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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

147 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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Photo of maximum12
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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?

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of dcsoke
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of bfields4
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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