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First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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: 71 | Reviews: 15
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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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.

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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.

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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
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