Elephant Rock IPA | Pikes Peak Brewing Company

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Elephant Rock IPAElephant Rock IPA

Brewed by:
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bigaltemple on 07-15-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
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 akolb
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Brewed on 4/18/16
Pours a hazy amber. There are some floaties in here, looks like hop fragments.
Aroma has some promise: pine, resin, and grapefruit. But there's also a yeastiness that suggests fermentation problems. The taste has citrus and nice malts, but the sweetness is overpowering. Downright syrupy. Boozy and oxidized, despite the freshness. Shows some promise, but is deeply flawed.

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Photo of svenness
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 11/30/15

L: Hazy orange, white head
S: Intense hops, piney, grapefruit, passion fruit, melon
T: Resin, bitter, fruit, rubber
F: Medium-light bodied, fairly dry, hop oils coat the tongue, lingering bitterness
O: Heavy late hoping but also bitter, the combinations of hops used produces a not entirely pleasant aroma/taste to me when. After warming, however, I am perceiving a lot less bitterness and the rubber flavor has gone away.

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Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours very murky hazy tea color with a very small head that quickly goes to a few bubbles after a vigorous pour.

The aroma is subdued - sweet worty crystal malt with a little fruit and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet sugary under attenuated crystal malt with some fruit and a bit of diacetyl and a grassy piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery with almost no carbonation.

Overall, not a big fan.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

new pint cans just launched. i am overwhelmed by how average this is, i mean, its well made, hop forward, malty enough, well carbonated, and fits the style guidelines well enough, but there are just so many wonderful dynamite india pale ales on this market and most others, that one as forgettable as this is hard to credit for anything much. its copper in color, suggesting its malt balance, and its hopped on the pine side of the hop family, but it just doesn't pop for me, it simply satisfies, which should be enough to score a beer well, but its just too plain, too familiar, and altogether too generic. a little metallic funk to the finish, which also turns me off, but the feel is pretty good, maybe a little heavier than it needs to be, but nice and bubbly and sturdy. i loved their red on tap, but that also underwhelmed me in can format. not sure what it is, but this ipa doesn't bring much new and exciting to the table aside from a well hidden abv that lends itself to a quick buzz.

edit: something has changed, and its changed a lot! when the pint cans went away and the 12oz cans came around, the beer inside tasted totally different! so much better, fresh as can be with a big northwestern hop profile, cascade or centennial i would think, really piney and intense, and better carbonated. the cans were not even two weeks old and tasting incredible. i have to raise some scores here, the new recipe and freshness in the smaller cans is an entirely better experience!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can $2.99. I might as well not even drink IPA's that ain't from Cali because they ain't shit. This is no exception. If it ain't west coast it ain't shit. Amber color, good lace, looks fine. Aroma is malty. Malty! Slightest hint of hops among all that malt sugar, fuck. Flavor is this malty sweet bullshit with accompanying hops, not dry at all. I'm moving to San Diego, it's West Coast or die as far as IPA is concerned.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a becker pint. Cool looking can! Reviewed from notes.

The finger's worth of white foam dies rather quickly, leaving behind very little lace. Good looking copper-gold body, though.

The hops on the nose beat out the bready malt, just barely:herbal, soapy, and piney.

More of the herbal quality on the palate to lead things off with that bready base. There is also a muddled grassiness on the palate that leads into the finish. There is more pine on the finish with that distinct herbalness.

Pike's Peak has a decent medium body that is more creamy than watery. Also finishes just a little dry. This is no bitter hop bomb. Appropriate for the flavor profiles though.

This IPA has great flavor, not an extreme flavored IPA, not even close. Easy to drink, and tastes pretty good. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ingredient note: per the can, this per contains wheat.

Bold, copper-colored body topped with a rich, creamy head; sheets of clinging foam on the glass. Pine and citrus hop aroma with a touch of caramel malt scent. Good malt grain flavors beneath a strong but not overbearing hop bitterness. Medium bodied; clean, dry finish.

A good IPA but nothing exceptional. Definitely highlights hop bitterness and has great looks to go with its easy drinking character.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, golden amber in color. Bubbly, one finger off-white head settles out quickly. Very faint collar provides some occasional spots of lace.

Pine residue dominates. Sweet, juicy citrus notes make their way through as the brew warms a little. Hints at peach and mango.

Not overly sweet, but a decent malt base. Resinous, but again some tropical notes fight their way through. Fairly balanced. Good amount of carbonation in this medium-bodied beer. No overpowering, or long lingering aftertaste.

Pretty straight forward IPA. Surprised at the almost 8% ABV, as it drinks quite easily. First canned offering from the brewery, so I'll be interested to see where they go from here.

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Elephant Rock IPA from Pikes Peak Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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