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Elevator Three Frogs IPA - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator Three Frogs IPAElevator Three Frogs IPA

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: blakesell on 04-27-2008

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely better than its ratings, this is the first beer i have had from these guys. its almost a double ipa in its alcohol content and its showing of it. my bottle says 7.6% abv, rather than the 8% abv listed here. a little warm in the nose and a little sting in the finish to go with the west coast style hopping, honey oily hop character, and fizzy carbonation, a real interesting combination all up. i really dig the hop nose and flavor of this, its intense, almost spicy, wild hops almost, not quite peppery, but more zesty than grassy european hops, and absolutely more oily. sessionability is limited by alcohol content only, as the flavor is almost delicate for how big this is, and the mouthfeel is pretty easy down with its apparent lightness due to high carbonation. light fruity notes to finish and no decipherable yeast contribution to flavor. nice beer overall, a good introduction to this brewery, which looks like it does some pretty neat beers. thanks to a new buddy for sharing this one from his travels. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white colored head. This retains with some rich ringing, leaving back a creamy cascade of lace that hangs in foamy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a LOT of soft fruit flavor to it, which mixes with notes of caramel and bread from the malts to give this strong ripe stickiness in the nose that is undercut by herbal textures and some more assertive flavors of grapefruit and pine. The fruit and malt mostly control this though.

The taste is the same, with a little grapefruit flavor and pine up front that is then met by a wave of tropical fruit, sweet malt, and underlying herbal flavors before finishing a bit more assertively with notes of pith, spice, and resins on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creamy sharpness that then spreads out in the mouth into more of creamy slickness. Alcohol is pretty well hid for 8%.

Eh. This just put too much emphasis on fruit and malt here and not nearly enough on any kind of crisp hop flavors that would have taken this up to the next level. I don’t believe I even got a 1/3 of the way through the glass before I became bored with it. Not a very good example of the style at all. (1,254 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks like juice (unfiltered apple). It smells like juice. And oddly, it kind of tastes like it too. Malty sweetness with barely any hop influence noticable. Smooth feel and easy to drink, but this is no ipa. It's a pretty lame beer. Nice shiny label, but meh. Nothing worth spending time on. (302 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appears copper hued with a slight haze, forms white cloudy textured head. Leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma citric dank earthy hops plus caramelized malts, those malts carry over into the flavor. Very malt heavy IPA, citric earthy dank hops are a bit muddled in the experience! Pelletized hops make this a bit cloying with the hops and malts battling a really poorly executed IPA I will not have another. Overall not impressed with any Elevator offerings! (458 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy hops, caramel malt and a bit of floral hops. It tastes like pine and citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and caramel malt. There's also a lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent enough brew. It's not the first time I've had this, and it probably won't be the last. Worth a try. (611 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is a DIPA right? I ask since the ABV is over 7.5%. Paid $1.99 for the single.

A - Somewhat hazy bright amber brown with a hefty 1/2 inch of head. Not too much sediment so I assume it's fairly new.
S - Mild booze with a touch of resinous pine. Kind of skunky with little sweet balancing malts.
T - Resinous hops, balancing sugary malts not too gram cracker like. ABV is a bit concealed. Not bad but not great.
M - Medium bodied. Alcohol is noticeable with little burn.

Overall it's an OK IPA. Far from great. Not getting it again though. (547 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from last weekend; my second taste of Elevator.

It looks good, a cloudy (unfiltered?) yellow-orange that's just a couple shades lighter than amber with a nicely sized and shaped head sticking around on top for a good while before a thick and compact foam drops good legging and some patching well down the glass.
There's both citrus and pine in the aroma with some pith to it. There's also a lightly herbal quality. Malts add a little sweetness to it but mostly breads. It's pretty well-attenuated but not fully nuanced or balanced.
The same goes for the flavor; something about the pith, the leafiness going a little too herbal, and the malt being a little too involved make it pretty good but a little short of great.
The body is medium, and the beer feels good with a consistent crispness, a smooth flow and a moderate carbonation. (841 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Well hazed dark orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Sweet and citrusy. Orange and lemon really stand out. Bready yeast with caramel notes. Mildly floral. Focus is really the citrusy hops.

