Lost Continent Double IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grand Teton’s Double IPA was born in our renowned Cellar Reserve program. Fans of our Double IPA and XX Sweetgrass demanded we brew the style on a regular basis. In response, we created Lost Continent in 2009 and updated it for 2010. This year's version is brewed with well over three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel of “dry hops” in two additions during conditioning. A revised fermentation program has produced a more traditional Double IPA flavor profile--drier, less malty, more hoppy.

We use only American Pacific Northwest hops. Galena hops are added early in the boil for smooth, balanced bitterness. We add Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo later in the boil for flavor, and Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe in the whirlpool for aroma.

For even more aroma, we dry-hop with Summit, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops in the conditioning tank, and dry-hop again right before bottling with whole-flower Cascade hops. The result is fruity, floral and complex, with notews of tangerine zest and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German CaraHell and Vienna malts give this ale its lovely pale copper hue, with flavors of orange marmalade and dried apricots, supported by a strong backbone of hoppy bitterness.

90+ IBU

Added by illidurit on 05-09-2009

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 464
Photo of stevoj
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Guest tap at Crooked Fence. Foamy active pour settles into nice golden hue with creamy head. Plenty of IBUs to go around, but not enough to make you pucker. Relatively smooth for a double, easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy dark orange little brown with a bit of white head
S: Muddled citrus pine and malt. Nothing comes through clearly.
T: Big malt presence with a haunting trace of pine grapefruit and pineapple
F: Nice feel.
O: This might be old. It's on tap so who knows. It's like the ghost of a great west coast IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has the look of an attractive double ipa, orange to amber, clarity isn't its strong suit, but it develops a 1/2" off white head. Aroma was heavy on the alcohol, not heavy on the hop aromas. For all the alleged hop varieties dry hopped with, this one did not impress in that department.

Taste does better, you get a mashup of stuff here, the malt bill is all over the place, some caramel, some tea, some toffee. Grapefruit most prevalent. Comes off like a hybrid of English/American double ipa. Strong bitterness.

Expensive format, would not repeat.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

From the 750 ml foil covered bottle. I hope I'm mistaken when the bottling date looks like Feb 2012. Hoping it is a smudge. Sampled on July 6, 2015.

Milky murky looking reddish-amber pour under a tan head.

The aroma has some malty and fruit characteristics. The hops smell older and stale. Tobacco notes.

The body is smooth and around medium.

The taste also has that tobacco flavor with bland malts and muted hops. Unfortunately I was not paying close enough attention when I bought it because this is most definitely old and it is difficult for me to give it an unbiased rating.

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Photo of AmitC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/8/2015, so about a month old.

Appearance: Hazy, amber brown color. Excellent lacing, small head.

Smell: Very faint woody hops. Some malt coming in as well. Weak for a DIPA.

Taste: Well balanced as far as hiding the alcohol level is ocncerned. Extremely low on bitterness for an DIPA that touts 117 IBUs. A good chunk of malt as well but is very suppressed. Very easy to drink.

Feel: Good body. Little to no oily character.

Overall, disappointed with the price tag, smell and also the taste of the DIPA. There are many better ones available out there.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first one of these I poured from a bottle had chunks floating around in it. I followed that up with 2 3 month old bottles and a glass on tap at Muddy Waters – these were all OK.
A: Pours brilliant gold to amber, 2” white foam collar that dissipates to ½” gripping the glass as it produces whore stocking lace.
S: Floral, citrusy, grassy nose, faint toast.
T: Orange, melon, mild spice with biscuit followed by a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Very creamy medium high body, medium high carbonation.
O: A very drinkable DIPA with a rich, creamy texture. Steer clear of the ceramic swing top bottles.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is big orange and lemon.
The taste has a big malt backbone, moderate bitterness throughout but balanced. Finishes a little spicy.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-amber color with a small white head of fizzy foam. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of sweet tropical fruit aromas with lots of tangerine, pineapple and mango. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a bready and slightly grainy smell as well as some hop aromas of grapefruit, grass, and herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Along with these sweeter tastes comes a little bit of a bready and doughty taste along with some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature. The fruitiness seems to increase a bit toward the middle, all while the hop remains constant. This however changes more toward the end of the taste, as some of the sweet fades a bit and more and more hop of a grapefruit and herbal flavor come to the tongue. Some grass and a bit of pine join the rest of the flavors at the end, to leave a rather fruit natured sweet, but nicely hopped and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. This mouthfeel is fantastic for the mix of tropical fruit flavors with the hit of hoppy flavors that sits on the tongue and makes it’s a flavorful, but still rather easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – This was a great tasting and easy drinking double IPA. Fruity and sweet, but nicely hopped and very easy drinking. I rather enjoy this one.

