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Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 223
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 :)

Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that is capped and covered in gold foil. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no best by date, but im pretty sure this is fresh because i picked it up (for $8.99) the day that it landed at my local store.

A- this one pours out a murky but bright golden orange colored body with a solid finger of bright white head on top. the head takes its time receding, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are all the hops in this one. definitely west coast style. tons of grapefruit and orange zest. theres a little bit of pine and possibly mango as well. theres some sweet caramel malts wafting from my glass at the end.

T- the caramel malts i could smell come through and give this a sweeter than expected start to this one. i also pick up some toasted bread. after that come the hops. lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pine. this is fruitier than i was expecting with lots of orange zest. somewhat floral as well. the alcohol is very well hidden.

M- medium bodied with a nice lower level of carbonation. this is also kind of palate coating. little to no trace of the alcohol anywhere.

D- this is something i could drink again somewhat soon. i like the hop profile and the way that it mixes with the malts. the bottle looks nice and its somewhat affordable as well. this is my first beer from grand teton and its left me wanting to see what else they have.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, grapefruit citrus and orange rind. In the taste, grapefruit citrus with a malt balance, with a small hop bitterness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange rind in the aftertaste. Big grapefruity citrus and a bit sticky, but hides ABV and quite nice.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a caramel color with a whitish head that dissipates quickly while leaving a bit of lacing. Smell has some citrus and malts. Taste is malty with sweetness and citrus hops. Feels smooth with a medium body. Overall a nice and very drinkable IIPA.

Photo of codewarrior
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from a 4-pack, poured into a pint glass

Picked this 4-pack up on the recommendation of a beer-guy at Argonaut, and out of solidarity for my sad, sad friend who just moved to Idaho.

A: Deep Amber. Head dissipates quickly. Lacing is good.

S: Hops up front, caramel in the back.

T: Damp grass, not very hoppy, actually. Sweet and rich.

F: Fairly thick, actually.

D: Decent DIPA, improves as it opens up, and finishes strong.

Photo of PrimeCake
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drunk with a Thai Curry dish. Figured the intense hops of a double IPA would slice through the curry in a way that other beers might slog.

Pour -- Difficult to get much foam, and the foam dissipated rapidly. Somewhat hazy amber color -- pretty, but I would have preferred it clearer or darker. That said it's still nice.

Scent -- Floral in quite a wonderful way. It's unfortunate there isn't more foam because I think that the scent would be even stronger. Smells like it will be a bit sweet but in a very nice way.

Taste -- Wonderful bitterness, I really wasn't expecting that. The sweetness came through in a light caramel that just sits on top of the hops.

Mouthfeel -- The carbonation is really refreshing and complements the punch of the hops nicely.

Drinkability -- I think it definitely helped that I was eating a curry dish. Delicious beer but I don't think I could have more than one in a sitting.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was relieved when I saw others didn't see this as a perfect double IPA, I didn't want to be the only party pooper. Look this is a cool beer from a very cool place. Grand Teton Brewing is near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming although this particular sample was brewed in a larger production facility they added in Idaho. There's apparently quite a cult followng for their beers and this DIPA is something seasonal which their fans have driven them to make into a regular offering. And where I am in Boston it's a lucky find to even get to try this because I've only seen it at the fancy Cardullo's store in Harvard Square.

OK so, this was a good IPA, wouldn't have guessed DIPA. Poured a 1" cream head which dissipated rather quickly. Hazy raw sienna color. Strong hops but doesn't come across as DIPA too me. Their website talks about the specific hops they use and the massive quantities of them, could be true, but I've had regular IPAs just as hoppy as this one.

Oh, and by the way, the look of this is a bit too high on marketing. Glossy gold and shiny plasticized label with a compass over a fake continent map and lettering that looks like a Hollywood poster. Looks more like a gift shop souvenir than a beer.

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

bottle poured into tulip glass. 6/20/10 bottling date.

A - Hazy amber color with a finger high head which fades to a light film along with a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Juicy hops, citrus, pineapple, and a hint of malty sweetness.

T - Oily and juicy hops up front, along with grapefruit, pineapple, and other assorted fruits. A slight malt sweetness balances everything out, but still allows the piny and fruit hop profile to sing out brightly. Finishes bitter yet smooth with pleasant malty flavors.

M - Highly smooth, light carbonation, medium body.

D - Drinks incredibly easy, especially for the style. Alcohol is masked exceptionally.

Deliciously hoppy and sweet but not overboard in any direction. This is a midwest treasure right here, with balanced yet complex flavors. My only gripe is not being able to buy more.

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

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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint.

A: A fairly aggressive pour is required to form an inch of dense ecru head on top of a hazy orange-amber body. Good retention and plenty of lace. Nice.

S: Big, sweet citrus hops, caramel malts, and booze. Intense and style-appropriate, but not terribly complex or distinctive.

