Forcefield IPA (2016)
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Forcefield IPA (2016)Forcefield IPA (2016)
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 6.7%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
147
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Forcefield IPA (2016)Forcefield IPA (2016)
Notes: Hazy golden, juicy VT-style double IPA brewed with tons of Citra and Jarrylo. Waves of fruity hop goodness with pronounced notes of passionfruit, melon, citrus, strawberry, and finishing on pear. First wort hopped, hop bursted, hop standed, and dry hopped twice. This beer has the same base as Tesseract — but slightly stronger and with a different hop blend.
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Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in light to medium gold, extremely juicy and hazy.

The aroma offers sweet candy, dried strawberries, melon, watermelon, Skittles, Gobstoppers.

The flavor hits of tangerine, citrus peel, very herbaceous and green, a bit of candy and strawberry/melon, citrus peel, onto a medium plus and pronounced bitterness. Creamy and silky.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in New York not too long ago, as this had a canned date of 5/14. I love Grimm's offerings and once again, this turned out to be a "meal in a can" as there was plenty of flavor and balance to savor from start to finish. I don't know how they do it, but they certainly put the "artisanal" into all of the beers that they brew and this was no exception to that!

Nice pour to this as the beer had an straw hue to it that was cloudy, slightly off, and light around the edges. Plenty of head to be found with a good amount of lacing around the liquid as I worked my way through this. Lots of bright citrus to this as there was orange, lemon, mango, and papaya to be found in the smell as well as the taste. The baked, yeasty notes of the malt came through in the taste as this had the mouthfeel of fresh-baked bread. A bit of onion and dough gave this plenty for me to "chew on" (so to speak) as this felt balanced, juicy, and carbonated enough to stay light-hearted without feeling light in taste. The description of this beer on their website states that this was dry-hopped with Azacca and Columbus hops but let's face it - you're drinking one of these for the wonderful range of flavors that elevate this from a beer to liquid bread, as this had the feel of a fermented loaf that went down so smoothly by itself.

The alcohol was present but not strong as the strength of this beer only became apparent once I finally polished off what was in the can. I don't know Grimm does it but this was like the Tesseract and Lambo Door in that the notes here shone on their own and weren't overshadowed by the yeast, hops, and booze as would be the case with so many other beers. Get a glass of water and rinse out before consuming this - beers don't come more filling or satisfying like this did and those seeking to be filled by something of this sort will be satisfied by the Forcefield that was more like a Force to be reckoned with. Really enjoyable stuff!

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Photo of schinebd
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy with a yellow-gold glow and fluffy white head. Smell of bright citrus fruits punches strongly as the beer fills the glass and can be smelt from over a foot away. The taste is a wonderful citrus melon and grapefruit flavor that manages to be both dankly delicious, but light and refreshing as well. The finish is unbelievably clean, with a soft, thick mouthfeel that provides a juicy texture and rounds out the experience. Would love to drink many of these, but alas I only have one so I will be sure to savor it.

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Photo of Beric
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap at The Well in Brooklyn, 5oz sampler pour
Served: 7 June 2016

Appearance: Pours a light, hazy yellow much like your current trend of hazy NE style IPAs. Incredible lacing all the way down the sampler glass. Really a delight to behold.

Smell: Bright tropical hop notes- passionfruit, guava, mango, and clementine. A bit of piney resin there as well. Not much noticeable as means of malts.

Taste: Really quite good and something that reminded me of a hopped up old school IPA- there was noticeable malt sweetness and bitterness to this beer, which was a pleasure. The juicy hops are definitely there, but I was really pleased with the malt that I did pick up.

Feel: Medium to medium-full body. Smooth, silky carbonation.

Overall: A great beer from a renowned brewery and one I would highly recommend if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy Orange-peach color with 3 fingers of fine eggshell foam that lingers. Looks similar to carbonated no-pulp orange juice.
S: Smells of tangerine, lemon, honeydew, faint pine, and apricot
T: Tastes of citrus rind, melon, juicy stonefruits, slight piney resin
F: Soft mouthfeel, very smooth and juicy. Slight bitterness bite at the end.
O: This is one of my favorite IPAs ever. It's incredibly drinkable and the juicy fruit flavors are just delicious.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

Hazy golden liquid with a sudsy pale white head.

Smell is fruity and floral, with the fruit suggesting mango and strawberry. Passionfruit and pineapple.

Getting a similar flavor to the aroma. A blend of mango, pineapple, passionfruit, and a finishing strawberry cream taste. Some dank weed and black tea. Quite herbal on the finish.

Feel is floral, herbal, resinous, prickly, with a hard to pin down bitterness. There's a definitive dry, unripened fruit crispness that is unique.

