Elevation - E3 - Triple IPA | Renegade Brewing Company

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Elevation - E3 - Triple IPAElevation - E3 - Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple India Pale Ale.

IBUs: 100

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 175
Photo of Sigerson
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! So impressed with this winner from a local brewer. Reminds me of another local IIPA, Hercules, by Great Divide.

Pours a hazy, honey like color, with a nice finger of foam.
Nose is piney, hoppy.
First hit my tongue with a malty sweetness, followed immediately with nice, strong, but not overpowering, bitterness.
Hops through to the finish, but so well balanced with the malty sweetness. This is a superior IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

pours murky and clouded, leaves respectable low sheeting.

oily hop nose

Hoppy but not overly bitter, soft and ripe fruit notes..tasty and dangerously drinkable at over 11%

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Photo of RockAZ
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Somebody said it before, "My favorite IPA I don't like". Sweet alcohol burn slides into some earthy bitterness, more the onion spectrum of hops. Had it draft twice, cans twice, (not at one sitting!!!). This is a strong beer, not the flavor profile of hops taste or smell that I prefer, but it IS whatever a triple IPA IS, no mistaking that. This was labeled Renegade E3, endpoint triple IPA, like the can in the picture.

To sum up, too watery for a proper barleywine, but it could'a been. It was a bit thick on the tongue, mild carbonation in the can but a bit more lively on draft. The alcohol, imho, is very noticeable in the taste and effect, again, my favorite IPA I don't like. Would hesitate to recommend this to any but serious hop heads or barleywine lovers, it would taste like dirt to anyone else.

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Photo of trubeernick
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife and I were on a trip to Denver. This was a pretty chill/good stop along the way, but of the beers the E3 stood out.
Look: copper, good grip to the glass
Smell: Citrus, hoppy, not too boozy
Taste: Pretty good IIIPA. Smooth and with a punch that isnt too boozy
Feel: Full and Balanced.
Overall: Good beer, I would have it again but wouldnt go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Extol
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy darkish copper color, nice retention. Smell - fruity honestly, mild hop smell. Taste - actually doesn't follow the nose at all. I get a lot of hops and some malt on the back end. Very interesting. Overall - interesting beer, glad I just blindly snagged it while in CO. Would like to try on tap. Girlfriend has not tried but I bet she'll say it tastes like dirt.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I sampled this ale at Bull Market in Valentine Nebraska. Appearance-wise this beer is impressive, there is a hazy, light orange color. A pleasant, citrus aroma greets ones nose when bringing the beer up for a sip. The flavor is robust, with a good balance of significant maltiness against your typical IPA hoppiness. Although not a big IPA fan I do find the high gravity ones interesting and worthy of drinking.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great rich coloring. Floral hoppy smell. Unfortunately didn't pack the punch I was hoping for. Little watered down. Smooth. Still pretty good though. Would drink as a pint, not order a growler.

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Photo of derek022890
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber, with a fairly thick creamy head, nice lacing
S: Smells of piney hops and a hint of booze
T: Tastes much like it smells with a piney notes and a bite of booze on the back of the tongue
F: Big body for an IPA and a sticky feeling in the mouth
O: I think its a great beer and one of the better IPA's that I have had, I see it as an end of the week want to relax on a Friday evening and get a little buzz from a great tasting beer.

This is the first review I have done and hopefully it helps someone else out in their beer search.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The name of the beer has apparently changed from "Elevation" to "Endpoint", otherwise this appears to be same beer and logo on can...

Pale auburn pour with coppery hue/thick white foam/good lacing and carbonation.
Grapefruit and lemongrass hop aromas.
Grapefruit hop and caramel malt flavors - good juicy bitter linger.
Medium light mouthfeel with a little hop stickiness.
Excellent balance between hop bittering and malt foundation/boozy bite on the finish is a plus.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L - Golden Amber
S - Grass clippings and hops
T - Maltly with alcohol aftertaste
F - Kinda flat
O - Not worth the price, I've had several regular IPAs with more pronounced hops.

