Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 05-09-2009

Grand Teton’s Double IPA was born in our renowned Cellar Reserve program. Fans of our Double IPA and XX Sweetgrass demanded we brew the style on a regular basis. In response, we created Lost Continent in 2009 and updated it for 2010. This year's version is brewed with well over three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel of “dry hops” in two additions during conditioning. A revised fermentation program has produced a more traditional Double IPA flavor profile--drier, less malty, more hoppy.

We use only American Pacific Northwest hops. Galena hops are added early in the boil for smooth, balanced bitterness. We add Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo later in the boil for flavor, and Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe in the whirlpool for aroma.

For even more aroma, we dry-hop with Summit, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops in the conditioning tank, and dry-hop again right before bottling with whole-flower Cascade hops. The result is fruity, floral and complex, with notews of tangerine zest and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German CaraHell and Vienna malts give this ale its lovely pale copper hue, with flavors of orange marmalade and dried apricots, supported by a strong backbone of hoppy bitterness.

90+ IBU
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Ratings: 434 | Reviews: 226
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large bomber, with bold foil, picked up at Green's in Columbia, SC. Label states bottle date of 2/24/12.

A - A cloudy orange/amber, with lots of head and sticky lace. Lots of sediment, cloudy, zero clarity. Love it! I will take a cloudy brew over a clear one anyday.

S - Citrus hops and alcohol very present. Pineapple.

T - Sweet up front, major hops! Citrus flavors, pineapple, pears. Very well balanced. Damn tasty

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Smooth.

O - This one is 9 months old, and I think it has aged very well from a DIPA to a strong ale. Hops still kick. Very good. Will look for this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a rich, darkish orange in color with an amazing head that was big, white, and frothy and left a filmy retention on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is a deep, rich, heavily hop-infused bouquet. The resin is very strong and shows lots of depth. The malts too are very sweet and full of caramel. The character of the nose isn't so much unique as it is the intensity of the aroma.

Taste - This is a huge, monstrous beer. When I saw that the ABV barely qualified this as a DIPA I was expecting a wimp but this is a true heavy hitter.

The malts are deep and rich and full of caramel goodness but none of that cheap artificial sugary flavor that you find in so many efforts at the style. The piney hop resin is in full force as well and there's a tinge of tangerine to keep things diversified.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied with some very mild carbonation and a terrific smoothness in between the cheeks.

Drinkability - I was pleasantly surprised at this offering from Grant Teton. They are hit or miss for me but this was a home run.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/9/11; consumed 8/16/11

A - Pours a cloudy orange with one finger of tan head. Head has good retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Mostly citrus and pineapple. Also quite floral with some sweet malt.

T - Nice citrusy hops up front with a bit of pine. Lots of malt in the middle. Has a nice bitterness throughout that is present but not domineering. Bitterness lingers for awhile. Would like to try a fresher bottle to see how it compares, but I am enjoying the hops/malt balance on this.

M- medium mouthfeel, not sticky or oily. Finishes with both lingering sweetness and bitterness. Some mild noticeable alcohol.

O - a solid DIPA if not outstanding in any particular way. I've had two beers from Grand Teton and really enjoyed them both. Will seek out their other styles.

Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of melon and cola with some pine and some caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and melon and some cola with a nice amount of resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice DIPA - I was pleasantly surprised. It's a little on the sweet side, but the sweet melon goes well with the resiny hops. Tone down the sweetness a tad and lose some of the cola and this is terrific.

Photo of PrimeCake
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drunk with a Thai Curry dish. Figured the intense hops of a double IPA would slice through the curry in a way that other beers might slog.

Pour -- Difficult to get much foam, and the foam dissipated rapidly. Somewhat hazy amber color -- pretty, but I would have preferred it clearer or darker. That said it's still nice.

Scent -- Floral in quite a wonderful way. It's unfortunate there isn't more foam because I think that the scent would be even stronger. Smells like it will be a bit sweet but in a very nice way.

Taste -- Wonderful bitterness, I really wasn't expecting that. The sweetness came through in a light caramel that just sits on top of the hops.

Mouthfeel -- The carbonation is really refreshing and complements the punch of the hops nicely.

Drinkability -- I think it definitely helped that I was eating a curry dish. Delicious beer but I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden a honey color with a pretty head and lace 3.5

Pungent earthy with citrus back sweet and nice 3.5

For a dipa the body is light the flavor starts sweet a slight carbonation builds revealing a flowery hop flavor the is delightful it is earth citrus and the alcohol and carbonation almost leaves a numb mouth very nice 4

The most drinkable dipa I've ever had

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on dating (5-31-11)
Pours clouded typical almond amber, long lasting off white head, nose is filled with muted notes of floral hops.

