Trickster IPA
Black Raven Brewing Co.

Trickster IPATrickster IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,117
Ranked #8,668
3.99 | pDev: 8.77%
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
Very Good
Trickster IPATrickster IPA
Notes: In mythology, the raven can play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules, hence the name Trickster. This well-balanced IPA has a light fruit, citrus and piney hop aroma with a full hop flavor. With delicately balanced malt and hops and a 6.9% ABV, this beer has truly earned its name. Available year-round.
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Safeway. Pours out a bright orange, golden, lasting foamy head. Aroma is citrus, malts, some light bitterness. Taste continues with minor sweet malts, oranges, mild hoppiness. Incredibly smooth. Tasty too.

Feb 07, 2020
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single can at Denver bottle shop. Canned on 10/09/19.
Pours clear, dark gold with lovely thick creamy head.

Taste is malty, not hoppy. In fact, it isn't hoppy at all, despite the claim on the can. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet.
If this was categorized as a brown ale, or an amber, or a winter warmer, or even a bock, all good. But this is not a WC IPA.


Nov 28, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after a lot of hype around their launch of the idaho market, i had a little higher hops for this, what appears to be their flagship ipa. its fresh enough, canned only about a month ago, but somehow seems tired to me, although i do love the aesthetic on the can, very sort of halloween looking, nice for the fall anyway. the beer has a maltier almost orange copper shade to it, clearish, and with a high rising but short lived white head on it. smells like sweet crystal malt and fairly generic northwestern hops, nothing unique at all, and less of the dry hop character than i expected, more of a longer boiled bitterness and late kettle addition vibe to me, not as bright as i think i wanted the hops to be, which is true in the flavor too. there is nice balance with the sturdy malt base, but this really isnt enough to make the beer very appealing to me, the hops kind of seem faded, and while i get some pine sap and some bitter orange out of it, its a flavor combination i have tasted a million times, and frankly tastes like a number of beers we already have here in the market, not sure why anyone felt it would be necessary to add this one to the mix, its fine beer, but its just another one. i liked their updraft pale quite a bit better than this one, and will have to try this on tap when i see it, it just didnt do much for me out of the can last night.

Sep 27, 2019
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle (into glass)
Clear deep golden tinged orange appearance. A malty mandarin orange peel with a touch of pine on the nose. Quite a dose of hop bitterness up front with some citrus peel and well steeped Darjeeling tea in the taste.

Sep 24, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last beer of the Northwest vacation at the Dungeness Bay HMS at SeaTac on 5-26-19.

Beer was served golden with a nice white head that left lacing on my glass, which was shocking for an airport!

Nose was some light grapefruit, not bad.

Taste was a nice combination of grapefruit and pine, nice classic WCIPA take. Bitterness was 5/10.

Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a solid WCIPA!

May 27, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can dated 1/17/19. Poured into tulip glass.
Pours a deep auburn, reddish, with an orange tinted head. Good head retention, great sticky lacing.
Citrus, honey malt, rye, notes of tropical fruit aromas.
Not my ideal tasting styles. Grainy, coarse, citrus and woody pine. Black Pepper notes, caraway seed and rye bread. Is this beer made with rye? I honestly don’t know.
Lighter feel, medium carbonated. Astringent feel.
Is this just an old school NW IPA or an old can? I’m leaning to the former. Nothing terrible about it just a few years too late for me.

Mar 30, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber colored beer with a decent beige head. Nose is well balanced with equal parts candy orange citrus and caramel malts. Taste is as equally balanced as the aroma as equal parts citrus, this time grapefruit, blends with pine and caramel. Finishes dry and crisp with a pine bitter lingering.

Mar 17, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Seattle Taphouse in the SEATAC airport. Dark orange, tons of lacing. Aroma is mild malt, earthy hops. Flavor is bitter, some citrus, pine, very old school Northwest IPA but at least it’s not a hazy pos.

Dec 14, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 oz draft pour at the airport into a shaker pint.

Creamy top off white head presented, with nice golden chestnut amber appearance. Dark brown brass and clarity in a glass.

Nuts and caramel aroma forward with a good toasty bent. Not ver hoo sensing on the nose though.

Pine rich and malt balancing sweetness on the palate. Oily finish, with a good spice resin and splinter woody character. Sweet hazelnut like also on the malt flavor with a good balance.

Woody west coast tree forest cut down? Sign me up!

Oct 29, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of orange, grapefruit and pine. Sweet toasted caramel flavor with pine and citrusy hops.

Jun 01, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Tavor Hazy deep golden color with a small bubbly off white head that persists. Earthy resinous citrus and pine against and old school bready caramel maltiness. Clean well made IPA.

Mar 15, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, dark amber body; thick, sticky head; sticky rings of foam along the glass. Pungent, spicy aroma; pine. Fine cereal grain flavor with a big hop bitterness from start to finish; peppery. Medium body; coarse on the palate; dry finish overall with some low-key underlying sweetness to offset things.

A very enjoyably, well-balanced and reasonably complex IPA.

Feb 15, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug. Bottled 10/30/17, so it's barely 4 weeks old!

Appearance: rich orange hue with a totally clear body; head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. I think it's quite attractive indeed.

