Lost Continent Double IPASeptember 1, 2009 Victor, ID
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Available: AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, MT, MY, OR, UT, WA, WI, WY
Lost Continent Double IPA has three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another pound per barrel of “dry hops” added after fermentation, bringing the IBUs over 90.
Original gravity: 1088
The message is getting through: genuine IPAs really are pale! This interpretation is pale bronze with a heavy collar of foam and a literally staggering nose of perfumy and spicy hops and a hint of ground pepper. There’s biscuity malt in the background and a powerful blast of citrus fruit. This would have kept the troops happy in India—big, malty sweetness in the mouth, balanced by tart lemon zest and peppery hops. The finish is long, with hop bitterness carving a deep groove in the back of the tongue, but with plenty of compensating tangy fruit and malt. A spicy biriani with poppadums and nan bread would go well.
- Roger Protz
Orange in color, hazy in aspect, and throwing off a rocky foam, this beer looks almost viscous in the glass. The aroma is a fruity blend of American hops with a big orangey note dominating. The palate is very sweet―almost syrupy―with a juicy-fruit center and just enough bitterness to keep it from toppling over. Pleasant at the outset, it soon becomes a bit cloying; I’d prefer to see it a bit drier or with even more bitterness to balance it out. As it is, I’d consider it a nice after-dinner sipper, perhaps with a wedge of old farmhouse cheddar.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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