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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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95 Reviews

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 182
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 26
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-28-2010

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.
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Photo of maximum12
2.51/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to a good non-BA friend for bringing this over for a tasting & donating it to the cause...because I don't have enough beer in the house. But his wife doesn't drink & a bomber won't ever be consumed in his house in one sitting. Split almost evenly with my lovely, intelligent wife watching her stupid reality shows.

Nice 750ML bottle with good artwork, which only increases my urge to get my boat out, load up the rods, & hit the open water, except it's all still frozen. July 29th, 2010 dating on the inside of the accompanying slip of paper attached to the neck.

The pour into our Free The Hops snifters is black as advertised, not quite midnight, but maybe a quarter of. Smell isn't much to write about, dank, musty hops littered with generic maltiness. Not good.

Trout Hop Black IPA speaks of being aged, but this has the taste & feel of a stale IPA for me, despite the big beer ABV & other aspirations. Hops come across like damp leaves under springtime snow, with no sharpness. The malts are present, sweet, but quickly subsumed into the dank hops. Plenty of roast saves this from the scrap heap of history & gives much-needed body, heft, & taste. I find myself wishing this has been a 22 oz. bottle rather than the bigger, badder version. Not a good sign.

I wish I'd tasted this fresh; at this stage of its larval development, this isn't a good beer. I know there are folks who dig the dank, but I'd rather it stayed in the basement where it belongs. Sub-mediocre.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Stillwater wine glass.

Pours black with a single-finger light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings some piney and resinous hops, but also smells a bit like amoxicillin and antibiotics. There is a bit of an earthy component there as well. The taste is slightly-resinous and medicinal. It finishes a bit dry with some faint roast. Overall, I'm not a big fan of this as it reminds me of hoppy antibiotics.

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Photo of Buebie
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished packing, found this in the back of the beer fridge. Might as well drink it.

Semi hard pour produces an inch of light brown head, slow to recede leaving a thick collar. black in color with dark red hues around the edges of the glass.
Aroma is ultra bready with a large malt backing, sweet and light in hops. Aroma leads me to believe its more of a strong long aged barleywine.
Mouthfell is slick with moderate carbonation.
Taste starts out largely sweet with more barleywine flavors of alcohol, malt, and large amounts of sweets with nearly drowned out...but still trying to be potent, hops.
Midway through chocolate and darkly roasty malts make a mild appearance, but the color on this doesnt play much of a role in flavor.
This beer seems confused as to what it really wants to be.

145 IBU's? Where are they?

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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 Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer appears dark brown color with a half inch of head that leaves some decent lacing.

S: The aroma has a nice citrus and hop scent, along with an odd, medicinal smell.

T: The beer tastes alright, with the hop character more mild than I would prefer, especially given the 8.5% alcohol. I was hoping / expecting the beer to be more grandiose and bold, with a balance of roasted malt character and citrus hops. The taste has an odd astringency that detracts from the overall flavor presentation.

M: The feel is decent, with a bitter dryness in the finish.

D: An alright beer, but not one that I am interested in having again.

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Photo of dcsoke
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer, pours smooth with light head retention.

S - Malty hops are well balanced aromas, but this isn't your typical IPA... seems like a sweetness comin through.

T - Lightly carbonated and the IBU's com through with a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Mild roastiness coming through but on the plus side the ABV's aren't noticeable at all.

M - Light to average body that isn't filling as most dark beers are.

D - Easy going down, but the aftertaste is a bit much to have more than one of these.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass.

A - Good looking brew! Pours with a big foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving rings of splotchy lace. The body is a dark transparent nut brown.

S - Roast, cocoa, catty Simcoe hops, and toasted grains. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Was sort of surprised to see July 30th 2010 listed on the affixed information card - this just got to the Chicago market a week or two ago.

T - Odd mix of citrus and caramel-chocolate that isn't particularly well-integrated. A bit of alcohol flavor. Finish is simultaneously sweet and slightly bitter, but nowhere near the listed 145 IBUs.

M - Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat watery and sticky finish. Doesn't have much in the way of dryness.

D - This was alright. Glad I split it three ways though, as I definitely couldn't have handled a 750ml bottle on my own.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours deep brown with a subtle red hue, 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades.

Smell: Hoppy, pine resin, citrus, subtle roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front (surprising considering the age of this bottle), pine resin, grapefruit, malty in the middle, roasted malts towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy.

Overall: A very drinkable beer. Much of the hop profile has faded (I drank my other bottle fresh), but still enough left to clearly identify this as an IPA. The mouthfeel is a bit too smooth for an IPA. The roasted malt notes work well and create a well balanced beer.

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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 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 nkersten
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Roasted malts with a huge floral kick. Some vanilla shows with citrus. A nice aroma for this black ipa.

Taste: Huge roasted malts followed quickly by huge amount of floral hops and grapefruit citrus. Has a bit of lemons as well.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with floral hops.

Overall, a decent black ipa. Fairly drinkable, but the bitterness lingers on forever leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/17/10

2010 Cellar Reserve, July 30th 2010 printed inside the tag on the bottle

Pours a slightly muddy, cola brown settling very dark. Barely any light penetration, just a little around the stem. Foam hit just over one finger though it thins considerably leaving a smooth skim & an elevated patch of bubbles. Two rings & random bits of lace. Said bubbles eventually wind up sticking to the side of the glass.

Smells pretty good. The hops seem to still be in decent enough shape, though maybe not firing on all cylinders, as it were. Notions of pine, grapefruit & hints of other citrus. Malts claim their share of the aroma. Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate & faint notions of coffee. Has a bit of an earthy bent as it warms.

