Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of ta_hagen
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite black IPA's, wish it was less alcohol than 8.5%, goes down so smooth, but can't have to many of these... It's definitely a treat. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, bitter - dry finish, shock - pop action on palette, but in the good way. A must try beer. Thumbs up Grand Teton... Love this BIPA.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal.

Pours a very dark brown to black with a short bubbly, khaki colored with good lacing

On the nose it's a little chocolatey with roasted malt, smoked wood, a little nutty and a deep dark citrus note

The flavor is very layered and complex. notes include a hint of chocolate, smokey oak, deep raisin, slight sweet roasted malt, coffee and slight citrus

Mothfeel is very nice and smooth. A bit creamy with a nice almost foamy carbonation and a dark-fresh aftertaste

Overall I think this is hands down, the best black IPA I've ever had. The flavor is so complex and unbelievably balanced. Im kind of blown away by how good it is. I recommend this to everyone. Thank you DarthKostrizer for this tasty treat!

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Photo of ableground
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a very presentable thin head.
The color is a bit red in the light.

Scent like a fruity IPA.
Tart punch until it hits your sides with a hop smack.
Lingering is strong yet refreshing.

Most excellent with cured and grilled meats.
Did I mention the label is mesmerizingly shiny?

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Photo of hereforbeerMT
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inviting to say the least. The body is brown with some deep red hue towards the outside. Frothy sliding lace.

Smells like a huge brew. Similar to a hoppy imperial stout in many ways with a slight lean towards a DIPA. This beer reviewing business can get down to splitting hairs. Bottom line is this is an amazingly tasty brew that I could have back to back to back if not for drunken considerations. Plenty of bitterness and a quality dry chocolate malt bill.

Notes: The best beer I've had from Grand Teton. 10 dollar price tag is high.

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Photo of HoppyHachey
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect amount of bitterness combined with the Black Lager. I enjoy a little more bitter and dryness but this is so smooth and flavorful, I love it. I feel I let my bottle sit a little long though and the flavor may have been diluted and that's why it doesn't seem as bitter.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Look: Poured from a 750mL into a pint. Bottle date July 29, 2010. Pours pretty pitch. Nice 1 1/2 inch tan head that leaves bunches of lace until the last few sips.
Smell: Smoked caramel malts and candy sugar, pine resin, floral and citrus hops very noticable.
Taste: Not as sweet as I would have guessed (which isn't a bad thing). Roasted malts are right up frond. The hops are pretty amazing, earth, pine and floral notes fill out that bill. Great black ipa.
Mouth: A little high on the carbonation, still it's pretty smooth.
Drink: A little expensive but worth checking out once or twice.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Many, many thanks to Heymanivxx for hooking up a couple bottles of this in our trade.

Poured from bottle with a card date of October 7, 2010 to a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a deep black with dark mahogany/purple edges in the light. Huge 2.5 finger light cream colored head with good retention and gobs of lacing.

S - Huge hops aroma of pine, citrus, earthy resin and zest. Very nice aroma!

T/M - The beer starts with an assault on the palette. An assortment of malted character with huge crisp hop character. Nice solid bitterness accompanies the dark roasted specialty malts and contributes to a unique flavor which is medium to full bodied and fishes dry and crisp.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, this is one of the best Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ales I've had and it was a pleasure to try it. A truly flavorful and aromatic brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-01-2011 01:58:03

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours, well you guess it a dark black with a nice tight and compact head of tan that seems to come up around an inch or so before settling back down to earth and coming through with a nice medium layer of lacing around the sides, fairly impressed. aroma is hops, dark roasted malts, a touch of burnt brown sugar, hints of licorice and a touch of dark fruits as it warms, very complex. flavor follows suit nicely, albeit not as strong, but still very nicely done. rich dark malts and piney hops blend together with a deep roasted flavor that carries over into a moderatly dry finish that sums it up quite well..

overall a really great beer

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Photo of stonermouse
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

It pours quite dark, as the name suggests. Held up to the light, nothing gets through. This is pretty damn close to being not dark brown, but actually black. Has a stout-like, dense head. Nice.

The smell is a blast of hops, and nothing else, which was stunning considering the color of this beer. I get my hopes up that there actually is a beer this dark that lets the hops be the star.

The flavor is quite complex. It has a brown ale nuttiness to it, but the hops take over at the back end of each sip. They don't compete at all. This has a lot going on, and each sip is sort of a little adventure to identify flavors from different styles. This is right on point with how I would expect a "black IPA" to act. The flavor has it all.

The mouthfeel was a little lacking, if only because the carbonation on my bottle was a little low. My second glass from the bomber was more flavorful because it had warmed, but had flattened a little bit. I'm not sure if this was a problem with my bottle, or if it's a characteristic of the beer in general, so I'll grade it as I had it. Perhaps I'll update with my next bottle (which will hopefully be soon).

