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First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.

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First CastFirst Cast

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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
Photo of colingaiser
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +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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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.84/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Well balanced with banana notes and a nice hop finish.

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4.52/5  rDev +25.6%

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.