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Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%

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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Photo of FightingEntropy


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second draft for my 4th of July stop at Monk's House of Ale Repute. Almost white head on a clear, two-toned amber ale in a tulip glass. Again, a pretty lace (in a well cleaned glass) which funnels a strong grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine resin into the nose. 8% ABV is hidden in the nose, but a light peppery note betrays it on the tongue, which is assaulted by spice and sweet malt and an oiliness that coats sweetly. Very fun Double IPA, and, from memory, seems to be a bit brighter on draft. Not exactly news that a draft surpasses a bottle, but there seems to be a significant boost to the hops for this particular beer (or the bottles I've sampled were not up to snuff).

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 20:22:43 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of C20Percent


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper with a thin head of foam on top. There is some complexity in the color making the beer look very rich. Not much standing out here, though.

S: Mostly malty with some hops in the back. Caramel. Candied citrus. I think this is what an English IPA looks like. Not bad -- just not the hoppy IPA I look for.

T: Mostly sweet caramel with a metallic bitter finish. Not much complexity here. For a DIPA I'd expect some more hops. This brew was bottled 3 months ago, so this might be a freshness issue. Again, not terrible, just not great.

M: This beer is pretty smooth and creamy. It slices on the tongue a bit at first, but it's barely noticeable. Nice carbonation. The chewiness brings out some more of the hops and flavor. I think the feel is the best thing about this brew.

O: This beer isn't bad. The smell and taste were on the verge of a 4. The feel was great. Overall, this beer gets a four from me. Would really like to try a fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:10:24 | More by C20Percent
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Bomber, bottled 2-24-12, so a 4-month old DIPA, no major concerns (would be worried if older than 6 months).  Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with a small head.  Little retention and just a bit of lacing.

The aroma is not overpowering but brings decent notes of piney hops and caramel malt.  A light amount of grapefruit hop aroma in the mix.

Solid DIPA flavor with strong pine, grapefruit and citrus hop flavors that mix well with the caramel malt.  Not an overly complex flavor but the hop notes come through cleanly and are not overshawdowed by too much sweet malt.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel and very drinkable.  Overall, a solid DIPA.  Doesn't stand out in a very crowded field but I would recommended it for those who like the hop flavors to shine.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:03:22 | More by FanofHefe
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:38:44 | More by Mora2000
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 17:23:19 | More by jondeelee
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new hoppy brew from Grand Teton!? Yes please. Poured from 750mL to pint glass the beer arrives a nice slightly hazy orange amber with a decent 1.5 finger white head, decent retention and lacing. Off to a good start! The nose is a disappointment. Not much going on really :( Not much in terms of hop presence, perhaps a hint of citrus but quite muted. Malty sweet even in the nose. The flavor follows suit with little character for a DIPA. The fruity hops are more prevalent though don't seem to blend with the 2-row well. Almost stale in taste, which is odd as the beer was on the shelf exactly 3 days. Good carnation but a bit muddy on the palette. Overall, a swing and a miss. Not much of anything. I'll stick with Teton's other more impressive brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:27:38 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 00:01:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and a floral quality as well.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot, as you might expect), some malt, that floral quality, and a big shot of citrus (an orange element). A focused, complex flavor. A bit more subtle than some, but still very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, very easy to drink DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 12:12:08 | More by avalon07
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium tulip. Served chilled.

A) Bronze with slight haze, maybe a finger of head, which settled to a thin bubbly dusting. A little lacing. Nice looking...

S) Peach syrup, green apple and mandarin oranges. There is light pine and alcohol in the distance.

T) Follows the nose, but with more hops presence. This has a nice balance. There is a light citrus rind finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) Medium body and well carbonated. This is crisp and lively. The drawback is the way the aftertaste lingers about. I don't mind the rind finish, but the aftertaste is like chewing orange peel, and it is uncomfortable from a palate standpoint.

O) Setting aside the aftertaste, this was a very enjoyable DIPA, and I would gladly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:59:04 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of phantomwyse


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

A: Pours out a very turgid raw honey body, dense in appearance. Slim ¾ head of eggshell white rises and then fades quickly leaving patchy froth along the edges.

