Grimm Artisanal Ales

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New England IPA
Ranked #80
Ranked #341
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: Juicy, Hazy orange, soft carbonation, plush fruity aromas. Immense mango, marmalade, pine, honeysuckle, and lemon flavors. Smack dab in between Lambo and Tesseract on the sweet-to-dry spectrum. Just a hint of bitterness.
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tip Tap Room, Boston

L -- Moderately hazed golden orange body with two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Dank grapefruit, rubbery malt, subtle pine, melon
T -- Mango, grapefruit pith, orange sherbert. Very classic Citra-forward NEIPA profile
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Bitterness flies off the palate on the finish
O -- A prototypical well-made NEIPA


Dec 29, 2019
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Straw colored, not a complete haze bomb but somewhere between west coast and NEIPA........1/2 head........lacing is thick

S-orange, apricot, lemon, mango......hard candy fruitiness.......some floral hoppiness......

T-Similar to the nose....big flavors of orange, lemon drop, mango.......hard candy sweetness is there but it is complimentary and adds to the enjoyment.....malty sweetness is detectable..........finish includes lingering subdued sweetness

F-less than medium........a bit tingly.......more slick and oily......

O-not as hazy and creamy as many NEIPA..........flavor is there but the feel is lacking.......still a good brew

Dec 14, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap.
Wow, fantastic hoppy aroma and flavor. Bursting with orange juice, lemon, grapefruit rind and pine resin.
Smooth juicy feel, and lingering layers of bitter citrus rind.


Nov 10, 2018
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SouthernSips from Mississippi

4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was super smooth for 8% ABV. None of the flavors overpowered any others and for it being my first beer from Grimm, I was super impressed. Poured from a 16 ounce can into a stemmed IPA glass.

Oct 15, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

When a beer is superb, my eyes tend to close to better experience great flavor. This one is an eye-closer. Looks so much like hazy, citrus juice in the glass, you almost expect to encounter pulp. Multiple hop flavors come at you in succession, including a long, luxurious pine run out that doesn't quit. Brilliant!

Sep 16, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot; mashed mango + Sunny D; tangerine, mango juice, and huge ringing candied orange that goes skunky + herbal in little flashed; soft + long.

4 4 4.5 4.25 4.5

Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Falconer's Flight, and Columbus

Intense without any harshness. Mad depth with no burn. All the New Englandness. Name fits; lots of little echoes. Behold, the quality.

Aug 17, 2018
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hints of pine with slightly more prevelant notes of lemon and mango.

Opaque, light yellow. Pour leaves a foamy layer which decreases to a thin layer after a mintue or two. Traces of the foam cling to the glass.

Medium-bodied and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Complex in smell and the taste. Don't really taste the alchohol so it sneaks up on you. The pine adds a little bite, and is a good substitute for hoppy bitterness .

Jul 02, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 3/16/18; drank 4/27/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque bright orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; strong, thick lace.

Lemon, wheat & faint pine notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Marmalade, wheat & pine flavors; a cloying, dry IPA.

Drinkable, but not much more.

Apr 28, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing clinging to the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and lemons are present in the nose and are intermixed with notes of pine.
T: The taste has flavors of lemons, mangos and oranges, with notes of pine becoming noticeable in the finish and lingering into the aftertaste, although these are hardly resinous. There is a light amount of bitterness and if anything, the "bite" seems to be more from the pine than the bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a lot of complexities in both the smell and the taste. The beer does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol so it's quite drinkable. I liked how the pine added a crisp "bite" in lieu of bitterness.

Serving type: can

Apr 13, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lightly hazy golden hue. Not as frothy dense as a lot of the fruitier IPAs of the Northeast. Peach and grapefruit aroma. Getting a lot of candied grapefruit, some peach, and strawberry. It's a little on the thin side. It's not super complex or have a myriad of cascading flavors. Pleasant enough to drink and I did enjoy this, despite any unimpressed tone I may have imbued in this review.

Oct 14, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First beer I've had from Grimm! Canned on date 03/03/2017.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Really nice opaque color, good flowing carbonation and a small creamy head of foam. Pretty heavy lace retention.

All citrus on the nose. Tangerine and mango stand out to me. Very subtle hop presence.

