Living Daylights
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Wild Ale
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Jul 16, 2019
Jul 08, 2017
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Notes: 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!
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-cloudy burnt yellow color. Just a small cap of white foamy to bubbly head. Super light on the lace. Hop particle floaties all around.
The aroma had a huge lemon rind bittersweet hoppiness up front. Sour lemon portion with some mango flesh, some acidic white grapes and a kiss of some berry tartness on the back end.
The flavor leads with the sour feature and backed nicely by sweet, bitter and tart qualities of various berries, lemon, white grape and grassy hops. Quick acidic lemony aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it due to the high acidic sour harshness rolling about. Carbonation felt good. Good grip of sour on my tongue. Definitely sour acidic lemony finish, some dryness.
Overall, nicely done American wild ale worthy of coming back to.

Jul 16, 2019
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 21, 2019
Photo of Reidrover
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Reidrover from Oregon

8 oz glass at tasting.
Slightly hazy head.
Very acetic aroma .lemon wine vinegar.
Taste more mellow and quaffable...tasty.
Almost gose like.
Nice dry mouth feel.
Good beer..on the mellow side of the sour scale.

Apr 07, 2019
4.02 by TheBrewsky from California on Dec 20, 2018
4 by RaulMondesi from California on Dec 18, 2018
4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Oct 13, 2018
4.04 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Oct 06, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by fmccormi from California

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bobv from Vermont

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!!!

Sep 10, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

Sep 05, 2018
4.02 by baklo from North Carolina on Aug 30, 2018
4.06 by maxarvo from England on Aug 27, 2018
4.07 by HughKelly from Massachusetts on Aug 12, 2018
4.19 by Icka31 from Ohio on Aug 06, 2018
4.21 by SkeletonBitch from New York on Aug 02, 2018
4.19 by dudd from New York on Jul 31, 2018
4.25 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Jul 21, 2018
4.69 by jpd026 from New York on Jul 20, 2018
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jan 08, 2018
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 07, 2018
3.83 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 29, 2017
4.27 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2017
4 by Hophazzard from California on Dec 17, 2017
4.31 by nmann08 from Virginia on Dec 02, 2017
3.93 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Nov 30, 2017
4.02 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 27, 2017
Photo of Delli555
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Delli555 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 27, 2017
Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Nov 18, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wedge from North Carolina

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.

Nov 15, 2017
3.75 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 09, 2017
4.25 by AlvinLin from New York on Nov 07, 2017
3.85 by Mikexw from New York on Oct 27, 2017
Photo of cfalls
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by cfalls from New York

tart orange and lemon, slight sweetness, refreshing

Oct 22, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jooler from California

look is somewhat hazy bright yellow
smell really isn't there
taste is sour funk with noticeable hops. nice citrus taste
overall, really crisp and refreshing.

Oct 20, 2017
4.35 by Shy5 from Oregon on Oct 07, 2017
4 by malfunxion from New York on Oct 03, 2017
4 by Lucular from Maryland on Oct 02, 2017
3.91 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 28, 2017
Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Porter Square Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
July 2017
Served in a tulip

Nearly clear, golden yellow appearance. The body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight and frothy, bright white crown that fell to a thick collar. Some streaky lacing stuck along the glass. As the beer sat, the chill hazed dropped to reveal a transparent body.

The nose was amazingly hoppy and bright. Passionfruit dominated. Loads of lemon. Good amount of lime too. Bit of tart wheatiness. There was a subtle sweetness that, combined with the lemon, reminded me of lemon candies. Slightly spicy. Coriander perhaps. Touch of dry yeastiness.

The flavor was similar to the nose but more simplistic. Quite tart and lemony right off the bat. Lemon and grapefruit rind-like notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Fairly pithy, dry and bitter. A touch spicy in the center. Lime notes appeared on the back end. The rind-like bitterness crescendoed on the finish. A nice mix of tart, bitter and slightly sweet lemon notes lingered after the swallow.

Extraordinarily light, fluffy mouthfeel. Super frothy and smooth once settled on the palate. The liquid contained an incredibly fine yet intense carbonation. Perfect for the style.

I love that nearly every offering in Grimm's sour beer program is extraordinarily well balanced, highly drinkable and reasonably priced. As many other reviewers have noted, Living Daylights tasted more like a highly hopped Berliner Weisse, or even perhaps a brett-infused IPA, than a typical American wild ale. Overall, a really enjoyable beer, perfect for a hot summer day.

Sep 28, 2017
Living Daylights from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings