Halftone
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #144
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,901
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 4.95%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
81
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92
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Notes: Relatively crisp riff on NE-style IPA with notes of strawberry & passionfruit. Simcoe & Azacca take the starring roles here.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 81
Photo of BillRoth
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up 4pk at MaPa’s. Nice lighter but still flavorful IPA. Passion fruit more of a standout though berries and a bit of mango like stone fruit... combination added some interesting (sipping vs quaffing) complexity

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a web of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that there are notes of strawberries and the flavors of orange are more subdued. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of fruits. There is a bit of bitterness and crispness so I wouldn't classify it as being "juicy" like some of the other New England-style IPAs out there are like.

Serving type: can

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Photo of CNoj012
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color very similar to Tropicana OJ. The head is one finger, creamy and white. Retention is excellent and there is a moderate amount of spotted lacing left on the glass.

Smell is fairly subtle. Pineapple, mango and grapefruit are all I'm picking up.

Taste is similar, but much more flavorful than the smell. It starts off bright, fruity and juicy, but that is swept aside mid sip by a strong pithy and piney bitterness that I haven't tasted in a Grimm beer since the original batch of Pulse Wave.

Feel is light and soft with a good bit of prickliness on the finish from the bitterness.

Overall this is a very good beer. I've stopped going out of my way for every Grimm release (actually was gifted this 4pk from a good friend) and although I enjoyed this beer, it isn't worth the effort needed to track it down. Just for fun I drank my last one of these side by side in a blind tasting with Two Roads Two Juicy. Unfortunately I could tell from smell alone which was which, but I definitely preferred Two Juicy. Not to mention it was $3.50 per can compared to the $5+ per can that Grimm goes for in these parts.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a moderately hazy light gold. Huge passion fruit and pineapple on the nose and taste. Characteristic Grimm sweet/tart tropical notes. Bit of resinous bitterness. Another great one in the Grimm house style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange color with a fingers worth of white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Sly messy lace. The aroma had some sweet and tart strawberry up front with a little bit of pine, grassiness, citrus and papaya/peach/tangerine quality backing it all up. The flavor was sweet with a punch of the bitter pine to amplify the full embrace of the bittersweetness of it all. Aftertaste followed suite. Finish was somewhat quick and fruity tart and sweet. The palate was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty nice AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden radiating with mango and pineapple aroma. Tons of strawberry flavor. Kind of reminds me of Pliny. Not in a bad way. More in a doesn't blow me away but is still really good way. That's what Halftone is.

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Photo of Timmy2747
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time I've come across a Grimm IPA here in MA and well worth the wait. Can't get enough of these citrusy IPAs and this once certainly doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem). This has a canning date of April 28, 2017 printed on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 04/28/17 11:49:02”), which would make this 17 days old (two and a half weeks) at the time of consumption. Fine by me. Rolled around before opening to mix it up a bit, as per instructions on the can, and refrigerated a couple of days before drinking.

Appearance (4.25): This pours out three solid fingers of crackly, crème brûlée-colored foam that dies down slowly, capping a hazy, nearly opaque orange-tan body that glows beautifully with a light behind it. As the head recedes, it leaves clingy, arcing webbing where the foam first met the glass.

Smell (4.5): Right out of the can, I get navel orange flesh and a bright, oily scent I can’t quite pin down. Out of the glass, it’s sweeter and more floral with navel orange flesh, fresh cut grass, tart green grapes, some passionfruit rind, and then a nice spread of bready aroma underneath it, like a multigrain boule. Candied red grapefruit and a touch of strawberry come out more as it warms. This is quite aromatic.

Taste (4.5): Rather than dwell on the sweetness suggested by the nose, the palate is really focused on bright, oily citrus skins (navel orange zest backed up by unsweetened red grapefruit juice and pulpy acerola juice) mixing with some fairly resinous, piney-herbal “dank” character. At first, anyway. The flavor transforms into a gooseberry-like tartness paired with piney resins, which nearly obliterate a malt/grain base that’s characterized by whole wheat sourdough, overbaked biscuit crusts, and water crackers. It provides a nice, slightly starchy platform upon which the oily, resinous notes can really unfold. It’s got a firm bitterness that starts right from the top and carries through to the finish, where it resolves into a lingering limeade-like flavor. If there’s any booze here, it’s totally covered up by the moderate harshness of the oily hop compounds. I am really, really digging this.

