Estes Park Renegade - Estes Park Brewery
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2/5 rDev -41%
12 oz bottle into a tulip. Party mud brown with crimson highlighting while backlit. Floaties are evident when gently swirled, though it's a challenge to find your way through the muddy shat water.
Smells of chocolate malt, rye bread, and cookie dough sweetness. The hops appear to be asleep at the wheel.
Chocolate, malt, and a vegetative smack upside the head with a firm aftertaste of onion.
Lacking in carbonation, appearance, taste, mouthfeel, and overall. Unfortunately, this is a mess of an IPA.
06-07-2011 22:57:17 | More by BarrytheBear
2/5 rDev -41%
I thought it odd when I noted that this beer was still advertising a GABF win from 1993 (maybe time for a packaging update?), but it did make me curious (and wary that it hadn't won anything more recently) enough to pick up a single at Liquor Mart in Boulder.
It poured a dark amber with a head that seemed to settle upwards much like a Guinness. Aroma was decent...lightly fruity but hardly overpowering. Taste was rather average. Than I noticed a large number of floaties in my beer. This really bothered me - IPAs shouldn't have floaties! This beer wasn't aged, stored in a barrel, or secondary fermented, thus my opinion that floaties are not acceptable. I tried to let them settle-out, but they remained suspended in the liquid. I had a really hard time getting past this, and started to negatively effect my perceptions of this beers taste and mouthfeel, making me believe it was stale, cardboard-y, and weirdly slick.
I'm not a fan. This bottle had no date nor code on it, so I'm left to assume it was brewery-fresh (delivered to Liquor Mart minutes before my arrival) and rate it as such.
10-18-2007 12:35:40 | More by BeerBelcher
2.2/5 rDev -35.1%
Poured out of bottle into pint glass. Color of maple syrup, no head outside of a few bubbles on the top. Smells nice and hoppy though. Tastes of bitter hops. Grassy. A little too grassy. Not enough zest or carbonation. Not lively enough. Wouldn't buy again.
08-15-2010 20:37:39 | More by jar2574
2.38/5 rDev -29.8%
Dark orange. Perfect appearence for an IPA, with a strong, full foaming head that lasts. Dulled pine and resin hop aroma with no malt. Sweet, sugary, juicy malts, with excessive bitterness and once again, dulled hop flavors. Really poor finish as well. Light & watery texture.
03-21-2006 03:43:02 | More by Crosling
2.78/5 rDev -18%
A very Americanized IPA. Basically straddles the border between and American Pale and an IPA. Amber in color. Citrus on the nose. Hops (Cascade) make thenselves appearent right away. Malt is very subdued, and has an slightly odd, roasted (i.e. off) flavor. But since the malts do not assert themselves here, it doesn't really matter. Definately needs more balance.
This beer is middle of the road. Might be an okay no-brainer session brew. Hopheads will be okay with it. But not a beer to spend any time seeking out.
02-27-2002 18:03:02 | More by cokes
2.95/5 rDev -13%
This beer has a very strange appearance for an ipa. It's dark brown with big white chunks floating around in it. The aroma is cascade hops and vanilla. Caramel malt flavor is dominated by the cascade hops. Woody in the finish. Quite bitter. The mouthfeel is medium. Not terrible, but there are so many better examples of the style out there, I wouldn't waste time with this one.
07-31-2005 01:02:55 | More by beveragecaptain
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
A- poured a pretty dark amber/brown color, with medium foam from a light pour which left a film of lace, maybe its just my bottle, but there was actually a bit of particles floating around in it, a little wierd
S- floral hops provide the bulk, slight citrus, slight pine, pretty solid
T- has a pretty light malt flavor at the start, the hops come on pretty slow, give a decent bite, then fade. Theres something a little funny on the lingering taste, not bad, but a little lacking
M- looked pretty effervescent, but was a light carbonation on the tongue, and a pretty light feel for body, but the body was still significant
D- the final taste detracts from the drinkability a bit. a little dissapointing but not that bad, although ill stick to other IPA's in the future
09-13-2007 01:02:02 | More by Atron67
3/5 rDev -11.5%
Okay, I decided to give this one a try since my best supplier had it out. The beer had a amber/deep red color to it and a small light tan head that didn't hold. The small was of hops and the first taste definately smacked of hops, making it a bit tangy. A slight citrus flavor becomes apparent after that. It strikes me as being a little light for an IPA. Would have to agree with the other guy that it falls between and IPA and a Pale Ale. There are better IPAs out there.
06-05-2002 16:02:35 | More by Wildman
3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
Dark coppery-bronze with some gold-brown as well, this is a very dark IPA. I like it! Soft beige head, at the apex the foam was a half-finger in height. Admirable head retention, it slowly faded to a thin, soapy cap. It is still looking good. The subsequent lacing was widespread and well organized; the residue was a bit droopy/webby but present nevertheless. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. All in all, this beer looks great.
The nose is hot with prickly citrus and piney vibes. Alcoholic too. There is some thin maltiness with a caramel trace. There isnt much depth; that is a shame. It doesnt smell much like an IPA to me, it is more like an American Strong Ale sans the malty goodness. Without a doubt this beer smells hoppy but I also worry it will be boozy and lacking in malt. The nose is inviting nevertheless. I remember it smelling better at the brewery
The palate is good. I sampled this at the brewery and I liked it much better on-tap. I didnt take any notes so this review is just based on this bottle. Warm upfront and in the middle and, well, the finish too. At least the nose didnt lie. I wish it did. I like heat and the burn as much as the next but the lack of pure, angry bitterness doesnt allow the burn to be balanced with a numb tongue. Thin maltiness and once again, the nose didnt lie. Light toasted caramel notes and not much else. It is lightly fruity with a random kiss of flower here and there. There is flavor but I cant help but call this beer dull. I also dont think it is that good of an IPA. It is a hoppy ale of some sort. It was much better on-tap. I assume my bottle is fresh; I purchased it at the brewery.
