Trout Hop Black IPA | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Trout Hop Black IPATrout Hop Black IPA
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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

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104
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201
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black body with a thick, foamy, light tan head. Pine and black pepper aroma with touches of roasted grain and toffee and mint. Mint-chocolate and zesty pine and spruce-like flavors; bold hop bitterness. Medium bodied; smooth, velvety, dry.

A black IPA with plenty of hop punch and a surprisingly rich, smooth feel. The malt and hop flavors meld well together. There is plenty of depth and balance to this beer and should prove a good choice for IPA lovers and dark ale aficionados.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second offering from Grand Teton Brewing Co. The first was the imperial stout. I didn't write a review but it did leave quite an impression and I would not hesitate to purchase again. So with that in mind, I thought I would give "Trout Hop" a shot. Although the concept of a "black ipa" is appealing to me, I can't think of one in particular that I've sampled which fully delivered. Three come to mind. 1554 by New Belgium: with my refined taste is enjoyable yet underwhelming, and a black ale. Libertine Black Ale by Brewdog: again a black ale so idk if it fits the moniker. I don't remember anything about this one in particular(which is why I am trying to review more beers.) And Finally something by Sierra Nevada which was so-so and not something I would revisit from the staple brewery. Which brings me to my review for "Trout Hop," a black ipa from Grand Teton out of Idaho.

Appearance: Dark brown to black with a ruby/purple-ish hue when held up under the light. A small sand/tan colored head. Lots of thick lacing.

Smell: I indeed smell piney, floral hops but not in the traditional way. They are hidden beneath a veil of cocoa and caramel malt. Slightly roasted, slightly astringent. My nose is slightly confused, but ultimately concluded that this smells 75% stout and 25% ipa. Maybe the appearance is playing into this? I do suppose you could conclude by calling this "complex."

Taste: The taste follows the nose. At 100+ IBU's I was a little hesitant, but after trying this I don't find it overly bitter in the least bit. Whatever bitterness is present I find pleasant. It is fairly sweet actually. I can definitely detect the ipa side of things. But I find it difficult to detect the nuances of it. Not to the fault of the beer but rather I am not used to tasting hops and malts mingling with each other in such a way. If I were to try and describe it I would be using other reviewers words rather than what I actually taste. I am still trying to figure it out. All I can say is to me it tastes 75% stout/porter and 25% ipa. The ipa part is present and distinct from a black ale. It is balanced. It is complex. It is delicious.

Mouthfeel: It hits up front with a smooth, creamy, velvety mouthfeel. The back end doesn't quite deliver as much: as it tastes slightly watery and astringent/bitter. It quickly dissipates rather quickly in your mouth. While this invites one to take another sip, I would have preferred the front end flavor to linger around a bit more. Overall I would say it is medium-ish bodied with low-ish carbonation. Smooth. Goes down easy peazy.

Overall: Damn tasty! The first black ipa in memory that really wows me. This stuff is 8.5% and perfectly hides the alcohol. While not really sessionable per say this is extremely drinkable. I love stouts, porters, and ipa's. This managed to blend the styles in a luxurious fashion. A new staple for the style. I only got a single but will most definitely be picking up more. First the "Black Cauldron" imperial stout, and now the "Trout Hop" black ipa: Grand Teton Brewing Co. has substantiated itself. Highly Recommended!

