A recent entry into a new American style, Trout Hop Black IPA lays down a delightful complexity which makes this a must-try beer. The style, black IPA, has something for everyone. By definition, it has a strong malt beginning with a snazzy dry hop and dry black malt finish. The Trout Hop stands true to the style. More brown than black, it begins with a wheat toast richness that slides into a full, soft mouthfeel (I’m tasting this beer at room temperature). The carbonation is hardly forward leaving more room for the malt and hops to interact. It is the finish that really thrives, combining citrus spiciness up front and a base of dark malt, espresso/chocolate notes on the end. The combination lingers forever. I’d love to tee this beer up with some Thai food and see how the richness and spiciness pairs with a curry. This beer is part of Grand Teton‘s Cellar Reserve series, which I hope to see more of, assuming they hit the mark like this beauty.