Lost Continent Double IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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 yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of gbpackers84ale
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of flannelman808
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle from a trade with mjl21 aka Mike...thanks for everything!

A- Poured a very hazy dark amber color. Half finger off white head that left good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Slight bready malts. Big bitter piney hops aroma with lighter citrus undertones in the back. Can smell the alcohol pretty good in this one.

T- Malty undertones come through midway with a slight sweet bready bitter hop upfront in this. Alcohol is present but put at bay with all the bitter hops in this.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation which helps it glide over the palate. Leaves a oil hop resin on the tounge and a little on the teeth. Malty aftertaste.

D- A very nice bitter DIPA. I have other choices over this but if given to me I would gladly drink another one.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this from Northridge in Laramie, on sale for $6.

A: Cloudy copper, about half an inch worth of cream colored head, sticky gobs of lacing, nice looking beer minus the big chunks of sediment in the bottom, quite noticeable and very out of place for the style, but still a good looking beer.

S: Grapefruit and lots of it, big punch of citrus to the nose, grapefruit rind really stands out the most, hops are dominant and cover up what little caramel malt is there. Smells very nice.

T: Thick caramel, bitter hops, tons of citrus and a ridiculously huge malt backbone. Nice roasted malt presence, slight bit of alcohol in the end. Really huge flavors. Bitterness really lingers on the tongue. Tasty beer. Much better than the Sweetgrass XX.

M: Thick, this is probably the thickest DIPA I've ever had, almost chewy to a certain extent! Very nice carbonation, very light. Definite alcohol warmth in the gullet. Nice.

D: Easy drinking beer for the alcohol and amount of hops. I could venture to drink three or four of these on the weekend, which isn't something many DIPAs have going for them. Really a nice beer, minus the chunks of yeast in the bottom, maybe this one could have sit a little longer before they released it. Highly recommended.

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

Really cool packaging but looks a bit like our local brewer Schlafly's new IPA packaging. Nice amber color. Big aromas coming from this one. Lots of citrus and maybe grape? The taste was what you would expect from a double IPA, plus there was a spiciness to it. It was just a tick sweeter than I like but a good beer.

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

I love it when DIPA's clock in around more drinkable ABV's like 8%, thank you Grand Teton. Poured into a wine glass, the beer appears a hazy amber with a tall white head and lacing. The beers smells like a orange and grapefruit perfume with a resiny undertone. The flavor is a mix of smooth a sharp citrus flavors with a touch of apricot, pepper, and white grape to round out the for bitter flavors. The bitterness never gets too rough and just provides a nice gentle kick to your tongue. Very drinkable and tasty. I call this a very good DIPA. Give it a try.

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

Bought a bottle of this from Ledgers in Berkeley to have later that night. Bought chilled as a single. I poured the 12 oz bottle into my hotel room glass. Poured a slightly hazy dark golden with a decent sized, grainy head and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt and orange citrus. The taste is similar- which means its a bit too sweet and treacly for a double IPA for my taste. I need a punch of hops here, and I'm not getting it here. A bit sticky in the mouth as well. Overall I think this one is too sweet and lacks the hops for balance.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was really not impressed with this one, just a mediocre I.P.A.

The appearance was good, it had a nice light golden color that looked like it had some oily hops in the mix. The bottle is designed really cool, excellent graphic design.

The smell was good also, had a dry hop smell mixed with a crisp earthy smell as well.

The taste was disappointing. It had no crazy flavors that made my mouth jingle jangle. It was bland, at best. I could taste a stale hop taste and just overall underwhelming ingredient mix. Something needs to stand out.

The mouthfeel was dry and stale, although it had been bottled only four and a half weeks ago. Weird.

Too bad.


Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

12oz. Bottle
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet on the lips, malty, very nice hop notes, citrus, and slight pine notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one surprised the shit out of me, very tasty. Thanks Bill.

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a 1/4 inch yellowish head and nice sticky lacing. Smells of strong grapefruits, alcohol and sweet, sweet malts. Flavor very nice, grapefruit and lemons on a good sweet malt base with strong but appropriate alcohol coming through. A double IPA that features the hop flavor in a high alcohol beer, rather than just going for extreme bitterness. Full bodied and not quite syrupy (though close). Drinks well, i enjoyed each of the 4 bottles entirely.

Photo of Buebie
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Arbitrator for this extra.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date, but it does have a classy gold tin wrapped neck.
The pour produces a 1'' tan head, leaving behind a colar of retention and lace rings all the way down. The beer is a hazy and unfiltered, a welcome sight. Golden copper with some darker orange color.

Aroma is very malt forward with plenty of rind and grapefruit also a bit of pine. Moslty the rind hop aromas though. Its subtle in aroma, not much sweetness, but overall good.

Taste upfront is stinging with hops, super good hop flsvors here.
Oranges and cereal grains with alot of malt upfront. Sweet caramel, buttery dough, mmmm yeast is providing some terrific flavor.
Hops bittering a bit more into the swallow with more of a bitter rind grapefruit flavor coming through. At the swallow pine and grapefruit spoon eachother and bitter the through the finish. To add too the melon flavors there is some cantelope in there as well.
Melon galore!
The lingering flavors after the swallow are sweet cantelope, folowed by bitter grapefruit and rind flavors. Long lingering are the hops.
This is well balanced with malt though, keeping each taste in check.

Mouthfeel is slick and pretty thick and full bodied with a bit of slickness to it. Its not slimey, but it is thick and I like it.
Carbonation ubundance up front, slowly backing down to the thicker slick feel of oats and flaked barley.
This is truley an interesting beer. I have not had a double that feels like this before. The taste is great, the aroma is ok, could be a little more aromatic. But overall, one fine brew.
No warming and super drinakable, if you can appreciate the bitterness of the style.

Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.