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Elk Creek Copper Ale - Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks

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Elk Creek Copper Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beautifully colored ale strikes an agreeable balance between malt and hops. Caramel + toffee notes from the use of more highly kilned malts step up to complement this beers assertive hop profile.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-20-2008)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Growler poured into a snifter. The brew appears a polished, perfectly clear burnt copper color with a quick fading off-white cap that hardly leaves spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma contains some biscuit malts, slightly toffee-like with fruity and floral hop/alcohol accent. Not really a sweet smelling brew but the malt is the first thing noted which seems strange for an APA.

The taste is plenty sweet with flavors of caramel/toffee that seems more like sugar than malt. It is a little carbonic in mature slightly mineraly before the finish gets herbal and bitter with a light grassy aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. Not bad, but really not good either. I am glad to finally get to try a beer from this brewery but yikes this leaves a lot to be desired.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold with a bit of white head.

Smell is sort of restrained. Pretty straightforward with delicate citrusy hops playing on malt.

Taste is similar to smell but hops dominate. Decent hop profile which was unexpected. Well balanced with light caramel sweetness.

Easy to drink this one down.

Not the best from Elk Creek but still quality.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brew pub

Appearance – As the name implies a nice copper color. A slightly off white head gives way to a bit of lacing as the beer sits.

Smell – Some sweet caramel and toffee with a very light earthy hop aroma.

Taste – From the smell I was expecting something much sweeter but was surprised to be meet with a more malty flavor profile. The sweetness of the caramel then works its way in with a bit of earthy hop flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel – A average body with a average level of carbonation. Good for the style.

Overall – If your looking for a bit of a more dry copper ale then this is a good choice.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a cuprous amber color, translucent despite its darker hue. A half a finger of head, no lacing, comes along with the glass.

S: The nose benefits from a strong dose of C-style hops. The citrus, a strong match against the bready caramel malts, has its moments. The balance between the two elements makes the ale work.

T: The pale ale nicely straddles the hop- and malt-centric worlds. The hops, citrusy and fresh, taste as though they've been run through the secondary Hairy John hops. They are lively but relaxed. Matched against caramel and toffee malts, the results are often a draw. Not as hop forward as other Elk Creek offerings but a pleasant drink nonetheless.

M: The mouthfeel has enough flourishes of fresh hops to keep me interested in its malt-focused taste. I'm surprised that it has taken me this long to have the beer on tap.

D: A sessionable APA from Elk Creek. The bigger offerings are more intriguing but this is no slouch.

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Elk Creek Copper Ale from Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.