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First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.

Not Rated.
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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 02-09-2013

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2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%

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2.84/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.