S: Heavy on the malts, fresh baked molasses and ginger cookies, Graham crackers, baking bread. There is an undercurrent of medicinal hops, earthy, and tea-like.

T: Tea with milk and honey, lemon, pie crust, wheat crackers, dried pine needles, grapefruit jam.

M: Starts off moderately syrups, moves to chewey, fades with a slight slickness. Overall medium bodied.

O: A DIPA much more in the English fashion, which I wasn’t expecting from a brewery out west. Heavy handed on the malts, which makes it out of balance in a different direction. While the malt profile is distinct, I wish there had been more of a distinct hop presence and even and bit more direct bitterness to even everything out. But, certainly worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:48:50 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of stealth


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

A solid DIPA entry. Your typical golden pour with a nice thick white head. Grapefruit, citrus aromas, but not too strong. The bitter hops are balanced with a sweetness in the beer coming from somewhere. Taste ends bitter, and goes away quickly. Doesn't hang around too long on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 11:11:20 | More by stealth
Photo of StoneTSR


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange until the last half ounce of the bottle is poured at which point it turns into a slightly hazy, pale orange-ish yellow. A thin layer of foam dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edges.

SMELL: The Lost Continent has a nice aroma filled with citrus. Orange and grapefruit dominate along with a good dose of pine and slightly spicy hop aroma.

TASTE: It is a bit thinner than I expected based on the nose, but it is still pretty tasty. Grapefruit beats out the orange in the aroma to come through strong. Mid-sip a sweet wave of malt quickly sneaks up on the palate and then just as quickly recedes with a hoppy and piney flavor that leaves a nice, clean, bitter aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a refreshing, well-carbonated beer. The sweetness only lasts a moment and then it dries out, cleansing the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a pretty strong Double IPA. The sweetness in the middle of the sip could be toned down just a bit, but I will reach for the Lost Continent again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:28:16 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of bashiba


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of an older sample than I would have liked, bottled 06/09/11.

Poured a very cloudy dark yellow/orange with a thin bit of head.

The smell has a nice light bit of malt with a great tangerine and tropical hop nose.

The flavor is a nice even mixture of big bready and biscuit malts with a nice even citrusy pine flavor and light tropical fruit and a bit of mandarin orange coming through.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

Nice double IPA, even this slightly old sample is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 22:46:36 | More by bashiba
Photo of soughtbygod


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with lots of white head.

the color of the beer is a cloudy amber more toward the orange side

the carbonation is a bit high.

the smell is citrous and hops

the taste is all bitter grapefruit on the front, but leaves your taste buds with a strong malt. not an usual ipa at all.

overall good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 21:54:25 | More by soughtbygod
Photo of jvillefan


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a foggy amber color and has a somewhat decent 2-3 finger white head when poured into a pint glass. The head lingers longer than most beers. The beer has a very strong hoppy smell and has hints of sweet citrus. The taste is hoppy but not too much and has a strong orangy citrus flavors to balance out the hopps. To a lesser extent there is the taste of toffee in the background of the beer. The beers carbonation was perfect (as seen in the head) which allows the aroma to fill the top of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 05:57:32 | More by jvillefan
Photo of climax


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint, it glows a hazy amber. The head is modest, mostly large bubbles that cling to the edges but don't dissipate until the beer is a memory. Small filmy lace spots speckle my glass when all is commenced.

Loads of bubblegum and citrus fill the nostrils, primarily sweet and bitter pink grapefruit. Leafy garden greens and The malt base is substantial and offers bold caramel, toffee and sweet flavors.

Zesty orange and tangerine flavors are up front accompanied by a pine and grapefruit bitterness that escalates and eventually dominates the finish. It is all checked by a moderate amount of sweet and toasty malt cues. They certainly did not neglect the grains needed to back 90+ IBU's, therefor balance and flavor are right on.

The viscosity of this one is excellent, it just fills the dark corners of the mouth with a resiny goodness. The carbonation is sharp initially and mellows out with just a bit of a tickle and all finishes dry and earthy.

