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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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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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:
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 RedBrewer83


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass...

A: Hazy golden yellow hue with hints of amber in the light. Head is very creamy with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice nose, well rounded with lots of pine and citrus and toasted caramel malt in the background. Not super complex but nice.

T: Very malty as expected from a double, but would have liked more hop to crisp things up...that said it is pretty good. Starts off with a citrus caramel flavor that has a decent amount of bready yeast as well. Pine hop notes kick in the finish and then the malt comes back heavy and leaves you wishing for more hops....

M: Heavy medium body with a faint amount of carbonation...needs a little more carbonation and hop to crisp things up and make it a little more refreshing.

D: As stated, needs more hop and carbonation to make it more smooth and drinkable...decent though for 8^, the abv goes unnoticed.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:58:15 | More by RedBrewer83
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:47:18 | More by emerge077
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Snifter, poured on-tap

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange beer with a really impressive cream colored cap with great retention

Smell: Tons of bright piney goodness, with a touch of grapefruit in the background....just a hint of toasty caramel malt in the very back

Taste: More balanced than expected...there's lots of piney hop character, with some sweet candied citrus as well...there's a heavy hit of sweet candy-caramel to balance out the hops however. There's a medium juicy bitterness on the finish. This is not nearly as crazy as I thought it would be; indeed, it's quite tame for a IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv/style

Conclusion: This was not a bad beer by any means, and was one of the more balanced IIPAs I've ever had...I think that was my problem with it. It was almost too balanced; I love my IPA's to be nicely balanced; IIPAs should (IMO) kind of be a sucker punch to the gut. This one just didn't do it for me. Perhaps this would be a good introduction/way to ease into the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 03:43:30 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of drpimento


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured wth a big, off white, foamy, frothy, soap bubble head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is of course hoppy, Fresh qualities in the nose too. Flavor is bigger with some of grapefruit qualities that personally, I'm not too big on. Body is quite good and so is carbonation. The piquant grapefruit thing is overdominant for me, but technically very well done. Finish is the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:19:52 | More by drpimento
Photo of ArrogantB


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a four pack for $9 which seemed like a good price...Bright orange color with lots of lace and a foamy head. It smells syrupy, some hops, uh....It tastes like its got a lot of hops but it is also very syrup-like and the mouthfeel is astringent. Maybe I have been spoiled by having access to Pliny and I'm biased but this was a very average double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:05:46 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of GarrisWH


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with an off-white, creamy looking head. The head is a bit short, but retains a decent enough cap, and leaves substantial lacing behind.

S - Caramel malt hits the nose first, leading into some nice tropical fruit aromas. Piney, citric, slightly floral hoppiness then makes an appearance. A fairly sweet aroma, but balanced enough with the ample hops coming through.

T - A very sweet caramel malt hits the tongue first, and carries through. Some nice hop flavors do come through, with a grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine quality. Decent bitterness in the finish, with ample sweetness matching it and carrying into the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too sugary sweet overall, still tasty enough though.

M - Medium-full bodied with a fairly rich mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that doesn't make it seem any lighter. A fairly hefty brew.

D - Definitely not a prime example of a DIPA, but a pretty decent brew nonetheless. It is very sweet and sugary, which detracts a bit from the drinkability for me personally. One is a nice treat though, and I wouldn't turn this one down if offered again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 09:13:01 | More by GarrisWH
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4-pack today at Ray's in Paradise, CA

Nice looking beer with a confident head. Don't mind a hazy beer but this has some big chunks of trub floating around, so I'd clean that up a bit. At the bottom of the bottle resides some serious chunk-age so I'd avoid that all together.

Floral hoppy nose with lots of white grapefruit juice and pine. Can also detect a carmel malt base as well.

Flavors come together nicely. Great pungent hop flavors with aroma that goes right up your nose. Can't see much carmel malt but I can taste it. It's a big beer but everything is well balanced. Malts add lots of sweetness but the hop bitterness keeps it at bay. Like wonderbread with hop jelly.

Lightly carbed, with a touch of notble viscosity, that otherwise goes down like a refreshing IPA.

Good drinkability. Enjoyable and well-crafted. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:26:34 | More by rayjay
Photo of pwoods


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

Thanks to tedpeer for the extra.

12oz. foil topped brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rich orangish firey amber. Good head on the pour with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Pretty balanced overall. Plenty of piny, resinous hops with sharp citrus. Sweet, thick, rich malts to balance but they don't seem overdone.

