Magnetic Compass
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IPA - New England
Ranked #95
Ranked #418
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Magnetic Compass prominently features NZ Rakau hops, bringing a unique mix of candied orchard fruit, stone fruit, and tropical aromas with some light dank elements. Background notes of Citra, Mosaic, and Columbus. Very hazy and juicy. Roll your can to suspend hop particles and enjoy.
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours an opaque, hazy but still vibrant yellow color with a one finger head of satin white foam that laces the glass exceptionally well and refuses to go away.

Aroma: Pink grapefruit skins, pineapple jam, tart mango and savory caramel. Spicy pine sap. A touch of creamy, condensed coconut milk.

Taste: Upfront lemon pith and zesty pink grapefruit oil. A dry, semi-sweet coconut cookie like pale malt flavor rolls in midpalate to round things out; with notes of spruce clippings providing a decent amount of refreshing, resinous mintyness in the background. Goes juicy briefly with notes of peaches and mangoes. Ends on clean flavors of mild orange zest and pale malt.

Feel: Light bodied. Medium effervescence. Semi-sweet dry, spicy.

Overall: Tropical but not citrus dominated or overtly sugary like a fruit cocktail. balanced out by a creamy malt backbone and spicy hop bite. Very refreshing. Insanely good NEIPA.

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Gajo74 from New York

4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can, it pours a hazy yellow color. A modest layer of film retains well.

Fruity aromas which open with pithy notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Notes of peach, apricot, kiwi and lime. Aromas of pine and grass evoke herbal spices.

Fruity and juicy but with a dry palate that aids drinkability. Flavors of grapefruit rind, peach, pear, gooseberry and lime, each adding notes of brightness, fruity sweetness and a hint of tartness. Medium bodied and very smooth with an ultra soft cracker and bready malt backbone. Herbal spices develop and display notes of pine and grass, not too sharp, but just right. There is some light bitterness in the finish, which is dry as well. The carbonation is moderate to gentle. Seemingly simple at first, this drink really grows into itself as the flavors open up.

This was one of those juicy hops forward IPAs that didn’t overwhelm the palate. It was not too sweet and didn’t have that overly intense hops burn compared to others in the style. Very drinkable. I enjoyed it very much.

Oct 18, 2020
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a dull, dark, straw yellow. It's hazy, but not *that* hazy.

S - dank, spicy scallions and grapefruit peel. Quite the prickly penetrating nose. Zesty beyond belief with pungent green melon and gym socks. Fresh-squeezed orange juice.

T - nails the oniony dank vibe. Citrus rind through and through with loads of spicy breadiness. It's hot, but not acidic. Sweaty, pickly, salty? Herbal and green fruits, mainly melon and nectarine. Finishes with some dry bitterness, not quite SpongeBob "WATERRRR" but decently dried up.

F - standard for this ABV. A little oily, a little viscous, somewhat prickly. Complements the beer.

O - one of the more lively "dank" beers I've had. Loads of green onions and herbal acidic bitterness. Pungent, potent, and saturated in hop resins. It's slick, perhaps a bit one dimensional, but solid at what it looks like it's trying to do.

Mar 19, 2019
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wedge from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[From Notes | Consumed 01/31/19]

@ Ridgewood

Foggy yellow under a thick sticky head. Aroma has that spicy-fresh hop cone dankness to it: weed, apricot, pine sap, dried pineapple. Continued herbal spicy dankness in the flavor gives it that ‘freshly opened bag of hops’ character. Mellow orange and grapefruit candy and pineapple. Soft, creamy, dry. I’m an absolute sucker for IPAs that can harness hops in such a pure manner. Excellent!

Mar 02, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. First time having anything remotely hoppy from Grimm,
L: pours a vibrant hazy yellow. About 2 fingers of a dense stark white cap retained nicely. Heaps of residual lacing. Very appeasing looking beer.
S: tons of citrus and grass. Lemon, grapefruit and tangerines for days, but doesn’t skimp on mango, papaya and pineapple. Mild crackery yeast presence.
T: loaded with passionfruit, grapefruit, tangerine and nectarine flavor. Notes of honey, lemon and peppermint also come to mind. Finish is grassy with a touch of yeast. This is damn good.
F: awesome feel. Medium in body and weight. This beer has the pillowy and fluffy feel I love. Moderate right carbonation.
O: damn good. Could be a daily drinker. I’m very glad to have tried. Cheers!

