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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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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: illidurit on 05-09-2009

Grand Teton’s Double IPA was born in our renowned Cellar Reserve program. Fans of our Double IPA and XX Sweetgrass demanded we brew the style on a regular basis. In response, we created Lost Continent in 2009 and updated it for 2010. This year's version is brewed with well over three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel of “dry hops” in two additions during conditioning. A revised fermentation program has produced a more traditional Double IPA flavor profile--drier, less malty, more hoppy.

We use only American Pacific Northwest hops. Galena hops are added early in the boil for smooth, balanced bitterness. We add Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo later in the boil for flavor, and Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe in the whirlpool for aroma.

For even more aroma, we dry-hop with Summit, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops in the conditioning tank, and dry-hop again right before bottling with whole-flower Cascade hops. The result is fruity, floral and complex, with notews of tangerine zest and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German CaraHell and Vienna malts give this ale its lovely pale copper hue, with flavors of orange marmalade and dried apricots, supported by a strong backbone of hoppy bitterness.

90+ IBU
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Reviews: 224 | Hads: 451
Photo of BeatBama
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 51 degrees F

Pours a nice 1/2" head with hint of orange color in the pint glass, a slight bit cloudy. Lacing was good as I consumed.

Aroma was fruity, I detect orange more than any other fruit. Good hop aroma and not overpowering hops in the finish.

Alcohol taste was more present than I would have liked for a 8% beer.

Overall, I will enjoy the other three in this 4-pack, and it is a good Double IPA.

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

Tasty and intense.

Pours a brilliant, slightly cloudy orange with a sticky lacing, like a foamy marmalade. The aroma is sweet and hoppy, with orange and lemon. The flavor is like an intense orange marmalade, with a citrusy finish and a zesty bitterness over a musky, booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

Refreshing in an era when Double IPAs can be a punishing experience.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruddy brown with moderate carbonation. The rich, light oatmeal head is slight, but tight. Though it mostly dissipates quickly, what's left cements itself to the glass from the top of the glass to the bottom. Definitely an attractive brew.

Aroma: Boasts a fragrant, estery profile of ripe apricot with mild grassy notes and a hint of bread-like sweetness. Very mouthwatering.

Taste: Begins with a smooth sweetness immediately followed by aggressive hop bitterness. Lingering behind the bitterness: sweet apricot and sour fruit notes rounded out with flowery and herbal esters. Ends with a peppery, alcoholic finish with astringent bitterness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Thick and buttery, with a small amount of carbonation present. Coats the mouth without feeling too oily. Definitely robust.

Personal notes: Altogether, not a bad brew, but perhaps a bit bitter for my palate. The alcoholic finish isn't necessarily too bold, but it only aggravates the astringency of its bitterness. However, this is one I will recommend to anyone with a taste for big and bold pale ales.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bill for bringing over a 4 pack of this beer. Another beer in the Irene Sunday series.

Nice looking beer. Orange in color with amber tones and nice clarity. Creamy big head and insane lacing.

Aroma is pretty thick. Fruity, ripe pineapple. A touch of alcohol. Thick juicy pine resin.

This is a DPA of the classic variety. All remains in balance and is kicked up in proper proportion. Very fruity, classic ripe pineapple, sweet caramel. ABV is present, but not hot at all. An interesting herbal finish with a black tea like flavor.

Just shy of a bold body, very slight carbonation.

Pretty decent DPA and one to slowly enjoy. Definitely a beer that should be sold in 4 packs.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Lost Continent DIPA
12oz bottles 6/9/11
DFH signature glass
Thanks to eclipse54!

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. 1/4 bright white head. Carbonation streaming from bottom of glass. Some lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

S: I get loads of over ripe peach and grapefruit here. But also some sweet breadiness as well. It has a sweetness to it.

T: OK. Front of the tongue does get attacked by the hops, but you get more on the mid-mouth area. It's not a WC hop bomb DIPA like I was expecting. It's well balanced with malt. Finish is very clean. Bottle conditioning? If not, the carbonation helps to clear the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop tongue coating.

O: Solid DIPA from a brewery I didn't know about. Would like to try more from them.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark gold body with good head retention and lacing from the 2-finger off-white head.

