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 -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.53/5  rDev +13%
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 -0.2%
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trickster IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 279 ratings