Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.75/5 rDev +24%
Draft service into a goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.
A: Slightly hazy and luminous light orange-amber with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Piney hops are featured alongside juicy, semi-dark citrus and a backbone of shy caramel malt--it's there, but it's trying not to be noticed. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with extremely bright and energetic hop aromatics that combine grapefruit juice and zest as well as darker citrus with resinous pine. Acidity lends a further citric quality that elevates the early flavor qualities even more. Flavors deepen in the middle, staying bright, fruity, and aromatic with practically all hops represented. Bitterness develops quickly into the finish, becoming intense, as toasted and caramel malt are able to gain traction. Aromatic flavors, mild by comparison to their previous intensities, linger to the end. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, sticky on the palate and lively with acidity that creates a resonant buzz in the corners of the mouth threatening sensory overload, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This beer stood out as a stellar example of the DIPA style on the day I had it--poured from the tap. Full of layered West Coast hop complexity, it comes across as a focused and carefully-crafted vehicle for hop oil delivery. Although appealing, the smell only began to suggest the world of citrus and pine flavors that awaited in the flavor. As with the best beers, acidity plays a pivotal role that is enhancing, rather than distracting. This beer tasted and felt so fresh that it could have been brewed yesterday, leaving an impression of liveliness and energetic character that makes me look forward to our next encounter. I knew Grand Teton was good: Sweetgrass is a delicious--if inconsistent--hoppy pale ale; Pursuit of Hoppiness is a smooth and appealing imperial red; Trout Hop and Sheep Eater remain my favorites of each of their respective styles. Despite my favorable history with the brewery and its other products, I was caught completely off-guard by this brilliant DIPA that, I now realize, is tragically under-valued even with its B+ rating here. This is in top-tier DIPA territory, without a doubt.
04-28-2011 15:10:27 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
09-04-2010 08:28:31 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-16-2011 21:26:47 | More by warnerry
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-19-2010 06:23:09 | More by Beaver13
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-22-2010 08:54:57 | More by PrimeCake
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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
11-26-2010 01:03:39 | More by bishopdc0
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-08-2011 03:21:50 | More by Billolick
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-03-2012 18:38:44 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
05-17-2009 05:32:10 | More by magictrokini
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-21-2012 17:23:19 | More by jondeelee
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
12-26-2009 00:45:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-04-2010 04:25:44 | More by brow1901
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-06-2009 06:59:03 | More by pwoods
3.94/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-17-2013 02:46:37 | More by RichardMNixon
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
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...
07-22-2011 05:27:15 | More by biboergosum
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.