BFF - Grimm Artisanal Ales

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72 Ratings

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2014

This unfiltered ale is first wort-hopped, hop bursted, and double dry hopped with Falconer's Flight hops.

A 9% ABV tripel IPA, BFF (AKA bitchin’ falconer’s flight AKA best friends forever) is the 8th in our series of one-off seasonal beers. Made with five pounds per barrel of Falconer’s Flight and Centennial hops, this beer is Grimm’s first proper hop bomb: first-wort hopped, hop bursted, and double dry hopped for all you lupulus freaks. Of course that wasn’t enough, so we fermented it with the “clean” Orval yeast strain to put it over the top.
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$9 and change for the bomber bottle at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY,

No freshness/bottling date info to be had

Classic look to this one, pours hazed medium apricot, and leaves an all star fine film, frothy collar and developed fields of sheeting.

Ripe fruit nose with some Belgian yeast

Simply delicious IPA/Triple from this newcomer/gypsy brewer. More ripe fruit, more dense , but smooth resiny hops notes, some pepper and fruity and nutty Belgian yeast notes all over the finish.

Nicely crafted and quite delicious....looking forward to trying a few of the other options from these folks....

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden, bright yellow-ish orange, somewhat opaque, with a good half inch head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells super juicy and super nice, tons of pineapple, peach, and mango. Falconer's Flight hops give this one a super nice aroma, it would seem. There's a bit of pine. I can't really pick out the yeast in the aroma.

Huge, huge fruit flavors here in the taste, lots of grapefruit, peach, mango, etc- so much citrus and tropical fruits. The Orval yeast strain here is used to great effect- this one of the cleanest Belgian IPAs I've ever had. The yeast is there, and contributes a nice perfumy character to this, but it doesn't overpower or contribute a soapiness that Belgian IPAs tend to have. The flavors do not clash, at all- it's well crafted and really fun to drink.

This has a very juicy mouthfeel, full and wet, with a moderate level of carbonation, a body of medium strength or so.

This was very, very tasty. Cheers Grimm for yet another great beer!

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber with a slight haze, fat white foam top

S: dazzling citric and floral aromas carrying currents of fresh grain beneath

T: bursting with bright flowers and juicy citric elements - part grapefruit, lemon, and orange; malt base supports without taking anything away from the barrage of hop action

M: medium weight, ample carbonation, massive crisp bitterness

O: an epically-hopped American-ish tripel featuring Falconer's Flight hops - not to be missed.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles that covered most of the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by a blend of different flavors from the hops—grapefruit, lemons and tropical fruits seem to stand out in particular. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of alcohol are noticeable towards the finish but these are mostly replaced flavors of tropical fruits as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The blend of hops used in this beer creates interesting complexities in the smell and taste. This beer wasn't that difficult to drink considering its strength, but the initial tastes of alcohol before the beer warmed up were a little of a put off.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dirty gold color. Lightly cloudy. A combination of ring and spotty lace.

Fresh smelling combination of moderate hop and solid pale malt.

Deceptive malt start with a high alcohol content. Smooth swallow which brings out the bittering hop. Chewy body but with a very high carbonation. Long aftertaste. Big alcohol.

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy rich glowing orange color.

The aroma pops of tropical, oranges, pineapple, mango, a touch of spicy/funk Belgian quality.

On the flavor, the beer explodes of even more fruit quality as it is incredibly juicy. Mango, peach, passionfruit, tangerine, a light bready malt in the middle that flies away off of the palate, then onto a big piney resinous bitterness.

A good trasitioning of new-age New England juicy tropical hops up front with a familiar old school West Coast piney assertive bitterness. A supremely dangerous beer that drinks a few ABV percentage points below 9%.

One of the best DIPAs from New York, standing up to the popular Other Half.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Opaque, cloudy, 1FH, carbonation, light, lots of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, sweet, fruit, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, clean, crisp

VALUE - $8 for 8-oz pour. I hate 8-oz purs.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Simple, OK, drinkable.

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BFF looks like it could be my new best friend - it's hard not to immediately like this brilliant, blistered golden-amber beer and its puffy, pillowy head. Fermented with a proprietary strain of Orval yeast, this so-called "Tripel IPA" indeed bears great resemblance to that classic brew.

The dudes behind Grimm claim to "make distinctive American ales drawing inspiration from Belgium's...brewing heritage" but this one takes no middle ground - its overt hoppiness practically chants 'U-S-A, U-S-A'. Aromatics of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine are 100% American in pedigree.

Though its brewers rightly advised to drink it fresh, I couldn't get my hands on any until 6 months after the release. You can sense it's a little dulled, though there's still an abundance of tropical fruit flavours; lemon curd, mushy melon, as well as orange and grapefruit pulp can be tasted loud and clear. There are also strong notes of dried apricot and Bosc pear.

Amidst this giant fruit salad are trace notes of butterscotch, honeyed and roasted nuts, and candied ginger. They're subtle, to be sure, but they blend well the (rather formidable) 9% alcohol to make the beer a little more easily drinkable than it could be otherwise. It's still not the kind of brew that goes down quietly, but the end is peaceful and warming.

Seldom does such a new brewer - especially one that doesn't actually have their own brewery - make such immediate and inspired first impressions. It's obvious why these two homebrewers quit their day jobs (or at least should if they haven't already). BFF is close in character to a tripel only with a distinctly citrusy, tropical twist - a brilliant idea well executed.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ACBF pour

A-Pours orange with a thick head for such a small cup. Head retains and leaves lots of remnants after my two sips.

S-Belgian yeast and a forecast of bitter, green hoppiness. Yeast is spicy and so are the hops but in far different ways.

T-More Tripel than IPA in my opinion. The yeast wins out and the hops, while, bitter don't lend too many specific flavors. It all works well together in the end.

M-Alcohol very well hidden. Bitterness is sneaky and ends ups being formidable. Medium bodied.

O-Love Grimm's artwork and I would like to try this in a larger quantity or any of their other beers.

BFF from Grimm Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.