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

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 462
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is murky, orange amber color that shows a deeply hazy light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with caramelized malt notes and candied hop aromatics; seemingly aggressive crystal malt notes competes with and at times beats into submission the ample hop character found in the nose. Lots of stewed crystal malt aromas, caramel, toasted malt, and dirty sweet tea aromas sort of confuse the grapefruit, bergamot and candied pine hop notes that should be the focus of this aroma. The aroma makes this seem like a malt lovers attempt at making a Double IPA. While they actually used some hops in this, it is quite well obscured underneath all the malt. Probably one of the most "balanced" double IPAs I have ever had, too bad the malt character is a bit too dirty and the overall aroma just doesn't seem to ever come together harmoniously.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would have suggested and actually starts out with a clean hop character. Towards the finish the cloying crystal malt character provides muddy caramel notes and ample toasty malt character before a light for an IPA bitterness is able to kick in. The malt character never leaves the finish though and comes to make the palate forget the bitterness existed at all. Sticky caramelized orange zest flavors, stewed grapefruit and some sweetened pine needle flavors struggle through the murky malt character here. The body is actually the one part of this beer that is in line with a good example of a Double IPA, it is light enough to even be quaffable. The hop character provides a green, somewhat astringent, herbal, pine biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile; this makes a valiant attempt at cutting through the malt focus, but in the end isn't quite up to the task.

This beer actually doesn't have much in the way of process / fermentation flaws, so there will probably be quite a few consumers that will enjoy this. Having said that, I absolutely hated it and found it a complete waste of time. This is just a horrible example of an IPA for me though. The malt is huge here; this can actually be ok in a Double IPA, but then the brewer needs to ensure that they stuff an insane amount of hop character in the beer so that it thoroughly dominates the malt character. If you are afraid of hops & really like crystal malt then this might be your perfect example of a Double IPA.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark gold body with good head retention and lacing from the 2-finger off-white head.

This is one of those big malty DIPAs that I just can’t get onboard with. Smooth, sweet and boozy, pretty much the opposite of what I enjoy in the style. It misses the opportunity to redeem itself in the hops department. While there’s a decent level of pure bitterness and some modest citrus flavor, it lacks any raw hop flavor and gritty or resinous feel. A bit of wet hay in the finish is as strong as any lingering hoppiness. I’m as bored typing this review as I was drinking the beer. Luckily I only sprang for a liter growler.

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Photo of LarryV
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured an orange-amber color with a head that was quick to disappear. Smell is of raw, citrusy hops. Taste is mostly hops with a grapefruit overtone, very little malt comes into play. To me, this beer is just a mess, there's several different types of hops thrown in at several points during the brewing process - Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade. Unfortunately any modicum of balance was thrown out the window and this is just a one dimensional hop heavy beer that's rather harsh and unpleasant. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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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 DogFood11
2.79/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This brew requires an aggressive pour for the desired appearance. Cloudy orange/tan body with islands of froth sitting on top. It has occasional ring lace. The smell has me curious. Loads of caramel malts fill the air.

This is a unique DIPA. It has such a huge candied caramel presence contrary to what we desire in hop bombs. This delivers more of a blend. I find it too candied for my taste. All I can think of tasting this is those small caramel chewy squares.

Notes: Ehhhh... not for me. I like my DIPA's almost completely one sided. Way too much sweetness. As the beer warmed up it showed some citrus hop that made it worth the purchase.

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Photo of bret27
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local bottle

S: bittery, sugar, malt, little off smell. maybe vegetal or older hops?

A: Deep amber w/good head retention

T: Super weak, with malt dominating. Maybe a little pine and bitterness at the end of the palate

M: average

D: No etoh presence so good, but also too much body and thick/sweet/malty to be too drinkable. Not too mention it just doesn't taste very good.

Overall: Totally off-style even for a single ipa, I really am not even sure whey they would make this.

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Photo of BobCS
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled 6/23/2011

A - hazy orange-amber with a fine laced white head

S - plenty of fruit and citrusy hops in the nose hints of oranges and a fair bit of alcohol

T - fairly sweet malt upfront, but quickly overtaken by hops and an assertive bitterness that is unfortunately a bit harsh and astringent through a long and lingering finish

M - full bodied with a long-lingering astringency

O - a bit disappointing especially with the long and somewhat harsh finish

Thanks harrymel!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy ruby-orange amber with a cream-colored head and a center dollop of discoloration. Floating particulate yeast matter throughout. Not attractive in the least.

S: Malt with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Virtually no hop aroma.

