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.