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Afterimage | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-15-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#260
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
547
pDev:
6.77%
Bros Score:
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Reviews by dbrauneis:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect double IPA I could drink these all day nice dank tropical fruity beer. The smell was the same as how it tasted. I'd suggest this to anyone I don't think I've had a better IPA

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Photo of avas
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 8/17/16. Consumed 8/29/16.

A: Pours a hazy orange with about a half finger of white head, which dissipates rather quickly. Pretty much completely opaque, almost on the level of a Tree House / Trillium beer. ABV is apparent as thick lacing runs up the glass.

S: Insanely tropical in such a unique way. In addition to the ‘typical’ tropical fruit notes (peach, pineapple, mango), I get a combination of some crazy exotic, super sweet, almost candy-like fruit flavors. Tons of passionfruit, pineapple, honeydew, strawberry, papaya, and tangerine. An underlying, very sweet malt—kind of like high-quality, artisanal honey—is also apparent. It’s just smells so damn sweet, almost to the point of artificiality. But there’s also a light pine character that reminds you you’re smelling hops rather than fruit. Simply put, it smells freaking delicious.

T: Follows the nose to an extent, but leans more on the citrus end of the spectrum vs. the tropical end. BIG notes of candied orange, tangerine, and a hint of grapefruit. All those exotic tropical fruits—pineapple, passionfruit, strawberry, honeydew, papaya--are present too, but dialed back a bit. Sweet bready malt hits in the middle, providing notes of toasted caramel and brown sugar. The finish is a mix of mouth-coating sweet citrus and a very mild appearance of piney dankness, which brings with it a medium bitterness to attempt to balance out the sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. After drinking a bunch of Tree House beers, it’s tough to call this one creamy, but it definitely leans toward full. The bitterness is restrained, but apparent. It feels necessary to balance out some of the sweetness and keep this from being cloying. Carbonation is a bit light, maybe medium minus. I might prefer it with a bit more effervescence on the feel, but overall, it's super soft and silky smooth.

O: This is one of the most intensely flavorful and aromatic DIPAs I’ve ever had. It demonstrates such a unique combination of hops/yeast/malts to bring out the most exotically tropical aspects of the hops used. It’s unapologetically sweet, but not at all in a malty/cloying way. More than any other beer I’ve had, the this one epitomizes the ‘candied fruit’ descriptor damn near perfectly. And at 8%, it goes down way too easily. If I could change anything, I'd maybe opt for slightly more creaminess to accompany the sweetness. That signature Tree House 'bubblegum' / banana bread yeasty note would do wonders in conjunction with the flavor profile of this beer. And a bit more carbonation would be welcome! But overall, Afterimage is another awesome beer from Grimm, and likely my favorite of those I've had the chance to try.

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4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Growler fill at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This pours a nice hazy and thick looking orangey peach color, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like peach, pineapple, honey, sweet malt, pine, and cannabis.

This is another great big awesome DIPA from Grimm. It's fairly sweet, with a huge candied fruit character, tons of peach, pineapple, and orange. Beyond that big sweetness up front, there's a fairly herbal bitter finish, with a twinge of marijuana. The bitterness is definitely nice, and keeps the sweetness in check.

This is medium bodied, fairly thick for a DIPA, and slightly syrupy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Grimm continues to kill it with Afterimage here, another slam dunk for sure.

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Photo of CHickman
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the can, pours hazy bright orange gold color with a perfect looking 2 finger whipped/foamy white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving great spider webs of lacing and rings as it went down. As Lord Vader would say, "Impressive, most impressive."

Wow, the aroma is so pungent that it hit me nostrils 3 inches from the glass with a blast of pineapple, melon like honeydew, papaya, orange, light grapefruit, peach and seemingly endless waves of citrus fruit and citrus hops. Dank...juicy...oily...all appropriate here to describe what I'm inhaling. Best part is that all this fresh hoppy goodness is mixed with tobacco, fresh piney hops, caramel, gummy bears candy, tangerine, honey and a sweet malt base that brings melted butter and biscuits to mind as a backbone. One of the best smelling DIPA/IPA's I've ever encountered.