T: Opens with a malty sweet wallop that's quickly balanced by a wave of citrus bitterness. Bitterness yields to notes of caramel and brown sugar. Well-balanced interplay, but the predominate sweetness is nowhere near characteristic of the style.

M: Under carbonated and somewhat syrupy. Would benefit from a crisper feel.

D: Not entirely sessionable. Uncharacteristic of a DIPA. Overall, pretty much underwhelmed with this offering. I rate it mediocre at best.

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Photo of avaldivia
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Hazy light orange color. Has a very nice head about an inch thick with good retention and lacing.

S: Pine Sol. I was hoping for some nice citrus aromas or a good malt balance and I got neither. This had a pine smell that was just not very appealing.

T: A bit better than the smell. It at least didn't taste like pine sol. Still, not a great balance. Mediocre at best.

M: Solid. Medium to heavy body with good carbonation.

O: I see where they were trying to go... I just didn't like it. This was not for me.

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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 ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a four pack for $9 which seemed like a good price...Bright orange color with lots of lace and a foamy head. It smells syrupy, some hops, uh....It tastes like its got a lot of hops but it is also very syrup-like and the mouthfeel is astringent. Maybe I have been spoiled by having access to Pliny and I'm biased but this was a very average double IPA.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottling date unknown.

Appearance: A small, fluffy, white head takes awhile to form atop a cloudy, peach-colored body. Upon closer examination, I notice that the body is littered with white floaties. Head retention is pretty minimal. Nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and pine resin with a touch of grapefruit. That's about it.

Taste: Pine resin, orange, caramel, and grains. Very malt forward and certainly lacking in hop flavor. The bitterness is there though (it's a little lighter than I'd like), which makes me think that this beer is old. I'm not too impressed.

Mouthfeel: Malty, oily, lightly carbonated, and full-bodied for an imperial IPA. Good mouth-coating. Finishes a tad dry and prickly - just a tad.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer on the whole, but as far as style goes I'm not a fan. This reminds me of the stereotypical east coast IPA, but without any malt (or hop) complexity. An easy, but boring, drink.

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Photo of Haus
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very citrus...orange and lemon. Pours a brilliant orange color in my glass with a white foamy head that laces the glass. There were a few floaters in my glass. Tastes very citrus forward... think oranges or apricots...a little bit floral. Amarillo?? There is a bit of a boozy note to this brew. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. It's a pretty good beer, a little bit too citrusy/floral for me.

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Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A double white finger head that is foamy and billowy. The body of the beer is a medium gold color with copper. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy.

Nose: A nice rich hop aroma with grapefruit and a floral bouquet. The malt gives the beer a good background for the beer.

Taste: A medium malt backbone bone with lack luster floral bouquet and grapefruit.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and astringent. The body of the beer is medium thick. This beer sure lacks a lot in the DIPA department. It is just okay.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new hoppy brew from Grand Teton!? Yes please. Poured from 750mL to pint glass the beer arrives a nice slightly hazy orange amber with a decent 1.5 finger white head, decent retention and lacing. Off to a good start! The nose is a disappointment. Not much going on really :( Not much in terms of hop presence, perhaps a hint of citrus but quite muted. Malty sweet even in the nose. The flavor follows suit with little character for a DIPA. The fruity hops are more prevalent though don't seem to blend with the 2-row well. Almost stale in taste, which is odd as the beer was on the shelf exactly 3 days. Good carnation but a bit muddy on the palette. Overall, a swing and a miss. Not much of anything. I'll stick with Teton's other more impressive brews.

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Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange colour with a thick cap of ivory foam, a combination of fine and rocky bubbles. As the head settled and the beer disappeared, tons of chunky, sticky lacing remained on the glass. Intense fruity, hoppy aroma. Lots of powdery, citrusy character, juicy grapefruit, some mango and pineapple. Light malt notes, a bit of grain, faint caramel. Moderate to low bitterness for the style, particularly considering the significant caramel and malt sweetness in the beer. More tropical fruit, restrained citrus, quite a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, the texture was nearly syrupy but stayed on the right side of being sticky. Decent overall, but I would have preferred a balance that favoured hops more in the flavour, the same sort of profile I got from the aroma. A little less sweetness and more bitterness would have made me a lot happier. I still enjoyed it though.

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Photo of rowew
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. nice label with a compass rose, ruined by tacky looking foil on the neck. No date information, but the ABV is marked.

Appearance: Bright orange, a bit of sediment in the bottle, but I left it. Nice off white head, good retention.

Smell: Malty sweetness, with a bit of peppery spice. As it warms a bit more flowery hops come through, but the dominate smell is definitely malt.