Mouthfeel (5.0): What I’m struck by is how much ground the feel covers. It’s at once medium-bodied and light as a feather, smooth and creamy but almost harshly drying, and fine and prickly while also being soft and cushy. It starts out with the harshness of the hop oils accentuating a fine, prickly-pointed carbonation that covers all surfaces, belying the softness of the body itself. That carbonation quickly turns foamy and luxurious, though, offering relief from hop oils, prickly bubbles, and medium weight all at once. Still, the body feels creamy as it swishes around, before washing out with soft foam and extremely drying hop compounds. No booze is observed in the feel.

Overall (4.5): To my palate, this beer does not have the same complexity and depth of some other Grimm (D)IPAs, nor is it brimming with the bouquets and baskets of exotic fruit offered by some NZ/Pacific hop varieties. Instead, it leans more orangey-dank—emphasis on the dank—like a lot of kind of West Coast-ish American (D)IPAs, but with the soft body and fluffy carbonation of top-tier NE-(D)IPAs. What gets me, though, is how much ground it covers in the mouthfeel, and how thoroughly it delivers on what it does have to offer. For that, I’m okay with overlooking its relative lack of depth (compared to other Grimm (D)IPAs, of course, which overall is a pretty high bar). It’s just dank as fuck and ready to party. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Haymaker NYC, it pours hazy orange color with a 1 finger creamy white head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of orange juice, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, light grapefruit, biscuit, graham cracker, melon and tropical fruit. Enough malt backbone to give it nice balance.

Tastes of bitter grapefruit up front followed by orange, piney hops, lemon zest, peppery spices, pineapple, citrus hops and tropical fruit. The malt, toasted grains, caramel, brown sugar and graham cracker trail and finish it off nicely balanced. This is a very good IPA, but it just seems a little timid for Grimm as I've come to expect to always be wowed by them. Solid offering but I've had better from them.

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Photo of Mineo
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy, pine-y goodness. Flavor profile reminds me of a Waldos' Special Jr. Very full-bodied, especially for the fairly low abv -- explodes with flavor. Great stuff.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold body with an unfiltered haze; few fingers of white head on top didn't trail much lace behind... Aromas of berry and citrus, maybe a bit of resinous pine... Tastes brought a nice blend of tropical fruit and chewy pine into a creamy mix with a solid bitterness and mild sweetness... Medium-light feel with soft body and smooth finish... Aftertaste of dank pine and soft fruit was quite nice - little bit of berry crept back in, too... 4/28/17 canning...

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at George Keeley, NYC. Rainiest day ever.

A- Hazy and cloudy yellow draft to goblet pour with a frothy white head. Good retention as the cap dies to a small ring that leaves webs of lace at the top and drizzle beyond that.

S- Juicy and fruity hops leaning towards citrus but some stone fruits and dank stinky herbs. Mango, tangerine, melon, grapefruit, floral, resin and apricot hops. Clean besides a hint of bread.

T- Clean and very crisp almost like a session but with the body to back it all up and accentuate the hops. Citrus and stone fruits rule the land with some juicy aspect but without the fruit nectar sweet notes. Mild grapefruits, mandarins, tangerine, light citrus pith, apricot, mango, resin and dank hop notes. Pale cereal grains, cracker and a tiny hint of bread. Hops.

MF- Crisp and smooth medium overall body. Texture is like a pillow with good creaminess but not chewy. Ends with a clean herbal bitterness.

Citrus and stone fruit hops drive an easy drinking beer that is as crisp as a session but fulfills that need for a good body.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy pale yellow with a bubbly head.

Aroma is an orange tangerine.

Taste doesn't have the clear citrus taste more of a medicinal herbal.

Good to try, but not as quality as other Grimm beers.

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Photo of cfalls
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - drank from the can, but the can looks cool

S - tart fruit, like passion fruit, maybe a little pear

T - loads of passion fruit, off dry, medium plus bitterness, really just loads of tart tropical fruit

F - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation

O - the intensity of the fruit is amazing

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright burnt orange color with one finger of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.
Tons or tropical fruits, oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, light resin. Taste has more grapefruit and some bitterness to it. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a good IPA with a great nose. Taste is a tiny bit bitter which I wasn't there, but very good and glad to have found a 4pack of it.

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Photo of Boccu
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange with two finger white head. That fades slowly with great lacing. Aroma strawberry , pine and passion fruit. Taste starts out like a berry punch. Strawberry,passion fruit, light tart, melon with pine finish that mutes the fruit at the end. Another great one from grimm.

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Halftone from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 81 ratings