Grimm Artisanal Ales, Grimm Magnetic Tape a world before cars drove themselves...

Grimm Magnetic Tape

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Tasting: May 24, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #:1,061
ABV: 6.4%

Grimm Magnetic Tape

As a child, I couldn’t fathom growing up in my parent’s generation. Life with no television? My kids probably think the same way. Life with no iPads? They’ll wonder how we survived without having instant gratification at our fingertips. Carrying the generational divide progression one step further, I think my grandchildren might someday wonder why we had to physically drive cars?

This progression doesn’t stop us from being nostalgic for what seems like simpler times. My parents longingly reminisced about their families gathered around the radio. In the same way, there are certain iconic things that serve as reminders of my own generational divide. Things that come to the top of my mind are spindle adapters. You know, those things you put in the holes of your 45 rpm records? This label makes me reminisce about music and the days when you could own your music in an individual physical form like a cassette tape. As a precursor to playlists, cassettes could be recorded and played in the car (wow, that was mind blowing 70’s moment).

A serendipitous beer blog moment, magnetic tape or the recordable medium in cassettes was invented in 1928 by German, Fritz Pfleumer.

Grimm Magnetic Tape details from the brewers:

Magnetic Tape is the cousin of the beloved Magnetic Compass. Both are oat single IPA’s pairing Mosaic with an interesting hop from New Zealand. Where Compass uses Rakau hops, Tape uses Motueka. This beer is all about big, fresh, radiant tropical fruit character from these two matchless hop varietals. There are no rough edges, just full and round aromas of melon, mango, and citrus. High drinkability quotient.

My thoughts

Grimm Magnetic tape is full and round. Remind a lot of that syrupy mouthfeel from fellow New York brewer, Other Half. I get massive orange zest bitterness at first but once my taste buds become accustomed, I pick up that melon sweetness. Really enjoyable, 93 points.

The Grimm details of Grimm Magnetic Tape

Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. The Grimm’s story mimics many others that have turned their passion for home brewing into the reality of commercially making beer for the masses (at least the nearby masses). Their story has a bit of a wrinkle in that they are nomadic brewers. Like notable nomadic brewer’s Evil Twin and Mikkeller, Grimm produces their beer by contracting with established facilities to bring their recipes to fruition. It’s an interesting model in that they certainly avoided the massive start-up costs and they don’t have to deal with rents, labor, and equipment. This particular beer was brewed at Beltway Brewing, Sterling Virginia

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Sumi Zest Imperial Stout brewed by Grimm Artisan Ales

Sumi Zest, Grimm Artisan Ales, New York

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Tasting: February 7, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,036
ABV: 11.5%

Sumi Zest

The family recently spent a walking around day in New York City. Primarily to meet up with a visiting relative from Wales but of course, we each had our own side agenda. The kids were thrilled to be playing Pokemon Go and I was happy to search for a decent beer store in the general vicinity. This time, I discovered the Urban Barley Beer Market on 6th Avenue. Not a sizable place, probably the equivalent of one aisle at a suburban beer store. Good selection. Almost fainted at the prices. A single can of Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy – 97 Points was $20. I was interested to find some Grimm IPA but this was all the Grimm the shop had. This bomber-sized bottle was $20.

Opened a few weeks later on a cold winter’s night. I am hopeful as I have a second bottle that I picked up a week later. That one was half the price at Cable Beverage.

Sumi Zest hits the ground running with a chalky fudge. Also carries some off-flavors underneath. The label says orange zest, I think Banana. Watery, Fizzy and acrid. Not much vanilla. Layer some coffee over that odd flavor. 84 points. Not a fan. Anyone interested in a bottle?

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Other Half and Grimm Artisan

Other Half and Grimm Artisan Ales

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The theme of this past weekend was New York/New Jersey breweries and the two-fold highlight was that I scored a four-pack of Grimm Artisan Ales’ Afterimage at the Growler and Gill and my friend scored me a four pack of each of the Other Half releases at the Brooklyn brewery.

Brooklyn has established itself as an artisan community and it seems like hand-made craft culture has made its way to a number of critically acclaimed brewers that call the borough home. It begs the question – is Brooklyn the new Vermont of the craft beer world?