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Photo of GregJ
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange amber with slightly off white head. Both floral and earthy with a sweet malt aroma. Grapefruit or citrus with slight lemon flavor, grass, sweet malt and a little barley flavor. Nice medium/heavy body with a grapefruit pine aftertaste.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a hazy orange color with off-white soapy head with big bubbles that left webbed lacing.

S- Huge pungent grapefruit, piney, and orange citrus notes. Lots of huge juicy hop character in the aroma, very strong and aromatic.

T- Lots of sweet and juicy grapefruit, big piney hops, orange citrus, dankness, and some tropical fruit notes. Very pungent, juicy, and lots of sweetness for a DIPA, but pretty low bitterness for the style.

M-Prickly carbonation, fuller bodied, some warming, semi-dry finish, and slightly syrupy.

O- This is an intensely hoppy and enjoyable DIPA> Very concentrated hoppiness with lots of residual sweetness but not over the top.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange colour, vibrant with fair translucency. Head is off-white, large bubbles but no real lacing. Nice, but not wonderful.

Smells mildly hoppy. Decent citric notes, touch of peach, but mostly just light, fruity hops. Bit sharp and a bit one-tracked, but otherwise pleasant.

Taste is brash and hoppy from the start. Quite American - citric, in your face, bit of fruitiness and then all acidity. Bit of English-style malt there to balance it, doesn't quite manage it though, and the American-ness takes over. How historically apt.

Bit of hop pull; decent body but not quite enough to temper those hops.

Nice IPA stylings. Decent palate, just a bit brash and harsh. Could be mellowed out a bit and I wouldn't be complaining.

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Photo of kagent777
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Part of a four pack purchased while in Jackson recently. This had a bottled date of 7/25/13 and was poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: Slight haze on a nice copper colored beer. The head rose to about a finger and then settled down to a persistent foam throughout the glass.

Smell: Fruity and floral hops spring out as soon as the bottle is opened. How would this have smelled fresh? A fairly strong caramel note hides in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the smell and is not as intense either. Also I wonder if age is a factor? Muddled hops, nothing too distinct, enough to pick out a variety. The caramel malt is somewhat one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: A certain slick oilyness that is quite nice. The carbonation is lower and soft.

Overall: I really need to try this one fresh, I suspect it may have a lot to offer.

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Photo of Walletsworth
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark red gold with just a little head but good lacing. Smells of strong hops with a little bit of pine in there as well. Tastes a lot more piney than I got from the smell which is what I actually prefer. Still a great hop flavor though on top of that.

Overall an extremely good beer. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml foil-capped bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with Rich some months later.

Pours a slightly hazed orange hue, with a messily bubbled, if not particularly thick head of white. Lace forms in tiny specks but no more. Body is extremely pleasantly thick, and holds the fine carbonation very well indeed. Overall, though, it looks very good.

Nose is awesome. Big fresh citrus hops like slightly underripe orange and mandarin. Big sweetness underneath mingled pleasantly with it providing a stretchy toffee character that plays off the citrus fruit wonderfully. This bottle is some months old, I know, and the fact that it still stands up so damn well is a testament to just how good it must be fresh. Fantastic stuff.

Taste is also extremely good. The malt basis is strong, but neutral enough to just give the stage to the hops, which roar through with a pleasant intensity, touching everything as they work from front to back. Clean bitterness throughout, with a brightness that reminds me of Pliny. Slight green kiwifruit and leafy chewiness on the back gives a cleansing flavour, while the bitterness and hop oils linger for some time. It's really excellent stuff.

Feel is clean but smooth, with a thickness that supports everything, and a lightness which lets the flavours do their work.

Overall, this is blissfully drinkable, amazingly balanced and just damn *good*. The flavours are really beautifully put together to produce a beer of great substance and character while maintaining a pleasant approachability. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Craus and Sara for this one. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy orange-gold color with just a thin cap of light khaki head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was strongly citrus hops and had a soft malt background. There was a bit of pine in the background. The flavor profile was pretty much the same, lots of citrus hops, some pine and light floral, and a decent malt contrast for balance.

The body was pretty typical for the style, medium, with a medium dry finish. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Nothing worth a lot of effort to get, but most definitely worth grabbing when you see it.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick head with orange body and some floaters. Smell isn't terribly strong, but it's interesting - pineapple is the dominant note. Taste is maltier than bitter, without any of the fruit in the nose. It's very different from a standard DIPA.

Picked it up just to have a beer from Idaho, but I was rather impressed with it. Try one if you see it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4oz pour on tap at a tasting a while back. review is from notes

a typical, if not a little light colored, look to the beer, small head. smell isn't powerfull, but good. tangerine and wheat. taste is bitter and juicy, citrus and pine stank. feel isn't too cloying, but a tad heartburn inducing.

very good, bright flavors

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/07/13

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is spotty at best with little stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma, with orange and stone fruit character leading the bill.

