Pop! - Mango
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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #300
Ranked #6,756
4.12 | pDev: 7.04%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Pop! - MangoPop! - Mango
Notes: Mango Pop! is in our series of creamsicle-inspired Berliners. IT pours an opaque yellow with a fruited acidity that is balanced deftly by a delicate ice cream sweetness from the milk sugar and vanilla. The beer never becomes cloying and each sip demands another.
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Julio's almost a year ago...been trying to crack it for a while but it always got bumped by something 'bigger and better'. Enough is enough, time to drink it. Bottled April 2017.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice mostly clear light straw hue with a billowing 4 finger head fades to leave sticky side lacing and a thin blanket. The head just erupted out of the bottle.

S - Aromas of cracked wheat, lemon tartness, maybe a little flash of mango/tropical.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice wheat notes, not getting much vanilla at all. There is some light lacto notes. The mango is really faint lending an almost generic tartness to it. Finish is nice, quite nice. Somehow that's where it all comes together with very nice vanilla and mango notes. Almost like a vanilla mango shake.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, almost too much so. Finish is nice, not flemmy or overly tart.

O - Overall I wouldn't mind trying this beer again fresh. Maybe then the mango and vanilla would be more in the forefront as opposed to where it is now. Still though, it is a tasty, refreshing beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

Jan 31, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a pop of the cap and its pop off the tongue, notions of sparkling sodas and pop rocks pop into the mind when Grimm brewers reel in the zesty mango fruit for a "Pop" series ale that certainly lives up to its name.

Mango Pop pops onto the nose with a zesy, winey, fruity and candied scent. Pale straw, lightly golden and appearing like a pastel orange sherbet, the part froth and part fizz rolls from a tropical fruit juice scent and into the flavors of much the same. Taffy, confectioner's sugar and pastries come to mind as the malt sweetness lightly coats the tongue.

With the bulk of sweetness drifting away, a mild sweetness lingers behind to give the copious mango additions a candied taste along with a balance to the fruit's vinous acidity. Briskly sour, the underlying beer lays a swath of lime, lemon, crabapple, white grape and gooseberry on the palate to add complexity to the mango and to balance its sweet succulence with sourness. Honeydew, green berry and kiwi all add a hint of surprise as the ale's light herbal finish is mild with mint and cork.

Medium bodied for sour ale, the beer's high fruit character is supercharged with carbonation, reinforcing the notion of the beer popping off of the palate with the fuel of carbonic bite at its back. A brisk and sharp finish leads to a brief aftertaste of radiant mango and dry burlap.

Sep 10, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 4/2017. Pours hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, pear, red/green apple, vanilla, and cream; with lighter notes of wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, pepper, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, mangos, lactose, vanilla, and light-moderate pale notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, pear, red/green apple, vanilla, and cream; with lighter notes of wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, pepper, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, lime, melon, pear, red/green apple, vanilla, cream, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, mangos, lactose, vanilla, and light-moderate pale flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness for tangy/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/grainy, and fairly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Berliner weisse! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, mangos, lactose, vanilla, and light-moderate pale flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly lactic/tangy balanced finish. Really awesome balance between all flavors, with great classic style notes along with the fruit/vanilla. Sweeter from the lactose as expected, but not overdone. A highly enjoyable offering.

Sep 09, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pineapple juice color with a firm head of 1/2 finger in my sniftah. It's really pretty.

The aroma surprisingly reminds me of a Trillium IPA, with lots of pineapple, mango, orange juice, lemon, and slight herb. Also has somewhat of a cask aroma. Pretty neat.

Delicious flavors of lemon zest, tons of mango, a little papaya, some vanilla, and a touch of cotija or parmigiano. It's kind of got this sliced dry cheese flavor at the end. As it warms that cheese flavor turns into fried egg pan scrapings. Totally weird.

Feel is like a fruit smoothie; thick, creamy, slightly pulpy. I love it.

Overall, I'd love to try the other Pop!'s and see what they have to offer. Still, Mango Pop! is a very refreshing sour with a wide flavor palette.

Sep 02, 2017
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CCBone from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a cloudy, opaque pale yellow. Essentially the exact color of the properly proportioned mimosa. Thin, quickly dissipating head with minimal lacing

S: Smells of mango with orange undertones and just a hint of the lactose sugars

T: Starts tart and dry up front with tart mango then fades into a mid palate with orange and lactose sugars and ends with more mango and a little vanilla. The taste is quite reminiscent of a mango dreamsicle.

F: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel owing to the lactose sugars

O: Overall a great beer. The lactose adds great body and provides the intended flavors perfectly without making it overly sweet or heavy. If it were just a hair cheaper (and sold in cans) this would be a go-to summer beer for me

Aug 15, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated April 2017

Pours cloudy opaque pale gold with a quickly receding frothy white foam head. Smells like a mango milkshake, fresh mango, some orange, creamy vanilla, lactose milk sugars, caramelized wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart mango, mild spice, orange, creamy vanilla, lactose, caramelized crackery wheat, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice dessert Berliner weisse style ale with mango, vanilla, and lactose.

Jun 13, 2017
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TripleSun from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Mango smoothie with a tiny head froth
S - very clean and tart of mangos and other citrus fruits
T - Same as the nose but the lactose gives off a kind of unwanted cheese flavor stuck on the tongue. Pretty tasty but kind of ruins the after taste
F - Smooth and fluffly mouthfeel thanks to the lactose

Jun 10, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, hazy, turbid, with fluffy 3 inch head.
Smell: Orange, tangerine, and mango.
Taste: Orange, pulpy, mango, and tropical hops.
Mouthfeel: Light and tangy.
Overall: My favorite version of this beer, a great Berliner.

