Elevator Horus | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by csmiley on 09-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by TheHoppiest:
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a review of the 2011 vintage, which is advertised as having an ABV of 11%. Purchased this at Pace High on High Street in Columbus. Poured into a pint glass, this ale presents a cloudy ruddy copper color, with a 1" off-white head that reduces to a soapy foamy lid.

Has a boozy, nutty aroma, with honey, maple, caramel, and hints of corriander, this smells like it will pack a wallop.

Starts a bit harsh, before levelling out with a fair amount of sweet maple, caramel and roasted malt. Boozy with a bit of barleywine-like yeastiness, it finishes vinous, with mild hints of hops.

Medium to full-bodied, this has a bit funky aftertaste on the tongue that leaves a tacky, dry feeling.

Decent, though I'd expect this to have more hops in its taste. I bought it only a month ago, so I don't think it has aged too far beyond its prime. Alcohol is the primary taste, which is something I don't particularly look for in a brew. Glad to have tried this relatively rare find, but I won't be rushing to find it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this at a recent tasting.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, alcohol and a lot of different citrus flavors such as oranges and peaches. The flavor is more citrus fruits with some toffee malt, alcohol, brown sugar and some hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, II/11 years Edition, 11% ABV. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/red color with about an inch light tan head. The head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel and bready malt, pine and citrusy hops, toffee, and some dark fruit. The hops in the aroma fade not long after the pour, and then the malty aromas take over. The brew tastes like caramel malt, pine and leafy hops, toffee, dark fruit and a little bit of apples. Good balance between the hoppy and malty flavors. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with good carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 750ml bottle shared by inebriatedjoker

A: Pours a very dark amber with a tiny soapy white head. Light lacing and some good active carbonation.

S: Smells of caramel and hops. Lots of malt, clove, and an apple scent. Most of these %10 plus hopped up reds smell similar.

T: Taste follows the nose with plenty of caramel apple and strong malt presence. There is some hoppy bitterness that sets this apart from your standard red. Light fruitiness, possibly from the hops. The hops seem faded at this point, disappointing since that was the characteristic I was hoping to be more dominant. Sweetness builds while drinking.

M: Very syrupy while on the tongue, needs some more carbonation to lighten it up.

O: I was assured this was a different beast when fresh, way more hoppy. I should have picked some up before now because it seems to be gaining a few barleywine notes. Might be lackluster for a while then come into it's own a little down the road. Not a bad beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. 10th anniversary beer, sez the label.

Pours a see-thru copper/amber with a swirl of carbonation bubbling up from the center of the glass. The off-white head is modest in size and quickly recedes to a ring and an island of foam. What little head is left behind manages to leave some scattered lacing.

The aromas are on the mild side, but are a pleasant combination of sweet malt, fresh bread, floral hops, and a hint of sourdough.

Tastes more robust than advertised. I let the bottle sit outside the fridge for ~20 minutes and was rewarded for my patience. In addition to the floral hops, a nice citrus presence transforms from tangerine sweetness up front to a sweetened grapefruit cocktail at the swallow. The bold malt is divided equally between sweet caramel and crisp breadiness. A little alcohol heat in the finish, but it blends in well with the overall flavor profile.

Medium bodied as it hits the tongue, but the vigorous level of carbonation instantly fluffs it up, making it feel like a more substantial brew. The finish is mildly sweet with toasted bread crust and orange marmalade.

Overall impression: Nice beer, bold but well balanced. Local gems like this are my favorite part of trading. Here's to another 10 years for Elevator.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/5/09

A - Robust copper color with light crimson highlights. Languidly drifting streams of what I presume to be yeast. 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly. Retention isn't particularly great & lacing is spotty.

S - Overall, the nose is pretty restrained. A definite sweet caramel maltiness with some floral hops. Calls to mind some pale ales I've had in the past.

T - A solid hop bitterness rounds out an otherwise tasty malt-dominated profile. Caramel notes with prominent toasted & burnt bread flavors. Some spices in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Somewhat gritty. Dry on the finish with a bit of lingering bitterness.

D - Enjoyable limited edition brew. I have another one that I am planning to keep for a minute or two.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from csmiley from Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a somewhat cloudy (first pour was clear, second was not) nice deep amber color with a ridiculous 3 finger white sudsy head. Great retention on this beer that leaves sticky chunking and sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet but yet muted at the same time. Rich caramel malts come through, but almost somewhat restrained. There is a doughy, biscuity light note to this and ust a hint of hops....but can't decipher the hop notes.

