Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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89
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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
199
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine Club. Good hop aroma. Black with a white head, lace sheet. Would be an awesome cask, carbonation right there though suitable. Grapefruit taste, expensive pint for Denver at $8. Decent drinkability, roasted malt, malt there to hold back the grapefruit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2010 vintage.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khkai head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a fruity and slightly funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a bit of funk in the taste that is odd.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with red highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head with very big bubbles. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of citrus - mostly orange. There were some pine notes and a roasty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of rich roasty malt with some sweet orange hoppiness. It had a good bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice black IPA. I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the changed bottle size on the Grand Teton Cellar Reserve series.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A frothy 1 finger semi thick head fades pretty slowly over very dark brown slight ruby colored almost black colored beer.

Nose is fresh earthy hops to start, a combination of earthy herbal American hops, and a bit of herbal UK bitter hops. A bit of pine and chewy hops. Some slight sweet dark malts with a slight bit of roast and crystal malts.

Taste is similar to the nose, starting with some bittering hops. Not a huge bitterness, but nice. Some earthy hops, mostly American herbal hops, with a touch of pine and chewy hops. Some dark malts as well, slightly sweet, touch of roast and caramel malts, and slight hint of minerality. The finish brings a bit of creamy dark malts, and slight sweetness but dries a bit. It also gets very bitter, and astringent. It has that finish of chewing on a hop pellet, with a crazy bitterness and herbal earthy hop flavor.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so. It drinks smoothly for the abv, without much if any of a boozy taste, and slightly sweet, but the crazy bitter, herbal and astringent hop finish takes away a bit from the drinkability.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color in the tall tulip. Beautiful appearance with the off-white head. The lacing is attractive and it's thoroughly sudsy going down the hatch.

Tag on this one says "Nov 05, 2010." How many beers can claim to be brewed with Idaho malt? I don't know about the claimed 145 IBU. It tastes more malty than bitter, but the hops gradually take over.

Deep roasted malt flavors with just a little sweetness. Some hint of sour, bitter burnt malt, but not as black as stouts. A sharp and winey taste behind the earthy hops. Not much fruit, maybe a whiff of marmelade. It does taste like an overamped "Cascadian" IPA, bigger, richer, harder. Quite drinkable.

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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 chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Roasted malts with a huge floral kick. Some vanilla shows with citrus. A nice aroma for this black ipa.

Taste: Huge roasted malts followed quickly by huge amount of floral hops and grapefruit citrus. Has a bit of lemons as well.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with floral hops.

Overall, a decent black ipa. Fairly drinkable, but the bitterness lingers on forever leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

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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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent light beige head. Leaves both streaky and chunky lace. The color is dark brown, but the light does shine through.

Pale malt aroma--very surprising. Very nice (and ample) hop touch.

Both the darker malts and the hops show up in the taste. The body is somewhat thin. I like the combination of flavors as it creates a very nice balance. Not as "dark" as the bottle would lead you to believe. It's not an overly hoppy beer. Still, I like the balance.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fear025 care of the 2011 black booty BiF for the chance to try this brew. Shared on 2/20/11 with wishuwerebeer.

A 750ml bottle poured into a pint, appears a dark brown color with 2 fingers of fluffy tan foam. The cap slowly fades leaving a pillow-like uneven cratored surface. An entire wall of lace sticks to the glassware. When held to the light, this brew displays some decent clarity with lighter brown and red hues.

The smell of this offering is quite bright with citrus hops and dark fruity indications. Some light roasted grain presents a scent like chocolate. In the back are some light sulfur notes and more fruity indications that are more like pear than dark skinned fruit in the smell.

The taste is modestly bitter from a combination of the dark roasted quality of the grains and the resins of the hops. There is a dry musty grain flavor that tastes like chocolate and a bitty nutty as well before the flavor gives way to fruits. A minor amount of dark fruity alcohol esters fills the void in the back of the throat with warmth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is lightly yet enjoyable carbonated. Quite easy drinking for almost 9% abv. The abv is enjoyable and somewhat hidden considering it's strength. Not the best in it's class but certainly enjoyable and easily approachable. I would have this one again if there was some assurance of it's freshness.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is black with a brown head that falls away and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is sweet and apply with some citrus type hop character.

Beer is medium to light in body and has a mixture of roast and hop bitterness at the back, the finish is a little dry. Beer is creamy on the mouth and mild in flavor in the early palate with only a hint of malt and the middle has a few grassy hop / earthy hop flavors and a mild sweetness that gives it a pear like flavor. Its pretty good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark chocolate brown with pale brown highlights and had a nice half finger of bubbly head leaving some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: citrus grapefruit is what greeted me first on the whiff but had grassy, hoppy, pine notes with sweetness from the malts and hints of booze.

T: the roasty and hoppy flavors did blend quite well but had grassy, chocolate, citrus grapefruit accents and a touch of pine.

M:the brew was medium to full in body with a nice amount of prickly carbonation which had a hoppy, grassy, piney, citrusy, sweet, and bitter finish.

D: was definitely a great interpretation of a black IPA and is probably one of the few times I enjoy a dark hoppy brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh wow, I didn't realize this was stronger than a normal IPA. I've had a fair number of black IPAs lately and this is one of my favorites. The balance of bitter grains and hops leans toward to fruity citrus. Still there's a light and tasty creamy cocoa, mild espresso, and black grains. The hops are a touch juicy with a little apple and white grape before the orange rind and grape fruit kick. The finish is dry and roasty with a bitter tang. I'd have another pint. Good luck finding this one. It's at the top of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, $9 a half pint at Vine Stret pub during stout month. It looks like a stout at first. Black with a medium sized white head. Upon closer look it's a very dark ruby color.

Somewhat musky hop aroma. Sharp but 'wet' feel to it. Pine and citrus fight, leaving a small trace of roasted malt. Dark plum and sour cherry.

A bit candied sweetness at first, some fruitiness. But then the hops ain't having that crap! It bites with some pine, just short of being resinous, and tangy citrus. The roastiness blends with this to develop the cherry fruitness.

Ends with a zip and alcohol burst. Nice

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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 Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Mid-mocha two fingered frothy head on top of a darkest brown/black beer. Lacing is thick around all side of the glass.

S- Roasted malts. Spicy hops.

T- Pine. A little spicy hops. On the intense side of the an IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Loved this one, my first "cascadian dark". Don't know if I could handle more than one or two of these. Very deceiving, these black IPAs. Liked it a whole bunch.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

750ml
Tape Sealed

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice oil slicks in the middle of the glass, also some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of hops, citrus/pine notes. The taste is hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, with some nice notes of citrus/pines, slight roastyness. Medium body, the finish is dry and slightly bitter. Drinkable, a very nice brew. Glad to have finally got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; November 2010
The beer arrives from the tap with a thin, pale head that is surprisingly light for a beer that is so black; it does show a clear brown hue in the light though. The nose has a resinous pine aroma that is backed by piquant citrus zest. The aroma is even somewhat dank from the hops and sometimes seems to have a cheese-like quality to it. The citrus reminds me more of Meyer lemons and lemon zest than the typical IPA aromatics, but this seems typical of these beers that have roast grain in them.

As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes quite bitter and resinous. The citrus character comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up. A soft sweetness accentuates the fruity hops, but this is still secondary to the herbaceous resinous hops flavors and bitterness. An accentuating roast note in the finish is not overly noticeable but boosts the perceived bitterness. There is a touch of body to this brew, but it certainly hits the quaffability that a good IPA should. This ends up as quite a nice beer; the roast is subdued, which works with the hops character, though this last could even be a bit more prominent.

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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