Cloudbusting #3
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 5.8%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
45
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 07, 2019
Added:
Jul 25, 2016
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  9
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by JoeMans from New York

May 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Medium-gold body, slightly hazed, coupla fingers of white foam and lace trails down the side... Big tropical fruit, dark and fleshy, wrapped quickly in resinous pine bitterness. Solid body, little bit of chew; tongue-gripping bitterness... Features Rakau, Kohatu, and Wakatu hops from NZ... 8% abv... canned 7/12/16; brewed at Beltway Brewing in Sterling, VA.

Actually consumed 7/21/16, but my review was originally (mistakenly) appended to the 2015 release of Cloudbusting.
May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by JC333 from New York

Dec 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by WeisGuy from New York

Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Lucoli from New York

Dec 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Oct 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by smi69 from New York

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ipc2000 from New York

Sep 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.37 by BEER88 from Washington

Sep 25, 2016
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Reviewed by cfalls from New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - bright golden color, slight haze, head fades but leaves lots of lacing

S - somewhat subdued citrus and pineapple, malt, and a slight grassiness

T - fruitier than expected (grapefruit, white grape), bitterness and sweetness well balanced

F - medium to light bodied

O - not my personal favorite grimm dipa, but excellent in its own right
Sep 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by darktronica from Indiana

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Sep 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Prager62 from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A pint can with no visible date recently received from a generous BA poured in a Weyerbacher tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a pale yellow/straw color with a generous two fingers of beautiful creamy white foam. It settles leaving a pattern of intricate lacing behind.

Smell- Heavy malt, grapefruit and a hint of orange zest.

Taste- Grapefruit, floral notes and some orange zest. A very hearty dose of malt follows.

Feel- Thick, slick, malty and quite easy to drink for 8%.

Overall- A beautiful beer to look at, but a little too much malt for me and not enough hop flavor. With no date on the can, I'm not certain if age may be a factor? Lack of dating is still a problem with craft beer that needs to be addressed. That aside, it's still a very good beer, but lacks the juicy hop flavor which would take it to the next level.
Aug 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by rdooley from Texas

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by swanfungus from California

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Traded for this a few weeks ago in the Other Half line as I wasn't able to find this anywhere in New York City. This had a "canned on" date of 7/12 that was partially obscured by the dark and lovely label that was the best that I've ever seen on a Grimm Ale! While not as outstanding as other offerings that I've had from them recently, this was not your typical "hop bomb" and had a different hop and juice profile that made it stand out from the others that were overly hoppy or "meals in a can".

This had a good pour to it as the hue was a hazy gold with lots of soft head that stuck around for the duration of my session. A good amount of rings were left as the lacing was thick and soapy in spots. Lots of blue and boysenberry in the nose with even more in the taste. Very little citrus here and the tropical fruits took a back seat as well. Melon rind and New Zealand hops were the backbone of this beer but not overtly strong as the berry juice took center stage here. Slightly dank and resinous, the mouthfeel was medium-bodied and there wasn't a lot of carbonation here as this had a slightly heavy feel to it with a slight amount of candied sugar in the aftertaste. Cut grass could be felt throughout as this tasted quite fresh!

A good amount of alcohol was here but there wasn't much of it to be detected and the warming effect was slight when I finished this off. Not Grimm's best beer with this was a solid offering that any of their fans would be wise to seek out. It's a solid beer that has juice without the citric bitterness, overpowering dankness, and hop burn found in so many other northeastern IPA's. An underlying feel of grape tied everything together here as there was so much fruit to be found from start to finish. Just as dark and mysterious as the image on the can!
Aug 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Aug 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by mltobin from Connecticut

Aug 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by largadeer from California

Aug 18, 2016
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Reviewed by OrangeMen from New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2016 release
~ 1 month from canning date

Appearance- Pours a bright golden color. Very hazy. Pillowy and creamy white colored head, tightly packed bubbles. Tons and tons of spotty head lacing, stays and hangs on glass.

