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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #991
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,461
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
200
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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90
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Notes: Dry hopped sour with non-american hops (NZ/GR)
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 200
Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell on top. The aroma is of lemony and grassy hops with a touch of lactic sourness. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

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

A sour-lite, with strong grapefruit, pineapple, lime and lemon right away in the taste with moderate yeast and watery malt. Light and pleasant, would definitely be best for summer time. Feel is pretty thin, again light version of a sour. Good flavor but few sour or tart textures.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of citrus hops, slight salt, and an earthiness. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated tartness and dryness. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of citrus hops, slight salt, fruit, hint of grass, and an earthiness. Overall, good blend, feel, and complexity.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemon, dark cherry and green apple. Nice tart bite with hints of lemon and green apple. Some sweet citrus, too.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 16oz tulip glass. Bottled in March of 2018.
Look: Pours light yellow in color, and collectively looks vibrant yellow in color. Haze a cloudy look to it. 2 fingers worth of head from a non-aggressive pour. Moderate amounts of residual lacing on the glass.
Smell: Citrus fruit forwards, where lemon and lime seems to be the most prominent. Grapefruit also present on the nose, along with some tangerine and orange. Slight hop presence on the nose, contributing to a lemongrass like smell.
Taste: Follows the nose, but more lemon and lime forward. Has a slight acidic and salty attribute to it as well. Hop presence is minimal. Slight apricot and peach flavors as well, along with orange and grapefruit sourness.
Feel: Medium-ish body with medium levels of carbonation which seems to give a fizzle feeling on the tongue. Has a soft feel to it, despite being a sour.
Overall: Another very enjoyable offering by Grimm. For a nice day, this is perfect. Low abv and very easy drinking. The sour aspect of the beer is presented very well. I am grateful to have tried this offering, which is another delicious beer by Grimm. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of bubbles that covered most of the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour limes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate, yet subtle flavors of limes with notes of sourness and hints of stone fruit.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly tart and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed very delicate and drinkable, yet it still had interesting amount of citrus flavors and sourness. I could see this being a good beer to begin a drinking session, somewhat akin to how a pilsener opens up your palate.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of fmccormi
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem). This has a bottling date of April 2017 printed at the right side of the label, making this beer probably around four weeks old at the time of consumption. It’s been refrigerated several days prior to drinking, so it’s had time to chill and settle.

Appearance (4.5): This pours out a solid two and a half to three fingers of custard-colored foam, fine like meringue at the edges but rocky and chunky in the middle, crackling away steadily but fairly slowly for a sour. It caps a hazy, pale golden-colored body. As the head dies down, it leaves some clingy lace all around the glass.

Smell (4.25): It errs on the side of funky lacto in the nose, with a yogurty twang blurring the lines of some musky, overripe papaya and a touch of passionfruit. White grape, gooseberry, a bit of wild grass, and lemon curd pick up the back end. It’s dry as a bone, not showing much malt to speak of. A bit of orange marmalade creeps up as it warms a bit, while passionfruit dominates in the end.

Taste (4.25): Yowza, this is tart. It kicks off with a puckering, slightly bitter sourness that’s one part orange zest and three parts lime warhead candy. Here, a little more malt shows through, in the way it presents a pale, starchy, grainy palette: oyster crackers, baking soda biscuit tops, and wheat sourdough crust. The initial sourness transforms into a more dynamic mixture of fruity and tart flavors, like limeade with some passionfruit funk, topped with some fresh cut grass. The yogurty funk suggested in the nose is downplayed on the palate, leaning (far) away from dairy and (far) toward lemon/lime—which works with the hops beautifully. It takes on a spritzy, juicy character towards the finish, like a limeade-flavored mead with oats and wheat in it. No booze; no surprise there. It finishes with a surprisingly pleasant minerality, suggesting pinot grigio.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This comes off as more effervescent than I usually enjoy in sours, but it works here for some reason—probably because of the aforementioned limeade mead vibe. That said, the carbonation is actually fairly modest, diffusing across the palate with ease but without hurry, before creeping into a fine-pointed fizzle on all surfaces. It feels more pronounced, however, due to the zippy lime-like sourness and pale, starchy grain bill that leaves the palate high and dry but short of parched. This is incredibly easy to drink.

