Midheaven
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #479
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #7,596
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 2.12%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
23
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: Midheaven is so named because it is an intersection, the best of both worlds. Blended from 50% stainless-steel mixed culture ale and 50% golden sour aged in red wine barrels, then refermented on apricots, this beer is complex, clean, and elegant. It reveals flavors of juicy apricots and sour candy, with a sustained fruity-tart finish laden with subtle oak tannins.
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Poured into a Grimm tulip taster.*

Pale golden straw to pale peach with sediment floating about. There’s some orange colored bits, makes me wonder if some of the apricots were allowed at bottling. One finger fizzy white head with a ring that clings to the glass

Definite apricot and peach notes along with sour yeast. Zesty citrus accompanies grass and hay and sour candy.

Rounded peach and apricot coupled with white wine, whole grain bread and sour candy (think those sour grapefruit slices).

Fizzy and crisp, feels really good and is creamy on the outset. Not sure if this ages really well or what but this is by far one of the best Grimm offerings I’ve had.
Possible one of the best sour ales I’ve encountered in the wild.

*This bottle is most likely at least two years old, it seems to be from the same time as a lot of other bottles I picked up from a bottle shop that change hands in ownership and was offering backstock on the cheap

Jun 03, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a vibrant golden orange golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous apricot and tarty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous apricot and nice tarty flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Wild Ale

Jun 05, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully blended of the cleaner kettle sour technique and the characterful barrel blended sour ale, the master blenders of Grimm Artisanal Ales deserve all the credit for a unique and elegant taste. ...and that's even before the mention of apricots and wine influences.

What seems partly of home and heaven, Midheaven pours with a frothy, sparkling appearance equipped with a yeasty haze and a peachy golden gaze. Boisterous aromas of tropical and stone fruit abound along with strong nuances of cider, wine and a deeply woven musty perfume. Candied in its early taste, a crisp croissant pastry taste comes with hints of baklava, honeysuckle and taffy on the early palate.

But a quick shift towards sourness lifts any sweetness or savory character in order to favor the strong apricot additions and its supporting taste of rosé, drier French cider, and a host of green berries, crabapple, kiwi, mango and papaya. Exceedingly sour on the late palate, a light hop spice links up with the oak tannins for a peppery bite that seems to make the acidity even greater. Hints of cork and worn attic woods drift just above the late palate for a retro-olfactory sensation of a dusty fruit aftertaste.

Medium light in body, a mildly creamy texture, seemingly of cream of wheat adorns the finish while a pillowy apricot sourness brings about a combination of sangria, fruit rollup and margarita for a refreshing, clean and crisp session that easily begs for another pour.

Apr 04, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another brilliant funky one from grimm here, this one done with apricots, a blended mixed fermentation ale and golden sour, maybe not quite as refined and delicate as the tracery, but in that league of quality for sure. the look is a little rust colored pale orange with a nice head on it. aroma of fresh apricots is there, but its subtle, like they have been fermented out pretty well, but their essence remains. i get some red wine and oak from that element in the blend, very compatible and unique with the soft fruit here. i like that i can get both funky wild elements and cleaner lactic bacterial tang, not at all too sour to drink a lot of, and quite interesting on the back and forth between the two in the flavor. subtle vanilla from the oak, musty brett, and plenty of wheat malt here as well, not too fruity or tart to be able to appreciate the grain in this. a little fuller bodied too which is cool, and great carbonation even though the head doesnt last super long. fleshy apricot comes back late, the oak extends the finish, and a nice nuanced fermentation complexion holds my attention til the last drop. overall an excellent brew, mellow on the fruit but it lets the other elements stand out too. these guys are doing a great job with this kind of thing, awesome blend here.

Dec 28, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden, very hazy. Nice white head that lingers. Great apricot aroma. Flavor is mostly funky apricot, has a nice tart sourness to it. Excellent micro carbonation. Overall a very good wild ale, executed perfectly. A bit on the expensive side for the style. Would buy again.

12/22/18
500 ml bottle from brewery, no bottle date.
4.25 rating

Dec 22, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grimm in Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy light orange with thick, soft foam.

Smell is yeasty and peppery, slightly tart with notes of apricots, peaches and some funk.

Taste is tart, with notes of apricots, youghurt, citrus, funk and pepper. Great balance and complex, opens up a lot with warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium, with bright carbonation.

Overall, a terrific sour, balanced but with plenty of subtle layers.

Dec 18, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark yellow. Farmhouse funkiness. Not too strong. Decent head with some lacing. Some taste of lemon and citrus but mild. Very drinkable beer. Great overall light taste.

Dec 16, 2018
Midheaven from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 23 ratings