T/M: Bitterness is there but I think it's a little on the weak side. More of the hops, again, piny, resinous, with plenty of citrus bite. Malts are sweet and biscuity. Rich but not too heavy. Body is medium full but not heavy or syrupy and it has pretty good carbonation.

D: Lower ABV for a DIPA and drinks easy enough. Bitterness is a bit weak and nothing really stands out and shines, but a solid DIPA nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 06:59:03 | More by pwoods
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Lost Continent Double poured a light orange yellowish color with a 1/2 inch foam head and some residual head that dissipated quickly with big bubbles.

The aroma was citrusy and fruity. The taste was a little un-balanced due to the fact that it was sweeter than I would like. The hop bitterness seems to be lost on this one. In the mouth it felt a little cloying and 8 percent makes itself known on the back end. Overall I wasn't overly impressed with this double.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:20:09 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of woemad


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

12oz foil-wrapped bottle. No freshness date. Purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.99.

Poured a hazy amber-orange color. Modest, beige head that didn't amount to much but never completely disappeared. Occaisional, spotty lace.

Citrus hops in the nose, along with a surprising amount of malt. I think this is one of those DIPAs that take a booze-bomb approach.

A little more balanced that the nose led me to believe it would be, it was nevertheless what I expected in character. Citrus hops are up front, along with a more restrained, earthy maltiness and a big warming alcohol sensation that seemed beyond 8%.

Medium bodied, with a fairly oily mouthfeel. Pretty much what I've come to expect for the style.

A decent DIPA that took the edge off the excercise in furstration-management that is my current job. It's by no means my favorite of the style, being a bit too boozy and malty for my taste, but not bad for the price, which was pretty reasonable considering what a DIPA goes for these days.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:03:18 | More by woemad
Photo of ffejherb


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 10/8/09.

A - Poured a hazy, gritty-looking orange color with lots of yeast chunks suspended throughout the body. Almost reminds me of an orange Slush Puppy. A finger's worth of bubbly off-white quickly diminished to a flimsy veil and left a few thin strands of lace around the glass.

S - Equal parts sweet caramel malt, citrusy hops and booze convene together in the initial aroma. An underlying spicy yeast character counters the sweetness a bit, but the nose is quite sweet and citrusy overall.

T - Initial flavor is sweet and malty with quite a bit of citrusy hop character and a hint of piney, resiny bitterness in the background. A hint of toasted grains appear in the finish to complement the thick, syrupy caramel malt character and citrus hop presence. The alcohol notes became more and more apparent as the liquid approached room temperature.

M - Medium to full bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. There's also quite a bit of alcohol warmth on the palate. Finish is semi-dry with lingering bitterness and a dose of residual sweetness left behind on the back of the tongue.

D - Lost Continent is a decent DIPA overall. Alcohol presence is a bit beefy, especially for an 8% brew. The hops don't really jump out to me. Sure there's bitterness, but the flavor misses the mark just a little.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:30:01 | More by ffejherb
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 14:17:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Hazy, almost opaque copper-amber brew, topped with a dense, off-white-orange foam. Head sustained nicely and produced a thick lacing as it receded slowly down to a bubble collar.

S-Resinous hops. Toffee-toasty-sweet maltiness.

T-Resinous hops, as in the aroma, with a slight citrus character shining on, leading to a biscuity-sweet malt presence. As the firm, but easy, hop bitterness comes to balance the large malts, the resin-citrus hoppiness re-enters the picture, which lingers into the end.

M-Moderate carbonation, more than in a typical DIPA, but still fitting for this brew. Body is moderate, oily-slick feel.

D-Prety drinkable, and surprisingly easy for an 8% DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 20:46:05 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of jeffjeff1


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

Very good, very hoppy

Appearance- honey color, light head, clear

Smell- Hops, hops and more hops

Taste- Hops, very strong and hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, excellent

Drinkability- very good, very hoppy, will drink it again, love hops, so extremely hoppy i love it

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 18:31:07 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of TheFlern


4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark honey color with a nice 3/4 inch tan head that lingers for a minute or two but stays long enough to provide excellent lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, hops, and a few more hops. Lots of floral and citrus nots go along with these hops. A very true hop smell.

Taste: Hop heaven, this is my new favorite tasting beer. The hops are sweet, juicy, and spicey. This is a great combo of hops and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Waxy and great!

