Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #310
Ranked #2,156
4.23 | pDev: 5.67%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: This one right here! Galaxy, Motueka, Wai-iti, and Falconer’s Flight, a bit of oats in the grist… Big lime pith and tropical fruit, creamy body, balanced lingering bitterness. One of our favorite new hoppy offerings.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 191 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a 4F head in a Spielgelau IPA.
Great aroma: banana, tropical fruit, melon.
Smooth MF,. Fruit, banana,tropical fruit taste.
Not too hoppy. Excellent balance of Monteuka and Galaxy hops.

Sep 07, 2020
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light orange reminiscent of freshly squeezed orange juice with a thick head that maintains a firm presence on the sides of the glass as the beer is in imbibed.

Lots of heavy citrus in the nose, Jaffa orange, grapefruit. Dank.

Taste follows nose. Orange juice, grapefruit, recollections of a mimosa.

Thick and juicy.

I really like this. IPAs of this sort are in my wheelhouse, and this is better than the average one.

Mar 18, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 samples over a week (on tap at Grimm plus 4 cans throughout the week).

LOOK: hazy, pulpy yellow. Big lasting white head. Cream honey look.
AROMA: big fruity nose. grapefruit, orange, pineapple, passion fruit.
TASTE: citrus and tropical fruit like hops. IPA-hairspray is also palpable which at first is overrun by the juicy, but builds throughout the beer and becomes annoying late. Still very tasty though.
FEEL: Medium to full body, but drinks pretty light. carbonation is below average.

Very impressed with this beer and Grimm in general. Will probably buy this again someday.


Can from TRT to Tulip.

Still very nice. Maybe not quite as good as I had previously rated. Maybe just because not as fresh, since original was on tap at brewery and a very fresh 4-pack from brewery.

Feb 23, 2019
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another impressive product from Grimm!

Hazy color similar to the inside of an acorn squash. Lightly carbonated so pours a thin foamy layer which quickly dissapears.

Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit, lime and peaches are present.

Taste: This is a classic juice bomb. Presence of pineapple, mago, perhaps a bit of papaya. A requisite amount of bitterness--which adds cleanliness without being astringent--balances this out perfectly with the fruit flavors. It smells slightly more malty than it actually tastes.

It feels light- to medium-bodied and "juicy" on the palate, again, with a light amount of carbonation.

Jul 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit, lime and peaches are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of limes, mangos, and pineapples without much in the way of apparent bitterness. Some hints of grapefruit are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and "juicy" on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England-style IPA has a diverse variety of aromas and flavors in the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

Jul 09, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The helipad is interfering with my nose on the ferry terminal, have to wait to be on the boat to appreciate this one, but I will say it’s astringent, perhaps a tad too much so, while being flavorful.
a) First from Grim, pours obscured hazy golden body like a puree with a loose head that resolves into tight persistent cap and lace.
S) White and black pepper, sharp lime and citric rind, lemongrass, grassiness, and wine-like astringence balanced by a lemon syrup.
T) follows all that in the aroma, unique and complex, and unusual citric fruit dimensions always with the peppery, and drying astringency. Some onion and chives. Interesting. Good meditation beer.
F) Peppert, tingly finish. super interesting.

Jul 03, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful beer - very hazy yellow acorn color with a large and fluffy white head. The foam only reluctantly settled leaving a nice covering over the beer. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose: mainly papaya (seriously), tangerine, and pineapple. Not much in terms of malt of earthy aroma. Not surprisingly, juicy and fruity flavors were up front on the first taste. Mixed in were somewhat muted earthy and resiny notes and a nice bready malt backbone. This was bitter like an old school IPA, especially on the finish. Clean and not harsh. A soft feel with moderate carbonation. Overall an outstanding beer - a bit of a hybrid IPA.

Oct 09, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque medium orange with a very well retained one inch white head that left webs of lacing. Smells of tropical and citrus fruits with a slight earthy quality. Taste starts out grapefruit and grapefruit pith but very quickly changes as it warms slightly to orange, orange pith, lime, peach, pineapple and a subtle malt presence. Finishes slightly bitter. Smooth and creamy mouth feel, medium carbonation, medium to heavy bodied for the style.

