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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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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
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 Wheelinb


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

07-04-2009 14:46:48 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

07-01-2009 00:42:00 | More by tempest
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

06-30-2009 02:35:50 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Jmoore50


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.


06-29-2009 23:50:51 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-27-2009 20:33:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of aforbes10


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

06-23-2009 00:16:30 | More by aforbes10
Photo of Buebie


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

06-19-2009 22:46:40 | More by Buebie
Photo of shadow1961


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Grand Teton Lost Continent Double IPA pours a couple fingers of sticky foam over a cloudy peach colored brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is pine and citrus rind. Rich sweet malt, with honey and floral notes are balanced by restrained West coast hops echoing the pine and citrus of the nose. Mouthfeel is full and rich- the 8% alcohol by volume is under control at all times only felt as a bit of warming. Things dry out a bit with a lingering grassy/herbal aftertaste. This is a really good IPA- not an overblown hop bomb by any means. I would actually recommend this and their Sweetgrass IPA to people just starting to explore IPAs.

06-19-2009 22:45:40 | More by shadow1961
Photo of GClarkage


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

06/18/09- Purcahsed at Mollie Stones in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a 2009 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Lightly clouded rust orange pour. About a full inch head on the pour which settles at a light rim. Some light lines and spots of lace remain.

Smell- Pine, grapefruit and sweet orange hops with a lightly toasted caramel malt backing.

Taste- Super balanced DIPA. Maybe just a touch more caramel malt. Orange flavor sweet juicy hops play nicely with the malt. Nice and sugary, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel- Spot on carbonation level...a bit lower than medium with a nice bitter grapefruit pith flavor.

Drinkability- I'll be getting more of these in the future. Quite a nice DIPA.

06-19-2009 03:49:51 | More by GClarkage
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz picked up today at the COOP.. I've had this one at least 4 times now with buddies.. everytime they are impressed.... I'm skeptical :-) poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Easy 2 finger head.. great lacing.. honey gold brew.. very sticky..

Aroma is nose hair coating citrus hops.. sorta dry but enough pale malts are there to help balance.. but yeah.. it is hop centric.. and I like it.

Big body out of the gate.. thick for sure.. tons of grapefruit hoppiness with a more than enough malt.. piney hoppiness and a surprising amount of fruity hoppiness mid palate combines with grainy slightly sweet pale malts.. very rich.. with a finish that sorta drops off quickly.. the fruity hops linger for a bit.. but not nearly as long as I would expect for a brew of this thickness..

Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty nice DIPA right now... I prefer a little drier take on the style.. but this is a good beer..

I had a bottle of the 20th DIPA a week or two ago... and this brew blows it out of the water... classy DIPA.. but I personally think it could use a little bit less body and malty sweetness in the palate.. I would like to see a more dry beer combined with an amping up of the fruity hops.. decent.. but I know they can do better.

cough... cough.. cough.. lower the mash temp... cough cough.


06-17-2009 08:28:18 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of kaseydad


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nice label with the sea monster floating around the the hop in the middle of the label as a nice touch. Cool dealio.

Pours a nice bronze, apricot color with a massive head that stays throughout. Pretty murkey pour amd tons of lacing on the glass.

Major grapefruit hoppiness abounds. If you don't like grapefruit...need not apply. There is a big malty backbone which makes the bitterness subdued on the swallow. The tastebuds do hold in the bitterness though.

Creamy mouthfeel with minimal bite.

At 8% this is a very drinkable DIPA beer with consumption of multiples very easily attained.

This is my first Grand Teton beer and I am very impressed with their effort. Not the greatest Double/Imperial, but definitely recommended.

06-14-2009 19:03:17 | More by kaseydad
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

12oz. brown bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malt. This beer is a little on the sweet side. Fairly full bodied on the verge of being syrupy. Good amount of hop bitterness that really shows in a drying finish. Alcohol is not evident. Seems a little under attenuated.

06-14-2009 00:02:48 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of MisterClean


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Purchased at Bottle Barn Santa Rosa I believe.

A - Pours a brilliant copper, with 2 fingers of orange-white head. Fades slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Pine, citrus, honey, and caramel.

T - Pine, citrus, honey, and light alcohol. This may not have fully attenuated. There is a slight bit of clumpy warmness.

