frat boy. It could easily be a stand-in for a blend of cheap OJ mixed with a pour of bottom shelf champagne that you consume with the hopes of feeling elevated or refined. When you reach the bottom of your can, or tulip glass, or solo cup, I think you'll find that it's difficult to recall what this easily forgettable beer tasted like.

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Photo of jykleo
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 6/13. Served to 18OZ IPA Glass on 8/4.
Light sourness first and mango, fruits, elegant hop bitterness follow.
Quite nice balanced smooth and clean, light carbo. light body sour beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The description in the profile sums it up well: American wild/sour ale brewed with apricots, dry hopped with El Dorado, Columbus, and Cascade, and conditioned on oak. The feel is light, tart and crisp, but seems sour and puckering at times. Flavor is fruity with grapefruit, apricot, lemon, orange peel and tangerine leading the way, followed by floral notes, citrus, light peppery spices and earthy notes which bring out what seems like cedar. A lot going on, but this has nice balance and plenty of interesting accents. Refreshing on a muggy summer night, I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of EMH73
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a half inch off white head that dissipated pretty quickly and left blotches of lacing. Smell is tropical and citrus fruits with a bit of funk. Taste is mildly sour(expected it to be far more sour or tart), apricots, tangerines, grapes, light oak, and a hint of pepper. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, sticky mouth feel.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First and foremost, let’s start with the appearance - because looks are everything, ammaright? And this thing glows a beautiful golden hue like Kate Moss in her prime. Taste is, well, interesting like Kate’s career as she entered her 30’s. Like Kate’s frame after a bender of cigarettes and Red Stripe, it’s a bit thin. As far as taste goes, along with that lightness, it’s not as tart and puckering as the Raul man would like. It’s a bit dry, and it’s also just a bit ‘off.’ At $13.99 for a bomber of their Berliner, Raul finds that too pricey. So when he saw a bomber of Wild Ale for $13.99, well, he got what he paid for.

Like the Yankees during the 80’s, meh.

*edit I should really finish the entire beer before i review it... As it warms, it improves. But it’s still not a fav

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Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rainbow Dome is hip teen slang for homosexual oral sex.

Very dense, hazy yellow pour. Kinda like a witbier, maybe. Not much to look at.

Smells delightful. East coast yeast, light white pepper, fruity, dry, just a bit of sour funk.

Tastes good. Maybe a bit less assertive than what I was hoping, considering its price, but still good. Lactic fruit up front, moving into actual fruit in the middle, ending like a medium-hopped wit. Very dry finish with some sour nodes lingering about on the back, back end.

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Photo of Delli555
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than most beers out there, but not in top 50% best out of the sour Grimms I have tried. I think the apricot taste is just not my preference for the feature fruit flavor profile I like a good sour. Overall good beer if you like a true American wild ale.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange pour with a small white head. Sour stone fruit aroma. Taste is tart with an underlying bitterness. Apricot comes through really nicely. Can also taste some other tropical/citrus fruit flavors…orange, mango, papaya.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from 16oz tulip glass. Bottled during January of 2018.

Notes on the bottle: Best served at 40-45 Fahrenheit. Best served in tulip or wine glass. Keep refrigerated, and drink fresh.
This beer is 5.4 ABV.

Look: 4.0
Nice translucent yellow color, very vibrant. Hazy a slight hazed or unfiltered look. I achieved about 1 & 1/2 fingers worth of head on a slow pour. No lacing left in glass.

Smell: 3.75
I pick up on tangerine, pear, papaya, and apricot (though I know there is apricot since it says on the bottle). Some peach, lemon and grapefruit also present. The thing that is off putting is the hop aroma, which combined with the things noted above, I don't find all that appealing. As I get a big nose on the beer, I can pick up on some oak smells.

Taste: 3.75
I appreciate that this beer is more sour rather than tart. The apricot is actually detectible, couple with a pear and tangerine presence. The dry hopping adds a nice addition to the taste. It isn't necessarily bad, it just isn't up to par compared to other Grimm offerings I have had.

Feel: 4.0
Light and crisp, with a medium feeling body. Carbonation seems moderate to high, bordering more on the high side. It coats your tongue, and leaves a residual sticky residue.

