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: 468 |  Reviews: 227
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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Photo of Mdog
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, good head.

Smell: Citrus sweetness, and a little cardboard.

Taste: Caramel then dry citrus bitterness. A lot of balance for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Coating feel to the beer.

Drinkability: A little heavier than an IPA but not palate-blistering bitter.

Picked this up from an apparently closing beer store, so might be old stock. That could explain the cardboard note in the smell. This is very balanced, meaning more malt flavors than usual DIPA. It's worth a try.

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

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - Pours a cloudy, murky orange color, leaving minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon), and caramel malts, with a moderate hop presence.

T - Like the smell, strong citrus notes, with a balanced caramel malt and hop background. For a DIPA, the hops are not quite as aggressive and some, and they offer more balance to the beer than an overwhelming burst of hop flavor.

M - Solid, medium bodied mouthfeel, and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth.

D - The 8% alcohol is undetectable, and it's heavier than a session beer, but still quite drinkable.

Overall - This one may not be for the extreme hop heads, but is a very solid DIPA overall that should satisfy most. Would gladly drink again!

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a tall head. Pretty good retention with a nice smattering of lace left on the glass.

S: Nice caramel malt to support a big wallop of pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Nice balance. Caramel and toasted malt plays well off the hops. Pine dominates here but there is some grapefruit like citrus as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, sweet with a nice hop bite.

D: Pretty good. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with an off white head with good retention. Smells of citrus hops with oranges and grapefruit and sweet malt. The taste is just like the smell. Finishes dry. Medium bodied, good carbonation, and very drinkable. A very underrated DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, bring orange with a quarter inch of creamy white head that quickly dissolves into a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is juicy citrus hop with some sweet crystal malt. Lots of citrus hop flavor, sweet malt and a bitter finish lets you know the strong presence of hops. Its medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I find this beer to more quaffable than it is tasty, not to say that the flavor is bad but the aroma is the strongest part of this beer.

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Photo of madtappers
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a imperial tulip glass.

Nice golden copper hazy color, with a awesome aroma of citrus hops. Two finger white head.

At first this beer seems to be sweeter than most IPAs than you get that nice citrus aroma both at the nose and tongue. With both great taste and aroma this beer is a must for all to try.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a fairly hazy, lightly golden, orange color. It has a two-finger head of clover-honey colored foam sitting on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is very sticky.

Big piney citrus notes come at me first. They are backed by strong hints of caramel malt sweetness. Light touches of orange blossom honey. Grapefruit, orange and pine notes are drizzled with golden brown sugar and light bits of caramel.

This is one of the better IIPA/DIPA's that I've ever had, as far as balance goes. The bitter and sweet notes coexist in perfect harmony, within this glass...and then, my mouth.
Good hops presence, brought forth by notes of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and other citrus notes. They're side-by-side with a nice dose of sweet caramel malts. Nice touches of honey and vanilla are detected. A mild hint of yeast presence supports it all.

This has a nice full body. It has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation, which keeps it active and interesting, but doesn't overpower.

The 8.0%abv is fairly well-hidden, helping to make this a nicely drinkable beer. The level of balance here is a highlight, but hopheads will find it less than stellar, I'd think. Oh well, I think that Grand Teton has made a tasty, drinkable beer.

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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 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 brow1901
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright but cloudy orange in color with a thin white head. Not much retention but fair lacing.

S- The smell grows on you, it's not typicall of a DIPA. Much less hop foward and the malts are very fruity and less toasty. Slight alcohol smell.

T- Has a nice hop bite, very well balanced. Though with that in mind it is much less hoppy than most DIPAs one comes across. So it's not my favorite flavor, the alcohol is really the only thing that seems to make it "double". Has the same hop content as a normal IPA, this doesn't make it taste bad but what I come to expect is big hop flavors (partially because I paid for that taste).

M- Kinda slick but enjoyable, pretty heavy on the tounge. Typical

D- Decent drinkabliity, because it is much more balanced that other DIPAs it doesn't ruin your taste.

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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with grgas. Thanks! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, yeasty pale orange. No head to speak of...just a couple small islands of bubbles and a very thin collar of white.

S - Very fruity with some citrus notes - oranges and lemons mixed in. Lots of malt too - has a thick, sugary and caramel sweetness to it. Smells pretty nice...definitely with a malt bias.

T - Malt is the story here. Really not much bitterness at all. Sweet and citrusy fruit...lemons mixed in with syrupy caramel malt. Alcohol not detectable in the taste. Interesting...hard to think of this as an Imperial IPA, more like a light barley wine. Not unpleasant tasting, just not a DIPA.

M - Thick and full bodied. Low carbonation that gives just enough tingle to let you know it isn't flat. Again, not quite what I'd expect for a DIPA.

D - A bit on the sweet and malty side for me for have a high drinkability. Has an enjoyable flavor, but sweetness makes it a quick sipper, if that makes any sense...can't really down it too fast, but not a super slow drinker either.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a beautiful orangey amber pour, hazy in the good way. Smell is dominated by a mildly turn off whif of alcohol. Boy, now I have mixed thoughts.