Moderatly hopped for a DIPA, but still tasty and quite enjoyable. Balance is not what I am looking for in a double IPA , but this is what you will get here.

Worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled 6-22-10

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of perfume and floral hops, with some toffee and bread malt thrown in. The flavor is a little bit different, with quite a bit of orange citrus, which is complimented by the toffee malt to keep the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, oily copper-gold with a short-lived bubbly white head. Minimal lacing. Perfumey mango and passionfruit nose. Flatter mouthfeel with lower carbonation, but no syrup. Boozy, tropical fruit hop flavor, same mango and passionfruit taste, but now with pineapple. Some resin in the back, but not much. More malt than expected, but it doesn't weigh this down. I could have gone with less, but this remains a good DIPA. It just feels like something is missing, and given the brewer, I expected more (which may be unfair). Its good, but not knock-your-socks-off good.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Continent opens with a bright, hoppy, citrusy aroma full of pink grapefruit, lemon, lime, and mandarin orange, but also containing more earthy hop notes, such as pine resin, dandelion stem, and rose hips. The hop aromas are well balanced, featuring a broad spectrum of hints and suggestions, and present in good strength. The beer also sports fig, banana, and plum fruit esters, as well as a healthy dose of brown sugar and vanilla. Smidgens of toast crust and wheat dough help offset the sugary notes slightly, but are largely lost beneath the sweetness. As a whole, the sugary and citrusy notes in this beer are excellent, and the fruit esters help counterbalance this with darker notes. The sweetness might be a little too much, however, for the beer can pessimistically smell like a mixed citrus fruit spritzer, and needs a bit more darkness to remedy this.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, orange citrus blast, held only slightly in check by pine resin. The hops are easily the most detectable note here, and swing wildly toward the citrus portion of possible hop flavors. Some touches of toasted nut, toast crust, and biscuit from the malts help here, and there are nectarine and pear fruit esters (completely different from the nose) to add a bit of variety to the sugars. Subsequent sips do bring out a slightly larger pine resin and dandelion stem note from the hops, but the sugars are still mainly in charge, coating the tongue with citrusy sweetness. The aftertaste, after the sugars die off, features a far more bitter hop taste, much like plain dandelion stems, as well as lingering, but far weakened sugary notes, and remains on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a decent Double IPA, but the sugars and citrus profile of the selected hops simply overwhelm the brew, at times even creating a near-saccharine feel around the edges. There are a good amount of bitter, plant-like flavors in here, but they are simply overwhelmed for much of the mouthful, and only really present themselves in the aftertaste. As a whole, the beer feels slightly out of balance because of this, and needed a few more darker notes, whether from hops or malts, to smooth out the flavor profile.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first one of these I poured from a bottle had chunks floating around in it. I followed that up with 2 3 month old bottles and a glass on tap at Muddy Waters – these were all OK.
A: Pours brilliant gold to amber, 2” white foam collar that dissipates to ½” gripping the glass as it produces whore stocking lace.
S: Floral, citrusy, grassy nose, faint toast.
T: Orange, melon, mild spice with biscuit followed by a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Very creamy medium high body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very drinkable DIPA with a rich, creamy texture. Steer clear of the ceramic swing top bottles.

Photo of moundbz
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet, very good and strong, smell + taste = balance!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a beautiful orangey amber pour, hazy in the good way. Smell is dominated by a mildly turn off whif of alcohol. Boy, now I have mixed thoughts.

Taste is fruity and bitter, the hops take back seat in this double ipa, which is a little strange. Very much English double ipa inspired I would say. Midway through, the bitterness settles down. Not suggesting more than one in a sitting. No desire for another immediate beer.

Photo of brow1901
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright but cloudy orange in color with a thin white head. Not much retention but fair lacing.

S- The smell grows on you, it's not typicall of a DIPA. Much less hop foward and the malts are very fruity and less toasty. Slight alcohol smell.

T- Has a nice hop bite, very well balanced. Though with that in mind it is much less hoppy than most DIPAs one comes across. So it's not my favorite flavor, the alcohol is really the only thing that seems to make it "double". Has the same hop content as a normal IPA, this doesn't make it taste bad but what I come to expect is big hop flavors (partially because I paid for that taste).

M- Kinda slick but enjoyable, pretty heavy on the tounge. Typical

D- Decent drinkabliity, because it is much more balanced that other DIPAs it doesn't ruin your taste.

Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tedpeer for the extra.

12oz. foil topped brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich orangish firey amber. Good head on the pour with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Pretty balanced overall. Plenty of piny, resinous hops with sharp citrus. Sweet, thick, rich malts to balance but they don't seem overdone.