Aug 20, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with light lacing. Aroma of light passion fruit. Taste of melon snd orange, very light pine. Great dipa. Very well balanced and well crafted.

Aug 16, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Golden sunset orange color. White head with lace.

Lots of melon and orange. Some very unique fruit flavors here. A bit of bitterness and grapefruit. Some like.

Decent dipa. Unique.

Nov 11, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a moderately hazy orange. A finger of foam leaves decent lacing. Smell is kind of muted, but I get sweet fruits and more malt than I'm accustomed to with Grimm IPAs. White grape juice, orange and definitely some lime peel.

Taste follows, and the beer is on the sweet side, though it's accompanied by a lingering bitterness that offsets the sweetness nicely. The sweetness comes from both the fruity hops and the more prominent malt. Feel is a slightly slick medium. Overall a good IIPA from Grimm, but not the best or my favorite. Maybe it was better when it was fresher.

Nov 05, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Medium gold body, leaning toward dark gold, hazed, under a creamy foam head. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose. Followed with lots of juicy fruits and mild bitterness. Plush and soft and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Oct 23, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an attractive burnished orange. A white head with rolling meringue like consistency tops it. It strikes a nice clarity level. Aroma comes across as peach and a ton of key lime, so it is on the sweet and juicy end of the spectrum. Taste is tart citric, a tad earthy with orange zest. Passionfruit, lime juice. Crackery, biscuit malt. I appreciate the bitterness of this beer; it's refreshing and compliments the flavor great, but really exacerbates the alcohol esters taking away from an otherwise stellar, lush feel. A mellow beer with some serious bipolar outbursts of bitter.

Oct 17, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy golden orange with a creamy, one finger head that takes a while to dissipate into a small ring with a microfilm cap. There is a ton of webbed lacing too.

Smell is peach, pineapple, orange and a hint of dank earthiness.

Taste is similar. Very peach forward. Transitions to citrus, pineapple and earthiness mid sip and there is a hint of lime along with a mildly bitter finish.

Feel is light smooth and creamy. The prickliness from the bitterness on the finish does not compliment the creamy feel all that well though.

Overall a very good beer. I have to be honest though, none of the 3 Grimm DIPAs from this release really wowed me at all. Magnetic Compass was the last IPA from them that really blew me away. I may be in the minority, but I think their sour offerings are much better (or at least more consistent) than their hoppy offerings.

Oct 13, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Look is a darker orange with golden highlights with a thick head of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is palate stripping lemongrass. Very acidic earthy lemon.

Taste matches aroma. Lots of dry malt balanced with earthy citrus hops.

Do not taste the 8%, just a fantastic full IPA.

Oct 13, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a hazy (but by no means murky) orange color, nice head that laces beautifully. smell was a lot more muted than I anticipated, but I got some orange, peach, pineapple, and lime zest on the nose, no malt apparent. taste was very big peach notes, followed by some pineapple and a starchy malt that can be described as somewhere between crackery and bready. Feel was fuzzy, but definitely not creamy like the description states, could have been thicker for a DIPA. that being said, overall a very good DIPA, just didn't live up to my expectations of Grimm (everyone seems to go nutty for them)

Oct 10, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 release
~ 2-3 weeks from canning date

Appearance- Pours a mix of orange and deep golden color, very hazy. Half finger thick, creamy white colored head. Lots of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Lime, peach gummy candy, juicy tropical fruits, sweet citrus juice. Orange creamsicle.

Taste- Creamy and sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, mango. Orange juice, creamsicle. Lime zest, lemon dessert, punch of grassy, earthy dankness on the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, super creamy and fluffy, smooth and sweet. Moderate crisp carbonation.

Overall- Bursts with juicy fruits, and accompanied by a lively citrus zest and earthy dankness. Layers and layers of creamy sweet fruits, just a real treat to drink.

Oct 09, 2016
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c_tails from New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 9/20

pours a light rust, hazy. thin head

smells of citrus, light time. strong alcohol

feel is smooth and silky. a bit creamy as advertised. nice crisp bubbles

taste is bitter, booze up front in my opinion. rich maltiness. creamy lime and melon.

the overall flavor is somewhat mellow but has a jolt of booze and bitterness.

highly enjoyable.