Oh man, this is nice. Tropical fruits hit you initially, with some zesty citrus that takes the lead. Some booziness hits next along with a bitterness that hits the back of the tongue and a surprising maltiness that settles in all over. Definitely a pleasant experience, but I can't help but wonder if the fact that it is over 6 months old gave it some unintended characteristics at this point.

Overall a very smooth beer. The carbonation is subtle and even, and I'd categorize it as creamy before I say crisp.

A really nice beer overall. A little dated, but I really didn't get any unpleasant signs of beer that's turned in any way. Smooth, citrusy, and malty would be the three major components I'll sum up this beer with.

Sep 19, 2017
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Rristow from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from can. Pours a hazy gold with white head. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Pretty well balanced. Orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, some pine and resin. Very well done imperial IPA.

Aug 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a cap of a little white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Sly lace. The aroma had some mango sweetness and citrusy pulpy sweet to bitterness. Light grassiness, semi-smooth and sweet. Touch of lemon at the very end. The flavor had some bright juicy sweet to bitter qualities forming over a slight clean malt feature. Aftertaste was bright juicy citrus and tropical tastes. Finish was sweet through the juiciness. The palate was about medium bodied with a slight sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, damn good DIPA.

Jun 08, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this at an amazing pkg store in Asheville NC a few days ago. Now I am drinking it and I am a very happy camper. One of my favorite breweries and this is a freekin' amazing beer. Sorry I am traveling and can't share this with some friends. NOT!!!!!

May 01, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA pours to a medium, creamy white head on a very hazy, very effervescent golden body; head retention is modest and lacing is excellent, consisting of thick bands and ladders. The aroma is a big, tasty blend of bright, fermented pineapple and cannabis backed by more subdued bright grapefruit and hints of perfume, tamarind and body odor; alcohol overtones are modest. Up front, the flavor is medium-bitter pineapple and grapefruit with a hint of grassiness. Mid-palate, hints of tamarind and perfume join the fruit and the malt rolls in, as we get a good view of the bready malt foundation and some modest caramel and nutty notes; perceived bitterness rolls back to moderate-for-style. The finish is a light hit of grassy tamarind and booze, followed by the onset of a modest, slightly caramelly, grassy pine bitterness that lasts for awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy and cannabis-like. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light-medium body, and is notably astringent; the texture is medium-creamy and slightly peppery from the somewhat understated carbonation. (growler, 35 days after kegging)

Apr 15, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow, pretty opaque, moderate head. Lots of dry hop cone on the nose, grapefruit rind. Pretty bitter, lots of grapefruit and bitter citrus. Dry chalky Amarillo and simcoe. A little sweetness, crystal malt. Fine but could have used a better backbone and diversity in flavor

Mar 30, 2017
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MMP126 from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 3/3/17.
Poured into tulip glass

L: Clear. Maybe a slight chill haze goldenrod color. 1 finger of head that stayed solid. Not hazy as advertised. Which is fine. But goes against the description.

S: smell is pretty weak. Grapefruit. Pine. Hoppy. Little tiny bit of alcohol. No grain at all. Maybe a tiny bit of white wine. No sweetness.

T: hops. Slight Alcohol zing. lemon. Grapefruit pith. Grape. White wine.

F: little dry but fluffy. Pretty thick.

O: not bad. Wasn't blown away. Solid for sure.

Mar 30, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a large goblet glass. Thanks Ryan for hooking me up with this.

Pours a golden amber hazy body with a one finger white head that reduces to a layer of foam and leave pretty nice heavy lacing.

Aromas are piney and malty, caramel malt, floral hops, hop resins. On the tongue it's less malty but still sitting on pretty good malt backbone with resinous hops, citrus, grapefruit, and piney aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation.

A solid DIPA.. I could crush a few of these easily.

Mar 27, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can dated 3/10/2017. Big thanks to @cavedave!

A: Hazy golden yellow with a finger frothy white head. Lasting retention and heavy lacing.

S: Big tropical fruit aroma that hit me as soon as I poured it. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and tangerine. Just a touch of pine and earthy hops hanging around at the back.

T: Juicy fruits with a hint of pine. Lightly sweet mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. Kissed with a touch of stone fruits like peach and apricot.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft and creamy texture that reminds me of a milkshake.

O: Excellent DIPA. Extremely drinkable and highly recommended.

Mar 27, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: clear marigold in color with a big frothy white head

S: pineapple, mango, pine and some residential sweetness

T: sweet pineapple and passionfruit mixed with guava and mango. This is a very sweet dipa, plenty of crystal to make this a tropical juice bomb

M: light body medium carbonation and very smooth

O: drink it its good

Mar 25, 2017
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and not completely hazy, more translucent. Nose is very inviting and pungent tropical juicy with some sweetness. Taste follows with a nice slight hops on the finish, solid mouthfeel and little creaminess to it. Another solid Grimm brew.

Mar 24, 2017
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NickandToni from New York

4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It has been rare that I get a couple of cans of Grimm's IIPA's lately, so a big thanks to Carmine Street Tap Room for making it possible.

So far to date, my very favorite Grimm beer. Not too carbonated, not too sweet, and a very enjoyable moment in every sip. Some of their IIPA's, though amazing, are on the sweet side and very fruity. Afterimage delivers what I would call "the perfect example of today's beer style. Not double dry hopped, not trying too hard to be fruity or bitter, this is just a great IIPA.

L: Hazy
S: Soft and fruity, hint of dough
T: All the tropical and more, with a slight bitterness
F: Calm and on the lighter side, still an above average moments
O: A high quality beer canned on 3/3/17 @ 12:38 (Thank you for this detail, it mean a lot to those who care)

I am very excited for the opening of their own brewery. They really are leading the way as a nomadic brewer and I have a feeling that great things are on the horizon.

Mar 23, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem piece). This was canned on March 3, 2017, making it 16 days old at the time of consumption. (Based on black ink packaging info, printed on the underside of the can: “CANNED ON 03/03/17 09:03:09”.) It’s been refrigerated for several days, and rolled around gently before drinking, as per the brewer’s suggestion.

Appearance (4.25): This pours out about a finger and a half of fluffy, meringue-fine foam, capping a beautifully hazy but not opaque, light honey-orange body with deep orange-tan undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving a thick film and dense, webby arcs of lace all around the sides of the glass. As the drink goes on, it leaves only scattered, fat splotches of lace and foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.25): Crazily bright, juicy fruit aromas leap out of the can: navel orange flesh, champagne mango, some passionfruit and gooseberry . . . but I feel like it’s leaning pretty hard into that juicy Clementine-type aroma. You know what? It smells like San Pellegrino aranciata. Which is awesome. There’s some cracker-like, bready aroma, too, but it’s just got juicy hop aromas draped all over it. It’s a phenomenal nose, if you crush hard for American hop varieties.

Taste (4.5): It’s a moderate departure from the nose, leading first into snappy red grapefruit pith and underripe mango before shifting gears. That initial bitterness is quickly followed by a slowly blooming mixture of sweet navel orange, limeade, and moderately intense, slightly piney, mostly dank resin, along with a touch of green banana peel. It dissolves into a mixture of overripe pineapple, some champagne mango, but the lime flavor sticks around, leading into a finish that’s marked by lemon curd sweetness, a touch of resin, and lime zest. On the mid-palate, though, it’s just so goddamned bright and juicy. The malt, like in the nose, is mostly lost here, but it shows up by adding an earthy layer, sitting underneath the point where lime zest, orange flesh, and dankness meet just past the mid-palate. It pulls the resin and zest away from astringency, bringing them closer to a bitter coating over brioche, a bit of tobacco, and cracked wheat, and oat bran. No booze to be seen anywhere.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Smooth, but not butter-smooth, and creamy, but not frosting-creamy. The body is on the full- side of medium-weight, but just barely; the carbonation is fine and prickly, and perfectly distributed to just about every corner; the body is soft and smooth, but not so full as to be velvety. It really is just so freaking soft. And then, the hop oils come through and dry everything out evenly and thoroughly, but short of parching. Outstanding.

Overall (4.5): I wavered a bit on couple of the scores. I was tempted to go 4.5 in the aroma, but it’s not deep or diverse enough to warrant that. Still, it’s juicy, extremely aromatic, and lovely. I was tempted to go 4.75 on flavor, but it’s not quite so funky and unique in that department. I was tempted to give it 4.5 in appearance, but I have very high standards when it comes to lacing. All of that said, it is outstanding in every regard. It’s gorgeous, smells like a damn fruit salad (if it was half orange), tastes phenomenal, and feels nearly perfect. It is, needless to say, very highly recommended. This is, more or less, the type of beer that hope for when I get a chance to try some new (to me) NE-style (D)IPA.

