Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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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
4.72/5 rDev +23.2%
Pours a murky, orange/light brown with lots of sediment and white/tan/orange-ish head that leaves residue all over. smells of sweet, citrusy, piney hops, with an overwhelming fruit characteristic reminiscent of strawberries. just fantastic smelling.
tastes largely of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. orange and tangerine seem to be present as well. purely fruit IPA. exceptional. this is like the fruit juice parents take to their kids for an after-soccer-game snack, only with alcohol and a nice bitter hop bite that lingers along with the sweetness of the fruit in the aftertaste. reminds me of the Dole pineapple juice that is so awesome. i could definitely drink this for a while.
mouthfeel is thick and chewy, lots of sediment. reminds me of high pulp orange juice. honestly, this is like a good mixed fruit juice in the morning with a bagel and eggs. perfectly carbonated and drinkable as all hell. highly recommended for summer consumption. a great ipa for anyone who loves fruit juice and hops.
overall a great DIPA. tastes and smells a lot like fresh hopslam, which makes me think that it would have a lot higher ratings if it had the same hype around it as does hopslam. this beer is waaay underrated in my opinion.
08-12-2009 06:46:07 | More by jdklks
4.72/5 rDev +23.2%
Appearance: Pours a dark honey color with a nice 3/4 inch tan head that lingers for a minute or two but stays long enough to provide excellent lacing.
Smell: Lots of hops, hops, and a few more hops. Lots of floral and citrus nots go along with these hops. A very true hop smell.
Taste: Hop heaven, this is my new favorite tasting beer. The hops are sweet, juicy, and spicey. This is a great combo of hops and flavor.
Mouthfeel: Waxy and great!
Drinkability: The only downfall is that they only sell 4 packs of this stuff. I would prefer this over Hop Stoopid or Ruination for a hop head fix!
10-02-2009 22:07:13 | More by TheFlern
4.68/5 rDev +22.2%
First and foremost, this is one of my favorite DIPA's. Found it about a year ago and it has been a staple in my fridge since. I might be a little biased.
A - A very hazy burnt orange with a half inch of nice off white head. Nice lacing throughout beer.
S - Very sour, mildly citrus...grapefruity. Nice sweet malts as well.
T - Citrus/orange/grapefruit are wildly apparent. There are a ton of hops that have a very fruity appeal to them. The beer is very sweet at first but finishes with an overwhelming bitterness.
M - Bitterness sticks around for a while after the sip has been swallowed. Unlike a lot of in your face DIPA's this one does not coat your mouth with that weird film. This one is very clean and fresh. One of the reasons I like it so much.
D - Very easily drinkable. Then again, I am a DIPA nut. I think this beer is and can be very sessionable if you are a fan of this style.
11-09-2010 00:53:32 | More by Bombers4Benedict
4.63/5 rDev +20.9%
Poured from a bottle into a imperial tulip glass.
Nice golden copper hazy color, with a awesome aroma of citrus hops. Two finger white head.
At first this beer seems to be sweeter than most IPAs than you get that nice citrus aroma both at the nose and tongue. With both great taste and aroma this beer is a must for all to try.
01-27-2010 00:19:57 | More by madtappers
4.54/5 rDev +18.5%
375ml foil-capped bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with Rich some months later.
Pours a slightly hazed orange hue, with a messily bubbled, if not particularly thick head of white. Lace forms in tiny specks but no more. Body is extremely pleasantly thick, and holds the fine carbonation very well indeed. Overall, though, it looks very good.
Nose is awesome. Big fresh citrus hops like slightly underripe orange and mandarin. Big sweetness underneath mingled pleasantly with it providing a stretchy toffee character that plays off the citrus fruit wonderfully. This bottle is some months old, I know, and the fact that it still stands up so damn well is a testament to just how good it must be fresh. Fantastic stuff.
Taste is also extremely good. The malt basis is strong, but neutral enough to just give the stage to the hops, which roar through with a pleasant intensity, touching everything as they work from front to back. Clean bitterness throughout, with a brightness that reminds me of Pliny. Slight green kiwifruit and leafy chewiness on the back gives a cleansing flavour, while the bitterness and hop oils linger for some time. It's really excellent stuff.
Feel is clean but smooth, with a thickness that supports everything, and a lightness which lets the flavours do their work.
Overall, this is blissfully drinkable, amazingly balanced and just damn *good*. The flavours are really beautifully put together to produce a beer of great substance and character while maintaining a pleasant approachability. Fantastic stuff.
08-31-2013 18:44:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
pours an enticing cloudy golden orange with creamy white head
rich aromas of resiny hops, pine, citrus, grass, and a slight herbaly notes and a slight biscuity edge
solid resin pine upfront with slight herbal notes, lemon, somewhat spicy hops on the finish, with dry pine resonating again. Solid yet hidden bready malt is there, but the hops really shine.
super smooth, medium body with the hops just dominating for the duration. the dry, piney/spicy sensation lingers long after swallowing and the hop flavors really mingle quite well.
an excellent IPA. It has everything I like and nothing I don't. A big sturdy hoppiness with resin upfront leads way to a plethora of flavor, depth, and complexity that just begs for sip after sip. The long finish is crisp, clean, and lingering with plenty of action. I wish I had another one.
08-01-2009 04:24:02 | More by bitterthebetter
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.