Maximum Happiness
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #729
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,932
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 5.56%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
39
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Notes: We’ve hit the ceiling of maximum hop intensity and oil saturation with this liquid tutti frutti jelly belly IPA. Double dry-hopped with two of our favorite hops. Mosaic and Cashmere hops unify to create a blast of tropical fruit –pineapple, papaya, coconut, strawberry, and citrus.
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden erring on the side of orange. Getting unripe mango with a little hibiscus aroma. I was surprised to find that it was more citrus forward - it's super soft - like a clementine-like citrus. It's like biting into a little halo clemetine. A bit of textured resin on the finish too.

Aug 21, 2021
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CHickman from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 07/13/21, it pours opaque dark orange color with a 2 finger thick foamy eggshell colored head that faded slowly and left really good lacing coating the glass. Smells of juicy tangerine, oranges, grapefruit, lemon zest, clementines, floral notes, biscuit and some mild peppery spices. After it warms up the aroma had more malty aspects along with some apricot. Tastes just like it smells but with sour orange juice, fruity candy like Razzles and tart grapefruit juice. It’s pretty bitter, but in a good way.

Aug 15, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single from a local bar/bottle shop for $8. Canned on 7/13/21, so this is only 13 days old.

Look: Pours a medium hazy light copper color with a thin beige-colored head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Expressive nose. Lots of tropical and stone fruit - papaya, guava, melon, and peach along with lots of green bell pepper and dank notes. Coconut comes through on the nose as the beer warms.

Taste: Very solid. This is a west coast style IPA brewed with new school hops, and it is executed flawlessly. Up front, it's a bit piney, resionous, and earthy as well as echoing the tropical and stone fruit notes from the nose. The finish is piney and moderately bitter with a touch of tangy acidity. The bitterness lingers on gradually and does not destroy your pallate, although it does build as the pint is consumed. It's very drinkable and while the aroma is very fruity, it's not very sweet. I wonder what kinds of malt are used here; based on the color and flavor, I think that there may be some caramel malt used. 7% ABV is very well hidden.

Feel: Very nice mouthfeel. It has a slick, oily mouthfeel yet it's also on the soft and fluffy side. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall: This is my first Grimm beer and it's nice to see that this brewery lives up to its hype. It's delicious and very well-made. I've had mosaic hops many times before, but this may be the first time that I am having a beer that showcases cashmere hops. Everything works very well together here. If you would enjoy a modern adaptation on the old school west coast IPA style with new school hops and a bit of haze, then you would enjoy this beer.

Jul 27, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN
Loose white foam over slightly hazy pale bronze; huge passionfruit nose with hints of mango; more passionfruit + mango; cantaloupe, and bit of dank, apricot, coconut and canned orange segments; soft + smooth.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4

Mosaic, Cashmere

Jan 25th canning date, so 9 weeks old, give or take.
Smells more like passionfruit than almost any other beer I’ve had. Taste is not as bright - is it fading already? - yet focused fruitiness with a couple of layers to it.
There’s a candied element that could be Cashmere, but that’s meant to be a more subtle hop so all this tropical is probably from the chameleon that is Mosaic.
NEIPA elements are restrained: esters, haze, and smoothness are all less than I’d expect. That’s not to say the quality of execution is in doubt at all.

Far from their best, but better than three quarters of the NEIPAs out there, which tells you everything about Grimm.

Apr 09, 2021
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Billolick from New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ouncer, with "canned 1/25/21" stamped on the bottom...yeah, its fresh..... 3 days in the can...

Medium hazed and leaving nice looking strands and webs of lace.

Fruity nose with melon, ripe pineapple and kiwi.

Smooth, tasty and complex offering....more of the sniff flowing onto the palate...ripe tropical fruits abounding....more kiwi, more pineapple, more tasty goodness.....Flavorful and enjoyable all with the carbonation and mouthfeel seemingly on point.....go get some

Jan 29, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy yellow orange with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus, pine, and resin.

Taste: There are flavors of orange, citrus, pine, and resin.

Feel: It has a creamy texture.

Overall, I honestly didn't get tropical flavors out of this.

Apr 17, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded, saturated yellow color with a bigger, spongy head.

Smells of a luscious fruitiness consisting of ripe mango, lime zest and water melon. Atop of this there is an ice bonbon quality, together with a perfumy flower quality and cucumbers.

Drinks truly refreshing with a medium carbonation level, developing a light effervescence after the swallow. The beer does drink quite smooth though, with an immediate creaminess, which lasts till the end.

Tastes a little less fruit forward than the nose indicated, with some caramel and bread dough acting as a foundation in this, mellowed by a fantastic creaminess. Brings some oranges to the palate, together with dry lemon and a hint of blueberries, without getting very complex at any given point. Finishes a bit more on the sweeter side with an intensifying lemon appearance among riper mango and oranges.

Tasty ipa with a good mouthfeel to it, which produces a solid flavor profile without anything special sticking out on its own too much.

May 05, 2019
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TimothyD11 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New England style IPA. Looks a beautiful hazy golden orange. Smell is strong tropical fruit, nothing particular but very pleasant. Unfortunately taste and mouthfeel doesn't quite match gorgeous scent. It is an above average New England IPA though...it's just that I have had so many exceptional ones!

Apr 30, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a narrow white collar around the edge and some small patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cantaloupe melons and lime are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a lot of tropical flavors with melon and lime along with additional notes of papayas, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up and lingers into the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer very easy to drink and particularly liked its aromas and flavors of melons.

Serving type: can

Apr 28, 2019
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 39 ratings