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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: 27
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 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 Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Mid-mocha two fingered frothy head on top of a darkest brown/black beer. Lacing is thick around all side of the glass.

S- Roasted malts. Spicy hops.

T- Pine. A little spicy hops. On the intense side of the an IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Loved this one, my first "cascadian dark". Don't know if I could handle more than one or two of these. Very deceiving, these black IPAs. Liked it a whole bunch.

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Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, IPA tasting.

Muddy cloudy dark brown brew, black at edges, with 1 cm creamy frothy ecru head, nice lacing.

Aroma has toasted roasted malty notes with fruity prunes and figs predominating.

Mouthfeel creamy and rich. The roasted malt carries a sweet fruity flavor up front with aggressive bitterness in the long finish. Hoppiness comes through mainly in the bitter finish, specific hop notes are integrated into the overall flavor rather than staning out on their own.

My first of this style and it is a hybrid style that I reallythink I will like--the roasted malt playing off bitter hoppiness. This one is very good.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice dark brown creamy foamy head that has good retention. The head left decent lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown with a tinge of red. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some carbonation bubbles that are coming up the side.

Nose: The aroma is wonderful. There is rich floral bouquet, spruce, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. The malt has a nice roasted quality with notes of toast and bread. There are also notes of yeast, phenols, and solvents.

Taste: A medium rich floral bouquet, grapefruit, pine, and spruce for the hops. The malt has a rich roast, gentle toast and a bread like quality. There are also notes of yeast, solvents, caramel, and phenols.

The mouth feel is astringent, coating and slightly dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. I really dig this black IPA, it has wonderful qualities with rich hops and malts. I feel that if it was refined just a bit this beer would be outstanding, nonetheless, a good black IPA.

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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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... 1" dark tan head... the brew isn't exactly black, instead a dark dark walnut with beautiful deep ruby highlites when held to a bulb. Good retention and lacing.

Nose shows a big blast of citrus hops and lesser dark malts.. the dark profile doesn't really jive as much as some of the Black IPA's I've had... the citrus elements seem too high to live harmoniously with the malty profile.

Big and bitter up front... oily pithy citrus hops ... dark malts are pretty heavy too, but verge too much on char territory for my liking.

Everything gets alot better with warmth, alot of warmth.. Near perfect body and carbonation given the ABV...

Pretty nice brew, but seriously, let this one warm up and enjoy it slowly for maximum presence.


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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 aristotle2497
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at The Alchemy in Madison, WI. First off, kudos to a Midwest bar having a beer for my home state and my mother's hometown.

A - came in a 12 ounce goblet, deep looking black color with a hint of swirling of foam. Looked delicious (I'm a fan of dark beers).

S - Hops are definitely present, a strong hit of citrus (think grapefruit) and rich malt. I've smelled better, but it kept me enticed.

T - excellent balance of hops and malt. For an IPA-inspired beer, I thought this had a great balance to it. Rich and floral, but not too bitter as many hop-heavy beers tend to be.

M - It wasn't terribly thick yet it also wasn't water. It has that smooth thickness that makes you think you're drinking something real without stopping to take a run to keep your blood flowing.

D - Just a little hoppy to keep it up regularly, but I thoroughly enjoyed 2 glasses with no thoughts of stopping.

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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 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 EwaldEichstaett
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big dark brown head. Wonderful looking beer. Excellent retention and lacing.

Taste and smell were similar. Citrus hops mixed in with chocolate, toffee and coffee flavored malts. The flavors blend together extremely well. To a fault actually, I enjoy Black IPA's that change their character as you drink them. (see my Hop In the Dark review) The beer was also not as hopped as I expected. More of a Black Pale Ale...

Creamy rich mouthfeel with a very pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable concoction; yet, there are better out there.

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Photo of samie85
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep black with the thickest, three finger, light cafe au lait colored head.

S-Smells of spicy pine, herb, and grapefruit hop notes with the faintest hint of some chocolate malt notes.

T-Grapefruit and orange upfront with some spicy pine and finishes with dry, dark chocolate.

M-Wow the mouthfeel on this is pretty amazing: thick bodied and ridiculously creamy with low carbonation.

D-While the ABV isn't huge on this, 8.5% is nothing to sneeze at. That being said, there is absolutely no trace of that 8.5% anywhere in this beer. Way too easy drinking, especially since it comes in a large bottle format.

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Photo of ableground
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a very presentable thin head.
The color is a bit red in the light.

Scent like a fruity IPA.
Tart punch until it hits your sides with a hop smack.
Lingering is strong yet refreshing.

Most excellent with cured and grilled meats.
Did I mention the label is mesmerizingly shiny?

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Photo of stonermouse
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

It pours quite dark, as the name suggests. Held up to the light, nothing gets through. This is pretty damn close to being not dark brown, but actually black. Has a stout-like, dense head. Nice.

The smell is a blast of hops, and nothing else, which was stunning considering the color of this beer. I get my hopes up that there actually is a beer this dark that lets the hops be the star.

The flavor is quite complex. It has a brown ale nuttiness to it, but the hops take over at the back end of each sip. They don't compete at all. This has a lot going on, and each sip is sort of a little adventure to identify flavors from different styles. This is right on point with how I would expect a "black IPA" to act. The flavor has it all.

The mouthfeel was a little lacking, if only because the carbonation on my bottle was a little low. My second glass from the bomber was more flavorful because it had warmed, but had flattened a little bit. I'm not sure if this was a problem with my bottle, or if it's a characteristic of the beer in general, so I'll grade it as I had it. Perhaps I'll update with my next bottle (which will hopefully be soon).