Not bad, not bad.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours cloudy medium orange color, thick fluffy white head slowly fades leaving tons of lace. Sweet tropical fruit aroma, mangoes and pineapple, mmmmmm. All those juicy tropical fruit flavors are in the taste too, but are met with a big dank piney and grapefruit peel punch. Love that combo of flavor and bitterness. Thin to medium but creamy feel. This one is excellent.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler, pours a fairly hazy peachy-orange. Nice bright finger of head leaves lots of lacing. Great-looking beer. Smell is fruity--mango, oranges, pineapple--mixed with some spicy pine. Taste follows, with the sweet fruits nicely offset with the spicy, pleasantly bitter pine quality. Feel is pretty rich for this ABV, a good creamy medium. Overall a killer IPA--the contrast between the fruitiness and the spicy bitterness is really dialed in.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange - amber color. Full haze. Chunky lace on the glass from the one finger head.

Starts with a mild blend of pale malted barley and a citrus rind nose. Attractive but soft.

The flavor is hop forward but not overwhelming. I don't get much malt except from a bit of alcohol warmth late in the aftertaste. The hop bitterness peaks in the swallow. The body leans full and the effervescence is fine (as in small bubbles).

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Photo of dalizzie
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap take-over at Beltway Brewing.

(L) The color is bright orange. One finger head, great retention and lacing. A) Smell was very tropical. Especially mango and peach. (T) JUICY! The taste like nose is tropical fruit, with very strong mango. Some citric bite. (F) Creamy and medium bodied.

Super crushable. Got a growler to go.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Azacca hops really come out in this one. It's hazy, juicy, and dank. Fruity, yet unique in flavor. This isn't just a basic, bland IPA, this one stands out. Slight bitterness at the end but it's smooth as ever and the flavors get more pronounced as it warms. Excellent offering by Grimm, I'd love to get more of this.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives cloudy and copper colored with an impressive head that is a winner in both retention and lacing

Smell: Very juicy, with clementine orange, pineapple and mango, offset by just a hint of caramel

Taste: As with the aroma, the flavor profile is very juicy, with just a touch of malt to offset the tropical fruit and citrus tones; clementine orange, pineapple and mango all come through

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: Another terrific, juicy IPA from Grimm

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Photo of PVMT
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turbid orange pour with a super foamy white head. Aroma is straight tropical fruit; taste follows with a crackery/biscuity malt undertone. Mouthfeel is decent, sweet and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the color of Grimm's IPAs being poured from the can. It's a bright, vibrant, almost fluorescent yellow. This one is completely opaque, haze for days, with a beautiful lemon yellow color with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around, leaving nice lacing along the glass. The hop profile has a very different feel from most IPAs, not as aromatic as I'm used to from these guys but the juicy tropical notes are evident. Picking up lot of passion fruit, watermelon, lemon candy tartness, sweet orange zest, strawberry, herbal spiciness, pineapple, peach, dank pine, and a clean pale malt backbone. Creamy mouth feel, soft on the palate, nice carbonation with a pleasant sweetness and a mildly bitter aftertaste. The flavor follows the nose closely with perhaps a bit more pronounced pine resin and orange flavors.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is a passion grapefruit. Absolutely light and delicious.

Taste is more of that sweet tropical fruit with a slight hop pithy bitterness at the end.

Very excellent and balanced new wave tropical IPA.

Amazingly delicious.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine glass, 5/14 can date, having on 5/31. The body is a cloudy, yellow orange color, a thing white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is as if loads of melon were added to this beer, it's juicy in aroma and taste, with a slight bready malt backbone, mouthfeel is creamy, nice full body that makes me think maybe there is some oats in the malt bill. The taste is the same as the aroma, with some clementine, as it warms you get some more bitterness that provides some more balance. There is a little bit of an off flavor in the aftertaste that I can't put my finger on, maybe it's this diacetyl that some people talk about, I'm not sure, but it doesn't take away too much from the overall quality of this Grimm beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 05/26/16 notes. 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a murky deep orange with one finger of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like darker pineapple juice. Citrus hops, pineapples, tropical fruits, fruity malts, mangos, honeysuckle, sweet Passionfruit, and light line. Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth.

Overall this is a great one; one of Grimm's best to date.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the can, pours completely cloudy gold color with a 3 finger thick foamy head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing as it went down with rings after each sip.

Smells of clementine, lemon zest, biscuit, grapefruit, piney hops, roasted grains, pineapple, orange peel, mango, light peppery spices, bread crust, flowers or floral hops, and faint caramel. It's like a citrus bouquet with very nice fresh citrus hops or citrus aromas coming through, and just enough malt backbone to give it balance.

