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Elephant Rock | Pikes Peak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
pikespeakbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elephant Rock is a massive sandstone formation imposing itself above the wilderness near Palmer Lake. It’s a wild, natural wonder and a rewarding sight for those who venture to find it.

Our American IPA has a bold, commanding spirit worthy of the local landmark. Over two pounds per barrel of late-addition hops give Elephant Rock its resinous pine and bright citrus profile. It’s monumental flavor worth discovering.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,567
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
77
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 29, 2019
Consumed: Feb. 13, 2019
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 26, 2018

Thanks, Nick!

Nick brought this and seven other beers out to me on a recent work trip. Kind of forgot I had this one tucked away in the back of the fridge after throwing some more beer in. Online description read, “Elephant Rock is a massive sandstone formation imposing itself above the wilderness near Palmer Lake. It’s a wild, natural wonder and a rewarding sight for those who venture to find it. Our American IPA has a bold, commanding spirit worthy of the local landmark. Over two pounds per barrel of late-addition hops give Elephant Rock its resinous pine and bright citrus profile. It’s monumental flavor worth discovering.” No mention of the hops in there.

Poured an amber, clear color with two fingers of off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at a fast pace. Excellent spotty, foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled pine, resin, Cascade, Centennial, Azacca, lemon-lime dish soap, herbal, cooked vegetable and a touch of dark fruit. This was some old school shit. More of the same from the can with the addition of some earthy pilsner malt. (Smell - 3.75)

Very malty on the nose. For flavors got caramel, toffee, pine, resin, Centennial, Azacca, Cascade, herbal, dark fruit and rye spice. Yup, this was old school. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, earthy, slightly chewy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Old school IPA, but wasn’t feeling it when I had it. Would like to try it again a bit fresher. (Overall - 3.75)

3.67 | 83 | B

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of netshark
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mchegash
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JamarcusMarinovich
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timbeer
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a very good beer. It might be better considered as a double IPA, partly for its strength, but mainly because of the big malty background, which in my perception is more of a DIPA thing. The late addition hops do their job too, giving this a earthy, piney, temperate-rainforesty profile. I've been on the West Coast a lot lately, trying a lot of hop bombs, and I find this one to be a mellow, welcome contrast.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Either it’s gotten better, or people haven’t experienced as many subpar IPAs as I’ve had...or tastes are subjective. A good, pretty straight forward citrus and pine, West Coast (esque) IPA.

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Photo of Keeling
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating for a can:

Mediocre hop profile. Wanting depth of flavour.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of CreedeSon
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ffshore545
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice hazy golden pale orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malt, citrus, piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, citrusy, with some pines. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of sirzekel
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with lots of haziness from moderately sized sediment. Light lacing. There's easily 2 inches of tightly packed dense tan head resting on top. The aroma is of citrus hops and light malt. I'm tasting sharply bitter citrus hops, tangerine, and light malt. The mouth is dry, resinous, and sticky.

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Photo of corywalston
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Elephant Rock from Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 77 ratings