Big Vic Imperial IPA - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: xdefeatsy on 03-23-2014

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay double ipa. Seems kind of pine and mildly salty, but then that annoying hairspray thing comes into play, which is just not what I am interested in. After that, there really isn't much that can redeem things. Not even the flashy shnazzy label.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ohiolager
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big Vic Imperial IPA 6pk bottles 10.99(OH)

Pours a nice amber red color. About two fingers of peach white head that gives way to nice lacing. A frothy half a finger head lingers on top.

The aroma is that of an IPA, a nice grapefruit,peach and pineapple aroma upfront. a nice lemon smell with a light piney surrounding.

The taste follows the nose, a nice citrus flavor, slight peaches and pineapples, followed by a bitter piney bite.

mouth feel is so-so. medium bodied beer, that is pleasant to the palate. Good carbonation, good bitterness toward the end. however it's lacking a certain quality feeling.

Overall this brew is a decent IPA. An imperial/Double it is not. It may be 8.6% ABV, however it lacks a real quality feel and taste. For a imperial/Double IPA i will stick with chillwave. For an IPA i will stick with Commodore Perry. Not knocking this IPA, as it is from my home state. But it leaves room for serious improvement. On behalf of Ohio, Elevator brewery get to work!

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this brew sample at a beefest.

Photo of mportnoy
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened a slightly old bottle so take this scoring with a grain of salt but it wasn't pleasant.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I will preface this by saying that although I like a good hoppy beer, I would never describe myself as a "hop-head," and that I am grading to style, not personal taste. Single from a mix and match 6-pack. "092G" stamped on bottle.

Appearance: pours a haze red-deep copper with 1/4" tan head that quickly subsides. [BJCP guidelines suggest it should be lighter].

Aroma: Fruity, citrusy, slight bubblegum note. Sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Initially sweet. Complex development: sweet-tart-powerfully bitter. The malts here are strong enough to stand up to the incredible bitterness, though my memory of Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from last summer is that I liked it much more.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, frothy, not overdone. Medium-to-heavy weight, not slick in the slightest [guidelines suggest this should be lighter than it was].

Overall: This is a BIG beer. I don't like beers that take themselves too seriously, and this is powerful, but does not. Fruity, sweet, extremely bitter and a decent balance. BJCP guidelines say it should not be a "heavy, sipping beer" but to me it is. That is why I have knocked it down overall.

Photo of HeightsEats
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The "drink by" date on this is 10/31/14. I bought it yesterday (3/15/15). The aroma is malt, the flavor is slightly roasted malt with a bit of a boozy aftertaste, and the mouthfeel is generally sweet. There are no hops in the nose and only a slight dryness at the end. This would be decent as a scotch ale but, a few months after the expiration date, tastes nothing like a double IPA.

Perhaps the blame lies partly in the retailer for selling this so far past the tiny print of its expiration. Then again, I've brewed beers where the hop flavor lasts quite a while. I'll post another (or revised) review if I get a fresher bottle that tastes more like a DIPA.

Photo of johnriley445
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

This is, like Vic himself, a BIG beer.
Pours like my high school sweet heart, great head.
clings like a Jewish mother.
Tastes of big grove of grapefruit, tall pine trees, malted milk balls.
Overall, don't try this at home, this beer is only for use on a closed course by professional drivers.

Photo of remy28
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-yellow hue, foam ribbons. Smell is of citrus and malt, not too complex. The taste is solid and balanced, get a bit of alcohol to let you know it is an imperial. Solid beer.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Peach,piney hops, faint grapefruit
Taste-Piney hops, peach, nice overall hop flavor. Nicely balanced.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mostly simple for a double ipa, although I will say this does a swell job of hiding its 8.6% abv.

Big Vic Imperial IPA from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.