Lost Continent Double IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Lost Continent Double IPALost Continent Double IPA
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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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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange until the last half ounce of the bottle is poured at which point it turns into a slightly hazy, pale orange-ish yellow. A thin layer of foam dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edges.

SMELL: The Lost Continent has a nice aroma filled with citrus. Orange and grapefruit dominate along with a good dose of pine and slightly spicy hop aroma.

TASTE: It is a bit thinner than I expected based on the nose, but it is still pretty tasty. Grapefruit beats out the orange in the aroma to come through strong. Mid-sip a sweet wave of malt quickly sneaks up on the palate and then just as quickly recedes with a hoppy and piney flavor that leaves a nice, clean, bitter aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a refreshing, well-carbonated beer. The sweetness only lasts a moment and then it dries out, cleansing the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a pretty strong Double IPA. The sweetness in the middle of the sip could be toned down just a bit, but I will reach for the Lost Continent again.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dylnthmsn
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Lewbacca
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Finatic
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of an older sample than I would have liked, bottled 06/09/11.

Poured a very cloudy dark yellow/orange with a thin bit of head.

The smell has a nice light bit of malt with a great tangerine and tropical hop nose.

The flavor is a nice even mixture of big bready and biscuit malts with a nice even citrusy pine flavor and light tropical fruit and a bit of mandarin orange coming through.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

Nice double IPA, even this slightly old sample is very nice.

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with lots of white head.

the color of the beer is a cloudy amber more toward the orange side

the carbonation is a bit high.

the smell is citrous and hops

the taste is all bitter grapefruit on the front, but leaves your taste buds with a strong malt. not an usual ipa at all.

overall good beer.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a foggy amber color and has a somewhat decent 2-3 finger white head when poured into a pint glass. The head lingers longer than most beers. The beer has a very strong hoppy smell and has hints of sweet citrus. The taste is hoppy but not too much and has a strong orangy citrus flavors to balance out the hopps. To a lesser extent there is the taste of toffee in the background of the beer. The beers carbonation was perfect (as seen in the head) which allows the aroma to fill the top of the glass.

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Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint, it glows a hazy amber. The head is modest, mostly large bubbles that cling to the edges but don't dissipate until the beer is a memory. Small filmy lace spots speckle my glass when all is commenced.

Loads of bubblegum and citrus fill the nostrils, primarily sweet and bitter pink grapefruit. Leafy garden greens and The malt base is substantial and offers bold caramel, toffee and sweet flavors.

Zesty orange and tangerine flavors are up front accompanied by a pine and grapefruit bitterness that escalates and eventually dominates the finish. It is all checked by a moderate amount of sweet and toasty malt cues. They certainly did not neglect the grains needed to back 90+ IBU's, therefor balance and flavor are right on.

The viscosity of this one is excellent, it just fills the dark corners of the mouth with a resiny goodness. The carbonation is sharp initially and mellows out with just a bit of a tickle and all finishes dry and earthy.

I wouldn't expect anything else from GT brewing. They have always delivered a robust west coast hop profile and balanced it wonderfully with more than a minimal malt backing. This beer is 5 months after the brewed on date and still delivers.

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Photo of abgba121
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy red golden color with very little head, but it does leave behind a nice lace down the glass

S: strong hops at first, citrusy and piney, a little floral touch as well. Smells and looks sweet, fruity notes on the nose

T: Smooth for a DIPA, sweet/floral hop notes up front, followed by a middle full of fruity sweet, then a very slight alcohol touch just before the hops shine through full of citrus and pine.

M: thick and low to moderate carbonation

O: a great beer, thicker than most DIPAs, but an awesome example nonetheless.

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Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours murky, dark peach color that you cannot see through. The head is there, but does fade quickly. The whole feel is juicy... pretty heavy, sweet and under carbonated. The smell is Heavy hops and sugary spice. There is a pleasant toasty bitterness that makes this DIPA pretty drinkable. However, the heavy fruit and sour flavors do become overwhelming by the end. This was good for one, it would be hard to drink two.

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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 BeatBama
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 51 degrees F

Pours a nice 1/2" head with hint of orange color in the pint glass, a slight bit cloudy. Lacing was good as I consumed.

Aroma was fruity, I detect orange more than any other fruit. Good hop aroma and not overpowering hops in the finish.

Alcohol taste was more present than I would have liked for a 8% beer.

Overall, I will enjoy the other three in this 4-pack, and it is a good Double IPA.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty and intense.

Pours a brilliant, slightly cloudy orange with a sticky lacing, like a foamy marmalade. The aroma is sweet and hoppy, with orange and lemon. The flavor is like an intense orange marmalade, with a citrusy finish and a zesty bitterness over a musky, booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

Refreshing in an era when Double IPAs can be a punishing experience.

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Photo of colemapstone
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruddy brown with moderate carbonation. The rich, light oatmeal head is slight, but tight. Though it mostly dissipates quickly, what's left cements itself to the glass from the top of the glass to the bottom. Definitely an attractive brew.

Aroma: Boasts a fragrant, estery profile of ripe apricot with mild grassy notes and a hint of bread-like sweetness. Very mouthwatering.

Taste: Begins with a smooth sweetness immediately followed by aggressive hop bitterness. Lingering behind the bitterness: sweet apricot and sour fruit notes rounded out with flowery and herbal esters. Ends with a peppery, alcoholic finish with astringent bitterness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Thick and buttery, with a small amount of carbonation present. Coats the mouth without feeling too oily. Definitely robust.

Personal notes: Altogether, not a bad brew, but perhaps a bit bitter for my palate. The alcoholic finish isn't necessarily too bold, but it only aggravates the astringency of its bitterness. However, this is one I will recommend to anyone with a taste for big and bold pale ales.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bill for bringing over a 4 pack of this beer. Another beer in the Irene Sunday series.

Nice looking beer. Orange in color with amber tones and nice clarity. Creamy big head and insane lacing.

Aroma is pretty thick. Fruity, ripe pineapple. A touch of alcohol. Thick juicy pine resin.

This is a DPA of the classic variety. All remains in balance and is kicked up in proper proportion. Very fruity, classic ripe pineapple, sweet caramel. ABV is present, but not hot at all. An interesting herbal finish with a black tea like flavor.

Just shy of a bold body, very slight carbonation.

Pretty decent DPA and one to slowly enjoy. Definitely a beer that should be sold in 4 packs.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Lost Continent DIPA
12oz bottles 6/9/11
DFH signature glass
Thanks to eclipse54!

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. 1/4 bright white head. Carbonation streaming from bottom of glass. Some lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

S: I get loads of over ripe peach and grapefruit here. But also some sweet breadiness as well. It has a sweetness to it.

T: OK. Front of the tongue does get attacked by the hops, but you get more on the mid-mouth area. It's not a WC hop bomb DIPA like I was expecting. It's well balanced with malt. Finish is very clean. Bottle conditioning? If not, the carbonation helps to clear the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop tongue coating.

O: Solid DIPA from a brewery I didn't know about. Would like to try more from them.

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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 litheum94
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods.

P: murky, saffron gold body. Thin yet dense, bone white head. Leaves some pretty good lacing for such a tiny head.

A: Biscuit malts, onions, spice and pine. Faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Honey covered biscuits. Eases into the hop flavors, floral with a touch of pepper. Then moves into a stout bitterness, with flavors of pine and earth. The bitterness dries the mouth out, leaving your tongue screaming for water. Very crisp throughout the drink.

A solid DIPA. Another good brew from this brewery.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, wrapped in gold foil, served in a tulip.

Bottled on 04/27/2011.

Hazy, bright copper beneath a foamy, bright white head. Condensed lacing with pretty good strength.

Sweet, malt character that enhances the tropical fruit, hop aroma. Notes of vanilla that mingle will all of the individual aromatics. Light hints of green apple and lemon zest.

Bright, dynamic hop flavors up front that are mostly absent in the aroma: fresh citrus, pine, and clean tropical fruit. Unfortunately, most of these pleasant hop flavors are short lived and fade to a thin, medicinal base; some of the rough pine flavors remain. The alcohol flavor is a bit too rum-like, but otherwise kept in check.

A full, medium in body; a very unbalanced texture: thin, gritty, slick. Overall, a bit inconsistent and hard to pin down.

Minor to moderate flaws across all aspects of this offering. Glad to have tried it, but I would prefer to try another offering.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.2% out of 100 with 466 ratings
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