Living Daylights
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #433
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,343
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.69%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
94
From:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  13
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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!
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Franziskaner:
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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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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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bigred89 from Maryland

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

Apr 21, 2019
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Clear
Slightly hazy yellow..no head.
Very acetic aroma .lemon ..red 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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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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RaulMondesi from California

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

Dec 18, 2018
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nmann08 from Virginia

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

Dec 02, 2017
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fehrminator from North Carolina

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

Jul 23, 2017
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

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

Oct 06, 2018
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 05, 2017
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

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

Aug 07, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

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

Dec 29, 2017
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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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craftaholic from New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm mmm good!!

Aug 02, 2017
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SkiBum22 from New York

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

Jul 25, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 09, 2017
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 09, 2017
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KingforaDay from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 08, 2017
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2017
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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
Living Daylights from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings