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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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139 Ratings

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 17
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 t420o


4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

06-12-2011 02:09:34 | More by t420o
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

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!

05-31-2011 21:32:13 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of claytong


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-28-2011 17:54:32 | More by claytong
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

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

05-26-2011 19:41:19 | More by mikesgroove
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-21-2011 23:58:33 | More by arizcards
Photo of batty


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.'

05-17-2011 22:38:01 | More by batty
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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!

05-11-2011 04:05:43 | More by wagenvolks
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4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

05-04-2011 06:38:09 | More by azdback
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

05-03-2011 07:20:55 | More by rawfish
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-14-2011 05:43:54 | More by Beaver13
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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.

03-24-2011 02:39:00 | More by maximum12
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

(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.

03-23-2011 04:38:42 | More by shodrod
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-15-2011 03:48:41 | More by bbb099
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

03-12-2011 01:40:02 | More by ArrogantB
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

03-10-2011 19:33:34 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

03-09-2011 02:44:57 | More by JackieTH
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

03-05-2011 03:36:45 | More by srandycarter
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4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

02-22-2011 04:27:50 | More by HoppyHachey
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

02-17-2011 05:14:20 | More by scruffwhor
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle with no bottling date but "2010" printed on the neck.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head that clings nice and subtly to the glass.

The smell is nice, but I expected more aromatics. Some citrusy notes, but also some molasses-ey hints of booze.

I love dark iba's because the hop-forward taste is surprising. Love the blend of sweet with bitter here. Don't want to do it injustice by trying to describe the flavor.

Feels a little more like a stout and less like a IIPA.

Offered to share the bottle with the wife. Wish I hadn't, I want it all to myself.

02-15-2011 04:14:49 | More by palmdalethriller
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at the Vine Club. Good hop aroma. Black with a white head, lace sheet. Would be an awesome cask, carbonation right there though suitable. Grapefruit taste, expensive pint for Denver at $8. Decent drinkability, roasted malt, malt there to hold back the grapefruit.

02-14-2011 05:17:50 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Well, $9 a half pint at Vine Stret pub during stout month. It looks like a stout at first. Black with a medium sized white head. Upon closer look it's a very dark ruby color.

Somewhat musky hop aroma. Sharp but 'wet' feel to it. Pine and citrus fight, leaving a small trace of roasted malt. Dark plum and sour cherry.

A bit candied sweetness at first, some fruitiness. But then the hops ain't having that crap! It bites with some pine, just short of being resinous, and tangy citrus. The roastiness blends with this to develop the cherry fruitness.

Ends with a zip and alcohol burst. Nice

02-13-2011 20:01:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours dark with a fair head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is an intriguing mixture of roasted chocolate malts and piny hops. This is a complex beer: there is a velvety chocolate smoothness akin to dark stouts, but this is balanced by an aggressive hop bitterness that lingers. Extremely drinkable, although there is a definite alcohol bite.

02-06-2011 02:56:38 | More by Baraka
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from 25.4-oz bottle into tulip glass--1/19/11.

A: Black...with ruby tones when held to the light. Off-white, coffee foam head--took a while to build the head--with solid lace throughout enjoyment. The beer poured thick like syrup.

N: Fruity and malty. A hit of coffee hides behind a fruitnote--citrus and strawberry (like strawberry lemonade). Odd, but this is the best breakdown I can come up with.

T/M: The first thing I notice is that the light, almost watery mouth-feel. The pour looked thicker, and this is initially disappointing, but I begin to appreciate it with each sip. A bit of coffee and chocolate at the back and side of the tongue; fruity peach and grapefruit notes at the front, with a dank piny flavor. As it warms, the complexity increases.

At first, I think I was a bit disappointed with this beer; however, I think I just had different expectations. This is a relatively new style of beer (and I have not had too many offerings of this fashion) but with that in mind, this beer is incredibly tasty. It is very complex in flavor and the light body increases its drinkability. Honestly, I think that this is one of the best Black IPA I have ever had; it invokes some of the magic I felt with the first black IPA I had (Black Lie on tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad).

02-02-2011 21:09:10 | More by peacebone116
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: poured a dark chocolate brown with pale brown highlights and had a nice half finger of bubbly head leaving some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: citrus grapefruit is what greeted me first on the whiff but had grassy, hoppy, pine notes with sweetness from the malts and hints of booze.

T: the roasty and hoppy flavors did blend quite well but had grassy, chocolate, citrus grapefruit accents and a touch of pine.

M:the brew was medium to full in body with a nice amount of prickly carbonation which had a hoppy, grassy, piney, citrusy, sweet, and bitter finish.

D: was definitely a great interpretation of a black IPA and is probably one of the few times I enjoy a dark hoppy brew.

01-30-2011 06:33:41 | More by Gobzilla
Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.