Lost Continent Double IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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: 467 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a rich, darkish orange in color with an amazing head that was big, white, and frothy and left a filmy retention on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is a deep, rich, heavily hop-infused bouquet. The resin is very strong and shows lots of depth. The malts too are very sweet and full of caramel. The character of the nose isn't so much unique as it is the intensity of the aroma.

Taste - This is a huge, monstrous beer. When I saw that the ABV barely qualified this as a DIPA I was expecting a wimp but this is a true heavy hitter.

The malts are deep and rich and full of caramel goodness but none of that cheap artificial sugary flavor that you find in so many efforts at the style. The piney hop resin is in full force as well and there's a tinge of tangerine to keep things diversified.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied with some very mild carbonation and a terrific smoothness in between the cheeks.

Drinkability - I was pleasantly surprised at this offering from Grant Teton. They are hit or miss for me but this was a home run.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint.

A: A fairly aggressive pour is required to form an inch of dense ecru head on top of a hazy orange-amber body. Good retention and plenty of lace. Nice.

S: Big, sweet citrus hops, caramel malts, and booze. Intense and style-appropriate, but not terribly complex or distinctive.

T: The hops, malt, and alcohol form a melange of flavor akin to that of a candied orange soaked in vodka. Awesome at first, but the finish is overly boozy for a relatively modest 8%. Still, a fun beer.

M: Sticky medium body with plenty of carbonation that starts sharp and becomes soft.

D: Way too boozy to be drinkable, even for a DIPA.

Notes: Decent beer, but doesn't hold a candle to tons of other DIPAs I've had. I'm very glad I tried it, but won't be looking for it in the future. The label was the best part.


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

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a nice and hazy tangerine color with a thin.5 inch head that is quite dense and has some hints of ivory. The head is quite sticky as it slowly recedes. The bubbles are all very small and there are sparse bigger ones around the head. It recedes slowly to a nice mat.

S - Aroma starts off with some slight grain but then is overtaken by a good flowery bouquet combined with some grassy notes. There is also some nice citrus peel and sweetness. The nose isnt as strong as expected. There is quite a nice malt aroma in this DIPA. Very nice.

T - Taste is very much a DIPA. Great malt strength and very strong and delicious hop. Starts with some great grain notes and slight caramel malt that quickly is overwhelmed by some nice grapefruit sweetness. The citrus character is just right and not too overwhelming. There is a slight pineapple flavor as well. Very good offering from Grand Teton. I also enjoy their bitch Creek ESB.

M & D - Nice medium body with goo crisp feel and a slight alcoholic warmth. Very refreshing and hoppy.

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Photo of silentjay
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a rough pour produces a nice two-fingered off white head on top of an average looking clear reddish orange beer. the head retains and laces very well.

lots of wet hops in the aroma, with grapefruit and lemon rind out powering some grassy aromas. some malt can be detected as well and it seems sticky sweet.

the flavor is very fruity and of grapefruit, lemon, maybe some pineapple, guava, passion fruit or other tart tropical fruits. malt is there, but not too strong, but brings some bread and caramel sweetness. interesting hop profile is more tart than bitter, and is actually quite tasty and unique.

pretty lively carbonated (perhaps too much?), and a light/medium bodied brew with a bit of tart but sticky resin left on the tongue.

goes down rather well. Tart and tasty, with very little alcohol apparent. The flavor profile is rather different for the style, and though its not for me, its refreshing.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light golden color with a moderate white head and some spotty lacing.

S: A nice sweet citrus and tropical fruit aroma, which is really quite surprising, to be honest. A definite caramel and toasted bread malt background, too.

T: The fruitiness is present on the tongue as well. Hints of piney hops and sweet caramel malts, too. But I am really enjoying the nice pineapple, grapefruit, and orange flavors.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: A little on the sweet side for how I like my double IPAs, but a surprisingly good beer.

