Purple Prose
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #782
Ranked #5,083
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Purple ProsePurple Prose
Notes: Blackcurrants, raspberries, aged hops, new oak. Juicy, tart, tannic, delicious.
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 202
Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blurring the line where beer, wine and pink lemonade converge, the brewers at Grimm Ales have highlighted that convergence in a beer that uses blackberries, blackcurrants and oak in a sour ale to fuel a taste that resembles all three of these classic tastes.

A hazy mauve, tilting toward matte purple hues, Purple Pose comes with a loose and fading froth. Looking like a foggy wine spritzer, the nose soon fills with tart red berries, cider, weathered wood and a light earthen must of damp burlap. Gentle sweetness graces the tongue with notions of fruit taffy, sourdough and agave with a modest malt showing.

Much of the malt sweetness dissolves swiftly and the fruit forward flavors begin to command the middle palate. Reading like blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, hints of rhubarb, strawberry and cranberry also show through the fully fermented berry additions. The ale leads into a sour taste late on the palate as a notion of rose wine decorates the finish. Piquantly sour with crabapple, lime and yuzu, the underling ale has a big mark on the ale's overall impressions.

Medium light and premierily sour, the beer concludes with a spicy wine-like tannic taste that provides a peppery bite to link up with the sourness beautifully. A quick finish and a slight linger of berries keep the beer highly refreshing, crisp and clean. It's a beer that could be consumed in large quantities if not for the price.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Grimm recently, not having a bottle from them in ages! Glad the new space is there as it's close to me and this was one of the many offerings they had. I expected this to be colorful based on the description and sure enough, it was although the hue was more raspberry than purple but with something this fun, who would even care to notice?

Lovely pour to this as this look like liquid raspberries, come to life with tons of vitality. A bubbly, pink head topped this off as it retreated quite quickly like quiet sea foam. Scattered soapy sections of lacing remained on my pint glass once I took a few sips of this as this beer was quite thin, but lively from start to finish. Quite tart, woodsy, and a bit funky, this was an American Wild Ale at heart that had quite a bit of fruit in the mix as well, resulting in something unlike anything I've ever had before. Red wine that complemented the oak and vinegar that complemented the raspberries were enough to make this stand out but not truly outstanding, as it was just a bit too light and overcarbonated to be truly outstanding.

Not a lot of booze in here as this was a session beer in my eyes, even though the alcohol was just a bit over 5%. It was easy to finish off this bottle but the aftertaste was a bit too heavy as this truly felt like something that was foeder-fermented. Nevertheless, this was fun and true to form for Grimm as fans of theirs would be well wise to seek this out!

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a 6 oz (175 ml) Teku glass at the Grimm brewery.
A: Pours a hazy, ruby-garnet color with a two and a half finger, pink-purple head, surprisingly good retention, but a little bit of lacing.
S: Tart and very fruity. Aromas of raspberry and black current very appreciable, as is the lactic acid.
T: Tart and dry. Remarkably dry so that the fruit flavors stand alone, while entirely following the nose. Refreshing and finishes clean.
M: Medium bodied with solid effervescence. Crisp.
O: This was a very special AWA from Grimm. Bought a few bottles and opened one when I got home to let my wife and daughter try. Usually tough beer critics, they really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Body starts reddish-fuchsia with a very large, foamy pink head leaving wormy layers of lace all the way down as it dies to a fluffy poof of foam floating in the center. The second pour yields a lot of [tasty] sediment that clouds it up to full opacity as it nears dark purple.

Smell is raspberry and black currants which are very reminiscent of blackberries. It's like walking through a hot summer forest with wild berry bushes nearby full of plump fruit just waiting to be plucked. There is nary a hint of acid on the nose, but a touch of soft funk and smokey oak adds a little depth. The oak may even contribute a little red wine-like tannin.

Taste is tart and seedy and jammy with the slightest hint of peppery oak. Blackberry-esque black currants and raspberry puree just bathes the tongue, with a little bitterness that's like berry skin or blueberry in the finish. The bitterness may even give off a hint of charred wood.

