Elevator Three Frogs IPA | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator Three Frogs IPAElevator Three Frogs IPA

Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by blakesell on 04-27-2008

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange amber with golden highlights. Nice off white head but not too wrinkly or hoppy looking. awesome retention and ample lacing.

S- big citrus aroma, mainly orange, grapefruit, pineapple and very floral. Hints of pine and like peel with a toasty sweet malt background. Becomes more savory as it warms.

T- nicely balanced flavor. Hops are earthy and almost tomato on the palate with plenty of citrus and pine bitterness. There's just enough malt sweetness to hold everything down. All manner of softened tropical fruits with a pinch of cinnamon malt spice and peppery at the end. Lingering leafy and grapefruit hop flavor in the finish.

MF- juicy slick feel with welcomed zesty carbonation. Bitterness is felt all over the palate and throat.

D- another good ipa coming out of my state. It's crazy how many breweries are popping up here lately.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Label reads 7.6% Alc by Vol.

A- Pours a hazy orange gold color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Citrus hops and some light caramel malt in the back. The nose is nice and hoppy with an herbal quality.

T- Bitterness is very apparent initially with a fairly sweet finish. A little one dimensional as the flavor doesn't seem to show as many sides as the nose did. Not as much citrus and pine as the nose suggested. The alcohol is noticeable throughout.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- A decent brew that borders the DIPA territory in terms of alcohol and bitterness. But it was lacking a bit more depth in the flavor profile.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I picked this up on a trip to Columbus a while back, which is the only place I've seen Elevator for sale. This particular IPA is "triple hopped". Now, I assume they don't mean triple hopped in the same sense that Miller Lite is triple hopped!

Pours a pumpkin-amber color, with a three-finger head that reduces with loads of sticky lacing.

Smells fruity, resinous, buttery and yeasty. Hints of citrus, pine and malt are present.

Starts sweet and slightly malty, with a fresh orange-citrus taste. Slightly spicy and bitter, with hints of dandelion greens, hemlock and grass. Has a moderately hoppy finish.

Medium bodied, the bitterness of the hops leaves a bit of a pucker in the mouth. There's also a dry, tacky feeling left on the back of the tongue.

Like many IPA's, this is best fresh. I had this a few months ago, and frankly found it sweeter and hoppier then. Still, even with a couple of months age on it, it is still a decent IPA. Certainly this is the best Elevator beer I've had thus far, and given its small local audience, it is the one I'd recommend if you happen upon their bar in downtown Columbus.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a very hazy yellowish orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very weak amounts of sweet caramel malt and a tiny bit of hops. Could be old.

T: The taste is slightly better than the nose but still not as hoppy as it should be. There is a slight hop bitterness at the begining and a sweet caramel malt flavor in the middle. The finish shows signs of a grapefruit hop bitterness as well. You can tell this wants to be super hoppy but it's being held back by the malt sweetness.

M: The feel is medium bodied and kind of creamy.

O: Without a bottle date I can't tell if this is old or just mediocre. Could be both although it shows signs of good flavors.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.
*Note- bottle states this is 7.6% ABV, as opposed to the currently listed 8.00%

A- Light golden/copper and clear. ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Piny and citrus hops dominate...a bit of a floral note. Light caramel sweetness follows.

T- A fairly pronounce pine hop bitterness, perhaps a bit of citrus. Caramel malt sweetness gives a bit of balance.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium feel.

O- Good. Pleasant tasting, enjoyable IPA. Easy to toss a few back and get happy at it's ABV.

Future outlook: A good-not-great IPA. Don't know if I'll get it again anytime soon, but always glad to have another decent local beer lurking out there.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery over dinner with my wife.

A: Poured a nice clear golden color with a solid tan cap of foamy goodness.

S: Lots of citrus mostly grapefruit and lemon flavored, hops and some piney notes at the back.

T: A good balance of malts and a bright hoppiness with pine and citrus like the smell.

M: Medium bodied with a good carbonation.

O: Overall a very solid beer and one I definitely would have again.

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Photo of patpbr
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a hazy orange with a full head.
S - Citrus, pineapple and pine.
T - Much like the nose and grapefruit. Nice carmel backbone.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a finish on the dry side.
O - I would try it again, Its missing a little balance.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elevator Three Frogs IPA - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white, with lateral lacing, and a hazy golden amber body.

Smells like some earthier malts that just got swept under the rug, along with more floral, spicy hops. UK style IPA maybe?

I taste the spicier hops joined by a touch of juicier, more citrus-like strains. This is balanced by a rather biscuity malt sweetness. Yep, this is a UK style all the way. Kind of even a cider taste going on mid palate. Its not bad per se; its certainly unique.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is lighter and moderately carbonated. Surprisingly clean finish with as much unexpected tastes going on.