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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 northaustin
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with half a finger of even off white head that has long retention and leaves stringy lacing.

smell: subdued pine hops. this one must have been sittin in the bottle for a sec because it smells like a shit ton of late addition hops that are slightly past their prime. it still smells great and i am imagining the pine bomb that it would be fresh.

taste: pretty much the same as the smell. most of the hops have faded and in the taste i am noticing alot of caramel malts.

mouthfeel: starts off oily but glides down and leaves nothing hangin around. very pleasant.

drinkability: try it fresh yo

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Photo of Tballz420
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very big pillowy white head, tops off a somewhat hazy golden colored brew. Scen is sweet malt and floral hops. Light sweet malt front, dominated by bitter hops, pepper and other spices. A bit spicy from the warming alcohol as well. Medium bodied. Good brew

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly murky honey orange. Off white head leaves fast to ring. Some but not much cling lace.

S - Juicy citrus. Yum.

T - Citrus hops up front, malt in center, bittered well to balance at end.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Very drinkable. Solid beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great cascading bubbles upward to form a two-finger head. Lots of coating lace; far more than a ring lace would be the envy of most. The liquid is neutral amber and clear.

Excellent hop smell. Light pine and citrus, and very fresh smelling.

Strong sour grapefruit hop flavor which dominates all flavors. The alcohol is notable--warm in the swallow and slightly oily. Full bodied an highly carbonated makes a decent blend.

Something of a hop bomb.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a small white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of candied grapefruit and pine hops.

Tastes of light caramel malts and plenty of hops. Some caramel sweetness is present with toasted notes. Hops have citrus, tropical fruit, and pine resin notes that have a solid amount of bitterness. Some spicy notes also come through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying some imperial IPA on a lazy Sunday. The color of this beer is really stunning. Golden orange in color without too much clarity, and a few fingers of heading. Tropical fruit nose from the hops, mainly mango and pineapple, with some piny resins thrown in as well. Not as much fruit in the taste, more of an earthy character here. The hop and malt profile is well balanced, though the hops still end up shining, as they should. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and pretty damn easy to drink if you ask me. Definitely a complex DIPA that we have here from Grand Teton. Recommended.

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy orange. About two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrus (grapefruit, slight lemon, orange, etc.), bitter hops, and some sweet caramel.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Slight bitterness up front followed by a heavy malt backbone. Oddly this then fades to some citrus overtones and ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite so. The 8% abv cannot be detected and it is a relatively easily quaffable. Don't think I will pick this up again, however.

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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 Stigs
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass...reviewed from notes i came across

A - slightly hazy and a bold darker amber color, thick frothy cream colored lacing through most of the drink.

S - tropical and floral hops, pineapple, lots of melon, some citrus rind...heavily balanced by strong caramel malts. touch of alcohol heat.

T - very bitter hops without a whole lot of flavor...mostly pine and some light melon. malts are strong, almost too much. this one could use a little bit of grace as its all bold flavors fighting for attention.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is nice...goes own slick and oily. strong alcohol bite.

D - pretty good front to back, drinks a bit stronger than it is. hops dont mess around, yet it has some qualities of a heavily-malted East Coast IPA.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at American Craft in Brookline, MA in May 2010.

Pours a nice copper color with a beautiful thick head. Leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and sweet malt. Very aromatic.

Malt and big sweetness up front which somewhat dominates the first sip. The hop character is there in the back. Balances out more as sips continue, with citrus from the hops.

A full bodied beer but nothing too thick.

A great brew but for a DIPA, I was looking for something a little stronger on the hops.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of melon and cola with some pine and some caramel malts.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and melon and some cola with a nice amount of resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice DIPA - I was pleasantly surprised. It's a little on the sweet side, but the sweet melon goes well with the resiny hops. Tone down the sweetness a tad and lose some of the cola and this is terrific.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a orange yellow into my tulip with a thin head that had very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice piney hoppy aromas with a slight sweet malt character that blends well in the mixture. After a couple whiffs I was also getting a hint of booze.

