Downpour | Elevation Beer Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
41 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
DownpourDownpour
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Downpour balances on the boarder between malt and huge hop flavors, much like the balance between warm summer days and the bitter cold thunderstorms we get here in the high country of Colorado. The beer pours a hazy redwood red with a white fluffy head. Hops dominate the nose with pine, earth, and grapefruit balanced slightly by caramel malt flavors and hints of our fruity London Ale yeast. The beer hits the palate with bitter hop notes of pine and is balanced by bready malt. A beer for the hop freaks among us.

90 IBU

Added by denver10 on 12-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of aaronyoung01
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Devil_Doc
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Kegger37
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Lworkin
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Vinyl_on_Tap
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of vmdominguez
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bkeller04
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting to see the label photo describing this as an Imperial Red Ale, since it's now heralded as "fresh hop extra India Pale ale." But it's still an amber color in the tulip glass with a frothy but coarse head. Plenty of flowery and resiny hop aromas. Spritzy on the tongue.

Lots of malt, a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel, and acres of aromatic hops. The bitterness gets to be a bit much, but it's part of the really big picture of this sprawling brew. Some dank and leafy hops, plenty of acidity, and a long browned biscuit aftertaste, though of course the hop afterburner is turned on.

Overall, this is very drinkable, or at least sippable, but it's on the raw side. The label warns "Do not age!" pointing to the date of 09/17/13, but I"ve had it in the cool crawl space for four months. It tastes like something Stone would be proud of. From the silly corked and caged bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

 918 characters

Photo of beerforpresident
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of matthewwarner
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tswater
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Downpour from Elevation Beer Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.