I wouldn't expect anything else from GT brewing. They have always delivered a robust west coast hop profile and balanced it wonderfully with more than a minimal malt backing. This beer is 5 months after the brewed on date and still delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:03:16 | More by climax
Photo of abgba121


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy red golden color with very little head, but it does leave behind a nice lace down the glass

S: strong hops at first, citrusy and piney, a little floral touch as well. Smells and looks sweet, fruity notes on the nose

T: Smooth for a DIPA, sweet/floral hop notes up front, followed by a middle full of fruity sweet, then a very slight alcohol touch just before the hops shine through full of citrus and pine.

M: thick and low to moderate carbonation

O: a great beer, thicker than most DIPAs, but an awesome example nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:53:33 | More by abgba121
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours murky, dark peach color that you cannot see through. The head is there, but does fade quickly. The whole feel is juicy... pretty heavy, sweet and under carbonated. The smell is Heavy hops and sugary spice. There is a pleasant toasty bitterness that makes this DIPA pretty drinkable. However, the heavy fruit and sour flavors do become overwhelming by the end. This was good for one, it would be hard to drink two.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 06:11:26 | More by beerdown77
Photo of Haus


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:12:46 | More by Haus
Photo of BeatBama

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 51 degrees F

Pours a nice 1/2" head with hint of orange color in the pint glass, a slight bit cloudy. Lacing was good as I consumed.

Aroma was fruity, I detect orange more than any other fruit. Good hop aroma and not overpowering hops in the finish.

Alcohol taste was more present than I would have liked for a 8% beer.

Overall, I will enjoy the other three in this 4-pack, and it is a good Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:59:38 | More by BeatBama
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty and intense.

Pours a brilliant, slightly cloudy orange with a sticky lacing, like a foamy marmalade. The aroma is sweet and hoppy, with orange and lemon. The flavor is like an intense orange marmalade, with a citrusy finish and a zesty bitterness over a musky, booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

Refreshing in an era when Double IPAs can be a punishing experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:23:56 | More by Seanibus
Photo of colemapstone

South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruddy brown with moderate carbonation. The rich, light oatmeal head is slight, but tight. Though it mostly dissipates quickly, what's left cements itself to the glass from the top of the glass to the bottom. Definitely an attractive brew.

Aroma: Boasts a fragrant, estery profile of ripe apricot with mild grassy notes and a hint of bread-like sweetness. Very mouthwatering.

Taste: Begins with a smooth sweetness immediately followed by aggressive hop bitterness. Lingering behind the bitterness: sweet apricot and sour fruit notes rounded out with flowery and herbal esters. Ends with a peppery, alcoholic finish with astringent bitterness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Thick and buttery, with a small amount of carbonation present. Coats the mouth without feeling too oily. Definitely robust.

Personal notes: Altogether, not a bad brew, but perhaps a bit bitter for my palate. The alcoholic finish isn't necessarily too bold, but it only aggravates the astringency of its bitterness. However, this is one I will recommend to anyone with a taste for big and bold pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:42:50 | More by colemapstone
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Thanks to Bill for bringing over a 4 pack of this beer. Another beer in the Irene Sunday series.

Nice looking beer. Orange in color with amber tones and nice clarity. Creamy big head and insane lacing.

Aroma is pretty thick. Fruity, ripe pineapple. A touch of alcohol. Thick juicy pine resin.

This is a DPA of the classic variety. All remains in balance and is kicked up in proper proportion. Very fruity, classic ripe pineapple, sweet caramel. ABV is present, but not hot at all. An interesting herbal finish with a black tea like flavor.

Just shy of a bold body, very slight carbonation.

Pretty decent DPA and one to slowly enjoy. Definitely a beer that should be sold in 4 packs.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:33:50 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of inlimbo77


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Lost Continent DIPA
12oz bottles 6/9/11
DFH signature glass
Thanks to eclipse54!

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. 1/4 bright white head. Carbonation streaming from bottom of glass. Some lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

S: I get loads of over ripe peach and grapefruit here. But also some sweet breadiness as well. It has a sweetness to it.

T: OK. Front of the tongue does get attacked by the hops, but you get more on the mid-mouth area. It's not a WC hop bomb DIPA like I was expecting. It's well balanced with malt. Finish is very clean. Bottle conditioning? If not, the carbonation helps to clear the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop tongue coating.

O: Solid DIPA from a brewery I didn't know about. Would like to try more from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:50:53 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2011 15:19:04 | More by PDXHops
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.