T: grapefruit flavor right away with good bitter hoppy piney notes that balance well with malts. It has some hints of biscuit bready presence to it as well. This one really suprised me on the quality of the taste.

M: meduim body with hardly any carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

D: Like I said this one really surprised me on the overall good characteristics. Very good offering from grand teton, definitely drank well all the way down the 12oz bottle.

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

Pours a nice medium gold color, slightly hazy, with just a bit of fluffy white head on top. Nice aromas of sweet malt, peppery hops and grapefruit. Nicely balanced on the palate, a pretty decent blend of hops and malt. Not as exciting as I'd hoped, but not bad.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this 2ipa pours a beautiful hazy orange amber color with loads of sticky lacing on glass the smell is floral with a citrus bouquet followed by nice malts..the taste is super its delicious..its starts with floral citrus hops and tropical fruit note like mango peach and grapefruit..its followed by grass then bread and sweet caramel..this is a gem its really good..its 8% abv its non detectable very drinkable and one to seek out

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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 berkey
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of the marketing department at Grand Teton. Per the accompanying materials this new recipe released 04/01/10 was reworked from last years version to be drier and hoppier. Poured into a tulip, from notes 04/04/10, looks like I might be the first to review the revamped version.

Hazy orange amber body. Medium sized fluffy white head settles after a few moments leaving some spotty lacing.

Citrus and floral aroma is about as pronounced as in any DIPA on this super fresh bottle. Although there is a noticeable bitterness in there fruity notes dominate, this is lot like smelling fruit juice.

A lot more bitter pungent flavor than the aroma had me anticipating while fruity floral notes playing more of a backing role. A little different mix than some of my favorites in the style but it works.

ABV is fairly well hidden for 8%, somewhat full bodied for the style. Not a complete change from last years version but the adjustments were all for the better. A worthy and enjoyable example of the style. Hoppy enough to satisfy a hop craving.

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Photo of nelson4
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Being a home brewer, I didn't mind this, but it was a little off putting to see yeast sediment floating in what I thought was a properly poured glass. Overall a deep orange color that matches the taste. Lacing is also present, but since I saw the sediment, I did not pour the bottle to get a proper head.

S - Very malty. Almost no hop aroma. Aroma also includes alcohol

T - This is not a typical DIPA. Malty sweet with bitter orange. The malt overwhelms but there is a distinctive orange bitter aftertaste. There is a definite sweetness. Overall, I like it but expected less malt and more hop aroma/flavor.

M - Definite sticky sweet. Not as refreshing as most DIPA's. A sipping beer that makes you crave something to wash it down with.

D - I could have a few, but this is not a session beer. It goes down easy enough, but the alcohol and sticky sweet make it a little bit more difficult to think about another.

Overall, I would buy this again with tempered expectations. It is a nice beer to have, but I much prefer the hoppier DIPA's.

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Photo of Paulny
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a firkin (cask) at the Happy Gnome Firkin Festival in St. Paul, March 2010.

Sampled from a 4 oz. sampling "snit" glass, full amber colour, white frothy head, looked lovely to me and as if it needed to be drunk immediately.

Big'n hoppy, floral grapefruit, very "fresh" aroma directly from the firkin.

Delicious...big hops, not too sweet, rich malty backbone, long bitter finish....what's not to like?

Full somewhat heavy mouth feel, not syrupy but had some weight on the tongue.

One of the top 4-5 beers enjoyed at the Firkin Festival out of about 60 brewers there. An excellent double IPA - especially directly out of a fresh firkin cask. Cheers!

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has the look of a nice strong IPA. As it should. It has a lasting head that is at least an inch thick depending on the poor. It has the hoppy smell expected and a little sweetness expected from an imperial.
Surprisingly however, the beer is not as sweet as it smells, giving it a great taste. It is very bitter but the slight sweetness takes away some of the effect from the hops.

One of the better double IPA's I have had.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 467 ratings
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