Trout Hop Black IPA - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-12-2014 23:22:46 | More by beersdmf17
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
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)
02-11-2014 15:24:13 | More by Beerswag
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-27-2014 04:30:58 | More by spark3148857
3.99/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-25-2014 13:08:01 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.54/5 rDev -13%
Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
04-05-2013 22:44:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.