Magnetic Tape
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - American
Ranked #88
Ranked #2,181
4.26 | pDev: 5.87%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Juicy IPA brewed with Mosaic and Motueka hops.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 121 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bluecrow from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This cloudy yellow can pour hosts a thin, white foam cap and a punchy aroma of tropical fruit.
The flavor is full. Passionfruit, citrus zest and melon are featured.
The finish is dry. Flavors persist.
This is really good.

Jan 30, 2021
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Sachin-Tendulkar from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 01/11/21

Picked up directly from the great folks at Grimm. Pours an opaque light yellow-orange with a half finger of foam. On the nose I’m getting an initial bold lemony citrus and when I let the beer sit a minute I’m getting some dankness and and unripe pineapple. Taste follows the nose - unripe orange and pineapple lead the way. There’s a nice malt after-taste which I find quite enjoyable (depends on the drinker). Mouthfeel is good but not great - it’s soft but not the pillowy soft I expect from NEIPAs these days and Grimm’s other IPAs (Lumen in particular). Overall, an excellent beer and one I’d say beats Lumen on every category except mouthfeel.

Jan 23, 2021
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A mouthwatering masterpiece of mosaic mayhem. Refreshing and complex.

Was lucky to find this at Mikkeller and continued to indulge and consume frequently over three months during 2019. Amongst the best of class.

Aug 08, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours hazy yellow with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Aroma: There are dank, resinous, and hemp like aromas. It has a low fruitiness that has melon.

Taste: The flavors has grainy sweetness, resinous elements melon and pineapple. There are very low lemon like elements.

Feel: It has a smooth body with smooth bitterness.

Overall, the aroma was like most NEIPA's, but the flavors were distinctive to make this above most other NEIPA's.

Jul 25, 2020
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johnreggie from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This NEIPA is being brewed again and as delicious as ever! Poured from a 16oz can dated 9/15/19 (two days ago). Great 2 inches of foam that sticks around as thick lacing. Juicy peach and mango from a perfect blend of hops including Mosaic. Smooth dry finish

Sep 15, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall info on the bottom but it cant be made out.

Hazed up NEIPA pour, lastinh light khaki cap, and leaving quality low sheeting and great looking fine extensive sheeting.

Oranges and dull mango on the sniff.

Soft and smooth in the mouth, carbonation on point.

Ripe oranges, pineapple on the palate, not overwhelming flavor wise, but the fruit keeps coming and their is a yeasty/nutty quality that add to complexity....this is a way better then decent fruity/hazy IPA, High quality shelfie, well worth a try

Mar 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy (nearly cloudy) yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos, lemon and pine are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has "juicy" flavors of mangos of lemons along with notes of pine and hints of spicy hops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little crispness on the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a very interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the hop varieties. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

Serving type: can

Feb 17, 2018
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curtis6290 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a very mediocre beer, but solid from Grimm. Better than the average can or beer that you find around the city, but doesn't stand out to me.

Feb 09, 2018
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frozyn from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange-amber color, pillowy white head that dissipates to a minuscule film and a good bit of lacing.

Aroma is fruity, but also slight notes of dank/cat litter. I did just get a cat this week, so my nose may have that stuck in it. Nope, warmth revealed more of it. Not displeasing, though.

Nicely balanced between bitter and fruity. Papaya, mango, generic beery, passion fruit, pineapple, peach, apricot. The bitterness does a great job differentiating the beer, keeping it from being a NEIPA but with similar fruit notes.

Soft, smooth, medium body. Nicely carbonated.

Gotta say, wasn't very impressed with the one can I got at release, but drinking in on tap right now and it is fantastic.

Jun 11, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Sam's Quik

Hazy gold under a small foamy head with good stick. Smells of Mosaic oily hop berries, lime, tangerine, and pink grapefruit over a bit of granola. Slick, green, oily hop resins in the taste...herbal Mosaic notes, grapefruit, peach. Soft, easy feel - lightly bitter. Really good.