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Photo of Panda_Brew
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Renegade E3, endpoint triple IPA

Straight outta Denver, we have here a triple IPA that clocks in at 11%. The can looks simply great, jet black with white bold writing and green highlight font.

A: Pours a frothy golden orange cream color that is completely opaque with a lively off white cream colored head.

S: Earthy citrus hops, there’s a slight funk here, like asparagus pee (you know what I mean).

T: Tastes almost exactly as it smells, it’s got that garlicy/ onion that Summit is known for – there is some citrus and pine sticky here, but it’s underwhelming and bleh.

M: Great mouth feel, smooth and full body, carbonation to carry and alcohol and IBU tang to keep it interesting. It’s the best part of the beer.

O: This is a damn shame because this beer is a great canvas for other hops to shine on, just not Summit for God’s sake! Simco and Citra would have been a knock out, but that smoked and onion earthiness is a bad jive. It’s by no means bad, it’s actually my favorite beer that I don’t like and I’m going to finish it. I love onion too, raw or roasted, just not in beer – and it’s even more disappointing because this could have been so great. 80

(it's growing on me as I drink it though)

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Goose Island cervoise style glass. No canned on date though it just recently arrived at my local craft beer store. 11% abv, 100% summit hops, 100+ ibus per the website. I’m actually a little afraid of this can… Reviewed while Yesterday’s New Quintet jammed in the background.

Ap: A gentle pour produces about a half finger cap of still, bone colored head. Body is a clear dark gold; nice sudsy lacing on the sides. Looks a lot better than I anticipated.

Ar: Quite an interesting aroma from the Summit hops, wet grass, asparagus, a bit of cat pee, blood orange rind with a sweet doughy honey malt backbone. Hoppier than expected actually, and while the aroma is really interesting I’m curious to try it.

T: Follows the nose with those dark green vegetal, cat pee, and dank citrus hop notes before leading into some syrupy malts and a thin alcoholic bite. Finish is earthy summit hops and doughy malts.

Mf: Soft, full mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation. Just above being too syrup. Finishes dry and bitter. Props for this not being a complete barleywine but more along the lines of what you’d expect a 3X IPA to be. Not as boozy as it could be.

Overall: What would you expect from a 100+ ibu, 11% abv, and all summit hop beer? I’ll tell you: cat pee, asparagus, an almost syrupy feel, and a gentle alcohol bite. This beer could have been a total mess but it’s actually a fun albeit unique experience. The hops are fresh and up front, and the carbonation keeps it lively enough to where it’s drinkable. Recommended to all the lovers of weirdo IPAs out there.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can.

Pours hazy gold with barely a trace of carbonation. A stretch-pour barely kicked up a trace of bubbles.

Aromatics lead off dank and weedy. Undertones of honey and citrus, but this beer is a pure dank-tank.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a slick, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with pine resin and some bitterness that attempts to balance start the palate. The hopping is pretty one-dimensional and never really gets out of the way of the malt sweetness.

Finishes with lingering sweet malt and bitter pine.

I love a good attempt into the arena of triple IPAs but this ones just too sweet and the carbonation is too low.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought a couple cans back from Denver from over GABF weekend. Couldn't Find a packaged on or enjoy by date - with hoppy beers I look for this as I've been burned too many times in the past with unhoppy, old IPAs. Please consider this Brewers!

Pours an orange copper with head that struggles a bit upon first pour. Head finally forms a bit, then fades to some soapy looking bubbles. Some lacing clings to the glass sides.

Smells dank, resinous citrus with a sweet sugary, almost caramel tone to it. Tastes similar with dank sweetness. I feel this beer is a tad too sweet for my liking. I'm guessing the bitterness and hops have already faded, thus the disadvantage of not knowing when this was brewed. Okay hop flavors. Orange marmalade with come Cyrus and pine resin.