Both Brooklyn-based breweries featured here are clearly on an upward trajectory. Other Half was started in 2014 by Samuel Richardson and Matt Monahan. I fell in love with this brewery after having just one of their offerings – All I See is Green – 93 points. It just dripped of fresh resinous, dankness. Their reputation grows with each can release.

Grimm Artisan Ales was started in 2013 by a husband and wife team – Joe and Lauren Grimm. This Brooklyn couple are currently “nomadic” brewers and they took the craft beer world by storm with their surprising silver medal in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for their stout Double Negative – 93 points. In an era of stout aged in bourbon-rye-whiskey-tequlia-rum barrels with vanilla-coffee-pepper-coconut added, Double Negative is just straightforward awesomeness. This can release has also created quite the buzz in the craft beer community.

Let’s have some beer!

Other Half: All Green Everything
Tasting: September 26, 2015
Style: Triple IPA
Beer #: 814
ABV: 10.5%

All Green Everything triple IPA by Other Half Brewing, Brooklyn, New York

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Wow – this one from Other Half is an absolute monster – massive flavor bombards – raw dank hops, sticky and resinous. Rich with mango, pineapple and grapefruit. The real story here is the massive wave of boozy heat. It’s a love hate thing and I’m in the camp that it somewhat detracts from the experience. Could have been a classic but the booziness tempers the experience – 93 points.

Grimm Artisan: Afterimage
Tasting: October 3, 2015
Style: IPA
Beer #: 815
ABV: 8.0%

Afterimage IPA by Grimm Artisan Ales

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An afterimage refers to an image continuing to appear in one’s vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased. Think of the area that float in your vision after briefly looking into a light source. I’ve stared at the can and nothing. Maybe better results after emptying the can.

Afterimage has wonderful nose and my first impression is that this Imperial IPA has a beautiful texture. Fresh, green hops, wonderful but mellow citrus. My only knock is that the flavor is a bit demure for such a rich body. Don’t get me wrong – this is an awesome beer and I’d love to have a fridge full of Afterimage. 95 points.

Other Half: Citra
Tasting: October 6, 2015
Style: IPA
Beer #: 816
ABV: 7.0%

Citra IPA by Other Half

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Citra hops hit the craft beer world in 2008 and are a dual purpose hop with high alpha acid content of 11-13% (strong bitterness qualities). A flexible hop that can be used for bittering and flavor/aroma. It imparts aromas/flavors of passion fruit, tropical fruit, and citrus.

Other Half has been producing a number of single hop ales and Citra would seem to be a perfect ale for this versatile and popular hop.

I love Citra hops – so crisp and tart. Citrus rind in the background along with honey, melon. Herbal, peppery finish. Solid effort 92 points.

Other Half: Cascade
Tasting: October 6, 2015
Style: IPA
Beer #: 817
ABV:7.0%

Cascade IPA by Other Half

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Another single hop ale, this time using a craft beer classic – Cascade. First used commercially in 1976, cascade imparts a pleasant, flowery and spicy, citrus-like quality with a slight grapefruit characteristic. The hop is good for both flavor and aroma uses.

Not much up front as the hops kick in on the tail end with some muddled citrus bitterness. Not a well-balanced beer 86 points.

Other Half: Green Diamonds
Tasting: October 7, 2015
Style: IPA
Beer #: 818
ABV:9.1%

Green Diamonds Imperial IPA by Other Half

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Acquired in a deal for some other Other Half beers. It seems my trade partner had made it a point to get all of the single hop releases from Other Half but he missed Citra and Cascade. Definitely sticky and dank and raw with green hops. Nice tropical fruits. While All Green Everything was a bit too boozy, Green Diamonds delivers some boozy heat, it makes its presence known but doesn’t detract from this well-balance imperial IPA – nicely done 94 points.

Other Half: Hop Showers
Tasting: October 8, 2015
Style: IPA
Beer #: 819
ABV:7.4%

Hop Showers IPA by Other Half Brewing

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Acquired as a bonus beer in my Green Diamonds trade. Not sure if it was bargaining positioning but my partner swears this is his favorite beer from Other Half. Crisp and citrus bitterness up front with a diminishing herbal finish. Entirely drinkable and before I know it the entire sixteen ounce can is gone. Nice beer 90 points.

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