Arete | Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
68 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
elevationbeerco.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Arête is a blended barleywine, constructed over two separate batches (one of which was particular dry and high in ABV) that was then dry-hopped, the result being a significantly detailed American-style version with a tremendous amount of depth. This is 100% Centennial hops throughout, but it feels way more expansive than a single-hop beer should.

Pouring a deep amber-brown color, Arête offers an herbaceous, fresh-mown character, some deeper and subtle citrus notes, along with an engaging floral character. It's a one-hop wonder, but we'd have never guessed so. There's some dark-fruit, leathery complexity, soft brown sugar and caramel, with a soft, red-fruit alcohol note. Fine carbonation keeps things on point. Bitterness is just enough, while the interior notes of this beer build with warmth: chewy caramel, toffee, brown sugar.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,359
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
68
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 9-21-16
Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased from Tavour in July 2018.

All of the descriptors given here on the brew’s BA listing are accurate, with a minor addition of raisin in the taste. This is an excellent example of the style, and certainly worth a try if you come across it. Very smooth, and its low booze characteristic in the drinkability was both enjoyable and unexpected.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well made. Would enjoy some more complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 4-pack from the Target in Denver on Colorado Blvd. Poured from bottle and it came out with a decent head that didn't last too long. Nice color and smell, and mouthfeel is good too. It's a complex one and I'm not super crazy about the taste. There's just too much going on, but it is still good. I probably wouldn't cop another one any time soon.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Third barleywine, they're just too sweet and not my thing

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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 9.10.15.

Arete is amber red, fairly clear, with a light head that doesn't last. This is an amazingly light barleywine in look, taste, and feel, with a phenomenal flavor. It doesn't seem like a BIG beer, and it's not obvious that it's 12.5%. It's just ethereal in its smoothness. Hoppy bitterness, some caramel, and the alcohol are all present, but nothing dominates. It's a great example of how to balance flavors in a wonderful blend. Great barleywine, almost like an English barleywine, but a little more hoppy.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Arete from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 68 ratings