Trickster IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Trickster IPATrickster IPA
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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:
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

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4/5  rDev 0%

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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 draheim
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass @ Ray's Cafe, Seattle.

Pours a clear copper w/ a thin white head, leaves behind plenty of lace.

Aroma is decidedly hoppy w/ equal parts citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Taste follows nose. Malt bill is dry and biscuity, provides just enough body to showcase the resinous hops. Plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is typical of a good IPA. Clean and refreshing.

Overall a very tasty IPA, well-crafted and very drinkable.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Black Raven Brewing.

Appearance: Pale golden-orange with one finger of fluffy head. Lots of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange and tropical fruit. Loving the hoppy nose.

Taste: Big citrus hops without destroying the palate. Super smooth hop character that follows the nose and is balanced by a sweet malt bill. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves a sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dryness as it finishes. Just a bit of alcohol heat.

Overall: A hoppy, sweet IPA that is refreshing and full of flavor. My favorite offering of the half dozen or so I've tried from Black Raven.

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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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 :~)

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

on-tap @ the taproom; enjoyed after a niner on rattlesnake mountain

appearance: served in a pretty sharp branded 20oz pint, light orange-copper body, nice creamy froth

smell: fresh citrus, toasted malt, lemon rind

taste: refreshing post-hike beer - quite well balanced, if balance is your thing. juicy citrus hops - grapefruit and tangerine. biscuit malts, toasted grain, caramel, nutty.

mouthfeel: moderate-light bitterness, refreshing

overall: good ipa - prefer the wisdom seeker

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a growler from the Black Raven. Pours a darker than expected orange with a fluffy creamy head. Smell is pine, floral and malty. Taste is a nice hop/malt balance. Not a hop bomb, but that is ok. Good body and carboration. Overall a nice balanced ipa.

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

Pours a golden orange with a nice bit of white head. Smells very piney and hoppy. A nice interesting aroma profile. tastes piney and bitter. The hoprofile is solid but a bit disjointed from the malt backbone. Overall slid but nothing crazy good. Glad to have tried this

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

On draught at the Collins Pub, Trickster IPA is pale orange with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is bright citrus, lime hops, a little resin, and loads of bread dough.

Taste is similar, huge punch of citrus hops, sweetened by the malt, but tempered by a firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Black Raven, so I'm guessing I was expecting to be blown away. Above average, but with a tap list I can't keep up with, I'm not ordering it again, at least during this trip.

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Photo of erikog78
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing IPA at a great price. 12 dollars for a growler full. Wonderful brewery that needs to start bottling and distributing more. Still waiting to try the Wisdom Seeker Double IPA but it is alwyas sold out quickly when it comes out once a year.

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4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear semi-dark copper appearance. Moderate head. Served at the brewery.
Very well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness expected from an IPA.
My previous gold standard for local IPA was Lucille IPA from Georgetown brewery. Trickster is very close in all respects - both winners - with a slight edge to Trickster.
Grabbed a growler to go.
edit: After several return visits, I reiterate my impression that this is a great IPA. A bit pricey though at $12 a growler fill. No one else around here asks that much. That is the only disappointing thing about this beer.

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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 283 ratings