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Trout Hop Black IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Trout Hop Black IPA is a spicy and bold American-Style India Black Ale, with notes of fresh pine needles and spruce tips. Brewed with Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German specialty malts, this ale has a deep rich color and roasted finish but does not have the thick and rich body that often accompanies malty brews. Kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the resulting bitterness is bold and pronounced, the aroma piney and zesty. The full body and dry finish create a refreshing autumn ale, perfect for any crisp afternoon or cool evening.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2010)
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Reviews by Baraka:
Photo of Baraka
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a fair head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is an intriguing mixture of roasted chocolate malts and piny hops. This is a complex beer: there is a velvety chocolate smoothness akin to dark stouts, but this is balanced by an aggressive hop bitterness that lingers. Extremely drinkable, although there is a definite alcohol bite.

Baraka, Feb 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SuqMadique
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

SuqMadique, May 09, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 11/16/2010. Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy / creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of sweet roasted chocolate malts and piney, slightly citric, hops. This is what a black IPA should smell like.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and fruit with some roast (light coffee) and piney fruity hops in the finish that add a medium bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA I've had to date. I haven't been a big fan of them so far, but this is well balanced with a nice combination of sweet chocolate, roast, citric fruits and piney hops.

Beaver13, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap into pint glass
Appearancr is pitch black with hints of coffee color around the edges. rustic tannish head, medium lacing. Smell is very nice pine, and pronounced hopping profile, smells of malt and a little muddy earthy essence..taste is roasted and chocolate malt flavor with pine apparent and finishing with a dose of hop bite tropical tones upfront carried by a malty backbone and rye on the tounge. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is low( what i expect for a dark beer) I get dark chocolate and some strwberry as well..interesting beer, balanced. Overall, smooth for 8.5abv and a good blend of hops and roasted malt flavors.Pair with aged yellow cheese, burgers, hot wings, imdian food(spiceful)

Beerswag, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz brown bottle.

Thick crown of tan lace sticks all over the glass. Close to full on black, an edge of brown is shown in the light. Big spicy resin hop nose with a toasty and faint roasty malt. A whole lot of depth and smoothness to this brew. Hops thrown down a solid bitterness but a bigger flavor that blankets the palate with mint, spice, tobacco and some citric rind. The 8.5% let's itself be know with some warmth and fruity esters. Maltiness provides a good backdrop for the flavors to bounce off of, again ... Toasty and roasty with some yeast on the side with a semi-sweet ending.

Killer beer here, hops are just amped enough for my liking. A bit of a quaffer as well.

Jason, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a cream-colored head. The aroma is very nice. In addition to the pine and citrus hops, I get some roasted malt.

The flavor is roasted malt with low to medium bitterness from the pine-flavored hops. I also get some nice chocolate notes in the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Black IPAs that I have had and one of the best beers I have tried from Grand Teton.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black pour, not super dark, a little brown edge to it. Aroma is massively hop aromatic, both citrus and pine. Cocoa and big ipa hops together at last!

Taste, I swear I'm getting chocolate/cocoa, maybe I'm confusing the color and thinking I'm getting that orange chocolate flavor. Very hoppy, just the right amount of bitterness. Getting mint qualities. Good pine resin aspect to it, while remaining quite light texture wise. I'm really diggin' on this beer. Close your eyes, and you picture you're drinking an amazingly dry hopped, vibrant orange west coast ipa with a hint of cocoa, mint and piney trees.

Definitely check this one out.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Shawner, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal.

Pours a very dark brown to black with a short bubbly, khaki colored with good lacing

On the nose it's a little chocolatey with roasted malt, smoked wood, a little nutty and a deep dark citrus note

The flavor is very layered and complex. notes include a hint of chocolate, smokey oak, deep raisin, slight sweet roasted malt, coffee and slight citrus

Mothfeel is very nice and smooth. A bit creamy with a nice almost foamy carbonation and a dark-fresh aftertaste

Overall I think this is hands down, the best black IPA I've ever had. The flavor is so complex and unbelievably balanced. Im kind of blown away by how good it is. I recommend this to everyone. Thank you DarthKostrizer for this tasty treat!

MrVonzipper, May 31, 2011
Photo of nkersten
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into NB snifter. Color is opaque black with a two finger creamy off white head that fades to a cap. Good lacing and retention. Unfortunately, the smell is some stale hops to it, not sure how old this one is. Some pine hop bitterness, a hint of roasted malt. Not much going on here. Taste is an assertive hop bitterness, a bit of fruity hops, some roasted malts in the finish. With this dark of a color, i would have expected it to have much more dark malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium body and a light to medium carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but I would prefer a standard IPA. I will revisit this one if I ever find it fresh, could be a totally different beer.

nkersten, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine Club. Good hop aroma. Black with a white head, lace sheet. Would be an awesome cask, carbonation right there though suitable. Grapefruit taste, expensive pint for Denver at $8. Decent drinkability, roasted malt, malt there to hold back the grapefruit.

Sammy, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh wow, I didn't realize this was stronger than a normal IPA. I've had a fair number of black IPAs lately and this is one of my favorites. The balance of bitter grains and hops leans toward to fruity citrus. Still there's a light and tasty creamy cocoa, mild espresso, and black grains. The hops are a touch juicy with a little apple and white grape before the orange rind and grape fruit kick. The finish is dry and roasty with a bitter tang. I'd have another pint. Good luck finding this one. It's at the top of the style.

tempest, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, IPA tasting.

Muddy cloudy dark brown brew, black at edges, with 1 cm creamy frothy ecru head, nice lacing.

Aroma has toasted roasted malty notes with fruity prunes and figs predominating.

Mouthfeel creamy and rich. The roasted malt carries a sweet fruity flavor up front with aggressive bitterness in the long finish. Hoppiness comes through mainly in the bitter finish, specific hop notes are integrated into the overall flavor rather than staning out on their own.