M - Very full body and filling. Not hop dominated as one would expect from a double iPA.

T - Good, but may not have fully attenuated and would have liked to seen more hop domination.

06-12-2009 05:14:26 | More by MisterClean
Photo of mdwalsh


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

A: A very thin, poorly formed head over a very orange beer. Decent lacing, and only minimal active carbonation. A little hazy but translucent.

S: Citrusy hops, predominantly orange smelling dominate. No malt, but now someone is grilling outside and that's all I can smell so that's where I'll leave it, but it seemed to....I don't know...rich or something

A: I'm pretty sure this beer was dry hopped, because it does taste like I stuck some hops in my mouth. So it does do that. I give it points for that, but that isn't the best thing when considering you want to bring drinkers to your style maybe. It's strong, and pretty ideal for a hop head I guess. There is the slightest malty sweetness, but this is just strong, not great.

M: Dry, bitter, not pleasant unless you really like the taste

D: Ok, it would take just the right setting though to do it again.

06-11-2009 20:21:24 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of russpowell


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Got this courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!!

Pours a Semi-hazed orange/caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Leafy & rindy hops, loads of orange & pineapple as this warms

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, dryness & pine up front. A dance between tropical fruit ( plenty of dates& figs ), leafy hops continues as this warms, plus much dryness. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness & lemons; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation; great balance, a bit of wetness too

Drinks a touch slow, mostly due to dryness & complexity. A nice DIPA that I wish I could have in my rotation

06-06-2009 04:06:18 | More by russpowell
Photo of Halcyondays


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow-orange with a solid rocky off-white head, good lacing.

S: Heavy pine and cedar, orange zest, with some volatile ethanol.

T: Floral with stone fruit initially. Tangerine and orange juice for sure in the mid-palate, with bitter melon and pine on the finish. Sweet for a DIPA.

M: Soft carbonation, prickly, smooth, long resinous aftertaste.

D: A solid effort, I could defintely go for another one.

06-05-2009 20:27:49 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of ReDave


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Cloudy Orange amber. Very brief white head that thins down quickly. Some lace.

Not too much aroma, but these have been sitting on the Bevmo self for awhile..

First sip, nice spicy hoppy flavor. Later on, some sweet cloying kicks in, some pine aftertaste.

this is a pretty good DIPA. I'd get this again.

06-04-2009 02:10:20 | More by ReDave
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head but boy was this a thick IIPA! Nose was big hops. Grapefruit, floral and alcohol. Taste is big citrus up front with piney notes, a nice bite on the end an a ABV thats prominent but not to much. Mouthfeel is chewy with big malts and big hops, toasted and caramel malts leave it thick and chewy. Tasty, easy drinking and given the price a very fine IIPA! Drink up.

06-01-2009 02:38:47 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of rmaste6282


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer surprised me by the look of it, it is a cloudy copper/amber color DIPA, with a lot of sediment, but it smells great. It smells of sweet molases, hops and toasty caramel malts. The taste is a bit syrupy, but has a nice hop flavor with with a nice compliment of malts.

I enjoy the sweetness of the malts here instead of the toasty malts of others. This is a good DIPA, I would recommend to other DIPA lovers.

05-30-2009 02:34:02 | More by rmaste6282
Photo of Arbitrator


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in Los Altos. Recommended by the beer buyer (Ramon).

A: Pours a cloudy amber with an orange radiance against the light. Has half a finger of off-white head that recedes into a few bubbles on the brew, with sparse lacing down the glass.

S: Very aromatic when warmed up. Lots of citrus and tart fruit. Some pine, grass, and caramel malt.

T: Has that West Coast citrus and pine punch. Develops into tropical orange, mango, and pineapple flavors with some resiny flavor -- but there is a strong caramel sweetness and biscuit malt that prevents this from blossoming into a hop bomb. I can't say that's a bad thing, exactly. A fairly balanced DIPA.

M: Medium bodied, but carbonation is on the low side.

D: This is actually good. Unfortunately, all DIPAs are compared against Pliny, Hop Stoopid, and HopSlam... This is a potential contender, but it needs some tweaks to get up there. I'm thankful it's bottle-dated, but it's only made once a year, which means I either nail the timing or skip it for another 12 months.

