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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
91
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
96
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LovingCup
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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