Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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2.35/5 rDev -38.6%
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is murky, orange amber color that shows a deeply hazy light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with caramelized malt notes and candied hop aromatics; seemingly aggressive crystal malt notes competes with and at times beats into submission the ample hop character found in the nose. Lots of stewed crystal malt aromas, caramel, toasted malt, and dirty sweet tea aromas sort of confuse the grapefruit, bergamot and candied pine hop notes that should be the focus of this aroma. The aroma makes this seem like a malt lovers attempt at making a Double IPA. While they actually used some hops in this, it is quite well obscured underneath all the malt. Probably one of the most "balanced" double IPAs I have ever had, too bad the malt character is a bit too dirty and the overall aroma just doesn't seem to ever come together harmoniously.
The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would have suggested and actually starts out with a clean hop character. Towards the finish the cloying crystal malt character provides muddy caramel notes and ample toasty malt character before a light for an IPA bitterness is able to kick in. The malt character never leaves the finish though and comes to make the palate forget the bitterness existed at all. Sticky caramelized orange zest flavors, stewed grapefruit and some sweetened pine needle flavors struggle through the murky malt character here. The body is actually the one part of this beer that is in line with a good example of a Double IPA, it is light enough to even be quaffable. The hop character provides a green, somewhat astringent, herbal, pine biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile; this makes a valiant attempt at cutting through the malt focus, but in the end isn't quite up to the task.
This beer actually doesn't have much in the way of process / fermentation flaws, so there will probably be quite a few consumers that will enjoy this. Having said that, I absolutely hated it and found it a complete waste of time. This is just a horrible example of an IPA for me though. The malt is huge here; this can actually be ok in a Double IPA, but then the brewer needs to ensure that they stuff an insane amount of hop character in the beer so that it thoroughly dominates the malt character. If you are afraid of hops & really like crystal malt then this might be your perfect example of a Double IPA.
08-23-2009 03:13:47 | More by Gueuzedude
2.38/5 rDev -37.9%
Poured an orange-amber color with a head that was quick to disappear. Smell is of raw, citrusy hops. Taste is mostly hops with a grapefruit overtone, very little malt comes into play. To me, this beer is just a mess, there's several different types of hops thrown in at several points during the brewing process - Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade. Unfortunately any modicum of balance was thrown out the window and this is just a one dimensional hop heavy beer that's rather harsh and unpleasant. I wouldn't buy this one again.
06-24-2010 02:20:31 | More by LarryV
2.4/5 rDev -37.3%
Growler poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark gold body with good head retention and lacing from the 2-finger off-white head.
This is one of those big malty DIPAs that I just can’t get onboard with. Smooth, sweet and boozy, pretty much the opposite of what I enjoy in the style. It misses the opportunity to redeem itself in the hops department. While there’s a decent level of pure bitterness and some modest citrus flavor, it lacks any raw hop flavor and gritty or resinous feel. A bit of wet hay in the finish is as strong as any lingering hoppiness. I’m as bored typing this review as I was drinking the beer. Luckily I only sprang for a liter growler.
08-28-2011 15:19:04 | More by PDXHops
2.8/5 rDev -26.9%
This brew requires an aggressive pour for the desired appearance. Cloudy orange/tan body with islands of froth sitting on top. It has occasional ring lace. The smell has me curious. Loads of caramel malts fill the air.
This is a unique DIPA. It has such a huge candied caramel presence contrary to what we desire in hop bombs. This delivers more of a blend. I find it too candied for my taste. All I can think of tasting this is those small caramel chewy squares.
Notes: Ehhhh... not for me. I like my DIPA's almost completely one sided. Way too much sweetness. As the beer warmed up it showed some citrus hop that made it worth the purchase.
12-05-2009 06:36:14 | More by DogFood11
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
S: bittery, sugar, malt, little off smell. maybe vegetal or older hops?
A: Deep amber w/good head retention
T: Super weak, with malt dominating. Maybe a little pine and bitterness at the end of the palate
D: No etoh presence so good, but also too much body and thick/sweet/malty to be too drinkable. Not too mention it just doesn't taste very good.
Overall: Totally off-style even for a single ipa, I really am not even sure whey they would make this.
12-27-2009 08:10:57 | More by bret27
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
A - hazy orange-amber with a fine laced white head
S - plenty of fruit and citrusy hops in the nose hints of oranges and a fair bit of alcohol
T - fairly sweet malt upfront, but quickly overtaken by hops and an assertive bitterness that is unfortunately a bit harsh and astringent through a long and lingering finish
M - full bodied with a long-lingering astringency
O - a bit disappointing especially with the long and somewhat harsh finish
08-24-2011 00:31:49 | More by BobCS
2.95/5 rDev -23%
A: Pours a hazy ruby-orange amber with a cream-colored head and a center dollop of discoloration. Floating particulate yeast matter throughout. Not attractive in the least.
