In Mid-Air
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - New England
Ranked #503
Ranked #2,312
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
In Mid-AirIn Mid-Air
Notes: Big aroma on this one! Passionfruit/tropical meets hoppy/dank. Brewed with… all the good hops. Mosaic, Columbus, Wai-ti, Citra, and Simcoe. Complex, clean, aggressive, balanced.
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my 16 oz Flying Dog tulip glass canned on 12/28/17. Pours very a very cloudy orange yellow, with a solid two finger sticky white head that leaves patches of streaky lace everywhere.

Smell apricot, papaya, mango, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, papaya, mango, and a sharp hit of piney grapefruit in the fairly aggressive finish.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium a tad sticky, moderate carbonation, juicy not dry, and drinks so darn easy, like it was carbonated tropical juice, that kicKS you in the head.

Overall another tremendous Grimm treat sent from @Rcruz9230. Love this brewery, the only thing I fear is that they are a tad one dimensional with all juicy, hazy IPAS, but fortunately all world class.

Mar 07, 2017
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c_tails from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can dated mid-January

Golden hazy Amber

Tons of floaties which I don't love but they do settle. I rolled the can but it poured pretty solid coagulated flecks. No huge deal.

Smell is citrus pith, ripe stone fruit, dankness, definite booze on the nose

Taste - fleshy ripe peaches, mangos is what I'm picking up first. Then the dankness, a nice bitterness sets in. Big aggressive booze at the back.

Feel- soft and velvet smooth like the other Grimm ipas. Really pleasant mouthfeel.

Really like it but I liked lambo and light year more. Those have a bit more of a balance and felt slightly less aggressive to me. Still a great offering but I've enjoyed their others even more.

Feb 18, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a few weeks back and got around to having it in the midst of the first snow in a month here. I love most of what Grimm's put out and this was no exception as the massive combination of hops, potent alcoholic content, and nice balance all came together for an addicting brew that was hard to pace myself through!

This was one of those beers that I should have rolled before opening as the sediment could be seen floating in the dark but glowing amber liquid. Nice head to go along with thick, soapy rings of lacing along the back of my pint glass. Tons of tropical fruit in the nose along with some citrus juice as that translated to tons of mango, papaya, orange, and melon rind in the taste. Some cracker could be detected, which gave this beer a nice body and it had a bit of a lager-like feeling in that there were some slightly grassy and sour notes in the midst of all of this as well. I love the juicy mouthfeel and slightly dank and piney tone to this as there was just the right carbonation to this, allowing for the finish to be clean in spite of all of the seemingly opposing forces that were present!

This was mildly aggressive but there was just a slight warming effect when I finally finished this off. I got a hint of mint and menthol in the aftertaste once the liquid was all gone, further proving how nice this tailed off and how little was left of the heavier and more dank notes. Rumor has it that Grimm will be getting their own space in East Williamsburg later this year and having another winner from them, it's obvious that that day is long overdue - it will be great to get a winner like this straight from the brewer without having to hunt it down!

Feb 09, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/28/17. Consumed 2/6/17. Received in a trade.

Look: Very hazy, great foam head that lasts. Bright orange, noticeable particles that stay floating, great gravity. (8/10)
Smell: Sweet, Dank, Earthy, Mold, Spice, Floral, Pine, Resin, Grapefruit, Passionfruit. Definitely a variety of hops. (7/10)
Taste: Orange Sorbet, Syrupy, Endless variety of hops, tropical fruit, Mango, Pine, Lemongrass. Much sweeter taste than the smell. (8/10)
Feel: Small bite on the tongue and throat, lingering aftertaste of malt and alcohol. After 5 seconds, it dissipates into a nice lemony pucker, leaving you wanting to drink more. (9/10)
Overall: Another well blended DIPA from Grimm, although it isn't mind blowing. This is more of a bland mix that is drinkable but not too crazy. The freshness factor probably played a part in the experience. I'd imagine this was a lot fresher at one point. This tastes like Focal Banger but smoother, and less flavors. You can really get a sense of the extravagant hop profile on this one, which is respectable. (8/10)

Feb 07, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only slight hazy pale gold with a moderate white fluff that settles to an odd bubble island, with tons of cobweb lace on the glass. The second half of the can unleashes the sediment, and the pale gold becomes 90% opaque.

Smell is bread, corn, pine, cannabis, and grapefruit, followed by peach and a little pungent yeast.

Oh wow, the flavor changes it up a lot, starting out by tart apple taking the stage first. This is followed by some pear, then peach and tangerine, but not too powerfully citric. There are slight hints of pine, bread and rug, with even a little grape PEZ. This is a really unique blend of hops, with a semi-sweet flavor, but still finishing slightly bitter as an IPA should.

