Double Rainbow IPA | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Brewed by:
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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3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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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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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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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