Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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101 Reviews
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101
Ratings:
193
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.14%
 
 
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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by Jason on 08-28-2010

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gives a black pour, not used oil black, but you know, nighttime like black. Aroma really impressive. Whereas 90% of black ales just drop substantial roast this one actually hits the pine and fruit notes in a major way. When I think of elite 1st tier ipas, this one, O'Dells and Lagunitas really are top dogs.

Taste still drops a little bit of chocolate malt, and it hits with the orange. Pine and juniper notes come off almost minty, that's the type of levity, non heavy not a malt or roast bomb that this is.

Seriously, this is Grand Teton's best beer. They do it better than 98% of other examples of style out there.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another good one from these guys. i always enjoy their beer, and this is a wonderful example of the style. strong and insanely hoppy, but also really rich and soft in the feel, sturdy in its base, and layered on the grain side. just a really great brew that sort of merges the stout and strong ipa categories. looks great in the glass, bright but short of shiny and perfectly black, with a short but thick mocha colored head like an espresso crema with great retention. it smells like pine to me, none of the northwestern citrus aromatics on this one, more of a wet forest and a christmas tree. the dark grains are remarkably expressive as well. coffee and ashy roasted bitterness abound, and they are there in the flavor providing one heck of a launching pad for these piney hops. oily and bitter on the hops, really woodsy and dense, but lively too. hints of sweeter grain in the middle give it depth, and it finishes roasty and warming, with just a little of the alcohol peaking through and a dash of milk chocolate. impressive beer overall, sort of a style definer for me. i dont see this around all that much, which is a shame. i am thirsty for more of this, a real beauty!

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Traded with my man @sixthring. Poured into a tulip.

Looks like a Porter or stout, really chocolaty and dark, with a decent head and plenty of lacing.

Nose is roasted coffee and nuts, perfect for a stout lover.

Tastes like a roasted and malty brew with plenty of hops and backbone. Black IPAs usually disapoint, but this is a solid offering. Very complex and full of flavor.

Mouth feel is smooth considering the nose and looks. Great after taste that hangs around.

Overall this is one of my favorite black iPAs. Right behind wookie, beer III, and stone lastest drink by balck ipa. A solid brew that people should start drinking and considering if you like this style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A bubble show creates a nice beige head over the fudge brown liquid; tawny highlights appear at the edges; splashes of lacing linger

Smell: Burnt black bread, ashy and smoky, with piney resin tones intermingling

Taste: The 117 IBUs don't give the malts a second to establish themselves and bring a resinous and piney character that adds a minty element; underneath, the malts edge forward, ashy and smoky, with a burnt black bread character; after the the swallow, both flavor elements battle it out to a draw

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Nothing subtle about this beer and it has a brashness that reminds me of a certain Presidential candidate whose name sounds strikingly similar to trout; I can see why this beer has high scores but it just is not what I am looking for in this style

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Apperance - blackish brown, with just a touch of red against the light. Medium, butterscotch colored head that recedes quickly, but leaves nice, thick lacing!
Smell - roasted coffee and malts dominate, though I do pick up some floral and piney hops; just not enough.
Taste - far more malt flavors here, as opposed to hops, which is fine, however I prefer the hops to win out in a black IPA.
Feel - rough and robust up front, a bitter kick to finish; this is how a black IPA should feel!
Overall - this is a good beer, but it needs the hops to stand out in the nose and taste like it does in feel.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ever since I had Wookey Jack I've been trying Black IPAs to compare. This is a good one. Not exactly WJ but still descent. Deep brown/ black in appearance, average mouthfeel and a roasty malt character that pairs well with the right amount of bitterness. I won't say black ipas are my favorite but they are definitely gaining steam. This one falls behind WJ and Mountain Standard but # 3 ain't bad

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle just purchased but with a bottled on date of 12-2014.

A: Pours black with a tan head. The head is thick, creamy , moderately durable, and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: has dark roasted grains with near equal hops (diminished by age?). Even with the relatively weak somewhat subdued hops (for style) there's a nice interplay between the two contrasting aromas.

The flavor is reversed, with more hop intensity than malts. Faint dark toast, smoke and coffee. A hint of chocolate. Plenty of roasted malt flavor plus moderately intense piney-woody-herbal hops. It finishes mildly bitter with some coffee.

O: a pleasing and tasty Black IPA with good balance for style and well hidden alcohol. Both aroma and flavor approach 4.

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Photo of hereforbeerMT
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A really deep brown, in the dark restaurant it appeared entirely black until held up to a beam of light peaking through.

Good balance between dark malt aroma and American, piney hops.

The flavor is unfolds for a very long time and was extremely complex. Nutty, chocolate malt flavors followed by very pronounced grapefruit and pine-like hops. Not as bitter as I expected for my first 100plus IBU beer.

Quite a heavy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

This is a fantastic beer. Stands up to the strongest of flavors, had mine with cave aged blue cheese and bitterness of the beer stood up perfect to the rich cheese.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep dark ruby red and brown body, from a distance looks like deep walnut brown. Head is creamy rich and billows four fingers tall. Light tan color, espresso cream looking and very thin swiss cheese bubbles. Lots of staying power with island puck retention and head. Excellent looking beer with copious amount of ringed lacing while drinking.