Taste is fruity and bitter, the hops take back seat in this double ipa, which is a little strange. Very much English double ipa inspired I would say. Midway through, the bitterness settles down. Not suggesting more than one in a sitting. No desire for another immediate beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a murky golden pour that puts out a nice, rocky head. I only bought one bottle, wish I had bought the pack.
Quickly the aroma of citric hops and oils come forth. I can smell it two feet away.
Taste is loaded with hops, yet without a whole lot of dryness. Heavy on the citrus, orange peel and tangelo flavors without the acidity. Some sweetness comes into play and just when I think it will ruin the beer, it fades into a nice light malt presence.
Again, not a very dry feeling beer. Yet the alpha oils do come through. Slick. A quick burst of alcohol warms things up. Slight pine finish.
Overall this is a very nice beer. I knock it on bite, and the sweetness almost comes too big.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing apricot with some sediment and a dense white head that fades to a high ring of foam and tracers of lace. Nose is deep caramel and tangerine. Jammy mixed fruit malts with pine and red grapefruit juice end. Ting of dry finish. Medium body. No burn.

Where's the kick? Everything from name to nose is leading me to expect a hop attack, but it just never comes. No date on the label, thus can't say if it lost some bite over time, but all the other flavors are in place so I think not. Nicely malty, but enough to almost be off style.

Goes down nice, but that's because it's drinking like an APA.

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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 arizcards
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at BevMo back in August for $9.99.

Beer poured amber orange with minimal head. Nose is quite nice, citrusy hops dominate which mixes nicely with the malts. Taste is good, beer is extremely well balanced between the citrus hops and the malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but there is a lack of liveliness on the palate. Drinkability is OK, this is a very well balanced beer that has potential to be a darn good beer if it can be more carbonated.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay Glassware.

A- Slightly hazy amber color with slight head retention and lacing.

S- Nose not as much as I expected. Heavy caramel malt component with like an orange pine hop smell, but way too much malt for my taste.

T- Well taste starts as that caramel malt flavor, which I really don't like in a double IPA, then transitions to a orange pine and definate dry pine on the back end.

M- Not as crisp as any IPA, very malty with little carbonation. Don't understand why this is so malty, I know its a double and needs the malt but this is like brown shugga mixed with blind pig.

D- Yes I could drink this, but I don't consider this a DIPA, it doesn't have enough hops or carbonation, way too sweet for me. 8% is virtually unnoticable though.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass...

A: Hazy golden yellow hue with hints of amber in the light. Head is very creamy with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice nose, well rounded with lots of pine and citrus and toasted caramel malt in the background. Not super complex but nice.

T: Very malty as expected from a double, but would have liked more hop to crisp things up...that said it is pretty good. Starts off with a citrus caramel flavor that has a decent amount of bready yeast as well. Pine hop notes kick in the finish and then the malt comes back heavy and leaves you wishing for more hops....

M: Heavy medium body with a faint amount of carbonation...needs a little more carbonation and hop to crisp things up and make it a little more refreshing.

D: As stated, needs more hop and carbonation to make it more smooth and drinkable...decent though for 8^, the abv goes unnoticed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Breeze-Thru in Milwaukee.

Pours into a Bells tulip with a sticky, poofy head that clings nicely, leaving a halo on the rim. Color is a rusty copper-orange that becomes opaque with floating chunks. Can't say that looks great, but it's otherwise nice despite the snow-globe look towards the bottom.

Aroma is ok, lightly floral, sweet caramel with a slight citrus edge. Sweet candied citrus peel and caramel flavors dominate. It shows its age a little, but still packs a punch. There's a good level of residual hop bitterness and flavor, so all is not lost. The body is full and robust with an easy, drying finish. Overall it drinks well, and i'd look for it again if I was sure of the freshness.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Snifter, poured on-tap

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange beer with a really impressive cream colored cap with great retention

Smell: Tons of bright piney goodness, with a touch of grapefruit in the background....just a hint of toasty caramel malt in the very back

Taste: More balanced than expected...there's lots of piney hop character, with some sweet candied citrus as well...there's a heavy hit of sweet candy-caramel to balance out the hops however. There's a medium juicy bitterness on the finish. This is not nearly as crazy as I thought it would be; indeed, it's quite tame for a IIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv/style

Conclusion: This was not a bad beer by any means, and was one of the more balanced IIPAs I've ever had...I think that was my problem with it. It was almost too balanced; I love my IPA's to be nicely balanced; IIPAs should (IMO) kind of be a sucker punch to the gut. This one just didn't do it for me. Perhaps this would be a good introduction/way to ease into the style.

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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 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 GarrisWH
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with an off-white, creamy looking head. The head is a bit short, but retains a decent enough cap, and leaves substantial lacing behind.

S - Caramel malt hits the nose first, leading into some nice tropical fruit aromas. Piney, citric, slightly floral hoppiness then makes an appearance. A fairly sweet aroma, but balanced enough with the ample hops coming through.

T - A very sweet caramel malt hits the tongue first, and carries through. Some nice hop flavors do come through, with a grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine quality. Decent bitterness in the finish, with ample sweetness matching it and carrying into the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit too sugary sweet overall, still tasty enough though.

M - Medium-full bodied with a fairly rich mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that doesn't make it seem any lighter. A fairly hefty brew.

D - Definitely not a prime example of a DIPA, but a pretty decent brew nonetheless. It is very sweet and sugary, which detracts a bit from the drinkability for me personally. One is a nice treat though, and I wouldn't turn this one down if offered again.

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Lost Continent Double IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 468 ratings