BFF | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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4.01/5
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143 Ratings
BFFBFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
grimmales.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,588
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
143
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Wants:
10
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of andrewerrico
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Larueminati
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigpig43
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNPIII127
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westyrun
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psychgawsple
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of Hendry
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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BFF from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 143 ratings