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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
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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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.02 by TheBrewsky from California

Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Oct 06, 2018
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Reviewed by fmccormi from California

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
Sep 19, 2018
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!!!
Sep 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by baklo from North Carolina

Aug 30, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by maxarvo from England

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by HughKelly from Massachusetts

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Icka31 from Ohio

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by SkeletonBitch from New York

Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by dudd from New York

Jul 31, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.
Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by jpd026 from New York

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 07, 2018
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