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

Sticky tan head, pretty fluffy but nice and sticky as well. Dark brown color, shy of black, but a pretty nice look overall. Nose is fairly dry with a toasted and roasted malt note that is slightly chalky and betrays a hoppy pepper presence as well.

Grand Teton Trout Hop is a pretty good stab at the emerging CDA style, hops are forward without going overboard. The bitterness there is almost overtaken by the roasted, patent malt. Emerging notes of tobacco and menthol mingle with some citrus and dark fruits. Body is perfect, a great delivery vehicle for the hops and abv, and it's so easy to drink. My only knocks are the somewhat simplistic flavor profile and the medicinal aftertaste that seems to permeate the palate.

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Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice big black beer with a lacey mocha head.

I really get dark in the aroma there's also some nice burnt notes.

The roasted dark fruits meet a light hop presence in the taste. Kindof a lemongrass bitterness. Some toffee flavors to boot.

Rich body very stoutish creamy mouthfeel. Really just tastes like a hoppy porter to me. Not bad, but a miss as far as black IPAs go.

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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 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 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 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 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 mithrascruor
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a dense frothy off-white head. Good lacing too.

Smell: Mild aroma, but there's some grapefruit and orange, and light roasted smell.

Taste: Light citrus flavors up front with lightly roasted malt. Even more roasted malts, with chocolate in the finish and aftertaste, with some underlying citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat high ABV, but no hint of alcohol in the taste. Flavorful and easy to drink.

My biggest issue here is that there isn't enough "IPA"! There's some nice citrus flavors, but it just doesn't stand out against the malts. Nevertheless, a tasty beer - it just isn't quite what I was expecting.

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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 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 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 kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, IPA tasting.

Muddy cloudy dark brown brew, black at edges, with 1 cm creamy frothy ecru head, nice lacing.

Aroma has toasted roasted malty notes with fruity prunes and figs predominating.

Mouthfeel creamy and rich. The roasted malt carries a sweet fruity flavor up front with aggressive bitterness in the long finish. Hoppiness comes through mainly in the bitter finish, specific hop notes are integrated into the overall flavor rather than staning out on their own.

My first of this style and it is a hybrid style that I reallythink I will like--the roasted malt playing off bitter hoppiness. This one is very good.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice dark brown creamy foamy head that has good retention. The head left decent lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown with a tinge of red. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some carbonation bubbles that are coming up the side.

Nose: The aroma is wonderful. There is rich floral bouquet, spruce, pine, grapefruit, and lemon. The malt has a nice roasted quality with notes of toast and bread. There are also notes of yeast, phenols, and solvents.

Taste: A medium rich floral bouquet, grapefruit, pine, and spruce for the hops. The malt has a rich roast, gentle toast and a bread like quality. There are also notes of yeast, solvents, caramel, and phenols.

The mouth feel is astringent, coating and slightly dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. I really dig this black IPA, it has wonderful qualities with rich hops and malts. I feel that if it was refined just a bit this beer would be outstanding, nonetheless, a good black IPA.

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Photo of nkersten
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into NB snifter. Color is opaque black with a two finger creamy off white head that fades to a cap. Good lacing and retention. Unfortunately, the smell is some stale hops to it, not sure how old this one is. Some pine hop bitterness, a hint of roasted malt. Not much going on here. Taste is an assertive hop bitterness, a bit of fruity hops, some roasted malts in the finish. With this dark of a color, i would have expected it to have much more dark malt flavors. Mouthfeel is medium body and a light to medium carbonation. This beer is drinkable, but I would prefer a standard IPA. I will revisit this one if I ever find it fresh, could be a totally different beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These dropped by Lundeen's a couple weeks back and my girlfriend picked me up a bottle of this and a six pack of Celebration as an early birthday present. Isn't she great?

A: Not totally black, maybe a touch of black coffee (you know, a kind of really, really dark brown) topped with a thick cap of sandy brown head. I don't really think an black IPA is ever going to look as pretty as a nice, gold or amber colored IPA but such is life.

S: Really the least impressive aspect of the beer. Maybe a result of having been bottled in July and being opened in mid-November and perhaps the hop nose has faded a bit but not much more than a slight dusting of cocoa powder and a bit of tropical fruit. Good but nothing I haven't encountered before.

T/MF: This is where the beer comes into its own with an really nice interplay between tropical fruits and cocoa poweder chocolaty-ness. Really an interesting flavor combination and something that I think it unique to the style that adds a different aspect of flavor to the IPA game.

D: Pretty good, but not as good as I've had before. It's been over a year but I can tell from memory that I liked Flossmoor station's take on a black IPA than I do this version. This may be because my sample from Flossmoor was from a growler and fresh, but I call them as I see them, so this one really only stands out to about above average at best.

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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 Buebie
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
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 JohnGalt1
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at the COOP over the weekend... poured into my Old Guardian goblet.... 1" dark tan head... the brew isn't exactly black, instead a dark dark walnut with beautiful deep ruby highlites when held to a bulb. Good retention and lacing.

Nose shows a big blast of citrus hops and lesser dark malts.. the dark profile doesn't really jive as much as some of the Black IPA's I've had... the citrus elements seem too high to live harmoniously with the malty profile.

Big and bitter up front... oily pithy citrus hops ... dark malts are pretty heavy too, but verge too much on char territory for my liking.

Everything gets alot better with warmth, alot of warmth.. Near perfect body and carbonation given the ABV...

Pretty nice brew, but seriously, let this one warm up and enjoy it slowly for maximum presence.


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Photo of silentjay
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost opaque black with a generous eggshell colored head that is a mixture of big bubbles and small which provide wonderful lacing and good retention.

aroma is very hoppy. pine, grass, and bitter citrus hops drown out any semblance of roasted malts. If I was blind, I would have trouble picking this one apart from a standard IPA. It does smell nice, but would like some "black" aromas in this Black IPA.

flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma would have made one believe. However, Hops are still out in the forefront here. Piney and grassy hops are the strongest with some bitter citrus backing that up. Malt, again, stays too far in the background and add a touch of roastiness in the aftertaste.

barely medium bodied with generous carbonation, a bit of resiny hops are left behind.

drinks rather well. I would like a bit more of a roasty/dark malt character in this one, but it ends up being a decent IPA. it seems the black malts were used almost solely for the color and could add a bit more to the aroma/flavor.

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Photo of aristotle2497
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at The Alchemy in Madison, WI. First off, kudos to a Midwest bar having a beer for my home state and my mother's hometown.

A - came in a 12 ounce goblet, deep looking black color with a hint of swirling of foam. Looked delicious (I'm a fan of dark beers).

S - Hops are definitely present, a strong hit of citrus (think grapefruit) and rich malt. I've smelled better, but it kept me enticed.

T - excellent balance of hops and malt. For an IPA-inspired beer, I thought this had a great balance to it. Rich and floral, but not too bitter as many hop-heavy beers tend to be.

M - It wasn't terribly thick yet it also wasn't water. It has that smooth thickness that makes you think you're drinking something real without stopping to take a run to keep your blood flowing.

D - Just a little hoppy to keep it up regularly, but I thoroughly enjoyed 2 glasses with no thoughts of stopping.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/17/10

2010 Cellar Reserve, July 30th 2010 printed inside the tag on the bottle

Pours a slightly muddy, cola brown settling very dark. Barely any light penetration, just a little around the stem. Foam hit just over one finger though it thins considerably leaving a smooth skim & an elevated patch of bubbles. Two rings & random bits of lace. Said bubbles eventually wind up sticking to the side of the glass.

Smells pretty good. The hops seem to still be in decent enough shape, though maybe not firing on all cylinders, as it were. Notions of pine, grapefruit & hints of other citrus. Malts claim their share of the aroma. Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate & faint notions of coffee. Has a bit of an earthy bent as it warms.

I haven't tried this beer before, so I can't say with absolute certainty, but I think a good bit of hop fade has happened. I suppose at two & a half months it's getting to that threshold. My reasoning is that there seem to be hollow citric flavors that likely boasted greater potency. There's still a reasonable amount of piney bitterness so all is not lost. Roasted dark malt makes for a solid, thankfully not sweet, base with vague hints of bitter dark chocolate & coffee.

Trout Hop is somewhere between medium & full bodied. Carbonation is hovering in the average territory, maybe even a bit lower. In any case, it's smoother than it is prickly. Seeing as it was done by bottle conditioning, extra points are in store. Gritty, dry finish with some bitterness & roasted malts lingering for a few moments.

Overall not too shabby. For sake of the taste & aroma I wish I had gotten to it sooner. Still I have to give Grand Teton credit for the excellent feel & spot-on carbonation via bottle conditioning (lately I've had some bottle conditioned beers from other breweries that seem too high). I bet this one kills fresh off the tap.

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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 EwaldEichstaett
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big dark brown head. Wonderful looking beer. Excellent retention and lacing.

Taste and smell were similar. Citrus hops mixed in with chocolate, toffee and coffee flavored malts. The flavors blend together extremely well. To a fault actually, I enjoy Black IPA's that change their character as you drink them. (see my Hop In the Dark review) The beer was also not as hopped as I expected. More of a Black Pale Ale...

Creamy rich mouthfeel with a very pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable concoction; yet, there are better out there.

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