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Lost Continent Double IPA by Grand Teton Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.00 % ABV


 
Review by SAP on 08/22/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
44 2 5 9 3 3 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is murky, orange amber color that shows a deeply hazy light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with caramelized malt notes and candied hop aromatics; seemingly aggressive crystal malt notes competes with and at times beats into submission the ample hop character found in the nose. Lots of stewed crystal malt aromas, caramel, toasted malt, and dirty sweet tea aromas sort of confuse the grapefruit, bergamot and candied pine hop notes that should be the focus of this aroma. The aroma makes this seem like a malt lovers attempt at making a Double IPA. While they actually used some hops in this, it is quite well obscured underneath all the malt. Probably one of the most “balanced” double IPAs I have ever had, too bad the malt character is a bit too dirty and the overall aroma just doesn’t seem to ever come together harmoniously.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would have suggested and actually starts out with a clean hop character. Towards the finish the cloying crystal malt character provides muddy caramel notes and ample toasty malt character before a light for an IPA bitterness is able to kick in. The malt character never leaves the finish though and comes to make the palate forget the bitterness existed at all. Sticky caramelized orange zest flavors, stewed grapefruit and some sweetened pine needle flavors struggle through the murky malt character here. The body is actually the one part of this beer that is in line with a good example of a Double IPA, it is light enough to even be quaffable. The hop character provides a green, somewhat astringent, herbal, pine biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile; this makes a valiant attempt at cutting through the malt focus, but in the end isn’t quite up to the task.

This beer actually doesn’t have much in the way of process / fermentation flaws, so there will probably be quite a few consumers that will enjoy this. Having said that, I absolutely hated it and found it a complete waste of time. This is just a horrible example of an IPA for me though. The malt is huge here; this can actually be ok in a Double IPA, but then the brewer needs to ensure that they stuff an insane amount of hop character in the beer so that it thoroughly dominates the malt character. If you are afraid of hops & really like crystal malt then this might be your perfect example of a Double IPA.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 08/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Dullish orangey gold color with a medium hazed glow to it. Small, slender capping of off-white foam slurps at the top briefly and firmly before shifting to a thin bubbled collar and a broken heavu skim. Great lacing abilities of holey sheets and lots of other spots and short globby strings.

Soupy mango and tropical fruit salad aroma wafts about lowly but presently with a nice heavy doughyness hinted with all sorts of tiny bits of citric spices. Peach and tangerine come to mind moslty.

Taste is a firmly calming display of deepened, raw, mushy, tropical fruityness of orange peels, mashed mango, peach, and bits of pineapple, and red grapefruit. A hint of toasty caramel and dark crackers swells underneath just before the finish really perks up with a heated hoppy glow of citrusy floral juices and zesty peels. Ends well with a moderate hoppy warmth that tells the tale of its 8% ABV and the complexity of hopping used to make it quite a tasty treat.

Body is close to full at first, very round, plush, and easy. It tends to drift off some as it then settles into the mid ranges allowing a tender soft fluff of hoppy girth flow right in; all the while warming the body and throat quickly as it builds a complex hoppy finish of warmth.

This Continent isn't lost at all...its found a home in the world of hops and it's a good one by Grand Teton Brewing. Ahhh...Makes me wish I were there at the base of one those gorgeous mountains cooking on a campfire and enjoying a few of these!

Served In: Pint Glass

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