Overall: 4.0
This is an easy drinking offering, but not my favorite from Grimm. I wish I could pick up a little more oak character on the taste, but it isn't a deal breaker. For 5.4ABV, its light and east to drink, but hard to justify being a little more on the pricey side. As always, I am thankful to have tried this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy light yellow in color and poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only a small patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass.
S: Sour aromas of pears and apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste follow the smell and is quite sour, but the apricot flavors stand out in front of those of the pears and there are some additional notes of grapefruit.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice balance between the sourness and fruity flavors of apricots and pears. It is very easy to drink, but pleasant to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a teku glass.
L: A beautiful golden/yellow with a ton of fluffy head.
S: Earthy, light musky funk with apricot & orange there on the nose the whole time. Really dig the smell on this beer.
T: Sour/tart but the earthy hops and oak to offset that. The apricot/orange comes in at the end but isn't as strong as it is on the nose.
M: Light and a little too carbonated for me, though it fits well with this flavor.
O: Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a bright straw yellow topped by a dense and rocky three finger head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of delicious tropical fruit dry hopping and apricots with a little sourness thrown in for good measure. A little herbal and earthy at times ass well.
T: Taste is herbal and earthy hops with some nice bright tartness. Apricots play a nice supporting role and there's some tropical fruit notes at times as well with some slight oak. Swallow is more apricots, earthy hops, dry oakyness and lingering tartness.
M: This beer is fairly light in body and flirts with being called watery. Carbonation is bright and effervescent giving the beer a slightly prickly feel on the palate. The acidity on this beer gives it a drying finish which is expected for the style.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. It's an interesting beer that has a lot going for it which makes it fun to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, light-straw color with decent lacing and 1.5 fingers of a fluffy-white head.

Aroma yields a definite tartness at the forefront. Some earthy hops and tons of citrus peel. A good amount of funk at the finish. Citrus, hops, and funk… good smelling beer.

Taste is super crisp, highly carbonated, and refreshing. Mouthfeel is dry but has some wheat beer character. Not an over-abundance of apricot but some is present. A good amount of pineapple and orange skin also appears. Citrusy hops come forth near mid sip, which then transition into a dry funk-forward finish. No oak that I can detect.

Overall, this is a solid beer. This is my first beer from the brewery and will definitely buy more if this is any representation of the quality produced. I see this pairing well with a dish that is fat-forward, such as fried fish. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a nice light head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light oak, vanilla, the fruit is pleasant albeit light, faint tartness. Like dried apricot. Hops are pleasant and floral.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice hops with grapefruit and pineapple, pleasant brett notes. The oak is pleasant. The apricots are lightly tart, super subtle which is unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, not overly tart or sour.

O - Overall this is a very underwhelming beer, the apricot was just far too subtle and ended up getting over shadowed by everything else.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud
Big foamy bubbly head fades quickly, very murky pear yellow color

Nose some apricot, stone fruit, grainy wheat, sour funk notes, little tropical passion fruit papaya notes, pineapple maybe Brett C, little sweet candy like malt, little vanilla toasted oak, doughy malt, fruit isn't very strong

Taste quite sour, huge grapefruit, pithy, very tart sour citrus and stone fruit, grapefruit juice, pineapple, doughy wheat base malt, candy notes, some apricot stone fruit but lighter, some acidity and flemmy finish, a touch of buttery toasted oak.

Mouth is med to light bod, decent bright carb, little flemmy acidic finish.

Overall eh, there were some great flavors in there but not what I was expecting it to be, based sour is fairly meh too

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Photo of Phineasco
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Straw, some what hazy with huge fluffy head.
Smell: Apricots, tropical, pineapple, and barnyard funk.
Taste: Tart, apricots, barbyard funk, and tropical hops.
Mouthfeel: Sticky.
Overall: A good tart apricot sour from Grimm.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 5/2017. Pours very hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with solid strength, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/juicy/tangy apricots, lemon, lime, tangerine, peach, fruit skin, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, guava, green apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, oak, pine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, apricots, and light-moderate pale malt/oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/juicy/tangy apricots, lemon, lime, tangerine, peach, fruit skin, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, guava, green apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, oak, pine, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness; with light fruit tangy/tartness and pine/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy apricots, lemon, lime, tangerine, peach, fruit skin, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, guava, green apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, oak, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, apricots, and light-moderate pale malt/oak flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly grainy/acidic/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an awesome fruited/dry hopped sour ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/tropical hops, apricots, and light-moderate pale malt/oak flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the balanced tart/spicy/drying finish. Really well balanced with a great mix of bright flavor complexity from hops, fruit, and Brett; with a solid malt backbone. Not as sour or oaky as I hoped for, but extremely drinkable as a result. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly gazed bright gold with a three finger foamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is apricot, lemon peel and oak.

T - The taste is apricots, lemon peel, grapefruit, oak and herbal hops.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Prickly mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a solid dry-hopped sour. The flavors are bright and inviting. Very nice.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of hop aromas of citrus and stone-fruit with moderately light sourness and light wood.