This is one of those big malty DIPAs that I just can’t get onboard with. Smooth, sweet and boozy, pretty much the opposite of what I enjoy in the style. It misses the opportunity to redeem itself in the hops department. While there’s a decent level of pure bitterness and some modest citrus flavor, it lacks any raw hop flavor and gritty or resinous feel. A bit of wet hay in the finish is as strong as any lingering hoppiness. I’m as bored typing this review as I was drinking the beer. Luckily I only sprang for a liter growler.

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Photo of litheum94
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods.

P: murky, saffron gold body. Thin yet dense, bone white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing for such a tiny head.

A: Biscuit malts, onions, spice and pine. Faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Honey covered biscuits. Eases into the hop flavors, floral with a touch of pepper. Then moves into a stout bitterness, with flavors of pine and earth. The bitterness dries the mouth out, leaving your tongue screaming for water. Very crisp throughout the drink.

A solid DIPA. Another good brew from this brewery.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle, wrapped in gold foil, served in a tulip.

Bottled on 04/27/2011.

Hazy, bright copper beneath a foamy, bright white head. Condensed lacing with pretty good strength.

Sweet, malt character that enhances the tropical fruit, hop aroma. Notes of vanilla that mingle will all of the individual aromatics. Light hints of green apple and lemon zest.

Bright, dynamic hop flavors up front that are mostly absent in the aroma: fresh citrus, pine, and clean tropical fruit. Unfortunately, most of these pleasant hop flavors are short lived and fade to a thin, medicinal base; some of the rough pine flavors remain. The alcohol flavor is a bit too rum-like, but otherwise kept in check.

A full, medium in body; a very unbalanced texture: thin, gritty, slick. Overall, a bit inconsistent and hard to pin down.

Minor to moderate flaws across all aspects of this offering. Glad to have tried it, but I would prefer to try another offering.

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Photo of BobCS
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled 6/23/2011

A - hazy orange-amber with a fine laced white head

S - plenty of fruit and citrusy hops in the nose hints of oranges and a fair bit of alcohol

T - fairly sweet malt upfront, but quickly overtaken by hops and an assertive bitterness that is unfortunately a bit harsh and astringent through a long and lingering finish

M - full bodied with a long-lingering astringency

O - a bit disappointing especially with the long and somewhat harsh finish

Thanks harrymel!

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Photo of avaldivia
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Hazy light orange color. Has a very nice head about an inch thick with good retention and lacing.

S: Pine Sol. I was hoping for some nice citrus aromas or a good malt balance and I got neither. This had a pine smell that was just not very appealing.

T: A bit better than the smell. It at least didn't taste like pine sol. Still, not a great balance. Mediocre at best.

M: Solid. Medium to heavy body with good carbonation.

O: I see where they were trying to go... I just didn't like it. This was not for me.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a pub glass. Decent size 1 inch head, with lacing down the whole glass. Color is yellow with an orange tinge. Taste is surprisingly good, nice hop characteristic with some malt sweetness on the end. I was surprised by the taste, pleasantly surprised. I usually pass this beer up and on to other beers, my wife felt bad so she brought this home. I am glad she did, although 9$ a four pack (Surly Furious range, which I cant get enough of) I would probably reach for the Furious instead.
Overalll, a pleasant surprise that I would not have any problem drinking again.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange, with a fingers worth of head that dicipates reaher quickly leaving behing some lacing.

S - A very strong malt backbone with strong wafts of pineapple. I cant seem to pick up much hop presence at all. Very sweet smelling.

T - Nice bitterness followed by a lemon grass flavor. Not nearly as sweet as i thought it would be. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness which tastes a bit like honey. Fairly citrussy with a huge pineapple aftertaste. This is perhaps the most pineapple i have ever picked out in an DIPA, even more than Hopslam

M - Medium body with excellent carbonation. At 8% abv, the alcohol is very well masked.

O - This is a good DIPA. I've had this before and it didnt impress, but perhaps that was an expired beer. This one definitely surpeised me. The is a very good DIPA that i can see myself incorporating into my rotation.

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

Pours a nice, clear orange. Giant head leaves some good looking lace behind.