Overall (4.5): Like, you know what my dream is? For beers like this to be available in cans and to be fairly inexpensive, so that you could drink them any day you want. A summer crusher, but ineffably balanced in its delicate, fringe characteristics. It’s nuanced as fuck. Seriously, though, it’s almost challengingly sour, but turns around and offers a lean but firm bed of grains, subtle mineral tones, and a pronounced fruit character that hides behind all of the acid up front. It’s not hiding anything, but you also don’t get everything all at once. I could go on, but what’s the point? This beer is excellent. It’s got character, depth, levity, nuance, and also sheer crushability. For me, this is what sours should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.44/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle. Hazy yellow body with an ample white head. Smells of lemon and lime. Has that Theraflu aroma. Tastes of lemon and lime also with some gritty malt and a Theraflu finish. Light body. Very dry. Well carbonated. Not a fan.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow body with a thin, bone white collar. Aromas of grassy hops, herbal funk. Light, tangy, notes of lemon and peach. Assertive yet graceful sourness. Nice.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale and cloudy gold. Nice white head that left a bit of lacing. Smells like funky, tart pineapple and sweet malt. The taste is pleasantly sour with pineapple and sweetness. Nice tasty and sour beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, orange zest, light pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, funk, brine, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt/oak notes; with great strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, orange zest, light pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, funk, brine, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/oak/hop spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, orange zest, pepper, wheat, cracker, funk, brine, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt/oak flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/grainy, and acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy wild ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, and light-moderate pale malt/oak flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the lighter acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While the unpredictability of sour ale result in a wily array of aromas, flavors and acidities, the lacto-heavy cultures have become somewhat predictable with sharp and clean sourness and a refreshing spirit. Its this wrangle that Grimm brewer embrace when applying a dry-hopped character to the squirmy ale.

Its hazy, canary-yellow body sheds a pillowy, creamy froth with the bubbling action that reveals a full and aromatic bouquet. Lime, pepper, vinous acidity, cider and vinyl cross the nose with bright citrus, salt and solvents to give the nose an impression of margarita with a hint of synthetics. Its taste however it dedicated to the slight candied citrus flavors and a wafer-thin breadiness.

Soon after, the sourness errupts and turns the sweetness to dryness and a dry cider tartness. Grapefruit, orange and kiwi deliver a hoppy punch to the middle palate while its late taste is one of moderate grassy, herbal and botanical bitterness with the sourness of crabapple, lemon and lime. Hints of burlap follow along with a crisp wheaten undertow.

Light in body but with remnants of wheat and barly, the beer is somewhat off-dry for sour ale as the finish is dry, crisp and highly refreshing with a hint of peppercorn and burlap in the beer's wake.

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Photo of dalizzie
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap take-over at Beltway Brewing.

(L) The color is hazy yellow with white head and lingering lacing. A) Smell was sour lemon, grass, floral hops. Slight effervescent sour. (T) Moderately sour with some tart. Some clean lemon. Ends with briny funk. (F) Light body. Crisp and refreshing.

Super refreshing and well-balanced.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a tulip.

Not my favorite Grimm beer. Nose didn't set things off. Kind of baby diaperish and muddled and not really showcasing anything in particular.

Flavor ran a bit earthy and cardboardy before showing touches of lemon. That was about it, not much depth.

The tartness had a clean sharpness to it and that was really enjoyable, but it still felt a bit muddled and kind of stale as if it hadn't aged gracefully.

I would guess this beer is best fresh and not for aging.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy, radiant yellow with one finger of soapy white head. Streaks of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: a field of flowering weeds (green, perfume-y sweet, a bit muddy), lemon cookie, uncut melon. Taste: in order...quick passionfruit pop, sour lemon-lime candy, bitter orange, bitter green melon, dill-like oaky note. Moderate acidity. Light bodied with soft carbonation; over a bit quickly. A tasty summery sour, nice choice for outside drinking.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is far more drinkable and desirable than the BA Score reflects. It's a light hazy yellow with a thin white head so doesn't really get a super high score for looks; and, truth be known, it smells nice but perhaps a bit simplistic lemon/grapefruit/tart in character.

Mouthfeel and flavor profile are great however. Bright acidic citrus flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit with a great acid balance. One actually could gulp this one. Very light carbonation I find very appealing in this fresh and fruit and just plain appealing beer.

Nice crisp and bright finish. Very drinkable and recommended.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a room temp tulip.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with a lovely chiffon head that laces beautifully throughout.

