Castling | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
79.5%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 73 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
As our friend Yvan De Baets writes, farmhouse ales were "either sour or very bitter." This is the latter -- a bitterly refreshing, eurocentric farmhouse ale produced by step mashing a 100% pilsner grist and hopping heavily with Hallertau Hersbrucker and Tettnang.

Added by paulish on 12-20-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,762
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
73
Liked:
58
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
7.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear draw gold with dense white foam. Smells like a saison, taste gets a little more bitterness than usual. Just a really good, clean beer.

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ontic
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dansushi
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden colored beer, light orange highlights. Head poured was very soapy with large bubbles, fades quickly, little lace.
S: I appreciate the complexity of the aroma. Most prominently is a strong bread yeast aroma, I also get some rather strong sweet fruity notes. Also get some bubble gum and banana (amyl esters?), which is a bit surprising as I don't think this was brewed with wheat.
T: Dry bitterness, not like an IPA, more subtle. Lots of spicyness, presumably from phenols, and a grassy/floral hop astringency. Still has a nice sweetness though.
F: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Easy to drink. Carbonation feels high but it may just be the spicyness I mentioned.
O: I actually really liked this, has an excellent balance in regard to its dryness/bitterness. Drinkable yet assertive. Also appreciate some of the complexity I experienced with this beer.

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Photo of probert
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karenremom
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cshaffer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Khaack
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psychgawsple
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago as this beer had a date of December 2016 on the side of the bottle. Most of Grimm's other bottles were easy to quaff but this one was a bit odd, and not in a funky or sour way. While this never felt skunked or old, the European feel to this was a bit off given that I preferred American takes on this by breweries such as Ommegang.

This had a nice pour to it as the beer was golden, cloudy, and topped off with a massive, foamy head. Lots of soapy and intricate lacing could be seen down the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a lot of sediment either as there was just a few dark bits on the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled out. Lots of Pilsner in the nose with the usual funky farmhouse notes underneath that. The taste was somewhat floral with notes of mineral water, grass, straw, lemon, and pepper. Was this a Saison? A Sour? A Belgian White or IPA? It could have been any of those as this finished relatively clean with a bit of herbal tea in the aftertaste. Can't say that I know beer well enough to detect Hallertau, Hersbrucker, or Tettnang but after having this, it's obvious that they combined for a taste and feel that was quite distinctive.

At least this was light in alcohol and had traces of champagne-like yeast and carbonation in it. This was a nice beer that was tough to pinpoint but relatively easy to enjoy and at the end of the day, isn't that why we're all here? I hope to give this another go with a slightly fresher bottle next time around...

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"farmhouse ale" is generous for this i think, its much simpler, cleaner beer than we are used to under the "farmhouse" moniker. its almost like an esb meets a czech pils with a little belgian inspiration, but nothing about it is raw, rustic, wild, funky, or grain driven in any way. that said, i like the malt base, i wouldnt have guessed it to be all pils as the description states here. it has a bit more color than that, maris otter or something i would have suspected, especially because the hops (at least to me), have more of an english than a german complexion, especially in the finish, all grassy and bitter without the brightness i look for in the noble varietals. i like how clean the grain is, somewhat more earthy and toasty, less bready and crackery than i normally think of pils malt being. the beer is well hoppy too, a nice departure from the american varietals, and completely satisfying to me both mentally and physically. the yeast is like a cooler fermented common belgian strain, not allowed to go crazy, but way off the saison or wild funky or estery elements, no dry spice quality, none of that, its just clean and simple, classic. almost crisp like a lager. a neat stylistic fusion, and good quality simple ale. the world needs more beer like this, and its nice to see something of such stature thats not a barrel aged adjunct stout or a wild ale, especially from these guys. less is more. right on!

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Photo of JoeMans
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 79.5% out of 100 with 73 ratings
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