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Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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 alexhahn82
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 04/27/11

A- almost amber golden color, not much head, maybe a 1/10th of a finger that disappears faster than a gold digger in the unemployment line!

S- Smells like whole leaf cascade hops.

T/M - Almost sweetlike taste, I would attribute it to the dry hopping that Im guessing they did. Medium to Low carbonation, mouthfeel is nothing special, below average.

O- Not too shabby to me, 8% ABV that is somewhat lackluster. In no means a bad beer, definitely worth a try, or two at that. But I would order this over 70% of the DIPA's Ive had.

PP (Price Point) - This was the clincher to me, it was $10.99 for a FOUR pack, if it was a sixer it would be spot on for the PP, but for four a bit steep. Dont get me wrong a nice beer, hits the %8 mark, but would rather have them do a 7% version for an $8 4 pack!

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

12 oz. bottled on 4/27/11. This was sent to me by Scotchboy. Thanks a lot Daniel!

A: Pours a juicy looking orange color that just makes you want to bite into it. Sort of reminiscent of a rusty tangerine(if that were a thing). Definite hazy unfiltered look. Poured gently to yield a 1/2" bright-white head.

S: This definitely has the amarillo-simcoe thing going on. Big grapefruit on the nose along with a good balance of sweet malts.

T: As the nose foretold, this beer is loaded with grapefruit. Up front is just pure juiciness like a bitter, grapefruit laden, tropical concoction, perfect for warm weather. The bitterness didn't hit too much until mid-glass but then it lingers on the tongue for quite a while with a hop oil flavor. As the beer warms the sweetness and maltiness really come out.

M: Juicy up front, dry and bitter on the finish. Adequate but not overdone carbonation.

O: I could see this in my regular summer line up if I lived out in spud country. Grand Teton has themselves a very refreshing, not overblown, DIPA here. A perfect beer to cool you off and quench your thirst. I think they couldn't have done a better job with the hops they threw in there, I do however wish the maltiness was scaled back just slightly; Just nitpicking there, this was a solid brew.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright red amber that is hazy with floaters of sediment with a nice frothy eggshell white head and absolutely beautiful thick lacing literally hiding parts of my duvel tulip. If it poured clearer i might give it a five. The nose is a bit muted, with dank herbalness, citrus, anda strong floral presence. The tastebrings alot more with very bright citrus, a pleasant pine, flowers not just hints of a floral character, with a rich malt backbone that is in no way sweet - completely tamed by the strong hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated and very refreshing. This was dated 5/5 and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice honey gold color with an awesome head & lace.

Grapefruit seems the dominate nose with some piney reson for good measure. Hints at a smooth caramel maltiness is subdued, but in a good way. It seems all about the hops, cool.

Clean bitterness with creamy caramel malt that gives way i a big way to grapefruit creamcycle(? spelling lol) mango and ather tropical fruit.

Nice and creamy dry mouthfeel.

Good brew nice price, served at about 60 degrees and really enjoyed.

Photo of ccm414
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with a bottled on sticker reading "072110"...

A- Pours very hazy, gold/orange color. It hit the glass with about a 1 1/2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a nice layer with decent lacing. Appears to be bottle conditioned?

S- Some sweeter floral hops with much citrus in the back. Very fruity, it almost smells "thick" if that makes any sense to anyone. Very interesting, I like it.

T- I didn't get all that much off the first few sips besides a little sweetness followed by some lighter hop bitterness. After a few more I am getting some sweet malt in the front, still followed from the citrus hop bitterness. Well balanced, but no WOW factor.

M- A medium-to-heavy bodied DIPA. Carbonation is good, almost creamy with an 'oily' finish.

O- A good beer, but in moderation here. Not sure if I would really reach for this one again. Not great, not bad. Certainly glad I tried it.


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

12 oz. Pretty bright more gold than orange pour. Thin layer of white head. Sticks all right.