S: Tart citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, a touch of white pepper, bright hops and a little funk.

T: Pleasant notes of orange, lemon and melon. The pleasant sour keeps the hops in the background, for the most part.

M: Only slightly puckering, this sour has a zesty, refreshing body with a light carbonation.

O: Tart and citrusy with juicy fruit flavors, this is another tasty offering from Grimm Ales.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color. Small white head that disappears quickly.
Aroma of citrus. Grassy, floral hops.
Lemon/lime taste. Flowery.
A hint of tartness.
Another good beer from Grimm.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy and goldenstraw colored, with a huge, craggy head; webby lacing hangs around

Smell: Grassy and herbal, with sage and thyme mingling with the lemon-lime tones; oaky and slightly tart

Taste: Bready and somewhat tart, out the outset, the grassy and lemon-lime hops co-mingle through the middle; after the swallow, the oak, thyme and sage arrive to add complexity; the finish is dry, slightly tart and a little funky

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers where it is easy to miss the subtleties; the combination of the hops produces both grassy and citrusy elements but the herbal aspect is what intrigues me the most

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

White head. Straw yellow color.

Lemon acidity. Lighter sour and tartness. Wheat. Fruity and earthy.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Easy drinking sour. Enjoyable.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while ago as it was bottled in March and finally got around to reviewing this tonight. I like Sour and Gose beers and although this was an American Wild Ale, this had enough sour notes in it that could have been considered to be the former of those aforementioned styles. Light, lemony, and dry-hopped, this almost had the feel of a session beer while just being strong enough to call for a slow, subdued enjoyment.

This had a golden pour to it that was quite cloudy and thin. Some head was here but it settled quickly and there wasn't much of any lacing left to be seen. Wonderfully cloudy, the dreamy foam served as a nice contrast to the understated nature of the liquid. Lots of lemon, melon, and Gose-like salt and sour in the nose with even more in the taste. The wild funk took a back seat to those notes as the yeasty and earthy notes were quite minimal relative to everything else. Grassy and floral in tone, this was smooth, moderately carbonated, and thin as it went down relatively easily. Only a faint, funky slickness that remained served as reminder that this was an American Wild Ale.

The alcohol was spot-on here as I could detect a trace of it when I finally polished off this bottle. Although it was bottled back in March, it tasted fresh as there wasn't anything left on the bottom of the bottle when I finally finished this off. Fans of Grimm will like this but will struggle to find the dry-hopped nature of this beer. This was brewed down at Beltway at Sterling, Virginia and only reinforces the need for Grimm to get their own facility in the Big Apple. Beer like this needs to be exclusively local!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a milky yellow hue with a loose, bright white head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses yeast, citrus and some lactic notes. Taste follows nose. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, easy drinking; think a Berlinner-weisse with a detectable lactic presence.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Effervescent, straw-gold pour with a pillowy head. Aroma of lemon, apricot, pine, green apple jolly rancher and slight cedar. Taste is lightly sour, lightly hoppy and a little bitter. Finishes nice and dry. Sort of an in-between beer. Hard to rate against the style but certainly delicious.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a very nice look to it. It pours a very clean white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a slightly hazy pale gold that looks very nice and evokes a nice relaxing image.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. The smell has lighter than usual tart notes bit it works because the other notes are absolutely wonderful. The tart notes tend to mix and get a little lost in the dry hopped lemon and light grapefruit notes. The thing that really makes this beer shine is the vanilla oak note that gives it a sweet smell to contrast the bitterness with.

The taste is absolutely wonderful and really makes this beer worthwhile. The vanilla oak is a bit more subtle than in the smell but it still manages to tie the other notes together. The hop notes and tart notes are bit weaker than in the smell but it still manages to impress.

The feel is pretty good and different for the style. However, it's definitely different in a good and refreshing way. The body is light but with a bit of heft that puts it to the lighter of medium. It has biting carbonation that makes it feel very refreshing even though there is a bit of a dry finish to it.

Overall, a very good wild ale and worth picking up when you can. It's a very nice and easy drinking beer that mixes perfectly with the summer weather here in Virginia. It has nice and unique notes that is pretty accessible even to those who aren't super into sours. I only wish I get more of this in Virginia. If you see a chance to get one, don't hesitate and grab it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours hazy, yellowish-white in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, and light sour mix. Very smooth sipper. Tasty, but I prefer other wild ales. Unsure if I would order this one again.

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