Grimm Artisanal Ales

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #525
Ranked #4,742
4.14 | pDev: 5.8%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strangely enough - Skyspace tastes and smells a bit like fruited yogurt. There's definitely a bit of lactose to the mouth feel and taste. It's not at all what I was expecting from a dry-hopped sour. Very odd.

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Photo of Delli555
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying 4 of the Grimm Artisan Ales so far, this one is my least favorite. The look is by far the best part with its raspberry color, and the raspberry smell is good too, but the taste is below ave. for these juggernaut brewers.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pink red color. Dry and acedic, lots of raspberries and tart dark fruits especially in the nose.

A very nice light sour; worth checking out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great beer. Poured a cloudy pink color with a pink tinted head. Left spots of lacing everywhere. Smelled like fresh raspberries with a little hint of sour and oak. The taste is pleasantly tart with fresh raspberries and a hint of oak that finishes with a nice sweetness. I loved this beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated January 2017

Pours cloudy berry pinkish red with a frothy light pinkish white foam head. Smells like fresh raspberries, raspberry yogurt, some citrus, vanilla, pale malts, white oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sour raspberries, raspberry yogurt, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, vanilla, pale malt, white oak, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice dry-hopped raspberry sour ale conditioned on oak.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass with a murky sanguine appeal. Cute lacing with vanilla texture. Smells are sweet and I find notes of berries and some type of wood. Taste hits first with a tartness that is inviting, the raspberries come into play along with a reminder of yogurt and cream. Makes me think they picked berries directly off trees to make this brew. The taste took me off-guard compared to the smell. Extremely refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally from January 2017, enjoyed from grimm wine glass. brew pours a delightful light magenta. Really nice color. Nose and taste are as advertised, dry hopped sour...check...oak...check...raspberry...check! Nose is nicer than the taste which has a sharpness from the dry hop (still) and the oak is fairly noticeable as well. Raspberry is the star, but glazed thick on top of the dry hopped sour makes for an interesting result. Not bad, but not great. Reminds me of some of the deGarde dry hopped sours that are a little odd with the sharpness and the flavor. I like trying the grimm stuff and most of the recent stuff has been excellent, but it really is a hit or miss game. This one tows the line of hit/miss. Some might love it, but it's just okay for me.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date of January, 2017 printed at the right side of the bottle, making this about two months old. It’s been refrigerated for several days prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.5): This pours out nearly three fingers of fluffy, light pink foam capping a cloudy, dark fuschia colored body. The head dies down fairly slowly, leaving nice, broken, leggy collars of thin, delicate lace.

Smell (4.0): So. Much. Fruit. It smells like raspberry sorbet, blended with a tangy plain Greek yogurt aroma. Strawberry taffy, raspeberry jam, cantaloupe, vanilla iced sugar cookies, and something creamy like a creamsicle. Like a raspberry-flavored creamsicle, in beer form. Somewhat unexpected, but overall I dig it a lot.

Taste (4.25): It’s not exactly tart right off the bat, but offers a smooth limeade flavor preceding the creamy raspberry sorbet indicated by the nose—but it quickly transitions into a tart-sour character that’s two parts lemon juice, one part tangy yogurt, one part lime flesh. The berry sweetness doesn’t have the tannic or tart parts of fresh, macerated berries, but instead remains juicy and slick. Some of that tannic character might remain, but if it does it’s subsumed by the tart, acidic side of the beer. A slight amount of dank resin from the Simcoe comes through, mixed into the acid and fruit, but it’s mostly lost in that flavor mélange. The Wakatu may be contributing a bit of grassiness on the back end, but it’s mostly washed away by the acidic finish. It’s just so freaking juicy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The body is creamy, smooth, and a tad shy of medium-weight, but the carbonation is very fine, dry, and moderately tingly. It feels like the raspberry contributes a lot of slick, juicy feel, kept in balance by the fine carbonation and a tasteful amount of acid bite. It dries out enough, but not too much, keeping the feel somewhat fuller and more satisfying than the 5% ABV might suggest. This is excellent.

