Living Daylights
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Wild Ale
Ranked #433
Ranked #4,309
4.16 | pDev: 7.69%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Living DaylightsLiving Daylights
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!
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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fmccormi from California

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

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!!!

Sep 10, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Sep 05, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Jul 21, 2018
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Delli555 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 27, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Nov 18, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

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.

Nov 15, 2017
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jooler from California

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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
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VABA from Virginia

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

Revisited 1/26/19

A very nice light yellowish haze color with a decent head and nice lacing. A very pleasant citrus scent. The taste follows the smell, decent carbonation, and a very well balanced character. A light sour taste makes it very drinkable. I truly enjoyed drinking this beer, very nuanced.

Sep 24, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a light straw gold. Smells like an amazing fruity, hoppy IPA, but the taste reveals a restrained sour. Thin-ish feel. As it warms there's a bit of the wild funk in the smell, but it's subtle. Really good beer.

Sep 20, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

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

Bottle Date: July 2017
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is opaque with a light straw color. Plenty of fine head.

The scent is sweet red grapefruit, with some wildflower honey. Grape leaves in there, too.

Taste strikes me as sour, bitter, then sweet, in decreasing intensity. Pan-citrus flavor with the grape leaves. There's also a bit of a wheat character.

Feel is fairly smooth, but a swish around the mouth does bring out a little stinging carbonation. In the aftertaste, the sweetness seems to last longer than anything else.

Sep 17, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy greenish yellow color. Full head which recedes slowly in chunky clumps. Good 3D lace throughout the tasting.

Light prickly pine hop nose. Only a hint of sourness.

LIghtly tart with pale ale malt base flavor. The finish has a subtle bitterness with a stronger sourness. All in all, very nuanced. Thin bodied with an elevated carbonation level. Overall, this is a subtle sour but still full of flavor.

Sep 01, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Griffon Gastropub. Very peach citrus fruit juicy and tasty. Not too tart.Cleanly executed and enjoyable, though a bit of a sipper.Worth seeking.

Aug 22, 2017
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dirtdirtdirtdirt from New York

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful to me: murky yellow with light grey yeast blobs that tell me I'm gonna get full flavor for my 5.5% abv.
Smells heavenly: tropical and citrus fruits; dank earth meets lemon bar.
Tastes equally good, if you like the addition of sourness. Which I do.
Feels a little lite, compared to the smell and look, but with the low abv and the tartness, what can you do?
Overall, I'd compare this to Singlecut 18-watt (despite this being a sour). And for me, that's the ultimate compliment. The label says 40-45 degrees for serving. I'd say 45, and I normally go low on temps.
I agree with whoever said this should be a canned beer: It's so delicious, but where you can happily spend $16-18 on 4 cans these days, it's a huge leap to buy 3 bombers for twice that price.

Aug 05, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy and completely opaque yellow color with a one finger, fizzy white head.

The smell is amazing and a hop explosion. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, candied orange, lemon and a touch of acidic sour.

Taste is the same with the sour flavor a bit more pronounced than in the smell. The hop flavors really are incredible and better than most IPAs.

Feel is light and super easy drinking. Carbonation is a little low, and the finish is smooth and a little sticky.

Overall this beer is incredible. Grimm sours are really on another level and I am kicking myself for not getting a 2nd bottle.

Aug 03, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light gold and hazy beer with a white head that retreats to big bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smells very much like grapefruit pith with a hint of sour. The taste is really good with tons of grapefruit and a finish like a bitter lemonade. Not a very sour beer at all but a really tasty beer.

Jul 17, 2017
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sanhedrin from New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much nose, but beautiful palate. Tartness is light, as is bitterness - a primo easy summer session brew. Kinda wish it came in cans, this strikes me as more of a crack-it-open after a lawn-mowin' brew (though a top-notch example of such) than a fancy-pants tulip glass one.

Jul 16, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Whichcraft Brews in Penfield, NY.

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

The lupulin powder on those nose makes itself known immediately, this is just a blast of hop flavor here- concentrated and intense. I get lemon, grapefruit, lime, and mango, with a hint of acidity on the nose.

This is really quite nice. Grimm's IPAs have hit and miss for me lately, but their sours are honestly as good as ever. This is extremely highly hopped- I get sour grapefruit, lemon, mango, and tart lime, with a hint of spicy bitterness, and a very slight acidity on the finish. This definitely feels more like a lightly sour IPA than a berliner, but that's ok.

This is light bodied, crisp and quite clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This is really delicious, and just so much fun to drink.

Jul 14, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, July 2017

Great looking brew, heavily clouded, yellowy, fine bubble off white cap, leaving fine strands of lacing...

Biting sour and citric nose....pungent and freshly fruit filled

Deliciously tropical fruity, with lemons, limes, mango, pineapple.

World class sour/wild ale...go get some of this delicacy and enjoy/savor every sip

Jul 13, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle dated July 2017

Pours cloudy hazy opaque golden yellow with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh tart mango, peach, lychee, pineapple, apricot, papaya, guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime zest, berry, pale bready crackery malt, with dank floral spicy earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Taste follows with more tartness, fresh sour mango, peach, lychee, pineapple, apricot, papaya, guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime zest, berry, pale bready crackery malt, with dank floral spicy earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. This one is really great. Tastes just like a real hoppy juicy sour IPA. Refreshing, thirst quenching, tropical, citrusy, tart and sour, though not over the top lactic and acidic. Really well balanced and drinkable double dry hopped sour ale.

Jul 10, 2017
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