Mar 20, 2017
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kojevergas from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Currently #146 in the Top 250, the highest ranked of the five Grimm beers currently on the list. Moreover, this is currently #5 in the Top 100 for New York state. My hopes are high as a result...

CAN: $4.99 plus deposit at a Whole Paycheck in New York City. 16 fl oz. Pull-tab. Fun 1980s neon-themed label design. Canned 03/03/17 (check the bottom of your can for the date).

Imperial IPA (they call it a double IPA). 8.00% ABV. Brewed at Beltway Brewing.

HEAD: ~8cm in height. Fairly frothy. Soft-looking, but not particularly creamy or fluffy or luscious. Robust enough. Lasts a good 7 minutes, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass as it dies.

BODY: Not as hazy as one might expect of a Grimm imperial IPA. Pale slightly hazy translucent transparent copper. Lacks vibrance; it's rather dull. No yeast/lees are visible within.

A drab looking imperial IPA, Afterimage is easily inferior in appearance to its cleaner more vibrant filtered brethren. I'm optimistic, but this trend towards unfiltered turbid (I)IPAs has serious costs in terms of a beer's look.

AROMA: Tropical. Luckily there's no pineapple (I hate pineapple in beer), but there's plenty of tangerine and mango bouncing around alongside floral hop aromatics, guava, melon, pink peppercorn, marmalade, an almost bubblegum-like phenol, and candied fruit. The candied fruit sweetness coupled with the pale malt sweetness prevents any overt hop bitterness from presenting, but I wonder if that is going to come at the expense of hop pungency.

Aromatic intensity is average. Not a "dank" or strong aroma, but a generally appealing one.

The hop profile doesn't seem terrific; one can imagine the subtle blueberry of Mosaic or the fresh floral notes of Cascade or the resins of Amarillo elevating this, but it's definitely enticing and I'm looking forward to trying it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sherbert-like creamy sweetness goes well with the soft coating mouthfeel. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, almost perfectly carbonated, and refreshing. It seems Grimm has their water chemistry dialed in well judging by the mouthfeel.

There are no off-flavours and I barely find any booziness here.

Flavourwise, it's...fine. Candied fruit, orange marmalade, melon, guava, generic floral hop flavour, maybe some mango. No juicy citrus, oily resins, pine/evergreen, biting grapefruit, or Noble grassiness. Mellow pale malt and candied fruit sweetness does quell any hop bitterness, but while this isn't too sweet, I do have to say it lacks in terms of hop pungency and depth of hop flavour, not really going for the jugular in terms of emphasizing its hoppy flavours. I'm not on the "more hops! more IBUs! more bitterness!" bandwagon like many seem to be, but this definitely downplays its hops to the beer's detriment, not really committing to or showcasing its hops well.

I can't call it imbalanced, but it needs more hops and/or less sweetness to really be true to the imperial IPA style.

Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is below average.

I'm impressed at how well the ABV is hidden; I feel like I could down this by the pitcher.

The more I drink it, the more I appreciate its orange sherbert flavour along with its silky soft creamy texture, but in terms of that kind of build it's a few steps down from some of the beers coming from other NY breweries such as Equilibrium.

OVERALL: Not that it affects my rating, but $4.99 per 16oz can is a steep price to pay for this beer given its quality, especially with superior beers like Lagunitas Sucks available in the same market for $13.99 per sixer (let alone superior locally brewed expressions of the style from the likes of Other Half and Greenpoint). There's no doubt this is highly drinkable, and I bet many who claim not to like (I)IPAs would find this nevertheless appealing for its lack of bitterness, but it's not true to its style and doesn't offer too much of interest hop-wise. Chalk it up to personal preference if you must, but as much as I adore many Grimm beers this one just doesn't deserve a spot in a list of the Top 250 beers currently being brewed.

Nevertheless, it's nice stuff I'd probably pick up an odd six pack of from time to time were it $10, and the mouthfeel in particular is masterfully executed.

B- (3.38) / WORTHY

Mar 17, 2017
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose jumps out at you as soon as you open the can! Full of tropical fruit and hoppy dankness. Poured a slightly murky golden orange color with over a fingers worth of foamy white head that laces the glass. This is a juice bomb for sure. Tons of sweetness and a slight bitter finish. Another outstanding IPA from Grimm. Feel like I say that a lot but they keep making great beer.

Mar 17, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 610 ratings