Feb 15, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale yellow with a small white head. Decent retention and lacing.
Smells like peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and orange. Very subdued, however.
Tastes of white peach, pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, and dough. Tantalizing tropical, yet slightly underwhelming.
Medium-light feel, soft carbonation, clean but thin.
A decent NEIPA. The stone fruit and tropical notes are great, but everything seems dull and bland. Is this a bad can?

Feb 11, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 16 oz (473 ml) tall pint glass at the Grimm brewery.
A: Pours a cloudy, yellow orange color with a one finger, orange meringue head, decent retention, but spidery lacing.
S: Fruity. Aromas of tangerine, mango, peach, and grapefruit very appreciable, with a bit of toast and pine.
T: Semisweet. Flavors almost entirely following the nose. Refreshing and very inviting.
M: Medium bodied with solid effervescence. Crisp.
O: I can certainly understand why this is the top IPA at Grimm. Near or on a par with anything else I have had..

Feb 10, 2019
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy & cloudy yellow with a finger-size head, good retention, and tons of spotty lacing.

Aroma and taste of stonefruits, melons and tropical fruits with just a complementary hint of dank herbal hop notes. Very fruit juicy.

Feel is medium-light, smooth but not creamy, good carbonation, somewhat thin with no bitterness so very easy drinking.

Overall, very bright, fruity, and obviously focused on drinkability, so it strays from more full, creamy body that I love in hazies. Perfect meal beer.

Feb 10, 2019
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Barking Dog Ale House in Haverhill, MA. The beer had a very murky orange appearance with no head. The aromas were strongly of orange juice but i could sense some lemon citrus. Very sweet and tangy, like orange juice, in flavor. This was a very crisp, carbonated beer; extremely refreshing. Overall, a great beer to have with a meal thanks to its incredible mouthfeel.

Jul 25, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pale yellow tap pour with a deep haze and a sugar-tangerine nose. There is a very fine foam cap and lacing. The flavor is orange-mango with low hop bitterness. This is a tasty IPA.

Jun 20, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy light yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with hints of stone fruit.
T: Stronger flavors of honeydew melon, mango and stone fruit are present in the taste. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is present.
O: This beer is very "juicy" and has no traces of bitterness whatsoever, making it a classic New England-style IPA.

Serving type: can

Jun 09, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soapy opaque peach-orange with clingy ivory film that rings. 4
Tangerine, mango juice, + marijuana leaf - bright. Opens into compote. 4.25
Proofing dough, big hit of peach esters, then tangelo, lime zest, white melon, nectarine and hop leaf with tightening tingly linger. 4.5
Round, smooth, step down from medium. 4.25
Rakau, Citra, Mosaic, and Columbus
Nov 17 canning, drunk on Christmas Eve - not super fresh but not dead either. Citra hits first with the high citrus notes, Mosaic comes late with speck of melon but this is all about the peach - whether that's Rakau or London III I can't say for sure. No real pine, IBUs or oil and not overly citric or tropical; altogether a slow burn and a gentle fruit bomb. Creamy mouthfeel seals the deal.
I've been pretty removed from the hype around Grimm, but this is a very nice beer. 4.25

Feb 02, 2017
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frozyn from New York

4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful peach-orange color with a fluffy white head that reduces quickly to a ring and thin top layer.

Aroma is a lot of tropical fruit -- mango, papaya, mangosteen -- with a little dank and a light plum not unlike what you would expect from Belgian yeast.

Flavor follows the aroma -- a quick hit of dank on the back of the tongue, followed by a hoppy tropical blast, then a quick malty sweetness that quickly transforms into a ripe plum, with piney notes interspersed here and there to usher you between the other flavors. I must sound like a ninny with this description, but it's kind of blowing my mind.

Very nice feel -- medium, with a lightness and effervescence to it. Slight resin, mostly on the sides of the tongue.

Wow. Holy Wow. This review comes on 1/6 on a can dated 11/17.....and it's better now than when I had it's sister can on Thanksgiving day. There's a ton of complexity to this beer, all facets working together very well and never shoving each other out of the way. The progression of flavors -- so clear cut between them, but somehow moving gracefully from one to the other -- is what blows me away the most. Swishing it around the mouth, you get different notes on different parts of the tongue. I'm probably overrating this slightly (maybe more), but this is one of my favorite IPAs I've ever had. Lauren/Joe -- if you need help putting together the brewery, I'm pretty handy with a drill. Very excited to drink this stuff more often!