I could have kept going with this beer, but the bomber was a pretty good serving considering the complexity of the flavor and the ABV. Superb offering from a brewer I had never tried before.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting to say the least. The body is brown with some deep red hue towards the outside. Frothy sliding lace.

Smells like a huge brew. Similar to a hoppy imperial stout in many ways with a slight lean towards a DIPA. This beer reviewing business can get down to splitting hairs. Bottom line is this is an amazingly tasty brew that I could have back to back to back if not for drunken considerations. Plenty of bitterness and a quality dry chocolate malt bill.

Notes: The best beer I've had from Grand Teton. 10 dollar price tag is high.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours black with little to no light shining through. Head is cream-hued and at least a finger thick, with sticky lacing clinging to the glass walls. Head retention is excellent.

S: On the nose is almost pure hop character. Pine, cedar, and grapefruit dominate, with floral, grassy notes lingering in the backround. Malt lends some roasted character and coffee undertones.

T: This is one beast of a black IPA. Flavors go back and forth. Hops hit the palate first, with piney, citrusy notes, and some cedar. Malt lends flavors of toast, coffee, and some fruity characters. The finish is extremely bitter and dry, with floral, grapefruity flavors.

Notes: Trout Hop is a medium bodied, resinous brew, with enough alcohol to make it noticeable. Despite this, it's extremely easy to drink. A tasty example of the style, and one that I plan on tasting again in the near future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a cream-colored head. The aroma is very nice. In addition to the pine and citrus hops, I get some roasted malt.

The flavor is roasted malt with low to medium bitterness from the pine-flavored hops. I also get some nice chocolate notes in the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Black IPAs that I have had and one of the best beers I have tried from Grand Teton.

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into a tulip after dinner. I was not sure what to expect out of this beer as it is labeled on the bottle as a "Black IPA" which is one of my pet peeves because a beer cannot be Black and Pale, but I digress... I will try to not hold this labeling against it.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a very dark brown with some head that dissipated to nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - A very nice mix of malts and hops. When pouring I was surprised just how much of the malt I could smell, while most other "IPAs" have much more hops on the nose.

Taste - This is where the hops come out, a nice citrusy piney flavor, but again they are not overpowering. They are balanced out nicely by the grainy malt flavors. Usually I am not a fan of grain flavors coming out in a beer, but they work well with the hops in this beer.

Mouth- Good balance of carbonation with the flavor. A relatively light beer and incredibly smooth.

Drink- Great drink. I would never have guessed the high alcohol content. I definitely could easily drink several of these and get myself into trouble. This is the first beer of this style that I have truly enjoyed and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh wow, I didn't realize this was stronger than a normal IPA. I've had a fair number of black IPAs lately and this is one of my favorites. The balance of bitter grains and hops leans toward to fruity citrus. Still there's a light and tasty creamy cocoa, mild espresso, and black grains. The hops are a touch juicy with a little apple and white grape before the orange rind and grape fruit kick. The finish is dry and roasty with a bitter tang. I'd have another pint. Good luck finding this one. It's at the top of the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in Casper. Lowest price in town...$7.99 at 2nd Street Liquors.

Looks black in the glass but while pouring, it looked a very dark brown.

Superb 2 finger head of tannish foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and pine dominate the nose. So dominant, I can't smell anything else. Not a complaint considering the style.

The taste is more complex but still on the simpler side. Tons of grapefruit and pine bring the delicious hoppy bitterness but it has a roasty side to it as well though somewhat buried under the immense hop presence. And wow, the abv is hidden so well here I'd call it "dangerous". Man, I'm digging this beer.

On the high end of medium bodied with the carbonation on the high end of light. A really smooth mouthfeel as the beer glides down the throat.

Drinkability? Get out of town. Yeah, it's a strong bugger but I'd never guess it from the smell or taste. A superb job by GT for hiding it so well so I can dig in and just enjoy drinking Trout Hop. Definitely, 1 of my new favourites from the brewery. A must try, in my book as I feel the beauty is in the simplicity of this beer.

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Photo of berkey
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz sample bottle courtesy of the Grand Teton sales department. Poured into a tulip and sampled 08/29/10.

Black body of the beer is topped by a relatively light colored head. Retention is decent and leaves some great lacing.

Citric hop aroma is a little stronger than I expected from my previous experiences with most so-called black IPA's. The last few versions I tried let the roasted malt aromas drown out the hoppier elements but this one manages to avoid that so far. Subtle chocolate notes in the background.

Some astringency joins in on the flavor and takes the shine off the hops just slightly. Lingering hoppy dry finish and dark malts team to create a faint bitter chocolate aftertaste.

I'm not always a huge fan of this emerging sub-style but this simple tasty beer has much more going for it than most. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of 'black IPA's'.

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

25.4oz brown bottle.

Thick crown of tan lace sticks all over the glass. Close to full on black, an edge of brown is shown in the light. Big spicy resin hop nose with a toasty and faint roasty malt. A whole lot of depth and smoothness to this brew. Hops thrown down a solid bitterness but a bigger flavor that blankets the palate with mint, spice, tobacco and some citric rind. The 8.5% let's itself be know with some warmth and fruity esters. Maltiness provides a good backdrop for the flavors to bounce off of, again ... Toasty and roasty with some yeast on the side with a semi-sweet ending.

Killer beer here, hops are just amped enough for my liking. A bit of a quaffer as well.

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