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Apis IV - Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-22-2012)
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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.3%

09-10-2012 19:15:06 | More by CWhite
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-21-2012 02:21:26 | More by Jryan2004
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #6656, Summer 2012.

Served chilled into a goblet, Apis IV is a redish brown amber odor with great clarity. The head is creamy but short-lived and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and complex with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a nice Belgian yeast. Molasses or honey is in there too.

Flavor is big and full of depth. It has a nice sweetness from the big malt bill and the addition of honey. It's slightly balanced out with hops, partially with toasted malt. The alcohol is very well integrated to the point that it really doesnt show it's strength. The yeast is able to shine better since the flavors in the beer aren't too strong. The same could be said for the honey, which is nice since the beer seems to be a homage to the bees that helped to make it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated in the bottle. Sweet but balanced and very drinkable despite the high ABV.

Overall a really impressive quad and easily one of the best domestic ones I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:02:57 | More by GilGarp
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jbogner

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-05-2014 00:18:14 | More by jbogner
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-02-2013 23:37:01 | More by ucsbmullet
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twincano

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-14-2014 01:16:23 | More by twincano
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beergoot

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great dark, ruby red color with a long-lasting one-finger thick and creamy off-white head. Smell consists of smoky, burnt sugar and caramel concoction; lightly charred toast; some toffee. Creamy, rich, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body. Lightly burnt sugar combines with sweet chocolate for the taste; caramel flavor reinforced; subtle alcohol warmth.

I didn't come across any strong phenolic flavors, and the alcohol wasn't very pronounced (as per the BA style description). It did have a very strong, very tasty malt character. Smooth, balanced, and easy drinking for a big beer. I think the honey adds a distinguishing note to this beer. Definitely worth seeking out...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:22:31 | More by beergoot
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kiki3drt292

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into pint glass

A- 1" tan head, pours a very dark red (looks like it is brown).

S- Sweet malts, a bit of vanilla. Like beer candy.

T- Like the smell, sweet malts dominate. The honey lingers for a bit, coming through at the end in perfect form- not too much- not too little. A bit hot at end, almost tastes as if it were barrel aged.

M- light, bubbly, and smooth.

O- A fantastic beer, and maybe the one that turned me on to Quads. I always liked them, but damn, I didn't know they could be this good. The honey adds a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 17:31:51 | More by kiki3drt292
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-16-2013 03:11:56 | More by jaydoc
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dachp

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-04-2012 03:24:28 | More by dachp
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-17-2013 04:53:20 | More by SFC21
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-26-2013 21:31:41 | More by budsandsuds8
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-03-2014 20:31:09 | More by eawolff99
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denver10

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark chestnut with a thumb and a half width foamy khaki colored head. A very nice aroma and matching flavor of caramel, honey, yeast, cherries, pomegranate, and apples. A slight hint of banana in the finish as it warms up. No alcohol noticeable in the flavor but there is a touch in the aroma. High activity to this from the carbonation, medium bodied. Overall, I was in the mood for a quad and this one definitely delivered. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the honey a lot; it cut the bold sweetness of the caramel and fruit and introduced a much more subdued and gentle sweetness to the beer. Highly enjoyable and dangerously drinkable at this abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:49:39 | More by denver10
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Doodler

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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wvyeager

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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poppyjohn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-02-2012 01:18:13 | More by poppyjohn
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-22-2014 20:48:00 | More by afsdan
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KetchumSuds

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Hex92

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second beer from elevation and I think I have found my new favorite brewery. Unfortunately my nose is stoppedup tonight, so i can't taste or smell as well as I would like.

From what I can tell this is a great beer. Smells great and tastes great. The honey comes through nicely in both the smell and taste. Very smooth flavor, nice mouth feel. This is an excellent beer. I will have to update my review when I open the next bottle..

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:21:13 | More by Hex92
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bottle #05987. 5,987 BEES! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, raisin, light molasses, light maple syrup, clove, pumpernickel, dark fruits, a pinch of brown sugar, and a light dip in a vat of chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and spices leading the charge and the fruits coming through a bit muted in comparison with the smell. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one littered with nuance and character in every Thomas-brand nook and cranny (it matters to those who know...). Good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:29:15 | More by TMoney2591
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bigaltemple

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked & Caged 750mL Bottle #07460

A - Pours dark brown, with some crimson hues appearing at the edges. Thick, khaki colored head builds quickly and easily before settling to a thin cap. Shows some good retention though, as sheets of lacing are left after every drink.

S - Slightly "inspired" by bottle description as to what I'm getting in the nose. However, I feel aspects of this one all come out fairly easy and quite identifiable. I didn't expect the honey and molosses to be so pronounced, but they lend a nice sweetness along with caramel malt, plum, and raisin. There's an underlying floral hops presence that really gives this a nice balance.

T/M - Honey and bready malt dominate at first before mingling with dark fruits and the definite twang of Belgian yeast. Very mild sense of hops in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied with some prickly carbonation. I would prefer a little less carbonation, but that doesn't detract from this brew at all.

O - Definitely a loose interpretation of the Quad label, but I found this beer to be one of my favorites this year. I think there is a great group of people behind the brewery and I'm excited to see what else they come up with.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:25:56 | More by bigaltemple
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Apis IV from Elevation Beer Co.
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.