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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
87
very good

421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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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Reviews by kagent777:
Photo of kagent777
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a four pack purchased while in Jackson recently. This had a bottled date of 7/25/13 and was poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Slight haze on a nice copper colored beer. The head rose to about a finger and then settled down to a persistent foam throughout the glass.

Smell: Fruity and floral hops spring out as soon as the bottle is opened. How would this have smelled fresh? A fairly strong caramel note hides in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the smell and is not as intense either. Also I wonder if age is a factor? Muddled hops, nothing too distinct, enough to pick out a variety. The caramel malt is somewhat one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: A certain slick oilyness that is quite nice. The carbonation is lower and soft.

Overall: I really need to try this one fresh, I suspect it may have a lot to offer.

kagent777, Nov 19, 2013
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.

RoyalT, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

csmartin6, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

warnerry, Aug 16, 2011
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.

Beaver13, May 19, 2010
Photo of PrimeCake
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

PrimeCake, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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

bishopdc0, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beerswag, May 03, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Billolick, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Torey
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

magictrokini, May 17, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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.

jondeelee, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bpfrush, May 10, 2012
Photo of moundbz
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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

moundbz, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of brow1901
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

brow1901, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +4.4%

richkrull, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

pwoods, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Trashcat, Saturday at 02:50 PM
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.7%

acurtis, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of VDODSON
4/5  rDev +4.4%

VDODSON, Feb 13, 2013
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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.