Trout Hop Black IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA

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147 Ratings

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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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!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

smokey, well-balanced IPA, good bitter after taste

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a very presentable thin head.
The color is a bit red in the light.

Scent like a fruity IPA.
Tart punch until it hits your sides with a hop smack.
Lingering is strong yet refreshing.

Most excellent with cured and grilled meats.
Did I mention the label is mesmerizingly shiny?

Photo of HoppyHachey
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect amount of bitterness combined with the Black Lager. I enjoy a little more bitter and dryness but this is so smooth and flavorful, I love it. I feel I let my bottle sit a little long though and the flavor may have been diluted and that's why it doesn't seem as bitter.

Photo of DogFood11
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting to say the least. The body is brown with some deep red hue towards the outside. Frothy sliding lace.

Smells like a huge brew. Similar to a hoppy imperial stout in many ways with a slight lean towards a DIPA. This beer reviewing business can get down to splitting hairs. Bottom line is this is an amazingly tasty brew that I could have back to back to back if not for drunken considerations. Plenty of bitterness and a quality dry chocolate malt bill.

Notes: The best beer I've had from Grand Teton. 10 dollar price tag is high.

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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Look: Poured from a 750mL into a pint. Bottle date July 29, 2010. Pours pretty pitch. Nice 1 1/2 inch tan head that leaves bunches of lace until the last few sips.
Smell: Smoked caramel malts and candy sugar, pine resin, floral and citrus hops very noticable.
Taste: Not as sweet as I would have guessed (which isn't a bad thing). Roasted malts are right up frond. The hops are pretty amazing, earth, pine and floral notes fill out that bill. Great black ipa.
Mouth: A little high on the carbonation, still it's pretty smooth.
Drink: A little expensive but worth checking out once or twice.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Many, many thanks to Heymanivxx for hooking up a couple bottles of this in our trade.

Poured from bottle with a card date of October 7, 2010 to a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep black with dark mahogany/purple edges in the light. Huge 2.5 finger light cream colored head with good retention and gobs of lacing.

S - Huge hops aroma of pine, citrus, earthy resin and zest. Very nice aroma!

T/M - The beer starts with an assault on the palette. An assortment of malted character with huge crisp hop character. Nice solid bitterness accompanies the dark roasted specialty malts and contributes to a unique flavor which is medium to full bodied and fishes dry and crisp.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, this is one of the best Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ales I've had and it was a pleasure to try it. A truly flavorful and aromatic brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-01-2011 01:58:03

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

Photo of stonermouse
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

It pours quite dark, as the name suggests. Held up to the light, nothing gets through. This is pretty damn close to being not dark brown, but actually black. Has a stout-like, dense head. Nice.

The smell is a blast of hops, and nothing else, which was stunning considering the color of this beer. I get my hopes up that there actually is a beer this dark that lets the hops be the star.

The flavor is quite complex. It has a brown ale nuttiness to it, but the hops take over at the back end of each sip. They don't compete at all. This has a lot going on, and each sip is sort of a little adventure to identify flavors from different styles. This is right on point with how I would expect a "black IPA" to act. The flavor has it all.

The mouthfeel was a little lacking, if only because the carbonation on my bottle was a little low. My second glass from the bomber was more flavorful because it had warmed, but had flattened a little bit. I'm not sure if this was a problem with my bottle, or if it's a characteristic of the beer in general, so I'll grade it as I had it. Perhaps I'll update with my next bottle (which will hopefully be soon).

I could have kept going with this beer, but the bomber was a pretty good serving considering the complexity of the flavor and the ABV. Superb offering from a brewer I had never tried before.

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.

Photo of tjfinkle
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into a tulip after dinner. I was not sure what to expect out of this beer as it is labeled on the bottle as a "Black IPA" which is one of my pet peeves because a beer cannot be Black and Pale, but I digress... I will try to not hold this labeling against it.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a very dark brown with some head that dissipated to nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - A very nice mix of malts and hops. When pouring I was surprised just how much of the malt I could smell, while most other "IPAs" have much more hops on the nose.

Taste - This is where the hops come out, a nice citrusy piney flavor, but again they are not overpowering. They are balanced out nicely by the grainy malt flavors. Usually I am not a fan of grain flavors coming out in a beer, but they work well with the hops in this beer.

Mouth- Good balance of carbonation with the flavor. A relatively light beer and incredibly smooth.

Drink- Great drink. I would never have guessed the high alcohol content. I definitely could easily drink several of these and get myself into trouble. This is the first beer of this style that I have truly enjoyed and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Photo of beagle75
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, black center surrounded by a clear, dark brown periphery. Lofty mocha head diminishes to a large, persistent iceberg. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Powerful piney hops dominate the smell, but molasses, dark fruit (plums, blueberries), and resinous wood are also detectable. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted malt, pine, orange, and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Flavors soon expand, filling the palate in the middle as roasted malt, dark fruit, and umami combine to make a very big flavor profile. The finish arrives with mellow earth and robust bitterness, accentuated by the tingle of grapefruit rind at the corners of the mouth. No flavor of alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, more wet than sticky, with low carbonation.

D: A spectacular, under-appreciated example of the style. This beer exemplifies balance, where brilliant aroma is matched perfectly to appropriate flavors. While it may not be the best black IPA (see Sierra Nevada's Blackbird), Trout Hop is the best currently available in the bottle.

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.