Blackberry Orange Pop!
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Blackberry Orange Pop!Blackberry Orange Pop!
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #37
ABV:
6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,900
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
129
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Blackberry Orange Pop!Blackberry Orange Pop!
Notes: Blackberry Orange Pop! is a contemporary Pop-style sour overflowing with blackberries, oranges, Tahitian vanilla, Columbus and El Dorado hops. With bright acidity and a heavy dose of milk sugar, this beer hits all of the pleasure centers spot on.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 129
Photo of TheBrewsky
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/25/19. Consumed from a 16oz tulip glass.
L: Cloudy, hazy, opaque and muddy purplish red in color. A straight-centered pour yielded about a finger and a half of a bubbly reddish-colored cap that decided to skip on the party. No residual lacing, but damn dat color.
S: Tart blackberry and acidic orange are both present and in equal abundance. Vanilla also present, but in reserved amounts. Not as sweet smelling as others in the series.
T: Orange is the dominant adjunct, shortly followed by blackberry. The orange is rather zesty while the blackberry is tart, providing a unique flavor profile. 'Nilla wants in on the party, and quickly forms a ménage à trois with orange and blackberry. The lactose is also there but not overpowering, being most noticeable on the finish. It is rather tart, which seems to elevate the orange presence in an obscure way.
F: Per usual, this is a good feeling beer. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. Grimm executes the feel well.
O: An enjoyable and unique offering. I think it is a worthy component of the Pop! series. It might not be my favorite, but I think it is one of the more unique experiences the Pop! series has to offer. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy purple in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink colored head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oranges are present in the nose along with strong notes of blackberries.
T: The taste has flavors of blackberries with notes of vanilla with hints of oranges. The milk sugar contributes a light amount of sweetness and bits of lactose.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little tart, and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the taste of this Berliner Weisse as it did a good job at allowing all of the flavors (blackberry, vanilla, and orange) to shine through.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Tony210
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This can is 6% abv...
Pours a cloudy reddish color, looks like it is glowing! Minimal head that quickly fizzes to nothing. Aroma is confusing. Hoppy, vanilla, orange. Has a big sour punch up front, berries and orange are there but dominated by the vanilla and lactose, which do not mix well with the hops and fruit, IMO. I was hoping for something more like New Park Blender.

3/10/19
17 oz can dated 2/25/19
3.5 rating

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to stange, the appearance was a semi-hazy amber to pink color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head. Adequate dissipation that left some stringy lace. The aroma had some sweet to tart blackberries, some orange sweet pulp, light grassiness and a little pop from some zesty lemon sweet to sourness. The flavor was moderately sweet with the zestiness from the lemon and orange flowing up tightly to penetrate the overall flavor of blackberries. Aftertaste was more lactic and the vanilla showed up here. Finish was stringy between the blackberries and orange. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt low but fine with me. ABV felt as projected. Not that much sour harshness - seemed like the vanilla may have covered that up a little bit. Overall, if this is a Berliner Weisse than I am Mickey Mouse. However, I would say this is a pretty good American Sour ale that has some awesome nuances that could make this do-able again for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the idea of a dessert berliner is entertaining to me, lactose and vanilla, seems odd that such things would work in a sour, but here we are with a very successful beer, every bit as tasty as the cherry raspberry edition, which i also really enjoyed. the color is awesome, like a melted purplish red crayon, obviously stained like crazy from the blackberries. i think the combination of the orange and the blackberry together is amazing, sweet and tart as the same time, zesty and summery, its almost more like a cocktail than a beer, but the two fruits together is unconventional and awesome. with the vanilla and the lactose, it has elements of an orange creamsicle, which is tasty of course, and the sourness is mild enough that this is still real easy drinking. not much grain character happening here at all, but there is definitely enough else going on that i dont miss it. the fruit lingers long, and the sweetness this finishes with is appealing to me for once. lemon notes from the lacto brings out the orange even more in the finish, very fresh. very strongly flavored beer, but the vanilla is the least forward of all added elements. really pretty clever beer, as new school as it gets, but we all thought it was awesome, regardless of what tradition might say. how weird can these guys get?!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - it has a beautiful reddish orange hazy hue with some white head at first that dissipates quick. Definitely the only beer i've seen so far that looks like this.
S - big tart blackberry, cherry, raspberry, then some orange... the orange is much more in the background. Strawberries, blueberries. Lots of 'seedy' fruits here. Pomegranite.
T - very tart. Blackberry dominates. Then all the other berries => strawberry, blueberry, cherry, raspberry. Orange is very much in the background. Not sweet like "pop", more tart/tangy.
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alc covered, carb appropriate, aftertaste is tart raspberries.
O - very unique. I have to admit im less and less into sour beers all the time. They just seem more like a wine to me than a beer, especially when they're fruited like this. However, this is undeniably a good beer.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just about everything Grimm does is, at the very least, pretty damned good. There are a few breweries Out there that I pretty much give carte blanc to and Grimm is one of them. This beer is one of the "pretty damned good" ones. I am truly glad I bought a couple. Next one will be for a bottle share.

