Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - New England
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4.04 | pDev: 6.68%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: A more delicate, sessionable take on a Grimm IPA brewed with El Dorado and Columbus hops. Inviting hop aromas of cotton candy, honeysuckle, tangerine, watermelon. Crisp and dry, highly drinkable with moderate bitterness. Finishes clean and refreshing.
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 04/13/21 - Drank on 05/05/21. Less than three weeks old. . . nice and fresh.

Look: Laces the glass beautifully, with a small one finger head of white foam. Pours a hazy yellow color with minimal visible carbonation.

Aroma: Waxy tangerine rind, orange oil, pineapple jam, apricot skins. . . .

Taste: Bitter and dry. Upfront peppery apricot skins and grapefruit peels. Goes sweet briefly with sort of a malty honey + cantaloupe flavor mid palate before turning dry and slightly waxy again with more notes of citrus peel and bold pine resin. I'm not getting the watermelon flavor that several other reviewers have described sadly.

Feel: Light body, low carbonation. Almost flat. 6.4% abv is apparent . . . it feels boozier than it really is.

Overall: This is nice . . . the flavor is good but it felt a little undercarbonated and overtly dry at times.

May 05, 2021
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farrago from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate head with little retention, brilliant white, lacing streaks thin but long. Fully hazy liquid, the yellow bright enough so it doesn’t lurk murky. Extremely focused nose of lime/tangerine citrus, damp marijuana, onion, black pepper, and a dollop of pine, not getting much by way of fruit, a mutter of peach, apricot. Light to medium-bodied, finely grained carbonation, balanced well between dryness and juiciness. More straight-up herbaceousness here than ganga, helps it feel fresh and erect, primes the palate for the next sip. The lime finds a new friend in white grapefruit. More pure pine and better clarity in the melon, kiwi, apricot fruit. Slight floral lift at the end. Truly appreciate the freshness and that each element isn’t pushed to its breaking point, allowing other voices to speak. High level of drinkability. (Canned 11/3/20)

Nov 21, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark yellow with soft, soapy head.

Smell is "green" and herbal, with notes of onion, dank melon, grapefruit and grapes.

Taste is herbal and a bit spicy. Notes of onion, melon, nectarine and grapefruit. Moderate, piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, with godd carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, well balanced IPA.

Feb 02, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Milkshake cloudy. Apricot juice appearance. Minor head which leaves a ring of lace after each sip.

Citrusy (grapefruit?) rind aroma.

Biting, weedy hop flavor. The dry malty base is chewy both in body and taste. Lower carbonation affects the viscosity. The bittering hop dominates from the swallow to the drawn out aftertaste.

Sep 08, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Press 195, Bayside, Queens.
Milky blonde, orange nose, pure fresh squeezed OJ, silky.

4 4 4.25 4 4.25

El Dorado and Columbus hops

Beyond haze to full on milkshake, and past juicy to just juice: the full New England.Those two things are harder to find these days than you might think. (No El Dorado candied orchard fruit/melon for me.) More Grimm quality.

*reconstructed from notes

Jul 30, 2018
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Docscape from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is cloudy honey with light head. Smells light fruity. Taste is more fruity with a creamy honey sweetness. Little pineapple and orange on the tounge. Pretty good but little too zesty for me. 10oz draft $8 at The Fix in Worcester, MA.

Jun 05, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can courtesy of beerloserLI. Canned on February 19, 2018, per the stamp on the bottom of the can. My first from Grimm.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a turbid, honeyish amber, with a thin, white head that dropped quickly, leaving a thin ring of lace up top.

Big nose of fruity and melon-y hops. Peach, mango, melon, a little bit of OJ. No real bitterness.

A little more complex in the flavor, but not by much. Juicy and fruity up front, with a very mild bitterness in the background, with a soft finish.

Carbonation seems a bit low. Soft, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Although the carbonation was a little low, it wasn't enough to damage this beer's drinkability. Although I'm on record as preferring the PNW style of IPA, I could happily bag several of these as a change of pace. Thanks, Brian!

Apr 24, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 1 hour old growler filled at Beltway Brewing.

Quaffable! Drank the entire 64oz growler myself. 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy opaque pale orange with a one-finger head.

S - 4.0

T - Juicy. the moderate ABV is not noticiable. 4.25

MF - Medium light body with a dry smooth finish. No lasting bitterness on the palate. 4.5

Apr 09, 2018
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frozyn from New York

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A – 4.25
Pours a very bright golden yellow. Opaque, hazy, but nothing approaching turbid. Frothy white head that lasts a while, leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.

S – 4
Peach and apricot up front, in a fruity way. A slight floral note, but it’s well in the background. Floral becomes slightly dank with a little warmth. Herbal joins the floral side of things, creating a more diverse aroma.

