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First Cast | Elevation Beer Co.

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3.61/5
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103 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is named for the first few moments of joy you get as you begin a great day of fishing on the river. As well, it was our ‘first cast’ into the fantastic Colorado beer scene! Using nearly 2 pounds of hops per barrel, this well balanced IPA has huge notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine, making it our everyday beer of choice.

Added by StonedTrippin on 02-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,622
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
103
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Pete_2112
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Today is 9-23-16, and this beer was bottled on 9-12-16...Wow. I live in Colorado so it makes sense that I get this beer so damn fresh. Man, this beer has a really dank aroma. Dank, dank, and tropical fruit up front. I really like this beer a lot. Great head retention, beautiful golden color, and perfect bitterness at 60 ibu's. A decent malt backbone to this beer as well. Overall, I truly enjoy this IPA. Just the dank, heavy aroma is absolutely satisfying me. Great beer.

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Photo of mwit13
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

Photo of jamesjmacdonald
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of IPAddict88
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of BCrider
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Well balanced with banana notes and a nice hop finish.

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Photo of TripelMark
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoneTSR
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 2/13/15 – purchased at the brewery in Poncha Springs.

APPEARANCE: Absolutely, crystal clear with just a small handful of bubbles lingering beneath the remains of the head. The cap is a mixed bag of very large bubbles and wisps of tiny ones after the initial finger of it fell. Lacing is surprisingly strong with no layers, just solid coverage, again, with a good mix of bubble sizes.

SMELL: Very nice aroma. Pineapple comes through first in my nose, but citrus, pine and an unexpected breadiness all come into play. There is a hint of grassiness lurking beneath it all along with a touch of mint.

TASTE: Wow, this is a bitter IPA! Big grapefruit and lemon flavors punch the palate right off the bat while some more nuanced notes, like pineapple, orange and pine play on top of a bed of grass. Caramel malt provides a nice balance from mid to late sip, but this is very hop forward.

MOUTHFEEL: The first sip of this is puckering bitterness, which I did not expect at all. After that, however, the malt starts to come through and balance this out nicely. Hops, of course, are on the heavy side, but the malt is strong enough. Dry at first, sweeter on the finish, the body is medium. There is a tickle of carbonation, just enough to clean the palate with each sip, but not so much that it rips any taste buds out.

OVERALL: I’m very surprised to see that a few past reviewers have said this is a malt forward beer. I don’t drink this beer all the time, but I have had it before and it never seemed like that to me. Not that that would be a terrible thing, my experience has just been a lot different, that this is a beer who’s hops are the star of the show. Pleasantly bitter, but balanced.

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Photo of JustinPStewart
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of wolden19
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 02/13/15

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, still a pretty tasty brew, even though the age of it. Would have been nice to have some a lot fresher.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MisterFuzz
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of duds4suds
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Coplains
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold yellow body crowned with a very thick, sticky head. Fruity scent; marmalade; deep yet subtle malt notes. Bread-y grain flavors meld with a bold, bitter hop kick; slight ester-y hints. Tingly mouthfeel; medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.

Solid malt-forward body equally balanced with a nice, lingering hop bitterness. Rich and full-flavored. A really nice offering from Elevation.

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Photo of akolb
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very malty IPA. Quite well balanced, to me. Not an in-your-face blast of hoppiness, but exceptionally tasty and easy to drink. Maybe more of an American Pale Ale, than an IPA.

I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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