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Elk Lake IPA - Bend Brewing Company

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Elk Lake IPAElk Lake IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 35
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bend Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-09-2004

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 35
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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heck of a good IPA, named after one of my favorite camping locales up in the Cascades.

Elk Lake IPA pours a good copper/amber with minimal cloudiness.

Aroma is piny citrus hops, nice and sharp.

Juicy hop citrus and pine in the mouth. Resin aplenty, but not over the top. Lots of hemp and grassy notes too. Dry finish with a bit of stickiness.

Really enjoy this IPA. I recommend it above nearby Deschutes Inversion IPA.

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Photo of wlynch
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Crotor
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium amber with one finger of white head with good retention.

There's a massive and pleasing hop aroma, largely comprised of citrus with a touch of pine.

The taste is massively hoppy and unapologetically PNW. The big citrus hops have come forth, and the pine has receeded somewhat. Beneath the sharp hoppiness, the malt is scarcely noticable, but I don't mind... Original? No. PNW? Yes? Good? Hell yes!

The body is medium-light, and accented by a definate dryness - very typical of a PNW IPA.

Overall, a damned fine IPA, if an unsurprising one.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Elk Lake IPA from Bend Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.