Magnetic Compass
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #131
Ranked #506
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Apr 17, 2022
May 24, 2016
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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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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can dated 4/5/22
Bright yellow orange cloud thick appearance. Nice 1 inch fluffy head, soapy lacing and thin veil

Aromas of apricot, mango, grapefruit , papaya. There is a bit of a earthy, pine, grassy note and vanilla

Taste is tropical, slightly bitter tasting as in grapefruit and orange zest. Biscuit and vanilla tasting. Earthy flavor comes through the citrus.

Mouthfeel is kind of chunky and resinous. Tingling on the tongue up front and tart on the back end. Hint of alcohol in the finish, almost sour and not sweet at all.

Overall for as thick and heavy as it looks it drinks fairly light, a bit like sour candy and pretty easy drinking. If you like IPAs with a pucker factor this is it.
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy, juicy gold in the glass. Tangerine aroma fairly explodes from the can after popping the top. The mouthfeel is light, velvety--a classic oat-based IPA. The primary hop--Razau--is interesting. Flavor profile is passion fruit, tangerine, orange peel, with a bit of herbal bite. There is a unique taste here--not your typical juicebomb NEIPA.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by caffeinelogic from New York

Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by maxarvo from England

Nov 08, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces beautifully.

S: Floral, spicy herbal notes, zesty citrus, orchard and tropical fruit, a little pine, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Floral, zesty citrus, lemon, lime, tangerine, and grapefruit, grassy, nice fruity undertones, apricot, peach, passion fruit, pear, papaya, and a hint of melon and pineapple, a bit of resinous pine, spicy earthy herbal notes, crackery slightly biscuity malt, a little wheat twang, and a touch of sweetness.

M: A little on the lighter side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Not the kinda flavor profile I usually lean towards, but this one kept unveiling more layers of flavor the more I looked. More of an American IPA with some haze than a NEIPA. Really well made beer by a brewery that always impresses
Jun 10, 2021
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Reviewed by gr0g from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
16oz can. Very hazy with a golden color. Floral, fruity aroma with citrus rind and grass notes. Well attenuated, actually fairly bitter (maybe that's the Columbus at work). Mouthfeel is soft and welcoming. Overall: an NEIPA with a bit of classic American IPA hop bite. Those looking for juicy+sweet need not apply.
May 22, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Mleblanc25 from Massachusetts

May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to snifter.

LOOK: mildly hazy, darker yellow, medium off white head
AROMA: pineapple, apricot, some floral notes, something herbal almost like a sweet basil
TASTE: light citrus, ash, little woody, grassy bite in finish.
FEEL: light to medium body, a little rough around the edges.

Aroma on this is the star; some interesting notes there. All else is anywhere from meh to mildly interesting.
May 12, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by mkh012 from Colorado

Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Icka31 from Ohio

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by paresis from Massachusetts

Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Can. Love me some Grimm beers this one pours a hazy yellow. Not incredibly hazy. It's not milky, just pretty translucent. Thin head. Solid aroma of sweet tropical fruits and a sugary sweet malt. The more I sniff, the more I find some exotic, terroir-earth and green fauna hops. Fruity hop aromas get more plentiful as it warms. Flavor is very easy drinking. Reminds me of some Night Shift beers. Sweet hops, a little pineapple and citrus. Definitely a dose of grassy, exotic southern hemisphere hops. Sweet, malty, rock-candy finish. Hey there, as this warms (like the nose) more flavors come out to play. There is a tart berry hop flavor here, too; no joke reminds me a bit of the elusive golden raspberry. Also maybe even kiwi and starfruit. Also this is very, very pleasing to drink. The flavor is lighter and airy but complex. Doesn't weigh down the palate like most New England IPAs. Softer bitterness, zippy carb, relatively light body. Earns high marks in the feel/drinkability category. Damn, Grimm is very consistent.
Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by mdfb79 from New York

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Pentastar from New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Light orange and hazy, white foam head.
Smell: Papaya and citrus. Some malt and alcohol.
Taste: Peach, papaya and some citrus. Alcohol is hidden. Not too much bitterness.
Feel: Average light feel.
Overall: A nice refreshing beer.
Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 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, floral and hoppy while not being sugary or "fruit smoothie" like. Very refreshing, insanely good NEIPA.
Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.41/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 4.47 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by TheLefty1616 from New York

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Timfromthemainland from New York

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Feb 18, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 15, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by jykleo from New York

Nov 02, 2019
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Rated by Stony89 from New York

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Great taste. Smooth going down the hatchet. Perfect NE Ipa
Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Juggerr from New York

Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Rated: 4.1 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Feb 18, 2019
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Reviewed by TheBrewsky from California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Rated: 4.46 by Boilerup from Maryland

Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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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