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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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 wspscott
3.83/5  rDev 0%

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.

wspscott, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

alexgash, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

KeefD, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of dislogik
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

dislogik, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of seanthornton152
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

seanthornton152, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is murky, orange amber color that shows a deeply hazy light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with caramelized malt notes and candied hop aromatics; seemingly aggressive crystal malt notes competes with and at times beats into submission the ample hop character found in the nose. Lots of stewed crystal malt aromas, caramel, toasted malt, and dirty sweet tea aromas sort of confuse the grapefruit, bergamot and candied pine hop notes that should be the focus of this aroma. The aroma makes this seem like a malt lovers attempt at making a Double IPA. While they actually used some hops in this, it is quite well obscured underneath all the malt. Probably one of the most "balanced" double IPAs I have ever had, too bad the malt character is a bit too dirty and the overall aroma just doesn't seem to ever come together harmoniously.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would have suggested and actually starts out with a clean hop character. Towards the finish the cloying crystal malt character provides muddy caramel notes and ample toasty malt character before a light for an IPA bitterness is able to kick in. The malt character never leaves the finish though and comes to make the palate forget the bitterness existed at all. Sticky caramelized orange zest flavors, stewed grapefruit and some sweetened pine needle flavors struggle through the murky malt character here. The body is actually the one part of this beer that is in line with a good example of a Double IPA, it is light enough to even be quaffable. The hop character provides a green, somewhat astringent, herbal, pine biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile; this makes a valiant attempt at cutting through the malt focus, but in the end isn't quite up to the task.

This beer actually doesn't have much in the way of process / fermentation flaws, so there will probably be quite a few consumers that will enjoy this. Having said that, I absolutely hated it and found it a complete waste of time. This is just a horrible example of an IPA for me though. The malt is huge here; this can actually be ok in a Double IPA, but then the brewer needs to ensure that they stuff an insane amount of hop character in the beer so that it thoroughly dominates the malt character. If you are afraid of hops & really like crystal malt then this might be your perfect example of a Double IPA.

Gueuzedude, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Dullish orangey gold color with a medium hazed glow to it. Small, slender capping of off-white foam slurps at the top briefly and firmly before shifting to a thin bubbled collar and a broken heavu skim. Great lacing abilities of holey sheets and lots of other spots and short globby strings.

Soupy mango and tropical fruit salad aroma wafts about lowly but presently with a nice heavy doughyness hinted with all sorts of tiny bits of citric spices. Peach and tangerine come to mind moslty.

Taste is a firmly calming display of deepened, raw, mushy, tropical fruityness of orange peels, mashed mango, peach, and bits of pineapple, and red grapefruit. A hint of toasty caramel and dark crackers swells underneath just before the finish really perks up with a heated hoppy glow of citrusy floral juices and zesty peels. Ends well with a moderate hoppy warmth that tells the tale of its 8% ABV and the complexity of hopping used to make it quite a tasty treat.

Body is close to full at first, very round, plush, and easy. It tends to drift off some as it then settles into the mid ranges allowing a tender soft fluff of hoppy girth flow right in; all the while warming the body and throat quickly as it builds a complex hoppy finish of warmth.

This Continent isn't lost at all...its found a home in the world of hops and it's a good one by Grand Teton Brewing. Ahhh...Makes me wish I were there at the base of one those gorgeous mountains cooking on a campfire and enjoying a few of these!

tavernjef, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%

Pours a murky, orange/light brown with lots of sediment and white/tan/orange-ish head that leaves residue all over. smells of sweet, citrusy, piney hops, with an overwhelming fruit characteristic reminiscent of strawberries. just fantastic smelling.

tastes largely of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. orange and tangerine seem to be present as well. purely fruit IPA. exceptional. this is like the fruit juice parents take to their kids for an after-soccer-game snack, only with alcohol and a nice bitter hop bite that lingers along with the sweetness of the fruit in the aftertaste. reminds me of the Dole pineapple juice that is so awesome. i could definitely drink this for a while.

mouthfeel is thick and chewy, lots of sediment. reminds me of high pulp orange juice. honestly, this is like a good mixed fruit juice in the morning with a bagel and eggs. perfectly carbonated and drinkable as all hell. highly recommended for summer consumption. a great ipa for anyone who loves fruit juice and hops.