Medium-light in body with low carbonation, there isnt much to write home about regarding the mouthfeel. It is thin and lifeless. I guess I found something to write.
At best this is a BBQ beer. It is not tasty enough to be consumed standalone. I am disappointed; I remember a much better beer. Oh well. Drinkable? Sure. But do I really want to drink it again? No. There are much better beers on the market. I purchased this sample as part of a mix six-pack purchased at the brewpub in Estes Park, CO.
10-06-2005 15:09:03 | More by bditty187
3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours out to a clear dark caramel, requiring a very hefty pour to achieve a head. The head is beige, small and soapy and quickly recedes to a small scum of bubbles at the edges of the glass with no lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is very nice with a fresh and very fruity hop presence with some degree of citrus and load of vanilla...I've detected his vanilla in their Red Ale as well and wonder if it's the hops or the yeast they are using. There is a strong malt backbone in the aroma with a very nice sweet caramel presence, like chewy caramel candies. Mouthfeel is citric and astringent from both hops and roasted barley, with a medium body. Taste begins with pungent citric and resinous hops, followed by chalk, lightly roasted distant coffee, a very woody and dry finish, and lingering hop aftertaste. The bitterness is moderate, and remains pungent through the finish. Very, very woody and dry...there is more than hop astringency going on here and it curtails it's drinkability. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors or preceptable alcohol.
This really smells nice, and starts out with a nice hop flavor, but the woody hop bitterness and barley husk astringency is too much in the finish and ruins it's enjoyment. I would pass on this...towards the bottom of the glass, it starts to taste like campfire ash and cocoa powder.
11-11-2004 16:39:52 | More by Mitchster
3.2/5 rDev -5.6%
A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a very small, bubbly, white head. It left almost no lacing.
S - It smelled very floral with citrus notes and a touch of maltiness.
T - It tasted of pine and a maltiness I expect in an English ale. It seemed a little unbalanced.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - It was okay, but not what I expect/want in an American IPA.
06-29-2011 01:27:54 | More by zeff80
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
Beer pours a deep amber color with very little carbonation. Some yeast or trub at the bottom of the bottle. Not sure if it was meant to be bottle conditioned or not.
Pine aroma, and a little bit of citrus, aroma of the beer is very enjoyable.
Well balanced, toast and caramel to start with a bitter finish.
Low carbonation really hurts this beer .
Well balanced, good aroma, little too caramelly, but the poor carbonation really subtracts from the beer.
05-25-2014 23:25:11 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
The beer Pours a cloudy, brown-yellow color. Had a great, egg-white head that held extremely well.
The smell is mild with the strongest scent being lemon. It was not nearly as hoppy as I expected.
It is a light-bodied beer with a strong lemon taste. It was much smoother than I expected. The assistant brewer told me they use Cascade hops for the flavor instead of the smell of the beer. In my opinion, I thought the lemon was a little too much.
09-02-2008 13:34:00 | More by nem2006
3.3/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours brown and very hazy into the glass, yeasty sediment and particles float randomly even after a careful pour. Small half finger white head with decent retention and attractive lacing. I do appreciate a bit of haze but this is too much, a sewage colored snowglobe to be honest. Lacing here is a saving grace.
Ugly beer but this smells pretty great, a little light but noticable tropical fruit, grapefruit strongest on the nose and not far behind are mango and pineapple. Malty backbone gives some added sweetness and life to the fruits.
Hop favors are noticeable, citrus and grapefruit tartness and bite on the palate but the sediment and yeast make this whole drink feel awfully raw and earthy. The sediment dampens the flavors replacing it with soil and weeds. The dark malts add no sweetness and the drink end incredibly bitter. Bitterness is sharp and drying and lingers on more than any IPA I've tasted. I was hoping the yeast and sediment would not have as big as an impact as it did, washed out most of the hop flavors quickly.
Medium body, slightly heavier due to the particles with adequate carbonation. Goes down smooth with considerable bitterness that not only lingers for a long spell but also is present early in the drink.
Not sure how this beer was produced but a little filtration wouldn't hurt here. Brilliant aroma and bitterness but most of the flavor was drowned out by the amount of noise caused by the yeast and particles. Memorable in both good and bad ways.
04-11-2011 21:26:14 | More by rawfish
3.33/5 rDev -1.8%
A friend brought this back from Colorado for me. It was not what I was expecting but it was still good.
Poured a deep copper with a two finger white head that was shorlived and left some lacing.Oddly there were chunks of sediment in it that marred the appearance but did not adversely affect the taste or smell.
Smell was fruit, floral hops and faint caramel.
Taste was dry acidic citrus with some malt and a grapefruit pith finish.
Light to medium body.
Overall a fair IPA.
08-14-2005 10:15:34 | More by Citadel82
3.4/5 rDev +0.3%
pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off-white head. smell is a light earthy aroma. taste begins with some toffee, followed by some rye, finishing with an herbal, piney light citrus finish. mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. drinkability is good. overall a decent ipa.
09-27-2012 23:14:10 | More by tronester
Estes Park Renegade from Estes Park Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.