First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.

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First CastFirst Cast

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BA SCORE
82
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 02-09-2013

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 16
Photo of hoppytobehere
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, less than a month old.

It's got some good things going for it, but the taste falls short. I wish the hop profile was more like their excellent double IPA: 7437. Oh well. Probably won't pick this up again at the store, but would order it at a bar if I see it.

Photo of colingaiser
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip...

L: It's a light, hazy amber, but it hardly produced a head for me. A little lacing but the head that exists looks remarkably soapy.

S: I'm instantly greeted with a really prominent fruit aroma ... definitely peach, papaya, and maybe overripe apricot. There are some delicate floral notes but the fruit really takes over.

T: It's surprising how little fruit comes through in the taste, and instead there's a deep, rich maltiness, reminiscent of caramel. I'm still getting a little peach, and maybe the tartness of green apple. Hops provide a little bitterness, especially in the finish, but not much else.

F: Much thinner than I like for an IPA and light on the carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and highlights the maltiness.

O: This is a good "introductory" IPA, as the bittering hops are kept at bay for the sake of sweet, sticky malt and fruity notes. However, it's a little unbalanced for my taste. I'm crying out for more hops!

Photo of StoneTSR
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 2/13/15 – purchased at the brewery in Poncha Springs.

APPEARANCE: Absolutely, crystal clear with just a small handful of bubbles lingering beneath the remains of the head. The cap is a mixed bag of very large bubbles and wisps of tiny ones after the initial finger of it fell. Lacing is surprisingly strong with no layers, just solid coverage, again, with a good mix of bubble sizes.

SMELL: Very nice aroma. Pineapple comes through first in my nose, but citrus, pine and an unexpected breadiness all come into play. There is a hint of grassiness lurking beneath it all along with a touch of mint.

TASTE: Wow, this is a bitter IPA! Big grapefruit and lemon flavors punch the palate right off the bat while some more nuanced notes, like pineapple, orange and pine play on top of a bed of grass. Caramel malt provides a nice balance from mid to late sip, but this is very hop forward.

MOUTHFEEL: The first sip of this is puckering bitterness, which I did not expect at all. After that, however, the malt starts to come through and balance this out nicely. Hops, of course, are on the heavy side, but the malt is strong enough. Dry at first, sweeter on the finish, the body is medium. There is a tickle of carbonation, just enough to clean the palate with each sip, but not so much that it rips any taste buds out.

OVERALL: I’m very surprised to see that a few past reviewers have said this is a malt forward beer. I don’t drink this beer all the time, but I have had it before and it never seemed like that to me. Not that that would be a terrible thing, my experience has just been a lot different, that this is a beer who’s hops are the star of the show. Pleasantly bitter, but balanced.

Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Very malty IPA. Quite well balanced, to me. Not an in-your-face blast of hoppiness, but exceptionally tasty and easy to drink. Maybe more of an American Pale Ale, than an IPA.

I could drink this all day long.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3/5  rDev -16.4%

First Cast – IPA (6.5%) - Elevation Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆

App: Squash gold with a slightly off white head, settling to thin bubbles on top and around the rim. Some lacing. Very clear. Tiny bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: Aroma is typical. Mild citrus character and some tropical fruit aromas. Hints of pineapple. Malt aromas very low, lending only the slightest grainy sweetness. A stab of pepper.

Taste: Hops dominate this beer from start to finish. Foretaste is delicately sweet with a little lemon. Transitions from fruity sweetness to more pronounced, resinous, bitterness. Like its kin Little Mo', a lurking alcohol flavor detracts from some good flavors. Not overpoweringly bitter; not particularly forward in flavor. Comfortably piney. Overall balanced.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with pleasant smoothness and light-to-moderate carbonation, allowing hops flavors to linger on the palate.

Home tasting, 16.9oz bottle into Snifter. 10/8/14.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Well balanced with banana notes and a nice hop finish.

Photo of GilGarp
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized bottle served chilled into an imperial pint glass.

First Cast is a hazy pale amber color with an inch of white head. It settles slowly and leaves some lace.

Aroma is faintly hoppy but but not enough so for an IPA. Mostly malts with a hint of sweet citrus.

Flavor is again more malt forward than most IPAs with hops playing a secondary role.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Well balanced, more along the lines of an APA.

Overall a good ale but not an India pale ale.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - love the shape of the bottle for sure. pours an opaques orangish yellow with a inch thick head

Smell - straw up front and it did not seem too bitter at first. as this warmed up I got much more hops in the smell

Taste - a ton of bittering hops for sure. bitter at first, broken up by the malts, and then a bitter finish.

Mouthfell - weirdly it was kind of dry to the finish

Overall - Love most beers by Elevation, but this one wasn't my favorite. Would be willing to drink again though.