May 14, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned April 6, 2017. Pours a mostly translucent golden brown, without much haze or cloudiness. Smells like a fusion of west coast and New England styles, with a lot of resin and pine contrasting with grapefruit, pomelo and other bitter citrus. Less "juicy" than I expected from an IPA prominently featuring Motueka hops, although I do get some lime. On the palate, the bitterness really comes to the fore, pushing virtually any sweetness aside. Great cold, very refreshing as an accompaniment to tortilla chips or other salty snacks.

May 12, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange colored, sort of orange scented, sort of orange flavored. Goes from sweet to bitter in a heartbeat. East coast front, with a west coast backbone.

May 12, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can into teku.

Nice white foam head upom pour. Orange citrus aroma with taste, plus general citrus and grapwfruit flavors. On the sweeter side. Pillowy, soft mouthfeel and only mildly bitter.

May 11, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely orange beer with a white head that leaves specks of lacing behind. The aroma is citrus and weed with orange and grapefruit bring the predominant smells. Nice lightly sweet beer that tastes like oranges, grapefruit pith and weed. Really great beer.

May 08, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a well retained two inch head that left nice lacing. Smells predominately of tropical fruits, some citrus, pine and a hint of peach. Tastes of mango, pineapple, orange, hint of grapefruit and cantaloupe. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, clean, crisp and goes down real smooth.

May 05, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold, faintly hazed, tall head, modest lacing... Aromas of tropical and orchard fruits splashed with citrus... Clean, fresh, juicy fruit impressions like citrus fruits and melons... Light, soft feel, moderate carbonation provides some fizziness... The kinda beer you could just keep drinking... Features Mosaic and Motueka hops... 4/6/17 canning...

Apr 29, 2017
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ChipChaight from New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second time rating, first written review since 2017. Can from the brewery in BK during the 2020 COVID pause, pours a hazy light golden orange with fluffy white head that quickly dissipates, nice lacing, smell is sticky orange blossom, candied orange rind, hints of pine on the end, taste is bitter orange soda, orange hard candy, mild bitter pithy finish, feel is light and well carbonated, borderline chalky. A citrusy crusher at a reasonable ABV.

Apr 29, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler, pours a bright, hazy orange. Two fingers of foam. Decent lacing.

I could smell fresh pine the moment I opened the growler. Also lots of passionfruit and mango, along with some tart citrus. Hint of breadiness.

Taste is similar to smell, and it's awesome. Nice bitterness that's just right. Feel is very drinkable but with some substance.

This is a fantastic beer, well done Grimms.

Apr 28, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). This has a canning date of April 6, 2017, printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 04/06/17 09:03:44”), which as of now would make this can 19 days old—a bit under three weeks. It’s been refrigerated for over 24 hours prior to consumption.

Appearance (4.5): The beer pours out three full fingers of foam, composed of a mixture of differently sized bubbles, capping a hazy, slightly orange-ish golden body with honey colored highlights and orange-amber lowlights. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky, pock-marked cap and swooping, ragged edges of clingy, foamy lace around all sides of the glass. This gorgeous stuff, and the head is even creamier on the second pour.

Smell (4.5): A beautiful mélange of tart tangerine zest, passionfruit flesh, gooseberry, mango peel, limeade, wet limestone, mineral tones akin to pinot grigio, and a subtle bevy of malt and grain aromas: oatmeal, cracked barley, blanched cornmeal, and common crackers. I’m a sucker for most of the above-mentioned notes. It also has a very subtle, citrus flesh sweetness (think mandarin oranges) that hangs out underneath, adding some depth and body to the hop aroma, but it’s really understated.

