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Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
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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:
#4,126
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
203
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Vlaminck
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mflamar
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
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.

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

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

Photo of hereforbeerMT
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.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of MrBeige
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 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.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bkdavis4136
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yum! Very good beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of baklo
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet pineapple dominates the aroma initially, with resin and roast malt and toasted, nutty notes adding complexity.

Flavor is toasted, nutty malt, with muted tropical fruit accents, and a roasty, moderately bitter finish. Interesting brew. Wish the fruity hop character were more pronounced, and the roast bitterness less dominant.

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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 Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On: 02/11/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Pleasant aroma of grassy hops and roasty malt working together in near perfect unison. Slight booze fume.

T- Herbal hop flavor with its bitterness coming on strong. The dark roasted malt accentuates the bitterness but does so in a way that's not too intense. The hops are certainly the main player in the profile as the grassy quality continues and the bitterness lingers and lingers.

M- Sharp and somewhat silky with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A great example of the style with assertive bitterness, soft texture and lots of character. Folks who question Black IPAs should give this one a try.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeP64
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my fave BIPA...incredibly good.

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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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