3.75 T: Tastes like the nose. Citrusy orange and lemon. Bready yeastiness. Decent neutral malt backbone with hints of caramel.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

3.75 D: Wasn't expecting much as I've never even heard of the brewery, but this turned out to be a pretty good beer. (646 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up recently in Columbus, OH (was told that it had come in relatively recently considering the proximity of the brewery to the store)

The beer pours a dull copper color with a thin, creamy off-white head that laces. The nose is...absent. Possibly a subtle citrus, but I cant say for sure. The taste is equally unrewarding and underwhelming. There is are heavily muted hops upfront followed by a stifled sweetness. I suspect Zeelandy hops comprise most of the hop profile (with their onion and cheesy weirdness), but I really can't taste much to verify. The beer becomes slightly more appealing as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, effervescent with a hint of sweetness and twinge of lemon rind bitterness in the finish. This is really an unimpressive beer that I wouldn't even call a pale ale let alone an IPA. (833 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Ohio. Pours a hazy dull dark gold color with a big white head. Good head retention and good lacing. Fine looking IPA.

Strong aroma: Piney hops with some floral aroma as well. Nice

Taste is good as well. Piney hops with some citrus and floral hops as well. Caramel malts take a back seat, but they balance things out some. A nice bitter beer, but not a total hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Nice bitterness. Maybe a bit thin but still good. No hint of the 8% abv,

This is a good solid IPA. A bit strong for swilling in mass quantities, but you won't know this from the taste. (599 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear apricot with a very thin white head that settles into a nice pool.

S-Lots of bready malt, some caramel malt, very light hops.

T-Nice moderate earthy bitterness right up front with caramel malt right along. Good long lingering bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

O-Pretty decent IPA. A little more dry hopping would be nice.

HV (362 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hop notes
Taste-Spicy, toasted malt, citrus/floral hops. A bit unbalanced and rough around the edges, but pretty tasty, and with the body and flavor to stand up to any spicy dish. (311 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11

Pale, watery, hazy faded parchment and dull gold. The half inch head stayed for a few minutes. Quite decent rings of drippy lace remain.

Smells ok, but far from tantalizing. Hoppy aromas of the floral, pine and herbal variety. Some tropical type fruit notes sit underneath - peach and mango; the down side is the fruit also smell candied. Old orange peel. Bready malts, too.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Light fruit notes mingle with dry pine and earthy hop flavors. Moderate bitterness lasts throughout. Thankfully it manages to keep out of medicinal territory. Solid base of malts; mostly bread though at times it seems there may a spot of caramel in there.

Medium body with a rolling feel. Average carbonation stays out of the spotlight. Finishes dry with residual bitterness and dusty biscuit. The alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall, Three Frogs is on the average order. The plus side is there aren't a lot of faults but the good aspects of the beer could use some tweaks to be pushed to the next level. It strikes me as a well-crafted and thought out beer, but it isn't quite what I look for in an IPA. I do like it better from the bottle than the times I've had it on tap. (1,229 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one finger head that gives way to some nice lacing down the glass. The nose has a nice two row malt backbone with piney and earthy hops faintly present. The hop present isn't big and bold like some other ipa's. The taste is the same, it has great balance between the malt and the pine and earthy hops, however, it is missing that nice hop bitterness that you get with other ipa's. The taste seemed more subdued than I was expecting. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly creamy. The drinkability is good, its an easy drink for an ipa. Overall it is a very drinkable beer but for hop heads its going to disappoint, more balanced than big and bold. (688 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at my cousin’s wedding in Athens Ohio

A: Pours an orange hue with a white head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Super hoppy and bitter aroma.

T: Amazing hoppy flavor with each sip being more bitter than the last.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Awesome IPA – had about 5 or 6 of these (340 characters)

Photo of Omnium
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Clear deep gold with a finger of foamy off white head, no real lacing.
S - Sweet malt, candied orange, booze.
T - Spicy hop resin, syrupy sweet sugary malt mess with alcohol. Vile.
M - Chewy cloying sweetness.
O - Elevator should have just turned this into a barleywine, because thats pretty much where this beer was headed, but overall this is a gross sweet mess that I want nothing to do with. This one is headed to the drain! (464 characters)

Photo of Spider889
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date.

The label is a bit annoying. It discusses being "triple hop brewed" - seriously? It also lays claim to being dry hopped twice, which I find hard to believe given the lack of appreciable hop aroma (even when I had this fresh at the brewery). Ohh, and the label holds other annoyances. It mentions a father and son "beer drinking team" which get me for whatever reason - I want beer brewed by brewers, not beer drinkers. I want quality and skill over hobbyism... But even worse is their claim to be, "now in their second century of brewing." Preceding this the label states they were founded in 1999. So I guess 13 years is as close to 100 as anything, eh?

I'd likely be less harsh on these things should the beer inside have been better, but alas it was not.

Pours very dark for an IPA - a rusted copper color. Short white head, some wisps of lace. Their bottles must be conditioned on yeast and unfiltered as a large amount of sediment rushed into my glass upon pouring. Few commercial examples of IPA's where this is a worry/something to anticipate.

The aroma is greatly lacking in the nuance and hop punch that dry hopping ought to deliver. Faintly floral, a bit of citrus, and some earthy pine. Mostly sweet malt though...

