Trickster IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beertunes on 06-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,655
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
284
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
78
Trade:
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3.35/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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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4/5  rDev 0%

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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 284 ratings