S: Malt with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Virtually no hop aroma.
T: Opens with a malty sweet wallop that's quickly balanced by a wave of citrus bitterness. Bitterness yields to notes of caramel and brown sugar. Well-balanced interplay, but the predominate sweetness is nowhere near characteristic of the style.
M: Under carbonated and somewhat syrupy. Would benefit from a crisper feel.
D: Not entirely sessionable. Uncharacteristic of a DIPA. Overall, pretty much underwhelmed with this offering. I rate it mediocre at best.
04-17-2010 02:08:18 | More by CaptainIPA
3/5 rDev -21.7%
On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.
A: Hazy light orange color. Has a very nice head about an inch thick with good retention and lacing.
S: Pine Sol. I was hoping for some nice citrus aromas or a good malt balance and I got neither. This had a pine smell that was just not very appealing.
T: A bit better than the smell. It at least didn't taste like pine sol. Still, not a great balance. Mediocre at best.
M: Solid. Medium to heavy body with good carbonation.
O: I see where they were trying to go... I just didn't like it. This was not for me.
08-23-2011 07:50:44 | More by avaldivia
3/5 rDev -21.7%
22 Oz poured into the "Official Kronenbourg Tasting Glass"... Have to say, of all of the Grand Teton Brew Co's beers i've tried, this is my least favorite. It isn't bad in any way, just not exceptional like the rest of their beers. Poured a bit hazy, not quite hefe or wheat, but more than the usual IPA. The head was not thick, but lingered nicely. Aroma was different: hoppy, a tad bit citrus, but not the usual IPA kick. Mouthfeel is a little strange. A definite carbonation buzz to it, which was probably the most unpleasant part of the beer. Reminds me of when I over carbonated the homebrew Irish red and got that metalic flavor. This was a little better than that, but I expect much more from these guys. It's just not as impressive as the rest of their beers. Has a lingering aftertaste that is hop bitter but not in a good way.. more of a fault than a pleasant memory. It's.... allright. Wouldn't buy it again or give it to a friend. Save the money and buy their Belgian styles -that is what they do best. They more than make up for this one.
12-29-2012 05:19:37 | More by Curtis
3.03/5 rDev -20.9%
Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees.
Appearance: A double white finger head that is foamy and billowy. The body of the beer is a medium gold color with copper. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.
Nose: A nice rich hop aroma with grapefruit and a floral bouquet. The malt gives the beer a good background for the beer.
Taste: A medium malt backbone bone with lack luster floral bouquet and grapefruit.
Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and astringent. The body of the beer is medium thick. This beer sure lacks a lot in the DIPA department. It is just okay.
09-18-2009 06:14:35 | More by colts9016
3.05/5 rDev -20.4%
Deep orange colour with a thick cap of ivory foam, a combination of fine and rocky bubbles. As the head settled and the beer disappeared, tons of chunky, sticky lacing remained on the glass. Intense fruity, hoppy aroma. Lots of powdery, citrusy character, juicy grapefruit, some mango and pineapple. Light malt notes, a bit of grain, faint caramel. Moderate to low bitterness for the style, particularly considering the significant caramel and malt sweetness in the beer. More tropical fruit, restrained citrus, quite a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, the texture was nearly syrupy but stayed on the right side of being sticky. Decent overall, but I would have preferred a balance that favoured hops more in the flavour, the same sort of profile I got from the aroma. A little less sweetness and more bitterness would have made me a lot happier. I still enjoyed it though.
08-04-2010 00:47:52 | More by DrJay
3.05/5 rDev -20.4%
Aroma is very citrus...orange and lemon. Pours a brilliant orange color in my glass with a white foamy head that laces the glass. There were a few floaters in my glass. Tastes very citrus forward... think oranges or apricots...a little bit floral. Amarillo?? There is a bit of a boozy note to this brew. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. It's a pretty good beer, a little bit too citrusy/floral for me.
09-23-2011 23:12:46 | More by Haus
3.05/5 rDev -20.4%
I bought a four pack for $9 which seemed like a good price...Bright orange color with lots of lace and a foamy head. It smells syrupy, some hops, uh....It tastes like its got a lot of hops but it is also very syrup-like and the mouthfeel is astringent. Maybe I have been spoiled by having access to Pliny and I'm biased but this was a very average double IPA.
11-19-2009 03:05:46 | More by ArrogantB
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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