Grimm Artisanal Ales

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #24
Ranked #7,841
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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Jrami26 from New York

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I did enjoyed its tropical notes of pineapples and mangoes but it was lacking something. This beer felt different, it taste was good but overall, I was thrown off.

Mar 31, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was one of Grimm's more unusual offerings, for sure as the bready, hoppy, and strong beers that they're more typically known for could not be more different than this. Sure, there was booze to be found here but the odd range of flavors and overall mouthfeel of this almost made this feel like an "Imperial Belgian IPA" more than anything else...

Of course, this beer had a cloudy, golden hue to it with plenty of foamy head on top to boot. A decent amount of soapy lacing was left along the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this, as well. Tons of wheat, grass, banana, and clove in the nose as this initially smelled like a typical Belgian IPA. Then came the taste.

Yeast. Hay. Booze. Lots of barnyard funk underneath that along with a strong potency to boot. A soft and pillowy up-front mouthfeel gave way to a much stronger, more complex, and funkier taste that turned out to be relatively potent. Lots of stone fruit pith in the taste to go along with everything else, and a lively enough carbonation to keep this from feeling too strong or heavy. That was a good thing as the amount of wort and yeast made this feel like a beer that needed a bit more refinement!

There was more than enough booze here as it was a bit of a deterrent from the raw, yeasty, and unrefined nature of this beer. While this wasn't bad, there was so much going on here that this felt a bit too chaotic to fully enjoy. If you like body, funk, and a wide range of fruit flavors to get sloshed to, this is your brew. For the rest of us, this was something to have once but to enjoy with a hint of disdain, as Grimm could have done so much better. Had this been a bit more tame, it would have been excellent from start to finish!

Jun 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is fantastic beer, the belgian yeast element is almost inconsequential for me, as the hops are so awesome in it. its super bright beer, radiant shiny golden color, perfectly clear, sparkling, with happy carbonation and almost a full inch of puffy white lasting head, nice looking beer! the hops are neat because they have that oily dankness i associate with big west coast ipa types, and they have the sweetness that often comes with the oil, its big, but its not over the top. the hops also have a juiciness, a more flavorful complexion than the classic northwestern varietals, i get more of a botanical thing here, flowers, spruce, even menthol or something for a second. a little honey sweetness in the malt gives needed structure, and there is a wonderful freshness about the whole thing. bitter enough too to still be ipa. the yeast, i hardly really noticed when i was drinking it, a little of the candy belgian thing, but its subtle and well behind all these hops. fluffy feeling medium body and lots of bubbles, not super dry, danky in the finish, just really solid big ipa. i havent been as impressed with the hoppy grimm beers as i have with their wild stuff, but this is a game changer. loved it! huge thanks to my grimm hookup back east for sharing this one with me in the latest box of beer mail!

May 23, 2017
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I did enjoy this beer overall and commend the look, the smell, and taste, but the mouthfeel just doesn't seem to match the rest of the beer; I realize the beer is 9% but it seems like it should have been dried out a little further; comes off as a little syrupy to me

May 04, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big creamy fluffy head, soapy lacing, clear pilsner color

Nose candy sweet malt, little booze, blonde malt, big herbal earthy hop, pine sap, candied apricot citrus, little phenolic booze

Taste sweet candy malt, blonde malt, little alcohol phenolic and fusel notes but not tingly booze, touch maybe plastic, herbal spicy earthy hop, hop oil, pretty bitter

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy little booze

Overall eh

May 01, 2017
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked-up a twenty two ounce bomber at Long Ridge Wine & Spirits for about nine dollars. Had never heard of this brewery before. Decent brew, nothing special, would not buy again.

Apr 26, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. No date stamps. Bought at Whole Foods.
A: Pours close to clear and effervescent. Pale gold with white, dense head.
S: Smells like musty Belgian yeast and gentle hops.
T: A great beer that tastes more tripelly than tripley. Perhaps it's past its prime, but it's still a fine beer that delivers the best of all worlds. Big, but drinkable; Belgian floral, bitter earthy; lightly sweet and malty, still acidic and citrusy-tropical.
M: Huge, robust, and creamy smooth. Chewy, bready, but never sticky, with a lovely spriteliness.
O: Faded glory is still glorious. An offbeat megahit from the best brewery in NYC. Highly recommended.

Apr 19, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, deep gold brew with a light off white head that leaves specks of lacing. The smell is a mixture of Belgian and IPA. There are notes of pineapple, citrus, cloves, bananas. The taste is the same with IPA taste up front, Belgian in the middle, boozy near the end and a bitter finish. Pretty solid beer.

Apr 18, 2017
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craftaholic from New York

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like playdough but drinks alright. Not quite sure what a Belgian triple IPA is supposed to taste like but falconers flight is fantastic and versatile hop. It's bitchin'!

Apr 16, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a large tulip glass a clear a peach color infused golden with a large blooming bone white head,it has a 'Belgian' look to it although it's not.Love the aromas,a hot summer garden mixed with citric notes,very herbal and fruity with not much sweetness.That Orval yeast strain rings true on the palate dry even with all the big hops and higher ABV,citric and herbal with a dry base makes it immenesly drinkable even at it's size.Now this is a big hopped beer I can get behind without all the huge sweetness.