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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 Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap into pint glass
Appearancr is pitch black with hints of coffee color around the edges. rustic tannish head, medium lacing. Smell is very nice pine, and pronounced hopping profile, smells of malt and a little muddy earthy essence..taste is roasted and chocolate malt flavor with pine apparent and finishing with a dose of hop bite tropical tones upfront carried by a malty backbone and rye on the tounge. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is low( what i expect for a dark beer) I get dark chocolate and some strwberry as well..interesting beer, balanced. Overall, smooth for 8.5abv and a good blend of hops and roasted malt flavors.Pair with aged yellow cheese, burgers, hot wings, imdian food(spiceful)

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Photo of spark3148857
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/9/14. Pours black with a finger and a half khaki head. Aroma is of fresh pine , slightly herbal with faint citrus elements. Extremely fresh smelling. Taste is of fresh piney hops up front with a slight roastyness on the middle of the palate. Finishes slightly sweet with a nice lingering hoppyness. Smooth and extremely drinkable. A great take on the style, impressive offering worth seeking out from Grand Teton.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Blackness like dark chocolate. A tan head recedes to a wisp of cirrus clouds. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: Faint hops, almost a minty aroma. Light malt sweetness, some cocoa.

Taste: Very well balanced between a silky sweetness with chocolate and malts, blended with a piny, minty hop bill.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for 8.5% ABV.

Overall: Really tasty and easy to drink.

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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 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 Jonster02
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a pint glass this one had a light tan/cream head of about 2 fingers. delicious earthy fruity smell. the nose has a strong roasted malt flavor, halfway through there is a hint of grapefruit and then finishes with a bitter coffee/toffee bite. I would definitely recommend this one! This was my first grand teton brew, was thoroughly impressed. The Lost Continent IPA 2 is on the menu for tomorrow evening!

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

Date on bottle says 2010. It's been in my cellar since I purchased it. Trout Hop Black IPA pours black into the glass with a creamy, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the surface leaving behind a coating of bubbly lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and pine.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is malty with a nice hop bitterness at the end. It begins with roast malt, chocolate and a little toffee. It's earthy in the middle with a touch of nut flavor. It finishes with a bitter hop flavor of pine. Once gone the pine hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, tasty beer that's easy to drink. My only regret is that I didn't drink this fresh when I bought it and let it age in my cellar.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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 SFLpunk
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquors 44, Northampton, MA. 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. 2010 Vintage (Jul 30, 2010).

Pours a thin black with 1.5 inches of cream colored head. Nose is surprisingly ctirusy despite the age. Some faint char and toasted malt.

Palate is medium-light bodied. Nice citrusy piney hop resin right up front. That light char and roasty thing is in the center and then the finish is all IPA. Don't think there's any black patent here either.

I can't believe how well this beer is drinking after a whole year. I wonder how it is fresh?...

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Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Megan for sharing this bottle last night. Poured a deep black color with a smallish tan head. Big hoppy aromas, pine, citrus, grapefruit. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and very drinkable, with good hop flavors balanced nicely by dark chocolate and roasted malt. Very good.

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

Bottled 6/30/2011

Beautiful bottle design - who says shiny things are overrated?

Poured into a pint glass very dark brown with a dark fluffy tan head.

Nose pulls pine hops and a touch of roast/chocolate.

Very nicely bodied, smooth and medium/light carbonation with a pleasant bitterness, lightly herbal, some roast and a touch of chocolate. Sweeter finish with a sticky bitterness that really just feels complex as it rests on the palette.

As others have mentioned, for a year old, this still has a really nice hop presence. I'd never think to buy a cellared IPA, but this one impressed - just very smooth. The 8.5% is very well hidden in the malt making for a great drinker that you have to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy!

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Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: August 2, 2010
Consumed: 6/7/11
Served @ 55 degrees

A- Pour produced a two finger brown head that sat atop a very dark brown approaching black body. Nice lacing

S- a citrusy hop smell is predominant to me, followed by some toasted malt and some dark fruits. Not a very strong smell bt pleasant

T & M- This is a very good and complex beer. On the forefront is citrusy and slightly bitter hop taste followed quickly by some chocolate and dark fruits and finishes slightly bitter again. Slight alcohol taste. Main complaint is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not overly thin, but not where id like it to be

O- I though this was an excellent beer with so much good stuff going on. The drinkabity is great given the abv

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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 claytong
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting brew. had this on tap, sadly only 4 oz. but mountain sun just had incredible things on guest tap that day.
Nose was pine, hops, strong malt, brown sugar, molasses.
Taste was almost identical with not as much sugar.
It went down so smoothly. Almost seemed like some of the best of both worlds.
Mouth was super wet and wanting more, the wife was there to control.
A great beer, hope to get some more sometime.

