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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #247
Ranked #1,736
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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Photo of BillRoth
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of woemad
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.

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Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of Beers-es
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Photo of barsonthetrak
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
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.

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Photo of emount91
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.

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Photo of ELS
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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
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.

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Photo of Dinizioj31
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

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Photo of Meyers1023
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.

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Photo of ChipChaight
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

snagged a can earlier today decided to get right to it. brew has a nice flavor but the body is a bit syrupy. overly rich for the style and abv. not bad but not what I have come to expect from a grimm iipa. hey, ya can't win em all.

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Photo of DVP
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found 2 of these cans, both drunk from a Teku. One in December, one in Feb. In trying to compare the same beer drunk 2 month apart, I believe this held its flavor, including hop character, fairly well.
Open the can and the hops hit you in the nose. Not exactly the type of hops I'm used to, though. I'm not 100% sure I'm a fan of Equinox, yet. Mentally I'm thinking orange, grapefruit, etc. all the northeast hops I like so much. This one has an earthier smell. Taste it and the same follows. Lots of hop flavors immediately to a nicely balanced beer. There was a lot of particulate at the bottom of the glass, though.
A - Peachy orange, nice fine white head that dissipated fairly quickly (could have been the glass making this happen)
S- out front resiny and earthy, lesser amounts of fruit like grapefruit
T- Like others have said, matches smell. Very drinkable and stays hoppy to the end of the glass. Nice malt content, not too much but not thin like some other Northeasters.
F - right on level of carbonation makes this easy to drink
O- A really excellent choice when you can find them. A nice change from the usual hop characteristics.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Birreria at Eataly served chilled in a teku

The color is a beautiful peach color with hazed appearance and thick white head with fine bead. The smell is piney with aromatics of hops that have a slight fruity ester mild spicy quality and citrus odor. The feel is great with medium high bitterness and moderate carbonation with a mild sweetness in the back with light alcohol and semi-dry finish.

The taste is certainly pleasantly full of hops with zesty and piney falvor slight grapefruit bitter profile with gentle nutty flavor in the back from malt with a dank herbal hop taste throughout. The bitterness lingers with a long finish well after the swallow. This is a very agressive yet tasty American IPA nice double with plenty of bitterness and resinous hop quality yet still has a nice malt foundation.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap in pint glass, beer garden at eately NYC look was yellow amber orange with a great head and lacing, smell was hoppy and bitter with plenty of citrus notes and pine flavor, taste was superb and feel was full with a great carbonation. will put into rotation if available, great stuff.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy. Dirty gold color with a tinge of orange and brown. Decent bar poured head which leaves streaks and spots on the glass.

Floral to citrus hop nose. Very light malt in the background.

Starts with pale malt base but this is quickly overwhelmed by the strong black pepper hop taste in the swallow. The aftertaste is all hop pellet--biting bitterness without any malt softness. The body leans light but this might be from the elevated carbonation.

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