Scent is very heavy with citrus, grapefruit especially.

Citrus not so dominant in the taste. More bready malt, very light caramel. Bitter bite is in the end with a dry herbal pine.

The body on this I really like, it is not sticky at all really. Light mid body, active carbonation keeps this crisp. No alcohol. So many doubles get bogged down and too heavy, this drinks like a standard IPA.

Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Sunshine yellow with a one inch but steady head--great retention and great lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral bouquet up front: grapefruit especially with a touch of pine; really smooth; it smells creamy (as weird as that sounds)

T: Great citrus bitterness up front with a decent bready malt undertone; actually a very balanced and not cloyingly sweet DIPA

F: Great medium body that is both creamy and oily with enough texture to cling to the roof of the mouth

O: This is a very smooth DIPA that is not overwhelmingly sweet like many DIPAs--such a nice hoppy beer; kudos again, Grand Teton

Photo of Scotchboy
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grand Teton Double IPA

12oz to snifter

A: Deep hazy orange, starts with a fingers worth of eggshell colored head but dissipates quickly into a soft ring. Lacing outstanding; this is a good looking DIPA.

S: Grapefruit, blood orange and citrus, pine-y undertones, tropical fruit, with some soft herbal hop characters. Not much malt to be found on the nose.

T: Wow, taste follows the nose and it tastes good. The grapefruit flavor is start to finish, and a perfect amount of bitterness.

MF: I like it, it's slightly heavier bodied that I was expecting, with some pithy hop oil clinging to your mouth. Medium dryness.

O: Impressed. Seriously, I like this beer a ton: easily drinkable @ 8.0, good grapefruit flavors throughout and a nice bitter dryness.

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.

Photo of MacQ32
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange, poured into my New Belgium globe glass

A - Pours a nice rich orange/golden color, minimal head (half finger or less) and next to no lacing to speak of.

S - Smells very malty (honey?) and also fairly hoppy, spicey and citrusy (lemon)

T - Quite bitter with a nice taste of citrusy sweetness (lemon or orange maybe?). Some kind of spice is still prevelent. Malt is strong. A very pleasant bite at the end.

M - Light body that leaves me wanting a little more - carbonation is good.

O - Overall a good beer but did not meet expectations - this beer is only 1.5 months since being bottled. Initially I though it may have been a bit past its prime but that's not the case. The taste is very good but it lacks in other areas and leaves me a little less than satisfied. Still a pretty tasty brew

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

12oz capped. Bottled 04/27/11.

Big hop aroma as soon as I popped the cap, psyched.

Pours a hazy deep copper color with a 2 finger beige head. Settles to a pretty thick ring.

Pine and citrus hops dominate the aroma. A touch of metallic grapefruit with sweet malt in the background, a small amount of alcohol.

Taste starts with semi-sweet and juicy hops. Plenty of room for hops to do their work, sweet malt continues to stay in background. Finish and aftertaste has a strong bitter grapefruit character.

Very drinkable, has a kick and a bite, but doesn't overwhelm. Gets a little thick halfway through the glass.

This beer definitely tilts towards the DIPA style I like. Not as great as the masters, but really solid.

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

Picked up @ Binnys St. Chuck

Pouring a translucent golden color, Lost Continent settles a hazy, sediment infused golden-orange. Two fingers of white head sits for a bit and leaves sticky lacing.

The nose offers a pretty impressive bouquet. The ripe hop buds are creating a fruity aroma including scents of citrus grapefruit. A very clean and inviting smell overall.

This beer is balancing the bitterness pretty well against a malty backbone. The citrus and pine resin flavors bust through with bitterness and subside to a sweet malt taste. Alcohol is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is crisp and fulfilling, medium bodied, leaving a resinous feel that carries the flavors throughout.

Overall, good beer at a reasonable price. Def. A 4pack I will pick up again. Although this brew doesnt stray from the beaten path of originality, it is done right and is pretty damn tasty.

