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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #496
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,331
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.08%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
119
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
93
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Notes: Big and juicy with floral notes of rose, tropical fruit, orange blossom. Brewed with Citra, Azacca, and Simcoe. Guest can art from Margaux Ogden!
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 119
Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical NEIPA appearance; opaque murky bright yellow with a small white cap. Okayish retention. Spotty lacing.
The aroma bursts of ripe and juicy mango, apricot, papaya, and tangerine, as well as some weedy herbal dankness.
The taste is mango, peach, and papaya upfront, juicy and ripe and slightly tart, leading to soft and creamy doughy malt, a hint of guava, a touch of darkness, and a dry finish with no bitterness.
The mouthfeel is soft, creamy, with a prickle of carbonation--a bit thin on the mid-palate--and then dry and clean on the finish.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bronx Beer Hall, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is very cloudy whitish yellow in color and almost looks like a smoothie. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that consistently left a short head on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, juicy, and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is all about the juiciness of the hops. It is quite drinkable because it does a good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of jhavs
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh can poured into a fluted snifter. Golden orange, somewhat hazy but not opaque. Whispy white head.

Aroma is juicy, sweet and floral. Grassy.

Flavor is sweet tropical fruits, candied orange peel with some grapefruit pith for minor bitterness.

Crisp and bubby medium body.

Sweetness is the main characteristic that makes this beer a bit different than most Grimm offerings IMO.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! A Grimm in boston that isn’t a sour. Love Grimm, and this didnt dissapoint. Hazy and orange appearance and came with a hoppy fruit blast on the first taste. So good, and at 8% all I need is 3 or 4 more and maybe I can enjoy the misery of Christmas. Good stuff....and let’s cancel Christmas next year everyone

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange color with a good amount of white head. The smell has some mango, pineapple, and other sweet fruits mixed with citrus rind and spice. The flavor is sweet up front with candied fruit mixed with some floral notes, malt breadiness, and some pine bitterness. The feel is medium, good carbonation, and very drinkable. This is a great imperial IPA, Grimm has a hard time not making anything well above average.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a mostly clear gold. The careful pour left little head. Scant lacing. Smell and taste have a lot of tart passion fruit and lemon. Other tropical fruits and floral notes as well. Nice medium-ish mouthfeel. Pleasant bitterness. Good stuff.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip not sure when it was canned but I trust that @Rcruz9230 sent it fresh. Pours a hazy dark yet bright orange with a one inch white head that leaves plenty of webs of lace behind.

Smell is peach, guava, mango, papaya, and a little grapefruit rind.

Taste follows peach, mango, papaya, guava, pinapple, and a hit of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium a little sticky from the hoppy goodness, moderate carbonation, not even slightly dry, juice as can be, and so so drinkable.

Overall this is outstanding, so many awesome North East IPA'S these days and yes this is one of those.

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grimm hits the nail on the head again with another delicious IPA. Pours a cloudy golden color with a one inch white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of pine, citrus and tropical fruits. Tastes of delicious sweet tropical fruits with an excellent balance of blood orange and grapefruit bitterness and some floral notes. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, very easy to drink.

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Photo of butters_mcgee
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks ok, a little on the floatie side. It's kind of dark in here, so the color eludes me.
Smell this beer. It's worth it, trust me.
Don't get me going on the taste.
Feeling really good about this one. I don't know, but I think I'd buy it again.
Overall I'm happy that I drank this beer. You'll be happy too when you drink it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mildly hazy light orange, with a small head, and just a few streaks of lacing.

Smells like grassy and piney hops, orange tangerine juice, flowers, and slight grapefruit.

This isn't quite as bold as some of Grimm's best IPAs, it's got a light fruity drinkability that is nonetheless quite nice. There's light grapefruit, and a good amount of orange and tangerine, some definite sweet floral character, with no real discernible malt backbone.

This is light bodied, crisp and slightly oily, with a good level of carbonation.

This isn't Grimm's best but I still quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of aquabears
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange, yeast particulates floating in the bottom of the glass. Smell is tropical, hints of blood orange, some resin. Taste is pure tropical fruit. Banana, sweet pineapple, a hint of citrus rind bitterness (and some hop bitterness), spicy. Smooth and easy to drink, slick, effervescent but not overwhelmingly so.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty consistent with what many Grimm IPAs have been for me as of late: an excellent balance of sweet fruitiness and prickly, bitter sharpness.

