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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #256
Ranked #1,792
4.25 | pDev: 6.82%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Baller Equinox-based double IPA. Yellow-orange and hazy; lasting snow-white head and lacing. Quintessential Grimm DIPA tropical aromatics. Dry and bracingly hoppy on the palate, with big fruit notes of peach, orange, and pineapple. Soft tingles of chive and green, resinous hoppy flavor. Some surprising spearmint/wintergreen notes make an intriguing appearance. Finishes with a firm, clean, and lasting bitterness.
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jbradley42 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression of a Grimm offering. it is all I would expect from a NE IPA (double).
Nice lacing, which can be brought back a gentle swirl. Nice hazy appearance more towards an orange.
Tasting some stone fruit, with some nice bitterness in the end to round it out.
I am a fan. There is a lot of nuance in the on the back end.

Mar 19, 2021
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, dated 2/1/21.
Looks opaque hazy yellow, a thick white head and lots of lacing.
Smell and taste are full of hops, herbal and citrus, dank and resinous tones blending with fruits. Light crackery malt base lends a bit of sweetness.
Nicely balanced, lively, with a dry finish.

Overall excellent, glad I picked it up!

Mar 14, 2021
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Cloudy as fudge yellow with medium bubbles to the body and a subtle white head rising maybe a 1/4 of a fingers length off the body.

Smell: Flowers and roses mixed with lemon zest. Very good and gives the nose something to work with.

Taste: Complex yet smooth malt bomb of a brew. Heavy citrus skin, doses of lavender with hint of yellow grapefruit juice. The brew is a bit all over the place making the bitterness hit you pretty sharp.

Mouth: A bit dry, hints of bread finish. Cally me crazy, just a bit chewy.

Overall: Good brew. Different NEIPA or Imperial IPA...heavy hop feel litterlly lingering many minutes after you placing the glass down. Salud!

Mar 14, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy yellow orange color, looks like a freshly squeezed citrus drink in the glass. A moderate foamy white head retains well.

The nose is quite fragrant, catty and dank and bursting with juicy hops. Aromas of lime, guava, orange juice, grapefruit, peach and pineapple. Strong herbal aromas of grass and chive interact nicely with the fruity sweetness.

Very juicy and bursting with tropical and citrusy flavors, and teeming with resinous spices. Crisp cracker, biscuit and lightly creamy oats add a dryness to the palate and support the plethora of hops flavors. Notes of grapefruit, pine, grass, orange, lime, pineapple, mango and guava. Increasingly bitter, it finish dry and spicy and with a lingering resiny aftertaste.

Medium bodied, nearly full, but easy to drink. The mouthfeel is somewhere between smooth and crisp. The moderate carbonation feels right on par.

Another masterpiece from Grimm Artisanal Ales.

Feb 22, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A touch lighter in color than most. Nose is Sprite, lime, citrus, and starfruit. Fresh and very aromatic. Beer opens fresh. I get hints of pear, starfruit, and a dank juiciness. Fresh cut grass and citrus in the middle with more starfruit and some lychee towards the finish. Solid. A somewhat unique flavor profile. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down crisp and aggressive. Dry, lingering finish.

Pretty good. Really fresh flavor profile.

Feb 21, 2021
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft /growler at Ma and Pa’s Alton, NY. My first run at Grimm. Delicious big IPA. Smooth and complex juicey brew. Nice resin add but not intrusively dank. Very well made.

Jul 08, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is honey, tangerine, pine, and citrus rind. Bitter, medium bodied and carbonation. Makes for an above average IPA although I prefer several others from Grimm.

Jun 28, 2018
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woemad from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can received courtesy of beerloserLI. Canned on February 26, 2018, per the bottom stamp. Don't know much about Grimm, but I'm guessing this is their standard double IPA, whereas Tesseract (which I had yesterday) is apparently this beer but with added Mosaic cryo hops. Both top out at 8% abv. It'll be interesting to compare the two.

Right off the bat, this is a lighter colored beer, if not dramatically so. Orangey golden color, though with the same relatively tight and relatively long lasting off-white head, and again leaving quite a bit of lace.

More tropical fruit in the nose, mostly of the pineapple variety. I enjoy juicy IPAs up to a point, at least until they become something that seems like fruit juice someone's added beer to, then my enthusiasm flags. I think we'll be straddling that line here.

Confirmed. Very much like beery pineapple juice. It's restrained enough to remain enjoyable, but it's close to the line for me. Less complex tasting than Tesseract to me, and too pineapple-y for me to truly love it. Alcohol just as well hidden. You could get quite messed up if you downed several of these in a session.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily but also slightly pithy mouthfeel.

I like this, but don't quite love it. This is right where I draw the line at fruit juicy IPAs, and hints at the ones that I can't deal with for more than a few tastes (Left Coast, I'm looking at you). I'd drink this on occasion if it were local, but never more than one, and probably only if it's stable mate, Tesseract, was unavailable.

May 25, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tall can...2/26/19...top quality NEIPA shelfie....no need to wait in line for these fine Grimm DIPA's

Hazed n juicy through and through....pungent ripe pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, resiny/minty hopped up finish....great stuff...well worth a try

Mar 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peaches and pineapples are present in the nose along with some hints of pine.
T: The taste is stronger than the smell and has initial flavors of oranges and pineapples along with hints of pine in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that heavy on the palate and hides its alcohol very well, making it quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

Mar 17, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Vibrant and clear medium gold colored pour with thin, but sticky lacing.

S - Light citrus and malt aroma. Balanced in the nose.

T - Spicy fruit rind, resiny, and pine resin.

M - Big medium body.

O - A great D-IPA.

