Trickster IPA
Black Raven Brewing Co.

Trickster IPATrickster IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,114
Ranked #8,777
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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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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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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woemad from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Dec 07, 2014
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kslsc400 from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Jun 13, 2012
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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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distantmantra from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Feb 13, 2014
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scootpolute from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler (from the Black Raven Tap Room in Redmond, WA)...I used my Georgetown (Seattle, WA) growler and poured into my Deschutes (Bend, OR) cone pint glass...

A: Mostly clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing...

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass...
T: Oh my...I think I've died and gone to heaven... Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…a hoppy/pine finishes, not dry but begging for you to have more!!!

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter...pretty well balanced...

O: I've had this one a couple of time in the past year (or so) at the Black Raven Tasting/Taproom, but never got around to reviewing...I'm suprised...Very clean, Very drinkable. Just an outstanding American IPA all around… pretty much nailed it with this one!...I'm so glad I only live 15 mins. from the Taproom!!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

Apr 28, 2012
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honkduh from Oregon

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Nov 23, 2011
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Jul 19, 2014
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Ajlvt from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Apr 25, 2014
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Birdlegs from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

May 14, 2013
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CommonRider from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Feb 28, 2013
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MacStinson from Michigan

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

Jan 03, 2016
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jpbebeau from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

May 15, 2012
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PacNWDad from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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yeaprolly from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Oct 28, 2014
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dankness3 from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Mar 18, 2012
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Dduquette from Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Mar 06, 2014
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Smurf2055 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Aug 08, 2013
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BCross from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Feb 26, 2012
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chebode2 from Germany

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 11, 2018
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bifrost17 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Aug 03, 2013
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rabiddawg from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 14, 2015
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 16, 2017
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strongaf from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 30, 2012
Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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