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Sour Hour

I'm calling this "Sour Hour" because that's just about all the time you had to pick up a bottle of Vacay when it was released by Grimm along side one of their Double IPAs a few weeks back. Their IPAs and stouts are what put them on the map but people are starting to figure out how great their sour beers are as well. Towards the end of 2015 they released a dry-hopped sour called Echoplex which was one of my favorite beers of the year, so when I was eagerly anticipating the a taste of Vacay.

When poured, this beer is a light opaque yellow with an ivory white head that dissipates quickly. It smells like sour candy, with a lot of lemon and some hints of tropical fruit, leaning towards the pineapple realm. It's thin bodied, as expected with an ABV of 5.3% with a moderate carbonation. The lemon flavors follow the nose but there is more lime once it hits the back of your tongue and the tartness mutes most of the tropical fruits. The acidity isn't mouth puckering but it's just enough and bone dry, my biggest beef was the fact that I had split this bomber and I didn't buy a second one.

The Grimm bottle and can releases are getting increasingly more difficult to navigate but if they keep producing great beers like this then it's just something we're going to have to deal with until they're able to secure their own space and increase production.

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