Cloudbusting #3
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Cloudbusting #3Cloudbusting #3
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #967
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,369
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
58
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of cfalls
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of Prager62
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of frozyn
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great opaque gold color with a thin pure white head on tap. Little lacing to speak of.

Orange candy, slight bubblegum aroma.

Candied orange with a nice resin supporting note and a malty sweetness towards the end. Warmth brings out a grape bubblegum flavor, especially just as I take a sip.

Medium body, smooth feel.

Overall very good beer. NZ hops are showing well here, but not in an excessively bold way, which I appreciate.

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Photo of Boccu
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice white head golden as it awaits in my snifter. Aroma is citrus and crushed orange candies. Taste is orange crushed candy again,citrus, light pine to a light malt finish. Another excellent brew from Grimm. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Grimm which is bizarre as I live in NY.

A- a perfect golden yellow body that salutes New England as we know quite well. Bubbly lacing and a dissipated head of foam remain

S- mango and orange candy assault. Props are attributed to New Zealand hops for this theme. A sweet breadth note is on the backend

T- bold tropical the that's coated with a creamy orange theme. Not as citric as many New Zealand hops demonstrate, but extremely tasty within this profile. Slight malt theme in the end

M- creamy and carbonated

O- my first brew from Grimm was def a plus. Incredible flavor and dedication to the New Zealand style hops. I can't believe this is a NY brewery and not in New England

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Photo of CNoj012
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, brilliant, bright orange color with a huge, fluffy, creamy white head. Retention is excellent and there are thick, hanging rings of lacing. Smell is subtle and a bit muddled. Citrus pith and candied orange along with slight bready malt. Taste is the same, but even more muddled from the taste of the alcohol. Feel is light and soft with ample carbonation. Overall this is by far my least favorite beer I've had from Grimm. Solid, but not spectacular in any way.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a rich hazy orange with a frothy white head.

Aroma is a candy orange. Slight herbal pithy orange peel at the end.

Body is a little thin, but taste is excellent. Again candy orange, but not overly sweet.

Excellent beer.

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Cloudbusting #3 from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 58 ratings