Living Daylights | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
What would happen if we took an imperial berliner weisse base recipe and hopped it with an overwhelming dose of Citra, Simcoe lupulin powder, and Mosaic lupulin powder? We decided to find out. Packaged with plenty of hop dust in the bottle; you can choose to decant carefully for a smooth, fruit-forward drinking experience, or rouse before pouring for a rough-hewn, maximally hoppy swallow. Delicious both ways!

Added by TomMorris on 07-08-2017

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#3,534
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
87
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of fmccormi
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a flared pilsner glass—AZ Wilderness’ Wilderpils glass. This has a canning date of July 2018 printed on the far-right side of the label, making this beer about two months old at the time of consumption. Normally that would concern me with hoppy beers, but hoppy sours kind of follow a different timeline in my experience.

Appearance (4.75): An aggressive pour yields two solid fingers of fluffy, ivory-colored foam that lingers a goddamn long time for a sour beer. Like, IPA duration. It caps a pale, straw yellow, somewhat hazy body and dies down slowly, leaving a wide collar of peaky, curvy foam all around the edges of the glass, leading to what turns into a thin film on the surface of the beer. This thing is absolutely beautiful for an unfruited sour.

Smell (4.25): Tangerine zest, light strawberry notes, underripe garden variety mango flesh, gooseberry, a touch of … lemongrass? Jeez Louise, there’s a lot of bright, fruity variety. Green grape skins, gooseberry. A light, clean sourness suggesting plain Greek yogurt. And if there’s any sign of malt or grain here, it comes in the form of common crackers, stale baking soda biscuit crusts, southern dumpling dough, and a hint of sourdough.

Taste (4.5): Bracingly tart, the beer starts off with a hoppy bitterness that’s mostly grapefruit zest and a bit of pine resin, mixed with the electric zap of clean, lactic acid bite blended with a touch of citric and malic acids. The beer shifts more toward piney, resinous, dank bitterness on the mid-palate, before transforming into sour citrus: Seville orange and Acerola—something I remember from living in Brazil, which apparently is called Barbados cherry in places where it grows and English is spoken. It then pulls out a little sour cherry, and then transforms again into ruby red grapefruit peel and limeade that you didn’t put enough sugar into yet. I’m almost grasping at straws to find the malt/grain bill here, because it’s so damn dry and obliterated by hops and sourness, but I pick up soft notes of multigrain pain de campagne and sourdough crust. No sign of booze.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This beer has a surprisingly full, medium-weight body that feels unexpectedly silky and smooth—at first. Carbonation comes in smoothly and lays down a very subtle bed of extremely fine bubbles that covers all surfaces evenly before foaming up readily, transforming the body from velvety to airy. It’s swept away by a cleansing blend of acidic sourness and resinous, pithy hop oils, leaving a very clean, dry finish that leaves a lingering hoppy impression. It’s at once deeply satisfying for a beer of this size, while also quenching. What the hell, Grimm?

Overall (4.5): Maybe it’s been a while since I’ve had a Grimm sour (ughhh I love you and miss you, Grimm), but I thought this beer was outstanding. I’m so pumped they’re releasing larger quantities and more variety in cans, even if I’m out here in California now and can’t get them very easily … I guess I’m just happy for my friends in NY that can get them on the reg. Holy shit this beer is good. Would I recommend it? Take a friggin guess.

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Photo of bobv
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 7/3/18.
Our store rec'd Friday, 9/7/18
?!?!?
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy straw colored body with scant lacing. Nose of citrus, tropical fruit, and a bit of hay. Very nice refreshing lemony flavor with a good feel. Overall, a real nice offering from Brooklyn, NY via Sterling, Va. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC.
Pours a hazy golden color with a rapidly dissipating head.
Hoppy aromas impart pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and wild berries. Furthermore, there are aromas of grass, peppery spices and lactobacillus.
Tart and acidic with flavors of lemon and lactobacillus. Yet, there is a complexity of flavors including tropical fruit and citrus fruit over a firm wheat malt backbone.
Light, crisp and tart with a very dry finish. Moderate carbonation.
A refreshing and well done sour that is not too one dimensional in its acidity.

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Photo of baklo
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxarvo
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HughKelly
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Icka31
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dudd
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a moderate sedimentary haze. Later pours reveal a heavy amount of sediment. Light lacing in the glass.
There's a quarter inch of frothy dishwater white on top. The aroma is of grassy hops and lactobacillius. I'm tasting grassy to earthy hops and a light cider to green apple flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of jpd026
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nmann08
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Delli555
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mildly sour and fruity taste, with a dry tart taste and feel going down. Nice aroma like all of their fruity beers. They have the art of fruit infusion mastered unlike most.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Soapy white head that settles quickly to a light coating. Body is a bright clear yellow.

S: Apricot, pear, pineapple a little mango, slight hints of oak and a touch of sourness.

T: Soft light pineapple' mango, a little lemon, some light sourness.

M: Very effervescent nice clean bite a touch dry very clean.

O: This beer is amazing. They make such amazing sours and this is no exception. If you like a fruity IPA mixed with some sourness this would be right up your alley.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

July 2017

Hazy straw yellow capped with a thin layer of soapy bubbles. Dank, oily hop aromas meet tart acidity...musky tropical fruit, hay, earthy citrus, peppery herbs. Flavor is bright, tart, and hoppy. Grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, and spicy hops, finishing tart and juicy. Clean, light body drying out to a moderate pucker. The whole sour IPA thing doesn't always work for me, but Grimm knows what they're doing and this is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlvinLin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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