Tastes just like it smells, with clementine, grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuit, pineapple, orange peel, piney hops, roasted grains, mango, oats, light peppery spices, bread crust, coriander, dry flowers, floral hops, metallic yeast, sweet malt and faint caramel. There are buttery notes that come off as diacetyl, bringing out that metallic or chemical taste like aspirin, but then it gets washed away by the citrus notes and bitterness. It's got a sharp bite like lemon or grapefruit, yet it hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, which is where the oats come into effect. Mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body, a medium to viscous consistency all lead to a bitter finish that trails off with some bready or yeast notes that become intertwined with the citrus flavors. A very good beer, but to me the metallic or chemical taste keeps it from being outstanding and below some of the other Grimm offerings I've been fortunate enough to enjoy.

From the Grimm website: "Forcefield 2016 is entirely different from the 2015 release. This intensely aromatic oat IPA is extremely hazy, and dry hopped with Azacca and Columbus. The nose is a heady blend of candied melon and strawberry. These fruity notes give way to herbaceous dankness on the palate, and the finish is noticeably bitter."

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 release
2 weeks from canning date

Appearance- Pours a deep golden color, extremely hazy. Light and fluffy, white colored head, sits like a cloud on top of the beer with tons of great head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Tropical candied fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, ripe melon. Strawberry candy, cotton candy fluffy creaminess. Peach yogurt.

Taste- Candied sweetness, pineapple, melon and fleshy mango. Berry notes, sweet strawberry candy (jolly ranchers?) and a bit of blueberry. Finishes fairly bitter with some forward dankness that lingers. Slight herbs and spice.

Feel- Fluffy, creamy, smooth. Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation.

Overall- Excellent IPA, real big candied fruits in the aroma and beginning of taste. Lots of tropical notes and a bit of berries. The finish is quite surprising with a bit of dankness that lingers on, its a nice balance though. Hits on all marks and is super different and enjoyable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super-delicious with lots of big soft pale fruits in a rich cloudy golden malt sea of plush citrus. Full on the tongue but light in body, moderate bitterness, juicy and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold hue, tons of tropical and citrus hops aroma. Not super bitter, hop profile is medium with notes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Lots of Amarillo flavor at the end. Very solid ipa.

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Photo of Statonxyb
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimm's Forcefield is another stellar offering from Grimm, with a pretty neat can to boot.

Forcefield's look is a very hazy orange, with a full, white head upon pour with lacing galore.

Forcefield's smell is tropical (pineapple, mango, something else that I can't pin down) with a kick of melon. It seems a bit restrained in this department compared to other Grimm offerings I've tried. With that being said, it still smells amazing.

Forcefield is very, very creamy. It starts with a powerful front (melon galore here) and mellows out with the tropical side of the spectrum. Those unfamiliar with the style or the brewery might find the taste rollercoaster a bit odd, but it's pretty amazing. Similar to the wavelength design on the can, the taste is a fruity, tropical ride. Easy drinking and unique.

The feel to Forcefield is full and again, creamy. A chunkingly-satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall, Forcefield is another big hit from Grimm with more complexity than I find with most other IPAs. Very drinkable, tasty, and highly recommended.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Teku. This beer pours straight up Tropicana Orange Juice with a huge fluffy eggshell white head. Retention is off the charts and there are huge, sticky sheets of lacing. No joke when looking into the glass from above, the top ring of lacing literally sticks out 1/4 inch towards the center of the glass. Never seen anything like it before. Smell is very nice but a bit subdued. Melon, pineapple, mango and peach are all apparent. Taste is similar. Very heavy on melon and cantaloupe with the other hop flavors from the smell taking a backseat. Feel is light and crisp. A bit more bite than most Grimm IPAs, but I am not complaining. Overall this beer is fantastic. Another home run by the Grimms.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: a nice thick orange. Hazy with no particulate. Big fluffy white head and great lacing.

S: get the tropical gamut here; pineapple, mango, peach

T: juicy and creamy, peaches and some tangerine, mango on the finish. Also getting a significant malt presence that balances with the hops, and a bite of resin on the finish. Latter two are more present here than in any previous Grimm release I have had.

F: creamy and light bodied, but working to the beer's benefit.

O: suprmemely drinkable, layered and complex. This is another triumph from the Grimms!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note!

This is the 2016 version. The listing under just "Forcefield" is a completely different beer.

This one pours a nice hazy bright orange, and a good 1.5 inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like melon, orange, light grapefruit, and other delightful citrus.

I wish Grimm canned more single IPAs, like this and Lumen. It's got a really creamy taste to it. Some people have noted slight diacetyl, but I don't get that. I'm not super sensitive to it, though. There's lots of melon, orange, and grapefruit, though, it's just bursing with citrus, and a light but still present bitterness. It's quite drinkable.

This is lighter bodied, super creamy and juicy, with a normal level of carbonation.

Another wonderful IPA from Grimm. This new rendition of Forcefield is certainly in the top 5 for their IPAs, for me (Tesseract, Afterimage, Lumen, Forcefield '16, and BFF).

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Forcefield IPA (2016) from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 147 ratings