Overall (4.25): It’s probably clear from my notes regarding the aroma and flavor, but the raspberry component is creamier and smoother than I was expecting. In the end, it makes the beer juicier and more satisfying than a lot of otherwise bone-dry sour ales. Personally, I really enjoy this beer, and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of BEER88
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bombers poured into snifters and split between 3, bomber date says "January 2017". This looks like a red murky roes water juice thing...bubbly head that fades overtime. It smells like loads raspberries lactose and vanilla with a little funk. It tastes like tart raspberry juice with a chalkiness to it. Feel is effervescent and juicy. Overall its a descent sour but not my favorite Grimm sour, I had higher expectations but I will always try their new offerings. Cheers

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At this point in my experience with Grimm, I'm confident trying any of their dry hopped sours. The "base" beer, which is what I consider the dry-hopped sour before the fruit-additions, is awesome. Really well done - tart, dry, light citrus, balancing bitterness, crisp finish. The differentiator for each version is the fruit and/or any other additions. I'm assuming "conditioned" on oak means the beer either sat in a barrel for a short period of time or oak chips were added. Either way - the woodiness is faint but present and the beer has a nice dry feel. The raspberry is tart and sweet and plays nicely with the oak. The color of this beer is impressive and silly - pink like a passion fruit cocktail. Adds to the experience, which is what this beer is for me. One and done but enjoyable - a good experience but a little too much fruit for me to reach for again.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to wine glass. This beer has a phenomenal body. It's like raspberry puree or a smoothie in a glass. An off-white/pink thin head.
Tart raspberry aroma and taste. Great beer for dessert.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Hazy ruby red with light pink head, the nose is sour/bitter raspberry seeds, pomegranate soda, mixed berry yogurt, strawberry jam, taste is sweet raspberries/ blackberries up front that becomes sour, hint of floral hops and citrus zest, finishes sticky with a jollyrancher and raspberry seed bittersweetness. Sweeter/more candy then the previous sour reds, delightfully refreshing, reminds me of a sour Frutti di Bosco juice from childhood.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler into a Surly teku. Shared by schen9303.

Cloudy but great color. Nose is seedy and tart raspberry. Taste is a watered down raspberry jam with a light, crisp tartness and a seedy, almost earthy bitterness. Very good balance as the seedy presence enhances the sweet and tart raspberry. Pretty delicious! Light bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and coarse going down but makes you come back for more!

A pretty impressive beer. It makes me want to try Grimm's other sour offerings.

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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rail Trail in Hudson.

Gorgeous color, haze, and head. Amazing nose of berries, funk, and a trace of hops. Flavor is solid but a bit underwhelming, as is the feel/body, which is a bit thin and watery. Sweet and fruity but not at all cloying. Tart and clean finish. First beer from Grimm finally and very impressed!

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a murky deep pink coral color.

The beer hits of a wonderful raspberry flavor, not jammy, but a bit of candy, lots of tart skin and seeds, tart Greek yogurt, creamy throughout, a lightly grainy malt. Acidity is medium plus of Sweet Tarts, with creamy oak on the finish.

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Photo of wedge
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky red jam color with a thick pinkish head that drops to a sticky, frothy cap. Aromas of deep seedy berries, mild vanilla creaminess, and a touch of woody spice. Raspberry, strawberry, and cranberry flavors and some lemony acidity. Medium-light, frothy, and dry - slightly watery in the finish. I keep expecting to come across little seeds. Pure berry juice...

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours like a strawberry fruit drink--very cloudy, very ruby red. Little head but good steaks for lace.

Surprisingly mild aroma given the color; I was expecting a strong soured raspberry (or cherry or strawberry) nose. I get a little berry but little else.

The flavor is surprisingly raspberry -- full force, take no prisoners assault on the tongue. In fact, I wild describe this more as raspberry juice than a beer, not that I am complaining. This is rich with a light carbonation. Short aftertaste with a mostly tart touch.

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This basically unsweetened cranberry juice with an awesome carbonation and mouthfeel to it. Could drink this all day and makes me want to be lying on a beach somewhere warm.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/5/2017 at the Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy pink color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raspberries, caramelized malts and some wild Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly tart raspberry flavor. Then some mild breadiness from wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character comes in along with some creaminess. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good variation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Skyspace from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 80 ratings