Estes Park Renegade - Estes Park Brewery
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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
3.33/5 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
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
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
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a semi-clear carmel with a nice tan head. Good lace.
The malt and hops mingle in the nose with a nice balance. However, there is not enough of it.
The taste is balanced with roasted malt and fruity hops.
This is a mid bodied beer that has an assertive hop finish. The hops linger in the mouth.
This is a decent beer that is drinkable but not awesome.
05-11-2004 16:54:22 | More by filabrazilia
3.73/5 rDev +10%
This IPA was very American, I wondered if they dry-hopped cascades. The beer was extremely grapefruity from smell to finish, so much so, that I was convinced I'd gotten my RDA of Vitamin C.
The beer looked nice, ambery-yellow and slightly cloudy with a nice lacy head that lasted.
I too felt the beer could be maltier and more complex though, nevertheless a refreashing beer.
01-16-2004 21:30:25 | More by Reneejane
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
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
Estes Park Renegade from Estes Park Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.