Thankfully the taste is on par with the nose; a notch slightly below, but still incredibly tasty. A wonderful mix of dank citrus hops brings on papaya, orange, pineapple, honeydew melon, grapefruit, peach, tangerine, mango, apricot and all kinds of fresh fruity flavors. The malt base is there to prop it up with toasted grains, sweet malt, brown sugar, buttery biscuit, toffee, caramel and lots of fruity candy such as Razzles, gummy bears, skittles and some mild candied Belgian sugar. No yeast to speak of, no real bitterness, but some faint spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander peek through before being washed away by citrus fruit and the accompanying floral hop and citrus hop tidal wave. This is so fruity, but not cloyingly sweet, so much so that each sip impressed me more and more. Simple yet very complex and an outstanding use of hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and smooth, with a velvety feel that slides down and gives off only a slight bitterness; some people may want more bitterness in a DIPA, but I loved how easy this was to drink at 8% ABV, to me this was session-able. The body was medium with some chewiness, mild carbonation and a finish that was hoppy, sweet and packed with citrus fruit and tons of flavor. This was a pleasure to drink, a world class DIPA...a very high recommendation.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Draft at The Lower Depths in Boston
L: Appears a vibrant, golden yellow color with a solid finger of head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Tropical fruit on the nose. I get a lot of mango an pineapple.
T: Follows the nose with tropical and candied fruits. Very little bitterness, no alcohol, and very little malt flavor. Definitely hop forward and in the same vein as the powerhouse juicy NE style IIPAs.
Feel: Medium bodied, almost fluffy, mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.
Overall, this is a great juicy IIPA, comparable to the juicy IIPAs from NE.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a house snifter showing off a ruddy auburn, toasted apricot coloring. It held a creamy, wispy one finger head of solid heady bubbling. This retained well before disappearing into outlines of mountains around our glasses. Definite haze obscured clarity, and the beer just had this salty look about it. No sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be lighter. The aroma was where things really starting getting crazy. This has got to be the fruitiest, most intensely juicy and melony hoppy explosion we’ve ever encountered. Hoppy aromatics were melon, poppy citrics, and sweet grassy varietals, while the remainder of the nose’s receptors were flooded with clean and lightly toasted pale grain, soft white wheatiness, raw barley, green strawberry tops, pear juice and macerated flesh, the freshest lemon and orange juiciness, dusty pollen, candied cashews, cotton candy cloy but without the esterness, big mineral twangs, sweet ethanol, green grassy resins, and Kool Aid sugars. With warmth came rum, sweet tea, and so, so, so much honey sweetness. The flavoring translates with insane, mechanical accuracy into a flowery sashay of skinned cucumber, spicy, zesty, juicy, and incredibly poppy citric, tropical nectary, and floral hops, white chalk, cantaloupe and watermelon rind, graphite, heavy lemon peel and seed, dripping wet washed peaches and passion fruit, simmered holiday cranberries, and pale and clean light amber graininess. The aftertaste gave exaggerated notes of bittered citric peel hoppiness and massive waves of clean vanilla fruitiness. The body was a solid, full medium, and the carbonation was high and electric. Each sip gave silky slurp and smack off the rip, with a lighter creaminess or frothiness. Pop was rolled into the carbonation, and nearly indistinguishable on its own. The mouth is coated in the softest snow of bubbliness, leading you to the lightest touch of a dry, crispy, hoppy finish. The abv is appropriate, and all but undetectable, and the beer drinks absolutely phenomenally. The problem is that you want to savor it because this might be your only glass ever.

Overall, this was an incredible treat. After having heard about this one from several different people we’ve been trying to track it down. Low and behold, on a random day when we’re not even looking for it, we stumble upon it. Fate, as some would say. Joking aside, this is one of the best beers we’ve ever had. The nose is unforgettably and supremely fruity, with the predominant notes being tropical fruit, citrus, and above all, flushed with melon. From the first to the last whiff it gets sweeter and sweeter, with bigger honey by the empty glass than any other beer we’ve seen. Honestly, cannot be improved upon. Perfect five for aroma. Again, as stated above, when moving to the taste, there are very few beers that do it as seamlessly as this one does. The likes of Heady Topper comes to mind. Fruit to the walls, but it never becomes overly soggy, syrupy, boggy, or burdensome. You just want more and more of it. The 8.0% abv tag is surprising, as it is essentially imperceptible, and doesn’t slow you down at all. Again, much in the same way as some of the best in the business. This is one of the cleanest DIPAs to come across our table in a long time, giving us faith that there is still some pretty untouchable stuff out there waiting to be had.

