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Red Rock Elephino - Red Rock Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-18-2010

Red Rock's Elephino (el-uh-fine-oh) Double India Pale Ale is an American style IPA. Its intense citrus, floral and perfume-like, resinous and piney aroma come from the use of a copious amount of American hops. This beer is double dry-hopped on whole leaf Amarillo hops for a vivid, fresh aroma. The huge hop profile is backed up by a malty sweetness that lends a hand in this fine creation's balance.
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with about an inch of eggshell white head. Pretty nice head retention, limited lacing. Pretty good appearance.

Smell: Very citrusy and floral hop character. Not a lot of pine or bitter hops detected in this, but lots of orange rind, and tropical fruit. Malt backbone detected underneath the hops.

Taste: Malt base provides balance and quite a lot of sweetness. Hops are in line with the smell; very citrusy and tropical, but not a lot of bitterness. Very dank. It's a big beer and the alcohol is detected somewhat, but all in all is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is all of medium bodied; with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth. Overall a nice DIPA. Packs a little too much heat for me but has some nice hop flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Bright golden; lovely lace

SMELL: Grassy, grapefruit pith, pine cone, catty, bready grain, yeast, clean esters, guava

TASTE: Citrus rind, mint, clean booze, pungent hop bitterness, aspirin, dried grass, nutty yeast, bread crust, ripe tropical fruit, piney; dry, bitter finish

Balance was not the intention here—the brewer was spot-on when they said “sensory overload.” If we had to gauge the IBUs, they would likely score past the human threshold in bitterness, but not enough to cloud out the flavor. Enjoy, hopheads! This one is for you!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feeling bloated and buzzed from a big German meal and several different pints, I decided i couldn't leave without trying their flagship DIPA, what kind of hop head would i be if i didn't?
A - poured the bottle into a standard pint glass, very hazy golden orange, short head retained decent
S - Big citrus, mild pine, cracker graininess, hints of perfume at the back
T - big hop presence mostly of citrus and perfume, some pine and resiny flavours are more subtle, grainy malt tries to hold its own, and light boozy sweetness
M - realtively creamy with solid carbonation, an oily resiny feel, medium hop bitternesss, warming booziness late in the finish
O - while this was a bit of work to get through on a full stomach i am glad i savoured it last, great to see a small brewpub take on this style and come through with something worthy

Photo of vandemonian
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was labelled RedRock Elephino Double IPA. Everything else was the same as the old label (and there is still a picture of an elephant). It was a very nice DIPA was grapefruit and pear characteristics. My first Utah beer was delicious!

A: Orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades pretty fast. 4

S: Citrus hops with a strong grapefruit-like character. There is also some pear aroma. Very interesting. 4.5

T: Malty with tangy grapefruit and some sweet pear. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste. I don't love the pear-like flavour. 4

M: Pretty thick. Not strongly carbonated. 4

O: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There was a run on these at the state store. Had to try one to see what the buzz was all about. Very good double IPA from this SLC brewer. I should have picked up more than just one. I highly recommend this one if you can find it.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Slightly hazy amber. pretty fat pillowy head on the pour that recedes quickly.
smell: Strong grapefruit up front. Some piney hints.
taste: Sweetness up front surprisingly, followed almost immediately by bitter grapefruit.
overall: Decent DIPA. Not a standout for me but decent enough.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 5.99. No bottling info noted. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours a hazy yellow orange with one finger white head. Leaves nice spots of lacing. 

A nice sharp aroma of citrus hops hit my nose as soon as I popped off the cap. Sweet blend of pine, mango, orange and fresh cut grass. 

Taste delivers that nice blend of citrus hops I smelled. Mango, pineapple, grass and orange. A good touch of biscuity malt. Very little, if any, booze bite. Long sweet but dry citrus aftertaste. 

Medium in body and carbonation. Oily slick on the tongue (in a good way). It could stand to be a bit heavier but it's light enough to go down smooth. 

Glad I picked this up and I'll definately get more in the future. In a market saturated with IPAs, doubles and imperials, Red Rocks had created a great hoppy treat that, for my tastes, can stand up to many of the big boys. Worth at least one try if your a fan of the style. 

Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern hops with a strong fruit aroma. Pineapple is the strongest scent here. Passion fruit, and mango are in there with a much fainter grapefruit and orange aroma.

$tarts out malty with a woody pineapple taste. Flavor stays dry. Strong tea and tropical fruit. Bitterness is about medium for the style. Flavor just isn't as good as the scent with this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer but not a great one. They just need to make it taste like it smells.

Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was selflessly sent to me by Douglas88 on RB out of the blue. A very kind gesture of beer advocacy. He said this is one of his favorite local go to's. The bottle actually says Elephino, not Elephant as in the picture.

It pours a really, really nice cloudy, bright golden orange in color with a perfect and calmn one finger off white head. It looks stellar. The aromas consist of slighty sweet yet dry citrusy hops with a line and crisp pine presence. The flavors are a nice mix of both citrusy and floral hops with slight sweetness and moderate sweetness. It tastes like something I've had before, but I can't quite put my finger on the beer. It's definitely a high quality IPA. It has a nice, clean finish and doesn't dry out your palate. It's very approachable as well for a beer of 8%. Overall this is a really nice beer and I'm glad it was gifted to me. Thanks again Doulgas for sending me this local gem!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance to the big sweetness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent 2IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is an amber sort of color with a nice finger's worth of off-white head.

S: A very pleasant citrus hop aroma of grapefruits and oranges along with a very nice pine note. A bit of sweet caramel malt underneath.

T: There is a bit more malt sweetness than I generally prefer for an IPA, but the piney hops provide a really excellent bitterness to the beer. The citrus notes are more subtle, but quite pleasant.

M: Medium both in terms of body and carbonation with a nice bitter finish.

D: This was really nice and I always enjoy trying a beer from a (new to me) brewery. I would definitely give this one another go.

Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle at the brewpub. Pours a deep cloudy orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is great; rich simcoe, fruity, apricots and pine. The flavor is very nice; slightly bitter, citrus, quite fruity, light pine. A raw bitterness lingers in the finish. Very enjoyable. Keep these beers coming Red Rock!

Photo of jchoffman
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local bottle shop that just got it in, 500 ml bottle poured into Russian River Belgian-style Stemmed Glass

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a small off-white head that faded slowly and left a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contained a lot of fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste started out with a strong sweet flavor of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not a over-powering hop bitterness comes in. The malt character is heavy but not too much so, also provided good balance to the sweetness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Quite tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, excellent 2IPA.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellower color than most big IPAs. Nice white foam, and pleasantly carbonated. Flowery nose with a touch of resins.

Big hop presence, but not excessively bitter. A very interesting variation on the DIPA theme. Rich and nicely sweet. It's like a Tripel with a big dose of hops. Rather sharp but thoroughly drinkable. Big fruity flavors of mango and pineapple. Dries out in the aftertaste but the aromatic flavors stay with you.

The photo is the old label before they changed the name from "Elephant." From the 500 ml bottle purchased at the Sugar House state store in Salt Lake. Interesting and worth a try.

Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter. Thanks to mrmarmot for muling this m-effer back.

A: Pours crystal clear golden color with the faintest amber notes in it. Aggressive pour leads to 1 finger rocky white head that takes a few minutes to disappear. Lacing is relatively non-existent.

S: Hop forward but it's entirely possible the hops have faded just a touch but they are still first and formost on the nose. Very nice citrus notes and a malt backbone that means business.

T: Follows the nose, brings a big time hop hammer and smooths it out with some balanced malt.

M: Creamy hop oil coating, nicely carbonated.

O: A solid DIPA. Nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of kagent777
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really should swing by RedRock to get one that I know is fresh. This one is from a state store here in SLC. Poured into my IPA goblet.

Appearance: A rather hazy burnished golden color. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: There is a sweet maltiness behind all of the hops. For the hops I sense herbs, pine, and citrus and tropical fruits. Really nice.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness all through the taste. The maltiness is on the front end of the taste. This is a really intense beer and the maltiness stands up to the hoppiness. The taste of the hops mirrors that of the smell.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth beer. The finish is fairly long with intense hop flavors. The carbonation is soft allowing the flavors to linger even longer than they otherwise would.

Drinkability: This a is a big hoppy beer in a 500 ml bottle with a fairly high ABV (8.0), so I probably would not drink more than one of these in a sitting. That being said, it is really good and one that I would seek out.

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Fat pillowy head of foam that fell to some sticky pretty lace. Some effervescence coming up from the bottom. This beer was majestic in the glass. Nose is orange citrus, mango, woodsy pine and grass. Fat. sweet, sugary malt backbone. Smells refreshing. Hops go a little earthy as it warms and the malt sweetness deepens. Taste is pure poise. Mild caramel and sweet, hops are bright and perfumey, resiny against the grainy malt. Slightly metallic and a touch of booze but I like a touch of booze in a DIPA. Dry and creamy with lingering essential bitter. This DIPA pitted a vast malt depth against a dry hoppy exuberance and came out straight forward and generous. Drank easy, happy and the malt was positively vital. Utah seems to like malt as much as I do.

