Trout Hop Black IPA
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
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From:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
 
Idaho, United States
Style:
Black IPA
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
100
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 19, 2018
Added:
Aug 28, 2010
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  20
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
Notes: Trout Hop Black IPA is a spicy and bold American-Style India Black Ale, with notes of fresh pine needles and spruce tips. Brewed with Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German specialty malts, this ale has a deep rich color and roasted finish but does not have the thick and rich body that often accompanies malty brews. Kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, the resulting bitterness is bold and pronounced, the aroma piney and zesty. The full body and dry finish create a refreshing autumn ale, perfect for any crisp afternoon or cool evening.
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Ratings by Jason:
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
25.4oz brown bottle.

Thick crown of tan lace sticks all over the glass. Close to full on black, an edge of brown is shown in the light. Big spicy resin hop nose with a toasty and faint roasty malt. A whole lot of depth and smoothness to this brew. Hops thrown down a solid bitterness but a bigger flavor that blankets the palate with mint, spice, tobacco and some citric rind. The 8.5% let's itself be know with some warmth and fruity esters. Maltiness provides a good backdrop for the flavors to bounce off of, again ... Toasty and roasty with some yeast on the side with a semi-sweet ending.

Killer beer here, hops are just amped enough for my liking. A bit of a quaffer as well.
Aug 28, 2010
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.09 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by MattinIdaho from Idaho

Mar 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Mar 04, 2017
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Decent but not memorable black IPA, decent aroma and taste, but no specific character rises above. Good, but not outstanding.
Sep 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by maniaczak from Colorado

Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Very beautiful beer. Billowing light brown head contrasting a deep warm brown body.

It is very busy. The malts and hops fighting for attention. First smooth maltiness then spicy hop bombs followed by malt and lingering pine. Not the most pleasant of transitions certainly.
Aug 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Jul 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by Juno_Malone from Idaho

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: jet black, with a lacing tan head
S: roasted malt, light resin
T: pretty much follows the nose
F: slightly bitter finish to compliment the malts
O: reminds me of a porter, just a little hopped up
May 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.49 by Crusher from Colorado

May 05, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Gives a black pour, not used oil black, but you know, nighttime like black. Aroma really impressive. Whereas 90% of black ales just drop substantial roast this one actually hits the pine and fruit notes in a major way. When I think of elite 1st tier ipas, this one, O'Dells and Lagunitas really are top dogs.

Taste still drops a little bit of chocolate malt, and it hits with the orange. Pine and juniper notes come off almost minty, that's the type of levity, non heavy not a malt or roast bomb that this is.

Seriously, this is Grand Teton's best beer. They do it better than 98% of other examples of style out there.
Apr 21, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
another good one from these guys. i always enjoy their beer, and this is a wonderful example of the style. strong and insanely hoppy, but also really rich and soft in the feel, sturdy in its base, and layered on the grain side. just a really great brew that sort of merges the stout and strong ipa categories. looks great in the glass, bright but short of shiny and perfectly black, with a short but thick mocha colored head like an espresso crema with great retention. it smells like pine to me, none of the northwestern citrus aromatics on this one, more of a wet forest and a christmas tree. the dark grains are remarkably expressive as well. coffee and ashy roasted bitterness abound, and they are there in the flavor providing one heck of a launching pad for these piney hops. oily and bitter on the hops, really woodsy and dense, but lively too. hints of sweeter grain in the middle give it depth, and it finishes roasty and warming, with just a little of the alcohol peaking through and a dash of milk chocolate. impressive beer overall, sort of a style definer for me. i dont see this around all that much, which is a shame. i am thirsty for more of this, a real beauty!
Apr 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Jay_P22 from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Traded with my man @sixthring. Poured into a tulip.

Looks like a Porter or stout, really chocolaty and dark, with a decent head and plenty of lacing.

Nose is roasted coffee and nuts, perfect for a stout lover.

Tastes like a roasted and malty brew with plenty of hops and backbone. Black IPAs usually disapoint, but this is a solid offering. Very complex and full of flavor.

Mouth feel is smooth considering the nose and looks. Great after taste that hangs around.

Overall this is one of my favorite black iPAs. Right behind wookie, beer III, and stone lastest drink by balck ipa. A solid brew that people should start drinking and considering if you like this style.
Apr 04, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: A bubble show creates a nice beige head over the fudge brown liquid; tawny highlights appear at the edges; splashes of lacing linger

Smell: Burnt black bread, ashy and smoky, with piney resin tones intermingling

Taste: The 117 IBUs don't give the malts a second to establish themselves and bring a resinous and piney character that adds a minty element; underneath, the malts edge forward, ashy and smoky, with a burnt black bread character; after the the swallow, both flavor elements battle it out to a draw

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Nothing subtle about this beer and it has a brashness that reminds me of a certain Presidential candidate whose name sounds strikingly similar to trout; I can see why this beer has high scores but it just is not what I am looking for in this style
Apr 02, 2016
 