Overall, I'll give Elevator Three Frogs IPA - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus a 4.5. I'll let the Elevator Brewery have the benefit of the doubt for totally failing to mention this is an English/UK style of IPA and the malt presence's complete lack of mention. If this were slotted as the proper style, I'll bet more people would give it a go. With that said, if you enjoy such IPA's, then definitely pick this up. If you've never had an English style of IPA and are curious, this also would be a pretty solid gateway beer.

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Photo of wingman14
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with a frothy white head that fades fast. The smell is very citrusy up front, orange and grapefruit. The flavor follows the smell, more citrus than hops, but nice and flavorful. The taste isn't sweet, and has a small bitter finish that lingers for awhile. A nice chewy mouthfeel, medium body, very smooth. Overall a flavorful beer, different take on an IPA, but definitely a good beer that can be a nice change for a hophead.

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Photo of blakesell
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a wine style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden amber with a ring of carbonation around the sides of the glass. Lacing clings lightly and sticks to the sides leaving a slight spiderweb on the glass.

Smell- Hops and malt smell to be quite balanced! Piney and rustic. Tree frogs may be a fitting name. Malts are a good balance of two-row and Maris Otter.

Taste- Fruity, spicey and pine. Malt is balanced and creamy. My IPA freak friends may hat me for this, but I like balance. Pine dominates but rides along with the malt very well. Superb.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, piney, balanced, well carbonated, and medium bodied. Just like it should be.

Drinkability- Just to test I had to take the rest of the glass to the dome. Smooth and refreshing all the way down. A very nice IPA from Elevator.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from cosmonick as an extra. (Cheers!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint.

Aroma: Fairly simple, but enticing aroma. Hops go from piney to pineapple. Malt is sweet like honey.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange body. Nice three-fingered bright white, billowy head settles to a thick, rocky collar of foam. Clumpy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Flavor: Sweet mandarin orange initially, then pineapple, then honey. Also noticing some apple and even cherry. A very fruity profile for an IPA. An enjoyable, substantial bitterness is there at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium body. Hops are only slightly drying.

Overall: Some might not appreciate fruity sweetness in an IPA, and, generally, I'm the same if it's syrupy/cloying. In this case, though, Elevator does a good job working all of the hop and malt flavors together. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to an orange/golden color, this Ohio- brewed IPA is a fragrant one, with a perfume/citrus and floral nose that certainly commands your attention. The white head of foam is quite handsome at first, but it does settle into a thin coating in due time. The beer has an active level of carbonation that helps add to its refreshment.

This beer’s taste is just as attention- getting as its nose. The flavors present include citrus and other fruit like pineapple, toasted malt, some pine, a little bit of alcohol, and some peppery hops. Some bready malts attempt to keep the hops in check but, try as they may, the taste keeps going back to the flavor of citrus and other fruit from the hop contributions.

I agree with others who claim that the flavors become more pronounced if the beer is allowed to warm just a tad. Around 50 degrees, it was still cool enough to offer refreshment and the flavors were more pronounced than when taken straight from the refrigerator at 40 degrees.

This isn’t a huge IPA like many others. It is actually medium to thin in body and even its triple hopping is not enough to push its hoppiness into another galaxy, like some IPA are prone to do. I like that the brewer’s didn’t overdo the hops, but I also acknowledge that this beer is certainly worthy of the IPA label. It’s a good one, and one of the better IPA I have tried in a while.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is better than the concensus of reviews herein. Also, the ABV is not accurate as described in the summary (my bottle says it's 6.9, not 8). Pretty solid really...I think I once had dinner at their Columbus eatery and remember it being pretty good. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the ever generous beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin!

A- Cloudy deep amber color wih two and a half fingers of white head. The foam recedes rapidly leaving intricate lacing and a thin white coaster.

S- Bright citrus hop aroma with hints of bready malt and pine.

T- Citrus hops up front. Tangerine and pineapple sweetness tempered by hoppy bitterness. A very nice malt backbone contributes bready flavors which compliment the hop bill. The finish is semi-dry with a very slight bitter aftertaste.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O- Three Frogs IPA is a nice example of an American IPA. Great citrusy hop flavors in balance with a nice malt profile. Perhaps a bit too balanced for my taste, but I found it enjoyable and quite drinkable. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Franz4
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a nice clear golden color with a 3 finger head that settles and leaves abundant lace on the way down. Head is foamy rather than bubbly, small bubble rise from the bottom of the glass leisurely.

S- Nose smells of sweet fresh citrus and apricots, there's a fresh smell here that I'm not used to picking up, very crisp. As the head fades the nose changes to a grassier essence. Can't speak to the age of the bottle, can't be old at all, but I'm not sure if this is straight from the tap fresh...it was the last 6'er @ the Giant Eagle

T- taste seems very different from the nose, there's a very, very slight caramel/toffee hint in this brew. Citrus and apricots come across more like grass.

