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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #82
ABV:
8%
Score:
98
Ranked #342
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
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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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rare_bird from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 02, 2019
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Jerseybeerlover609 from New Jersey

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

Sep 27, 2015
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TomMorris from Connecticut

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.

Sep 29, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Sep 23, 2015
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MyThoughtsExactly from Virginia

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.

Oct 23, 2015
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CHickman from New York

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.

Mar 19, 2016
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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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jrnyc from New York

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.

Sep 25, 2015
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avas from New York

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.

Aug 30, 2016
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TheBrewo from New York

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.

Oct 04, 2015
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Bluecrow from New York

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2016
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

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

Pours a murky honey straw yellow. Smell is absolutely juicy peach and mango. The taste follows, with passion fruit, peach, sweet mango prolonged through the middle, maybe guava, and a slight bready and wheaty touch before a hint of pine hits and a lingering slight bitterness. Very well made. Would like a bit more bitterness but for what they were going for, this is spot on.

Sep 30, 2015
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KingforaDay from New Jersey

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

May 01, 2019
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djbrown13 from Massachusetts

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

Nov 16, 2015
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HeavyMetalKegger from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 16, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellowish hue with a one finger head. Smell is of tropical grapefruit. Taste is mango and pineapple followed by grapefruit. Nice balance of tropical notes and bitterness. A wonderfully balanced beer. Hope to have this again.

Oct 18, 2015
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 09, 2017
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clay23 from New York

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 25, 2016
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

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

Mar 26, 2017
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Dirtinabottle from New York

4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 22, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can. Nothing special. Lemon, pineapple, tropical. Great beer but overrated

Mar 17, 2017
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 16, 2015
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TBonez477 from Vermont

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

Jun 04, 2016
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Dicers from Colorado

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

May 29, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

summer 2016 release, poured from can into tulip

L - orange, hazy to the point of being opaque, one finger head fades to a thin layer

S - pungent marmalade and mango, a little biscuit

T - more fruit, especially orange juice and lychee, somewhat dry for a NE style IPA, malt and yeast take a backseat, a little pine, surprisingly mild bitterness on the finish given the huge hop flavor

F - creamy, low to medium carbonation, slightly numbing

O - I liked this slightly better than the spring 2016 release. I could drink this every day. One can only hope their new Brooklyn brewery means more volume.

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early 2016 review:

L - yellow, slight haze, one-finger head made of small bubbles that sticks around

S - pear, passion fruit, more pear

T - follows the nose, with a little bitter grass and pine added, not very bitter given the extreme hoppiness, somewhat dry, lychee aftertaste lasts forever

F - tiny champagne-like bubbles, low to medium carbonation, medium thickness

O - similar to Grimm's other DIPAs, but with more of a dry sparkling wine kind of impression

Apr 03, 2016
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 621 ratings