Double Rainbow IPA | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for the spectacular and complete double rainbow that appeared in the northwest sky just outside the brewhouse during the inaugural mash in. With a foot in both the new and old worlds, this IPA is generously dry-hopped with English Fuggles, resulting in a strong, deep golden, very fresh, and fruity English flavor and aroma.

Added by ffejherb on 04-06-2008

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Photo of ajm5108
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium gold pour with minimal head. Little bit of floral hops on the nose along with dry tea biscuit & caramel malt. It certainly is more restrained than most American IPAs, and the English style is more in-line with my own preferences. Hops add a nice touch but don't overwhelm, toffee & biscuit from the malt bill smooths it out, dry finish.

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Photo of redearth329
3/5  rDev -21.1%

A. Pale straw color. Quickly dissipating head. Little evident carbonation.

S. not forthcoming on the nose. Smells like a macro.

T. Not a lot of hop character. Malty, and a bit of a rubbery note. Poor representation of the style, IMO.

M. Medium body. Medium finish. Medium beer.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange with little head. Granted, this seems to be the bartender's pouring style, but even still, the small head leaves little lace.

A rather viscous IPA, perhaps due to the high ABV, the beer is fairly syrupy in the mouth, although it drinks much smoother and easier than the ABV would suggest (the ABV wasn't listed when I ordered, and after tasting I assumed it was around 5.5%). Lots of citrus and pine in the nose, it smells very fresh and bright. The taste is equally as bright with balanced flavors of grapefruit, mandarin orange, and spruce.

Having not seen the official style (English IPA), I actually would have assumed it was an American style. It is very hoppy with the English yeast flavors rather buried. It's very drinkable and very enjoyable, though in the end, a tad thick in the mouth for my own tastes.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a somewhat pale copper/golden color. The slightly off white head which was there upon serving gives way to some lacing.

Smell – Citrus and pine hit the nose right away. These give way to some floral aromas and a very slight amount of maltiness which work their way in the end.

Taste - Bitter hops are the first to be tasted followed shortly by some citrusy hopes of grapefruit and orange. A slight carmel color, not detectable in the smell, works in, but at the end gives way again to a more bitter hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- the carbonation level is great for the beer while the body may be a little thin. The thinner body does however lend to it being much more drinkable even at ~ 8 % abv.

Overall – A nice IPA, but nothing too exceptional. It is quite good, but in comparison to their Hairy John it pales a bit.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Smiling Chameleon in Lewisburg ($4). Arrived in a proper nonic pint glass, the ale appears a clear pale copper color with about a finger of white foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel malts, toasted bread, melon, dry grass, pine, white grapefruit. A bit more than medium carbonation, good body for an EIPA. Very nice overall. Pleasant bitterness in the finish. Pretty impressed with my first offering from Elk Creek. Hoping to enjoy my next on at the source.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Kelly's Steak and Seafood in Boalsburg

A - Arrives slightly cloudy and light brown. Glass is filled to the brim, so very little head was present. What was there was white and quickly dissipated to the edges; lacing was sticky.

S - Nose is light pine resin, grapefruit and orange peel. Light malt aroma.

T&M - Initially lot's of bright, citrus flavors. Grapefruit and orange, and the bitterness gives it an almost pith like quality. Clean malt flavors give balance and hit in the middle of the sip along with an fusel-like quality . Medium body, and the finish is somewhat dry with a bit of pine.

D - Tasty enough to order a second glass, so I did. One of the more sweet side citrus IPA's I've had.

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Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a curved pint, the beer is medium golden in color, capped with a healthy layer of white carbonation that shows good retention and lacing

s: pale malt structure, grassy/earthy citrus hops, nothing too special here - nothing off but nothing particularly attractive, either

m: lively carbonation, crisp light-medium body

t: the standard pale malt body leaves me unprepared for the striking, almost startling citric bitterness that builds with each sip to create an intensely dry finish, no caramel complexities - just clean pale malts and grassy citrus

d: much like a very hoppy pale ale - which would agree with the english classification, though the abv most likely does not, still extremely drinkable for a 7.5 percent beer, especially with the clean, sip-encouraging finish - but on a stomach of lettuce, the alcohol influence is quickly felt

enjoyed after dinner at the brewpub

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a clear copper color with a moderate white head.

S-Malty in the front with a light floral hop note. A little light on the aroma.

T-Interesting. Malty, almost twiggy in the front, then floral and herby in the finish. A very unusual flavor profile but I liked it.

M-Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the light side.

D-What? 7.5% ABV? Unreasonably high for the style and the taste. I drink 7.5% IPAs but I expect to taste the difference.


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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub 6/7/08.

Pours a hazy copper with a thin layer of brite-white head that retains well and leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma is mix of light tingling hops, spices, and sweet backing malts.

The taste is a tingling, yet subtle, hop bitterness, light citrus and floral spices, and a fairly prominant backbone of caramel malts. The hops are very subtle and only become more assertive towards the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and just the tiniest feel of heat from that nearly 8% ABV.

I like what they were shooting with here, going for the English IPA but in the end, I do think that a nearly 8% ABV is a little much for this flavor profile. Still, this isn't bad at all and I won't shy away from it on future visits as it did remain quite quaffable despite its size.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb and Brandi for the hook up with this one.

A-Light orange copper with a medium off white head. Reduces to a nice thick foamy lace.

S-Very light earthy hop aroma with a bit of a sour twang. Certainly nothing crazy.

T-Smooth in the beginning with a nice sharp biting hop bitterness in the finish. Good example of a good English style hop profile.

M-Medium-light body with a decent lingering hop bite

D-7.5% is WAY too high an ABV for an English style IPA. Should be more like 5-5.5%. That being said this is a nice beer....but the hop profile would benefit from with a drop in the you could drink more!

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Deuane for sharing this swingtop growler.

A: The EIPA has an amber bottle color, almost equal parts orange and brown. The head didn't cause much excitement.

S: The aroma was far maltier than I remembered, showing off much more of a grainy, almost barleywine hardiness. Touches of hops in the nose reminded me that this is a pale ale.

T: The ale has a strong malt element, showcasing lots of thick grainy flavors before the hops pop up. The English side of this IPA really shows itself in the hops, dirty earthy and quite restrained, almost too soft. Touches of citrus throughout remind you of the provenance of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy on the malts, almost too heavy. I don't remember the fresh version being so intense.

D: Elk Creek has the dark ales nailed. This one comes close but doesn't quite work.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elk Creek on 4/6/08. This is an English style IPA that is dry hopped with Fuggles hops.

A - Light amber/orange body with a tinge of haze and one-finger creamy white head. Very minimal amount of carbonation present. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - Mild citrus hop aroma with some sweet malts and just a bit of alcohol as it warmed up.

T - Juicy grapefruit and oranges abound, all balanced by a pleasant sweet malt aspect. Bitterness is mild and doesn't overpower the flavor. Nicely balanced bitter finish with fresh citrus juiciness. Some breadiness also emerges in the finish. Very nice!

M - Medium body with very creamy texture and mild carbonation. Moderately bitter finish with a fairly short duration.

D - I think this is my favorite offering thus far from Elk Creek. I love Fuggles hops, so this one's a winner with me. Kudos to Elk Creek for brewing this fine IPA!

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Double Rainbow IPA from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
3.8 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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