Mar 16, 2018
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2016 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong tropical citrus fruits, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of tropical citrus fruits and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

Dec 18, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a mostly clear light gold. Smell has somewhat indistict tropical notes and other fruits. Taste is fruity but with some spicy herbs and some resinous pine. Decently bitter. Nice beer.

Dec 17, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this recently, as I've been on a Grimm kick lately and wanted to give this one a go as well. While not a bad beer, this was about as "typical" as one of their offerings could get. If you like your beers to taste tropical with a mouthfeel full of nectar and a clean finish, this one would be right up your alley!

This had a good look to it as I poured it out, with the liquid coming across as somewhat thin and lively. It had an amber hue, a good amount of haze, and plenty of head that settled down quickly enough. Most of the lacing left behind was along the top of my pint glass with clumps of it clinging down the back as I sipped my way through this. Plenty of nectar, sweetness, and stone fruit in the nose with even more in the taste. Lots of resin and a hint of onion on the palate as this had mild kick to it with a bit of pepper-like warming in the back. Quite slick, the liquid was thin but had enough body to it due to the resin, feeling of honey and presence of citrus hops.

There was just enough booze in this, as the beer had a slight warming effect by the time I worked my way through this. There's enough bread and a hint of grain in the body but the dankness wasn't as heavy as more cloudy IPA's from this neck of the woods. If you wanted to start off with a textbook Grimm Ale, this would be the first one to reach for. It was solid without being outstanding but by the time you would realize that, your glass would be empty!

Dec 11, 2016
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tip Tap Room. C-hop overload... citrusy and dank, some grassiness and a distinctly west coast hop profile. Reminds me of some Port Brewing stuff I've tried. See through appearance. A bit conflicted on this one... $11 a pint is steep but if you find it in cans, snag it.

Nov 09, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

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

Served in a sniffer at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, herbal, and earthy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, cracker, and caramel malts. Some light alcohol in the rear too.

Taste: Super smooth. Lemon, citrus, herbal, spicy, grassy, and Noble hops flavor followed by a complimentary malt bill with light light bitterness, chewy, and alcohol notes in the rear. Extremely crushable and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, super light bitterness, medium carbonation, crushable, crisp, and enjoyable. 8.5% too. Very scary.

Overall: Another solid DIPA front these guys. Totally nailed it and super easy to drink too.

Oct 27, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

decently hazy, but not murky. pours an orange color, nice foamy head. smell is mostly citrus with a slight breadiness to it. taste is all hops, no malt: citrus and pine with some sweetness, almost no malt taste notes aside from the sweetness. feel was good as always. another decent brew from grimm.

Oct 16, 2016
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ELS from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a bit sweet with a mango, slightly apricot flavor. It's hard to pin down because it's a bit convoluted. It's pretty good, just not distinctive in any way. The smell was a little underwhelming with no pungent hops to be found (could be that it's not super fresh). The mouthfeel was the best part with a fairly soft, smooth, drinkable IPA.

Had a second can and enjoyed it more. Maybe my palette was off the first time or maybe the second can was fresher/travelled better, but I think the flavor works well with a little bit of a sweet mango or passion fruit taste balanced by a big back end bitterness. I'm raising smell (more pronounced with second can), taste and overall by a quarter point.

Oct 10, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 release
~3 weeks from canning date

Appearance- Pours a deep golden color, slight orange hues. Finger thick white colored head, fluffy and creamy. Tons of spotty head lacing. Hazy, but not cloudy, just tons of floating sediment.

Aroma- Lots of citrus, orange juice, zest. Slight pine, spice, dankness, subtle grapefruit. Underlying candied sweetness, fruit smoothie.

Taste- Oranges, grapefruit, piney resin and spicy / floral notes. Bit of dankness. Bitterness is nicely balanced by a sweeter orange juice, melon, and juicier candied fruit notes.

Feel- Medium bodied, does drink smooth and creamy but finishes with a crisp dryness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Executed quite well for what its intended to be, obviously heading more towards a west coast style IPA. Has a nice balance though because it still has that candied sweetness. Very enjoyable, insanely drinkable.

Oct 09, 2016
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Dinizioj31 from New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not Geimm's best effort. Pretty pedestrian IPA who's rating is padded by the Grimm name. There are other NYC beers rated lower which are significantly better. While it's not a bust, it's certainly not the best beer by Grimm

Oct 08, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head. The nose is very fruity with citrus and stone fruits followed by strong pine. The flavor is much of the same, citrus upfront, some sweeter fruit, followed by strong pine and resin. The feel is a little thicker than medium with a nice tingle on the tongue. This is another great DIPA from Grimm. I prefer Lambo Door just slightly more but I would never turn this down.

Oct 06, 2016
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ChipChaight from New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours an opaque orange with fluffy white head, smells like caramel citrus peel, pine, dank hop candy, tastes like lemon drop candy, tropical fruit juice, dank pine, creamy full body. A dank candied lemon bomb.

Oct 05, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a light orange, and very hazy. Thick inch and a half head.

Aroma is intense mango and citrus and a little dry bitter fruit peel like cocktail bitters.

Taste mimics that citrus tropical bitters aroma. Very intense bitterness but balanced by sweet and tangy citrus and mango. The malt backbone brings it all together.

A new wave tropical IPA they all should aspire too.

Oct 03, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden ale with a light haze and a clean white head. Aromas of bright and sweet citrus pith. Tastes follow suit, with something floral and honeyed to boot. Average carbonation, relatively light, appropriately smooth. Little on the sweet side, with honey-lemon coming though, moderate bitterness, little stickiness on the finish.

Oct 01, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber-orange color with moderate carbonation evident and two inches of off white head. Pine hops, resin, lemon zest, citrus hops, and tropical fruits. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very light bitterness.

Overall a very good DIPA though I preferred Lambo door as I felt it had more tropical fruits. More pine here but very goood.

Sep 29, 2016
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