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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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 182
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Many, many thanks to Heymanivxx for hooking up a couple bottles of this in our trade.

Poured from bottle with a card date of October 7, 2010 to a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep black with dark mahogany/purple edges in the light. Huge 2.5 finger light cream colored head with good retention and gobs of lacing.

S - Huge hops aroma of pine, citrus, earthy resin and zest. Very nice aroma!

T/M - The beer starts with an assault on the palette. An assortment of malted character with huge crisp hop character. Nice solid bitterness accompanies the dark roasted specialty malts and contributes to a unique flavor which is medium to full bodied and fishes dry and crisp.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, this is one of the best Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ales I've had and it was a pleasure to try it. A truly flavorful and aromatic brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-01-2011 01:58:03

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date on bottle says 2010. It's been in my cellar since I purchased it. Trout Hop Black IPA pours black into the glass with a creamy, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the surface leaving behind a coating of bubbly lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and pine.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with a nice hop bitterness at the end. It begins with roast malt, chocolate and a little toffee. It's earthy in the middle with a touch of nut flavor. It finishes with a bitter hop flavor of pine. Once gone the pine hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, tasty beer that's easy to drink. My only regret is that I didn't drink this fresh when I bought it and let it age in my cellar.

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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 SFLpunk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquors 44, Northampton, MA. 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. 2010 Vintage (Jul 30, 2010).

Pours a thin black with 1.5 inches of cream colored head. Nose is surprisingly ctirusy despite the age. Some faint char and toasted malt.

Palate is medium-light bodied. Nice citrusy piney hop resin right up front. That light char and roasty thing is in the center and then the finish is all IPA. Don't think there's any black patent here either.

I can't believe how well this beer is drinking after a whole year. I wonder how it is fresh?...

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Megan for sharing this bottle last night. Poured a deep black color with a smallish tan head. Big hoppy aromas, pine, citrus, grapefruit. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and very drinkable, with good hop flavors balanced nicely by dark chocolate and roasted malt. Very good.

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

Bottled 6/30/2011

Beautiful bottle design - who says shiny things are overrated?

Poured into a pint glass very dark brown with a dark fluffy tan head.

Nose pulls pine hops and a touch of roast/chocolate.

Very nicely bodied, smooth and medium/light carbonation with a pleasant bitterness, lightly herbal, some roast and a touch of chocolate. Sweeter finish with a sticky bitterness that really just feels complex as it rests on the palette.

As others have mentioned, for a year old, this still has a really nice hop presence. I'd never think to buy a cellared IPA, but this one impressed - just very smooth. The 8.5% is very well hidden in the malt making for a great drinker that you have to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy!

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Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: August 2, 2010
Consumed: 6/7/11
Served @ 55 degrees

A- Pour produced a two finger brown head that sat atop a very dark brown approaching black body. Nice lacing

S- a citrusy hop smell is predominant to me, followed by some toasted malt and some dark fruits. Not a very strong smell bt pleasant

T & M- This is a very good and complex beer. On the forefront is citrusy and slightly bitter hop taste followed quickly by some chocolate and dark fruits and finishes slightly bitter again. Slight alcohol taste. Main complaint is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not overly thin, but not where id like it to be

O- I though this was an excellent beer with so much good stuff going on. The drinkabity is great given the abv

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal.

Pours a very dark brown to black with a short bubbly, khaki colored with good lacing

On the nose it's a little chocolatey with roasted malt, smoked wood, a little nutty and a deep dark citrus note

The flavor is very layered and complex. notes include a hint of chocolate, smokey oak, deep raisin, slight sweet roasted malt, coffee and slight citrus

Mothfeel is very nice and smooth. A bit creamy with a nice almost foamy carbonation and a dark-fresh aftertaste

Overall I think this is hands down, the best black IPA I've ever had. The flavor is so complex and unbelievably balanced. Im kind of blown away by how good it is. I recommend this to everyone. Thank you DarthKostrizer for this tasty treat!

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Photo of claytong
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting brew. had this on tap, sadly only 4 oz. but mountain sun just had incredible things on guest tap that day.
Nose was pine, hops, strong malt, brown sugar, molasses.
Taste was almost identical with not as much sugar.
It went down so smoothly. Almost seemed like some of the best of both worlds.
Mouth was super wet and wanting more, the wife was there to control.
A great beer, hope to get some more sometime.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours, well you guess it a dark black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor that carries over into a moderatly dry finish that sums it up quite well..

overall a really great beer

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Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in mid-March for $8.49.

Beer poured a dark brown with a frothy tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is resinous hops and a huge malts.

Taste is a nice balance between slightly roasted malts and the pine and resinous hops. Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than hoped. Texture is fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I would suspect it is much better when it was first bottled.

