1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

First Cast - Elevation Beer Co.

Not Rated.
First CastFirst Cast

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

53 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 02-09-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of First Cast Alström Bros
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of wellsnb
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

wellsnb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Buannaich
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Buannaich, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

pagesofphotographs, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of rEBELlION
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

rEBELlION, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of core42
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

core42, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Twal
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Twal, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

nmann08, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Todd, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -15.7%

AlexFields, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

steamboatbrewer, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JMBSH, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of rkarimi
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%

rkarimi, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Haybeerman, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

lilsmizzul1225, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +12.4%

spoony, May 18, 2013
Photo of Jordantb313
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Jordantb313, May 07, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

beergoot, May 04, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -36%
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.

Beaver13, May 02, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

eawolff99, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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

Mebuzzard, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
3.41/5  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.

chugalug06, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

ArrogantB, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Roy1586
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Roy1586, Mar 10, 2013
First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.