Smell: very earthy, herbal and piney. Very malty with some nicely complementary hops; it doesn't pop very much, but it's quite rich and autumnal.

Taste: malty, rich, dank, and earthy. There's a fair dose of sweetness as well; this reminds me of unfermented green wort in a lot of ways. Perhaps a bit dank for my taste, but not a bad beer at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I think this is a good beer, if not one well-suited to my taste. If you like a danker, earthier IPA, something more English than West Coast, then this beer could be for you.

Nov 29, 2017
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The_Dudes_Rug from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to love this staple from Black Raven. Drinks like a west coast IPA, but not necessarily A SoCal IPA but still delicious. The dude abides this...often.

Oct 15, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Pilgrim's. Canned 3/30/17, a little over two months ago. Aroma is caramel malt, earthy, pepper, bready. Pours slightly hazy burnt orange with a one finger off-white head with decent retention and some lace. Taste is medium bitter with lots of caramel malt flavor. Well, I know it's not old at least, unlike the last beer I rated where that was debatable. I think this is just a really old school, late '80s/early '90s type of IPA, when caramel malt was more pronounced, hop flavor not as extreme. It's drinkable, but I'm not crazy about it.

Jun 04, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Iron Bull, Seattle.
Crusty off white over bright amber. 4
Sweet grain and grass. 3.5
Pound cake malts and crystal toffee then bubblegum and powdered orange drink hops. 3.75
Floral comeback and only slight IBUs.
Lt-med, salty, slight chew. 4

Dim nose and the taste follows: sweet malts and no real hop bite. Just flat and uninteresting. Sports bar APA, but even too cloying for that. 3.75

Jan 17, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with a fluffy white head. Trailing lace sticks down the glass.

The smell is of tropical/citric fruit, pine, some caramel.

The taste is of tropical/citrus fruit, some pine, some black pepper spicing. A caramelized grain sweetness comes through to support the hop bitterness until the dry-leaning finish.

Smooth, flavor lingers.

A nice fruity/piney IPA. A very good example of a modern Pacific Northwest IPA.

Aug 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sexy looking orange appearance with a full inch of white head. Blast of what I suspect be good use of C hops for dry hopping.

Hits those huge bitter notes but provides plenty of citrus flavor to pair with the bitterness. Comes in strong alcohol wise, mostly grapefruit, but some orange flavors as well. Solid degree of caramel malt notes.

Its good, but not anywhere near first tier stuff.

Jun 12, 2016
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imstimpy from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a basic pint glass at the Seattle Taproom at SeaTac Airport. A beautiful Citrus and hop aroma presents from an oddly Amber color. Initial taste is a nice malty citrus, and a well balanced bitterness. Halfway through the malt moves forward and the citrus and hop take a back seat. It finished fairly clean, but the hoppy bitterness does slowly taper.

Jun 11, 2016
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vladdswrath from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red amber pour, big sudsy head. Aroma is light and understated, vaguely dank with the barest hint of citrus. I had to really work to get anything at all. Taste is much more boisterous than the nose. Sweet carmel into a swarm of fruit flavors and a blast of bitter, bitter, grapefruit. The bitterness in this one lingers longer than most, but it doesn't outlast its welcome and feels perfectly appropriate with the rest of the beer's flavor profile. Mouth feel is pretty light and seems a bit over-carbonated, but it's not bad by any stretch.

Jun 04, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Athenian (Seattle) and on tap at the brewery.

A: Clear amber with a half finger off-white head.

S: Grassy hops, floral, featuring grapefruit.

T: Smooth and citrus-y hops with grapefruit in the lead, balanced by a nice caramel malt presence.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: A decent IPA, nothing outstanding. Glad I got to try another from the Raven.

Apr 19, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ brewery tap [email protected] Redmond, WA
Appearance: Light amber, clear, medium head, lacing
Aroma: medium hoppy smell, not to aromatic compared to other IPAs
Taste: strong balance bitterness with long follow through
Feel Palate: fizzy
Overall: very good beer good to repeat but not to look for
Drank April 5, 2015 9pm

Apr 07, 2016
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pianoguy from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pours a hazy copper body with a white head. Good retention and lacing

Not very prominent smell overall. It's mainly floral and grassy, with citrus coming in a close 2nd. I also smell a bit of malt

Taste has a lot more citrus then the smell hinted at. A nice grapefruit bitterness. Very tasty

Crisp and even with just the right carbonation

Look... meh. Smell... meh... but the taste more then made up for these deficiencies. I would have this one again. Maybe I didn't get a fresh one (see no bottling date info) Might be editing this review in the future...

Mar 05, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber (dated 12/01/15) into a tulip.

Pretty good head to start with, but it quickly disappears. Amber color.

Aroma is hoppy, mostly grapefruit.

Taste is those hops, balanced nicely with caramel malts. It's just a bit sweet, not really sweet, but more than you'd be used to in an IPA.

The body is on the light side.

Overall, it's a really nicely executed IPA, with a good amount of bitterness, but not too much, and just the right amount of caramel. Very solid.

Jan 05, 2016
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Croft from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and poured into spiegalu. Nice head retention. SRM 13. Piney hop aroma. Nice caramel malt on the front followed by caramel pine on the back. Nicely balanced. Great IPA

Oct 15, 2015
Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 304 ratings