Rainbow Dome | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American wild/sour ale brewed with apricots, dry hopped with El Dorado, Columbus, and Cascade, and conditioned on oak.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-10-2015

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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Coronaeus
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tkaupp
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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 SpaethJam
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edellefemine
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jykleo
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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%
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 dextermcgurk
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egrandfield
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Didn't taste as strong as it was pungent. Maybe a good girls' drink. Tastes like a cider.

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Photo of EMH73
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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 SkeletonBitch
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Xxambersky89
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BltByKrmn
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 -9.1%
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 polloenfuego
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mblack62
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -7.7%
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 Nunya
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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