First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.
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3.14/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
03-08-2014 20:31:20 | More by Buannaich
3.99/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
05-04-2013 01:21:24 | More by beergoot
2.28/5 rDev -36%
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.
05-02-2013 03:56:22 | More by Beaver13
3.56/5 rDev 0%
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
04-19-2013 07:32:02 | More by Mebuzzard
3.41/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-18-2013 03:45:59 | More by chugalug06
2.63/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
04-06-2013 18:24:30 | More by ArrogantB
3.84/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
02-11-2013 01:50:39 | More by denver10
First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.