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Trickster IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Trickster IPA
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outstanding

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 06-16-2009)
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Reviews by scootpolute:
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 :~)

scootpolute, Apr 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

NWer, Oct 02, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Seattle_Suds, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jpbebeau, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kevwcamp, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kslsc400, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

nhirsch04, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of ctmcdermott
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

ctmcdermott, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

distantmantra, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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

dirtylou, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jmccraney, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dduquette, Mar 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

OriginalHopHead, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DownInToMyBelly, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ajlvt, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing mandarin infused copper. Golden peach edges. Big thick dense offwhite head with good retention. Lots of oils. Some rock formation lacing builds up down the sides of the glass. A real looker.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, apricot, floral, resins. Slightly toasty and caramel beneath the bountiful hops.

Rush of juicy hops: tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, floral. Touch of caramel and toast with apricot jam. Followed by a big resinous bitter grapefruit hop bite. A touch of vanilla as it warms.

Sticky and drying. med body. steady medium carbonation. refreshing.

Awesome hoppy standard IPA. Great hop flavors. Could drink this one all night. One of the hoppiest and tastiest IPAs out there. Big fan of what Black Raven is doing.

CHILLINDYLAN, Sep 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Rutager, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hendrick24, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

KevinAnthony20, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TysonA, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Hopmodium, Jan 13, 2013
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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.