There's a delectable sweetness to this that I enjoy, like candied oranges maybe, and it's followed by prickly, dry grapefruit.

I find that each sip can be wildly different from the last, sometimes lingering sweet and other times hitting with a blast of bitter, almost stinging dryness. For this reason, the feel doesn't quite seduce me.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Grimm! This one features Citra, Azacca, and Simcoe hops, bringing aspects of citrus, white grape and berry, and pale orchard fruits. Light-to-medium feel, moderate carbonation, and an easy drinkability, more like an IPA in all regards except that 8% abv.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At this point I can honestly tell anyone reading this: Zap!*&$#@&*^!##. This is the DIPA I was looking for. And Please take the free advice; roll the can.

L: If rolled: Full of great hazy color of golden straw, and if this was a citrus juice, you would swear that pulp is swirling around the glass (a riedel crystal pilsner). If not rolled: slight haze but smooth clean presence.
S: Tropical, orange and grapefruit brightness, with mango/banana scent ending with a rich spicy pine
T: I feel that this hit my roundhouse. Easy at first and very approachable. The middle is where the depth starts to surprise. Pine, yeasty, bread and banana and finishing with subtle spices
F: lighter that most, but this is what I was needing from Grimm. Less oily pine to resin feel and taste. This was the great surprise. Sometimes complexity comes from subtle flavors, not hit you in the taste bud California popular versions. More in line with Pliny the Elder than the mass produced smack you down hype marketed brands
O: Grimm's elusive availability makes me expect more. Zap shocked me with a superb offering, that I hope to find again and again

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Photo of frozyn
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that sticks around well on a somewhat aggressive pour.

Smells strongly of pineapple, mango, papaya.

Taste follows closely on the nose, adding notes of resin and a slight dankness. Warmth introduces a slight bubblegum sweetness.

Soft, well carbonated, medium bodied. Easy to drink, but the softness reminds me its a DIPA and should be sipped slowly.

Very delicious. I enjoyed my first can, consumed at about 10 days post canning, more than this one at 18 days, but that's being slightly nitpicky. I'm enjoying this immensely and would definitely buy again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Tons of tropical fruits, citrus hops, oranges, pineapples, and fruity malts. Medium body, no bitterness.

Overall another awesome beer from Grimm; loved it and easy to drink.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware, duh). This can has a packaging date of December 2, 2016 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 12/02/16 10:34:19”), which would make it almost two and a half weeks old at the time of consumption. It’s been refrigerated for at least four days.
Appearance (4.25): Two fingers of ecru-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a honey-orange, very hazy body. That foam dies down at a moderate pace. As the beer goes on, it leaves a wonderfully gauzy, webby sheet of lace on the far side of the glass. Beyond that, it’s mostly a spotty collection of suds on the near side of the glass.

Smell (4.5): A very nice mixture of tangerine, soft pineapple, sweetened red grapefruit, light passionfruit and papaya . . . and sweet green grapes, too. It leans more toward the passionfruit and a slightly dank, weird, weed-y note as it warms. Actually, the more I think about it, the more it reminds me of pink guava. It’s almost perfumey, and just so goddamned fragrant.

Taste (4.25): Holy cow . . . it’s so soft and smooth at first, with a crazily juicy, sweet hop flavor—it’s like Clementine juice, maybe—but it’s quickly followed by pithy, nearly astringent bitterness with a sour, dank edge. It can definitely come off as a bit soapy, in the right light. That dankness gets more prominent, and invades the mid-palate with a resinous layer coating your tongue. In the end, it moves toward an even split of candy-like pineapple sweetness and dank, kind of soapy, resinous sourness chased by thin, brassy, pithy bitterness. Surprisingly, no booze comes through, overtly at least, but it could easily be hidden by that dank character and the surprisingly prominent bitterness, as well. In the end, after it’s warmed up adequately, the dankness and pithy bitterness dominate.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The body is extremely smooth and creamy at first, but it’s quickly washed out by pithy, bitter dryness, followed up by a modest coating of tingly, thin, but velvety carbonation that spreads out evenly before washing out. It’s full-feelings but only slightly above medium-weight in heft. It feels slick but not syrupy, and fully satisfying. This beer drinks just as its weight should, but with no hint whatsoever of booze.