Oct 08, 2016
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

canned 9/20, poured into an IPA glass, the beer has an opaque yellow, almost papaya juice in color body, with a white head that fades to a nice film with some bigger bubbles lasting along the rim, leaving a nice lacing.
Mostly tropical fruit on the nose, melon. Taste is the same but definitely some bitterness that balances it out. You get some pineapple, maybe some guava. Although I love Afterimage and Lambo Door which are absolute juice bombs, this beer has it's own merit by having more balance. The medium mouthfeel is great, as with all Grimm IPAs, nice and silky. I have to put this one up there with the best of their offerings.

Oct 07, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can marked 9/20/16. Poured into a snifter a very cloudy orange with a good amount of white head that laces the glass. The nose is citrus and melon that smacks you as soon as you open the can. This is a very juicy DIPA with citrus notes and melon just like the nose suggests and follows with some bitterness and a malt biscuit flavor to balance it all out. The feel is a little resinous and thick with a good amount of carbonation. This is the 3rd great DIPA I've had from Grimm this week. I think it lands right between the other 2(Lambo Door & Pulse Wave) for me. All really good!

Oct 06, 2016
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TheCuriograph from New York

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, it's been a minute since I had a Grimm IPA. The magic of them really is the balance of delicate form and aggressive flavor. The beer is glacial gold and light on the tongue despite a full body. Nose and taste are super-melon, dried orange candies, love. No burn. No sting. Sweet but not saccharine. Damn.

Oct 06, 2016
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ChipChaight from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours opaque orange with white head and clingy lacing, smell is tropical fruit juice, floral sweetness, citrus peel candy, taste is mango and papaya up front that transitions into dank citrus zest that lingers, this beer is creamy with very bright carbonation. A tropical dank splash of flavor. Yum.

Oct 05, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can acquired at Astoria Bier and Cheese in Brooklyn, New York. 8% ABV. Imperial IPA. Canned 09/20/16.

Tropical aroma emphasizes tangerine and melon, evoking tropical new world hop vibes without hitting unpleasant pineapple notes or too much bitterness. Suggests a balanced enjoyable brew with a nice hop profile. Aromatic intensity is above average.

Balanced flavour profile. Pale malts and tropical fruit - melon mainly. Good depth of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity is moderate. Not a real citrusy or floral emphatic brew, but the hop profile is really nice.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

Drinkable and enjoyable fare. A superb imperial IPA I'd happily revisit.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

Oct 01, 2016
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frozyn from New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance follows along most IPAs these days, trying to look as much like OJ as possible. Okay, not fair, it has a more orange-amber hue to it than OJ.

Nose is melon, 100%. Mostly cantaloupe, a slight honeydew. 99% cantaloupe. Intensely similar to cutting open a fresh melon.

Flavor starts out strongly melon, gets a very generic bitter, then rides through a bitter melon wave that's delightful. Not as in the vegetable bitter melon, but a melon flavor that is bitter (bear with me here, it's a Grimm night and a 22 oz of Double Negative is already down the pipe).

For a DIPA, a little thin to my tongue. Perhaps the stout I finished a little while ago is swaying things, but I didn't think the DN was that thick to begin with. Has just the right carbonation though.

Really fantastic, but I don't really like melon. I mean it's fine, but I don't like the fruit all that much to begin with, so a beer that is hitting all cylinders on melon isn't my thing. It's another wonderfully crafted Grimm beer, though, so it's really hard to dock points. I've thankfully avoided the oxidation issues some have had recently thanks to their mobile canner, and I'm happily looking forward to their brewery opening later this year/early next year.

Oct 01, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like lime, grapefruit, black pepper, sharp grassiness, and like hop syrup or something.

There are some really unique flavors here- it sort of tastes like a whole bunch of peppery limes- lots of fresh lime flavor, with a great bitter and spicy black pepper flavor, some grapefruit, and lots of earthy grassiness- almost like a chive thing. It finishes pretty full bodied, with a sweet and slightly syrupy finish. The finish isn't great- but it's certainly super interesting up front.

This is pretty full bodied, and slightly syrupy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is definltely really interesting. If the body was cleaned up, it would be tremendous.

Oct 01, 2016
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