Smells like citrus and caramel. Little bit of baked bread and earth in there too. The balance of scents are very nice.

The taste is a little less balanced, but a long shot from bad. Pine and citrus show up pretty quick with a quick malt middle, sweet and pale, followed by a grass and earth finish. Goes down nice and smooth. Slight alcohol also noted.

A real nice DIPA, and a great seasonal from Grand Teton. I'm positive I'll grab at least a few more before I wait for next year's release.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/9/11; consumed 8/16/11

A - Pours a cloudy orange with one finger of tan head. Head has good retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Mostly citrus and pineapple. Also quite floral with some sweet malt.

T - Nice citrusy hops up front with a bit of pine. Lots of malt in the middle. Has a nice bitterness throughout that is present but not domineering. Bitterness lingers for awhile. Would like to try a fresher bottle to see how it compares, but I am enjoying the hops/malt balance on this.

M- medium mouthfeel, not sticky or oily. Finishes with both lingering sweetness and bitterness. Some mild noticeable alcohol.

O - a solid DIPA if not outstanding in any particular way. I've had two beers from Grand Teton and really enjoyed them both. Will seek out their other styles.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7-2-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, foam dissipated quickly, ok lacing ring. Cloudy copper/orange color Carbonation is present in this brew

S – Malts, orange peel or grapefruit with a slight hop piney aroma

T/M – Medium bodied, hop bitterness at finish. Citrus and orange grapefruit taste throughout with malt lingering

D – Good tasting DIPA, medium bodied which was heavy on the malts with a nice hop back bone. I recommend this brew and would for sure drink this again!

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Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy light amber with a decent somewhat yeasty head -- it is nice and frothy and gives off a good fresh aroma.

the smell is sweet with a touch of fresh fruity hops -- not a powerful aroma but pleasant enough. the taste follows suit, mellower on the bitterness scale than a typical IIPA, and the malt profile as well -- this is not a resiny, oily thick drink it is much lighter and brings to mind cider, the drink and feel of the beer is slightly juicy -- i get a strong hint of apples and pears on the palate.

the malt character is on the cusp of great -- but for my taste this is just-missing hop-wise. the slightest tweaking would really push this beer into the next category. as it stands i really enjoyed it. GO IDAHO!

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

12oz bottle from CBX. Poured into a Bell’s tulip glass...

A: Pours a brilliant orange, with a small, eggshell white head that leaves some nice, speckly lace.

S: Mmmm... nice, tropical fruit hop profile. Also, some rich citrus aroma and light floral notes. Caramel sweetness is very evident in the background, too. Smells a little too sweet, actually - but the bursting hop nose is pretty killer.

T: Grapefruit rind, dried mango, light pine and some fresh grassy notes... Very delicious on the hops! A nice bit of caramel malt evens things out - it cuts the dryness and isn’t too sweet.

M: Medium-bodied and moderate to high carbonation. This one doesn’t have the oily nature of some other DIPA’s, but the higher carbo is actually kind of nice and adds to the refreshment factor.

O: A very drinkable DIPA.... wow. It’s almost refreshing! A very flavorful, hoppy, yet balanced version of the style. This is a really good brew!

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

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on dating (5-31-11)
Pours clouded typical almond amber, long lasting off white head, nose is filled with muted notes of floral hops.

Moderatly hopped for a DIPA, but still tasty and quite enjoyable. Balance is not what I am looking for in a double IPA , but this is what you will get here.

Worth a try.

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

On-tap at a wing joint in Idaho Falls, only after walking inside, seeing the taps, and immediately ruing our less than informed waitress on the patio...

This beer appears a cloudy medium apricot hue, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves a broken wall of filmy lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bitter grapefruit and orange rind, a mild herbal character, and butterscotch malt. The taste is more bitter pine, herbal, and citrus hops, over a decent bready caramel malt backbone. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes fairly sweet, with a twinge of those lurking herbal hops.

A strong start, and a weakened finish - the hop profile seems to morph along the way - this doesn't make me pine (har de har) for another...

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy yellow-orange color with a small head. Average head retention with pretty decent lacing.

Smell: Pineapple scent up front, which was a little strange. Underneath that was a floral aroma with a touch of citrus.

