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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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Reviews: 225
Hads: 448
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: illidurit on 05-09-2009

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
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Bottle Barn. Though brewed in February of this year, the hops held up to make it worthy of a transition to a strong ale. Orange coloured body and a large head. Fruity aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Orange, tangerine, and mango flavours. Not as good at room temperature

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not super into this one. pours a glowing orange color, some haze, small white head. smell is a bit flat or stale, that hope sweetness more than bitterness. flavor is just big sweet hops, a little fruity, just bitter at the end, but lots of weird funk as it winds down. overall just off in the taste, its filling as well, and just leaves a gnarly taste in the mouth. fine carbonation but too much of a sweet thick extractish body. not cutting it for me grand teton...

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a one finger head; leaves a bit of lacing action behind

Smell: Pineapple, grapefruit and mango with just a hint of the biscuit; smells as much like a fruit smoothie as it does a beer

Taste: Opens with a tropical fruit trio of pineapple, grapefruit and mango, followed by astringent bitterness that develops by mid-palate; given that this beer is at least six months old, it must have been quite a hop bomb in its heyday; after the swallow, the bitterness is still readily apparent, with the sweet, honeyed malts adding emphasis to the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and lifeless, the mouthfeel is flawed

Drinkability: Were it not for the mouthfeel, the score would have been higher; still, I rather enjoyed the tropical fruit character of this beer

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Breeze-Thru in Milwaukee.

Pours into a Bells tulip with a sticky, poofy head that clings nicely, leaving a halo on the rim. Color is a rusty copper-orange that becomes opaque with floating chunks. Can't say that looks great, but it's otherwise nice despite the snow-globe look towards the bottom.

Aroma is ok, lightly floral, sweet caramel with a slight citrus edge. Sweet candied citrus peel and caramel flavors dominate. It shows its age a little, but still packs a punch. There's a good level of residual hop bitterness and flavor, so all is not lost. The body is full and robust with an easy, drying finish. Overall it drinks well, and i'd look for it again if I was sure of the freshness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tropical sunset tangerine with a spreading cloud of blurry yeastiness as all twelve ounces entered the glass on the initial pour. The outstanding looking head is a treat for the eyes. It's equal parts ivory, pale orange and ecru, with a tight-bubbled texture that is incredibly sticky. Thick sheets of finely stippled frosting are beginning to cover every bit of the pint glass that is available.

If you love lightly caramel-malted DIPAs with what smells like a ton of American hops (and who doesn't?), then you'll love this beer. Classic aromas of candied grapefruit and orange rind most likely mean that at least one of the C-hops and Amarillo were used. Whole flower Nugget were used for dry-hopping, but I was unable to determine what bittering hop(s) were used.

Lost Continent Double IPA doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's still good enough to earn the above flavor score. Nearly six months in the bottle has to have taken a toll on the bitterness, so that must be taken into consideration. Still, 90+ IBUs was a pretty hefty place to start... and most of them are probably still present.

What tastes like melted caramel/toffee is actually German CaraHell and Vienna. This is still a predominantly pale-malted beer, which is a point in its favor. It's also sweeter than most, which makes me wonder if candi sugar was added. The hops are fruity (with a hint of pine) and don't have the brightness or the explosiveness that is present in the best DIPAs.

All those sugars result in a body/mouthfeel that is closer to full than medium. The beer sort of oozes through the mouth and over the tongue, an impression heightened by soft and smooth-edged carbonation. I tend to like gooey mouthfeels more often than not.

Lost Continent Double IPA is right up there with Bitch Creek ESB and Sweetgrass IPA as Grand Teton's best beers. It doesn't do anything new or different, but it's a solid version that delivers the goods in the end.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, rusty color with a two-finger, off-white, thick head of foam. It left impressive rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Also, a little caramel in the nose.

T - It tasted of piney, hot, hops. Some mild grapefruit flavors with a burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale with a subtle alcohol warmth.

D - This is a really solid imperial IPA. It is very drinkable and is a well-balanced brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this one as an extra this past weekend and decided to crack it open with lunch today to get the ball rolling on the afternoon!

The pour was nice, Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely by some of the richest carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light golden color with a moderate white head and some spotty lacing.

S: A nice sweet citrus and tropical fruit aroma, which is really quite surprising, to be honest. A definite caramel and toasted bread malt background, too.

T: The fruitiness is present on the tongue as well. Hints of piney hops and sweet caramel malts, too. But I am really enjoying the nice pineapple, grapefruit, and orange flavors.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: A little on the sweet side for how I like my double IPAs, but a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, orange-amber body with a thin, whitish head that disperses out into a small ring fairly quickly.

Smell: Notably sweet-scented caramel maltiness reaches the nose first followed by citrusy, fruity, piney hop notes and a tiny dash of quality alcohol.

Taste: Toasted grainy maltiness wrapped up in plenty of toothsome crystal and candied caramel sweetness. Hearty hoppiness tasting of ruby red grapefruit, papayas, and white pine sap. While you do get a sturdy bitterness, sure, there's enough gooey maltiness present that it comes across as no more than easy-going and downright smooth. Vein of peppery alcohol persistently running through the flavor. Warming, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's a slight sugary stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lost Continent sports a very robust maltiness and a high degree of balance; two things many people aren't really looking for at all in a Double IPA. I can easily picture a lot of frowny-faced hopheads out there, but this one should please the maltmouths.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a globe glass. Thanks go to Bubba83 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a coppery amber, with 2+ big fingers of off-white foamy head. Retains with a big creamy dollop that hangs out in the middle of the glass, and laces up the sides with some massive sticky residue. Lots of tropical fruit character here in the nose, along with floral notes and spice, and a malty layer of toasted grains and some light alcohol warmth.

