Butterfly Door
Grimm Artisanal Ales

Butterfly DoorButterfly Door
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #289
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,703
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 3.9%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
46
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New York, United States
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SCORE
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Butterfly DoorButterfly Door
Notes: Butterfly Door is sister to Lambo Door and Suicide Door. It is loaded with gummy bear hop flavor and double dry-hopped with El Dorado, Citra, and Cashmere hops. It explodes out of the glass with flavors of pineapple, guava, lime, coconut, orange blossoms, mango, gumdrops, and creamsicle deliciousness.
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5.21 opened 6.10

Can poured into a teku

One finger fluffy white foam cap , good retention, good lacings. Settles to a ring with an island over a hazy orange liquid

Aroma of tropical fruits, juicy fruit gum, guava, pineapple, orange citrus

Taste is tropical , hint of coconut, hint of pineapple, hint of lime

Medium sudsing , hop taste

Good beer

Jun 10, 2020
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Butterfly Door is a sister beer to Lambo Door, one of my absolute favorite DIPAs in recent memory. It features an extra addition of Cashmere hops, which lend some extra tropical notes to the proceedings. I will be using my review of Lambo to supplement this review, so I figured I'd mention that out of the interest of remaining honest while writing reviews. Without further ado...

The pour here seems slightly less-good than Lambo, but it's at least partially similar. The color, obviously, is pretty much identical... a moderately clouded golden-yellow with a consistent haze that nevertheless feels "non-NEIPA"-ish. The head, like its sister beer, is also well done with a consistent collar of a finger or two leaving behind great, consistent lace and spectacular legs, with a fairly dense looking surface foam coverage as well.

In my LD review, I mention how it arrives at a nexus somewhere between " tropical, dank, and gummi candy," but this iteration really just takes a straight-up diversion right into the tropical realm, bursting from my glass with superb papaya, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango notes along with some touches of tangerine and pomelo. The tannins and pine-focused aspects from Lambo are indeed replaced, nearly wholesale, with more potent tropical elements that truly overtake the experience. Is that better? Is it worse? Honestly, really depends on your personal preference, as much a cop out as that seems like it is... I think I prefer Lambo, so far, if I'm being candid.

On the tongue, BD pops with superb papaya and mango presence, with some absolutely great mid-palate flavors of pine, grapefruit, pomelo, and apricot. This is where things get a bit more "Lambo"-ish, it seems, as I recall this similar interplay of aggressive and laid-back fruit aspects from the interaction of El Dorado and Citra from the sister beer. The finish is smooth and detailed, moving back and forth between some oily sips and some that come across a touch drier. I will say I am kind of impressed that Grimm utilized Cashmere without getting any of its "coconut"-like notes to come out. This is good stuff and I am glad I tried it... even more glad I have a second can (all that was available to me, sadly). I think I like the original Lambo better, but a door's a door.

Jun 07, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Butterfly Door - you know like a DeLorean. Oooo K. Moving on.
It's a semi hazy pale amber with great head retention and some lacing.
Aroma is different - lots of fruit in the nose, pineapple and pear with a touch of citrus and yeasty phenols. The aromas hang in there and don't blow off.
Taste is also unique with a lot of mid boil hop character that blends well with some very weirdly yummy baked goods flavors - fruit filled cookies with a zucchini bread nuttiness.
Bittering is tame and allows those more interesting flavors to do their thang and coat the mouth with sugary herbaceous hop goodness.
Body is medium and at 8% this is barely a double making it quite drinkable.
The finish is sort of sudden leaving a grapefruit type flavor and dryness on the palate and gratefully not a burning bite.
Great use of fruity "new age" hops without going overboard on the "juice" and a light hand on the boiled alpha acids give this more depth and complexity than many IPAs on the market now.
I like it and would recommend it to anyone who balks at more heavily hopped/bitter IPAs.

Jun 06, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5-21-20.

A - Very hazy light to medium orange color with dense creamy white lacing. There's some serious retention on the glass when it's swirled or rotated...really impressive.

S - Nose is dominated with orange, mango, and some guava.

T - Juicy mango, guava, and pineapple from start to finish. Starts strong and finishes strong and juicy and on the sweeter citrus side.

M - Thick and slick on the palate and coats the mouth with a healthy layer of hoppy citrus goodness that turns the mouth to cotton.

O - Grimm never disappoints with their IPA's (at least the ones I've had the opportunity to try so far). No complaints here and recommended.

Jun 05, 2020
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CraftConsumer_97 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tropical and bright flavors. Melon falvors really linger in the nose, with a complementary amount of mustyness lingering as you exhale. The Cashmere hops in this one bring a complex aromatic presence to the senses following each sip.

Oct 20, 2019
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cfalls from New York

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I look forward to the rerelease of this beer more than any other made in the NYC area. The last batch tasted and smelled amazing, and oddly had visible chunks of hops floating around. Not sure what that was about, but would definitely buy again.

