Destination Neon
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,114
Ranked #7,482
4.21 | pDev: 5.46%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: This DIPA—brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo & Motueka—is a hazed up citrus bomb. Bright notes of tangerine, lime and ripe peach pop atop sweet treat flavors of cotton candy and orange sherbert. Medium-bodied with a juicy finish!
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark and opaque orange-amber, with some sticky white head. A gentle pour and almost all of a pint can fit inside a clear glass Imperial pint mug. There is a citrusy character to the hop aroma, which dominates. The taste begins with a sharp hoppy bite, but that fades midstream and a sticky sweetness then prevails. The aftertaste again turns bitter, but it's a little too late. Despite some stickiness in the mouth, there's very little glass lacing. There are other DIPAs that do a better job of disguising an 8% ABV. The mouthfeel is soft, as this does have an good body. This one is for those that prefer their DIPAs to bring a juicy quality with them. For those that don't, only a strong presence of Simcoe hops at the beginning and in the aftertaste makes this worth the try. Not bad, but just misses a must try.

Sep 14, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the brewer in Brooklyn. Pours a hazy medium orange with a finger of rocky white head, decent lacing, smell is candied orange peel, orange juice, papaya, pear, peach rings, hints of cotton candy and yellow cake, taste is intense orange pith, overripe orange flesh, kiwi, grapefruit peel, herbaceous grassy bitterness, hints of coconut cake, feel is medium bodied, soft carbonation. Fruity and bitter orange soup.

Aug 20, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright orange color. Completely opaque. Thin sudsy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head.

Aroma has bright notes of tropical fruit - more generic in nature with some notes of mango and peach. Somewhat subdued.

Taste is predominately fresh pineapple but it also has notes of peach, mango, and grassy bitterness that starts towards the back end and builds from there. Some alcohol heat comes through in this one especially on the back end. Lingering bitterness is also noted on the back end of the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, Incredibly mild carbonation, to the point of being somewhat under carbonated.

Overall an alright IIPA - I could do without the alcohol heat and would like more carbonation.

Aug 06, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap and it pours hazy gold color with a white foamy head that faded slowly and left good rings of lacing. Nose and flavor were quite fruity with pungent grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, tangerine, citrus notes and a nice malty backbone. Well balanced and smooth, this was session worthy and hides the ABV masterfully with a timid bitterness level and great overall mouthfeel. Reminds me of Grimm’s earlier DIPA offerings when they were the next big thing in the NYC area.

Jun 27, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Meckelburgs, Brooklyn.
Pours a hazy and murky beige color and a moderate foam head with decent retention.
Fruity aromas evoke tropical and stone fruit. Notes of peach, berries, guava and mango. There is s touch of herbal dank aroma.
The taste opens juicy and sweet. Flavors of peach stand out in particular. Notes of mango, berries, pear, oats and a firm cookie dough malt. There is a touch of citrus in the finish, as well as a touch of resiny bitterness.
Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and soft in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is relatively gentle.
Another finely crafted DIPA from Grimm.

Jun 26, 2019
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Hendry from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimm's (admitted) inspiration for their offerings comes from their appreciation for Vermont IPAs, and they have done a fantastic job developing their own take on artisanal ales since their inception. What I appreciate most about Grimm is their combination of creating palatable hop profiles while keeping a consistently great mouthfeel, and varying the level of carbonation to suit the hop bill appropriately.
Destination Neon strikes the balance between juicy and zesty hops, with terrific tropical aromas, and flavors that match the nose. NY beer snobs that discounted Grimm because of their previous contract brewing ventures are missing the boat: these guys are as dialed in as ever, and deserve a place at the top of the heap.

Jun 10, 2019
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 28 ratings