Doesn't drink like 11% ABV whatsoever. Could easily drink a few of these, or at least I think I could, sine the alcohol is so well hidden.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. I prefer something more dry than this beer's sweet and dank character. Would appreciate knowing whether or not I'm drinking it fresh or not.

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Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lovely frothy pour with amber brew and plenty of white foam in the chalice. Tangy but not overly acidic. The prickly carbonation goes well with the heat and the hops. Vast aromas

This has a rare but tasty balance of hot alcohol and massive hop flavors. It's fuming with hop aromatics. Plenty of residual sugar but not too sticky. The bitterness is insistent but not overdone, considering the truckloads of hops that must have gone into this. Just a whiff of butterscotch. Fruity like a Tripel, with pineapple and tart apple flavors, though it shades into something like a mango liqueur with all the malt.

This is one of my favorite high alcohol hop bombs. I find it way more sippable and pleasing than lots of DIPAs. From the 12 oz can purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque orange with brown notes. A lot of lacing is left after drinking some. The smell has orange notes and grapefruit hop notes with a toasty malt smell. The smell also has a slight sweet note to it but is pretty faint and overwhelmed by the other notes. The taste has similar notes to the smell but the grapefruit hop notes are much stronger as are the toasty and grainy malt notes. The beer is heavy bodied and thick with biting carbonation. A fantastic underrated beer and worth bringing back home if you can.

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Photo of Pahn
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well damn if this isn't an underrated beer!

12oz can into Captain Lawrence tulip. Big thanks to BA morningthief for picking this up for me in Denver.

Appearance: Opaque brown orange. 1.5 inch frothy white head that lasts and leaves a wall of lacing. Looks like something out of a cauldron, and good.

Smell: Hefty dose of yet-to-be-boiled pale malt, along with sweet candy and crystal malt and an undercurrent of dank and grapefruity Summit hops.

The taste tells that this is a seriously hopped beer, but it's not very apparent in the nose. That said, the smell is sort of like baking cookies in the grain section of the homebrew shop. This is a good thing. Some chewy, citrusy and pineapple fruitiness as well.

Taste: Not since fresh original-recipe Oskar Blues GUBNA have I tasted the full force of Summit hops: tastes like a mix of marijuana and green onion. However, in this beer it's balanced by caramel malt to give it a strawberry and caramel flavor.

Those 3 flavors don't sound very good together do they? Well, they are. This is a *great* triple IPA, like a better thought out Devil Dancer (or a better thought out GUBNA). Subtle bitterness, amazingly well hidden ABV, unrestrained Summit hops delivered in a way that makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Sort of hop oily thick and slightly creamy. Mild dryness but I don't really miss it. Works perfectly with the flavor.

Overall: Very impressed with this beer. It's like a barleywine-ized Green Flash DIPA with more focused Summit hops and a more pleasing grain bill.

My friend tells me the locals drink a lot of this beer. They have it good in Colorado.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Renegade in Denver, CO. Poured into a taster glass, 3oz, today 1/18/2014.

Beautiful amber-yellow body, clear as the Colorado skies today. Comes with a 1cm white head, drops quickly but leaves behind lots of lacing. Beautiful beer to be honest, of any style.

Smells very citrusy with a lot of toffee, honey and some bread. This is a well balanced nose, though I would prefer more citrus to unbalance it a little for the style.

Flavor wise, it actually works. Hoppy citrus flavors evoking grapefruit and lemons, balanced out nicely by the sweet breadiness and a small alcohol burn as you'd expect from a 11.2% beer. Well done.

Thinner to medium body, a little watery but not so much that you can't enjoy the brew. Fairly darn bitter aftertaste of a crapton of pine resin, very resinous as well.