Photo of Buannaich
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK I'm rating this as an India Pale Ale. Brewery web site calls this a "... a hop-forward west coast style American IPA."
If I tasted this blind folded I would have called it a Scottish Ale. Maybe I'm off, maybe not.
Not a bad brew! If you go into this thinking hop heaven forgetaboutit. If you don't mind a little malt on the front end you'll enjoy this beer from Elevation.

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold yellow body crowned with a very thick, sticky head. Fruity scent; marmalade; deep yet subtle malt notes. Bread-y grain flavors meld with a bold, bitter hop kick; slight ester-y hints. Tingly mouthfeel; medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.

Solid malt-forward body equally balanced with a nice, lingering hop bitterness. Rich and full-flavored. A really nice offering from Elevation.

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a small creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts, sugary melons and some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is lots of biscuity malts with a little fruit and a pretty big grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with low carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for it. Thin, with too much biscuit.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

New 16oz/4pack bottles package for about $12 or so. I do like the labeling and all the info stated on it

Pours a light golden with hue of chestnut. More of a soapy head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is hop centric. Some spice and booze. Pine sol-ish smell to it, but not resiny. Hints of grapefruit and lemon zest. Green pine comes and goes

Flavor is slightly caramel malt, just barely peeking through. Mostly hops, and very clean at that. There's no resin or overpowering florals like you're licking a stamen (heh....how'd you like that reference?). I think that Pine sol thing sharpens it up, but it is very light. Lemon zest, some orange or mango. The bite has more power than the flavor, which makes this beer dry at the end...with a brush of sweetness just before it goes away.

A nice IPA that's not in yo face. Would go well with some spicy food as the flavors aren't too powerful, but will put up a fight

Photo of chugalug06
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like foamy iced tea. Head is bright white, nice lacing... Kinda weird

Awesome aroma, pine, mango, orange, slight dish rag aroma...

initial flavor burst is great followed by blandness... Kind of a disappointment, but kinda a success? Like the appearance, the flavors are lacking. It's nice, smooth, light, not creamy, slightly watery, refreshing, but never seems to finish... Flavors never seem to develop from initial piney resinous kick. Carbonation is light and feels forced. Missing bitterness. Sweetness is nailed.

I see better things for Elevation, but this is still a nice offering that I'd recommend. Kind of a mess, but kind of a success? Keep casting. @$4/pint buy it.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the Rackhouse pub. I was curious to try this since the brewers described it as a West Coast IPA which is almost never true outside the west coast. Nice orange color, good head. Aroma is muted, maybe there is a hop floating somewhere but this ain't no west coast. Flavor had a bit of fruitiness and citrus but again, not a west coast IPA by any stretch of the imagination. Overall this is a decent beer but as a west coast IPA it is a complete failure. I have to wonder if the brewers at Elevation have ever had an IPA from Alpine or Russian River or Stone or Kern River etc, etc. I really feel like this is false advertising, please stop calling your IPA west coast unless it can stand up against the most humdrum IPA from San Diego.

Update 3/14/14 bottle dated 2/17 so relatively fresh. Why, oh why did I buy this knowing better? It's malty, it's metallic, it's not hoppy enough. The bottle/packaging is nice but it's $11 for for pints. I can get sixers of Odell IPA, Racer 5, Stone IPA, Lagunitas, etc for cheaper. This beer is a ripoff.

Photo of denver10
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tofee gold with a white head. Aroma needs to warm up to truly shine, but once it does it becomes very inviting. Bready, some lemon, lime and orange rind, floral, and a touch of grass. Flavor was grainy, toffee and bready, lemon, lime, and orange, grassy, and floral.. Mild bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy, some activity in the mouthfeel. Overall, a nice IPA that has grown on me the more I have drank it. They do themselves a huge disservice by comparing it to a West Coast IPA, but I think its really nice for what it is.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

new in the 16oz. bottle four packs. this ipa pours a clear caramel color with a sudsy off white head about two inches tall, but it dies down a bit after a few minutes. sexy lacing left behind though. nose is more English malt than I expected, caramel sweet, dry, zesty hopping. flavor is different for an ipa, less hop assertive than American styles usually go, lots of malt in the front, but its off a little, or foreign to me, not sure which, the more I drink it the more I like it, but theres a flavor I cannot place for the life of me. fortunately it gives way to a nice bitter hop flavor that also has a touch of fruit to it, maybe dried apricots or something. long lasting bitter finish is intense and enjoyable. this beer is all over the place, but I think it does come together in the end. lighter body and soft carbonation are assets in this case, uniting the caramel malt with the pungent hops, it just works. the first one was good, we'll see how the other three go down, but this is pretty easy drinking. overall a nice drinker from elevation. first ive seen from them not in the black diamond series, and I like it. the packaging rocks with the 16oz. bottles too. pick some up if its at your local, quite good.

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.