Trickster IPA
Black Raven Brewing Co.

Trickster IPATrickster IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #922
Ranked #6,667
4 | pDev: 8.75%
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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 296
Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

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Photo of strohme2
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.16/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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%
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 -1.5%
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 -12.5%
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 -2.5%
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%
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

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Photo of pianoguy
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +2%
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 -24.3%
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/ notes above remain valid.

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Photo of MichaelinFishers
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -21.5%
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%
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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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 296 ratings