Taste (4.25): Solidly bitter, it leans in with a combination of mineral tones and yellow grapefruit pith before transitioning to a core hop bite that’s slightly spicy, but dominated by lime peel and macerated grapefruit seeds. Underneath the bitterness, there’s a smooth, round melon flavor like chilled honeydew and a tiny bit of papaya that pops out to say “hi” as the bitter notes above it switch from one to the other. That mellow melon character is given some depth by a more acidic, twangy combo of passionfruit juice and some “herbaceous” diesel qualities. That said, the mid-level fruit and dank play well with the creamy, smooth, oatmeal and Cream of Wheat-like malt/grain body, which lends a soft, not quite starchy flavor like mushed up oyster crackers. In the finish, the beer closes out with a brightness like midday sun on the beach, calling to mind underripe orange flesh and unsweetened limeade. Like, it’s bitter, but with a clear fruit character that anchors it and prevents it from being just generically “pithy” and bitter. No booze.

Mouthfeel (4.0): It seems so much lighter than 6.4% ABV, if I’m being honest. The body is lean and mean, but with a somewhat chewy, almost thick smoothness to it. Carbonation is very subtle at first, covering all surfaces before resolving in a perfectly distributed, extraordinarily fine-grained prickle. All that said, despite not having much that required drying out, the hops really crank down on the slickness until they leave a slight tongue-scraping impression. Still, I love how freaking creamy it is.

Overall (4.25): I know this might shock you to hear me say it, but Grimm made another excellent IPA with this beer. That said, it falls slightly short of the extremely high bar they’ve set for themselves, and misses it some of the really great characteristics of their other (D)IPAs. Kind of reminds me of Lumen in that regard. STILL. I can’t stress this enough: it’s really freaking good. I’m nuts about the nose, though it could be a little more pungent; also, it’s got a lot of wonderful flavors that play out across the palate, but could use some more “oomph” in certain places; and finally, the hop bitterness feels just a touch too harsh for how soft the body is, when you take into consideration its weight. So, would I recommend this beer? If I told you know, would you belive me? (No, you shouldn’t. I highly recommend this beer. Keep it up, Grimm, but make me a bigger version of Magnetic Compass pleaaaaaaase!)

Apr 26, 2017
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CHickman from New York

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

Canned 04/06/17, it pours very hazy orange color with a 1-2 finger white head that was packed with tiny bubbles which dissipated very, very slowly and left incredible spider web lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smell is pure fruit juice with the citrus hops giving off aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, tangerine, weed, dank piney hops, light peppery spices, toffee and some faint bready notes. Even though it's citrus dominant the malt backbone participates and makes it smell overall quite nice and basically as good as all the other great Grimm IPA's.

Flavor is on the sweeter side but has enough bitterness to even it out and allow all the citrus flavors to shine. A lovely mix of grapefruit, mango, blood orange, clementine, pineapple, lemon, Orangina soda and all things citrus-y, followed by sharp piney hops, white wine, coriander, light peppery spices, earthy leaf notes, dry biscuit, brown sugar and some yeast. Very complex with a malty supporting cast that adds some toasted grains and sweetness, this completely hides the ABV and drinks like a light beer as it floors down soft and easy. Every sip held my attention and hit all the right IPA components, helping it to slide down with mild to average carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Grimm can do no wrong with IPA's, this was another delicious and well balanced offering.

Apr 22, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - light and hazy

S - fruity, a little dank

T - loads of passion fruit! onion undertone, slight pine character to the medium plus bitter finish

F - medium thickness, medium plus carbonation

O - I sort of imagine this is what a single IPA version of MBC's Dinner would taste like. It's so great to have such a high ratio of hop flavor to ABV/malt/sugar.

Apr 21, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright orange
Citrus hops, tropical fruits, soap, light pine and resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation but pretty smooth.

Overall another awesome IPA from Grimm; very tasty and hoppy.

Apr 20, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden orange with nice one finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma hops, peaches light mosaic. Taste peach flesh, grass, pine needles, dank with a bitter finish. Tasty IPA. Big fan of Grimm

Apr 19, 2017
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