Splish | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 175
Photo of Coronaeus
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | 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 fruitty 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.


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Photo of CraftConsumer_97
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of Act25
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.

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of EMH73
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.

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Photo of Boccu
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of Beers-es
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of emount91
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)

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Photo of OrangeMen
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.

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Photo of c_tails
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.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
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!

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Photo of TheCuriograph
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.

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Photo of ChipChaight
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
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

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Photo of frozyn
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of avas
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/20/16. Consumed 9/29/16.

A: Pours out light orange with about a finger and half of fluffy white head. Sits in the glass a darker orange with medium haze. Thick rings of lacing stick to the glass. Not quite as turbid as some other Grimm DIPAs, but still pretty turbid and appealing.

S: Fresh-squeezed lime juice is dominant. It's pretty pungent on that note, but underneath, I get hints of spicy mango, apricot, and passionfruit. No green hop matter or dankness to speak of, and definitely no semblance of alcohol. Smells like semi-ripe fruits with a ton of lime juice squeezed on top.

T: Again, lime hits up front, but the taste has a bit more apricot and passionfruit than the nose. It has that typical Grimm 'hop candy' note, which I describe as a honey-like glaze that layers an additional sweetness on top of the fruit notes. Mid-taste, I get a bit of biscuity malt character, but nothing overwhelming. The finish is heavy on that juicy lime, but also brings out a bit of sweet citrus--tangerine and perhaps some red grapefruit--and some piney resin flavor. Unfortunately, I also get a bit of fusel, 'nail polish-y' alcohol on the finish, especially as it warms. It's kinda unpleasant, but definitely doesn't ruin the flavor profile, which is, overall, delicious. My guess is that this is heavy on the Motueka and light on the Galaxy. The taste on this is far from my favorite from Grimm, but tasty nonetheless.

M: Typical Grimm feel--ultra soft, substantially sweet, and delicately carbonated. Splish has a bit more resiny bitterness than some of their other DIPAs, but in this case, I think it works well to balance out some of that sweetness. It has a medium-plus weight on the tongue and a smooth, creamy consistency. As it warms, the feel becomes syrupy, and I get a bit of alcohol burn on the throat. Nothing super unpleasant, but somewhat unexpected for a Grimm DIPA.

O: This one is definitely different from the last few Grimm DIPAs I've had. It's not as pungent in the sweet citrus/tropical fruit category as Afterimage or Lambo, but also doesn't possess the dankness of something like Pulse Wave. Instead, it has a super unique flavor/aroma profile as a result of the use of Motueka and a nice sweet/bitter balance that prevents it from feeling cloying. Overall, I definitely prefer Lambo and Afterimage. I wish the pineapple/peach aspects of Galaxy were more present in this beer than the grassy resin that I'm picking up; if so, this would be up there with their best. But as it is, it's a welcome addition to the Grimm DIPA lineup!

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Splish from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 175 ratings