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Trickster IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Trickster IPATrickster IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 212
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 22.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 46 | 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: 212
Reviews by NWer:
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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More User Reviews:
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 tummy345
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Floral smells, smooth on the palette, a good IPA for those that usually don't like IPAs

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Photo of BCborn
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boogerisu
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good appearance, amber. Great aroma, I smell cascade, chinook and columbus? Maybe some simcoe dry hopping. Not really in the taste profile though.

Very bitter beer. But enjoyable. Tasted a little more alcohol than I would have preferred to feel, but negated somewhat by the bitterness. Or exacerbated, I dunno. They're both there, I enjoyed the beer, the bitterness just never lets go on this one.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of acurtis
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kslsc400
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ctmcdermott
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

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 mtndg15
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev -1%

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 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 riotontheroad
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1%

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