Even though I’m stuck at home like everyone else, when I opened a bottle of Circle of Fifths—a hazy, straw-colored farmhouse ale from Brooklyn’s Grimm Artisanal Ales—I could swear I was transported to some open-air beertopia surrounded by grassy fields. With its heady aroma, which might as well come from a cart filled with ripe lemons and pears, and that good ole barnyard funkiness, this beer smells as fresh as a beer can get.
Fresh works as a pretty good description for Circle of Fifths’ flavor, too. Immediately, the beer is much less sour than the style or scent would lead you to believe. That’s good, because Grimm has created a beer with so many intermingling flavors that any singular dominant one would overshadow all this delicious nuance. Lemon comes up front with each sip, but I ended up jotting down “cucumber” one gulp and “celery” the next.
Even with everything this beer has to offer, Circle of Fifths is easy-going. It has a healthy amount of carbonation as well as slight bitterness towards the start of each sip. Add that all up and Grimm has brewed a farmhouse ale that can help anyone finally understand what people mean when they say a beer is “juicy.” Circle of Fifths is like taking a bite out of a piece of freshly picked fruit while lying under the summer sun. So go ahead and let your mind wander, because this beer is your ticket out of your kitchen.