Apr 12, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like this was one of Grimm's first beers from when Joe and Lauren first arrived on the scene a few years back. Good to see it rebrewed, then, because I missed it as I was slightly late to the party with these talented brewers. This is an Orval-yeast-fermented, Falconer's/Centennial hopped double IPA inspired by the Belgian abbey-style tripel ale, an estery and strong golden beer that is traditionally monastic in nature. I guess it kind of falls in line with the Belgian-style IPA trend that was going on a couple years ago. Haven't had one in a while, so should be interesting to revisit this kind of thing.

The beer pours a fairly cloudy yellow-golden color with a nice, solid, retentive collar of white foam. Bubbles forming all over the surface pop slowly and methodically as the head sinks away to a solid finger. Hazy surface to match a hazy beer... good legs here. As expected from a beer with an Orval reference in its recipe composition, this seems pretty nicely carbonated, with fuzzy and sharply-rising bubbles springing to life and erupting towards the surface of the yellowish liquid with each small pour. Fun looking stuff, here!

Nose is heavy on the tropical and orchard fruit, weird Belgian esters and juicy citrus notes. I get a little bit of pine here, too, but this feels mostly fruit-biased. There's a chalky yeast note underneath all of these hoppy elements, along with some pilsner-like, crackery malt if you dig really deep. Subtly funky but not too leftfield at all. I've had some really intense Belgian-inspired IPAs that came off too forward with the abbey yeast influence, so I'm glad it's a bit more restrained here.

Flavor is, again, very fruity with notes of apple, apricot, pineapple and passion fruit. Slight mango and guava, only suggestions but enough to engage my palate. Pretty malty in the middle with some dry, chewy yeast influence toward the finish. The Belgian yeast provides some rustic notes including white pepper and slight hay-like/barnyard elements. Moderate-to-strong effervescence with a dry-leaning finish that has some clove and banana elements. More white pepper and slight spice. Still juicy, though, with a lot of lingering orange/apricot/tangerine flavors. Fun drink. Can't see myself getting it again, really, but it's quite enjoyable as a one-and-done!

Apr 11, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient, bubbly lacing.

S- Belgian esters provide notes of bubble gum and spice. Faint piney hops.

T- Interesting display of Belgian yeast, alcohol and some mild hop character. Pretty drinkable for how strong it is. Notes of lemon, banana and candied orange. Medium-to-high bitterness.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Nice to see a Belgian IPA back on the market since it's been quite some time since I've seen one. This one is nice in its delivery but could use a little more in the way of both yeast and hop characteristic.

Apr 10, 2017
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Boccu from New York

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep orange. Nice white head. Nice lacing aroma wheat and rotten orange peels. Taste is not my style at all. I shared with my bff he stopped talking to me. Love Grimm but this is bad.

Apr 09, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle, it pours cloudy gold color with a foamy 1-2 finger thick bright white colored head that was packed with very tiny bubbles. It faded very, very slowly as the carbonation raced up the tulip glass to join the rest of the bubbles in the head. The head leaves very nice foamy lacing and a layer on top. Looks more like a Belgian than an IPA.

Smells like wheat, horse hair, lemon zest and roasted grains up front, followed by orange peel, light grapefruit, hand soap, yeast, dry grass, peppery spices and a lot of earthy aromas.

Tastes fruity with more earthy tones like fresh cut grass and dry hay in addition to the wheat, horse hair, lemon zest and roasted grains, and then more tropical fruit joins in like passion fruit, tart green apple, apricot, banana and then the citrus hop wave with grapefruit, lemon, orange juice and pineapple. Some strong spruce and piney hops trail before the peppery spices kick in with coriander, allspice, faint clove and white pepper adding to the complexities. Knowing this was so Belgian influenced by design I embraced the barnyard dynamics here and enjoyed the flavor ride.

Mouthfeel is thin, smooth and almost watery with very mild carbonation, a fizzy feel and yet some weight like this cloudy brew is not clear because there's a lot of yeast and malt in suspended animation. This brew covers up the 9% ABV beautifully and finished dry like the beer evaporated in my mouth. The aftertaste linger like red grapefruit juice.

Overall it was very flavorful and interesting, definitely not your typical IPA here but I like it. The Orval yeast strain used explains why this leans more towards a Belgian IPA than the typical Grimm hop bomb IPA style. Misclassified as a DIPA, but still a very good beer overall. Tripel IPA to me is wordplay for half tripel and half IPA.

Apr 08, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is poured from a 22oz into a speiglau IPA glass.

Aroma is crazy eatery and almost smells like a Belgian triple. Not as obviously hoppy as I expected.

Taste is much more traditionally hoppy but with a flowery finish.

Not exactly what I expect from an American "triple" IPA but good none the less.

Apr 07, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark yellow, hazy, great foam head. (8/10)
Smell: Bland scent of flowers and fruit. Not overpowering. (7/10)
Taste: Very bland taste, faint bouquet of flowers, hops, fruit. Added yeast is too powerful for me. (7/10)
Feel: Very drinkable and very smooth. Very well balanced for a 9% brew. (8/10)
Overall: a very dangerous beer because it is so drinkable, but there is nothing about this beer that stands out. (7/10)

Apr 05, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

May 21, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Apr 12, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Apr 09, 2015
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Nov 23, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Oct 26, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Aug 21, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Jun 03, 2014
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Billolick from New York

4.11/5  rDev +2%
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....

May 30, 2014
BFF from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 144 ratings