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Photo of batty
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank May 2011 cambridge, ma

pours a rich chocolatey brown, brown-ale type color with chocolate edges. clean tan head with great lacing.

smells exactly as it should - rich malts with caramel, piney and slight citrus hops with a hint of mj. not quite as strong as it could be perhaps.

taste explodes in the mouth - relatively clean up front with a rush to the back and the chocolate - which melds cleanly from bitter chocolate to bitter hop, very lingering. just a touch of roast, plenty of hop flavor to match the bitterness

easy drinking feel but thick enough to keep some substance - not watery or overly thick.

great 'american black ale.'

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2010) into a Jester King snifter.

Trout Hop pours with a murky plum-brown body. Not the best color, especially with the pond water lightness at the edge, but the sizable tuft of big-bubbled khaki foam makes for a decent appearance. Despite the age, this Black Ale still has a hefty hop profile that kicks off plenty o' pine and tropical fruit. Dark malts and yeast add a nice depth of gummy fig, chocolate-covered cherry, and toasted toffee nuttiness--a delightful bouquet.

The flavor is still laced with hops, too, as a bitter resin note creeps across the palate alongside notes of mango and pineapple. Malts kick in mid-sip with molasses and a dry roasted flavor, followed by a finish of boozy fruit cocktails. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and under-carbonated for the style, but there's enough sustenance to keep the tongue happy. Overall, a tasty take on the style from Grand Teton that's held up well with regards to its hop profile. Recommended!

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Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Imperial Stone glass. Pours a deep opaque brown, with no light visible, but not black. The two finger head looks like a root beer float both in appearance and color. Lace is laying down in an almost solid sticky tan sheet. The head really isn't going anywhere tonight.

Smells beautiful. It has notes of honey, molasses, burnt caramel. This one has a fantastic malt bill. It is balanced nicely with some bitter hops, although the malt is up front. I'm really counting on this tasting as great as it smells.

It is very sweet, with light roasted caramel. Blackstrap molasses, and light brown sugar. I think the hop bill is really here for balancing bitterness. Any specific hop character is sort of lost in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is where this one fell a little short. It is mildly carbonated, more like a brown ale than an BIPA. It finishes quite watery. It just doesn't hold up to the style.

Even though it lost points on the mouthfeel, it was a really great beer. Beautiful color, head, lace, and smell. It tasted like I wanted to have another. Low point was the watery finish. Definitely recommended though.

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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 Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 11/16/2010. Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy / creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of sweet roasted chocolate malts and piney, slightly citric, hops. This is what a black IPA should smell like.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and fruit with some roast (light coffee) and piney fruity hops in the finish that add a medium bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA I've had to date. I haven't been a big fan of them so far, but this is well balanced with a nice combination of sweet chocolate, roast, citric fruits and piney hops.

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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 shodrod
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a dark black color with a nice tan head that holds it shape for slightly longer than you would expect. The aroma is reminiscent of a barleywine with notes of fruit and alcohol. The flavor profile is closer to a porter or stout than a black IPA. Smoke is a predominate note with hints of coffee and chocolate. A very light, mellow finish. A supreme lack of hop presence for a beer labeled IPA but, none the less, a delicious beer.

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Photo of bbb099
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light tan colored head, good lacing. Pours hazy, deep dark brown.

S - Heavy citrus and some floral hops with chocolatey dark malt aroma to it.

T - The hops did not come through as strong as I thought it would. Roasted dark malt dominates with some residual hop flavors. I felt like it could be a little more balanced as it leans more towards the roasted malt side, but it tasted great nonetheless.

M - Thick and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Alcohol warmth definitely noticeable on the way down, but tasted good enough that you just want to drink more and more. Something I would purchase again for sure.

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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 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 JackieTH
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a dark black body with a light tan head, scents of pine resin and grapefruit pith predominate the nose. There's a big grapefruit pith bitter hop and resin bite right up front. Subtle undertones of sweet roasted malt attempting to bring semblance of balance. Slightly warming as well. I've had several black DIPA's and it still catches me off-guard with the big hops out of such a dark beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Near black cola, nice creamy but small head, leaves to ring fast. Lots of lace.

S - As my nose approaches, hops hit first. Then, spiciness, orange peel and toasty malt.

T - Nice light toasted malt, surrounded by hops.

M - Velvet, creamy, great balance and carb.

D - Easy to drink. A nice beer.

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Photo of HoppyHachey
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect amount of bitterness combined with the Black Lager. I enjoy a little more bitter and dryness but this is so smooth and flavorful, I love it. I feel I let my bottle sit a little long though and the flavor may have been diluted and that's why it doesn't seem as bitter.

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