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Elevation - E3 - Triple IPA | Renegade Brewing Company

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87
very good
38 Reviews
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Elevation - E3 - Triple IPAElevation - E3 - Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple India Pale Ale.

IBUs: 100

Added by Ratman197 on 01-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
167
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
22.56%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
40
For Trade:
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 167
Photo of TheBrewo
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big, big thanks to StonedTrippin for this guy in our trade box. We crack the tab and pour a brew of muted sunset orange. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving wormy spots of lacing dripping down the glass. A thick haze distorts clarity, with a few tiny chunks of sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is explosively interesting, with pure vanilla extract, cocoa butter, and fusel booze. Grain takes the shape of pale and syrupy caramel malts, sweet bubblegum esters, and light toast. Sweetness comes from red apple fruitiness while depth comes from phenolic clove, moss, and vinegar acidity. The hops are spicy, earthen, mineral-laden, and mildly citric. With warmth comes the smell of hotdog water, but it is surprisingly inoffensive through the mix. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as nice as the aroma, with much of the sip becoming obscured by this beer’s bigness. The taste opens with seaweed freshness, soy sauce saltiness, dirty earthy hops, overripe strawberries, cheaper pale and metallic malts, and white sugar sweetness. The middle peaks with light bubblegum juiciness and fruitiness, notes of vanilla frosting, black pepper, and the beginning of the finishing boozy onslaught. The ending wash is straight vodka fumes, with faint cries of buttercream biscuits, herbal and grassy hops, chlorine, and raw caramel maltiness all barely surviving the fire. The aftertaste breathes of ethanol, mineral, bittered yeast, raw citric rind, pine stems pulled from mud, grass, and faint vanilla. The body is rather full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is coated with thickness, with big final pucker and astringent dryness of booze across the hard palate. Each sip gives okay slurp and sip, with lesser cream or froth. The abv is big, and the beer drinks slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This showed nice complexity, with interesting sweetness of vanilla, and nice earthy bite to contrast. The hops were on the soft side, but again, nicely contributory to the final picture. The flavoring to follow was a letdown. Things were so boozy, and subsequently puckering, by the end of the sip it became hard to appreciate this brew’s nuances and subtleties. Everything else was just okay, leaving you feeling like you’ve missed out on something important.

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Photo of katan
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours a hazy golden brown color. Strong pearly white head formation, sticks around for a long time.

S - Strong hop nose, mostly citrus with a backdrop of pine. Really smooth, well integrated.

T - Starts off with a little citrus hoppiness, almost sweet, but then a huge bitterness flies in and blows up the taste buds. More resin, pine in the middle. Finishes with a bitter edgy bite.

M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation. Really sugary and oily texture, sticky. A big beer all around. The ABV is well hidden in the mouthfeel.

O/D - A bit filling, certainly trying to define the 3IPA style. ABV is tough to deal with. A good beer all around, and the price point is awesome to boot. Although I don't think it will be that way for long. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Massive fluffy white head on top of a orange crisp looking body.

Pine, nutty, mango, peppery, and bready.

Thick, lots of pine, medium burn hidden well by an abnormality of hops, up front fast moving sweetness with a nice strong lingering bitterness that's near overwhelming, chewy, complex, mid-low carbonation with nice attentiveness,

This is by maiden voyage with Renegade Brewing, it was a nice voyage at that... Worth every penny @ 4/12oz. Highly recommended. Great with spicy food.

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Photo of Natec1000
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Renegade is pretty new to the Denver Beer scene. Great taproom and nice people! Decent beers, but nothing groundbreaking. I've watched this company grow as it started off on a totally different marketing platform under "Journey Brewing" then right before they opened it seems like someone shook them up and told them they needed to steal a few pages from Stone Brewing co circa 1998 and act like rebels/badasses and it really comes off unoriginal and out of place. Their marketing is cringe worthy while making fun of "yellow fizz drinkers" and "do the do's or dont do the do's", and on this lovely can it reads "offensively delicious" and "here's to the renegades".. it'll give you douchechills so badly you'll want to brownbag every beer you get from them. All of that aside, I love this beer! When I have a craving for big hops (and wanting to support a local brewery) I'll look past all of that and slap down my hard earned dough on this well balanced hop bomb. Hits hard on all fronts and is by far the best thing to come out of that brewery to date.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one packs a punch at 11.20 abv. But you wouldn't know it until later. Booze is well hidden.

Pours a glowing light gold, with a huge white, rocky head. Grace lacing.

Aroma is tight and bit dirty. Yes, hops galore in this guy yet is one dimensional. Great smell for what it is.

Summit only hops? I can see that. The dirty aroma I got transfers to the taste as a bit catty. Maybe it's green onion roots? Not sure, but something seems a touch off. While PtY and Fix Your Heel, and other big IPAs, have a citrus/tropical aroma and flavor profile, this one does not. As such it seems less refreshing and the bite on the end falls short of stripping my buds.
A well done dIPA nevertheless.