Body is light with a moderate, delightful crisp fizz and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of AirBob
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated Nov 2015

A - 1.5 fingers of fine, white head with pink hues. Reduces to a fine white film with a nice collar. Excellent lacing. Body is the color of overripe raspberry - deep red with purple hues. Opaque and juice-like.
S - Notes of vanilla and oak (was this barrel aged?). Perception of light lacto sourness and tart lemon flesh. Sweet, ripe raspberries and currant. A touch of red wine vinegar.
T - Not nearly as aggressive as the nose. Starts with tart, almost sour, lemon. Shifts to subtle woodiness, earth, and very slight toasted grain. Ripe raspberry and dried currant quickly overtake the wood and earth. Finishes with more of the same fruit with dominant flavors of raspberry seeds.
M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Finish is surprisingly dry and refreshing.
O - Aggressive nose and layered flavors. The fruit and sour/tartness is very well balanced.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

November 2015 bottle split 3 ways a few nights ago. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a nice deep reddish/purple beer with a finger or so of light pink head. Pretty decent retention with a few lacy bits left behind, really great color.

S - Really potent dark berry and currant blast, good mix of pure juicy seedy fruit flesh and tartness. Some light earthy funk tones but all bout those fruits mostly.

T - A touch toned down from the scent but still quite nice. Raspberries and currants make for a nice blend without one overpowering the other, pretty tart on the whole but not particularly bracing in sourness. Pretty easygoing acidity, some earthy and grassy tones, light cereal and bread on the finish, again just a light bit of funk.

M - A nice light feel but a bit much on the foam/carbonation. Decent tartness, pretty easy going for a sour, refreshing.

O - Kinda reminds me of their Rainbow Dome, really shining+fresh tart fruit presence but not much going on for complexity, seems lacking in funk and oak barrel. But the raspberry+black currant is a unique and potent combo here and makes up for that mostly, great easy-going and light feel is nice as well.

kinda like rainbow dome, really shining and fresh sour fruit presence but really not much going on for complexity, seems really lacking in funk/oak. tiny bit of funk. earthy grassy tastes. some cereal/bread. light nice and carbonated but seems a bit overcarbed

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Avenue. From notes. Reviewed New Year's Eve 2016.
Murky purple velvet.
It smells sweet; like musky grapes.
Lightly funky, lightly tart. It has some sourness, some fruit, but not just as much fruit as I anticipated.
Muddled and unfocused. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/6/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma contains tart grapes and cherries, light caramelized malts and some wild Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong tartness from flavors of grapes and cherries followed by some wild Belgian yeast funk. The malt character is light but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

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

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

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 11/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/purple-ish color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge sour raspberry, blackberry, currant, cherry, red grape, lemon, green apple, pepper, oak, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, light red wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, big juicy berries, oak barrel, and light bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raspberry, blackberry, currant, cherry, red grape, lemon, green apple, pepper, oak, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, light red wine vinegar, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount and fruity/acidic tartness and tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, blackberry, currant, cherry, red grape, lemon, green apple, pepper, oak, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, juicy berries, oak barrel, and light bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly sticky/creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Moderate dryness from acidity and tannic oak spiciness. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited wild ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, juicy berries, oak barrel, and light bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light reddish purple body, one finger white head. Smells of musty currants, touch of grain, mild acetic acidity, lemon, touch of leather. Fair bit of oak on the flavour, a bit off putting. The currants shine initially then fall off. Lemon, oak, leather, graininess. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, nothing too special as far as depth goes, touch of graininess and oak on the finish. It was alright, not something I would actively seek out at this point in time.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy reddish purple with a fizzy white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice berries, good berry seeds, fair amount of vinegar too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amour of berry jam, good berry seed too.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good acidity.

O - Overall this beer was solid, nice berry notes. Good raspberries too. Solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CHickman
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lark (E.Northport, NY), pours cloudy purple color with a 2 finger foamy pink head that faded about average time leaving minimal spotty lacing. Great colors in the brew.

Smells like dry fruity candy, grains, candied sugar, tart fruit like cherry and bready malt. Nose was weak and I really had to inhale to note those aromas.

Thankfully it tastes better with tart sour berries, toasted grains, funky yeast, what seems like brett or rotting fruit, candied sugar, grapefruit and the associated bitterness, and then fruity candy like Razzles. It was bitter but finished with a sour pucker.

It was very light, but I couldn't drink more than one is a session.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, looks amazing--purple with a purplish head that lasts quite a while. Smell is amazing fruit. Taste is fruity, just a little funky, a little sour. Thin-ish, prickly feel. Overall it's not quite the sum of its parts, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: from 22oz bottle- poured as bright pink/purple/red juice, mildly translucent, with a decent pinkish head.

