Lost Continent Double IPA

(Originally Posted March 22, 2010)
We will be hosting a release party for the return of Lost Continent Double IPA this Friday, March 26th, 6-10pm. Food is available for the first 75 through the door, so come early! Rumor has it that Chef Kevin will be preparing Lost Continent braised steak, grilled pineapple and salad. Lost Continent Double IPA on tap, aged on Oak, and Lost Continent served from the cask will all be available, as well as cases to go! Come dressed as a pirate, sailor, or in Safari attire and get $1 off your Lost Continent fills for the night.

Grand Teton’s Double IPA was born in our renowned Cellar Reserve program. Fans of our Double IPA and XX Sweetgrass demanded we brew the style on a regular basis. In response, we created Lost Continent in 2009 and updated it for 2010. This year’s version is brewed with well over three pounds of hops per barrel in the kettle and another half-pound per barrel of “dry hops” in two additions during conditioning. A revised fermentation program has produced a more traditional Double IPA flavor profile–drier, less malty, more hoppy.We use only American Pacific Northwest hops. Galena hops are added early in the boil for smooth, balanced bitterness. We add Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe later in the boil for flavor, and Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe in the whirlpool for aroma.For even more aroma, we add Summit, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade “dry-hops” in the conditioning tank, and dry-hop again right before bottling with whole-flower Cascade hops. The result is fruity, floral and complex, with notes of leather and oak.

Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German CaraHell and Vienna malts give this ale its lovely pale copper hue and massive body, with flavors of thick-cut orange marmalade on toast, grapefruit, honey and almonds.

The hops provide citrusy, resinous spiciness, making this beer a great match for any bold, flavorful food. Try it with prime rib, Indian food, Cajun blackened pork or chicken, Thai or Vietnamese cuisine. For a rare treat, serve Lost Continent with roast wild duck and orange sauce.

India Pale Ales were originally brewed to quench the thirst of the British who occupied India in the 1700s. To the delight of hopheads everywhere, the style has survived through the centuries and has become the beer of choice for adventurers with the curiosity to discover what lies over the horizon.

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