Cigar Aficionado

Lost Continent Double IPA

Grand Teton Brewing Co., founded in 1988, has released a new beer born from its Cellar Reserves program called Lost Continent Double IPA, an aromatic brew loaded with hops, but balanced through for a sweet, crisp finish.

Packaged in a bottle wrapped with gold foil around the neck, the beer pours a nice light shade of bronze with a finger of foam that quickly fizzles to a thin but resilient layer.

Grand Teton says it used a combined four pounds of hops per barrel for the beer—three pounds of hops per barrel during the kettle phase of the brewing process and one pound of dry hopping added after fermentation.

The flood of hops brings the beer to about 90 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and gives the brew that sought-after West Coast aroma of citrus and grass, while a combination of German CaraHell, Vienna and Idaho Brewers' malts help cut the pungency of the hops.

All in all, the beer starts with orange and apricot flavors and an alcohol bite that is mellowed by a slightly buttery finish.

A perfect pre-dinner beer, Lost Continent Double IPA is in stores until September.