overall a great DIPA. tastes and smells a lot like fresh hopslam, which makes me think that it would have a lot higher ratings if it had the same hype around it as does hopslam. this beer is waaay underrated in my opinion.

jdklks, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a hazy medium amber with light tan head. Nose has mixed tropical fruits and a light hop herbal quality. Palate offers plenty of mixed fruits again, with a pleasing sweet/sour taste, and a juicy hop finish. The aftertaste is very hop juicy as well.

yemenmocha, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from the foil-topped 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is an opaque deep orange, toppedy by a brief flourish of creamy white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Heavy aroma of syrupy sweet malt, grapefruity hops, and an underlying layer of booze.
Palate is fairly sweet up front, with a distinct peach character before the swallow. Malt and hops are fairly well-balanced, giving the beer a character not unlike a very strong ESB. The hoppy bitterness emerges on the finish, but a fairly sweet malt character lingers on the aftertaste.
Body is on the thick side, a little syrupy, but not out of line for the double IPA style. This is definitely a slow-sipper, but not over-the-top hoppy by any means. A strong ale that maintains balance, but those looking for a hop bomb should probably look elsewhere.

ElGordo, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev 0%

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

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

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

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

Kegatron, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of gbpackers84ale
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

this is my first review so go easy on me... this beer was nothing like an ipa not even close to a dipa at least in my mind .... i wanted hops to just jump all over me, instead i get a sweet fruity flavor with no earthy, piny bitterness, with a full mouth feel which i have never experienced before in an ipa (which i admittedly enjoyed after putting ipa out of my mind)... had a much more full/rich body then i'm used to wit an ipa... i hated the first few sips but after i changed my mind set away from an ipa it was actually extremely enjoyable... a great brew but i don't know where they get off calling it an dipa for supposedly being a 90 on the ibu very unsatisfactory but as an overall drink.... quite tasty... had founders red rye pa on the same night which is supposed to be only 70 compared to the 90 ibu`s which was far more bitter and to my expectations.... over all though a great beer.... just now what i expected from a dipa I WOULD DRINK THIS AGAIN WITH OUT A DOUBT... just wouldn't drink it on a hot summer day expecting a bitter sweetness from the hops.

gbpackers84ale, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

pours an enticing cloudy golden orange with creamy white head

rich aromas of resiny hops, pine, citrus, grass, and a slight herbaly notes and a slight biscuity edge

solid resin pine upfront with slight herbal notes, lemon, somewhat spicy hops on the finish, with dry pine resonating again. Solid yet hidden bready malt is there, but the hops really shine.

super smooth, medium body with the hops just dominating for the duration. the dry, piney/spicy sensation lingers long after swallowing and the hop flavors really mingle quite well.

an excellent IPA. It has everything I like and nothing I don't. A big sturdy hoppiness with resin upfront leads way to a plethora of flavor, depth, and complexity that just begs for sip after sip. The long finish is crisp, clean, and lingering with plenty of action. I wish I had another one.

bitterthebetter, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Whats up with the foiled top? Are they trying to market this as a special brew?

Pours a clear orange red, almost copper color. Small one finger beige head is produced, and has decent retention. A light carbonation fuels the head, and this brew displays impressive lacing.

Big floral hops in this one. Grapefruits and apricots come to mind, but there is a peach like character as well. Very pleasing to the nose. No hint of alcohol.

Floral and juicy hops pretty much dominate this one. Grapefruits and apricots, as well as other citrus tropical fruits. There is a significant malt backbone, possibly caramel malt. Great balance and a great tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. The bitterness level is very appropriate for this brew. Again, the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Very drinkable as well.

Overall, I thought this was a solid DIPA. I've had several other Grand Teton offerings, and this was by far the best. I don't think the foiled top is fooling anyone, though. Don't get me wrong, this is a great DIPA, but it doesn't hold a candle to the world class DIPA's that frequent this site.

Mistofminn, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper color. One and one quarter inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, sweet malt, toffee, and earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol up front, then strong hops, sweet malt comes through next, and slight citrus. Overall, a pretty darn good beer with strong alcohol flavors that blend nicely with the hops and malt.

