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Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
BA SCORE
4.03/5
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203 Ratings
Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by Jason on 08-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,090
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
203
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
20
Trade:
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of maximum12
2.51/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to a good non-BA friend for bringing this over for a tasting & donating it to the cause...because I don't have enough beer in the house. But his wife doesn't drink & a bomber won't ever be consumed in his house in one sitting. Split almost evenly with my lovely, intelligent wife watching her stupid reality shows.

Nice 750ML bottle with good artwork, which only increases my urge to get my boat out, load up the rods, & hit the open water, except it's all still frozen. July 29th, 2010 dating on the inside of the accompanying slip of paper attached to the neck.

The pour into our Free The Hops snifters is black as advertised, not quite midnight, but maybe a quarter of. Smell isn't much to write about, dank, musty hops littered with generic maltiness. Not good.

Trout Hop Black IPA speaks of being aged, but this has the taste & feel of a stale IPA for me, despite the big beer ABV & other aspirations. Hops come across like damp leaves under springtime snow, with no sharpness. The malts are present, sweet, but quickly subsumed into the dank hops. Plenty of roast saves this from the scrap heap of history & gives much-needed body, heft, & taste. I find myself wishing this has been a 22 oz. bottle rather than the bigger, badder version. Not a good sign.

I wish I'd tasted this fresh; at this stage of its larval development, this isn't a good beer. I know there are folks who dig the dank, but I'd rather it stayed in the basement where it belongs. Sub-mediocre.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer rexently

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Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Stillwater wine glass.

Pours black with a single-finger light tan head and some good spotty lacing. The nose brings some piney and resinous hops, but also smells a bit like amoxicillin and antibiotics. There is a bit of an earthy component there as well. The taste is slightly-resinous and medicinal. It finishes a bit dry with some faint roast. Overall, I'm not a big fan of this as it reminds me of hoppy antibiotics.

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Photo of Buebie
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished packing, found this in the back of the beer fridge. Might as well drink it.

Semi hard pour produces an inch of light brown head, slow to recede leaving a thick collar. black in color with dark red hues around the edges of the glass.
Aroma is ultra bready with a large malt backing, sweet and light in hops. Aroma leads me to believe its more of a strong long aged barleywine.
Mouthfell is slick with moderate carbonation.
Taste starts out largely sweet with more barleywine flavors of alcohol, malt, and large amounts of sweets with nearly drowned out...but still trying to be potent, hops.
Midway through chocolate and darkly roasty malts make a mild appearance, but the color on this doesnt play much of a role in flavor.
This beer seems confused as to what it really wants to be.

145 IBU's? Where are they?

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For me the best part of this beer is its looks. The choice of hops and the balance of hops to malt is too much in favor of these hops that doesn't work. Just don't like the taste. Looks great tho!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer appears dark brown color with a half inch of head that leaves some decent lacing.

S: The aroma has a nice citrus and hop scent, along with an odd, medicinal smell.

T: The beer tastes alright, with the hop character more mild than I would prefer, especially given the 8.5% alcohol. I was hoping / expecting the beer to be more grandiose and bold, with a balance of roasted malt character and citrus hops. The taste has an odd astringency that detracts from the overall flavor presentation.

M: The feel is decent, with a bitter dryness in the finish.

D: An alright beer, but not one that I am interested in having again.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Drift
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMindbender
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcsoke
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer, pours smooth with light head retention.

S - Malty hops are well balanced aromas, but this isn't your typical IPA... seems like a sweetness comin through.

T - Lightly carbonated and the IBU's com through with a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Mild roastiness coming through but on the plus side the ABV's aren't noticeable at all.

M - Light to average body that isn't filling as most dark beers are.

D - Easy going down, but the aftertaste is a bit much to have more than one of these.

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Photo of Mattmarchand
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass.

A - Good looking brew! Pours with a big foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving rings of splotchy lace. The body is a dark transparent nut brown.

S - Roast, cocoa, catty Simcoe hops, and toasted grains. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Was sort of surprised to see July 30th 2010 listed on the affixed information card - this just got to the Chicago market a week or two ago.

T - Odd mix of citrus and caramel-chocolate that isn't particularly well-integrated. A bit of alcohol flavor. Finish is simultaneously sweet and slightly bitter, but nowhere near the listed 145 IBUs.

M - Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation. Somewhat watery and sticky finish. Doesn't have much in the way of dryness.

D - This was alright. Glad I split it three ways though, as I definitely couldn't have handled a 750ml bottle on my own.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours deep brown with a subtle red hue, 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades.

Smell: Hoppy, pine resin, citrus, subtle roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front (surprising considering the age of this bottle), pine resin, grapefruit, malty in the middle, roasted malts towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy.

Overall: A very drinkable beer. Much of the hop profile has faded (I drank my other bottle fresh), but still enough left to clearly identify this as an IPA. The mouthfeel is a bit too smooth for an IPA. The roasted malt notes work well and create a well balanced beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- If you put this beer in a line up of dark lagers I wouldn't be able to tell it's an IPA. Nice in finger head.

S- Roasted malts smell, a full aroma compliments the light hops well. I particularly appreciate the hops with roast smell.

T- The taste is light, not as hoppy as I would hope. I like the spicy kick

M- The spice is what makes this a pretty above okay beer for me. The firey kick is something different that I do enjoy about this beer.

The bottled date is 12/12/13- I'm not sure if it lost flavor, I'll have to look into that. I don't know anyone that raves over Black IPAs, but I would keep it on hand as a novelty for somthing different. I love the label, very intriguing. I couldn't resist the Grand Teton Brewing Company, it's such a beautiful area.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of Crusher
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BIll_Currie
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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of dheldman
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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