Taste: This one's all about the hops. Tangy citrus start with a powerful pine and orange peel bitterness in the back. Light malt character underlies it, with a touch of the pineapple in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy. Carbonation is a bit overdone, I think. Drying finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Pretty good stuff. It's a bit too piney I think, which can make it a challenge to have more than 1 of, but it's really hard to find fault with this beer at any rate.

Final Notes: A good beer for those that love piney hops, as it has plenty. Despite its extremely hoppy character, it was still rather refreshing in the heat. Give it a try!

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There's enough tangerine zest and apricot flavour to assume that's where this copper-y orange beer takes its colour from. Such an assumption is understandable, especially given the fact that its citrusy scent carries far, but it is of course incorrect. Its head is bounteous and bubbly, its lacing coating the glass in what could easily be confused as braille.

Read the brewer's description of how they hop this beer:
"Galena hops are added early in the boil...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."

That sounds like the work of an unhinged, obsessive-compulsive maniac! For those not keeping track, that's seven different varieties adding up to three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel times two separate dry-hop additions. I think they've gone totally mad. Mind you, anyone who buys a bottle can reap the benefits.

Fruity, floral and herbal hop notes lace both the aroma and taste. The bouquet, however, is a little more two-dimensional, sporting tangerine zest and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, but not much else, meanwhile the flavour pushes more buttons with pithy orange marmalade taste and vivid notes of dried apricot. A biscuity malt toast keeps things propped up.

The hops provide a citrusy, resinous quality that, as well as being bitter of course, would probably best be described as spicy. Combined with a little raw alcohol, the finish is scathing enough to turn the palate inside out. It is dry as sandpaper with no chance of that sweet, bready maltiness breaking through the blossoming jungle of choking hop vines.

Grand Teton didn't ease their way into the double IPA pool - they got a running start, thrust all their weight into it, jumped high and shouted "Cannonball!" This beer makes quite a splash. And it's obvious that the waves it's made has gotten the attention of craft beer drinkers across the U.S. - Idaho may soon be known for exports other than potatoes.

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Photo of csiewert
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with no head at all. The aroma is fantastic with citrus and fruity hops. The taste is fruity and citrusy with a slight amount of caramel malt... But the bitterness is a little overpowering. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated and leaves a lingering astringent feel in your mouth. Overall an interesting double IPA.

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

I've had this brew many times before but wanted to review the 12oz bottle I had last night. They also make 750ml of this brew. It is a bottle conditioned beer.

bottled: 04.25.11
drank: 07.01.11

A = Deep, darker honey in color. thin white head and lite lacing.

T = Love it - Citrus flavors present which was expected due to the hops used. Up front it is strangle sweet but the finish is much more bitter.

M = Crisp, fulfilling medium bodied beer - just like I like them!

O = I really enjoy this DIPA. Probably one of the more go to brews lately when looking for this style.

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

A: pours cloudy orange with 1 finger of off-white head.

S: grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. you could ward of scurvy with this thing. green tea and honey, too..

T: this one hits you right in the kisser with hops. sweet malt follows for a beat, but the bitter finish kicks in. all hops. i didn't really notice the 8% alcohol, but not because of the body -- it was offset by IBUs.

M: less body than comparable DIPAs (which makes this far less smooth). high carbonation.

O: good, more aggressive beer than i was expecting. probably wouldn't have more than one in a session, but i'd go back to this one for my hop fix. digging the grapefruit.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 04/27/11

A- almost amber golden color, not much head, maybe a 1/10th of a finger that disappears faster than a gold digger in the unemployment line!

S- Smells like whole leaf cascade hops.

T/M - Almost sweetlike taste, I would attribute it to the dry hopping that Im guessing they did. Medium to Low carbonation, mouthfeel is nothing special, below average.

O- Not too shabby to me, 8% ABV that is somewhat lackluster. In no means a bad beer, definitely worth a try, or two at that. But I would order this over 70% of the DIPA's Ive had.

PP (Price Point) - This was the clincher to me, it was $10.99 for a FOUR pack, if it was a sixer it would be spot on for the PP, but for four a bit steep. Dont get me wrong a nice beer, hits the %8 mark, but would rather have them do a 7% version for an $8 4 pack!

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.