Nice moderate body, with soothing soft carbonation, and a semi dry-finish.

Jan 30, 2017
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned about a month ago. Pours a hazy peach orange, with some sedement. Fluffy white head. Fruity pineapple, melon, grapefruit and cracker aroma, taste matches. Mouthfeel is medium, perfect for a DIPA. Great Grimm IPA. Love it.

Jan 28, 2017
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frozyn from New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a nice hazy peach, plenty of hop particulates, with a fluffy white head.

S -- Pineapple, passionfruit, mango, a little dank earthiness behind it all.

T -- Follows closely on aroma, but with more punch, a little sweetness, and a nice bitterness.

F -- Nicely medium, soft feel, good carbonation with a little zip. Slight resin.

O -- The flavor carries the beer here, but an overall very solid beer. It was better the first can, very shortly after release.

Jan 28, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy gold with a creamy white head. Moderate retention, excellent lacing.

S: White peach, pineapple, mango, apricot, passion fruit, grapefruit, and lime. Pungently aromatic of tart, fresh, tropical fruits.

T: White peach, apricot, unripe mango and pineapple upfront. More bright, tart, and fresh than juicy overripe sweetness. Orange pith and pink grapefruit push through, leaving a light grapefruit bitterness for a moment. Crisp, and light, with hints of passion fruit and honeydew melon. Finishes lightly dry, but no lingering flavors or bitterness, save for hints of peach and orange.

F: A bit light, lightly carbonated. Soft and sluggable, though.

O: Yet another fantastic NE IPA from Grimm. Amazing.

Jan 26, 2017
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 12/28. Drank out of a TEKU.

Look: medium gold color with creamy white head and a medium plus haze. When you look closely you do see some floaties.

Smell: Grapefruit and light apricot on the nose. Maybe a hint of sweet vidalia onion. Not explosive though

Taste: Very nice grapefruit citrus on the palate with a medium pithy bitterness. There is a bit of the fleshy sweetness that I normally associate with GRIMM beer buts it's more subdued than normal.

Mouthfeel: On point for am 8% IPA nice creamy medium plus leaning toward full mouthfeel.

Overall(style points): GRIMM has been a bit off with some of their DIPAs lately but this one is back on point. 94 points!

Jan 26, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a huge, well retained white head that left lots of lacing. Smells and tastes of tropical fruits-mango and pineapple, citrus-orange and grapefruit with some pith flavors and some sweet malts. Fairly sweet beer with not too much bitterness. Mouth feel is on the light side, lightly carbonated (perhaps too lightly). Another winner from Grimm.

Jan 25, 2017
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Chocolatejams from New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite tasty. Other descriptions are pretty accurate, so no need to expand upon the nuances of this one.

Im nearing the bottom of a pint at a local establishment right now. Stopped to try something new before heading home from work. Pretty tasty. Got a light buzz already so this was right on time.

If you're in Plattsburgh, NY this beer is on tap at Hobies for a limited time.

Jan 24, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep gold with a medium plus haze.

The aroma is not as sweet and candy forward, mango, passionfruit, peach, a bit of dank.

The flavor pop of huge fruit flavors, mango and peach smoothie, with a bit of candy sweetness, with leaning of fleshy fruit, chewy biscuity malt in the middle, with a medium bitterness with dank and green pine.

Jan 24, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours merky golden orange two finger head which fades slowly strong lacing. Aroma is pineapple, orange peel, mango, kiwi and tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose but not as powerful as aroma. Has a dank middle and hop finish. Another strong DIPA from Grimm. Big fan.

Jan 22, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy golden orange that is just barely translucent. The head is huge, frothy and bright white. Retention is amazing and there is immaculate webbed lacing left over the entire glass.

The smell is excellent. Mango, orange, mixed berries and pineapple jump out of the glass. There is also some dank, green earthiness when the beer is agitated and also the slightest hint of underlying sweet and bready malts.

Taste is very similar. The hop flavors come across a bit more muted than in the smell, and the malts are just a bit stronger. Certainly cannot call this beer balanced, or even close to it, but the taste is a bit more so than the smell.

Feel is very soft and juicy. No apparent bitterness or alcohol present. Slightly lacking in the carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. There is a vast array of hop flavors and it is absurdly drinkable for an 8% DIPA. Buuuuuut, (truck chasers and hypemongers will want me tar and feathered for saying this) I've alternatingly drunken 2 cans of In Mid-Air and 2 bottles of SN Tropical Torpedo and I prefer TO. They are more similar than they are different though.

