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Trickster IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Trickster IPATrickster IPA

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very good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 210
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 22.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 06-16-2009

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 210
Photo of Croft
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and poured into spiegalu. Nice head retention. SRM 13. Piney hop aroma. Nice caramel malt on the front followed by caramel pine on the back. Nicely balanced. Great IPA

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is one of the most bitter IPA's I've ever tasted. No essence of citrus or tropical fruits, as I would have expected from a west coast IPA.

I almost wonder if the waitress brought me something else by mistake...

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Photo of MichaelinFishers
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shaker pint in the Seattle Taproom at SeaTac Airport. Nice deep gold color, but no head to speak of. Not much aroma, either. But nice hoppy flavor and an abiding bitterness that fades slowly. Not bad at all for rolling the dice among three local IPAs at this airport stop.

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Photo of mactrail
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pleasant hint of mango in the nose. Light and watery body. Handsome orangey amber with a modest foam in the Ciney snifter. Very carbonated with a club soda taste in every sip.

After a touch of malty this turns dry and fruity. It tastes like something burnt. Woody and leaf mold taste with the persistent malt. Hops are darkly leafy.

After a few sips this is just bitter and herbal. In spite of the interesting hop flavors it's borderline drinkable for my taste buds. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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Photo of mrjez
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.
L: a nice dark gold, very clear, diminishing head.
S: great nose. Big distinct grapefruit and pine notes working in harmony.
T: any citrus is dumbed down in the taste, the piney hop takes front stage.
F: a very bitter finish, but very drinkable if IBUs are your thing. It coats the tongue a tad.
O: I'm not sure. I feel a bit short changed after that wonderful aroma. Taste wise, there's nothing to set this apart from the pack. Would drink again though.

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Photo of hreb
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours crystal orange in color, and briefly forms a white head. Assertive tropical aroma. Flavor is much more aggressive, brining piney astringency and fine carbonation (too much of it). But in spite of all that, this big IPA finishes incredibly neutral. Straight ahead West coast IPAs are so unbelievably common, and have been done so well, that this comes across as fairly unremarkable. But really the finish is just fantastic here -- it's hard for me to imagine that a beer which is otherwise so ordinary could have its strongest selling point be it's neutral finish.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA that leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste--like the aftertaste of spinach that has been stir-fried. The nose is by far the best thing about this beer--very nice aroma of grapefruit and pine. Filtered and crystal clear amber color is pleasant as well. I wouldn't call this "balanced" by any stretch--very hop forward, and mostly in a good way at the beginning, but as the hop slap fades it becomes drier, tastes like pot dry-mouth. Also like chewing on a twig--astringent and no malt sweetness to balance it.

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Photo of lazy8
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a chilled pint glass. Excellent IPA. Medium body, copper color with a pine and grapefruit nose. Taste of citrus and tropical fruit with a peppery aftertaste. This is my type of IPA. Wish it was available in LA.

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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jae, this was a great extra

Pours a nice browned mango with excellent head and lacing

Nose is tropical- get lots of paw paw and mango. Also a bit of a metallic, ashen quality which I have had from hops such as Galaxy before and isn't necessarily unpleasant. There's a bit of a funky slightly fruit pulpy quality to it. Nice: fresh and tropical without being too much. Also citrus coming out a bit later. Great nose.

Taste continues the nose with more tropical fruits with a nice citrus element alongside.

In terms of mouthfeel, this is a single IPA and is well poised in that category. Has the bitterness there but it doesn't hang around, instead giving way to a nice slightly watery, not too thick body and ends up being nicely drinkable as a result.

A solid and well-rounded IPA which retains interest without being overbearing.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip from a 22 oz. bomber muled from Seattle (thanks Sister!)

A: 2-3 finger head that sticks around for quite a while; amber with some depth of color and slightly hazy
S: crystal and rich german malts; hops are a nice combination...some pine, some kind of heavier and slightly dank citrus.
T: follows the nose; substantial malty backbone balancing the nice piney and slightly citric hops. A little extra bittersweet spicy kick at the end. Nothing too fancy, but it got better and better as I went...kind of an old school IPA to me, but done very well and very satisfying.
M: medium carbonation, nice full body, dry on the end

Overall: Good. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $5. No obvious freshness date, but the guy at 99 Bottles said it’s only recently begun to be bottled, so age should (hopefully) not be an issue.

Poured into a Budge Bros. pint glass, this was a slightly chill-hazed copper-amber color, with a creamy, beige head that dropped down after a few minutes but not before leaving a sticky band of lace around the sides of the glass.

Piney, peppery and grapefruity in the nose, in that order.

Similar to the aroma, that taste was of piney, spicy, citrusy hop flavors, with a minor, mineralish taste midway through. Finishes on a bone-dry note.

