Elevation - E3 - Triple IPA - Renegade Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
one of the most unique and delicious india pale ales ive ever enjoyed. pours a murky golden color with a fairly small white head. very unassuming appearance. smell changes everything, huge fresh hop aroma, very complex. it smells a little fruity and on the lighter side of bitterness. aromas of cut grass, green apple, and lemon myrtle are all present. flavor is huge too, so much interesting light hops, not dissimilar to the sorachi ace hop profile with that delicate sort of fruity thing happening. a mediumm pale malt body rounds it out. the alcohol is well disguised and the mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. not over carbonated, and drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. i was very very impressed with this one.
04-01-2012 18:42:04 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A lovely frothy pour with amber brew and plenty of white foam in the chalice. Tangy but not overly acidic. The prickly carbonation goes well with the heat and the hops. Vast aromas
This has a rare but tasty balance of hot alcohol and massive hop flavors. It's fuming with hop aromatics. Plenty of residual sugar but not too sticky. The bitterness is insistent but not overdone, considering the truckloads of hops that must have gone into this. Just a whiff of butterscotch. Fruity like a Tripel, with pineapple and tart apple flavors, though it shades into something like a mango liqueur with all the malt.
This is one of my favorite high alcohol hop bombs. I find it way more sippable and pleasing than lots of DIPAs. From the 12 oz can purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.
06-05-2014 06:29:55 | More by mactrail
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
I went out to visit The Old Lady in her home environs of the greater Denver area at the end of July and realized that it is actually in the state of CANorado! CANs were more prevalent than I could have possibly imagined and The CANQuest (TM) is Cracking and Glugging right along on the approach to # 1,000 as a result.
From the CAN: "offensively delicious"; "Light beer drinker? Put this [CAN] down. Now. Brewed at 5,280 feet with Summit hops to produce over 100 IBUs and Alc. 11% by Vol. This beer is truly elevated. Raise your [CAN] to this citrusy celebration of beer my friends, because here's to the Renegades and here's to life."
The Crack went off without a hitch and the subsequent inverted Glug netted two dense fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber (SRM = 7 - 9) with what looked like a mushroom cloud running up and down the centerline. I think that it may have been saturated with hops! Nose had a pine and caramel smell. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous, like a big blob of hops on my tongue. The malt was prevalent, causing me to wonder how quickly something like this fades. It was barely a month old, but the hops were not up to their billing. The ABV definitely was, though, and barely a third into it, I was feeling it. Phew. The sticky lacing that began to form was going to need a hammer and cold chisel to remove later. Finish was pretty sweet for my taste, especially for the style. No date on the CAN, so I CANnot be held responsible for its less-then-perfect state.
09-10-2013 23:03:45 | More by woodychandler
3.94/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some burnt orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/grapefruit along with moderate aromas of sweet malts with notes of caramel + honey.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet malts with notes of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/grapefruit along with some lighter flavors of honeydew melon. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.
M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol warming in finish.
O: First off, thanks to my brother-in-law for grabbing me one of these when he was in Denver...it was a nice surprise. I enjoyed this beer though it was a little more on the sweet side than I prefer my DIPAs but it has some really great hop aromas and flavors.
10-30-2013 01:57:16 | More by dbrauneis
District of Columbia
4.06/5 rDev +2.3%
The beer is a hazy, orange-ish golden yellow hue (vague enough?) with a white, sticky head that leaves ringlets of lacing plastered about the walls of the pint glass.
The aroma offers mangos, pineapples, sweet citrus. Smells sweet and hoppy.
No surprise here. Sticky, sweet, and loaded with pineapple, mango, and melon flavors. Alcohol presence is certainly noticeable. This is pretty tasty, but probably best suited for slow sipping.
Full bodied and creamy with warming alcohol.
A solid beer. While not among my favorite DIPAs, I did find this one enjoyable and a nice departure from the norm.
02-21-2013 03:42:24 | More by Huhzubendah
3.39/5 rDev -14.6%
This one packs a punch at 11.20 abv. But you wouldn't know it until later. Booze is well hidden.
Pours a glowing light gold, with a huge white, rocky head. Grace lacing.
Aroma is tight and bit dirty. Yes, hops galore in this guy yet is one dimensional. Great smell for what it is.
Summit only hops? I can see that. The dirty aroma I got transfers to the taste as a bit catty. Maybe it's green onion roots? Not sure, but something seems a touch off. While PtY and Fix Your Heel, and other big IPAs, have a citrus/tropical aroma and flavor profile, this one does not. As such it seems less refreshing and the bite on the end falls short of stripping my buds.
A well done dIPA nevertheless.
UPDATE: Had another tonight, and didn't like it as well. There's a butteriness in this one (can, same batch). I doubt the hops went south THAT quick, but this more tastes like an English version. Can't finish it.
03-05-2013 07:44:29 | More by Mebuzzard
3.76/5 rDev -5.3%
Yep, you guessed it. This beer was given to me by the previous reviewer, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, some malts. Taste is bitter up front, followed by a good malt balance, some citrus, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall be careful with this one, it is way to smooth and drinkable for 11% abv.
10-12-2013 16:04:59 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev +0.8%
On tap at Renegade. I mostly ordered this just to see how it stacks up to Alpine Exponential Hoppiness even though I knew it wouldn't hold a candle. I must say that while Alpine has nothing to worry about this was surprisingly good. I thought I was tasting Columbus hops and was surprised to learn it was Summit which I normally find disgusting. This was extremely hoppy and thick so I was glad I only had a 3oz taster. Still, worthwhile and recommended for all hopheads.