T – 4.75
Melon, mango and pineapple, sweet bubblegum, cotton candy. A distinct bitterness on the back end of the sip that rounds out the flavor very nicely. At the beginning, it was verging on being just another NEIPA, but this is different with that bitterness and is much more balanced to my palate.

M – 4.25
Soft, pillowy. Light to medium body. Low carbonation, slight resin.

O – 4.5
I’m very much enjoying this beer. In a world where everything needs to be “juicy,” this avoids that and present the fruity flavors with more complexity. The aroma is slightly lacking, as is normally the case for me with Grimm beers, but that’s a side product of (1) most IPAs bludgeoning me with aroma these days, and (2) my overeagerness to take a sip and not let the coming warmth reveal more notes.

Mar 18, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of stone fruit are present in the nose along with notes of pears and watermelon.
T: The taste has flavors of herbal hops and pears along with hints of honeydew melons and pineapples. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors in this IPA won't blow you away, but I found the subtle notes of pears and watermelons to be quite unique.

Serving type: can

Mar 17, 2018
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craftaholic from New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a hazy straw delight with a pillowy soap bubble head atop. Smells herbaceous and resinous, has a subtle diesel note in there. Taste comes in waves: grass and chives, lemon and teatree, biscuity malts and chewy grains. It's quite an interesting journey as you delve deeper. Leaves your mouth coated with film that the bubbles wash over and then leave a rough sharp finish.

Mar 13, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Arts and Craft Beer Parlour, NYC.
Pours a hazy golden color. For some reason the pour yielded a minimalist wisp of a head that instantaneously dissipated. However, there was a persistent thing ring of lace.
The nose first yielded luscious and juicy tropical fruit notes as well as sweetness from the caramel malts. An earthy pine and dank aroma soon develops, which, interestingly enough, emits citrus tones on the backend of the inhale.
The taste is hops dominated, yet with a moderate and clean bitterness. There are flavors of watermelon and stone fruit, yet, the palate is pretty dry. The hops also impart a piny and semi pungent quality. The finish has an interesting acidic sting that evokes grapefruit, lemon and unripe guava.
I like the mouthfeel. It is ultra soft with a gentle yet tingly carbonation. It is medium bodied with a certain lightness to it, with a sessionable ABV.
I found it to be a unique IPA.

Mar 10, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a slightly hazy burnt gold color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Light stringy lace. The aroma had some sweet dry tropical hops gently flowing into the malt content fairly well. The flavor was sweet initially and then aroused the bitterness of some light candy-like qualities underneath to come forward as it warmed. Which followed through in the aftertaste and shined pretty nice in the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt nice. ABV felt nice. Bitterness seemed contained enough by the smoothness of that candy I tasted earlier. Overall, pretty nice IPA that I could have again, but don’t ask me if it leans towards the English or the American side, just really good.

Jun 08, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while ago in New York, as this beer had a date of 5/19 on the bottom of the can. I like Grimm's offerings since they tend to be full, meal-like beers but that wasn't the case with this one. It was much lighter, clearer, and had less malt in it but it was still enjoyable and a great brew to have on a seasonable summer day such as this one!

The pour to this was quite pleasing as it had a bright honey hue to it and a massive, fluffy head that settled down somewhat quickly. A few solid rings of lacing were left on the back of my pint glass as the remainder of the foam lasted until the end of my session. Lots of watermelon, honeydew, and melon in the nose with more of that in the taste. Light, sweet, and somewhat slick, this beer was so easygoing for an IPA without any excessive bitterness, burn, or booze to it. Slight trace of the cotton candy sweetness though this felt like it had more honey in it than anything else. The floral notes shone through in the aftertaste as the mild hop presence of the El Dorado came through once the lighter summer flavors finally subsided.

This should have been categorized as a Pale Ale as the alcohol was not a factor in how strong this was. Not a lot of carbonation here, which allowed the taste of this to linger for a while, as the slickness stuck around for quite a while once the liquid went down. This wasn't a typical Grimm beer but it still had their trademark Artisanal feel to it and anyone who wanted a summer offering with balance would be well pleased with this. Worthy of the Grimm name and funky can design!

Jul 19, 2016
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JordonHoltzman from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/19/16, reviewing on 6/28, but also had one less than a week after its canning date so using that memory and this beer. Poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a pretty hazy orange with a white head that fades to a film but leaves lacing.
Aroma is tropical fruit forward but not as much as other IPA and DIPA offerings from Grimm. On aroma and taste, you get mango, pineapple and some orange. Light cracker malt character on the taste too. Overall a solid IPA, but not one of my favorites from Grimm.