T: Taste starts with a rich caramel malt flavoring, somewhat touch of candied apple comes through here as well. The sweetness is quickly taken over by a pale malt flavoring and touch of biscuit . Finish is actually kind of thin and watery. For as much flavor as this beer throws at you in the forefront, the finish is very thin and week but slightly hop falvoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean feel to this beer.

D: This is a really nice beer. Although the finish is somewhat thin at times, it's a nice deep, balanced beer. Given the ABV, it could be a knock you on your ass beer, but a decent one to sit with for a pint or two.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle into a standard pint glass. This is the second edition, and 11% ABV.

A- Vibrant amber appearance, and strikingly clear. Pours with ~2 fingers of light tan head, which fades very slowly into a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Some floral, piney-hops, along with fruity notes. Subdued caramel sweet/malty notes emerge as the brew warms.

T- Slightly hop forward with the floral/citrus notes, then balanced nicely by the sweet, caramel, malty notes.

M- Moderate carbonation. Feel is medium full.

O- Good. Flavorful and enjoyable.

Future outlook: A limited release that I'm happy to have tried. Not worth trying to sniff out another bottle this year, but will be happy to try if they release another version next year.

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Photo of csmiley
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Color is a light amber that starts to turn gold around the edges. There is a good amount of clarity. The off-white head musters about a quarter inch and only sticks around for a minute or so. It settles to a cap that barely covers the top of the brew. Lacing appears to be pretty impressive. Color is lighter than expected but not by much.

S - Aroma is dominated by a sugary caramel that gives it a sweeter but still appealing smell overall. Saltine is just noticeable in the middle. Some alcohol is present but I'd say it's covered very well. Raw bread dough makes a brief appearance. With some effort, there are some earthy aromas to be picked out toward the end. Could be grass.

T - Taste is sweet too. Caramel and hard candy both take the lead. They fade quick to reveal a pretty solid and bready middle. It's a toss up - crackers and toasted bread crust. It's metallic as well. Maybe too metallic for my taste. The 10% really comes through toward the end and mixes with a bitterness that seems just a tad out of place. There are some grassy pine notes but they are muted by the bitterness.
Note: As it warms, the bitterness smooths out and there is almost a citrus flavor that reveals itself. This is once the brew surpasses cellar temps though.

M - Medium bodied but given the abv, the body is lighter than expected. Finish starts out sweet and ends with a dry bitterness that hangs out for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. For a brew with 10% abv, this one goes down very easy. The Horus does have some good things going for it. 1) The aroma is nice and complex. 2) Oddly enough, it's kind of refreshing for a brew this big. 3) Be careful because 750 ml will be gone before you know it. All that being said, the flavor could probably use a tweak or two but it's still enjoyable. Glad to see some brews being bottled from Elevator.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip -

A: Poured hazy amber hue , slow pour yeilded one finger head that formed into a thin lacing that held retention and left webbing as it lowered, good carbonation.

S: Hops with light malt hints,slight citrus.

T: This one surprised me a little, Lots of hoppy goodness upfront with slight grapefruit,caramel,toffee,decent malt backing.

O: Overall I wasn't expecting a " Red Ale" to be this hoppy but it was , However the malt backing evened out the bitterness and made this quite enjoyable, It states 11 % and it packs a punch, very easy to drink - Would definitly drink another one.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gleaming topaz with a rich glow when backlit with sunshine glinting off freshly fallen snow. The buttery beige cap is magnificent and is reminiscent of a world-class Belgian ale. Glass coverage isn't extensive, but this is one case where it doesn't matter much.

The aroma isn't as expected. It isn't very caramel malty and it isn't hugely and resinous hoppy. It's fruity and has too much tanginess to make me feel comfortable that this will be good beer. It becomes spicy and earthy with warming, which helps.

Horus Imperial Red Ale doesn't taste like an Imperial red ale. For starters, it doesn't taste dark enough, caramel malty enough. It tastes like a pale-malted American barleywine that uses Magnum hops... or some other variety that is more well-known for its bitterness than its distinctive flavor.

Speaking of which, a flavor hook is sorely needed. Specifics include sugar cookies covered with a microthin layer of caramel, apricots, apples and a small shot of brandy. The beer is definitely warming, but it isn't hot or harsh. More (and better) hops would probably perk this brew right up.

The mouthfeel is most impressive on the front half of each mouthful. It's medium-full and has enjoyable carbonation... then thins out too quickly for its double-digit ABV and its Imperial status.

Horus (the Egyptian falcon god) does not soar as majestically as Elevator hoped it would. In fact, it barely gets off the ground. I'm glad to have run across this 10th Anniversary offering this past December, but there's no need for the brewery to consider a regular release.

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Photo of rden4654
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Decent enough I would not talk u off trying it!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Elevator Horus from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 17 ratings