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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,820
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
327
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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38
Gots:
52
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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 77
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 flavorsā€¦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 Nunya
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 ER527
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 ljbonadonna92
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 shelby415
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 funkā€¦ 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 Evan
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 JW_WNC
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Rainbow Dome from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 327 ratings