Smell: FRUIT JUICE! smells like raspberries, currants, a bit of oak. just a wonderful sweet/tart berry smell.

Taste: As juicy a sour as I've had, strong berry flavor and a little bit of citrus, pretty decent amount of oak as well. Quite sweet for a sour, and not overwhelmingly tart, but for the flavor palate I think it worked. Almost a jam-like, candied berry taste.

Feel: Light, with basically just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall: Delicious. Wish I had more than one bottle. Probably my 3rd favorite sour offering from Grimm after psycho and rnbw dome

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer smelled like liquefied Jell-O...and that is as good as things got.

The taste was a mix of over-carbonated mild sour flavor with a hint of medicinal fruit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Bright purple. Smells of currants and musty berries. Brett. Tastes tart up front. Intense berry tartness drops off quickly. Bretty. Oaky. A touch vegetal and minerally in the back end. Medium body. I didn't like it at first, but got better as I drank it.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep red, pink, and purple with a pink head.
S- Fruit, raspberries, and some funk.The oak is also surprisingly present.
T- Same as the nose. I really enjoy the oak because I can actually pick up on it.
M- Medium carb. Slightly drying.
D- A very well done and super drinkable AWA. Impressed with every Grimm beer I have had.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looked amazing, and smelled quite good, but I felt the flavor really came up short. I loved the fruit character, but it was completely overwhelmed by the oak from the barrel, which simply didn't jive with the other flavors happening here. It wasn't your normal vanilla oak flavor either, but it tasted very woody.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a cloudy, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of blackberry, raspberry and green apple. Nice tart bite from the berries with hints of lemon.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent showcase of the currants and raspberries here... Tart and funky with a burst of those berries that finishes dry and leaves you wanting another sip... Not bracingly sour which does a lot to showcase the star of the show, the fruit... Beautifully done. I'm rating this fairly high and may go higher if this gets as good when it warms as I believe it will... The fruit is tart and juicy and refreshing... Excellently done... So glad I picked this up...

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Photo of wedge
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Tasty Beverage

Opaque purplish red with a slight wispy white head clinging to the surface. Smells like a melange of juicy red berries. Flavors of berries, light tannins, tart lemon, and a bit of earthiness on the back end. Medium-light and drying. Pretty simple - pleasant but not especially interesting.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Amazing reddish purple hue. Pretty turbid with a pinkish white head and beautiful rings of lacing left around the glass.

S: Bright berries and a slightly tart general fruitiness with some oak in the background. Pretty restrained

T: Surprisingly tart on the palate but not over the top. The taste screams raspberries and blackberries. Currants are definitely more present than in the aroma, as is the oak which expresses itself as a slightly tannic woodiness.. The finish is acidic, tannic and fairly short. There’s also a certain bitter tartness at the back end.

F: Very light feel with medium-high carbonation. Carbonation is crisp and prickly, but appropriately restrained. Extremely drinkable overall.

Overall: A tasty and supremely drinkable berry-forward sour with a brilliant hue. This is the third Grimm sour I’ve had and I have yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a weird pinkish purple with a pink head that left minimal lacing. The smell to me was fresh but sour raspberries with definite oak scents. The taste is tart and mainly oak with the fruits showing up at the end. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from these guys, so excited.

Pink fizzy fluffy 1/2 head fades slowly, bright pink red color

Nose big berry, currant and raspberry, both fresh fruit with tart undertones, little sticky sweet candied fruit jam, berry seed, tons of berry.

Taste big tart berry, black currants, raspberry, blackberry, tart little sour berry, almost lime like tartness, sticky sweet candy syrup, berry jam, candy notes, nice berry seed. Finish little flemmy, seed sticky berry jam tart.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little sticky and flemmy.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light purple in color. It poured with a short pink head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some hints of berry juice.
T: The taste is quite sour—but not as sour as the smell—and has notes of blackcurrants and hints of raspberries along with a slight amount of bitterness. The finish has lingering notes of sour blackcurrants.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Only a bit of tartness is perceptible.
O: This beer has a very bold sour aroma that might not be for the faint of heart. The taste isn't nearly quite as sour and is a little more palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

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