Victor, ID - It seems that with each Black India Pale Ale or Cascadian Dark Ale, this writer becomes more and enlightened on the differences (or apparent deficiencies) between each beer tasted. The category itself seems to already been determined (with the Brewer’s Association choice on India Black Ale), but here we are, writing out thoughts on another Black India Pale Ale.
Grand Teton’s Hop Trout Black India Pale Ale, is a dark and lightless ale with a strong mocha-colored foamy head that slowly fades, leaving behind a jagged lace pattern inside the glass (reminiscent of forgotten roadway).
With a waving of the glass under the nose, we detect bits of fruitiness with grapefruit citrus being the primary as well as some noticeable pine character.
Sipping one detects grapefruit citrus, a medium roasted character throughout, along with negligible coffee notes. Overall this beer is not heavy on the tongue but definitely not light at 8.50%.
Overall. A strong contender for Black India Pale Ale / India Black Ale than Cascadian Dark Ale.
This Black IPA is perfect for an autumn afternoon. Spicy and bold with notes of fresh pine needles and spruce tips, this ale has a deep rich color and roasted finish with a a zesty aroma and intense bitterness.
You Should Try. More and more breweries are staking their preference between Cascadian Dark Ale and India Black Ale (Black India Pale Ale). Grand Teton has declared their preference for India Black Ale instead of Cascadian Dark Ale and this comes across as the dark IPA that it is.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.