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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

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Added by beertunes on 06-16-2009

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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 45
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of honkduh
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -0.2%
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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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +20.7%
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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Photo of NWer
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing mandarin infused copper. Golden peach edges. Big thick dense offwhite head with good retention. Lots of oils. Some rock formation lacing builds up down the sides of the glass. A real looker.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, apricot, floral, resins. Slightly toasty and caramel beneath the bountiful hops.

Rush of juicy hops: tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, floral. Touch of caramel and toast with apricot jam. Followed by a big resinous bitter grapefruit hop bite. A touch of vanilla as it warms.

Sticky and drying. med body. steady medium carbonation. refreshing.

Awesome hoppy standard IPA. Great hop flavors. Could drink this one all night. One of the hoppiest and tastiest IPAs out there. Big fan of what Black Raven is doing.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Collins Pub.

The beer pours an orange peach color with good head retention and lacing. The beer has a very impressive IPA nose, showcasing a considerable amount of orange citrus, lime and light sweet malt. The flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with an impressive amount of bitterness on the finish. While the beer is a bit sweeter than I normally expect from a NW IPA, it still leans to the dry side, with a fairly dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an enjoyable bitter/hoppy finish. The beer struck me as just a bit undercarbonated, which in this case seemed to give it a somewhat smoother mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, though I got a touch of alcoholic heat on the finish. In any event, I thought this was otherwise a very solid, easy to enjoy IPA.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good appearance, amber. Great aroma, I smell cascade, chinook and columbus? Maybe some simcoe dry hopping. Not really in the taste profile though.

Very bitter beer. But enjoyable. Tasted a little more alcohol than I would have preferred to feel, but negated somewhat by the bitterness. Or exacerbated, I dunno. They're both there, I enjoyed the beer, the bitterness just never lets go on this one.

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Photo of Briken
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trickster is a clear orange-amber with a thin tan head with decent lacing. Aroma is mostly of grapefruit with a little dampness. Strong grapefruit and resin hops are quickly offset by a cloying malty sweetness. A slightly sticky but robust mouthfeel finishes with a good hop linger that doesn't stay too long.

This is an interesting IPA. I can see how it knocked off Boundary Bay's IPA for house choice. The flavors are very similar but the trickster is more balanced with the hops not sticking to you too much. The hops are not overpowering but definitely predominant and is much easier to drink. I love the Boundary Bay IPA with all it's hop forwardness but this is a great balanced IPA that I could drink all night.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden orange with a dirty white head

S: Nose is dry with plenty of hops, grass, floral, citrus and a very hidden pine element

T: Taste follows nose very well. It lies on the dry side, very little hop oils. Floral, grass, citrus and subdued pine notes.

M: Very nice and crisp, lighter to medium bodied

D: Damn good. Amazing single IPA, amazing!

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Photo of wonderbread23
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their taproom in Redmond.

Appearance: Darkish IPA...almost reddish gold in color. Very nice head with average persistence and nice lacing.

Smell: Hops. Piney and resin probably attributed to the simcoe and chinook hops. I love this aroma.

Flavor: Clean hop bitterness. Lots of citrus hops and a bit more earthy grassy varieties. Maybe a touch off balance for an IPA this big (could use a bit more residual sweetness). Alcohol is noticeable, but not hot.

Mouthfeel: At 7.8% ABV I expected maybe more body. Pretty dry considering the ABV. Nice bitter finish.

Drinkability: The more I drank, the more this reminded me of being PTE's smaller sibling. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blend of five hop varieties lends abundant hop character to this easy-drinkin' IPA. It is clear amber-bronze with strong carbonation and gripping coliseum lace. The hop-dominant flavor is green, herbal, and slightly grassy with a complimentary body and aroma that make this ale gracious and repeatable. A liquid hop garden.

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Photo of beertunes
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium/deep straw color with about an inch of bright white head that left a lot of sticky lacing.

The predominate aromas are citrus, grapefruit and lemon, followed by a hit of pine. Some malt foundation gives those hops something to cling to.

The pine flavors hit the tongue first then the citrus lingers on the back.

Slightly more body than a lot of IPAs, but could use a little more.

Nicely drinkable, if you're of a mind to have several IPAs in a row, this would be one to do it with.

A good, solid IPA that is a little better than average but doesn't really stand out. This is a new brewery and I expect that with time this beer will be improved.

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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 270 ratings
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