Taste - Follows the nose. Juicy fruits dominate the palate; orange zest and stonefruit. Slight nuttiness. Malts get a bit lost in the shuffle, but peak through with a ghostly bread like presence. Orange rind bitterness bites in the the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth approach before a bone dry finish.

Overall - Not a bad DIPA, but not one that really stands out from the pack. It's a beautiful label on the bottle, which does stand out from the pack and is mostly the reason for why you're reading this review. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but it's not a beer I'd go and intentionally seek out.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Double IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden color, produced a nice white head, nice retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was unique, it blended grapefruit and tropical fruit. Malt and caramel present as well. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, caramel malt, piney hops, and tropical fruit- Sweeter then most IPAs- however the fruity characteristics make this one to put on your list.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Struck out with JL's in Fargo on an Easter Sunday, so stopped by Maxwell's instead. They had a passable (albeit expensive) beer selection, with this one of the more interesting selections.

The beer pours an orange amber color with prety good head retention and lacing. The nose is nice enough... there was plenty of dry citrus and light pine, along with some noticeable sweet malt as well. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this well balanced DIPA. The combination of malt and hoppy bitterness seemed to impart something of an apple melon flavor on the mid palate, with a moderately long, modestly bitter finish. I prefer my IPA's and DIPA's to have a bit more of a hop bite to them, but this wasn't bad. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol was fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though I could tell the abv. wasn't too overwhelming in this one (I would have been shocked to see it over 10%).

Nothing awe inspiring here, but nevertheless, a decent DIPA from the folks at Grand Tetons.

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Photo of Sneslage
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I find this is a really Weird way to drink this beer. On nitro, all the sharp IPA corners are totally rounded by the gas. It is creamy and full bodied and has a distinct winey taste. By this, I mean the sweetness and abv of the double really comes through.

A light amber color. Color looks just like on co2. Less head, zero lacing.

S aroma is slightly sweeter and much less intense than on co2.

T again, this is a weird beer on nitro. It has a rich, creamy mouthful. It approaches with a lot of body and finishes with an almost chech pilsner or rye flavor and nearly no hops yet a present abv. A sincerly winey finish. A subtle bitterness lingers.

M creamy, full bodied and present. Think whole milk or cream, not skim.

O overall, this is a solid beer from prior tastings. Nitro changes the ball game entirely and makes it a much more buttery, full bodied beer. I suggest this as an awkward gateway beer from heavy white ales and Belgians to IPAs. A favorite beer but not my favorite execution of it. I prefer co2 for this one. My girlfriend might like it, though.

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Photo of Curtis
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 Oz poured into the "Official Kronenbourg Tasting Glass"... Have to say, of all of the Grand Teton Brew Co's beers i've tried, this is my least favorite. It isn't bad in any way, just not exceptional like the rest of their beers. Poured a bit hazy, not quite hefe or wheat, but more than the usual IPA. The head was not thick, but lingered nicely. Aroma was different: hoppy, a tad bit citrus, but not the usual IPA kick. Mouthfeel is a little strange. A definite carbonation buzz to it, which was probably the most unpleasant part of the beer. Reminds me of when I over carbonated the homebrew Irish red and got that metalic flavor. This was a little better than that, but I expect much more from these guys. It's just not as impressive as the rest of their beers. Has a lingering aftertaste that is hop bitter but not in a good way.. more of a fault than a pleasant memory. It's.... allright. Wouldn't buy it again or give it to a friend. Save the money and buy their Belgian styles -that is what they do best. They more than make up for this one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing. It is a pale orange yellow hue with some clarity of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: citrus and tangerine notes, some caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Citrus flavors are a bit more noticeable in the first sip. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and some lingering bitterness from this hop bomb. Lingering, but mellow and enjoyable. The alcohol is hidden well too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, crisp lingering bitterness, medium carbonation, and quite and enjoyable drink.

Overall: Super hoppy nice. Happy to have scored this single last week and good yo see it held up after 8 months.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large bomber, with bold foil, picked up at Green's in Columbia, SC. Label states bottle date of 2/24/12.

A - A cloudy orange/amber, with lots of head and sticky lace. Lots of sediment, cloudy, zero clarity. Love it! I will take a cloudy brew over a clear one anyday.

S - Citrus hops and alcohol very present. Pineapple.

T - Sweet up front, major hops! Citrus flavors, pineapple, pears. Very well balanced. Damn tasty

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Smooth.

O - This one is 9 months old, and I think it has aged very well from a DIPA to a strong ale. Hops still kick. Very good. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Bottle Barn. Though brewed in February of this year, the hops held up to make it worthy of a transition to a strong ale. Orange coloured body and a large head. Fruity aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Orange, tangerine, and mango flavours. Not as good at room temperature

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