Beer Review – Grand Teton Trout Hop Black IPA

Trout Hop Black IPA

The Grand Teton Brewing Company is located in Victor, ID near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  Their Trout Hop Black IPA comes in a 750 ml bottle purchased at the Brookings Liquor Store for $7.99.  Ratebeer.com describes the black IPA style as an “emerging style of beer with IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. Typically lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout and is hoppier than a strong porter. Expressive dry-hopping is common. Also called India Dark Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale or Dark IPA”.  This beer is brewed with Idaho 2-row Brewer’s Malt and German specialty malts.  It is kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops (types not specified).  The tag on the bottle indicated a bottling date of July 29, 2010.  Some of the hop flavor may have faded a bit by the time I tasted it.  The bottle listed 145 IBUs, but I couldn’t detect that much bitterness.

ABV = 8.5%

IBUs = 145

The Trout Hop poured out dark brown (almost black) into a pint glass.  It had a nice piney aroma with malt also present.  There was a decent one finger tan head.  The flavor was a mixture of piney hops and roasted malts.

Grade = B

I liked this beer and would drink it again.  If I had to choose I would grab a Pursuit of Hoppiness first, because of the nice balance.  Grand Teton suggests pairing with Chocolate mole, Indian and Thai curries or barbeque ribs.

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