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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 arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in mid-March for $8.49.

Beer poured a dark brown with a frothy tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is resinous hops and a huge malts.

Taste is a nice balance between slightly roasted malts and the pine and resinous hops. Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than hoped. Texture is fairly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I would suspect it is much better when it was first bottled.

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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 wagenvolks
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2010) into a Jester King snifter.

Trout Hop pours with a murky plum-brown body. Not the best color, especially with the pond water lightness at the edge, but the sizable tuft of big-bubbled khaki foam makes for a decent appearance. Despite the age, this Black Ale still has a hefty hop profile that kicks off plenty o' pine and tropical fruit. Dark malts and yeast add a nice depth of gummy fig, chocolate-covered cherry, and toasted toffee nuttiness--a delightful bouquet.

The flavor is still laced with hops, too, as a bitter resin note creeps across the palate alongside notes of mango and pineapple. Malts kick in mid-sip with molasses and a dry roasted flavor, followed by a finish of boozy fruit cocktails. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and under-carbonated for the style, but there's enough sustenance to keep the tongue happy. Overall, a tasty take on the style from Grand Teton that's held up well with regards to its hop profile. Recommended!

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Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Imperial Stone glass. Pours a deep opaque brown, with no light visible, but not black. The two finger head looks like a root beer float both in appearance and color. Lace is laying down in an almost solid sticky tan sheet. The head really isn't going anywhere tonight.

Smells beautiful. It has notes of honey, molasses, burnt caramel. This one has a fantastic malt bill. It is balanced nicely with some bitter hops, although the malt is up front. I'm really counting on this tasting as great as it smells.

It is very sweet, with light roasted caramel. Blackstrap molasses, and light brown sugar. I think the hop bill is really here for balancing bitterness. Any specific hop character is sort of lost in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is where this one fell a little short. It is mildly carbonated, more like a brown ale than an BIPA. It finishes quite watery. It just doesn't hold up to the style.

Even though it lost points on the mouthfeel, it was a really great beer. Beautiful color, head, lace, and smell. It tasted like I wanted to have another. Low point was the watery finish. Definitely recommended though.

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Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful bottle and artwork. Pours black, a tad darker than cola with deep brown highlights and a two finger tight tan head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Somewhat muted when cold, roasted malts, chocolate and sweet with a citrus and pine hop backing. As it warms the citrus hop character becomes more prominent as well and some vinous fruit and alcohol begin to surface.

Flavor hop dominant with equally balanced pine and citrus but also a bit dank, begins to degenerate to pure grapefruit rind as the beer warms. Evident chocolate and roasted malts masked with complexity of tobacco and dark fruit esters. Citrus hops do begin to clash with the malts as the beer warms ending in a finish that's more acidic than bitter.

Rather light body for a dark beer with muted carbonation that provides a velvet smooth feel on the palate. Ends a bit harsh due to the flavor but the drink is rather creamy and soft, alcohol well hidden.

As the flavors begin to surface they begin to clash though the complexities of the spices and yeast are much appreciated blurring the transition of hops and dark malt. Hops seemed a bit muted despite the acidity would like to try fresh. Still a nice example of a growing style.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 11/16/2010. Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy / creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of sweet roasted chocolate malts and piney, slightly citric, hops. This is what a black IPA should smell like.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and fruit with some roast (light coffee) and piney fruity hops in the finish that add a medium bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA I've had to date. I haven't been a big fan of them so far, but this is well balanced with a nice combination of sweet chocolate, roast, citric fruits and piney hops.

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Trout Hop Black IPA from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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