Jan 07, 2017
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craftaholic from New York

3.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great with a nice pillowy head and opalescent body. Smells clean and fresh, my honest take away from the nose. Flavor wise it's crisp and delicious. This is a light yet flavorful brew

Jan 04, 2017
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OleDixie from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy looking brew with a fluffy white head. A tropical fruit aroma and flavor. There is some bitterness in there to go with the fruity flavors as well. Soft mouthfeel like many other beers in the style.

Jan 01, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stillmatic2232 for this 16 oz. can. Hopefully it can wash away the bad taste of the first three episodes of Falling Skies. Terrible, terrible writing.

The pour, it’s hazy yellow, to use the word the cool kids use. It doesn’t give me a boner, but hey, whatever tightens your whities. Nose of oranges, pulped melon, pale malts, alpine valleys in flower. Very nice.

Magnetic Compass has been promptly declared “not as good as Abrasive” by my lovely wife. I agree. It certainly has that pulped juiciness, with a rather insane fruit cocktail going on up front, with an emphasis on pineapple, mango, saw grass. Barreling in afterwards is bitterness that swells from tame to moderate as the beer warms. The finish is dry, raw hops & more melon. More of a sipper than a swigger.

Very good beer.

Dec 31, 2016
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danh53 from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow, hazy and opaque aggressive head that clings to the sides of the glass. Smells of mint, eucalyptus, rosemary, apricot, orange, and floral notes. Taste follows the nose with that bright minty, bitter hop presence leading the way and a nice bouquet of stone fruit and citrus in the background. Mouth feel was smooth, but slightly watery for me. Not much on the finish. Overall its a really nice beer if you get a chance to try it.

Dec 23, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Light gold with bursts of orange. Snowy white, well-packed head. A slight haze.

S: Hard pineapple candies; sugared plums, sappy green pine, candied figs and orange.

M: Mild but active carbonation. Soft, but medium bodied.

T: Remember the sour tangerine altoids? The pithy, piney citric acid powder, puckeringly bitter outside; and, the sweet juice of orange and apricot inside. I could never shake the bitterness, and the bitterness in this beer is session lasting. In fact, the underlying flavors aren't totally different from Julius, but the bitterness is lasting and contrasts the juiciness of the citrus, stone, and tropical fruits. It's like a slushie with its twangy, pithy, minty green and coarse, sappy punch.

Dec 16, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a 1 inch foamy head. Smells of pineapple and tropical fruit. Had a nice smooth mouthfeel. Has a pineapple mango sweet taste. Wonderful beer

Dec 15, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (shaker pint—JK! It’s JK stemware). This has a canning date of November 17, 2016 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 11/17/16 08:59:21”), which would make this beer just under four weeks old at the time of consumption. Refrigerated several days.

Appearance (4.0): Three fingers of custard-colored foam rise easily off of the pour, capping a cloudy, orange-tan body. The head dies down slowly, leaving a mixture of mostly fat, constantly shifting bubbles with a little meringue-like “cookie” in the middle; broken, arcing legs of foam coat all sides of the glass. It doesn’t leave a ton of lacing as the beer goes on, but enough to satisfy.

Smell (4.75): Hachi machi, this one is all funky passionfruit, papaya rind, lime zest, underripe kiwi, and tart, green grape. It’s defiantly “down under” in character, which I’m a sucker for. Underripe apricot, fresh pear flesh, and pink apple (like Cripp’s Pink or Pink Lady) flesh, as well. The malt is pale, lean, and crisp, erring on the side of rustic white bread and sourdough rather than caramel, honey, or sugar cookie (like you might expect for some beers in this style). I love the zesty, pithy tropical character.