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 06/23/11. I expect this to have lost a lot of it's hop character. I will update this review when I get a fresh one.

A - Poured a nice orange amber color into a snifter. Slightly hazy and some fine particulate matter is noticeable. A 1-finger cream colored head that dissipated in a minute. Nice lacing.

S - Huge honey and a funky yeast aroma on the nose with a ghost of citrus and pine hops. The smell would be a winner when fresh I bet.

T- Honey up front with a honey/caramel maltiness in the middle. Still plenty of bitterness in the finish, but more peppery than piney. Floral and citrus characters are long gone. If any citrus there is a bit of lemon.

M - Slightly boozy with light carbonation and medium body. It is a bit chalky in the finish

O/D - I liked the character of the sweetness and maltiness of this beer. If the bottle had been fresh I'm sure it would have demonstrated better balance. I'll be picking up a fresh bottle to update this review.

Photo of beagle75
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of dnolan36
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into New Belgium Tulip

Poured a hazy orange color with a light head retention and lacing.

Not as much citrus and hop aroma as I was expected. More of a malty smell.

The taste of this one was also more malty than I like in a IIPA. Did not have the hop flavor to overcome the malt. Did have some nice citrus flavor after you get past the malt.

The mouthfeel of this was malty with a taste of alcohol. Would have preferred to have more carbonation.

Glad I tried it but will not search it out. With that being said, if I see it somewhere in the future I may give it another try.

Photo of jar2574
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-yellow color. More orange than yellow. Looks like honey. Nice 1/3 head that sticks around for a while. Very good lacing on the way down. There's only a little carbonation.

Great sweet earthy smell. Sweet bread, flowers, malts, a little hops, a hint of alcohol.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Thick as a stout.

This thing is more malty than hoppy. I enjoy either style, although I know some prefer a lot more hops in their IPAs.

There are a lot of flavors here - sweet malts like caramel and honey predominate but you get some spices, (including cinnamon!?), a touch of hot alcohol, and some hops on the back end.

With the smooth, creamy, sweet honeyed malts on the front end and the hops on the back, it's like too different beers depending on whether you drink it in slow, small sips, or quick, big gulps. It's really good with small sips because the creamy sweetness predominates throughout. But if you don't drink it slowly you don't get a creamy sweet coating on your tongue and instead you get an odd sort of metallic finish that I just can't describe very well.

Overall, a very good beer as long as you drink it patiently.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. No bb date but bottled on 06/23/10. I don't know if this is one the verge of getting old. Its almost 8 months old.

A- Pours a nice golden color. A good inch of head that goes away quickly. A very hazy appearance to it, i believe this is a bottle conditioned brew. I dont see much carbonation.

S- A little bit of a mineral and coppery smell. A large amount of hops. Fruit. A bit of grain and roasted malt. Lemon zest. Orange peel. Pine.

T- Hops. A nice bitter complex flavor that is mostly compiled by the bitter aspect of this brew.

M&D- A smooth a appealing brew. I wish i would have gotten this a little more fresh so as to actually review a nice a compelling beer.

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

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

12 oz into a pint, dated June 2010.

A - Pours a deep dark orange hue, to almost brown in some places. Strong white head formation, well retained, little bit of lacing. Very thick looking, appears to be bottle conditioned.

S - Strong american hop nose profile, lots of grapefruit, citrus, and a little bit of floral. Not edgy, very smooth and rounded.

T - Starts off lightly malty but quickly accompanied by some fruity hop notes. Mid-stream gets bitter forward and some oily, resinous and piney hop notes appear. Finishes with a strong bitter note. Fits the bill of a DIPA.

M - Solid body, thick and creamy. Complimentary carbonation. Oily finish from all the hopping. Aftertaste is fairly sticky and bitter.

D - Moderate drinkability - somewhat filling from its full bodied nature. Carbonation adds to it. Reasonable ABV for the style. Seems to compliment my palette fairly well.

