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Trickster IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Trickster IPATrickster IPA

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 248
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of gandres
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ brewery tap room@ 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

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Photo of pianoguy
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Croft
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is one of the most bitter IPA's I've ever tasted. No essence of citrus or tropical fruits, as I would have expected from a west coast IPA.

I almost wonder if the waitress brought me something else by mistake...

Update: tried another can, canned on 04/06/2016 and consumed 04/22/2016...my notes above remain valid.

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Photo of MichaelinFishers
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shaker pint in the Seattle Taproom at SeaTac Airport. Nice deep gold color, but no head to speak of. Not much aroma, either. But nice hoppy flavor and an abiding bitterness that fades slowly. Not bad at all for rolling the dice among three local IPAs at this airport stop.

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Photo of mactrail
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pleasant hint of mango in the nose. Light and watery body. Handsome orangey amber with a modest foam in the Ciney snifter. Very carbonated with a club soda taste in every sip.

After a touch of malty this turns dry and fruity. It tastes like something burnt. Woody and leaf mold taste with the persistent malt. Hops are darkly leafy.

After a few sips this is just bitter and herbal. In spite of the interesting hop flavors it's borderline drinkable for my taste buds. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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Photo of hreb
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours crystal orange in color, and briefly forms a white head. Assertive tropical aroma. Flavor is much more aggressive, brining piney astringency and fine carbonation (too much of it). But in spite of all that, this big IPA finishes incredibly neutral. Straight ahead West coast IPAs are so unbelievably common, and have been done so well, that this comes across as fairly unremarkable. But really the finish is just fantastic here -- it's hard for me to imagine that a beer which is otherwise so ordinary could have its strongest selling point be it's neutral finish.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA that leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste--like the aftertaste of spinach that has been stir-fried. The nose is by far the best thing about this beer--very nice aroma of grapefruit and pine. Filtered and crystal clear amber color is pleasant as well. I wouldn't call this "balanced" by any stretch--very hop forward, and mostly in a good way at the beginning, but as the hop slap fades it becomes drier, tastes like pot dry-mouth. Also like chewing on a twig--astringent and no malt sweetness to balance it.

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Photo of Moose90
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep and dark caramel orange hued amber into the glass. There is a creamy bubbly off-white head that forms on top of the beer and leaves behind some consistent rings of lace.

S — Smell is quite pungent, bitter, strong, lightly sweet fruit notes, some bitter citrus, and tangy pine. Notes of pineapple, orange, caramel, lemon.

T — Like the nose though a bit more sweet caramel malts, balancing tangy notes of pineapple, pine, citrus, lemon, orange, very nicely done.

M — Medium bodied, lingering semi-sweet finish.

O — Good overall, kind of underrated, when this is fresh it is a seriously great IPA.

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Photo of lazy8
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a chilled pint glass. Excellent IPA. Medium body, copper color with a pine and grapefruit nose. Taste of citrus and tropical fruit with a peppery aftertaste. This is my type of IPA. Wish it was available in LA.

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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jae, this was a great extra

Pours a nice browned mango with excellent head and lacing

Nose is tropical- get lots of paw paw and mango. Also a bit of a metallic, ashen quality which I have had from hops such as Galaxy before and isn't necessarily unpleasant. There's a bit of a funky slightly fruit pulpy quality to it. Nice: fresh and tropical without being too much. Also citrus coming out a bit later. Great nose.

Taste continues the nose with more tropical fruits with a nice citrus element alongside.

In terms of mouthfeel, this is a single IPA and is well poised in that category. Has the bitterness there but it doesn't hang around, instead giving way to a nice slightly watery, not too thick body and ends up being nicely drinkable as a result.

A solid and well-rounded IPA which retains interest without being overbearing.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip from a 22 oz. bomber muled from Seattle (thanks Sister!)

A: 2-3 finger head that sticks around for quite a while; amber with some depth of color and slightly hazy
S: crystal and rich german malts; hops are a nice combination...some pine, some kind of heavier and slightly dank citrus.
T: follows the nose; substantial malty backbone balancing the nice piney and slightly citric hops. A little extra bittersweet spicy kick at the end. Nothing too fancy, but it got better and better as I went...kind of an old school IPA to me, but done very well and very satisfying.
M: medium carbonation, nice full body, dry on the end

Overall: Good. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $5. No obvious freshness date, but the guy at 99 Bottles said it’s only recently begun to be bottled, so age should (hopefully) not be an issue.

Poured into a Budge Bros. pint glass, this was a slightly chill-hazed copper-amber color, with a creamy, beige head that dropped down after a few minutes but not before leaving a sticky band of lace around the sides of the glass.

Piney, peppery and grapefruity in the nose, in that order.

Similar to the aroma, that taste was of piney, spicy, citrusy hop flavors, with a minor, mineralish taste midway through. Finishes on a bone-dry note.

Medium bodied, with a drier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

I don’t get the hype. Don’t get me wrong – it’s good., but the build up this has gotten from west-side BAs seems overdone. Maybe it’s just an off-bottle, possible since they’ve only recently begun bottling. I’ll give it another shot next time I see it, and will hopefully be able to have it on tap at some point.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful citrus and bready aroma, thin light appearance, very bubbly, little quickly-faded head. Taste is uunbelievable-perfect, perfect balance. Alcohol is a little strong at the finish but damn this is a good ipa.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really is a good beer. Color is a beautiful orange amber. Smell is bitter with subtle undertones. For me the taste has a lot of pine and it's not what I usually like in an IPA. To those who like pine you will like this beer and will definitely have another.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, bready malt, floral, hint of caramel

T-bready malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral, light caramel, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA, easy drinking

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber, clear with light constant carbonation and a half finger slightly off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Nice aroma (I wish "aromatic" wasn't redundant here) of biscuit malt and piney and citrus hops. Flavor follows, with citrus and mildly piney and floral hops, biscuit malt and light pear and sweet citrus juice. Finishes with citrus rind and the kind of resiny, complex hop flavors and bitterness that I hope for in an IPA. Body is at the high end of medium with a nice moderate creaminess, more than expected. An overall nicely balanced and aromatic IPA with a great mouth feel. I’m glad I finally got to try this regional classic. This is the third absolutely wonderful IPA I've had from this brewery (with Wisdom Seeker, Beak Tweaker (awesome)). Great brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Latona, review from notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head on top. Retention as average, but some nice lacing was left behind on the glass.

S: As expected, a vibrant/fresh hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus, pineapple, and a bit of zest. The malt comes through as a grainy aroma. Light pine at the end.

T: Similar to the aroma. Nice citrus up front, rather strong - grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and a little zest. Grainy malt with a little caramel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a nice bitter finish.

O: A very nice IPA. Glad I can usually find on tap somewhere in the city.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice head capping the amber liquid; sheets of lace drape the glass

Smell: Hop juice aromatics, with all the West Coast floral and citrus character

Taste: The hop juice leaps onto the palate, with ruby red grapefruit and a biscuity malt character; floral citrus builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just about as good as it gets from the West Coast IPA style

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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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