Taste (4.5): Whaaaaa this is way more pithy and bitter than I was expecting, but definitely in a good way. It’s lean and cuts like a knife. Lemon zest, pink apple flesh, and underripe kiwi, peach, and apricot lead the way, filled out with undertones of slightly musky papaya, a touch of passionfruit’s weird funk, and a beautiful, subtle malt body. It’s got a nearly floral character down in there, as well. There’s an understated mixture of orchard fruit flavors at work here, too, evincing ripe, sweet apricot, pink apple, and a hint of Clementine. That malt comes across in the form of dusty, floury country bread with a pastoral feel—like a multigrain, white boule, with its amazing crust that almost comes across as lightly tangy in its weird starchiness. That can also come across as not-very-funky sourdough, but it’s more rustic boule to me. I love what oats can do for the right (D)IPA. And these hops just play so, so well with the oat body: their pithy, slightly tart bitterness and understated orchard fruit flavors work well with the lean, starchy oats.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Soft, smooth, velvety, but very dry all at the same time. The carbonation is subtle and understated at first, but spreads itself across all surfaces before foaming gently, not too fully, and subsiding with a tingle in all corners. Meanwhile, the body is very well fleshed out thanks to the oats, offering a medium-weight drink that’s soft and smooth, but not slick or syrupy at all. The hops follow, drying the crap out of everything but stopping short of parching. It really leans into the next sip, over and over, and drinks slightly lighter than its size. I really love oats in a pale, hoppy beer. The only complaint I could possibly think of is the carbonation could be a little fuller, but we’re splitting hairs here.

Overall (4.5): Grimm, once again, did an outstanding job with the American (D)IPA. For me, this beer works so incredibly well thanks to the combination of oats and Rakau hops. The pithy bitterness, along with understated flavors and aromas of underripe apricot and peach, blended with the more common papaya and passionfruit notes, all work incredibly well with the silky, soft, starchy, dusty oats in the malt body, I think because the oats create a pillowy base for hops to do their thing, while allowing the subtleties of different hop varieties to show up. And, from a technical standpoint, Grimm nailed the style, as well. Of course I wish it wasn’t so scarce and expensive, but that speaks to just how good the beer is. Very highly recommended.

Dec 15, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best DIPA to date I have had from Grimm and I have had most of them. Juicy as hell and nice hoppy bite but still drinkable. You need to track this one down!

Dec 12, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A serious bubble show that lifts an inch or so of foam over the cloudy honey colored liquid; plenty of lacing action

Smell: Lychee, starfruit and white wine grape tones

Taste: MIld tropical fruit tones of lychee and starfruit with a hint of citrus building underneath; white wine grape tones appear, in the middle, with pithy bitterness in the back; bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The Rakeu hops provide a bit of a twist relative to the typical juicy NE IPA; solid beer but now that it has dropped from the top 250 I would argue that it never really belonged there in the first place

Dec 12, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a moderately hazy, creamy looking light orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like orange creamsicle, lime, grapefruit zest and flesh, pineapple, a hint of pine, and a sort of general candied, slightly sugary fruit aroma.

This is really nice, and up to Grimm's usual high standards for their hoppy stuff. It's got a really creamy and wonderfully hoppy feel to it. There's a minimal amount of bitterness, it's there enough to balance the sweet and super juicy hop blast up front. You get a myriad of fruits here- pineapple, grapefruit, even some lime, some mango puree, etc.

This is really drinkable, smooth and creamy, with minimal bitterness on the finish. The addition of oats is very helpful in this manner.

This is definitely worth seeking out, though it's not exactly easy to get Grimm anymore.

Dec 10, 2016
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Bwell9 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid beer, great hazy ipa look, pleasant scent, decent mouth feel, but I was left wanting more in the taste department. Last Grimm beer I had was Awoogah and unfortunately for Magnetic Compass it had to live up to that. MC is a solid beer would drink again.

Dec 09, 2016
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Hazy as can be with lots of white lacing along with a white head that quickly fades away. Color is like...Winnie the Pooh. Aroma is straight tropical fruit, mango, citrus, etc. The taste is similar with what seems like pineapple that fades to a bitter finish. The taste isn't bad, but I think it's a little one note. Body and mouthfeel are a standard IPA 'medium'.

Suggested food pairing: Halibut

If you like this beer then you should also try: South of Eleven

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This was my first beer from Grimm and it didn't disappoint. Of course, it didn't really impress or overwhelm either. It was good, but the taste seemed a little...meh. Just meh. Still, it's worth drinking if you get a chance and I'm looking forward to more from Grimm!

Dec 09, 2016
Magnetic Compass from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 305 ratings