Air and Light
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #821
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,505
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 5.38%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
29
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Notes: Dry hopped sour ale brewed with tart cherries.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 29
Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Barely dusts the surface with bright white foam, salmon pinkish orange hued liquid, the widely dispersed tiny bubbles laze about, clear with marginal haziness. Controlled sour funkiness to the nose, hay, meadow grasses, smells like it could give you hay fever, peppery and tarry, mostly honeydew melon, pear, apple fruit scents, the cherry not prominent, at times gets close to grilled meat fat, especially as it warms. Medium-bodied, presents a pleasing carbonated tickle and overall has a dry mouth feel. More clarity here to the cherry fruit, particularly as residue, mixing in notes of melon, pineapple to star fruit. Retains that hay, straw character, almost its signature. Yet, too clean to get very earthy or funky. Comes close to a cleansing Indian mukhwas sort of lift. A touch of raw pie dough at the end. Unfortunately, the finish is dilute and the flavors taper off prematurely. Pleasing in a outdoors summer sipper sort of way, but not for those who want noticeable intensity in their sour ale.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated May 2018.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy bright orange color. No head no matter how hard I poured and obviously no lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of red sweet cherries, fleshy and a nice whiff fluffy sweet orange pulp, light blend of lemon/lime character, melon/honeydew and a touch of white bread on the back end.
The flavor seems to take a countering turn towards the lemon/lime meshing to be up front. Cherries are still there but not necessarily so forthcoming as in the aroma. Light breadiness and a touch of white grapes. Aftertaste is candied cherries, lemon/lime sweetness, melon sweetness and smooth white bread.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Some sessionable traits try to come across. For a wild ale, the pucker factor is extremely tame. Sly stickiness crosses my tongue without being cloying.
Overall, a very nicely done dessert wild ale bringing in more than just cherries into the mix. Would love to have again.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 5/2018. Pours moderately hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of musty/lacto funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of musty/lacto funk, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, mango, melon, red/green apple, white wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour/wild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of jammy cherries, Brett/lacto complexity, citrus/tropical hops, and a solid pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. Always consistently impressive sours.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some breweries try to separate fruit from beer while others embrace their marriage. Grimm Artisanal Ales is the later and they demonstrate the fusion of cherries and sour ale masterfully in an airy, light ale with a floral dry hopping technique.

Pouring a light peachy pink hue and with a soft matte finish, Air and Light releases a short and cottony swath of sea foam. Tantalizing aromas of under ripened cherries provide an overcast of fruit to an already winey, cidery, citrusy and berry-like brine. Light candied sweetness splashes the tongue with taffy, simple syrups and honeysuckle.

Sweetness dissolves effortlessly on the tongue to make way for a middle palate of fruit and sourness. The natural fermeae layers the tastebuds with white wine, dry cider, green berries and with the juiciness of honeydew. Its cherry profile is sour and somewhat green, giving the ale a pitted fruit character with a piquant fruit spice for balance. A late palate of brininess, burlap and damp hay adds complexity and earthiness to the clean and tangy crispness.

Sharp, creamy and drying, the beer's winey character is strong while washing away any thirst with ease. Highly refreshing, and extending with a short after palate of cherry skins, citrus peel and a fresh grassiness reveals a light hopping rate past the point where sourness stops.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pinkish yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with a bit of sourness.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of cherries with hints of sweetness (like the cherries you find in cherry pie filling) and notes of yogurt-like sourness and lactobacillus.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and faintly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the aromas and flavors of cherries seem like they could have been a little stronger.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Pahn
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says "May 2018", which is the current month.

Appearance: Pours a glowing opaque orange. Moderate pour yields about an inch head and the beer leaves rings of lacing.

Smell: Sweet tarts, sour cherry, grapefruit. Yum. With warmth it gets more citrusy (complex but ambiguous), while the cherry swims around in the background.

Taste: Extremely succulent and puckering... not really that sour exactly, but succulent which really lifts up the sour cherry and grapefruit flavors. Neither the hopping nor the sour cherry are over the top, but that tartness/succulence makes the flavor that is there really pop.

Definitely more on the wild ale side than the slightly tart dry hopped pale ale side (Grimm makes both in abundance), in terms of the prominence of the wild flavors, and the fruit. People have been making good sour beers with sour cherry for years and years, and this one is a good example of why. Whatever hops they used impart a cirtusy character but mainly serve to highlight the sour cherry. The beer isn't a blast of sour cherry like Lost Abbey's Red Poppy (is that still made?), but it still forefronts the flavor just as much, and the refreshing "light Summer beer" context is surprisingly good as a vessel for it.

Mouthfeel: The star of the beer. For the flavors here, and the "point" of the beer (refreshing hot weather beer with good sour ale flavors), the mouthfeel is just perfect. Kind of full side of medium bodied, but super juicy and pleasantly tart, with noticeable but appropriately low carbonation. Finishes nice and dry. It's the best of both worlds for a Summer beer: the bold thickness of lowish carbonation plus succulence, while retaining that highly attenuated bite. The feel really couldn't be better.

Overall: I haven't had one of Grimm's now slightly more ubiquitous bottles in awhile, but this one said the magic words ('sour cherry'; also 'may 2018') so I picked it up. Still as beautifully made and delicious as ever. Better in fact, as I've had another Grimm sour cherry wild ale (Subliminal Message). That one was good, but this one is a lot better.

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Air and Light from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 29 ratings