Overall (4.0): Weirdly, it seems like the sum of this beer’s parts is greater than the whole. It’s smoother and more dank than the other hoppy beers of theirs that I’ve had, but the utilization of predominantly NZ hops in beers like Light Year and Magnetic Compass has been executed with greater effect, in my opinion. I think they just do a better job expressing hop character with varieties like those. Still, this beer is excellent and thoroughly well-crafted. Recommended, even if it’s not on the same level as something like Light Year.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Darwin from Darwin's Beer Reviews for hooking me up with a can. Love your YouTube Channel. Drank out of a Tulip Glass.

Look: Medium gold color with not much head to speak of. Beer pours out relatively clear but has a medium to medium plus haze in the glass. Upon closer inspection you can spot lots of little tiny floaties of hop and yeast matter suspended in the beer.

Smell: Not as juicy as I would expect from a GRIMM. Big lemon and pine aromas up front. Smells like lemon Pinesol. Some tropical fruits begin to present as the beer warms but not much.

Taste: Aroma translates to the palate. Very green and piney with a strong piney bitterness. Not resinous though. Surprisingly west coast in style for such a quintessential east coast brewery.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for 8%. Makes this beer dangerously drinkable.

Overall(Style points): West coast beer from an east coast brewery meshes the styles very nicely. 90.5 points.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Mildly hazy light amber orange with minimal head and excellent lacing, smells like candied peach, tropical fruit, cotton candy, light booze, citrus peel, and sweet bready malts, tastes like sweet citrus zest, hints of orange blossom and elder flower, finishes with medium aggressive pithy bitterness that lingers, feel is soft and creamy. A creamy floral bitter milkshake.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN: After playing the "we have it but we're going to tell you we don't because we're saving the limited releases" game at Whole Foods Union Square in Manhattan, I went to my ole reliable Brooklyn beer store and nabbed a can for a $1.00 markup (bringing the price to $5.99 total). 16 fl oz. Colourful label art. Canned 12/02/16. Brewed by Grimm at Beltway Brewing Co., Sterling, VA. Standard pull-tab.

Imperial India Pale Ale (they call it a double IPA). 8% ABV.

I've never bought the "roll can to suspend hop particles" gimmick they put on the label; seems like pedantic nonsense.

HEAD: ~4cm in height. White colour. Fluffy and soft-looking. Leaves an inconsistent coating of lacing on the glass' sides at it recedes. Average (~2 minute) retention.

BODY: Murky dull orange-copper. Not vibrant or lively at all. Floating yeast particulate is plainly visible in spite of the beer's nontransparency, indicating this is unfiltered.

I've seen enough unfiltered IPAs to know this is a below average appearance for the style. It'd be apologist to let this hide behind the trite "East Coast IPAs just don't look good" mantra; this is far from appealing.

AROMA: Tropical fruit from the Azacca - mainly ripe mango. Some yogurty tang I'd associate with expert utilization of Simcoe (Hill Farmstead's Simcoe hopped beers have the same yogurty note this boasts) but no concomitant oniony or garlicky notes (as Simcoe is more conventionally known for). In spite of its fruity emphasis, it's not at all juicy, failing to really hit fresh orange or tangerine; Citra is poorly showcased as a result. Floral.

Pale malts tame any hop bitterness.

Suggests a coating well-balanced beer with a nice hop profile, but not a stellar hoppy-as-hell imperial IPA. I'm eager to try it, but the lack of hop pungency in the aroma coupled with its relatively meager 8% ABV are making me question if this isn't actually more of an IPA marketed as an imperial IPA.

Not a resinous, oily, "dank," (as they say), or piney hop profile. Grimm's website advertises notes of rose and orange blossom; I don't get those at all.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Coating indeed, with a medium body and an unnaturally smooth, wet, yet reticent mouthfeel. It's so coating that the hop oils don't really penetrate and the flavours don't pop as a result. This coating texture suppresses depth of flavour, and the flavours lack vividness and expressiveness as a result, each note failing to fully land.

Slightly oniony with a blip of faint yogurty tang on the finish. Generic floral hop character is present as well, along with some Azacca-derived ripe mango. A hint of pulpy orange juice hits in the third act. Citra is as poorly utilized as the aroma suggested, with no juicy or evocative citrusy flavours present. I want more tangy yogurt from the Simcoe, more fruity notes, and just more depth of flavour in general. Pale malt sweetness covers up any hop bitterness, but I doubt there was much there to begin with; this is far more mellow than most IPAs, and dareisay most quality pale ales. Drinkers hoping for the hop flavours to be on par with the imperial IPA style will likely be let down; this has no real punch.

I wouldn't say it's well balanced; it seems underhopped even though the malt bill feels right. Flavour duration is brief. Flavour intensity is low for the style (especially, as noted above, where the hops are concerned).

There's no harmony of texture and taste, and this seems worse for having been unfiltered. A cleaner more crisp presentation of flavour would really help this. The mouthfeel just gets in the beer's way constantly.

OVERALL: Drinkable mediocrity from a brewery with a high reputation. At $5+ per pint, you've got to do better than this - especially in a market like New York's. There's just no depth of flavour here whatsoever, and no commitment to the hops. I hoped for more stellar work from Grimm (a brewery whose work I often admire), and I'm sure limited release chasers will succumb to the emperor's new clothes effect, but for my money this may be the worst brew the brewery's put out thus far - even though "worst" in this case merely means it's average. Buyers be warned - this has less hop pungency than, say, Lagunitas New Dogtown.

C (2.91) / AVERAGE

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Impressions from the 2nd can I bought:

Yeah: it's reticent. The depth of flavour just isn't there. I like the wisp of yogurty flavour and the mouthfeel is kind of close to what it should be, but overall this is drinkable but unimpressive. I shelled out $6 a pint in good faith hope that the beer would be fantastic coming from a brewery as acclaimed as Grimm, but this just isn't where it needs to be, and I'd bet my left kidney the same NYC-based reviewers casually according this high ratings would find it underwhelming in a blind taste test. Not a bad beer by any means, merely an average one (I'd rather have a sub-$2 12oz bottle from a Sam Adams or New Belgium variety box).

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of CHickman
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/02/16, it pours cloudy/completely hazy gold orange color with plenty of microscopic sediment floating around in the brew which had a 1-2 finger bright white foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving really nice foamy lacing clinging to the sides with rings as it went down. Standard handsome looking DIPA from Grimm.

Smells of tangerine, pineapple, mango, light grapefruit, orange peel, tropical fruit, fresh wet floral hop cones, graham cracker, mild brown sugar and fruity candy like gummy bears. Simple yet very complex as the fresh citrus and hoppy notes make it lovely to inhale.

Tastes like fruit juice with some fresh piney hops and zesty citrus fruit added. The tropical fruits are full of citrus like lemon, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, starfruit, guava, apricot, white grapes and even some green pear. There are dry floral hop aspects and peppery spices in the mix but the best part to me was the perfect balance from the toasted grains, buttery malt, graham cracker and bread crust. Late toffee or caramel round out a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth with the minor bitterness for a DIPA adding nice contrast to all the juicy hop notes. Carbonation is very mellow, with a medium to lightly chewy body that slides down easier than it should. I found myself having to slow down because this was so drink-able.

Overall it's another great DIPA from Grimm. The delicious flavors hide the ABV and make it session worthy. At this point I will buy any IPA or DIPA that Grimm produces, they have proven time and time again that they are world class brewers.

1/2/2017: Had my last can from the batch canned 12/02/16, and it held up with the malts coming on a little stronger but the juicy citrus fruit still keeping the sweetness in check. A month later and this brew was still great.

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Photo of Boccu
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours tangerine and hazy. Light white head that clings to edge of snifter as it fades. Aroma is tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is apricot flesh, citrus, mangos, pineapple and light hops. Great DIPA from Grimm. Alcohol is well hidden. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of cfalls
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - light orange, nice and hazy, very little head

S - tropical fruit (papaya?), floral, lime zest, toasty malt

T - less sweet than Light Year but there is a slight sweetness, mango, muscadine, crackery malt, piney bitterness

F - medium-low carbonation, medium thickness, no burn

O - yum

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Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, canned 12/2/16...one can limit currently at Brew & Co. in Bedford, NY

Pours moderatly hazed, dull tangerine, lasting light khaki cap, thick colar and frothy lace left behind all over the glass.

The expected tropical fruit nose in all its yummyness.

Another tropical fruit bomb...loaded with ripe pinepple and orange juicy goodness.

Fine Fine stuff...pick some up if you see it in your local

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a deep gold color, glowing orange and hazy.

The aroma hits of juicy apricot, mango, floral, a bready sweetness, orange candy.

The flavor follows with that candied orange, tropical Gummy Worm, peach rings, mango, a bit of chewy bready sweetness to accentuate those fruity hop notes, onto a woodsy and dank assertive medium plus bitterness on the finish. DIPA candy in a can again.

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