Red Rock Elephino
Red Rock Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,693
Ranked #15,086
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Red Rock Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Red Rock's Elephino (el-uh-fine-oh) Double India Pale Ale is an American style IPA. Its intense citrus, floral and perfume-like, resinous and piney aroma come from the use of a copious amount of American hops. This beer is double dry-hopped on whole leaf Amarillo hops for a vivid, fresh aroma. The huge hop profile is backed up by a malty sweetness that lends a hand in this fine creation's balance.
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pots a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is lighter overall for a double. There is a little bit of tropical fruit as well a touch of pine and earth.
Taste- The taste begins with a bready and lightly tropical fruit taste of pineapple and mango taste. The sweet fades a little bit as the taste advances with more and more grapefruit and some herb coming to the tongue. These tastes last to the the end, and leave one with a nice robust but easygoing taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is moderate with a carbonation level that is normal. A nice sipping brew overall.
Overall -. A nice double with an easy drinking feel!! A nice brew overall.

Oct 26, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was bracing for the usual IIPA frontal hop attack on my buds. Instead I got a sneak attack. These hops refresh to start, then attack in the finish. Looks are actually inviting. Smells offer a nice malt base and lots of fruity hops. Refreshing. Once it gets in my mouth, the bitterness starts and does not relent; but it stays juicy enough so that a malt-head like me doesn't get shy.

My first from Red Rock, I went on their website and was not too surprised to learn they were 25 years old. (Not surprised because Elephino is an unusual beer that does not cut corners as young brewers might be tempted to do.) At 25 years, they have three brewpubs and some high level awards. since they have two Belgians in the 5 most-rated on BA, I almost wished that I'd had the saison... just to see how well Red Rock brews for its food. Next time I'm in SLC !

Oct 21, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at Pizza & Noodles in Springdale, UT......just outside Zion National Park. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bitter hop essence with some citrus presence. The taste was nicely balanced with slight citrus bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Aug 09, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - copper color very slight haze slight off white head and sticky lacing
Smell - very fruity citrus with a very slight pine
Taste - slight citrus more pine
Feel - medium body and light medium carb, fairly juicy
Overall - pretty good beer!

Mar 29, 2018
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UtahBeerPleb from Utah

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It smells great and looks great coming out of the bottle. Not too hoppy for a double IPA, but well balanced. The citrus flavor is mixed really well, not too overpowering but loaded with flavor. It's smooth but still has a bit of a kick, a little bit of malt to go with the floral citrus flavor. Alcohol is hid well. It has a very satisfying aftertaste and mouthfeel as well. Just an all around excellent beer, very drinkable but not "light", one of my favorites all around.

Dec 13, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a clear golden yellow with hints of orange, with a large creamy white head that sticks on top and nice rings of lacing. A very nice looking beer.

S: Sweet orange and grapefruit, some floral hops and some earthy malt notes.

T: Slightly sweet orange, strong piney bitterness, with some sweet caramel malt.

F: Heavy body, creamy carbonation.

O: This is a very average double IPA but still drinkable.

Nov 30, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured medium translucent amber with small head when poured carefully (i like retaining carbonation)
smell is of floral hops and light malt
taste is of floral hops and sweet quiet malt with a bitter finish, purrrrrrrfectly hoppy
a near perfect beer, i'm quite upset that it doesnt have an average of 90+

Sep 03, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fluffy, off-white froth covers this reddish-orange brew.

Has an interesting aroma of herbal hops, caramel and and apple.

Tastes of caramel and citrus up front followed by a subtle and smooth hop bitterness that lingers in the background and makes up with resilience what it lacks in punch.

Medium in body and not noticing much in the way of alcohol.

Not a hop bomb, but a good beer nonetheless.

Jun 12, 2017
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JeffBlue from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/24/16 (500ml bottle, Piper Down Pub, Salt Lake City) Very balanced in both aroma and taste, nothing really to knock here. A shame this isn't allowed to be served on tap!

Sep 08, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent dipa. Deep golden straw color. A flowery piney smell. Nice pour, light fluffy white head. A bit of resinous piney flavors. A bit of citrus flavor. Good mouth feel. Overall a solid option when in the area.