T/M: Bitterness is there but I think it's a little on the weak side. More of the hops, again, piny, resinous, with plenty of citrus bite. Malts are sweet and biscuity. Rich but not too heavy. Body is medium full but not heavy or syrupy and it has pretty good carbonation.

D: Lower ABV for a DIPA and drinks easy enough. Bitterness is a bit weak and nothing really stands out and shines, but a solid DIPA nonetheless.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick head with orange body and some floaters. Smell isn't terribly strong, but it's interesting - pineapple is the dominant note. Taste is maltier than bitter, without any of the fruit in the nose. It's very different from a standard DIPA.

Picked it up just to have a beer from Idaho, but I was rather impressed with it. Try one if you see it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a wing joint in Idaho Falls, only after walking inside, seeing the taps, and immediately ruing our less than informed waitress on the patio...

This beer appears a cloudy medium apricot hue, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves a broken wall of filmy lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bitter grapefruit and orange rind, a mild herbal character, and butterscotch malt. The taste is more bitter pine, herbal, and citrus hops, over a decent bready caramel malt backbone. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes fairly sweet, with a twinge of those lurking herbal hops.

A strong start, and a weakened finish - the hop profile seems to morph along the way - this doesn't make me pine (har de har) for another...

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/07/13

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is spotty at best with little stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma, with orange and stone fruit character leading the bill.

Taste - Follows the nose. Juicy fruits dominate the palate; orange zest and stonefruit. Slight nuttiness. Malts get a bit lost in the shuffle, but peak through with a ghostly bread like presence. Orange rind bitterness bites in the the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth approach before a bone dry finish.

Overall - Not a bad DIPA, but not one that really stands out from the pack. It's a beautiful label on the bottle, which does stand out from the pack and is mostly the reason for why you're reading this review. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but it's not a beer I'd go and intentionally seek out.

Photo of seanthornton152
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Belmont Station. 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 Schteng snifter.

Golden body, 1 thumb head, nice lacing

Aroma is piney, orange peel, classic hop citrus.

Big push of sweet malts, grapefruit, dry finish

Very thick! Sweet and sticky, low carbonation.

I bit too sweet and thick, otherwise the hops are on point.

Photo of mdcarone1
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Missing that traditional, typical bold hop flavor you expect when ordering a double IPA...

Photo of Stigs
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass...reviewed from notes i came across

A - slightly hazy and a bold darker amber color, thick frothy cream colored lacing through most of the drink.

S - tropical and floral hops, pineapple, lots of melon, some citrus rind...heavily balanced by strong caramel malts. touch of alcohol heat.

T - very bitter hops without a whole lot of flavor...mostly pine and some light melon. malts are strong, almost too much. this one could use a little bit of grace as its all bold flavors fighting for attention.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is nice...goes own slick and oily. strong alcohol bite.

D - pretty good front to back, drinks a bit stronger than it is. hops dont mess around, yet it has some qualities of a heavily-malted East Coast IPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Bottle Barn. Though brewed in February of this year, the hops held up to make it worthy of a transition to a strong ale. Orange coloured body and a large head. Fruity aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Orange, tangerine, and mango flavours. Not as good at room temperature

Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the foil-topped 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is an opaque deep orange, toppedy by a brief flourish of creamy white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Heavy aroma of syrupy sweet malt, grapefruity hops, and an underlying layer of booze.
Palate is fairly sweet up front, with a distinct peach character before the swallow. Malt and hops are fairly well-balanced, giving the beer a character not unlike a very strong ESB. The hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but a fairly sweet malt character lingers on the aftertaste.
Body is on the thick side, a little syrupy, but not out of line for the double IPA style. This is definitely a slow-sipper, but not over-the-top hoppy by any means. A strong ale that maintains balance, but those looking for a hop bomb should probably look elsewhere.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it when DIPA's clock in around more drinkable ABV's like 8%, thank you Grand Teton. Poured into a wine glass, the beer appears a hazy amber with a tall white head and lacing. The beers smells like a orange and grapefruit perfume with a resiny undertone. The flavor is a mix of smooth a sharp citrus flavors with a touch of apricot, pepper, and white grape to round out the for bitter flavors. The bitterness never gets too rough and just provides a nice gentle kick to your tongue. Very drinkable and tasty. I call this a very good DIPA. Give it a try.

Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Sunshine yellow with a one inch but steady head--great retention and great lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral bouquet up front: grapefruit especially with a touch of pine; really smooth; it smells creamy (as weird as that sounds)

T: Great citrus bitterness up front with a decent bready malt undertone; actually a very balanced and not cloyingly sweet DIPA

F: Great medium body that is both creamy and oily with enough texture to cling to the roof of the mouth

O: This is a very smooth DIPA that is not overwhelmingly sweet like many DIPAs--such a nice hoppy beer; kudos again, Grand Teton

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.