My first of this style and it is a hybrid style that I reallythink I will like--the roasted malt playing off bitter hoppiness. This one is very good.

kenito799, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque in appearance that developed a beautiful two finger head when poured from the bottle.

Very sweet smells of chocolate, dark fruits, and an almost non-existent booze scent considering its ABV.

Very woody taste, sweetness is almost immediately lost by a somewhat unfortunate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is like a mouthfull of wood chips.

Overall I was kind of let down after this beer had been hyped up so much as the unpleasant bitter finish is disappointing. I love bitter beers, but this isn't cutting it.

larryarms847, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/30/2011

Beautiful bottle design - who says shiny things are overrated?

Poured into a pint glass very dark brown with a dark fluffy tan head.

Nose pulls pine hops and a touch of roast/chocolate.

Very nicely bodied, smooth and medium/light carbonation with a pleasant bitterness, lightly herbal, some roast and a touch of chocolate. Sweeter finish with a sticky bitterness that really just feels complex as it rests on the palette.

As others have mentioned, for a year old, this still has a really nice hop presence. I'd never think to buy a cellared IPA, but this one impressed - just very smooth. The 8.5% is very well hidden in the malt making for a great drinker that you have to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy!

OldIronLungs, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These dropped by Lundeen's a couple weeks back and my girlfriend picked me up a bottle of this and a six pack of Celebration as an early birthday present. Isn't she great?

A: Not totally black, maybe a touch of black coffee (you know, a kind of really, really dark brown) topped with a thick cap of sandy brown head. I don't really think an black IPA is ever going to look as pretty as a nice, gold or amber colored IPA but such is life.

S: Really the least impressive aspect of the beer. Maybe a result of having been bottled in July and being opened in mid-November and perhaps the hop nose has faded a bit but not much more than a slight dusting of cocoa powder and a bit of tropical fruit. Good but nothing I haven't encountered before.

T/MF: This is where the beer comes into its own with an really nice interplay between tropical fruits and cocoa poweder chocolaty-ness. Really an interesting flavor combination and something that I think it unique to the style that adds a different aspect of flavor to the IPA game.

D: Pretty good, but not as good as I've had before. It's been over a year but I can tell from memory that I liked Flossmoor station's take on a black IPA than I do this version. This may be because my sample from Flossmoor was from a growler and fresh, but I call them as I see them, so this one really only stands out to about above average at best.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sonofliberty2, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated 12/19/13 poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep black that stays quite dark when held up to the light. Pours with about an inch of light brown head. Good lacing.

Smell is dominated by that of the resinous, piney hops but additional smelling reveals the layers of chocolate and caramel notes from the malts.

The taste mimics that of the smell, with the pine and resin from the hops with slight tropical fruit notes later on, followed by the caramel and chocolate from the good malt backbone of this beer. Slightly spicy like a rye beer. The 117 IBUs are apparent but not off putting. The taste transforms from the bitterness of the hops up front, to the chocolate notes of the malt, and finally once its gone to the bitterness of the hops, this time with more of the fruit coming through.

This beers mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and creamy up front, with lots of carbonation on the tongue. On the back end the bitterness of the hops comes through and it finishes quickly and dry. Medium to medium light body.

Overall a great Black IPA. Grand Teton's description of this beer is spot on. Goes down easy, complex aroma and taste that exhibit what a Black IPA can be, balancing the world of the IPA and the stout or porter. Alcohol hidden well at 8.5% for this easy drinking beer and the hop punch is strong enough for even the most seasoned hop heads. The hop mixture is quite good and I enjoy it even though my preference usually goes to the fruity side rather than the woodsy side of hops.

beersdmf17, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/9/14. Pours black with a finger and a half khaki head. Aroma is of fresh pine , slightly herbal with faint citrus elements. Extremely fresh smelling. Taste is of fresh piney hops up front with a slight roastyness on the middle of the palate. Finishes slightly sweet with a nice lingering hoppyness. Smooth and extremely drinkable. A great take on the style, impressive offering worth seeking out from Grand Teton.

spark3148857, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... 1" dark tan head... the brew isn't exactly black, instead a dark dark walnut with beautiful deep ruby highlites when held to a bulb. Good retention and lacing.

Nose shows a big blast of citrus hops and lesser dark malts.. the dark profile doesn't really jive as much as some of the Black IPA's I've had... the citrus elements seem too high to live harmoniously with the malty profile.

Big and bitter up front... oily pithy citrus hops ... dark malts are pretty heavy too, but verge too much on char territory for my liking.

Everything gets alot better with warmth, alot of warmth.. Near perfect body and carbonation given the ABV...

Pretty nice brew, but seriously, let this one warm up and enjoy it slowly for maximum presence.

4.5/3.5/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of berkey
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz sample bottle courtesy of the Grand Teton sales department. Poured into a tulip and sampled 08/29/10.

Black body of the beer is topped by a relatively light colored head. Retention is decent and leaves some great lacing.

Citric hop aroma is a little stronger than I expected from my previous experiences with most so-called black IPA's. The last few versions I tried let the roasted malt aromas drown out the hoppier elements but this one manages to avoid that so far. Subtle chocolate notes in the background.

Some astringency joins in on the flavor and takes the shine off the hops just slightly. Lingering hoppy dry finish and dark malts team to create a faint bitter chocolate aftertaste.

I'm not always a huge fan of this emerging sub-style but this simple tasty beer has much more going for it than most. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of 'black IPA's'.

berkey, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours, well you guess it a dark black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor that carries over into a moderatly dry finish that sums it up quite well..

overall a really great beer

mikesgroove, May 26, 2011
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ystazi, Dec 23, 2013
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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.