Neon Lights
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #628
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,043
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.58%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
74
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Notes: Neon Lights is a delicately complex hop-forward farmhouse ale. Huell Melon and Hallertau Blanc hops complement the funk from our blend of yeasts with notes of lemon rind, strawberry, and a hint of dank. Crisp with a refreshing snap of bitterness. A step beyond Liquid Crystal in our quest to refine the perfect quenching hoppy saison. Draft only, 30bbls brewed at Flagship in NYC, April 2016. Because we used German malt and hops, we named it after one of our favorite kraut rock jams.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 74
Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon yellow with moderate carbonation, and 4 fingers of fluffy, off white head. Huge gusher even without agitating the bottle.

Smells of pears, apples, caramel and phenols.

The taste follows the nose. Its accentuated with deep bitter notes, a slight hit of granny smith green apple sour.

Medium body with an abundantly foamy carbonation.

Got this in Upstate New York, drinking in Muskoka, Ontario, April 3rd, 2018. Decent farmhouse ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

well made beer here, but i had higher hopes for this one. i am guilty of always expecting the world from grimm beers, but this recipe just didnt pop me off. the thing about it, is that its a real delicate beer, its low alcohol, light bodied, real dry, and not overly funky or interesting on the yeast front, despite being a little wild tasting, and so the excessive hop bitterness thats here just seems like way too much. in fact, it really dominates the back half of the beer, much to its detriment in my opinion. part of me likes if for being more old school in that respect. too many of these farmhouse styles get dry hopped with new world varietals until they are so juicy and fruity that the yeasts are covered up. this is almost hopped like a bitter pilsener, grassy and bitter and still very clean, but i just think its overdosed for how mild the rest of the drink is. clear and bright in the glass, easy drinking save the aforementioned hoppiness, and with a cool clean saison strain and light bretty finish. subtle citrus here, earthy spice, and a clean overall complexion. its really well done beer, but this bitterness is gripping and i think it blows up the beer a little bit. still a fun one to drink and a nice break between some incredibly heavy beers in a monumental session this weekend!

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Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 3F head in tulip glass with a light pear color. Lacing.

Excellent aroma- especially for a Saison. Tropical fruit, citrus, mellow tangerine, stone fruit.

Nice tartness. Not too carbonated- an issue with some Saisons.

Lots of earthy citrus in the taste, but I would have liked to see a better transition from the aroma with tropical fruit.
Warming brings out the fruit better.

Light bitter finish- just right.

One of the better Farmhouse Ales I tasted in a while. I have greatly enjoyed the beers from this brewery.
This Saison is not overdone, not too carbonated nor bitter which can dwarf the taste. Easy to drink with lots of flavor.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this one about 5 weeks ago or so and apparently forgot about it in the back of my fridge until tonight. Well, better late than never for a review of a Grimm bomber! This is Neon Lights, a "farmhouse pale ale," which I assume means this is an American pale ale-esque base beer fermented with saison yeast or some other kind of rustic, estery/phenolic yeast variety. On to the beer!

Pours a really attractive golden-yellow beer with a big, voluminous head of pure white foam. Slight sticky lacing, dense and hazy body with a lot of particulate matter floating around. They're pretty fine particles though, so I can pick up some slowish carbonation rising towards the top, keeping the tight looking head afloat. Each small pour builds the head up to its original volume for a little while, as well. Great looking stuff here.

Nose is funky, bubblegum ester-forward and crackery with a raw hoppy note that runs the gamut from dank to citrus-like. I get notes of black pepper, pine/spruce tips, wet earth, tangerine and fresh-cut grass. Some yeast and pale malt in there for sure, but they're kind of buried underneath a decent amount of sticky hops and yeasty goodness.

Flavor is a really nice cross between the funky and dry aspects of a saison and the punchy hops and balanced malt of an American pale ale. Grapefruit, earthy funk, white and black peppercorn, lime, light minerality and a touch of esters work together with a slightly toasty malt to round this one out. It's a unique and complex profile that really marries two disparate worlds. The farmhouse-like yeast profile kind of helps the hop elements pop by giving them a unique canvas, and the malt base, despite being a little less pilsner-like than most saisons, provides a slightly more familiar middle-ground reference point. This is a really enjoyable and lively drink.

Feel is sharply-carbonated and bone-dry towards the finish, though there is a pillowy element towards the middle of the palate before the hoppiness and yeasty elements take hold where this has a more open-ended element to it. It's here where the flavors really thrive, and where I get the most complex elements out of the beer. This is a superb offering from Grimm, and one which operates somewhat outside of their usual zone. I hope they'll do more variations on this theme with different hops or something some time.

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Photo of richj1970
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated February 2017. Thanks to @cavedave for the bottle.

A: Clear sunshine yellow with genrous 3 finger white head. Lasting retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bright floral hops and bold yeast esters. Cracked black pepper and fresh cut grass. Subtle earthy funk.