T: The hops, malt, and alcohol form a melange of flavor akin to that of a candied orange soaked in vodka. Awesome at first, but the finish is overly boozy for a relatively modest 8%. Still, a fun beer.

M: Sticky medium body with plenty of carbonation that starts sharp and becomes soft.

D: Way too boozy to be drinkable, even for a DIPA.

Notes: Decent beer, but doesn't hold a candle to tons of other DIPAs I've had. I'm very glad I tried it, but won't be looking for it in the future. The label was the best part.


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

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a nice and hazy tangerine color with a thin.5 inch head that is quite dense and has some hints of ivory. The head is quite sticky as it slowly recedes. The bubbles are all very small and there are sparse bigger ones around the head. It recedes slowly to a nice mat.

S - Aroma starts off with some slight grain but then is overtaken by a good flowery bouquet combined with some grassy notes. There is also some nice citrus peel and sweetness. The nose isnt as strong as expected. There is quite a nice malt aroma in this DIPA. Very nice.

T - Taste is very much a DIPA. Great malt strength and very strong and delicious hop. Starts with some great grain notes and slight caramel malt that quickly is overwhelmed by some nice grapefruit sweetness. The citrus character is just right and not too overwhelming. There is a slight pineapple flavor as well. Very good offering from Grand Teton. I also enjoy their bitch Creek ESB.

M & D - Nice medium body with goo crisp feel and a slight alcoholic warmth. Very refreshing and hoppy.

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

a rough pour produces a nice two-fingered off white head on top of an average looking clear reddish orange beer. the head retains and laces very well.

lots of wet hops in the aroma, with grapefruit and lemon rind out powering some grassy aromas. some malt can be detected as well and it seems sticky sweet.

the flavor is very fruity and of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some pineapple, guava, passion fruit or other tart tropical fruits. malt is there, but not too strong, but brings some bread and caramel sweetness. interesting hop profile is more tart than bitter, and is actually quite tasty and unique.

pretty lively carbonated (perhaps too much?), and a light/medium bodied brew with a bit of tart but sticky resin left on the tongue.

goes down rather well. Tart and tasty, with very little alcohol apparent. The flavor profile is rather different for the style, and though its not for me, its refreshing.

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of northaustin
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with half a finger of even off white head that has long retention and leaves stringy lacing.

smell: subdued pine hops. this one must have been sittin in the bottle for a sec because it smells like a shit ton of late addition hops that are slightly past their prime. it still smells great and i am imagining the pine bomb that it would be fresh.

taste: pretty much the same as the smell. most of the hops have faded and in the taste i am noticing alot of caramel malts.

mouthfeel: starts off oily but glides down and leaves nothing hangin around. very pleasant.

drinkability: try it fresh yo

Photo of Tballz420
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very big pillowy white head, tops off a somewhat hazy golden colored brew. Scen is sweet malt and floral hops. Light sweet malt front, dominated by bitter hops, pepper and other spices. A bit spicy from the warming alcohol as well. Medium bodied. Good brew

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

A - Slightly murky honey orange. Off white head leaves fast to ring. Some but not much cling lace.

S - Juicy citrus. Yum.

T - Citrus hops up front, malt in center, bittered well to balance at end.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Very drinkable. Solid beer.

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a small white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of candied grapefruit and pine hops.

Tastes of light caramel malts and plenty of hops. Some caramel sweetness is present with toasted notes. Hops have citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin notes that have a solid amount of bitterness. Some spicy notes also come through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying some imperial IPA on a lazy Sunday. The color of this beer is really stunning. Golden orange in color without too much clarity, and a few fingers of heading. Tropical fruit nose from the hops, mainly mango and pineapple, with some piny resins thrown in as well. Not as much fruit in the taste, more of an earthy character here. The hop and malt profile is well balanced, though the hops still end up shining, as they should. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and pretty damn easy to drink if you ask me. Definitely a complex DIPA that we have here from Grand Teton. Recommended.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy orange. About two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrus (grapefruit, slight lemon, orange, etc.), bitter hops, and some sweet caramel.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Slight bitterness up front followed by a heavy malt backbone. Oddly this then fades to some citrus overtones and ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite so. The 8% abv cannot be detected and it is a relatively easily quaffable. Don't think I will pick this up again, however.

Photo of LarryV
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass...reviewed from notes i came across

A - slightly hazy and a bold darker amber color, thick frothy cream colored lacing through most of the drink.

S - tropical and floral hops, pineapple, lots of melon, some citrus rind...heavily balanced by strong caramel malts. touch of alcohol heat.

T - very bitter hops without a whole lot of flavor...mostly pine and some light melon. malts are strong, almost too much. this one could use a little bit of grace as its all bold flavors fighting for attention.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is nice...goes own slick and oily. strong alcohol bite.

D - pretty good front to back, drinks a bit stronger than it is. hops dont mess around, yet it has some qualities of a heavily-malted East Coast IPA.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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