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy amber with a nice finger of lovely white suds atop. Settles in, laces nicely.

Nose is caramel sweet and floral. Some grass and pineapple. Maybe mango.

Flavour has a bit more tropical fruit, but also a lot more of that blunt pine cutting through. Malts support the perfumed floral of the hops while adding counterbalance to the bitter side. I don't realize just what the three fourth note is until later that it's alcohol. Deceptive. Medium body, decent carbonation. Lasting finish of pith and pine. Comes together nicely. Would love to try it on tap. Glad I grabbed it!

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger off-white creamy head, which quickly dissappears, leaving some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, some citrus, slight pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, nice little malt blend, citrusy, and some pine notes. Medium body, the finish is slighty dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty nice DIPA at only 8% ABV.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy golden amber color with a creamy off white head, thick and robust leaving a pretty thick lace on the glass.

S-the nose is piney with sticky malts. notes of caramel and cooked brown sugar. piney resignous hops, light citrus and orange.

T-the taste is much of the same, sticky malts of caramel and caramelized brown sugar. piney resignous hops and orange citrus light behind. a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M-medium to light body that falls off slightly in the finish. a touch thin with a fair bit of carbonation and semi dry.

D-solid double IPA, well balanced with a tasty hop profile and nothing too over the top. the bitterness lingers slightly but not offensively in any way. quite drinkable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasatch threw this bomber in as an extra in our most recent trade. Thanks, John.

Elephant IIPA has an orange colored body with a stick off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very good, with all kinds of bright citrus aroma, some bitterness, and a good bit of pine and resin. A bit of sticky caramel malts.

After a very promising aroma, I was looking forward to my first sip of Elephant, but it disappointed a little bit. The malt profile is much bigger and sweeter than the aroma suggests. Up front comes citrus hops followed by a sticky caramel flavor, with more hops following. The second dose of hops has pine and resin flavors. The malt is about as big as the hops.

Pretty dry finish and above average carbonation. Maybe a little bit light also.

Elephant is pretty good. I'd say the aroma is the best part.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #21 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty lookin' beer. Nice cloud to it and a decent head. Flavor profile is very thick malts with assertive enough hop tones to keep some semblance of balance. Hops are salty and bitter with strong earthy tones. This is a punch in the mouth kind of beer. Less rounded than it could be, but that's a trivial complaint. The beer is solid.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler, kegged Nov 24, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a one finger white head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is orange, tangerine citrus, some apricot, decent amount of caramel malt. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is orange citrus, light apricot, fair bit of caramel malt, mild sweetness in the middle, moderate to good bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, bit sticky, good carbonation.

OK Double IPA. More caramel malt than I care for in the style, though.

Photo of Curtis
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This could have been a great beer... except that I don't like grapefruits. Damn the cascade hops!. It poured okay, but the head was minimal and what little there was faded in seconds. Color was a slightly hazy rich gold.. not bad at all. Aroma was slight, a little hoppy. Mouth feel not bad at all... but then came the hops. I love hops, just hate grapefruit off flavors and that pretty much ruined it for me. I think a lot of people will like this beer, especially if you are into cascade... just wasn't for me. Very hard to get past that to review the beer faithfully, so I pretty much called it even on this one. Don't want to slam it as they did'nt do anything wrong, just a difference in tastes..

Photo of challenja
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at the Bayou Salt Lake City's biggest beer bar.

A: Amber lemon orange haze. Light white foam that clings the edge of the glass. There is a pasty copper glow when held to the sunlight.

S: Fragrant Chinook hops. Sweet amber honey combs. Light aromatic amber golden malts.

T: You can really taste 5 of the hop varietals with the first swallow. (this brew is made with 6) There are midwestern sticky hops plowing through. This brew is a cross between a Stone IPA and Founders Centenial IPA. A nice yellow lemon crisp. Orange rind grapefruit, sweet orange peel and Dominion Hop Mountain sticky pine cone resins.

M: THis is the best part. This is one very smooth highly drinkable Double IPA. It feels like its served with a nitro tap in a bottle! It's crisp with a lavender tongue feel!

O: This is one solid ass DIPA. Well worth the buy and try, it could be someone's favorite drinkable double IPA. Mine's Lagunitas Maximas btw, but thanks to JR and Mike for the recommendation when I was getting my meat and cheese on at Epic Brewery down the street. Keep truckin out of state for those highly sought after brews. Utah, your beer laws suck.

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88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.