A: Bright golden color, opaque, with a dense white head and lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Crisp, with lots of hop flavors of strong citrus, light apricots, with a clean moderate sourness and light oak with a slightly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Tasty; the beer has a great hop bouquet and flavors that contrasts with the sourness well and light oak.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw color and very cloudy. Double pour for a moderate head. No lace.

Prickly aroma of hop, tropical fruit, and evergreen. And yet, it's sour notes come across powerfully.

The taste starts mellow...very briefly. The tropical flavors take over quickly but with a significant presence sour citrus. Long aftertaste. Good body and low carbonation.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware, as usual brozzzz). This has a bottling date of May, 2017 printed on the right side of the label. That would make this beer less than one month old at the time of consumption. It’s been refrigerated several days prior to drinking.

Appearance (4.0): This pours out a solid two and a half-plus fingers of bone-white foam, capping a milky, light yellow-tan body. The head dies down at a fairly normal rate for an AWA, leaving some thick, rocky bands of filmy lace around the edges of the glass. The lacing doesn’t stick around forever, but it’s pretty while it’s there.

Smell (4.75): Immediately, I’m in love with the papaya and peach notes that this beer throws at you. (Must be the apricot coming out.) Passionfruit and tangerine come out, too, especially thank funky character you get from fresh passionfruit juice. The grains come out smelling like a layer of rolled oats and cream of wheat underneath all of the juicy goodness. The acidic part of this beer actually doesn’t jump out at you right away, which is interesting, and quite nice.

Taste (4.5): . . . but on the palate, it’s tart as hell. The acid is not hiding very much here, for my taste. There are lighter peach, white grape, and papaya flavors here, but they sit underneath the clean, extremely bright, slightly lime zest-like acidity. The apricot does come out, but it’s been fermented away so much that a lot of the sweetness you might expect from apricot is largely missing. Instead, it’s got the citrusy, peachy, and slightly tannic character you’d expect from fresh and dried apricots. It’s got a very subtle yogurty funk, belying the lactic fermentation, but true to form it works well in that it plays into the funkiness of passionfruit. Yellow grapefruit flesh, kind of like Squirt, hits the halfway point between that tartness and the bright fruitiness of the beer. The grains, meanwhile, are pale, a bit starchy, and very light—uncooked rolled oats, cream of wheat, and sourdough crust. It just works so well for these types of hop flavors, allowing them to express cleanly, while offering enough starchy heft to buoy the lactic acid without blurring its character. At 5.4% ABV, there’s no booze on the palate. It finishes with a spritzy, bright, citrusy tartness, that tastes like meyer lemon juice mixed into prosecco.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Surprisingly juicy, considering how starchy the grain bill is and how cutting the acid is. The body is on the light- side of medium-weight, but has enough “swish” to give the citrusy, tropical character of the hop oils a juicy expression. The grains keep it grounded, though, buffing out the harshness of any hop compounds. Meanwhile, the acid on the palate dries out the body in the finish and accentuates the carbonation, which comes in with a fairly pedestrian, slightly prickly but evenly-distributed layer of bubbles that foam up into a somewhat coarser but fluffy body on the wash out. On the tart side to really slug back, but man this is drinkable.

Overall (4.25): This is, in my mind, an excellent dry-hopped, fruited sour. It’s not quite as juicy and bombastic as some of Grimm’s other dry-hopped sours, and it feels more assertive in its acidity and brighter in its citrusy tartness without specifically evoking citrus as much as it does other, “tropical” fruits. That said, it works. It’s tart as hell, bright, sunny, fruity and just juicy enough to put the idea in your head that this is a crusher, even if its actual acidity level slows you down a bit. But the grains and hops are balanced quite nicely, and damn is it great in the nose. As with Grimm’s other dry-hopped sours, I would recommend this highly.

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Photo of professorchow
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ultra hazy yellow that pairs invitingly with a hoppy, citrusy aroma that maybe promises a hint of fun. The tast is tart, and I started to write, "pleasant but nothing stands out, so good but not great," but I poured some more in order to be more descriptive and discovered. . . more. This is a nuanced beer in that the more you sip, the more layers emerge--stone fruits, lemon, oak, and things I can't quite name yet. Enjoyable from the getgo, but more impressive the more you focus. Tongue-tingling mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. Another worthwhile Grimm ale.

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Photo of Mineo
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/orange haze. Prickly carbonation and fresh-tasting apricots in the taste, with a sharp and non-lingering finish. A refreshing, very drinkable sour with a tart punch and hint of citrus hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a bright orange. Citrus Angie tropical fruits
Pineapples.
Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a very good citrus sour; with checking out.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another outstanding brew from Joe n Lauren Grimm. Wonderful aroma and look. So damn tasty with many different flavors that work so well together. I only wish Grimm brews were not so hard to get and so limited when you do find them.

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Rainbow Dome from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 346 ratings