05-25-2009 08:54:05 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +4.4%

This just came into town so I picked up a 4 pack.

12oz gold foil wrapped bottle, it pours a very hazy orange with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is hoppy with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. I smell some grass as well but not much in the way of malt. Still, a pretty good nose.

The taste fooled me. Plenty of hops here with the grass and citrus and some sharp mango bitterness but there's a sharp sweetness as well that takes over the taste from time to time. Wow, is this different from what I'm used to in a Double IPA. Also, I'm getting some warming from the alcohol. This is a pretty "rough" brew and could use some taming...whether it could benefit from some aging will be something I'll try.

It's border line medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability? As is, 1 bottle is all I'd want at a sitting. No real big negatives about the taste other than it seems to me to be, like I said, rough. I'll have to revisit when it has some time in the cellar.

Edit, May 29, 2010. The cellar idea did not work out as the beer developed major flakes in it and the taste only got sweeter.

I got a bottle from the lastest batch, bottled March 15 or 18, 2010. Couldn't quite read the 5 or 8.

Only a slightly hazy brew this time with big and growing foam. Right from the first sip, actually first sniff,, I could tell it was different and much more to my liking. Much more flavourful hop aromas and tastes, nice grapefruit bitterness that packs a punch with a more subdued malt sweetness that *improves* the overall taste instead of detracting from it. Yeah, the tropical fruitiness is also still there and welcome. A MUCH better brew than it was.

The recipe change is worth a revisit from anyone who thought Lost Continent was a write off. I'm adjusting my scores accordingly.

05-23-2009 18:09:34 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of popery


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Relatively light color for a DIPA, a light, golden amber hue. Some lacing. Fairly standard look for a DIPA, which is a good thing, although it's a tad cloudier

S: Good orange-flavored hop scents dominate the aroma. There's a touch of pine resin in there, too, but it's more on the sweet citric end of the hop spectrum, almost verging into tangerine/pineapple country.

T: There's some good caramel malt to back up the hops, but it just doesn't have the punch of the top tier DIPAs. The beer tends to get a bit cloyingly sweet. It's still bitter, but the malt is boozy sweet and the hops are a bit one note after a little while. Then again, I like hops and DIPAs, and I am definitely still enjoying the beer. It's not a bad effort, but it could use some tweaking.

05-19-2009 06:55:31 | More by popery
Photo of anchordrinker


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

A- Pours a majestic hazy-amber with an orange glow. The one finger head shrinks rather quickly and then stays.

S- Sharp citrus and tart fruity aromas are present with sweet, sugary caramel malt in the background.

T- Sharp tropical fruity notes up front fade to a caramel malt sweet, and towards the end a pleasing bitterness. I can taste a bit more booze than I would like, other DIPA's with even higher ABVs mask it better.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, with relatively low carbonation.

D- The drinkability suffers from the overly-boozy flavors present. I wouldn't want more than one.

05-18-2009 20:44:36 | More by anchordrinker
Photo of illidurit


3.6/5  rDev -6%

Dark hazy orange-goldenrod with a small light tan head. Retention is okay, some wet lacing. Aroma is strongly hoppy, with juicy tropical citrus (passionfruit?) and a solid resinous character. Flavor is pineapple hops with a big dose of caramel malt that washes into a slightly boozy, slightly acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full with good carbonation and some astringency and boozy dryness. A bit flawed but a decent beer overall.

05-18-2009 07:48:14 | More by illidurit
Photo of gubbt


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy orange with a small creamy head that leaves sticky lacing.

Great aromas of mostly citrus zest side by side with sweet caramel. Slight alcohol and some earthiness on deeper whifs. Very aromatic.

Starts off with lots of juicy, citrusy hop flavor. Finish is bitter, but a little rough and shows more alcohol than I like. Feels more like a 9.5-10% abv rather than the 8% on the label.

Good creamy light side of heavy.

It's a nice double IPA but the drinkability suffers a little bit due to the finish. I'm surprised how much the alcohol shows considering it's only 8%. Probably not one I'll return to anytime too soon, but worth a shot.

05-18-2009 01:31:04 | More by gubbt
Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.