Drinkability: The only downfall is that they only sell 4 packs of this stuff. I would prefer this over Hop Stoopid or Ruination for a hop head fix!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 22:07:13 | More by TheFlern
Photo of KarlHungus


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a n inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma rotten grapefruit and orange with a vaint hint of pine. The taste is much the same, and even leans toward the sweet side of things. It isn't a bad taste my any means, however, it doesn't cry out for me to like it. It is simply average, or maybe the smallest bit better than average. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an alright DIPA. I guess I could drink it again without complaints.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 21:53:19 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of colts9016


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A double white finger head that is foamy and billowy. The body of the beer is a medium gold color with copper. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice rich hop aroma with grapefruit and a floral bouquet. The malt gives the beer a good background for the beer.

Taste: A medium malt backbone bone with lack luster floral bouquet and grapefruit.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and astringent. The body of the beer is medium thick. This beer sure lacks a lot in the DIPA department. It is just okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 06:14:35 | More by colts9016
Photo of supercolter


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

A very acceptible DIPA. Appearance is a deep copper complimented by a small head and oily lacing. Smell is good- albeit faint for a DIPA, light hops and sweet malt with a bit of pepper and lemon. Taste is similar but with a bit more strength, I pick up slight alcohol here as well. Mouthfeel is deep and oily with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 04:25:37 | More by supercolter
Photo of rowew


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. nice label with a compass rose, ruined by tacky looking foil on the neck. No date information, but the ABV is marked.

Appearance: Bright orange, a bit of sediment in the bottle, but I left it. Nice off white head, good retention.

Smell: Malty sweetness, with a bit of peppery spice. As it warms a bit more flowery hops come through, but the dominate smell is definitely malt.

Taste: Wow, not much hops here - this is a nice malty beer with just some subtle hops in there. not what I was expecting from a DIPA, but still tasty. Gets a bit too sticky sweet as I finish it.

Overall impression: A bit syrupy, but still some nice flavors. I can't say this is overly drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 20:50:22 | More by rowew
Photo of wspscott


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

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper/orange color, almost no head or lace.
S: Very citrusy hops, some sugary sweetness, maybe a little honey.
T: Citrus hops, I would guess centennial and chinook given the high bitterness level. Lots of caramel sweetness.
M: Oily hops, syrupy sugar, low level of carbonation all combine to make a "thick" beer.
D: Not a bad DIPA, but seems unbalanced even for the style. A little more attenuation and carbonation would have made this go down much better. Certainly worth trying, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:10:24 | More by wspscott
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 20:41:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Hazy copper orange body with a few bits of debris in suspension. Finger of creamy, dense, light beige head. Good lacing. Candied fruits, marmalade, tropical fruits, toffee, and citrus hops on the nose. Citrus hop bitterness up front. Toffee and fruit malt sweetness follows. Quite tropical, with some pineapple and kiwi. Herbal, resinous, and piny hop bitterness takes over. Orange marmalade in the finish. Slightly warming. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. I can tell that this bottle is not that fresh, but the hop presence is still considerable. Unfortunately, since their is not freshness date on the bottle I can't tell for sure. Regardless, this is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:53:23 | More by alexgash
Photo of KeefD


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

Hazy orange color, with a small white head and a ton of carbonation bubbles. This worries me a bit as lots of carbonation bubble sometimes means infection. Nice hoppy aroma, a bit of citrus and a touch of pine. Some sweet malt can be picked up on the back end of the nose. Flavor is very well balanced. Fears of infection have subsided, as there's not hint of it anywhere. Maybe it just has lots of carbonation!? There's a definite sweetness in the taste, almost like a brown sugar sweetness and some toasty malts, but it's very well balanced by a nice bitterness - a clean bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the palate, some orange citrus and pine are around again. This beer is just very well-balanced, tastes much like many Midwest and East Coast DIPAs, which I actually prefer over the Cali versions. This a great, drinkable DIPA, enjoyed at around cellar temp. Thanks much to SparklePants for hooking me up with a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:33:46 | More by KeefD
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours to a slight head that quickly dissipated. The hops lead the aroma with a slight grassy note. It has a sharp hit to the tip of the tongue and the hoppy citrusy flavor sits in the back of the mouth. The sharpness seemed to overtake the mouth and remained. It definitely had a kick to it and I wouldn't want to drink more than two in a sitting. However this was my first beer from Grand Teton, and it has lead me to try more.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:41:21 | More by dislogik
Photo of seanthornton152


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Belmont Station. 12 oz bottle, poured into 3 Schteng snifter.

Golden body, 1 thumb head, nice lacing

Aroma is piney, orange peel, classic hop citrus.

Big push of sweet malts, grapefruit, dry finish

Very thick! Sweet and sticky, low carbonation.

I bit too sweet and thick, otherwise the hops are on point.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 05:01:38 | More by seanthornton152
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.