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Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: illidurit on 05-09-2009)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 17:23:19 | More by jondeelee
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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.