Tone, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (some of the particles seem suspended in time) copper orange with a finger of sticky cream colored head. The bubbles look almost wispy and the head doesn't seem to want to go away. When it finally does start to go away, there is a great ring left around the top of the beer and there is actual lacing and I haven't even had a sip yet. Perfect!

Smell: Quite fruity and sticky right off the bat. Pineapple, citrus, and banana notes highlight the front end of the nose. A slight amount of bitterness, but the sweetness is the most striking feature of this DIPA.

Taste: Juniper hops bitterness. Whoa, that was unexpected. The malty character is unbelievable in this beer. I smelled sweetness, but I wasn't expecting quite this much. The pineapple/banana flavors don't really come through which was a slight disappointment, but the hops jumping to the forefront is a swell surprise. All in all, this is a rather nice tasting DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and sweet, this DIPA coats your tongue on its journey down. The malts linger on your tongue and remind you of hops of yore.

Drinkability: The 8% ABV is quite unnoticeable, and as yummy as this DIPA, that, potentially, is a very bad thing. This beer goes down so smoothly that you can't help but find yourself wandering to the fridge for another one.

COBeerBuff, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

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

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

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

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

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

mothman, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This a double IPA that leans sweeter than hoppier...a lot of tropical fruits (mangos, pinneaples, papaya) and also some caramel maltiness...

Body is hefty enough....reminds me a little of Dogfish Head 90....enjoyable drinking beer I would drink again but not headed for the Mount Rushmore of DIPA's

ZAP, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +7%

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

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

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

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

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

zeff80, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tedpeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Pours golden/orange with sediment. Huge almost white head that settled to a quarter inch. Lacing.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit.

T - Very balanced taste. Sweetness from malts, tropical fruit and citrus from the hops. Slightly bitter finish with some alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, nich carbonation.

D - Pretty balanced.

tedpeer, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Only looks ok...This beer does not pour with much head and has little or no head retention. Large bubbles and Im thinking not very much carbonation in general.

smell: This beer does not have an overpowering aroma, but i do get a good amount of Bread, and sweet ripened fruit. It makes me think of sugar cane as well, a sort of raw sweet characteristic is definitely present.

Taste: I can taste caramel malts and ripe fruit. But the predominant flavor here is of hops. Nice strong bitter hops. Nicely balanced however. The finishing flavor is sticky and tangy, and not overly bitter. This isn't a bad brew, worth a try but I wish there was more effervescence .

Moutheel: There is a sticky hoppy sugary ending to this beer. Not very much carbonation upfront unfortunately.

Drinkability: the 8% abv is well masked and as such this beer is rather drinkable. A bit on the sweet side So i wouldn't have too many, But very drinkable all the same.

flannelman808, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into snifter from bottle. Hazy orange with lots of sediment, which was somewhat unattractive. Good head and retention, some lacing. Smell is strong of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Really no hop smell that I could tell. It wasnt a bad smell, just not what I expected. Taste was about the same. Sweet malt with a strong citrusy fruit presence. Like a tropical fruit salad turned into beer. Not bitter at all. Mouthfeel was full and fine, very smooth. Overall a easy drinker and the ABV is well hidden. Just not as bitter as I would have liked.

bunnyhustle, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

poured into a pint glass, beer is very nice looking - slightly opaque orange gold with very effervescent carbo but there is one problem, waaaay too much solid yeast all over the place, obviously us beer geeks like a little yeast sediment but this was floating all over the place and 10x too much for a non Belgian style

Smell is the best part, roasted malts, strong vanilla and nuts, not much citrus and no pine - a lot like 90 minute

Taste is solid but not as nice as the smell...very rich though sweet and makyy with a nice hop bitterness and alcohol on re finish with a good, long lastin mouthfeel

An interesting, east coast styled iipa

benclimbs, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Hazed copper body with a small khaki head. Lacing is sporadic. The aroma is tempered compared to some of the big boys, but this does have a nice little complex hop aroma if you dig deep enough (sniff long enough that it). This beer doesn't have the big bitterness and huge malt/hop properties usually associated with DIPAs, but this is very sound flavorwise with hop attributed tropical fruit nuances galore. Mango and pineapple and tangerine to name a few. This is quite tasty. Nice caramel malt base. Think of grilled pineapple and you'll be getting the picture. The body is medium. The carbonation moderate. A nice refined DIPA for a change.

Bighuge, Jul 08, 2009
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.