Taste: Wow, not much hops here - this is a nice malty beer with just some subtle hops in there. not what I was expecting from a DIPA, but still tasty. Gets a bit too sticky sweet as I finish it.

Overall impression: A bit syrupy, but still some nice flavors. I can't say this is overly drinkable though.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little chill haze on the amber brew. Plenty of head in the big chalice.

Really big and blowsy and loaded with hops, just like they promised. Fruity and bitter. Lots of the leafy, vegetable flavor with a touch of wood. I does seem a little more dry than a lot of DIPAs, but it's still plenty malty. Murky is my general impression. Lots of resins and enough hops to kill anything living in this stuff. The excessive bitterness does seem to flame out early, but it leaves an acidic aftertaste. Earthy finish with some older fruit, like peaches that are overripe but not sweet. Just the ticket for those that like them big, hot, and messy.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured wth a big, off white, foamy, frothy, soap bubble head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is of course hoppy, Fresh qualities in the nose too. Flavor is bigger with some of grapefruit qualities that personally, I'm not too big on. Body is quite good and so is carbonation. The piquant grapefruit thing is overdominant for me, but technically very well done. Finish is the same.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Snifter

A: Hazy orange brew with a slow forming 1/2 finger head. leaves very little to no lacing at all.

S: Honey-like malts, orange peel, and candied grapefruit. slight hint of piney aromas. Also boozy and soapy

T: upfront caramel malts and oranges, fades to slight spice, pine sap and grapefruit. The taste is also somewhat soapy

M: medium full body with a very slicky, almost flat mouthfeel. doesn't really help to bring out the hop flavors

Overall, The first thing that caught my eye upon purchase of this 4 pk was the 90 IBUs denoted on the side of the packaging. However, I can't seem to find this in the beer. Seems flat and lacking a crispiness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of philbertk
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grand Teton Lost Continent Double IPA 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 4-Pack purchased @ Colorado Springs, Colorado Colorados Liquor Mart for $9.99 11/ 24/2010. Sampled 11/25/2010. 8.0% ABV. 90 IBU's. Light lace light white head. Hazed bright rich orange gold color. Rich big floral malt hop aromatic sweet fruit ester front. Sweet malty piney rich caramel flower hop fruit infused body.Mild hot EtOH fruit ester hop spice sipping end. A touch too sweet with fruit caramel body topping refreshing hops. (3.25 / 5.0)

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Photo of gbpackers84ale
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is my first review so go easy on me... this beer was nothing like an ipa not even close to a dipa at least in my mind .... i wanted hops to just jump all over me, instead i get a sweet fruity flavor with no earthy, piny bitterness, with a full mouth feel which i have never experienced before in an ipa (which i admittedly enjoyed after putting ipa out of my mind)... had a much more full/rich body then i'm used to wit an ipa... i hated the first few sips but after i changed my mind set away from an ipa it was actually extremely enjoyable... a great brew but i don't know where they get off calling it an dipa for supposedly being a 90 on the ibu very unsatisfactory but as an overall drink.... quite tasty... had founders red rye pa on the same night which is supposed to be only 70 compared to the 90 ibu`s which was far more bitter and to my expectations.... over all though a great beer.... just now what i expected from a dipa I WOULD DRINK THIS AGAIN WITH OUT A DOUBT... just wouldn't drink it on a hot summer day expecting a bitter sweetness from the hops.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a pub glass. Decent size 1 inch head, with lacing down the whole glass. Color is yellow with an orange tinge. Taste is surprisingly good, nice hop characteristic with some malt sweetness on the end. I was surprised by the taste, pleasantly surprised. I usually pass this beer up and on to other beers, my wife felt bad so she brought this home. I am glad she did, although 9$ a four pack (Surly Furious range, which I cant get enough of) I would probably reach for the Furious instead.
Overalll, a pleasant surprise that I would not have any problem drinking again.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Citrusy hop aroma with some sweet malt. This beer is a little on the sweet side. Fairly full bodied on the verge of being syrupy. Good amount of hop bitterness that really shows in a drying finish. Alcohol is not evident. Seems a little under attenuated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not super into this one. pours a glowing orange color, some haze, small white head. smell is a bit flat or stale, that hope sweetness more than bitterness. flavor is just big sweet hops, a little fruity, just bitter at the end, but lots of weird funk as it winds down. overall just off in the taste, its filling as well, and just leaves a gnarly taste in the mouth. fine carbonation but too much of a sweet thick extractish body. not cutting it for me grand teton...

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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