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.