The bitterness isn't overly aggressive in the taste, givng off more of a moderate spicy bite. The profiles seems to be more about the slicky sweet and sticky backbone of robust citrus and bready toasted malts. The finish is bitter, spicy, and warm, lingering for a good long bit. The mouthfeel is medium, and despite just a bit of beef to it, this feels very creamy and smooth in the mouth with a lot of hop oil slickness keeping this very easy. The only really sense of alcohol I'm getting, is a flush of warth on the breath after each sip.

I liked this. The bitterness wasn't overpowering but on the other hand, there was maybe just a bit too much sweetness balancing things in the taste. Very easy body on this though, that when coupled with the spot on 8% ABV, really kept this drinkable. Thanks again for this Kev!

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little chill haze on the amber brew. Plenty of head in the big chalice.

Really big and blowsy and loaded with hops, just like they promised. Fruity and bitter. Lots of the leafy, vegetable flavor with a touch of wood. I does seem a little more dry than a lot of DIPAs, but it's still plenty malty. Murky is my general impression. Lots of resins and enough hops to kill anything living in this stuff. The excessive bitterness does seem to flame out early, but it leaves an acidic aftertaste. Earthy finish with some older fruit, like peaches that are overripe but not sweet. Just the ticket for those that like them big, hot, and messy.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!!

Pours a Semi-hazed orange/caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Leafy & rindy hops, loads of orange & pineapple as this warms

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, dryness & pine up front. A dance between tropical fruit ( plenty of dates& figs ), leafy hops continues as this warms, plus much dryness. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness & lemons; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation; great balance, a bit of wetness too

Drinks a touch slow, mostly due to dryness & complexity. A nice DIPA that I wish I could have in my rotation

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great cascading bubbles upward to form a two-finger head. Lots of coating lace; far more than a ring lace would be the envy of most. The liquid is neutral amber and clear.

Excellent hop smell. Light pine and citrus, and very fresh smelling.

Strong sour grapefruit hop flavor which dominates all flavors. The alcohol is notable--warm in the swallow and slightly oily. Full bodied an highly carbonated makes a decent blend.

Something of a hop bomb.

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Very thick, full head. Color is a hazed golden copper. Very appealing DIPA. Good retention. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma: This is a nice smelling ipa. A lot of fruits: mangoes, apricots. Very sweet. Smells kind of like perfume. The hops are present and very floral-like.

Taste: Here comes the floral hops. Big fruits (apricot and mango) and big hops (but not as much as I would expect from a dipa). Bready malts. Kind of has a caramel taste to it.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but nothing I would expect. Nice and smooth. A little crisp. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Ends with a very clean aftertaste with a bit of hops. Damn, I am impressed.

Overall, this is a pretty good ipa. I really liked that it wasn't so bitter, just like tea-bagged furious. Very drinkable ipa. Can't taste any booze. I recommend.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/18/09- Purcahsed at Mollie Stones in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a 2009 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Lightly clouded rust orange pour. About a full inch head on the pour which settles at a light rim. Some light lines and spots of lace remain.

Smell- Pine, grapefruit and sweet orange hops with a lightly toasted caramel malt backing.

Taste- Super balanced DIPA. Maybe just a touch more caramel malt. Orange flavor sweet juicy hops play nicely with the malt. Nice and sugary, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level...a bit lower than medium with a nice bitter grapefruit pith flavor.

Drinkability- I'll be getting more of these in the future. Quite a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a murky golden pour that puts out a nice, rocky head. I only bought one bottle, wish I had bought the pack.
Quickly the aroma of citric hops and oils come forth. I can smell it two feet away.
Taste is loaded with hops, yet without a whole lot of dryness. Heavy on the citrus, orange peel and tangelo flavors without the acidity. Some sweetness comes into play and just when I think it will ruin the beer, it fades into a nice light malt presence.
Again, not a very dry feeling beer. Yet the alpha oils do come through. Slick. A quick burst of alcohol warms things up. Slight pine finish.
Overall this is a very nice beer. I knock it on bite, and the sweetness almost comes too big.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow-orange with a solid rocky off-white head, good lacing.

S: Heavy pine and cedar, orange zest, with some volatile ethanol.

T: Floral with stone fruit initially. Tangerine and orange juice for sure in the mid-palate, with bitter melon and pine on the finish. Sweet for a DIPA.

M: Soft carbonation, prickly, smooth, long resinous aftertaste.

D: A solid effort, I could defintely go for another one.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it when DIPA's clock in around more drinkable ABV's like 8%, thank you Grand Teton. Poured into a wine glass, the beer appears a hazy amber with a tall white head and lacing. The beers smells like a orange and grapefruit perfume with a resiny undertone. The flavor is a mix of smooth a sharp citrus flavors with a touch of apricot, pepper, and white grape to round out the for bitter flavors. The bitterness never gets too rough and just provides a nice gentle kick to your tongue. Very drinkable and tasty. I call this a very good DIPA. Give it a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle of this from Ledgers in Berkeley to have later that night. Bought chilled as a single. I poured the 12 oz bottle into my hotel room glass. Poured a slightly hazy dark golden with a decent sized, grainy head and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and orange citrus. The taste is similar- which means its a bit too sweet and treacly for a double IPA for my taste. I need a punch of hops here, and I'm not getting it here. A bit sticky in the mouth as well. Overall I think this one is too sweet and lacks the hops for balance.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.