Jan 21, 2017
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Dmbphoenix from New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy Hops Batman! Pours a straw amber hue with lots of floating suspended hops IN MID AIR! The lacing is suggestive of fresh snow clinging to the windows

Impressing delivery, Grimm

Lots of mango and kiwi, some pineapple sweet scent on the nose.

Wow what a floral mouthful. Honestly not too dank, not too complex, very smooth.

Moderate heft and float on the palate.

Definitely worth a splurge!

Jan 18, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, 2 weeks since canning date.
Pours a hazy bright golden orange cooor with two fingers of off white head. Tons of tropical fruits, citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall I loved this; no bitterness and feels like a single IPA. Highly recommended.

Jan 16, 2017
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ChipChaight from New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from Noble Grains NYC
Golden orange, fluffy head, sweet dank tangerine zest, hints of tropical fruit bubblegum, bready malts, nice spicy citrus pith bitterness that lingers, soft and creamy. A citrus peel milkshake with a sprinkle of dank.

Jan 15, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

CAN: Nabbed at a Whole Paycheck in New York City for $4.99. Canned 12/28/16 per the code on the bottom. 16 oz. Aluminum. Label is white with some odd art, and advises Grimm's usual "roll can to suspend hop haze" gimmick.

"Double India Pale Ale." 8% ABV. Brewed by Grimm at Beltway. Per Grimm's website, this is brewed with Mosaic, Columbus, Wai-ti, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Served cold and consumed as fresh as possible (it hit town yesterday).

HEAD: Frothy and white, with nice creaminess and softness to it. Robust, holding up for a good 8 minutes in spite of its high ABV. Leaves a light thin coat of lacing on the glass' sides as it dies down. Fluffy and luscious. Well-executed.

BODY: Dull and hazy, lacking the clean and vibrant appearance of most of the best expressions of the style. Murky and nontransparent, but somewhat translucent. Clearly unfiltered. Call it the "East coast style" if you must, but it's an inferior body to that seen even in mediocre examples of the imperial IPA. I see no yeast or lees within.

Overall, it seems well-carbonated and the head is definitely more appealing than the body. Not a great appearance for an imperial IPA, but an average one.

AROMA: Not as tropical as I expected, but there's a definite tropical bend, hitting on faint passionfruit and papaya instead of going huge on mango, papaya, guava, and pineapple like so many New York imperial IPAs seem to these days (see Other Half, Interboro, even Grimm's other (I)IPAs). Onion up front from the Simcoe. Muted citrus (probably from the citra). No blueberry from the Mosaic, unfortunately. I imagine the tropical bend is coming from the Mosaic and Wai-ti, but then from my understanding Wai-ti is usually more peach & apricot redolent than it is tropical. Dried lime is present.

Pale malt seem to keep the hop bitterness in check, but it's not a particularly vivid aroma to be honest. Muted across the board, never evoking clean juicy citrus or subtle bursts of blueberry like one would hope for in a Mosaic and Citra hopped ale. I get some murky floral and oniony notes from the Columbus and Simcoe, but none of Simcoe's propensity for yogurty tang is there.

No off-notes. No overt booze. But not much pungency or expressiveness either. Suggests an enjoyable balanced drinkable imperial IPA of limited depth, intricacy, and subtlety of flavour. I'm looking forward to trying it, but as good as the hop selection seems (Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra is hard to wrong with, an Columbus sweetens the deal) I'm not getting vivid aromatics therefrom. Aromatic intensity is merely average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: I do get some of the peachy flavour Wai-ti is known for in the third act, which is a nice surprise. And it does drift a biteen yogurty in terms of Simcoe, rightly eschewing Simcoe's oniony garlicky character for that tangy flavour that seems less common in Simcoe-hopped brews. Floral throughout, with some muted citrus (think old orange juice and a blip of lime) stepping aside to let tropical flavour dominate: passionfruit, papaya, maybe guava. I guess it comes from the Mosaic, but otherwise Mosaic is poorly utilized, with none of its signature subtle blueberry emerging.

Pale malt sweetness keep any extraneous hop bitterness suppressed, resulting in a balanced brew. It's definitely on the fruitier side for an imperial IPA, so fans of piney, resinous, oily, superfloral, or grassy expressions of the style may not be so big on it. Fruity hop forward as it is, one would hope for a juicier fresher cleaner feel. I'm not sure this is better for having been unfiltered.

Depth of flavour is limited; this is muted across the board, with each constituent note blurring into the mix but never ringing distinct. Not particularly layered or intricate, with a flat presentation of flavour. Flavour intensity is average for the style; it's not as aggressive as many. Flavour duration is average.

Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, unrefreshing, overcarbonated. What really works well for it is how soft and mellow it is on the palate, lending it a comforting pleasant presence. Not astringent, harsh, boozy, gushed, hot, or otherwise problematic. But as stated above, a more juicy, filtered, clean texture would be preferable.

OVERALL: Its reticence and muted flavour is its undoing, but it remains a very drinkable imperial IPA that hides its ABV rather well. I've nitpicked it above if only out of love for Grimm's best beers and the hope that this would be one of them, but though it isn't up there with the best imperial IPAs from New York City-affiliated breweries and brands, it's very balanced enjoyable work and a beer I'd be happy to drink again. Well-executed though it is, I did hope for better given the prudent hop selection, and with vastly more affordable expressions of the style from the likes of Deschutes, Lagunitas, and others sitting on shelves in the same market it'd be tough to justify springing for this again at its current high price.

High B- (3.46) / WORTHY

Jan 15, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Flynn's in Mansfield

Big creamy head fades slowly, nice lacing, very hazy apricot orange color

Nose big citrus and tropical, pineapple, faint mango, grapefruit orange citrus tangerine, mild grassy spicy hops, pith, faint sweet

Taste big citrus hops, orange, mild grapefruit, plenty of pith, little rind, pineapple, little papaya skin, little spicy grassy rind, mild sweet toasted pale malts, pretty bitter, sticky semi sweet finish.

Mouth is med bod, big fluffy carb, hint warming booze

Overall pretty good, not their best beer but def s well done dipa.

Jan 14, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

everyone seems to love this one, but I dunno...kinda me to me. fairly syrupy in flavor without the body to support it. sure there are some nice tropical fruit notes but they are kind of mushed together and the body is watery for such a powerful flavor. that said the booziness is well integrated and not notcieable...was surprised to see this is a double. I admire grim for the variety, but I would.much rather they just rotate between the 4 or 5 really great brews they make and sprinkle in variations. this one was just OK for me for a grimm ipa...solid blind beer, but knowing what grimm is capable of...

Jan 14, 2017
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very hazy orange juice color with under a fingers worth of bubbly foam. Smell is sweet with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and a bit of floral earthiness. This is a big juice bomb with flavors of pineapple and mango before a slight grapefruit bitterness, very slight, comes in. Feels a little thick with good carbonation. This is outstanding! Another great DIPA by Grimm!

Jan 14, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - good head retention, hazy but not opaque, some floaties, medium orange in color

S - medium pungency, white grape, an almost lager-like earthy element, a hint of passionfruit, more dank than most Grimm beers but still less so than most Other Half beers

T - surpasses the smell with a blast of fruit (think pineapple, grapefruit), medium sweetness, and a medium minus bitterness on the finish with a hint of leafy greens and that oaky aftertaste Simcoe and a few other hops seem to have

F - fairly thick, nice carbonation of small bubbles, not much burn

O - for me this is about the median Grimm hoppy beer, which is to say great


After six months, without reading my old review, for science:

L - medium orange, one finger head fades, lots of huge off-white floaties even though I rolled the can

S - subdued but pleasant stone fruit, nothing "off" but milder than I'd expect

T - nice and fruity up front (stone fruit, grape-like), slight sweetness, not very bitter, nice!

F - medium plus thickness, medium minus carbonation

O - still good, but don't have a fresh can to compare

Overall, my experience has been that hoppy beers have something a little extra in the nose for the first couple weeks or so, and after that they don't really fall off much. The yeast flocculates over the following months, but that's just a visual/aesthetic issue. Note that this is all based on cans left in the fridge. No idea what happens to a growler left out on the porch. My opinion is: drink them in the first week if you can, but don't be scared of the ones that got lost in the back of the fridge, no matter how long. I've never managed to make a hoppy beer "go bad".

Jan 14, 2017
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avas from New York

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/27/16. Consumed 1/12/17.

A: Beer pours a deep gold / medium orange color with about two fingers of pillowy white head. Medium haze on this one; some transparency when it's held up to bright light, but far from clear. Solid head retention and very nice glass lacing. Quite a pretty beer.

S: Plum, pineapple, passionfruit, and white grape. There's something very vinous and earthy about the aroma, almost a Nelson-y note despite the lack of Nelson hops in this. I get some berry notes, a fusion of lightly sweet (strawberry) and lightly savory (gooseberry). There's a light bready malt underlying the hop aromas, but it's quite subtle in relation to the fruit notes that really stand out.