04-29-2012 04:23:25 | More by ArrogantB
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):
LOOK: Hazed peachy amber, good froth
SMELL: Super dank, pomelos, star fruit, fresh grass, estery alcohol
TASTE: Smooth, orangey, hemp seeds, semi-chewy, spicy alcohol, floral, very bitter, tropical fruit, yeast, warming, juicy, biscuity, nutty grain, long hop sharpness; semidry, bitter finish
Chalk this one up to another brewer trying to boast 100-plus IBUs. We thought this phase of craft beer was over. Not exactly balanced at all here, but we are sure that wasn’t the brewer’s intention anyway. Somewhat drinkable and more or less of palate destroyer. Fun to drink? Yes.
11-27-2013 22:28:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
12 oz can. Pours hazy copper orange with a big meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is dank piney summit hops with some onion.
The flavor is a little sweet crystal malt with a big piney bitter finish. I do get some onion from the summit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is slightly watery.
Overall, I've had this a few times and the summit hops can be a bit hit or miss. They can be a bit onioney at times. If not, this is really nice. Reminds me of Gubna - maybe a little more reserved other than alcohol.
05-22-2013 04:51:02 | More by Beaver13
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
12oz can served chilled into a shaker pint glass.
E3 is a very hazy yellow-orange color and semi-opaque because of all of the hop pollen. It has a thin layer of white head and leaves nice lacing as it settles.
Aroma is very hoppy but maybe not triple IPA hoppy. Nice grapefruit and other citrus along with that signature simcoe character.
Flavor is sweet up front leading to massive hop flavor and a big hit of bitterness. Again, maybe not triple IPA hoppy but, then again, maybe it's just a bit better balanced than I expected. It has a huge malt bill that lends sweetness and body and also helps to mellow out the bushels of hops that were likely used.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level which works well with the high alcohol. Definately a song beer but never hot.
Overall an impressive large IPA. To what degree may be a matter of opinion.
11-19-2013 02:34:54 | More by GilGarp
4.01/5 rDev +1%
On tap at Renegade in Denver, CO. Poured into a taster glass, 3oz, today 1/18/2014.
Beautiful amber-yellow body, clear as the Colorado skies today. Comes with a 1cm white head, drops quickly but leaves behind lots of lacing. Beautiful beer to be honest, of any style.
Smells very citrusy with a lot of toffee, honey and some bread. This is a well balanced nose, though I would prefer more citrus to unbalance it a little for the style.
Flavor wise, it actually works. Hoppy citrus flavors evoking grapefruit and lemons, balanced out nicely by the sweet breadiness and a small alcohol burn as you'd expect from a 11.2% beer. Well done.
Thinner to medium body, a little watery but not so much that you can't enjoy the brew. Fairly darn bitter aftertaste of a crapton of pine resin, very resinous as well.
It's not saying much but this is a lot better of a TIPA than Devil Dancer. I like the citrus forward flavors that are balanced out by a ton of malt sweetness. Nicely done and if I crushed TIPAs on a regular basis this would be in my rotation.
01-19-2014 01:25:30 | More by Stevedore
3.31/5 rDev -16.6%
Big, big thanks to StonedTrippin for this guy in our trade box. We crack the tab and pour a brew of muted sunset orange. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving wormy spots of lacing dripping down the glass. A thick haze distorts clarity, with a few tiny chunks of sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is explosively interesting, with pure vanilla extract, cocoa butter, and fusel booze. Grain takes the shape of pale and syrupy caramel malts, sweet bubblegum esters, and light toast. Sweetness comes from red apple fruitiness while depth comes from phenolic clove, moss, and vinegar acidity. The hops are spicy, earthen, mineral-laden, and mildly citric. With warmth comes the smell of hotdog water, but it is surprisingly inoffensive through the mix. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as nice as the aroma, with much of the sip becoming obscured by this beer’s bigness. The taste opens with seaweed freshness, soy sauce saltiness, dirty earthy hops, overripe strawberries, cheaper pale and metallic malts, and white sugar sweetness. The middle peaks with light bubblegum juiciness and fruitiness, notes of vanilla frosting, black pepper, and the beginning of the finishing boozy onslaught. The ending wash is straight vodka fumes, with faint cries of buttercream biscuits, herbal and grassy hops, chlorine, and raw caramel maltiness all barely surviving the fire. The aftertaste breathes of ethanol, mineral, bittered yeast, raw citric rind, pine stems pulled from mud, grass, and faint vanilla. The body is rather full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with thickness, with big final pucker and astringent dryness of booze across the hard palate. Each sip gives okay slurp and sip, with lesser cream or froth. The abv is big, and the beer drinks slowly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This showed nice complexity, with interesting sweetness of vanilla, and nice earthy bite to contrast. The hops were on the soft side, but again, nicely contributory to the final picture. The flavoring to follow was a letdown. Things were so boozy, and subsequently puckering, by the end of the sip it became hard to appreciate this brew’s nuances and subtleties. Everything else was just okay, leaving you feeling like you’ve missed out on something important.
05-01-2013 01:00:22 | More by TheBrewo
4.13/5 rDev +4%
12oz can into a pint
A - Pours a hazy golden brown color. Strong pearly white head formation, sticks around for a long time.
S - Strong hop nose, mostly citrus with a backdrop of pine. Really smooth, well integrated.
T - Starts off with a little citrus hoppiness, almost sweet, but then a huge bitterness flies in and blows up the taste buds. More resin, pine in the middle. Finishes with a bitter edgy bite.
M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation. Really sugary and oily texture, sticky. A big beer all around. The ABV is well hidden in the mouthfeel.
O/D - A bit filling, certainly trying to define the 3IPA style. ABV is tough to deal with. A good beer all around, and the price point is awesome to boot. Although I don't think it will be that way for long. Highly recommended.
03-22-2013 23:12:17 | More by katan
Elevation - E3 - Triple IPA from Renegade Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.