Medium bodied, with a drier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

I don’t get the hype. Don’t get me wrong – it’s good., but the build up this has gotten from west-side BAs seems overdone. Maybe it’s just an off-bottle, possible since they’ve only recently begun bottling. I’ll give it another shot next time I see it, and will hopefully be able to have it on tap at some point.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful citrus and bready aroma, thin light appearance, very bubbly, little quickly-faded head. Taste is uunbelievable-perfect, perfect balance. Alcohol is a little strong at the finish but damn this is a good ipa.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, bready malt, floral, hint of caramel

T-bready malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral, light caramel, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA, easy drinking

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber, clear with light constant carbonation and a half finger slightly off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Nice aroma (I wish "aromatic" wasn't redundant here) of biscuit malt and piney and citrus hops. Flavor follows, with citrus and mildly piney and floral hops, biscuit malt and light pear and sweet citrus juice. Finishes with citrus rind and the kind of resiny, complex hop flavors and bitterness that I hope for in an IPA. Body is at the high end of medium with a nice moderate creaminess, more than expected. An overall nicely balanced and aromatic IPA with a great mouth feel. I’m glad I finally got to try this regional classic. This is the third absolutely wonderful IPA I've had from this brewery (with Wisdom Seeker, Beak Tweaker (awesome)). Great brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Latona, review from notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head on top. Retention as average, but some nice lacing was left behind on the glass.

S: As expected, a vibrant/fresh hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus, pineapple, and a bit of zest. The malt comes through as a grainy aroma. Light pine at the end.

T: Similar to the aroma. Nice citrus up front, rather strong - grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and a little zest. Grainy malt with a little caramel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a nice bitter finish.

O: A very nice IPA. Glad I can usually find on tap somewhere in the city.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice head capping the amber liquid; sheets of lace drape the glass

Smell: Hop juice aromatics, with all the West Coast floral and citrus character

Taste: The hop juice leaps onto the palate, with ruby red grapefruit and a biscuity malt character; floral citrus builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just about as good as it gets from the West Coast IPA style

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Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass @ Ray's Cafe, Seattle.

Pours a clear copper w/ a thin white head, leaves behind plenty of lace.

Aroma is decidedly hoppy w/ equal parts citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Taste follows nose. Malt bill is dry and biscuity, provides just enough body to showcase the resinous hops. Plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is typical of a good IPA. Clean and refreshing.

Overall a very tasty IPA, well-crafted and very drinkable.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Black Raven Brewing.

Appearance: Pale golden-orange with one finger of fluffy head. Lots of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange and tropical fruit. Loving the hoppy nose.

Taste: Big citrus hops without destroying the palate. Super smooth hop character that follows the nose and is balanced by a sweet malt bill. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves a sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dryness as it finishes. Just a bit of alcohol heat.

Overall: A hoppy, sweet IPA that is refreshing and full of flavor. My favorite offering of the half dozen or so I've tried from Black Raven.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler (from the Black Raven Tap Room in Redmond, WA)...I used my Georgetown (Seattle, WA) growler and poured into my Deschutes (Bend, OR) cone pint glass...

A: Mostly clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing...

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass...
T: Oh my...I think I've died and gone to heaven... Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…a hoppy/pine finishes, not dry but begging for you to have more!!!

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter...pretty well balanced...

O: I've had this one a couple of time in the past year (or so) at the Black Raven Tasting/Taproom, but never got around to reviewing...I'm suprised...Very clean, Very drinkable. Just an outstanding American IPA all around… pretty much nailed it with this one!...I'm so glad I only live 15 mins. from the Taproom!!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ the taproom; enjoyed after a niner on rattlesnake mountain

appearance: served in a pretty sharp branded 20oz pint, light orange-copper body, nice creamy froth

smell: fresh citrus, toasted malt, lemon rind

taste: refreshing post-hike beer - quite well balanced, if balance is your thing. juicy citrus hops - grapefruit and tangerine. biscuit malts, toasted grain, caramel, nutty.

mouthfeel: moderate-light bitterness, refreshing

overall: good ipa - prefer the wisdom seeker

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a growler from the Black Raven. Pours a darker than expected orange with a fluffy creamy head. Smell is pine, floral and malty. Taste is a nice hop/malt balance. Not a hop bomb, but that is ok. Good body and carboration. Overall a nice balanced ipa.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a nice bit of white head. Smells very piney and hoppy. A nice interesting aroma profile. tastes piney and bitter. The hoprofile is solid but a bit disjointed from the malt backbone. Overall slid but nothing crazy good. Glad to have tried this

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, Trickster IPA is pale orange with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is bright citrus, lime hops, a little resin, and loads of bread dough.

Taste is similar, huge punch of citrus hops, sweetened by the malt, but tempered by a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Black Raven, so I'm guessing I was expecting to be blown away. Above average, but with a tap list I can't keep up with, I'm not ordering it again, at least during this trip.

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Photo of erikog78
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA at a great price. 12 dollars for a growler full. Wonderful brewery that needs to start bottling and distributing more. Still waiting to try the Wisdom Seeker Double IPA but it is alwyas sold out quickly when it comes out once a year.

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Photo of NWer
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear semi-dark copper appearance. Moderate head. Served at the brewery.
Very well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness expected from an IPA.
My previous gold standard for local IPA was Lucille IPA from Georgetown brewery. Trickster is very close in all respects - both winners - with a slight edge to Trickster.
Grabbed a growler to go.
edit: After several return visits, I reiterate my impression that this is a great IPA. A bit pricey though at $12 a growler fill. No one else around here asks that much. That is the only disappointing thing about this beer.

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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.