Trout Hop Black IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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3.45/5 rDev -15.2%
A- If you put this beer in a line up of dark lagers I wouldn't be able to tell it's an IPA. Nice in finger head.
S- Roasted malts smell, a full aroma compliments the light hops well. I particularly appreciate the hops with roast smell.
T- The taste is light, not as hoppy as I would hope. I like the spicy kick
M- The spice is what makes this a pretty above okay beer for me. The firey kick is something different that I do enjoy about this beer.
The bottled date is 12/12/13- I'm not sure if it lost flavor, I'll have to look into that. I don't know anyone that raves over Black IPAs, but I would keep it on hand as a novelty for somthing different. I love the label, very intriguing. I couldn't resist the Grand Teton Brewing Company, it's such a beautiful area.
06-27-2014 00:36:41 | More by Dan_McNeely
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-21-2014 22:15:41 | More by larryarms847
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
Near black body with a thick, foamy, light tan head. Pine and black pepper aroma with touches of roasted grain and toffee and mint. Mint-chocolate and zesty pine and spruce-like flavors; bold hop bitterness. Medium bodied; smooth, velvety, dry.
A black IPA with plenty of hop punch and a surprisingly rich, smooth feel. The malt and hop flavors meld well together. There is plenty of depth and balance to this beer and should prove a good choice for IPA lovers and dark ale aficionados.
04-01-2014 23:59:32 | More by beergoot
4.24/5 rDev +4.2%
My second offering from Grand Teton Brewing Co. The first was the imperial stout. I didn't write a review but it did leave quite an impression and I would not hesitate to purchase again. So with that in mind, I thought I would give "Trout Hop" a shot. Although the concept of a "black ipa" is appealing to me, I can't think of one in particular that I've sampled which fully delivered. Three come to mind. 1554 by New Belgium: with my refined taste is enjoyable yet underwhelming, and a black ale. Libertine Black Ale by Brewdog: again a black ale so idk if it fits the moniker. I don't remember anything about this one in particular(which is why I am trying to review more beers.) And Finally something by Sierra Nevada which was so-so and not something I would revisit from the staple brewery. Which brings me to my review for "Trout Hop," a black ipa from Grand Teton out of Idaho.
Appearance: Dark brown to black with a ruby/purple-ish hue when held up under the light. A small sand/tan colored head. Lots of thick lacing.
Smell: I indeed smell piney, floral hops but not in the traditional way. They are hidden beneath a veil of cocoa and caramel malt. Slightly roasted, slightly astringent. My nose is slightly confused, but ultimately concluded that this smells 75% stout and 25% ipa. Maybe the appearance is playing into this? I do suppose you could conclude by calling this "complex."
Taste: The taste follows the nose. At 100+ IBU's I was a little hesitant, but after trying this I don't find it overly bitter in the least bit. Whatever bitterness is present I find pleasant. It is fairly sweet actually. I can definitely detect the ipa side of things. But I find it difficult to detect the nuances of it. Not to the fault of the beer but rather I am not used to tasting hops and malts mingling with each other in such a way. If I were to try and describe it I would be using other reviewers words rather than what I actually taste. I am still trying to figure it out. All I can say is to me it tastes 75% stout/porter and 25% ipa. The ipa part is present and distinct from a black ale. It is balanced. It is complex. It is delicious.
Mouthfeel: It hits up front with a smooth, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. The back end doesn't quite deliver as much: as it tastes slightly watery and astringent/bitter. It quickly dissipates rather quickly in your mouth. While this invites one to take another sip, I would have preferred the front end flavor to linger around a bit more. Overall I would say it is medium-ish bodied with low-ish carbonation. Smooth. Goes down easy peazy.
Overall: Damn tasty! The first black ipa in memory that really wows me. This stuff is 8.5% and perfectly hides the alcohol. While not really sessionable per say this is extremely drinkable. I love stouts, porters, and ipa's. This managed to blend the styles in a luxurious fashion. A new staple for the style. I only got a single but will most definitely be picking up more. First the "Black Cauldron" imperial stout, and now the "Trout Hop" black ipa: Grand Teton Brewing Co. has substantiated itself. Highly Recommended!
03-19-2014 05:48:05 | More by LovingCup
Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.