BFF | Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States

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.

Added by Jason on 04-28-2014

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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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....

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewerrico
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of erikcx
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of broadway848
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbub18
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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

Photo of dental
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of campfirebrew
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +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.

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