T: Cracker malts with a touch of pepper and coriander. Grassy, floral, and earthy hops. Touch of lime zest.

M: Light body with average carbonation and a crisp dry finish.

O: Very nice farmhouse ale.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to an oversized wineglass. This was bottled in February, 2017, according to the oblique dating information printed at the right side of the label. It’s been refrigerated for over 24hrs prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.25): Three full fingers of meringue-light, bone white foam rise off of the pour, capping a mostly clear, 24-ct. gold body with bright orange undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving not a ton of lacing, but some thin, wispy suds scattered around the sides of the glass. This is a very, very pretty saison.

Smell (4.5): This offers a wonderful, even mixture of hops, subtle yeast, and nice malt. The hops are floral and fruity, with light navel orange flesh, a touch of limeade, and gentle grass aromas. The yeast adds a round, very subtle orchard fruit aroma like a Bartlett pear, and a slightly musty, dusty straw scent. Finally, the malt is mostly rustic-bread in orientation, with a touch of light bright sugar, light leather, and fresh cracked wheat. A bit of cantaloupe materializes as it warms.

Taste (4.25): Rather than lean into the fruity or malty aspects suggested in the nose, the palate dives head-first into a tart, not-quite-astringent grass flavor. It mixes with some lime pith, as well as some flower petals, rounding out the hop flavors. The flavor moves into a very subtle spiciness, like white pepper and coriander, but it’s extremely low-key. The malt, meanwhile, is much dryer than suggested by the nose, remaining on the side of dry, floury baking soda biscuits and oyster crackers. The finish brings up the rear with a slightly medicinal bitterness, contributing the only obviously phenolic component of the palate. The overall effect is a nice, fluffy balance of grassy, floral, pithy hops, gentle, dusty straw, and cry, crackery malt. This is an excellent, farmhouse-oriented pale ale.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Just outstanding. The body is dry, fluffy, and smooth, coming in with a full, soft carbonation that reaches all surfaces, immediately foams up softly, and dissipates, leaving the bone-dry but neither starchy nor parching body. This feels perfectly “farmhouse” in nature, and exactly as light as 5.5% ABV, but still creamy enough to make it extremely pleasant.

Overall (4.25): This is a damn solid beer. I think I get why they label it as a “Farmhouse Pale Ale,” rather than as a saison or Belgian pale ale. It doesn’t lean into the spicy, grainy, adjunct- or phenol-heavy character of a classic saison, nor is it funky or tart, really. It also doesn’t lean into the fruity, ester-forward character of a typical Belgian pale ale. Instead, it’s rustic, pale, lean, fluffy, has the ability to incorporate the subtleties of even fairly plain grains and malt, and opts to highlight the character of the still fairly novel varieties of German hops used without relying on super heavy dry-hopping. And you know what? I really dig it. I would absolutely recommend it, but don’t expect a hop bomb or a sour—it’s actually a “Farmhouse Pale Ale,” and a very good one, at that.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden Pilsner body with a frothy white head that sticks around while leaving noticeable lace.

S- Saison for days. Lightly funky with notes of meaty peppercorn, wet grass, freshly sliced grapefruit, salinity, & the slightest touch of banana.

T/F/O- Beautifully dry, with wet grass, dandelion greens, lemon zest, & a touch of slate. In a sea of citric descriptors, I would like to say that this balances out perfectly with notes of the earth... it feels vegetal in the best way. For me, this is a damn near perfect farmhouse pale.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with a filmy white head.

Cant smell a damn thing. I dont know what else to say to be honest. Cant discern a single thing. Slight funk at best.

Taste: lemon, thats about it.

Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/26/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, wild Belgian yeast and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong tartness from citrus and wild Belgian yeast followed by a light breadiness from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance even for a sour beer. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better choices than this beer available within the style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty dry and mildly funky, with lots of grassiness, clove, light spicing, and some pine.

This has a fairly bone dry and crisp taste to it, but it's kind of one note. The funk is a chalky bitter sort of funk, I wish for more deep and dirty funk, and a bit of citrus, of which I can really find none. There is some nice clovey and grassy bitterness, though, and it's quite refreshing. I just wish it wasn't so bland.

This is light bodied, very crisp, with a higher level of carbonation.

This wasn't quite what I was hoping for, but it certainly wasn't a bad beer. Just not one of Grimm's best.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: soft, murky yellow with a green tint somewhere.

S: get funk as it warms. Like kefir. Almost a smokiness. Warm.

T: really hop forward, but still get the funk. So I'm getting mouthfuls of citrus, tropical, a lot of lime. But also getting bubblegum yeast and some straw. Wow. Dry.

F: really nice. Carbonation is consistent and sticks around as I've been nursing this for an hour. Smooth.

O: a really interesting take on the hopped up farmhouse style. Really yummy and drinkable but with plenty of depth and complexity. Another winner from Grimm.

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Neon Lights from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 74 ratings