M- seems to be under carbonated, although really good head at the beginning of the brew. Not sure what I think about this, I could definitely use a bit more bubbly

O- I was really excited about this beer as I poured it and took my first whiff of the nose, but then it just fell flat for me, it wasn't bad, it just failed to stand out for me.

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Photo of raznug
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange color and is topper with 1” of white head.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a blend of pine and grass hops with tasty malt base. There maybe a bit too much malt for my liking but a good IPA none the less.
Taste: The taste has more hops that the aroma but not sure if I would call it an IPA more of a pale ale to me.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is easy to drink yet good flavor.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep gold to amber in color, slight haze, nice carbonation with a real nice one finger creamy white head with fairly good retention.
At first the aromas were popping out of the glass. I got citrus, a little caramel, and some grass notes.
I tasted tart grapefruit, burnt grain, and it was kind of boozy and overly sweet.
It was tart then bitter with a pretty sweet aftertaste.
A decent IPA. For me the flavors didn't work real well together. Next time I'm in Columbus I'll look for this on tap.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This poured a pale golden straw color with a little haze. Decent head with not much retention and no lacing. The aroma was understated but promising. The taste felt light and unbalanced in my mouth with a thin carbonated body and not-very-well-hidden alcohol. A drinkable and not un enjoyable beer but not something I would buy regularly.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to smithm1970 for this extra.

No bottled on or best by date. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a half finger frothy off-white head. Thin patches and collar remained after the head dissipated. A little bit of lacing clings to the glass.

S - Piney and citric on the nose. Cedar, grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. the aroma is a bit mute for an IPA. I get a whiff of booziness as well.

T - Honey sweetness homes through in front. Grapefruit and malt carry the middle, giving way to piney and slightly grassy hops in the finish. The bitterness lingers well.

M - Very smooth with light carbonation and medium body that finishes with slight dryness. Some alcohol warmth with the 7.6% ABV.

O/D This is a hefty IPA that could almost be a double. The hop character is well balanced with citrus, pine and floral elements. Overall there is a bit more sweetness than I like in an IPA, but the malt and hops balance well under the sweetness. I will drink this again if I get the chance.

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Photo of Doughbodyboy
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a foggy apricot with a very thick head that laces very well throughout. it has slightly citrus smell with a noticable malt hint. the taste follows a similar path. the citrus notes are more prominent in the taste but are still followed by some maltiness. the hop finish has a solid bite to it. i wouldn't guess this one is 7.6 abv. the mouthfeel is carbonated and leaves it slightly sticky. overall this is a sweeter than most IPAs but it is just what i like. i dont think there are too many better values than this one. this is one of my go to brews. and this is an IPA...

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Photo of AlfaMale
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice honey colored pour with little head. Some residual foam tracing. Initial hoppy bitterness resolved quickly to a smooth, almost Pale Ale calm. Certainly not an over hopped rendition so common in American IPAs.

I keep trying to put my finger on the aroma and I can only equate it to fresh cut lumber. Flavor of lemon orange come to mind. Ignore the previous review the this is not a true IPA, it most certainly is. Youngn's sometimes forget IPAs did not originate in this country and that hoppier is not necessarily better.

If you're in Columbus, give it a go.

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Photo of Dontlikebud
1.56/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm not a barley wine fan and this tastes more like that than an IPA. In fact, it tasted like bad barley wine to me. My taste buds cringed as I drank it and I couldn't keep from frowning no matter how hard I tried. I didn't bother finishing it.

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Photo of jackscrow
1.36/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(Review is from two six-packs bought at two different stores two months apart.)

Can you sue a brewer for false advertising?

Of course not, or many breweries would not be in biz.

This. Is. Not. An. I. P. A.

It is a very malty pale ale, and not a particularly good one at that.

Over-carbonated somewhat.

The aroma is a slightly musty malt smell, very little hops.

Even fewer hops in the taste.

Triple hopped? What hops? Where?

Double dry-hopped? Doubt it. Not evident in any section of the taste.

There are quite a few good Cbus beers. This is NOT one of them.

Steer clear. This beer exists only to waste money of the people who believe the label.

How could anyone who knows IPAs endorse labeling this beer as an IPA? That alone disqualifies the brewer from any more chances from me...

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Photo of Landshark67
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the brewery and was very surprised. This is a very well balanced APA. A boatload of hops on the nose and excellent malt backbone. Bitterness is very smooth.

Head disapated quickly but left heavy lacing on the glass. Hop aroma is strong. Definitely dry hopped to accentuate the nose.

Color is a light amber. Medium body/mouthfeel. A little on the sweet side vs others but when matched to the hops it's excellent.

Kind of a Pliny but without the dank hop character.

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