Jun 29, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Surf Club

Hazy yellow under a thin wispy white head. Smells of sweet citrus – grapefruit and lemon – and a little bit of mango-like fruit. Bright, zesty citrus and floral hops, melon, pineapple, and pulpy bitterness. Soft, medium-light body. Pretty good – I still think El Dorado hops are a little weird though.

Jun 27, 2016
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Beric from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at The Well in Brooklyn, NY
Served: 7 June 2016

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color, nearly indistinguishable from Forcefield, which I had a the same time. Left incredible lacing down the side of the glass, much like its cousin beer as well. Really a great looking NE style IPA.

Smell: Different hop profile from Forcefield for sure, one that is led by a strong assertion of citrus fruits- grapefruit, pomelo, lemon, and mandarin orange come to mind- and rounded off by a funky interplay of musty herbal notes and tropical fruit. An intriguing nose for sure.

Taste: Better than the nose, and one that I think works great for the beer. Little to no malt presence at all in this one. Hop flavors tend towards the citrus side of things rather than the herbal, earthy, spicy side I was also picking up. Palate is rounded out by a soft tropical fruit note as well. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer about as much as Forcefield, but in different ways for sure. Both are very good beers, and I don't think I could pick a favorite. Highly recommended nonetheless.

Jun 15, 2016
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manfromanotherplace from New York

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of ultra pine oil, thankfully the taste is a lot lighter on the bitterness with some nice floral and light citrus notes, not too dry on the finish either. A nice beer but at this price point?not one i'd buy again, the prices of some of these Ipa's are getting silly especially when most are pretty similar.

Jun 14, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Lightly hazy orange. Big white head. Aroma is strange. Floral and a little bubble gummy. Grapefruit. Tastes less strange. Grapefruit. Still has an odd floral hop flavor that I don't love. Sweet and a bit of bubble gum again. Soft carbonation. Medium body. Something strange about it. Not sure if it's the hop combination or a fermentation deal, but it's odd.

Jun 14, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler (and a taste from a can, which was nearly identical), pours a mostly clear orange-gold with a finger of white foam. Decent lacing.

Smell is primarily lemon citrus, with some slightly metallic mineral notes. Floral quality as well. Taste follows. Not much malt in evidence. Reminds me of a German hefeweizen in the tart lemon smell and taste. Crisp and refreshing. Thinnish feel. Overall a nice beer, well made and super clean, but probably the least complicated Grimm beer I've had to date. Still, a great summer drinker.

Jun 12, 2016
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BeerBoyBert from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first Grimm beer, and with nothing to compare it to in the Grimm lineup, maybe I'm not the best judge. That said, I thought this offering was absolutely delicious. It had a sweet citrus aroma, and I thought it followed the nose with a sweet flavor and honey taste, finishing with the slightest bit of bitterness. Super drinkable beer.

Jun 11, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release
~3 weeks since canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. Fluffy and creamy, white colored head, tightly packed bubbles. Tons of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Sweet honey and lemon zest. Some sweeter citrus notes, grapefruit, slight tropical fruit, melon. Piney, earthy hops.

Taste- Soft, bright lemon notes. Melon, grapefruit and soft citrus. Sweet mango and honey. Some piney resin, a flash of bitterness maybe, but honestly not much.

Feel- Light bodied, so so so super soft and fluffy. Moderate and crisp carbonation.

Overall- This is a really nice, super drinkable IPA with great character and flavor. I get mostly lemon up front, but intermingled citrus, tropical fruit notes. There is a bit of piney, resin on the back end, adds a nice earthiness.

Jun 11, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into a tulip glass at Cooper's Chelsea.

A- Golden with light haze. Pale white head. 4.5

S- Floral and yeasty with a touch of citrus zest. 4

T- Again, floral and minerally. Gets a touch juicy with orange. Not exploding with flavor and I'm not wowed (as I usually am with Grimm). 3.5

M- Prickly carbonation and fuller-bodied. Not quite hitting with the refreshing qualities and juiciness that I generally expect from Grimm. 3.75

Decent by any means, but not a standout among all Grimm has offered.

Jun 08, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a moderately cloudy golden color with a huge, dense, soapy white head. Retention is solid and there are many rings of lacing. Smell is melon, strawberry and tangerine. Fairly subtle. Taste is similar, but the flavors are even weakrr than they are in the smell. Feel is light side of medium and crisp. Overall this is a decent beer, but as far as Grimm single IPAs go, Lumen and Forcefield are both MUCH better. Smell and especially taste are more subdued than most Grimm beers, and the feel is certainly not as soft and juicy. Fairly weak effort if I'm being honest. Certainly not worth $5 a can.

Jun 08, 2016
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Psande21 from New York

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serene and Smooth are the best words to describe this delicious IPA!! Easy to drink, with great citrus notes. Grimm has been brewing some delicious IPA's lately and this one does not disappoint

Jun 07, 2016
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