Dec 19, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent enough head; a few strands of lacing line the glass

Smell: Grassy, pithy and piney, with a touch of caramel

Taste: The touch of caramel underpins the hops from start to finish but is not obtrusive; the hops make an interesting progression, starting with grapefruit and then developing piney and grassy tones; the finish has a lot of aspirin, which I associate with the Amarillo

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice DIPA though I thought the finish a bit harsh

Thanks, benkuhns, for the opportunity

May 10, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy amber with a nice finger of lovely white suds atop. Settles in, laces nicely.

Nose is caramel sweet and floral. Some grass and pineapple. Maybe mango.

Flavour has a bit more tropical fruit, but also a lot more of that blunt pine cutting through. Malts support the perfumed floral of the hops while adding counterbalance to the bitter side. I don't realize just what the three fourth note is until later that it's alcohol. Deceptive. Medium body, decent carbonation. Lasting finish of pith and pine. Comes together nicely. Would love to try it on tap. Glad I grabbed it!

Mar 29, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There was a run on these at the state store. Had to try one to see what the buzz was all about. Very good double IPA from this SLC brewer. I should have picked up more than just one. I highly recommend this one if you can find it.

Mar 19, 2015
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Curtis from Utah

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This could have been a great beer... except that I don't like grapefruits. Damn the cascade hops!. It poured okay, but the head was minimal and what little there was faded in seconds. Color was a slightly hazy rich gold.. not bad at all. Aroma was slight, a little hoppy. Mouth feel not bad at all... but then came the hops. I love hops, just hate grapefruit off flavors and that pretty much ruined it for me. I think a lot of people will like this beer, especially if you are into cascade... just wasn't for me. Very hard to get past that to review the beer faithfully, so I pretty much called it even on this one. Don't want to slam it as they did'nt do anything wrong, just a difference in tastes..

May 04, 2014
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Zorro from California

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern hops with a strong fruit aroma. Pineapple is the strongest scent here. Passion fruit, and mango are in there with a much fainter grapefruit and orange aroma.

$tarts out malty with a woody pineapple taste. Flavor stays dry. Strong tea and tropical fruit. Bitterness is about medium for the style. Flavor just isn't as good as the scent with this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer but not a great one. They just need to make it taste like it smells.

Dec 24, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Bright golden; lovely lace

SMELL: Grassy, grapefruit pith, pine cone, catty, bready grain, yeast, clean esters, guava

TASTE: Citrus rind, mint, clean booze, pungent hop bitterness, aspirin, dried grass, nutty yeast, bread crust, ripe tropical fruit, piney; dry, bitter finish

Balance was not the intention here—the brewer was spot-on when they said “sensory overload.” If we had to gauge the IBUs, they would likely score past the human threshold in bitterness, but not enough to cloud out the flavor. Enjoy, hopheads! This one is for you!

Jun 29, 2013
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utopiajane from New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Fat pillowy head of foam that fell to some sticky pretty lace. Some effervescence coming up from the bottom. This beer was majestic in the glass. Nose is orange citrus, mango, woodsy pine and grass. Fat. sweet, sugary malt backbone. Smells refreshing. Hops go a little earthy as it warms and the malt sweetness deepens. Taste is pure poise. Mild caramel and sweet, hops are bright and perfumey, resiny against the grainy malt. Slightly metallic and a touch of booze but I like a touch of booze in a DIPA. Dry and creamy with lingering essential bitter. This DIPA pitted a vast malt depth against a dry hoppy exuberance and came out straight forward and generous. Drank easy, happy and the malt was positively vital. Utah seems to like malt as much as I do.

Jun 12, 2013
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elgiacomo from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler, kegged Nov 24, 2012. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a one finger white head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is orange, tangerine citrus, some apricot, decent amount of caramel malt. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is orange citrus, light apricot, fair bit of caramel malt, mild sweetness in the middle, moderate to good bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, bit sticky, good carbonation.

OK Double IPA. More caramel malt than I care for in the style, though.