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. An absolutely gorgeous color on this beer (a vivid red-purple). The tartness is a little more hidden than I'd like for a Berliner though (owing certainly to the lactose), but a very solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't know how to judge the color,so I'm just going with it looks pretty to me. Opaque magenta to light purple with a bright pink head that recedes to almost nothing. Smell is dominated by blackberry, but the orange zest and vanilla are evident. Same thing in the flavor, but a nice tartness brig it all together. Feel is smooth, almost like a smoothie completely liquified, but a little less thick. Tart and sweet, and finishes with a spritzy like carbonation. Overall, this I should a wonderful beer, but not an everyday drinker. Much more of a treat than anything, but one that I would gladly revisit. Cheers!

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Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
January 2017
Served in a tulip

Beautiful appearance. The hazy, fuchsia colored body was topped by a fluffy, inch tall crop of light magenta froth. Solid retention. The head dropped to a thick, frothy collar. Some patchy lacing stuck along the glass.

Fresh blackberry notes came through big time in the aroma. Really crisp and bright. Quite tart as well. Touch of sweetness. Subtle vanilla notes. Bit of creaminess. Black raspberry ice cream came to mind. Hint of orange as well. Orange creamsicle perhaps.

The flavor was definitely more tart and straightforward than the aroma. Underripe berries were noticeable on the front end. I probably would not guess blackberry specifically though. Fairly tart and acidic. Crisp, wheaty and lemony in the center. More zesty lemon rind and tartness on the back end and the finish. Hint of dry, pithy bitterness. As the beer warmed, subtle orange notes appeared.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Fuller bodied for the style. Smooth and supple on the palate.

Grimm does such a terrific job with their sour beer program and Blackberry Orange Pop! is definitely another winner. Though not necessarily one of my favorite Berliners in their series, this beer displayed an interesting and unique combination of flavors. A+ for creativity alone.

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Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated January 2017

Thick, opaque purple berry hue with a short, soapy pink head. Soft, juicy aroma with a sort of warmth provided by the vanilla and lactose. Blackberries, cherries, and blueberries mingle with graham cracker pie crust and vanilla bean ice cream. The orange enters in the flavor adding a juicy citrus acidity to the dry, seedy berry sweetness. Bright, fruity, and tart finishing delightfully dry. Light lactose notes add a little depth. Very smooth and refreshing - highly enjoyable!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated January 2017

Pours cloudy burgundy red berry color with a quickly receding frothy light pink foam head. Smells like toffee, lactose, vanilla cream, blackberry, orange zest, creamsicle, wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like a blackberry orange creamsicle, tart blackberries, orange zest, lactose, vanilla cream, toffee, wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really nice dessert Berliner Weisse style ale.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Purple, pours like a dark rose. Two inch head.
Smell: Ice cream, vanilla, cherries, and cranberries.
Taste: Not very tart at all. Berry explosion, blackberries, cherries, pastry, and pie.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall: A cool looking beer, but comes up short. Not tart enough and not enough flavor.

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch light pink head over a reddish-pink body with some lacing. Nose of blackberry and orange (ya think!) Taste of said fruit plus citrus. Feel is Berliner Weissbier-like and overall a very refreshing offering from Brooklyn via Virginia. ;) Cheers!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grimm giveth and Grimm taketh away... At least that's when it comes to sheer bitterness. The berlinerweiss that takes on a juicy fruit flavor is also emboldened and balanced with milk sugars for a creamy and lightly sweetened rebuttal.

Blackberry Orange Pop comes looking exactly like berry puree- equipped with a macerated fruit haze and a slim skirt of eggshell froth. A full on fruit bouquet floods the nose with all things berry and a kiss of citrus for a brighter nose. Candied on the front of the tongue, the sugary taste of cobbler, hard candy and blackberry juice give a succulent upstart to the session.

