Elk Creek Copper Ale | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Brewed by:
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beautifully colored ale strikes an agreeable balance between malt and hops. Caramel + toffee notes from the use of more highly kilned malts step up to complement this beers assertive hop profile.

Added by ffejherb on 01-20-2008

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a cuprous amber color, translucent despite its darker hue. A half a finger of head, no lacing, comes along with the glass.

S: The nose benefits from a strong dose of C-style hops. The citrus, a strong match against the bready caramel malts, has its moments. The balance between the two elements makes the ale work.

T: The pale ale nicely straddles the hop- and malt-centric worlds. The hops, citrusy and fresh, taste as though they've been run through the secondary Hairy John hops. They are lively but relaxed. Matched against caramel and toffee malts, the results are often a draw. Not as hop forward as other Elk Creek offerings but a pleasant drink nonetheless.

M: The mouthfeel has enough flourishes of fresh hops to keep me interested in its malt-focused taste. I'm surprised that it has taken me this long to have the beer on tap.

D: A sessionable APA from Elk Creek. The bigger offerings are more intriguing but this is no slouch.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MKrauss
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright copper with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil. A bit of spotty lace left behind.

S-Sweet caramel malt with some backing toffee. Earthy/floral hops sneak in on the backside.

T-Nice initial earthy bitter hop bite that mellows out and is taken over by caramel malt sweetness. A bit of dry biscuit malt in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Good lingering earthy bitterness.

D -Totally drinkable and quite sessionable as I imagine the ABV isnt much over 5%. This is the type of beer that could nudge BMC drinkers into the realm of craft beer. A solid, tasty and easy to drink brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Growler poured into a snifter. The brew appears a polished, perfectly clear burnt copper color with a quick fading off-white cap that hardly leaves spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma contains some biscuit malts, slightly toffee-like with fruity and floral hop/alcohol accent. Not really a sweet smelling brew but the malt is the first thing noted which seems strange for an APA.

The taste is plenty sweet with flavors of caramel/toffee that seems more like sugar than malt. It is a little carbonic in mature slightly mineraly before the finish gets herbal and bitter with a light grassy aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. Not bad, but really not good either. I am glad to finally get to try a beer from this brewery but yikes this leaves a lot to be desired.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always up for a good local brew! On tap from Kelley's Steak and Seafood. Mom's watching the kids..... First date since October, but I digress. Quality brew with food balance. Not award winning, but solid.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brew pub

Appearance – As the name implies a nice copper color. A slightly off white head gives way to a bit of lacing as the beer sits.

Smell – Some sweet caramel and toffee with a very light earthy hop aroma.

Taste – From the smell I was expecting something much sweeter but was surprised to be meet with a more malty flavor profile. The sweetness of the caramel then works its way in with a bit of earthy hop flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel – A average body with a average level of carbonation. Good for the style.

Overall – If your looking for a bit of a more dry copper ale then this is a good choice.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Elk Creek Copper Ale from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 35 ratings