UPDATE: Had another tonight, and didn't like it as well. There's a butteriness in this one (can, same batch). I doubt the hops went south THAT quick, but this more tastes like an English version. Can't finish it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy, orange-ish golden yellow hue (vague enough?) with a white, sticky head that leaves ringlets of lacing plastered about the walls of the pint glass.

The aroma offers mangos, pineapples, sweet citrus. Smells sweet and hoppy.

No surprise here. Sticky, sweet, and loaded with pineapple, mango, and melon flavors. Alcohol presence is certainly noticeable. This is pretty tasty, but probably best suited for slow sipping.

Full bodied and creamy with warming alcohol.

A solid beer. While not among my favorite DIPAs, I did find this one enjoyable and a nice departure from the norm.

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Photo of RudnicsMEB
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

E3 has an oustanding golden-orange color. It almost seems illuminated. It is not clear, yet is not too cloudy. A nice orange haze. Poured into a tulip glass from one of the 4-pack cans, it delivers a very nice, creamy IPA head that hangs around for a while. The brew seems perfectly carbonated. It is inviting.

E3 gives off a very citrusy nose with other tropical fruit aromas. It smells fairly sweet and not as hoppy as expected. The hop aroma is very citrusy and floral.

After smelling this brew, the expectations of taste change. This beer has a great bite immediately yet settles nicely and quickly. It is definitely a ctirusy, hoppy IPA. Yet, it is very balanced and suprisingly smooth for being 11% ABV.

The moutfeel from the E3 is balanced and alive. It is incredibly smooth for the amount of hops used and alcohol content achieved. I will definitely enjoy the E3 again.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. Not dated, but it's brewed 5 blocks from my place.

A: Hazy, straw body when held up in the light. Gorgeous white head with plenty of retention and lacing.

S: Armpit full of hops, earthy, oranges, alcohol. The aroma is fantastic.

T: Summit hop flavors without being too bitter. Nice malt backbone at the end. The alcohol is noticeable.

M: Creamy, a little sticky. For such a high ABV, this one is really nice.

O: Solid local beer. Need to enjoy fresh.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Renegade. I mostly ordered this just to see how it stacks up to Alpine Exponential Hoppiness even though I knew it wouldn't hold a candle. I must say that while Alpine has nothing to worry about this was surprisingly good. I thought I was tasting Columbus hops and was surprised to learn it was Summit which I normally find disgusting. This was extremely hoppy and thick so I was glad I only had a 3oz taster. Still, worthwhile and recommended for all hopheads.

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Photo of Domingo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I honestly had some apprehension about this beer. I’m not a huge hophead, and the only other Summit-only beer I’ve had (OB’s Gubna) I really don’t care for.
That said, I was told that this beer was wonderful…and I can’t disagree.
Rich golden color with a foam layer that doesn’t dissipate. Served in a goblet, it managed to coat the walls admirably for something of this strength.
The flavor profile really keeps up with some of the best DIPA’s around. No oniony/dank nonsense either. Just a nice mix of fruits (pineapple, mango, peaches), a little bit of pine, and a malt body that provides just enough sweetness to let the hops shine and show off. At more than 11% ABV, there’s a hint of potency, but no fire.
I tend to lose my taste for hoppy beers after about 2/3 of a glass and I really think I could probably drink 2 or 3 goblets of this. I can also say that about a few “elite” hoppy beers like Pliny, Maharaja, Myrcenary, etc. so this beer is in good company.
I didn’t really see this coming, but this is truly an elite DIPA. Cheers to Renegade as they’ve really found their footing lately.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the most unique and delicious india pale ales ive ever enjoyed. pours a murky golden color with a fairly small white head. very unassuming appearance. smell changes everything, huge fresh hop aroma, very complex. it smells a little fruity and on the lighter side of bitterness. aromas of cut grass, green apple, and lemon myrtle are all present. flavor is huge too, so much interesting light hops, not dissimilar to the sorachi ace hop profile with that delicate sort of fruity thing happening. a mediumm pale malt body rounds it out. the alcohol is well disguised and the mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. not over carbonated, and drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. i was very very impressed with this one.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the bicycle cafe in Denver. Served in a 10oz goblet the beer arrives a clear but slightly hazy orange amber color with a small 1 finger white bubbly head. Good retention, some lacing. The nose is a powerful mix of candied fruit, oranges, tangerine, grapefruit with some earthy pine in the hops as well as a detectable crystal malt body. Smells like a liquid jolly rancher, you can almost taste the sweetness. Similarly the flavor starts with an explosion of fruity sweetness from the hops and malt on the tongue. The sweetness mellows but never fully dissipates. Huge hops character as found in the nose. Sweet. Medium bitterness. Finishes with a nice lingering bitter and sweetness. Full bodied and chewy. Smooth and fairly dry. Good carbonation. Overall, it was my first "triple" IPA as far as I know. I found it to be fairly well balanced aside from the monstrous sweetness. Enjoyable though. Seriously tastes like candy.

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Photo of Ratman197
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Renegade Poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscut, earthiness,skunk bud, pine and light tropical fruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, skunk bud, citrus and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter earthy finish.

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Elevation - E3 - Triple IPA from Renegade Brewing Company
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