Jun 03, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated April 2017

Pours like murky mango juice - pale yellow-orange with a head of thick white foam that gradually fades away. Bright, fleshy mango and lemon cream nose; sharp and zesty. Mango juice flavor with a lemony acidity. Unlike the other Pop!s, the vanilla here is buried by the fruit. Creamy medium-light feel drying out completely to a moderately acidic finish. Tasty, but easily the least interesting of the series thus far.

May 26, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see what they were trying to do here, and its sorta close, but in the end i couldnt drink more than 8oz. The candy like mango flavor is good with a little bit of tartness, and there is some element of milkshakey-ness to the beer, but the overall lactose just doesn't blend and ends up tasting off

May 22, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Dessert Berliner weisse style ale." "Brewed with mango, vanilla, and milk sugar." (It's rare brewers use the Oxford comma in their beer descriptions, but lo and behold).

Brewed by Grimm at Beltway Brewing Co., Sterling, VA.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Terrific label art (very comic book, but fun). Unbranded black pry-off crown cap. April 2017 vintage.

4.80% ABV. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

HEAD: Average across the board, with your typical frothy creamy consistency. Lasts a good 4-5 minutes, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy, murky, and milky. Opaque dull yellow. Obviously unfiltered. No yeast/lees are visible within. Lacks life or vibrance.

Overall, it's a generally appealing brew but its lack of vibrance is a bit off-putting.

AROMA: I get the mango, which is interesting, but immediately I'm concerned by the lack of adequate sourness and tartness; this is extremely mild for a Berliner weisse, barely evoking lactic sourness at all. It's maybe a 1-2/10 in terms of sourness. In a fruited Berliner weisse, I'd expect even more sourness, but the brewers obviously went the other way.

Lactose sugar sweetness is there when I know to look for it, but it isn't as distinct or recognizable as it tends to be in milk stouts. I search for the vanilla, but I can't find it; there's neither genuine vanilla bean nor artificial vanillin.

Suggests an overly sweet wheat ale with inadequate sourness given the intended style. It's inviting generally speaking, but for an ostensible Berliner weisse, the aroma is hugely lacking.

Aromatic intensity is average. No off-notes or overt booze are/is detectable.

TASTE: Mango juice. Citrus. Tropical juice. Milk sugar sweetness. Mango peel. A blip of lactic sourness and twang - more pulpy than overtly sour (maybe a 2/10 in terms of sourness intensity).

Tastes like a poor man's faro blended with one of those pricey Naked brand fruit juices. The tartness and sourness aren't adequate for the style, particularly a fruited variant.

Grimm was after a dessert Berliner weisse - an interesting premise - but this is really more their preoccupation with the unfiltered IPA fad spilling over into the Berliner weisse style. It's a beer that tastes more like juice than it does beer, and I guess a lot of people are into that.

Certainly balanced, but I find none of the vanilla. It's certainly an interesting brew, and it boasts pretty good depth of flavour for what it is. Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is average. I do like it as a fruited ale, but it's on uneven footing as a Berliner weisse. The wheat helps make it somewhat refreshing and gives the beer plenty of body, but the fresh vivid mango is more prominent than the wheat.

TEXTURE: Slightly acidic. Pulpy and lumpy. Medium-bodied. Has a lot more heft and weight on the palate than your typical Berliner weisse, going after a heavier more dessert-like feel than most beers in the intended style. Those looking for a light-bodied refreshing smacky expression of the style ought to look elsewhere; this is not your Summertime Berliner. Smooth, wet, juicy, slightly coating.

OVERALL: The mango alone makes this well worth trying even at its high price, but it's not much of a Berliner weisse, lacking the sourness and tartness needed to really compete in that style. Style aside, it's an interesting mildly sour fruited ale that will please those unconcerned with rigid adherence to tradition or convention (so German drinkers need not apply). I'll enjoy polishing off my bottle, but Mango Pop! - like a good 80% of Grimm's portfolio - is pretty good but not great. Still, it's nice to see a brewery taking risks and trying out new ideas...I can't say I've ever seen a beer billed as a dessert Berliner weisse.

Drinkable interesting work that I'm glad I got to try. I'd consider repeat purchases if this were put out in more reasonably priced six packs.

High B- (3.24) / WORTHY

May 18, 2017
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Mineo from New York

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle ripe peach smell. Color is very hazy. Awesome taste -- starts with soft mango, though it's the lingering, fuzzy fruity flavor at the back-end that makes this really great. A hint of tartness, though not really sour at all. Goes down like sweet juice, the slight vanilla and lactose adding smoothness; sparkling orange juice comes to mind in the after-taste. A mango mimosa!

May 13, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - true to style, straw yellow, super hazy, head fades away

S - lemon yogurt, a little mango, a sort of oaky note in the background

T - lemony tart, balancing sweetness but not cloying, mango and vanilla play a supporting role only, dry pithy finish

F - carbonation of tiny bubbles like a sparkling wine, feels substantial

O - super fun

May 13, 2017
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow excellent beer! The look of this beer is absolutely amazing. Pours a cloudy yellow hue with a small head that dissipates quickly. A lot of sugary sweet smells as well as pineapple and mango. Taste is a sweet juicy mango sour. This beer finishes great with a sweet mango sour taste instead of a sour that makes you pucker your lips on the finish like most berliner weisse beers. I Love the dessert aspect of this beer.

May 12, 2017
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