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Red Rock Elephino - Red Rock Brewing Company

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 130
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Rock Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 130
Photo of Curtis
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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..

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong and very hoppy aroma has a firm undertone of grapefruit and a hint of Mandarin orange. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a fairly thick and rather persistent cream-white head that leaves generous lacing. Flavor is very hoppy, strongly but not fiercely bitter, with a nice citrus undertone. Lively texture has good body. Maybe not the best Double IPA I have had, but certainly a worthy one. Elephant or Elephino, put it in your trunk if you like IPAs.

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Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent enough head; a few strands of lacing line the glass

Smell: Grassy, pithy and piney, with a touch of caramel

Taste: The touch of caramel underpins the hops from start to finish but is not obtrusive; the hops make an interesting progression, starting with grapefruit and then developing piney and grassy tones; the finish has a lot of aspirin, which I associate with the Amarillo

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice DIPA though I thought the finish a bit harsh

Thanks, benkuhns, for the opportunity

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic DIPA appearance in the form of an amber colored, clear, body, foamy, large head, and gentle strings of streamers. The smell was floral, grassy, and citric. The taste was a bit more vegetal than I was looking for. Green apples, grapefruit, an lemon rind were evident in the taste. There was a considerable level of bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel was medium thick and chewy. Not very memorable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome double ipa. made with 6 types of hops, its got a great complex aroma and flavor. pours a quite light glowing gold color with just a little haze and a one inch fizzy white head. smell is way way hoppy, pine and resin dominate, but some bitter citrus notes as well. flavor is equally hop forward, with a refreshing but not painful level of bitterness. this beer was served absolutely ice cold in a 500ml bottle poured into a chilled pint glass, and it was extraordinarily enjoyable at that temperature. carbonation is major, almost like soda at first pour, but it relaxes to pleasantly drinkable. body is rather light for the style, and the alcohol is invisible. overall a great bigtime ipa and perhaps the best beer i had at the brewpub.

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Photo of alexgash
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. No date detectable.

Sparkly, golden orange body. Two fingers of thick, frothy, dirty cotton white head. Great lacing. Lots of tropical fruits, mandarin orange, and piny hops on the nose. Sugary, cookie-ish malts underneath.

Herbal hop bitterness and metallic notes up front. Hop flavors are in charge here, with lots of mango, pineapple, and citrus. Becomes more resinous and dank near the finish. Sugary, fruity malt plays bass. Drier finish, with some lingering fruits and herbal hop bitterness. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. Very nicely done!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, this is a serious DIPA to be reckoned with, from RedRock. Pours a gorgeous amber color with enormous pillowy head that has a nice silky meringue-like character. Nose has a candied mixed fruit quality that is seductive to say the least. It's complex, but I'm still thinking maybe apricot and peach. It delivers a nice balance of malt and big hop flavors on the palate, with the candied quality present again, in addition to a lovely pine cone quality. Bitterness hits late on the finish, and the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. Love this beer.

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Red Rock Elephino from Red Rock Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.