I could have kept going with this beer, but the bomber was a pretty good serving considering the complexity of the flavor and the ABV. Superb offering from a brewer I had never tried before.

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Photo of beagle75
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, black center surrounded by a clear, dark brown periphery. Lofty mocha head diminishes to a large, persistent iceberg. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Powerful piney hops dominate the smell, but molasses, dark fruit (plums, blueberries), and resinous wood are also detectable. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted malt, pine, orange, and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Flavors soon expand, filling the palate in the middle as roasted malt, dark fruit, and umami combine to make a very big flavor profile. The finish arrives with mellow earth and robust bitterness, accentuated by the tingle of grapefruit rind at the corners of the mouth. No flavor of alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, more wet than sticky, with low carbonation.

D: A spectacular, under-appreciated example of the style. This beer exemplifies balance, where brilliant aroma is matched perfectly to appropriate flavors. While it may not be the best black IPA (see Sierra Nevada's Blackbird), Trout Hop is the best currently available in the bottle.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black pour, not super dark, a little brown edge to it. Aroma is massively hop aromatic, both citrus and pine. Cocoa and big ipa hops together at last!

Taste, I swear I'm getting chocolate/cocoa, maybe I'm confusing the color and thinking I'm getting that orange chocolate flavor. Very hoppy, just the right amount of bitterness. Getting mint qualities. Good pine resin aspect to it, while remaining quite light texture wise. I'm really diggin' on this beer. Close your eyes, and you picture you're drinking an amazingly dry hopped, vibrant orange west coast ipa with a hint of cocoa, mint and piney trees.

Definitely check this one out.

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into a tulip after dinner. I was not sure what to expect out of this beer as it is labeled on the bottle as a "Black IPA" which is one of my pet peeves because a beer cannot be Black and Pale, but I digress... I will try to not hold this labeling against it.

Appearance- Pours from the bottle a very dark brown with some head that dissipated to nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - A very nice mix of malts and hops. When pouring I was surprised just how much of the malt I could smell, while most other "IPAs" have much more hops on the nose.

Taste - This is where the hops come out, a nice citrusy piney flavor, but again they are not overpowering. They are balanced out nicely by the grainy malt flavors. Usually I am not a fan of grain flavors coming out in a beer, but they work well with the hops in this beer.

Mouth- Good balance of carbonation with the flavor. A relatively light beer and incredibly smooth.

Drink- Great drink. I would never have guessed the high alcohol content. I definitely could easily drink several of these and get myself into trouble. This is the first beer of this style that I have truly enjoyed and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Cellar Reserve. Bottled July 29, 2010.

Spicy hop nose with sweet malt on the back end. Flavor delivers the same with a very nice mild malt that doesn't overpower the hops. Very well balanced with a mild finish. Aftertaste brings on some roasty malt.

I think they nailed this style, and the ABV is well hidden. That plus a medium mouthfeel make this very drinkable.

Not related to the score of course, but I love the labels of the Grand Teton Cellar Reserve series. Beautiful presentation, and I really dig that they support their local art community. Can't wait for what comes out in 2011.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4-oz bottle into tulip glass--1/19/11.

A: Black...with ruby tones when held to the light. Off-white, coffee foam head--took a while to build the head--with solid lace throughout enjoyment. The beer poured thick like syrup.

N: Fruity and malty. A hit of coffee hides behind a fruitnote--citrus and strawberry (like strawberry lemonade). Odd, but this is the best breakdown I can come up with.

T/M: The first thing I notice is that the light, almost watery mouth-feel. The pour looked thicker, and this is initially disappointing, but I begin to appreciate it with each sip. A bit of coffee and chocolate at the back and side of the tongue; fruity peach and grapefruit notes at the front, with a dank piny flavor. As it warms, the complexity increases.

At first, I think I was a bit disappointed with this beer; however, I think I just had different expectations. This is a relatively new style of beer (and I have not had too many offerings of this fashion) but with that in mind, this beer is incredibly tasty. It is very complex in flavor and the light body increases its drinkability. Honestly, I think that this is one of the best Black IPA I have ever had; it invokes some of the magic I felt with the first black IPA I had (Black Lie on tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad).

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Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a fair head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is an intriguing mixture of roasted chocolate malts and piny hops. This is a complex beer: there is a velvety chocolate smoothness akin to dark stouts, but this is balanced by an aggressive hop bitterness that lingers. Extremely drinkable, although there is a definite alcohol bite.

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Photo of bbb099
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light tan colored head, good lacing. Pours hazy, deep dark brown.

S - Heavy citrus and some floral hops with chocolatey dark malt aroma to it.

T - The hops did not come through as strong as I thought it would. Roasted dark malt dominates with some residual hop flavors. I felt like it could be a little more balanced as it leans more towards the roasted malt side, but it tasted great nonetheless.

M - Thick and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Alcohol warmth definitely noticeable on the way down, but tasted good enough that you just want to drink more and more. Something I would purchase again for sure.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated 12/19/13 poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep black that stays quite dark when held up to the light. Pours with about an inch of light brown head. Good lacing.