Aroma- Juicy berries, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry. Fleshy and sweet plum, ripe melon. Tropical fruit juice, pineapple and mango. Citrus juice, grassy, Touch of dankness.

Taste- Juicy, juicy fruitiness. Bright berries, mostly strawberry. Sweet ripe melon. Sugary plums and grapes. Pineapple juice, citrus smoothie. Orange creamsicle. Some earthiness on the finish, fresh cut grass, very very mild bitterness.

Feel- Medium bodied, its very very light but the creaminess just gives it a fuller feel. So very smooth and velvety. Moderate carbonation. Perfect feel for the style.

Overall- A monster home run. This has all the juiciness of the style, but different than I've ever had. Its not just the usual tropical or citrus juice bomb, it adds in the berry juicy element and darker fruit juiciness. Layers upon layers of fruits, just a touch of bitterness on the finish. This one is incredible.
Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by Mersh from Connecticut

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by chefduff2 from New York

Aug 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by brbrocc from New York

Aug 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by schinebd from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2016
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Reviewed by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16oz can into a can glass:

Appearance: pours deep orange-copper in color, with a one-finger white head on top. Dissipates after a minute or so into a foam ring that lingers for the entirety of the drink. Body is mildly hazy, and leaves some soapy lacing.

Aroma: somewhat subdued, but I get some candied lemon, some cantaloupe and melon, maybe a little bit of citrus. A little more malty than I expected, but maybe that's the unfamiliar hops speaking to me.

Taste: really nice flavors here. It's a little sweet for my palate, but I can appreciate the complexity here. Nice fruit flavor, some candied orange/lemon and lots of melon presence. It's refreshing to have a canned beer that isn't solely Galaxy/Citra/Mosaic hops. Unique taste.

Feel: pillowy, soft, and full-bodied. Moderate to soft carbonation, with a wet and juicy finish.

Overall: surprisingly, it's the first hoppy beer that I've tried from Grimm, other than 2oz pours at festivals, which aren't enough to warrant reviews in my opinion. Really tasty and complex. Would drink again for sure.
Aug 10, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
this is a rad ipa, as good as the lumen for sure, which i think always ranks higher for some reason. this seems mellow for how strong it is, drinks a whole lot easier than 8% abv. hazy and heady, but not as ridiculously murky as some of its local neighbors these days. aroma of heavy bitter citrus and sweet honey, hop oils, grapefruit, light toast. there is a richness in the flavor from the hops, the oils add some real texture to this, and there is more residual sugar here than some of their others, but it makes sense with the intensely bitter hops. definitely a new zealand hop complexion, passion fruit and fresh citrus, just a lot more bitter later on than they usually end up being. bigger fluffy body, but awesome carbonation and a well hidden abv keep it drinking very easy. freshness is obviously key on these types of hoppy beer, and this one certainly is. vibrant and distinct, much more original in terms of hop flavor than some of their others. not long before these guys are considered one of the best in the country. they cover all styles so well!
Aug 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.43 by josephwa from Minnesota

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by rbrefbeerman from California

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by dleiner from New York

Aug 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Aug 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Conradist from New York

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by erjaq from California

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Joe Bean Coffee Bar in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a bright glowy orange, with a small tight head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like pineapple, melon, orange peel and orange flesh, a little bit of pine, and grapefruit.

This is another pillowy and soft NZ hop masterpiece from Grimm. It's got a soft candied melon and pineapple going on, with lightly sugar dusted orange peel, tart grapefruit, and just a small hint of piney and rind-like bitterness on the finish, keeping it a bit more balanced than some of Grimm's absolute juice bombs. This is very tasty stuff here.

This is lighter bodied, crisp, pillowy, and very soft, with a good level of carbonation.

This whole series of beers has been quite nice. Grimm is super dialed in when it comes to hops these days.
Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Soloveitchik from New York

Aug 04, 2016
Cloudbusting #3 from Grimm Artisanal Ales
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