Rebus - Rubus
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #170
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,161
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 5.59%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
51
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 17, 2021
Added:
Apr 28, 2016
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  8
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Stainless steel mixed fermentation with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and saccharomyces. A bright, funky golden sour base beer dosed with an unseemly quantity of raspberries. Explosive berry flavors backed with complex acidity.
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Rated: 4.23 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Feb 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by kmoen from California

Sep 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by BAsbill from California

Sep 07, 2020
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: A crisp, clean, pure ruby red color.
S: A lighter blush of raspberries.
T: A fizzy start into a smooth raspberry peak with a smooth clean finish.
F: Raspberry juice.
O: A very light but punch sour beer.
Sep 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by caffeinelogic from New York

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
3 March 2020 - Beer #41


Price: $15.99 at Food Emporium 8th Ave in Manhattan

Appearance: 5 - Stunning red-orange color. The bright white head remains as a ring around the top. If like to ding it for the filthy yeast residue on top of the glass, but that's against the rules.

Nose: 5 - could be a real winner here. The fruit and sourness is so darn bright. Intense.

Taste: 4 - maybe even sourer than Lilt. Unfortunately the sourness takes over too much and we're left with less fruit than the nose predicted. Can't trust any polls these days.

Mouth: 5 - tiny bubbles everywhere! Cracks and sizzles wonderfully.

Overall: 5 - yes, you can get a perfect overall score even if the taste is not perfect. An exceptionally crafted brew.

Cheers!
Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is hazy purplish red in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light pink colored head that gradually died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of raspberries and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat sour with some added funkiness and has moderate flavors of raspberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked how this beer was blended as you can get some sourness, some funk, and some raspberry flavors all in the taste, neither of which overshadows the other.

Serving type: bottle
Jul 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by socon67 from New York

Jul 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Delli555 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Raspberry-centric all around. Smells like Rasberry, but not like a beer. In fact, you would hardly think you were drinking beer if you did a blind taste test. Fermented raspberry health drink like kombucha would be a good guess. The sour punch is quite mild compared to most Grimms, but this one is a definite winner. One of the more unique Grimms I have tried yet, and one that just about everyone would enjoy. Once again, Grimm produces a winner with another successful brew. Cheers!
Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up at Grimm a few weeks back, having never had this before. Saw how highly this was rated and although I didn't dislike this beer, I thought that it was just a bit overhyped. Yes, this was quite fruity, wild, and untamed but at the same time, it felt too sour to be an outstanding American Wild Ale. Combine that with the light alcoholic presence and the end result was a beer that was enjoyable, but not outstanding in any aspect...

If you like fermented raspberries, you've found your match here as the pour was that aspect epitomized in every way, shape, and form. Tons of redness in the hue with a white head that was tinged with salmon; complementing the liquid as perfectly as possible. No lacing was left behind as I sipped this as the foam quickly and loudly settle down, reminding me of a Gose. Acetate, tart fruit, and lactobaccilus in the nose but none of them were terribly strong or overpowering of the other notes at the same time. A lively carbonation, persistent tartness, and underlying sourness were the hallmarks of the taste as this went down easily but needed a bit of adjusting to, as this didn't change much upon warming up.

Not a lot of booze here as it only served as an afterthought to the puckering, rustic nature of this liquid that ultimately won the day. While not one of Grimm's more outstanding offerings, this was a solid brew that had enough carbonation to it to keep it lively while offsetting the heavier tone of this American Wild Ale. While this may be too outdoorsy for some, I enjoyed this and would get it again if I was given the opportunity to!
Mar 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by TartyHearty from New York

Jan 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a bright light-red with a slight haze. Nice funky raspberry aroma. Delicious bright red raspberry flavor, crisp, tart, sour, funky, raspberry flavor lingers for a while. Perfect carbonation. Overall, most examples of this style have an obvious artificial flavor, this tastes like a mouth full of juice, ripe raspberries. Excellent beer.

1/12/19
500 ml bought at brewery 4 weeks ago, no bottle date
4.5 rating
Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
for how much fruit they say they use in this, it didnt seem all that absurd in the flavor of this lively, hazy pink brew. sure, its unmistakably got a lot of raspberries happening, its juicy and tart and ripe like that, but i wouldnt put this in the outrageous level, it still drinks more like beer than fruit juice, and still leaves some space for the other elements to contribute, namely the yeast elements, which are funky and tart, but maybe not quite as wild and complex and nuanced as they appear in some of the other beers we had in here. i get more of a bacterial tartness than anything else, acidic and puckery, nice way to accent the fruit, but with much less bretty character than i thought it might have, given the presence of multiple agents here. i kind of like this being in stainless and not oak, there is a brightness and lightness about it that can only come from this method, i think making a more drinkable and even approachable beer in this style, and it still seems mature enough on the ferment. floral notes here like hibiscus come in at the end, a sharpness, even astringency from the fruit and the lacto, and just a little balancing jammy sweetness. fun beer, not as unique as some of their others, but decidedly delicious. everything we had in here impressed me!
Dec 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by EnthusedAboutBeer from New Jersey

Dec 17, 2018
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Rated by jykleo from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tao @Grimm on 12/15.
Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by CreightonSM from New York

Dec 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Dec 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by AlvinLin from New York

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by Martelljw2 from New York

Oct 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by jvivino from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a super rich raspberry-colored red, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like pure tart raspberry candy, very lactic, but also juicy, with a light funk, but mostly just sour raspberry.

This is not the most complext beer you'll ever have, but they absolutely nailed a wonderfully juicy and very sour raspberry wild ale. I don't get a whole lot of whatever the base beer is, just very sour raspberry, candied, and puckering.

This is lighter bodied, very juicy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is probably the best new sour that they've done in the past year- absolutely delicious.
Aug 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by tappangordo from New York

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap. Funny how this description here calls it "golden". It was the color of pulverized raspberries. Aroma was pretty clearly berry-esque but I got just as many tart and sour scents that I wouldn't necessarily attach to the berries. The flavor was heavy on the lactobacillus. The raspberries were flavorful but surprisingly far from sweet. Cool beer. Not the most complicated.
Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by edthehead from New York

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by chivermac from New York

Jul 28, 2016
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Reviewed by NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
L: deep raspberry red -- an extremely rich color. One of the more beautiful beers I've seen, fluffy white head.

S: smells sour. There's an intense raspberry smell as well, but it's blocked by the lactic burn here. Very pleasant, but works in opposition to the fruit that should be on the nose.

T: This is a sour raspberry beer. The raspberries taste whole and wholly natural, which is rare for fruit adjuncts. There is some sour necatarine on the pallet as well. I can even taste raspberry seeds on the tongue. so good!

F: thick and creamy, but loses something in the sharpness of its sour.

O: an intoxicating, refreshing, and challenging drink. If you see this on tap RUN don't walk.
Jul 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by TheLefty1616 from New York

Jul 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.63 by JoeMans from New York

Jul 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by spycow from Illinois

Jul 03, 2016
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Reviewed by robroc from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very sour, bursting with raspberry flavor. Reminds me of FW Bretta Rose. I'm not a big fan of the style, so I'm largely going with the flow on my rating.
Jul 02, 2016
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