I haven't tried this beer before, so I can't say with absolute certainty, but I think a good bit of hop fade has happened. I suppose at two & a half months it's getting to that threshold. My reasoning is that there seem to be hollow citric flavors that likely boasted greater potency. There's still a reasonable amount of piney bitterness so all is not lost. Roasted dark malt makes for a solid, thankfully not sweet, base with vague hints of bitter dark chocolate & coffee.

Trout Hop is somewhere between medium & full bodied. Carbonation is hovering in the average territory, maybe even a bit lower. In any case, it's smoother than it is prickly. Seeing as it was done by bottle conditioning, extra points are in store. Gritty, dry finish with some bitterness & roasted malts lingering for a few moments.

Overall not too shabby. For sake of the taste & aroma I wish I had gotten to it sooner. Still I have to give Grand Teton credit for the excellent feel & spot-on carbonation via bottle conditioning (lately I've had some bottle conditioned beers from other breweries that seem too high). I bet this one kills fresh off the tap.

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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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Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice big black beer with a lacey mocha head.

I really get dark in the aroma there's also some nice burnt notes.

The roasted dark fruits meet a light hop presence in the taste. Kindof a lemongrass bitterness. Some toffee flavors to boot.

Rich body very stoutish creamy mouthfeel. Really just tastes like a hoppy porter to me. Not bad, but a miss as far as black IPAs go.

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Photo of silentjay
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost opaque black with a generous eggshell colored head that is a mixture of big bubbles and small which provide wonderful lacing and good retention.

aroma is very hoppy. pine, grass, and bitter citrus hops drown out any semblance of roasted malts. If I was blind, I would have trouble picking this one apart from a standard IPA. It does smell nice, but would like some "black" aromas in this Black IPA.

flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma would have made one believe. However, Hops are still out in the forefront here. Piney and grassy hops are the strongest with some bitter citrus backing that up. Malt, again, stays too far in the background and add a touch of roastiness in the aftertaste.

barely medium bodied with generous carbonation, a bit of resiny hops are left behind.

drinks rather well. I would like a bit more of a roasty/dark malt character in this one, but it ends up being a decent IPA. it seems the black malts were used almost solely for the color and could add a bit more to the aroma/flavor.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $10, split three ways. Dark black color with a decently hoppy smell even though this was dated November 2010. The flavor was a hoppy citrus flavor but I felt like it really clashed with the dark malts. I'm pretty sure that I don't really like this style just because of the way the hops seem to clash with the malts.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Jonster02
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a pint glass this one had a light tan/cream head of about 2 fingers. delicious earthy fruity smell. the nose has a strong roasted malt flavor, halfway through there is a hint of grapefruit and then finishes with a bitter coffee/toffee bite. I would definitely recommend this one! This was my first grand teton brew, was thoroughly impressed. The Lost Continent IPA 2 is on the menu for tomorrow evening!

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Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful bottle and artwork. Pours black, a tad darker than cola with deep brown highlights and a two finger tight tan head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Somewhat muted when cold, roasted malts, chocolate and sweet with a citrus and pine hop backing. As it warms the citrus hop character becomes more prominent as well and some vinous fruit and alcohol begin to surface.

Flavor hop dominant with equally balanced pine and citrus but also a bit dank, begins to degenerate to pure grapefruit rind as the beer warms. Evident chocolate and roasted malts masked with complexity of tobacco and dark fruit esters. Citrus hops do begin to clash with the malts as the beer warms ending in a finish that's more acidic than bitter.

Rather light body for a dark beer with muted carbonation that provides a velvet smooth feel on the palate. Ends a bit harsh due to the flavor but the drink is rather creamy and soft, alcohol well hidden.

As the flavors begin to surface they begin to clash though the complexities of the spices and yeast are much appreciated blurring the transition of hops and dark malt. Hops seemed a bit muted despite the acidity would like to try fresh. Still a nice example of a growing style.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with brownie brown highlights, quick tan head and foam.

The aroma has nice roasted malts with a little sweetness, almost Belgian like.

That taste has medium bitterenss from the hops, but well balanced interplay from the roasted malts. The dryness of the palate makes me think if a porter and an IPA had a baby....

The abv. was well integrated.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent light beige head. Leaves both streaky and chunky lace. The color is dark brown, but the light does shine through.

Pale malt aroma--very surprising. Very nice (and ample) hop touch.

Both the darker malts and the hops show up in the taste. The body is somewhat thin. I like the combination of flavors as it creates a very nice balance. Not as "dark" as the bottle would lead you to believe. It's not an overly hoppy beer. Still, I like the balance.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fear025 care of the 2011 black booty BiF for the chance to try this brew. Shared on 2/20/11 with wishuwerebeer.

A 750ml bottle poured into a pint, appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy tan foam. The cap slowly fades leaving a pillow-like uneven cratored surface. An entire wall of lace sticks to the glassware. When held to the light, this brew displays some decent clarity with lighter brown and red hues.

The smell of this offering is quite bright with citrus hops and dark fruity indications. Some light roasted grain presents a scent like chocolate. In the back are some light sulfur notes and more fruity indications that are more like pear than dark skinned fruit in the smell.

The taste is modestly bitter from a combination of the dark roasted quality of the grains and the resins of the hops. There is a dry musty grain flavor that tastes like chocolate and a bitty nutty as well before the flavor gives way to fruits. A minor amount of dark fruity alcohol esters fills the void in the back of the throat with warmth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is lightly yet enjoyable carbonated. Quite easy drinking for almost 9% abv. The abv is enjoyable and somewhat hidden considering it's strength. Not the best in it's class but certainly enjoyable and easily approachable. I would have this one again if there was some assurance of it's freshness.

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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 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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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.