Very malty tasting for an IPA, again the sweet malt character pervades, as does a mild booziness. The mouthfeel is dry and chalky with bitter mineral aftertastes.

Very glad this was just a single, I didn't desire to finish the glass. (1,485 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma weak malt
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body light orange, hazy
Flavor malty, slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.75 (388 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Super hazy golden orange color with frothy head that left no lace

S- Sweet/tart grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Big hoppy aroma with nice malt characteristics

T- Sweet grapefruit, peach, caramel, and some piney notes. Definitely pretty balanced for an IPA but assertive bitterness on the finish

M- Very aggressively highly carbonated, dancing on my tongue carbonation, effervescent, finishes very dry. Not quick syrupy but a heavier body than your typical IPA which I think is from the higher ABV.

O- A good IPA with a bigger malt presence than many other IPAs. (610 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a nice hazy, golden orange color with a very thick white head that has some great staying power and leaves some attractive lacing.

Smell isn't quite as strong as I hoped. There are some piney notes and a slight amount of citrus. I also get some caramel malts; very well balanced here. The taste is balanced as well, with the addition of some earthiness. Not overly hopped, but again notes of pine and citrus. The caramel comes through and as it warms there is a slight alcohol flavor, but you have to search for it.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation isn't over done. Medium-bodied and it just goes down nicely. Overall, a decent IPA. I've definitely had better, but it's a good local option that I was happy to see in bottles. (818 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Flip Side in Chagrin Falls recently. Served to me in a snifter, this beer draws a clear, medium amber color with a white, foamy head that's about 1-2 to 2/3 of an inch thick when first served. Eventually settles to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass along with good lacing. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness along some peninsula and citrusy hops. Flavors of biscuity caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to a nice piney, earthy, slightly citrusy hop bitterness with a nice spice note too. Good balance of flavors. Has a crisp, smooth, slightly prickly medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbination. Easy to drink in a good way.

Eric (686 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange amber with golden highlights. Nice off white head but not too wrinkly or hoppy looking. awesome retention and ample lacing.

S- big citrus aroma, mainly orange, grapefruit, pineapple and very floral. Hints of pine and like peel with a toasty sweet malt background. Becomes more savory as it warms.

T- nicely balanced flavor. Hops are earthy and almost tomato on the palate with plenty of citrus and pine bitterness. There's just enough malt sweetness to hold everything down. All manner of softened tropical fruits with a pinch of cinnamon malt spice and peppery at the end. Lingering leafy and grapefruit hop flavor in the finish.

MF- juicy slick feel with welcomed zesty carbonation. Bitterness is felt all over the palate and throat.

D- another good ipa coming out of my state. It's crazy how many breweries are popping up here lately. (860 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another whim buy during my Ohio buying trip. The pour is cloudy and a dreary orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is off putting with a lot of booze and stale hops. There is no indication of the age of this bottle but I'm guessing its older. The taste follows being almost spoiled tasting and very stale. This is just not a good beer. Will try again if I can find what I believe to be a fresh bottle. (411 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Label reads 7.6% Alc by Vol.

A- Pours a hazy orange gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and some light caramel malt in the back. The nose is nice and hoppy with an herbal quality.

T- Bitterness is very apparent initially with a fairly sweet finish. A little one dimensional as the flavor doesn't seem to show as many sides as the nose did. Not as much citrus and pine as the nose suggested. The alcohol is noticeable throughout.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- A decent brew that borders the DIPA territory in terms of alcohol and bitterness. But it was lacking a bit more depth in the flavor profile. (684 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I picked this up on a trip to Columbus a while back, which is the only place I've seen Elevator for sale. This particular IPA is "triple hopped". Now, I assume they don't mean triple hopped in the same sense that Miller Lite is triple hopped!

Pours a pumpkin-amber color, with a three-finger head that reduces with loads of sticky lacing.

Smells fruity, resinous, buttery and yeasty. Hints of citrus, pine and malt are present.

Starts sweet and slightly malty, with a fresh orange-citrus taste. Slightly spicy and bitter, with hints of dandelion greens, hemlock and grass. Has a moderately hoppy finish.

Medium bodied, the bitterness of the hops leaves a bit of a pucker in the mouth. There's also a dry, tacky feeling left on the back of the tongue.

Like many IPA's, this is best fresh. I had this a few months ago, and frankly found it sweeter and hoppier then. Still, even with a couple of months age on it, it is still a decent IPA. Certainly this is the best Elevator beer I've had thus far, and given its small local audience, it is the one I'd recommend if you happen upon their bar in downtown Columbus. (1,163 characters)

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Elevator Three Frogs IPA from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.