T: Extremely complex yet very delicious! Honestly, I'm having a hard time picking out precise flavor notes, as there is so much going on. Following the nose, it is extremely fruit-forward throughout the taste. Up front, there's lots of passionfruit, white grape, and maybe some pear. Mid-palate, a light bready malt flavor comes through, but it's quite subtle. The beer finishes on this really musty tropical/citrus fruit fusion, kinda like blended pineapple and tangerine juice spiked with something vinous and earthy. There is a dank quality to the taste as well, but it's much more musty/fleshy/vinous vs. vegetal or herbaceous. Little spicy heat on the backend too, esp as it warms; kinda like a black pepper-y hop spice mixed with some alcohol presence on the back of the throat.

M: Soft, pillowy, creamy--typical Grimm mouthfeel. This is one delicate beer, with very little bitterness to offset a moderate malt sweetness and a ton of hop flavor. As mentioned above, a bit of alcohol heat on the back of the throat as it warms, but nothing overwhelming.

O: I haven't had the most recent Grimm IPA releases prior to this one (Light Year and Zap), but this is definitely up there with some of my favorite Grimms! Not at the level of Afterimage or Magnetic Compass, but it has really complex flavor/aromatic profiles that are super intriguing. Great stuff!

Jan 13, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (JK stem, obvssss). This was canned on December 28, 2016, according to a canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 12/28/16 10:03:47”), meaning this beer 15 days old at the time of consumption. Purchased cool yesterday, refrigerated since then (over 24hrs).

Appearance (4.75): Three fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour easily, capping a very hazy, orange-tan body with straw-yellow highlights. The head dies down very slowly, leaving a rocky cap with a fat-bubbled, cratered center, a ring of whipped foam around it, and crackly lacing at the edges. It leaves broken collars and wide legs of lazy, clumpy suds in its wake. This might be the best-looking Grimm (D)IPA I’ve had to date.

Smell (4.5): Beautiful, fruity tones come right out of the can: yellow plum and a big hit of passion fruit, and the grassy, vinous character of gooseberry. A thick layer of resinous, somewhat piny, very dank aroma sits underneath all of that fruit, along with bits of candied lemon and tangerine. This is dank, juicy, green, tropical, and rich all at once. Any malt underneath that load of hops is bready, plain, and lightly sweet with a touch of honey, but it gets rolled right into all of the fruity hops. Absolutely fantastic.

Taste (4.5): On the palate, the beer follows the dank/green/weedy path more than it does the tropical/juicy/sauv blanc path, and it sure is pungent. Oodles of red grapefruit flesh mix with a touch of lime zest and a hazy infusion of resinous herb. That part of it is more in the piny/spicy vein of “dank” than it is garlicky or oniony, fortunately. And, it plays very nicely with the pithy, citrusy flavor of grapefruit and . . . papaya. I get the impression of musky, sweet, overripe papaya hanging out underneath the bombastic grapefruit component. There is some understated malt character holding up the layers of hop flavor, offering floury baking soda biscuits, common crackers, and a touch of sourdough. No booze. It comes out a bit maybe alongside the spiciness of the “dank” side of the hops here, but you can’t tell it’s 8% ABV whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Carbonation is somewhat foamy and fine-grained, quickly coating all surfaces and raising a slight tingle. The body is a bit on the full- side of medium-weight, with a smooth slickness that falls short of creamy or oily, but leaves plenty to be dried out. Meanwhile, the hops (and probably a touch of booze) dry out the body just the right amount, beckoning the next sip. Still, it’s full and substantial enough that it’s extremely satisfying.

Overall (4.5): This is, I think, the best Grimm (D)IPA I’ve had to date, from a technical standpoint—even if I personally prefer (D)IPAs that are more focused on the NZ/sauv blanc-like hops, like Magnetic Compass, for example. But this is really outstanding shit, I have to say. It’s got plenty of the good fruit and haze you might want from NE IPAs, as well as a nice, heft dose of well-played dankness. Really, this is an outstanding beer. Very highly recommended.

Jan 13, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours moderately hazy orange-yellow. Think pineapple juice + tangerine juice. 2" white head. Long-lasting (5min.+), with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit,pineapple,floral,mixed tropical fruit.
Feel is a creamy, almost draught-like, with a finely-textured carbonation, that finishes with a pleasant, lingering bite on the tip of the tongue. Though the overall impression is a light peck on the palate, it has substantial body, that tells you it's a DIPA.

Taste is mostly grapefruit rind, plus some pineapple, floral, and faint fruity mix. In Mid-Air finishes by combining carbonation and bitterness to snap its hop-towel on the tip of the tongue. Lingering grapefruit pith bitterness there.
Overall, a delight, reinforcing Grimm's reputation for stellar beer. :)

Jan 10, 2017
In Mid-Air from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 90 ratings