RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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rejtable (2915) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle from Bottle Caps. Pours clear golden lots of frothy head and tons of lacing. Nose is floral and yeast. Flavours of dough, grain, grassy, some candy. Taste medium/big bitter, light sweet. Full body, sticky with lively carbonation.

pineypower (3352) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Bottle, pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of lots sweet yeast, some grain, apple, light alcohol, some grass, earth. Taste is complex, apple, some fruity yeast, mild lemon, some sweet booze.

JBell14 (178) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Pours a hazy caramel with a light head. Malty with a slight peach favor. Not bitter, fairly smooth. John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2017
April 2017 bomber drunk 4/27/17.
Hazy copper with a very large, well-retained, white head.
The nose begins very cleanly with light peach, apple and pepper from the yeast. Lots of honey behind it, though it’s not rich and seems quite highly attenuated, at least from the nose. Surprisingly quite light on the hops given how much they claim to have added. I get no juiciness whatsoever and it’s mostly just perfume, hard citrus rind, lemon and a bit of dank spiciness. Light bubble gum and vanilla on the finish seem a little tacky and it’s really quite difficult to wrap your head around what’s going on here.
Unfortunately, the picture becomes more clear in the mouth. A hard, specialty malt-like texture takes shape despite fairly engaging carbonation (and a malt profile seemingly very light on specialty malts, given the color). Extremely brutish hops aren’t so much resinous as they are completely monotonous and austerely bitter. Grapefruit, lemon rind and light pine leave little room for any juice or much flavor at all, to be honest. Peach-bubble-gum-vanilla-like esters immediately scream of pseudo-Belgian brewing and any time the beer is on the verge of becoming interesting and tropical fruit-laden, hot esters and alcohol immediately put an end to it. Even if this is an Orval yeast, they’ve handled it very poorly here. All that said, the hard, unrelenting texture and complete and utter lack of malt depth is still the biggest offender here. Poured almost the entire bottle out. Very disappointing as I think this had a lot of potential.

Gluepot (783) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2017
A full, well laced white head on a clear straw body. A mild nose has elements of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of yeast. A lot less taste and bitterness than expected. Some Grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruit hoppiness, but a lot less than advertised. Honeyed malt, some grain a touch of yeast round out a well balanced but disappointing taste profile. A bit of an ouch on the claim to be a hop bomb. There are nonetheless some nice fruity hop elements at work here.

Travlr (26948) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2017
Hazy golden color, medium white head. Huge tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit aroma. Taste is bittersweet tropical fruit. Delicious.

OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2017
bottle, from the Beer Dispensary, Apex. also seen at High Craft and Bottle Rev RDU. good aroma, sweet and yeasty. Fruit, pineapple/apricot. Bit of barnyard yeast. tad hazed orange gold color, good head and lace. moderately bitter, a tad more sweet. full bodied, oily creamy mouthfeel, fairly bitter, hides the 9% pretty well. Good brew, interesting mix with the hops and yeast.

thornecb (6198) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2017
Pours slightly hazed gold into a snifter. Bright white head with medium retention recedes leavings spot lacing. Wintergreen and menthol aromas. Sweet caramel and hot phenols upfront turning to sour vegetables in the medium length finish.

williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2017
Gold pour, small white head. Aroma of barnyard, hay and apricot. Tart flavor of lime, yeast, with odd toasty note.

jredmond (8965) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2017
Draft at As Is with Brendan. Pours a super hazy, deep lemonade body with no head, minor white lacing. Nose is melon, mango, light sugar and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of sugar, vanilla, mango and additional sugary tropical fruits. Pretty cool concept to use the Orval yeast strain, but a little too sweet.

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