And as the fruit sweetness lessens on the middle palate, the tangy fruit flavors shine. The tangy remnants of blackberry links up nicely with the natural acidity of cider, white wine, crabapple and gooseberry from the berlinerweiss deep within. A late taste of freshly zested oranges offer added brightness and depth of fruitiness. But before complete sourness is achieved, the milky sweetness of lactose adds a creamy, vanilla support that's redolent with sherbet and cream soda.

Medium light in body, but full for berlinerweiss, the beer's fruit filled finish is dessert-like and succulent from every angle. Building sourness allows for a crisp, clean and refreshing finish but its fruit and pastry character lingers into a medium length aftertaste.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a purplish red color with a full inch of fluorescent light purple head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Very resilient lacing adheres to the glass leaving a thick solid ring behind.

S- Smells like what one of those Edy's fruit popsicles tastes like. Raspberry, blackberry and orange soda.

T- Big rush of concentrated fruit juice sweetness that's quickly washed away by a mild tartness. As more sips are taken, the sweetness takes back over and I feel like I'm drinking a melted raspberry popsicle, only not as syrupy. The orange and lactose starts to builds more as the drink goes on.

M- Moderately tart and dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I swear this is giving me the same sensation as eating a popsicle only without the brain freeze. I guess that's a pretty cool accomplishment though I'm failing to see the complexity in this. A cool concept but I doubt I'll pay the price to experience it again.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Before getting into this beer, I feel like it is a bit tough to rate because it pretty much attempts to emulate a "mit schuss" Berliner style sour beer from Germany, so it's tough to compare to most Berliners made in America right off the bat. I've had the Cherry Raspberry version of Pop! before and really enjoyed it, so it should be interesting to see how this compares.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous deep, velvety red color with an incredibly retentive head of off-pink foam with very solid legs and surprisingly nice lace. Looks almost like a blackberry/raspberry smoothie, with near-complete opacity. I'm very impressed with the appearance of this beer. A bit deeper and more consistent looking than its sister beer from my memory.

Nose is straight-up blackberry/blueberry forward, with a stemmy and grassy quality that pops (no pun intended) big time. A bit of orange/grapefruit peel in there. Much less lactose/vanilla influence in the nose compared to Cherry Raspberry, but I appreciate that the citrus comes out that much more. Even though the base beer is probably very similar, it's the adjunct ingredients that are the stars of the show here and they really do come forward strongly. At first, I was weirdly middling about this, but upon first sip and letting it acclimate to room temperature a little bit, it seemed to come into its own.

The flavor begins with the same stemmy blackberry note from the nose translated onto the palate as a sweet-tart sensation before melding with a hefty wheat ale base featuring a smooth maltiness. The finish gets a bit more tart, with prominent grapefruit/orange/citrus flavors that provide some tangy elements that make this stand apart from Cherry Raspberry. Though the cherries provided some fruity tartness in that beer, this one leans more toward the rind-like citrus kind of tartness grapefruit has, so it has a very different character to it when all's said and done. The amount of differentiation this has compared to CRP! is surprising and more than welcome.

Feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a heft provided by the fruit juices and lactose additions. In the end, it's very satisfying and reminds me heavily of an Americanized "mit schuss" Berliner. I approve wholeheartedly. At first, I was iffy on this flavor combo, but it grew on me a lot. Thus, I would say if you picked this up, poured it and didn't initially like it, give it another shot and keep the flavor profile they're going for in mind. It might surprise you how well it ends up coming together.

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Photo of Mineo
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mostly blackberry on nose and palate, though the vanilla and orange in the back adds a great backbone. Standout character is the smoothness the lactose brings. Tart but not overwhelmingly sour - more like a lemonade w/ ice tartness. Great for a hot day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamesvRivers
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Props to Grimm for making things beer!! It is Absolutely fantastic! Even for people who don't normally enjoy beer.
At the end of the day it is a perfect beer, the look is stunning (get ready for it!), the smell, I'm not too keen on a little too much sour (if that makes sense), tastes delicious, definitely recommend liking blackberries coming in to this.
I'd have to give it a 5/5

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

snagged a bottle locally maybe a week or so ago. been hearing some good buzz so had to see for myself. on paper sounds like a dream.

gorgeous dark magenta pour w a frothy pink head. nose is magically delicious w a fruity sweet pop. taste is literally a blackberry creamsicle. everything is in its right place on this one. exceeded my already high expectations.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright purple with a little white head. Nose is great,
Ton of blackberries, tart dark fruity malts. Light lactose. Taste is lighter and acidic. Thin body and moderate carbonation.

Overall great nose and light taste. A good Berliner.

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Blackberry Orange Pop! from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 129 ratings