Rainbow Dome
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #396
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,170
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
269
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 16, 2022
Added:
Aug 10, 2015
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  60
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This beer is phenomenal. In fact, after having it in my fridge for about a year, it's even better. Aroma is close that what you would get in a mimosa. Flavor follows, but with an impressive combination of oak and apricot on the finish. Delicious, refreshing, yet dry. Love it.
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by edthehead from New York

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Medium gold and cloudy with a small amount of head. The aroma was hoppy to me, the only real evidence of the dry hopping. Moderate sourness, apricot was light, and not much oak. Medium body and carbonation for a sour. Not as complex as other sours from Grimm.
Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021-11-16
16oz can served in an E9 Zwanze Day wineglass. Canned on 09/29/21. Sent to me by @jonphisher.

Pours a moderately hazy light yellow color with a small head. Smell is tart, unripe stonefruit, grassy/leafiness. From the can, clear apricot and hop resin.

Taste is tart, unripe stonefruit, a little lemon, most of the grassy/leafiness is gone, but I still get hop resin and I think the apricot shines. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, resinous. Overall, very nice beer.
Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 25, 2021
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy light yellow with fine, light head.

Smell is tart with notes of apricot, passiofruit, cedar and some grass.

Taste is tart and a bit oaky with notes of apricot, passionfruit, grass, youghurt and a hint of grapefruit, and grapefruit rindy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, a bit creamy and brightly carbonated.

Overall, a nice little sour. I'm never disappointed by Grimm.
Oct 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by caffeinelogic from New York

Aug 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.65 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 07/07/20

Great looking fully hazed/clouded chalky dull yellow pour, moderate larger bubble film, collar and minor bits of lacing.

Sweet tropical fruit sniff, with passion fruit, lemon and melon coming to mind.

Sweet tropical fruits, with a just more then mild sour sting....pineapple , lime, yes apricots, assorted stone fruits all chiming in....highly complex and delicious nectar....fine stuff from Grimm...get some
Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
NE hazy with not much foam.

Citric fruit and grain. Lemon candy.

Fruity soda, sorta apricot, sorta orange and sorta bacteria. Not sour and on the very low end of tart -- curbed due to barrel aging? Were I tasting blind, I'd guess 70% NEIPA and 30% sour ale. Very bright, though.

Full bodied, right? Not crisp but no after taste, IMO.
Jul 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by allenson21 from New York

Jul 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Tkaupp from California

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.
Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by SpaethJam from New York

Aug 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by edellefemine from New York

Aug 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by CreightonSM from New York

Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by jykleo from New York

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.
Aug 03, 2018
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

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.
Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by dextermcgurk from New York

Jul 20, 2018
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Rated by egrandfield from Massachusetts

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.
Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

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.
Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Jul 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by BAsbill from California

Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by Xxambersky89 from New York

Jul 07, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

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
Jul 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by BltByKrmn from New York

Jul 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Jul 03, 2018
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

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.
Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Delli555 from Massachusetts

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.
Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by mblack62 from New Jersey

May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Karibourgeois from Texas

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.
Apr 25, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBrewsky from California

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!
Apr 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by Nunya from Ohio

Apr 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 01, 2018
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