Aroma works nicely with a subtle citrus to tropical fruity hop bent. Indistinct and a little mushy, but also manages some sweet dark malts of chocolate in the mix as well. Pretty subdued, but also very good balance with the sweetness which gives some oomph to the hop aroma.

Palate comes quite surprising. Very simple and solid mid palate. Not quite juiced mouthfeel but light IPA like pleasantries give some tropical fruit bitter tones of lime and mango. Finish is a growing and very slow rise of hop bitterness that washes with lots of dry pine that grows exponentially but very slowly. Minimal use of sugar sweetness as the hop forward palate steers toward a tolerable bitterness, but getting to borderline hot.

Overall a nice simple Black ale that works alright.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served deep-brown, almost black color with a one finger had of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate and caramel smell mixed with some other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. There are some lighter notes of tropical fruits and a little bit of grass thrown in the mix as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a chocolate malt flavor mixed with some caramel and a decent showing of roast. Along with these taste are some nice pine and grassy hop tastes, which start out light, but get stronger and stronger as the taste moves on. Other hop tastes of a citrus nature join in as the taste moves on all while some more pine and a woody like flavor develop later. With the caramel and chocolate fading a tad at the end, one is left with a balanced and moderately hopped roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a tad thinner then I was anticipating all while the carbonation level was fairly standard. The lighter body did make for a nice medium as it keep it rather easy drinking and had enough robustness to uphold the hop flavors all while not making the roasted and sweet flavors from becoming the dominant flavor factor. Fairly well done.

Overall – A quite tasty black IPA. It is nice and balanced and has a good clean drinking taste which makes for one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet pineapple dominates the aroma initially, with resin and roast malt and toasted, nutty notes adding complexity.

Flavor is toasted, nutty malt, with muted tropical fruit accents, and a roasty, moderately bitter finish. Interesting brew. Wish the fruity hop character were more pronounced, and the roast bitterness less dominant.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For me the best part of this beer is its looks. The choice of hops and the balance of hops to malt is too much in favor of these hops that doesn't work. Just don't like the taste. Looks great tho!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On: 02/11/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Pleasant aroma of grassy hops and roasty malt working together in near perfect unison. Slight booze fume.

T- Herbal hop flavor with its bitterness coming on strong. The dark roasted malt accentuates the bitterness but does so in a way that's not too intense. The hops are certainly the main player in the profile as the grassy quality continues and the bitterness lingers and lingers.

M- Sharp and somewhat silky with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A great example of the style with assertive bitterness, soft texture and lots of character. Folks who question Black IPAs should give this one a try.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite black IPA's, wish it was less alcohol than 8.5%, goes down so smooth, but can't have to many of these... It's definitely a treat. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, bitter - dry finish, shock - pop action on palette, but in the good way. A must try beer. Thumbs up Grand Teton... Love this BIPA.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 12/03/14

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby highlights when held to light. Tan, finger width head with fair retention before giving way to a thin, velvety layer of surface suds. Good lacing around the glass that sticks to the sides nicely.

Smell - Strong hop aroma with citrus, leaf and light pine character. Malty undertone that hints at roasted malt, caramel and faint chocolate.

Taste - Hits strongly on the citrus and pine upfront with a minty/leafy backend. Moderately spicy. Malt undertones of caramel and a faint roast hit midtaste before the roasted qualities pick up in the finish. Roast, distant chocolate and citrus rind bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Ultra slick texture that slides right down the gullet, making for a stupid drinkable experience.

Overall - While my idea of the perfect BIPA is a pipedream, this wonderful elixir is as close to the ideal Black IPA as I've imagined. This is a hell of an example of the style; matter of fact it's easily my favorite to date. The hop profile exhibited here is profoundly reminiscent of a wet/fresh hop ale; that is to say, it's fantastic in every way. The malts do nicely to compliment the hops here, mainly by staying out of the way until the end, delivering some balance to an otherwise aggressively hopped brew. If it just had just that extra umph of roast bite in the finish it'd be perfect. As is, I'm a very happy customer.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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)

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Photo of spark3148857
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Blackness like dark chocolate. A tan head recedes to a wisp of cirrus clouds. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Faint hops, almost a minty aroma. Light malt sweetness, some cocoa.

Taste: Very well balanced between a silky sweetness with chocolate and malts, blended with a piny, minty hop bill.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for 8.5% ABV.

Overall: Really tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2010 vintage.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khkai head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a fruity and slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a bit of funk in the taste that is odd.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color in the tall tulip. Beautiful appearance with the off-white head. The lacing is attractive and it's thoroughly sudsy going down the hatch.

Tag on this one says "Nov 05, 2010." How many beers can claim to be brewed with Idaho malt? I don't know about the claimed 145 IBU. It tastes more malty than bitter, but the hops gradually take over.

Deep roasted malt flavors with just a little sweetness. Some hint of sour, bitter burnt malt, but not as black as stouts. A sharp and winey taste behind the earthy hops. Not much fruit, maybe a whiff of marmelade. It does taste like an overamped "Cascadian" IPA, bigger, richer, harder. Quite drinkable.

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.