Photo of harrymel
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 07/17/10
A2: Bottled 5/23/11,reviewed 27JUL11

A: No head, appears flat, which I didn't expect given the freshness of this beer. Beer is dull in clarity, slightly misty. Lacing evident on wall as glass is emptied, but nonetheless, unimpressive. (2)
A2: Pours a copper ale with a single finger of peanut head which falls to a tortuous sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing. Limited Clarity. (3.5)
S: Lots of PNW hopping here! Citrus, pine, sheetgrass, grapefruit frosts the crystal malts over this beer. (4)
S2: Pine, mint, grapefruit, juicy fruit; all make the hops. The malts are sweet and floury. (4)
T: Well balanced, bitterness matches level of sweetness in this beer. The finish encourages tongue to dispute whether you taste bitterness or sweetness, nice balance. (3.5)
T2: The hop profile here is flavor dominant, very sweet and floral. There is a definite bitterness, but it seems subdued by the malts and hop profile. Plenty of biscuit and hints of toffee on the malt side of things. The hops seems just a little ill-defined. (3)
M: Sharp feel on tongue, the bitter teases the tongue to dryness only to be again weaned toward the sweetness of the late hops. (4.5)
M2: Medium bodied with higher carb than preferred for the style. Dry. (3.5)
D: Good DIPA. Worth at least one try. Well balanced, which I don't think DIPA's usually are. (3)
O2: I'm less impressed with this than I was a year ago. A little too sweet for the style. I find their imperial red more hoppy than this. (3)

Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Troy for only my second Idaho beer. How did you get this?

Poured orange with a finger of white head. Some lacing spots. Earthy, spicy citrus nose with a touch of vanilla. Peppery flavour with grapefruit pith, pine and earth. Nice balance and not overly bitter for the style. Drying, hefty mouthfeel works well.

Not something that will make you sit up and take notice, but highly drinkable and well-made.

Photo of 7ways
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a subdued orange with a nice thick head. It retains enough lace to still be considered lace. A little dark and hazy for my taste.

Crystal malt + citrusy hops = awesome baked and fruity aroma, kind of like those orange Christmas cookies, the butter cookies with the orange globs on top. Earth, sawdust, and fresh leaves in the background. No pine here.

This does not taste nearly as complex as it smells. Too bad, but it's still pretty good. Notes of vanilla, honey, and orange hit the tongue first. The center is too balanced for a DIPA, and I'm OK with that, dammit. It's a nice friendly balance. But the finish is just slight grapefruit bitterness that just kind of peters out.

The body is rich and almost creamy, and very coating like a tannic wine. The carbonation is fairly low, but it works well with the flavors; there is nothing scathing that needs to be lifted with strong effervescence.

Good show.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of philbertk
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grand Teton Lost Continent Double IPA 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 4-Pack purchased @ Colorado Springs, Colorado Colorados Liquor Mart for $9.99 11/ 24/2010. Sampled 11/25/2010. 8.0% ABV. 90 IBU's. Light lace light white head. Hazed bright rich orange gold color. Rich big floral malt hop aromatic sweet fruit ester front. Sweet malty piney rich caramel flower hop fruit infused body.Mild hot EtOH fruit ester hop spice sipping end. A touch too sweet with fruit caramel body topping refreshing hops. (3.25 / 5.0)

Photo of Another6Pack
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First BA review after trying over 100 different IPA/DIPAs. Time to get in the game and contribute.

A: copper-orange with thin head and clinging lacing

S: very slight citrus/hop nose - much less so compared to other doubles

T: not the hop-bomb I was expecting. Strangely tart, which is not a bad thing. Slightly spicy hit at the end that does not last long. Something is up with my palate or this is truly a unique double

M: warm and well-rounded

D: excellent. The first 16 oz went down easily during the ten minutes it took me to complete this review. Could be a problem for me considering the ABV :)

Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.