Smell is dominated by that of the resinous, piney hops but additional smelling reveals the layers of chocolate and caramel notes from the malts.

The taste mimics that of the smell, with the pine and resin from the hops with slight tropical fruit notes later on, followed by the caramel and chocolate from the good malt backbone of this beer. Slightly spicy like a rye beer. The 117 IBUs are apparent but not off putting. The taste transforms from the bitterness of the hops up front, to the chocolate notes of the malt, and finally once its gone to the bitterness of the hops, this time with more of the fruit coming through.

This beers mouthfeel is great. It is smooth and creamy up front, with lots of carbonation on the tongue. On the back end the bitterness of the hops comes through and it finishes quickly and dry. Medium to medium light body.

Overall a great Black IPA. Grand Teton's description of this beer is spot on. Goes down easy, complex aroma and taste that exhibit what a Black IPA can be, balancing the world of the IPA and the stout or porter. Alcohol hidden well at 8.5% for this easy drinking beer and the hop punch is strong enough for even the most seasoned hop heads. The hop mixture is quite good and I enjoy it even though my preference usually goes to the fruity side rather than the woodsy side of hops.

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Photo of batty
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and drank May 2011 cambridge, ma

pours a rich chocolatey brown, brown-ale type color with chocolate edges. clean tan head with great lacing.

smells exactly as it should - rich malts with caramel, piney and slight citrus hops with a hint of mj. not quite as strong as it could be perhaps.

taste explodes in the mouth - relatively clean up front with a rush to the back and the chocolate - which melds cleanly from bitter chocolate to bitter hop, very lingering. just a touch of roast, plenty of hop flavor to match the bitterness

easy drinking feel but thick enough to keep some substance - not watery or overly thick.

great 'american black ale.'

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in Casper. Lowest price in town...$7.99 at 2nd Street Liquors.

Looks black in the glass but while pouring, it looked a very dark brown.

Superb 2 finger head of tannish foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and pine dominate the nose. So dominant, I can't smell anything else. Not a complaint considering the style.

The taste is more complex but still on the simpler side. Tons of grapefruit and pine bring the delicious hoppy bitterness but it has a roasty side to it as well though somewhat buried under the immense hop presence. And wow, the abv is hidden so well here I'd call it "dangerous". Man, I'm digging this beer.

On the high end of medium bodied with the carbonation on the high end of light. A really smooth mouthfeel as the beer glides down the throat.

Drinkability? Get out of town. Yeah, it's a strong bugger but I'd never guess it from the smell or taste. A superb job by GT for hiding it so well so I can dig in and just enjoy drinking Trout Hop. Definitely, 1 of my new favourites from the brewery. A must try, in my book as I feel the beauty is in the simplicity of this beer.

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Photo of samie85
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep black with the thickest, three finger, light cafe au lait colored head.

S-Smells of spicy pine, herb, and grapefruit hop notes with the faintest hint of some chocolate malt notes.

T-Grapefruit and orange upfront with some spicy pine and finishes with dry, dark chocolate.

M-Wow the mouthfeel on this is pretty amazing: thick bodied and ridiculously creamy with low carbonation.

D-While the ABV isn't huge on this, 8.5% is nothing to sneeze at. That being said, there is absolutely no trace of that 8.5% anywhere in this beer. Way too easy drinking, especially since it comes in a large bottle format.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a cream-colored head. The aroma is very nice. In addition to the pine and citrus hops, I get some roasted malt.

The flavor is roasted malt with low to medium bitterness from the pine-flavored hops. I also get some nice chocolate notes in the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Black IPAs that I have had and one of the best beers I have tried from Grand Teton.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 12/03/14

Appearance - Pours near black with ruby highlights when held to light. Tan, finger width head with fair retention before giving way to a thin, velvety layer of surface suds. Good lacing around the glass that sticks to the sides nicely.

Smell - Strong hop aroma with citrus, leaf and light pine character. Malty undertone that hints at roasted malt, caramel and faint chocolate.

Taste - Hits strongly on the citrus and pine upfront with a minty/leafy backend. Moderately spicy. Malt undertones of caramel and a faint roast hit midtaste before the roasted qualities pick up in the finish. Roast, distant chocolate and citrus rind bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Ultra slick texture that slides right down the gullet, making for a stupid drinkable experience.

Overall - While my idea of the perfect BIPA is a pipedream, this wonderful elixir is as close to the ideal Black IPA as I've imagined. This is a hell of an example of the style; matter of fact it's easily my favorite to date. The hop profile exhibited here is profoundly reminiscent of a wet/fresh hop ale; that is to say, it's fantastic in every way. The malts do nicely to compliment the hops here, mainly by staying out of the way until the end, delivering some balance to an otherwise aggressively hopped brew. If it just had just that extra umph of roast bite in the finish it'd be perfect. As is, I'm a very happy customer.

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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