Aug 22, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fruity and dank beer. Smells like citrus and overripe tropical fruit with dank hops. Taste follows the nose and while there is sweeteness it is cleaned up nicely by the bitter hops. Quite tasty.

Jul 26, 2019
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you enjoy the cloudy appearance of NEIPAs, this one has it in spades. Beyond presentation, you're left with a pretty good, albeit far from world-class beer, and that is OK. I am not a fan of the flavors or aromas that cashmere hops produce, yet I will say that this is the best use of cashmere to date. The other hops took center stage leaving the coconut notes muted and barely detectable. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky, but it doesn't leave an aftertaste that lingers in an unpleasant way. Worth checking out.

Jul 15, 2019
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frozyn from New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with gold tinge; soft fluffy white head that leaves minimal lacing. Nose is a melon blast to the olfactories with a slight dank weed at the end that then walks arm-in-arm between peach and melon all the way down the sip. Smooth, easy drinking; soft palate feel without being too soft. Nice little note of bitterness at the end of the sip around the sides and back of the tongue that lingers in the mouth until the next march of the peach-melon-cannabis crew. Delightful.

Jul 14, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass via can

Color is neon orange

Smell is dank melon and peach with a hint of citrus

Taste is sweet peaches and honeydew melon

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy

A perfect summer ipa

Jul 09, 2019
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Resembles great fruit juice, hazy, cloudy, 1/2 inch head, moderate retention

S-faint aromas of passionfruit, citrus

T-Fruity.....passionfruit, lime, tangerine............citrus rind finish with some bitterness follow by creamsicle remnants,

F-Slightly less than medium, carbonation is mild, very juicy

O-Well done

Jul 07, 2019
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a milky, paint-like yellow haze. Pretty good lasting power on this head with lacing to die for.

S - potent aromas of kalamata olive and scallions. Earth, oniony, dank..y.

T - sweet grape candy and lime juice tartness up front. Sweetness rushes in with a bizarre mixture of popsicles, coconut, and black olives. Strange combination of sensations and flavors. Sweet and tangy beer sauce. Piping herbal bitterness lingers.

F - feels like Other Half and Trillium. Good viscosity and fullness, but a manufactured carbonation that seems stiff, fizzy, and robotic. Subtle, so far from day-ruining.

O - weird beer. Unique flavors for a NEIPA, but not entirely foreign. Hits harder on the darker, meatier, grapier side of things with contrasting pockets of zesty bitterness. Not terribly balanced, but fun all the same.

Feb 12, 2019
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/14/19, consumed 2/10/19

Cans around NoCal from SFBeerWeek2019. Had very high hopes since I absolutely loved Suicide Door which a friend sent me last year.

Pours very hazy, murky yellow/light orange with a small head, ok rentention, and a good amount of spotty lacing.

Aroma is of a very bright bouquet of tropical and citrus fruits, very juicy, nice blend but just a bit light in strength.

Taste follows, sweet candy, fruity mix.

Terrific smooth & creamy feel, medium body, lower carbonation, and very low bitterness. Definitely the best part.

Overall, loved the incredible feel, but was left wanting more with the aroma and taste, especially after having Suicide Door. Still hoping to see more Grimm IPAs around out West here going forward.

Feb 11, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a very hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells sweet and candied, with mango, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, and light grassiness.

Grimm has really come back into its own since opening their new facility. This is great - it's just loaded with saturated juicy hop goodness, with a light bitterness on the end. Like Lambo Door - it doesn't actually taste like gummy bears. It just tastes good.

This is medium bodied, creamy but surprisingly dry on the finish, with a great level of drinkability.

I dig this quite a bit. Grimm is back, baby.

Feb 10, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, it hazy gold color with a nice foamy off white head that faded slowly and left really nice rings of foamy lacing. Nice pour by a premier city beer bar. Aroma is very fruity and full of tropical notes like Razzles candy, gummy bears, and juicy fruit gum mixed with tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. A really pungent nose.

Tastes like a bunch of citrus fruits and tropical fruits, with the same flavors as the smell that includes gummy bears, Razzles candy, juicy fruit gum, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, melon and hints of sweet malt like graham cracker. Very smooth with a mild bitterness that manages to hide the 8% ABV well, to me it was like a session DIPA.

Feb 08, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours turbid, opaque and right on point. Slight froth even has an orange tint. Aroma is very fruity and juicy. Not reinventing the wheel but it's tropical, and exciting. Flavor is quite tasty. Saw a review describe it as golden gummy bears and I love that; so I shall steal it. It's not as intense as some of the best ones but holy crap is it drinkable. I drained 3 pints in seemingly minutes. 8% drinks like 5%. Soft feel. Low IBU. A good, New England style brew. Looks awesome and smells and tastes very good. Love the art, too. Always been a fan of Grimm.

Feb 03, 2019
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 46 ratings