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

Purchased a growler of this from Vista Beer and Beverage in NY.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange; seems to be becoming the standard pour for so-called "East Coast" IPAs. Not much head, but there is some pleasing lacing that clings to the glass during consumption. Some carbonation is visible, but not a particularly large amount. Overall quite nice in this regard.

After unscrewing the cap on my growler, my nose was immediately awash in a strong, but not overbearing peachy aroma. Aside from the peach I'm getting some other lighter tropical fruits as well, namely pineapple and a little orangey citrus. Smells very juicy; not detecting much pine resin, dankness, or malt presence in the nose. Definitely a pleasing scent though.

The taste is a little more complex than the nose, but predominantly fruity. I'm getting a lot of tropical fruits throughout though the backend does feature some bitterness and just a little resin. Not detecting any alcohol; I could easily drink this all day.

The mouth feel is somewhat thick for the style as are most of the newer East Coast IPAs. I'd prefer more carbonation than what is present but that's biggest complain; the beer is otherwise luscious and creamy and features an incredible aftertaste with plenty of lingering bitterness. Definitely closer to a wet than dry finish.

Overall Afterimage is an excellent beer, though slightly weaker than what I was expecting given the hype behind its release. My biggest problem is that while the juiciness in itself is quite pleasing and complex, there isn't enough of a musty/dank hop profile to complement it, nor enough bitterness (before the aftertaste). I'd drink this at any chance I'd get, but it falls a rung short of elite in the style for me.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one lived up to the hype. Fantastic smell, as good as a beer can smell. Excellent taste, finishes dry to me which is what I like in my DIPAs. This one right up there with the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came a slight hazed tangerine-like color with a thinner white head atop.Juicy citrus fruits abound in the nose with some underlying floral notes,the fruitiest hop aromas I have come across I think.Flavors are almost like a tropical punch,mango,overripe pineapple,and orange really hit home with very little bitterness and /or big alcohol sweetness.The beer doesn't seem to be as big as it is,immensely drinkable and a joy to drink,great beer.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The hype is a little much. This is an excellent, well-balanced double IPA, but not world class, and probably not worth the effort of trying to track it down. There are better, more accessible big ipas in nyc.

Edit: I change my mind. I was in a pissy mood the other night... I had it again among other decent beers I thought were at this level, and none of them could compare. This beer is just an excellent example of a well-balanced, juicy, complex, New England double IPA. Worth the effort of finding it.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JW_WNC
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 ounce pour in a tulip at Appalachian Vintner in Asheville, NC.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayGreezy
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, grassy hops, citrus, and a bunch of melon that appears as it warms. Tasty and unusual. While I prefer some IPAs more, this one is well worth a try. Nicely done.

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Photo of Meyers1023
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.

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Photo of JC333
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickandToni
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.

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Photo of Prospero
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lazy description would be a less sweet, less 'juicy' Julius. A more hoppy, less malty Jai Alai. But it really shouldn't be reduced to that...

Hazy, straw blonde. Good head, good carb. My olfactory system is pretty shot but what I got was very sweet, pleasant summer fruits—peaches, nectarines, apricots—rounded off by traces of ripe tropical mango, dragonfruit, guava, papaya, passion fruit...

All those flavors are present but this beer is WAY hop/citrus forward. Intense grapefruit, lemon zest, orange juice... Total West Coast IPA from tiny East Coast upstart. Mid-range bitterness. Moderately sweet but minimal malt presence. Not boozy whatsoever. Right up my alley for a DIPA. Easy thirst quencher for hotter days/warmer climates but complex enough to pair well with grilled whitefish, roasted pork tenderloin, charcuterie platter (in lieu of a fruit paste...).

Instead of West Coast or New York I feel like I should be drinking this while running cocaine on a small boat in the humidity off the coast of Florida...

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Afterimage from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 547 ratings
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