It's not saying much but this is a lot better of a TIPA than Devil Dancer. I like the citrus forward flavors that are balanced out by a ton of malt sweetness. Nicely done and if I crushed TIPAs on a regular basis this would be in my rotation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Hazed peachy amber, good froth

SMELL: Super dank, pomelos, star fruit, fresh grass, estery alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, orangey, hemp seeds, semi-chewy, spicy alcohol, floral, very bitter, tropical fruit, yeast, warming, juicy, biscuity, nutty grain, long hop sharpness; semidry, bitter finish

Chalk this one up to another brewer trying to boast 100-plus IBUs. We thought this phase of craft beer was over. Not exactly balanced at all here, but we are sure that wasn’t the brewer’s intention anyway. Somewhat drinkable and more or less of palate destroyer. Fun to drink? Yes.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served chilled into a shaker pint glass.

E3 is a very hazy yellow-orange color and semi-opaque because of all of the hop pollen. It has a thin layer of white head and leaves nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is very hoppy but maybe not triple IPA hoppy. Nice grapefruit and other citrus along with that signature simcoe character.

Flavor is sweet up front leading to massive hop flavor and a big hit of bitterness. Again, maybe not triple IPA hoppy but, then again, maybe it's just a bit better balanced than I expected. It has a huge malt bill that lends sweetness and body and also helps to mellow out the bushels of hops that were likely used.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level which works well with the high alcohol. Definately a song beer but never hot.

Overall an impressive large IPA. To what degree may be a matter of opinion.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some burnt orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/grapefruit along with moderate aromas of sweet malts with notes of caramel + honey.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet malts with notes of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/pineapple, and citrus/grapefruit along with some lighter flavors of honeydew melon. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol warming in finish.

O: First off, thanks to my brother-in-law for grabbing me one of these when he was in Denver...it was a nice surprise. I enjoyed this beer though it was a little more on the sweet side than I prefer my DIPAs but it has some really great hop aromas and flavors.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yep, you guessed it. This beer was given to me by the previous reviewer, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, some malts. Taste is bitter up front, followed by a good malt balance, some citrus, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall be careful with this one, it is way to smooth and drinkable for 11% abv.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I went out to visit The Old Lady in her home environs of the greater Denver area at the end of July and realized that it is actually in the state of CANorado! CANs were more prevalent than I could have possibly imagined and The CANQuest (TM) is Cracking and Glugging right along on the approach to # 1,000 as a result.

From the CAN: "offensively delicious"; "Light beer drinker? Put this [CAN] down. Now. Brewed at 5,280 feet with Summit hops to produce over 100 IBUs and Alc. 11% by Vol. This beer is truly elevated. Raise your [CAN] to this citrusy celebration of beer my friends, because here's to the Renegades and here's to life."

The Crack went off without a hitch and the subsequent inverted Glug netted two dense fingers of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber (SRM = 7 - 9) with what looked like a mushroom cloud running up and down the centerline. I think that it may have been saturated with hops! Nose had a pine and caramel smell. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous, like a big blob of hops on my tongue. The malt was prevalent, causing me to wonder how quickly something like this fades. It was barely a month old, but the hops were not up to their billing. The ABV definitely was, though, and barely a third into it, I was feeling it. Phew. The sticky lacing that began to form was going to need a hammer and cold chisel to remove later. Finish was pretty sweet for my taste, especially for the style. No date on the CAN, so I CANnot be held responsible for its less-then-perfect state.

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Photo of minterro
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on site at their "Publik House" took a few notes on my phone.

Smell: Pungent dank and piney hops.

Appearance: translucent hazy yellow colored beer with a large white head.

Taste: Lots of citrus, floral, and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: High side of medium bodied and high side of medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: Very easy to drink for a 11% beer. Was very happy about the outcome of this beer. Very well balanced and put together. Look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Renegade Publik House. Poured into a tulip.
Appearance - goldish/orange with thick, creamy white head; which I wasn't expecting with a DIPA. Leaves nice amounts of lace!
Smell - nice floral hops. Pleasing!
Taste - easy drinking 11% ABV brew!
Feel - solid DIPA, with balanced hop presence!
Overall - a bit pricey, but available in cans which is a plus.

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