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Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #684
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,127
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
172
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 21, 2021
Added:
Feb 01, 2016
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  29
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Dry hopped sour with non-american hops (NZ/GR)
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a very light opaque yellow, with a little fizziness. Lemony on the nose, and the taste follows, fairly sour with a little funk on the backend and not much hops. Maybe a little grassiness too. Light mouthfeel with fizziness, this drinks like a tart sparkling wine.
Aug 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jul 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by boocie from New York

Jun 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by Z-man from Michigan

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.
Jul 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

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.
Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Sep 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Jul 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Davit from California

May 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

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.
May 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by DrMindbender from South Carolina

Apr 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by MikePacheco12 from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by coryhk from California

Apr 19, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

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.
Apr 15, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBrewsky from California

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!
Apr 14, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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
Apr 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by AlvinLin from New York

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by deonreds from New York

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by nwhittin from Indiana

Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jun 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by festizio from California

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

May 18, 2017
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Reviewed by fmccormi from California

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.
May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by probert from New York

May 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Ardeer from New York

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by kuishinbo_tantei from New York

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Philosoraptor1354 from New York

May 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by twillingthenoz from New York

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by TomMorris from Connecticut

Apr 30, 2017
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