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Reviewed by DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Apperance - blackish brown, with just a touch of red against the light. Medium, butterscotch colored head that recedes quickly, but leaves nice, thick lacing!
Smell - roasted coffee and malts dominate, though I do pick up some floral and piney hops; just not enough.
Taste - far more malt flavors here, as opposed to hops, which is fine, however I prefer the hops to win out in a black IPA.
Feel - rough and robust up front, a bitter kick to finish; this is how a black IPA should feel!
Overall - this is a good beer, but it needs the hops to stand out in the nose and taste like it does in feel.
Mar 17, 2016
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Reviewed by MFMB from Idaho

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ever since I had Wookey Jack I've been trying Black IPAs to compare. This is a good one. Not exactly WJ but still descent. Deep brown/ black in appearance, average mouthfeel and a roasty malt character that pairs well with the right amount of bitterness. I won't say black ipas are my favorite but they are definitely gaining steam. This one falls behind WJ and Mountain Standard but # 3 ain't bad
Mar 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by TetonMike

Mar 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by WDJersey from Colorado

Feb 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by Vlaminck from California

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by crazyfoMostout from Missouri

Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by mflamar from New York

Aug 27, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle just purchased but with a bottled on date of 12-2014.

A: Pours black with a tan head. The head is thick, creamy , moderately durable, and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: has dark roasted grains with near equal hops (diminished by age?). Even with the relatively weak somewhat subdued hops (for style) there's a nice interplay between the two contrasting aromas.

The flavor is reversed, with more hop intensity than malts. Faint dark toast, smoke and coffee. A hint of chocolate. Plenty of roasted malt flavor plus moderately intense piney-woody-herbal hops. It finishes mildly bitter with some coffee.

O: a pleasing and tasty Black IPA with good balance for style and well hidden alcohol. Both aroma and flavor approach 4.
Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

Jul 25, 2015
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Reviewed by hereforbeerMT from Montana

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A really deep brown, in the dark restaurant it appeared entirely black until held up to a beam of light peaking through.

Good balance between dark malt aroma and American, piney hops.

The flavor is unfolds for a very long time and was extremely complex. Nutty, chocolate malt flavors followed by very pronounced grapefruit and pine-like hops. Not as bitter as I expected for my first 100plus IBU beer.

Quite a heavy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

This is a fantastic beer. Stands up to the strongest of flavors, had mine with cave aged blue cheese and bitterness of the beer stood up perfect to the rich cheese.
Jul 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Jul 09, 2015
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Rated by BIll_Currie from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
old chicago gets some good beers in
Jun 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by MrBeige from South Carolina

Jun 11, 2015
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Rated by thanksforcoming

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Great black ipa. Wish it wasn't seasonal.
Jun 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by BAsbill from California

May 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

May 10, 2015
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Rated by Bkdavis4136

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Yum! Very good beer from a great brewery.
May 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.01 by baklo from North Carolina

Apr 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep dark ruby red and brown body, from a distance looks like deep walnut brown. Head is creamy rich and billows four fingers tall. Light tan color, espresso cream looking and very thin swiss cheese bubbles. Lots of staying power with island puck retention and head. Excellent looking beer with copious amount of ringed lacing while drinking.

Aroma works nicely with a subtle citrus to tropical fruity hop bent. Indistinct and a little mushy, but also manages some sweet dark malts of chocolate in the mix as well. Pretty subdued, but also very good balance with the sweetness which gives some oomph to the hop aroma.

Palate comes quite surprising. Very simple and solid mid palate. Not quite juiced mouthfeel but light IPA like pleasantries give some tropical fruit bitter tones of lime and mango. Finish is a growing and very slow rise of hop bitterness that washes with lots of dry pine that grows exponentially but very slowly. Minimal use of sugar sweetness as the hop forward palate steers toward a tolerable bitterness, but getting to borderline hot.

Overall a nice simple Black ale that works alright.
Apr 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served deep-brown, almost black color with a one finger had of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a chocolate and caramel smell mixed with some other aromas of a pine and grapefruit smell. There are some lighter notes of tropical fruits and a little bit of grass thrown in the mix as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a chocolate malt flavor mixed with some caramel and a decent showing of roast. Along with these taste are some nice pine and grassy hop tastes, which start out light, but get stronger and stronger as the taste moves on. Other hop tastes of a citrus nature join in as the taste moves on all while some more pine and a woody like flavor develop later. With the caramel and chocolate fading a tad at the end, one is left with a balanced and moderately hopped roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a tad thinner then I was anticipating all while the carbonation level was fairly standard. The lighter body did make for a nice medium as it keep it rather easy drinking and had enough robustness to uphold the hop flavors all while not making the roasted and sweet flavors from becoming the dominant flavor factor. Fairly well done.

Overall – A quite tasty black IPA. It is nice and balanced and has a good clean drinking taste which makes for one to try if you get the chance.
Apr 24, 2015
Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 204 ratings