Neon Lights
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Saison
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 7.61%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
63
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 12, 2018
Added:
Apr 07, 2016
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  15
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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.
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Rated: 4.52 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Apr 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by Davoc727 from Virginia

Aug 10, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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!
Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Jun 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by dextermcgurk from New York

May 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by JNPIII127 from New York

May 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by MMOSNN from North Carolina

May 06, 2017
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.
Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by kbgratz from Texas

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Brewery_Decimal_System from Texas

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by festizio from California

Apr 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by jbeervt from Vermont

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Boone757 from Virginia

Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.12 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Apr 01, 2017
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.
Apr 01, 2017
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Reviewed by richj1970 from Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.
Mar 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Mar 28, 2017
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Rated by craftaholic from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pretty underwhelming for Grimm
Mar 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by Jp199763 from New Jersey

Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mindfuldave from New Jersey

Mar 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by baklo from North Carolina

Mar 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by zotzot from Vermont

Mar 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.18 by Jhfinn from New York

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.17 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Mar 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by TomMorris from Connecticut

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by fmccormi from California

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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.
Mar 13, 2017
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