Trickster IPA - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scootpolute:
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
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 :~)
04-28-2012 21:02:08 | More by scootpolute
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
10-02-2010 22:14:59 | More by NWer
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-18-2010 22:39:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-12-2013 20:02:50 | More by mdaschaf
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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
04-15-2012 00:57:22 | More by dirtylou
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-27-2010 18:48:17 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-07-2013 04:04:39 | More by LiquidAmber
Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.