Rainbow Dome | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.17/5
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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:
#1,856
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
339
pDev:
6.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
56
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 339 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by RichD:
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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of imbibehour
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. August 2015. Bottled by Beltway Brewing Sterling VA.

Slightly turbid, but with a healthy and lemon merringue like body glow. Slight middle column of rising carbonation, meeting to a big bleach white soapy two finger head, big and bubbled with a slightly settling creamy top and small retention.

Aroma hits with large hop angle, slightly in the tropical pineapple realm, and a big rose petal perfume. Fleshy stone fruit oil and fruit really seem to round out, with a varying mix. Perfume angle seems to go for a bit of strong herbal notes of spruce as well, perhaps even mixing in orange and tangerine.

Palate brings much of that fruit attention forward. Large notes of zesty oils, stone fruit, slightly hinting citrus particularly on the flesh, and mimosa like flavors in the mid palate. Minimal tartness, a hint of bread and even a little bit of spice. The fruit angle is very dominant, from a mix of added fruit and hop aromas. Surprisingly minimal beer character going on here. Vinous and a bit astringent with big sticky teeth coating character as well.

Overall, neat brew, but I am looking for a little more beer like character than drinking over hopped fruit juice these days. However, it does at least have some beer character, and does have some real excellent flavors.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled August 2015.
4.25/4.5/4/4.25/4.25
Milky-pale light yellow with frothy head and mild effervescence.
Mmmm, it smells delightful -- lots of funk, tart stonefruit, and wheat. The barnyard is vibrant and fresh, but never negative. The apricot character specifically comes through on subsequent nosing.
It tastes both more much tart (lactic acid) and much more apricot-y than anticipated. Scintillating and surprising. Light and spritely and fun, with an clean aftertaste that arrives all too soon.
I've been very impressed with Grimm, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good drinking sour beer but without much sign of the advertised hops. Appearance is a mammoth frothy head that soon settles and hazy yellow. Aroma is mostly yeast with a bit of citrus and spice. Flavor has lots of lemon and a suggestion of hop. Lively mouth filling body.

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

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 kuishinbo_tantei
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super cloudy dull yellow. Very little head. Small amount of lacing. I'm really torn on the issue of turbid beer. Some of the most flavorful beers I've ever tasted are very turbid. Some say turbid beer is a brewing fault and technically speaking they are correct.

Smells of apricot, grapefruit, and orange. Like a very bitter OJ. Get a hint of funk.

Tastes of orange juice, grapefruit, apricots, and peach. Definitely a touch of barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is nice and soft. Very pleasant.

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Photo of Xxambersky89
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-yellow, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big grapefruit, apricot, other citrus flavors like lemon and orange, as well as a good dose of sour mix. Very interesting and complex beer. I enjoyed this one and would not hesitate to pick it up again.

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Photo of JC333
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

apricot and brett. beautiful. opaque yellow. kinda cool that it's lighter at the top than the bottom. plenty of brett on the nose. lingering bitterness. this is a beautiful beer.

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avas
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbthom123
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours and looks like thick mango juice. Light foamy head and a wispy lace.

Smells lightly of apricot the finish shows the fruit well. Up front I'd like more of the fruit, but it's still nice. Hops are there but mostly give an earthy, floral feel and flavor. Has a zesty grapefruit peel feel that is a bit harsher.

The apricot is a nice touch and really works well with the style, with a bit more pop, this would be outstanding.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schinebd
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 Oz bottle poured into can glass did not look for a bottle date.

A: Bright orange body with a lot of cloudiness. Head was white soapy and big.

S: Slight oak, sourishness, apricots were noticeable

T: Dry, lots of apricots maybe a little bit of a vinegar taste and the finish was solidly oak tasting.

M: Dry very effervescent tingly on the tongue very crisp as well finished neat and clean.

O: This is an exceptional wild ale, a lot of the beers the fruit gets lost in the sour or the vinegar. This beer the apricots literally leap out at you in the most enjoyable way. The beer ends with beautiful oak notes. The beer is not over the top sour either.

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Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Rainbow Dome from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 339 ratings