Blackberry Orange Pop! | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.18/5
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Blackberry Orange Pop!Blackberry Orange Pop!
BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by paulish on 02-06-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,652
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
115
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by MarshallBirdhouse:
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ichorNet
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avas
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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 KensWorld
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mindfuldave
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
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 broadway848
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_bradshaw
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OtisCampbell
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingforaDay
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mineo
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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 wedge
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Blackberry Orange Pop! from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 115 ratings