Jan 07, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feeling bloated and buzzed from a big German meal and several different pints, I decided i couldn't leave without trying their flagship DIPA, what kind of hop head would i be if i didn't?
A - poured the bottle into a standard pint glass, very hazy golden orange, short head retained decent
S - Big citrus, mild pine, cracker graininess, hints of perfume at the back
T - big hop presence mostly of citrus and perfume, some pine and resiny flavours are more subtle, grainy malt tries to hold its own, and light boozy sweetness
M - realtively creamy with solid carbonation, an oily resiny feel, medium hop bitternesss, warming booziness late in the finish
O - while this was a bit of work to get through on a full stomach i am glad i savoured it last, great to see a small brewpub take on this style and come through with something worthy

Nov 01, 2012
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. No date detectable.

Sparkly, golden orange body. Two fingers of thick, frothy, dirty cotton white head. Great lacing. Lots of tropical fruits, mandarin orange, and piny hops on the nose. Sugary, cookie-ish malts underneath.

Herbal hop bitterness and metallic notes up front. Hop flavors are in charge here, with lots of mango, pineapple, and citrus. Becomes more resinous and dank near the finish. Sugary, fruity malt plays bass. Drier finish, with some lingering fruits and herbal hop bitterness. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. Very nicely done!

Oct 04, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #21 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty lookin' beer. Nice cloud to it and a decent head. Flavor profile is very thick malts with assertive enough hop tones to keep some semblance of balance. Hops are salty and bitter with strong earthy tones. This is a punch in the mouth kind of beer. Less rounded than it could be, but that's a trivial complaint. The beer is solid.

Sep 13, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellower color than most big IPAs. Nice white foam, and pleasantly carbonated. Flowery nose with a touch of resins.

Big hop presence, but not excessively bitter. A very interesting variation on the DIPA theme. Rich and nicely sweet. It's like a Tripel with a big dose of hops. Rather sharp but thoroughly drinkable. Big fruity flavors of mango and pineapple. Dries out in the aftertaste but the aromatic flavors stay with you.

The photo is the old label before they changed the name from "Elephant." From the 500 ml bottle purchased at the Sugar House state store in Salt Lake. Interesting and worth a try.

Jul 23, 2012
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic DIPA appearance in the form of an amber colored, clear, body, foamy, large head, and gentle strings of streamers. The smell was floral, grassy, and citric. The taste was a bit more vegetal than I was looking for. Green apples, grapefruit, an lemon rind were evident in the taste. There was a considerable level of bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel was medium thick and chewy. Not very memorable.

Jul 15, 2012
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challenja from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at the Bayou Salt Lake City's biggest beer bar.

A: Amber lemon orange haze. Light white foam that clings the edge of the glass. There is a pasty copper glow when held to the sunlight.

S: Fragrant Chinook hops. Sweet amber honey combs. Light aromatic amber golden malts.

T: You can really taste 5 of the hop varietals with the first swallow. (this brew is made with 6) There are midwestern sticky hops plowing through. This brew is a cross between a Stone IPA and Founders Centenial IPA. A nice yellow lemon crisp. Orange rind grapefruit, sweet orange peel and Dominion Hop Mountain sticky pine cone resins.

M: THis is the best part. This is one very smooth highly drinkable Double IPA. It feels like its served with a nitro tap in a bottle! It's crisp with a lavender tongue feel!

O: This is one solid ass DIPA. Well worth the buy and try, it could be someone's favorite drinkable double IPA. Mine's Lagunitas Maximas btw, but thanks to JR and Mike for the recommendation when I was getting my meat and cheese on at Epic Brewery down the street. Keep truckin out of state for those highly sought after brews. Utah, your beer laws suck.

Jul 12, 2012
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suspect from New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Central Waters snifter. Thanks to mrmarmot for muling this m-effer back.

A: Pours crystal clear golden color with the faintest amber notes in it. Aggressive pour leads to 1 finger rocky white head that takes a few minutes to disappear. Lacing is relatively non-existent.

S: Hop forward but it's entirely possible the hops have faded just a touch but they are still first and formost on the nose. Very nice citrus notes and a malt backbone that means business.

T: Follows the nose, brings a big time hop hammer and smooths it out with some balanced malt.

M: Creamy hop oil coating, nicely carbonated.

O: A solid DIPA. Nothing more, nothing less.

Jul 01, 2012
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