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Elk Lake IPA - Bend Brewing Company

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Elk Lake IPAElk Lake IPA

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-09-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

wlynch, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

johnnyboy76, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

PortlandSunDevil, Jun 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Coldsnack, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a frothy white head.

Aroma is dank, oily, with what I think is sometimes referred to as a "cat pee" smell. Simcoe hops?

Taste is dry biscuity malt, floral spicy hops. Citrus & pine.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, nothing notable.

Overall an OK IPA but nothing extraordinary or unique.

draheim, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

litheum94, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kchannel9, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Fair head retention.

Somewhat fruity and quite crisp. Not overly sweet on the nose.

Smooth grapefruit hop flavour with very little malt. Mild bitterness. This is a decent generic NW IPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent generic West Coast IPA. Approachable but nothing special.

dgilks, Oct 02, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub in Bend, on an extended Sunday night hours pint spree...

This beer appears a clear golden copper hue, with one finger of perfectly restrained foamy ecru head, which leaves an unbroken wall of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of musty orange, candied grapefruit, and mild, thin caramel. The taste is more light musty hops, bitter citrus rind and pine hops, all underpinned by a soft bready caramel backbone. The carbonation is kind of fizzy, the body medium weight and a tad sugary. It finishes with a bitter hop uptick, and a bit of menthol.

An agreeable enough IPA, however, the fundamentals just need some tweaking - less mustiness and more malt backbone, for starters.

biboergosum, Jul 15, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting at Bend Brewing enjoying this right now.

A- pale, cloudy orange. Eggshell head with amazing lacing.

S- strong, strong pine. Some citrus.

T- Pine bomb.

D- A touch bitter, a bit too much, but a very good ipa.

O- okay, this is a tough style, but I would never complain if this is what I was served.

HuskyinPDX, May 10, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bought at the brewpub last night, poured into a shaker pint, Elk Lake IPA is a pale auburn gold with a white head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is tangerine hops, kind of over ripe vibe, maybe a bit of cat pee.

Taste is pretty balanced, nice biscuit malt, more on the sour citrus hop flavor then resinous, moderate bitterness on the clean finish. I was expecting more ommph after having their DIPA at the brewpub last night and hearing great things about this.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, a bit dry, and a bit heavier then light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a balanced IPA that is smooth and clean, it's just not all that compelling, really more pale ale by PNW standards...

ccrida, Dec 19, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy orangeish-amber with 3/4 inch of rocky white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly a nice blend of hops, with pine being most noticeable, and a touch of malt graininess in the background. On the tongue the malt had a very slight presence and the hops took all the way over. Pine up front citrus on the back.

The body was just a bit fuller than average for the style. Drinkability was very good, this is one of the relatively few IPA's I wouldn't get bored with after a couple.

Overall, a nice version of the style. Worth seeking out.

beertunes, Jul 03, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the horsebrass.

A - Poured copper with a 3 fingered white head. Dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Notes of pine, honey, and bittering hops.

T - Pine, citrus, honey, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, slightly dry, and finished very smooth despite the hop domination.

D - A great beer. The horsebrass can really choose the beers they get on tap here. The beer itself is a classic example of what an IPA should taste like.

MisterClean, Aug 09, 2009
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Elk Lake IPA from Bend Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.