First Cast | Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
3.62/5
102 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:
#34,251
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
102
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a small creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts, sugary melons and some piney resiny hops.

The flavor is lots of biscuity malts with a little fruit and a pretty big grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with low carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for it. Thin, with too much biscuit.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the Rackhouse pub. I was curious to try this since the brewers described it as a West Coast IPA which is almost never true outside the west coast. Nice orange color, good head. Aroma is muted, maybe there is a hop floating somewhere but this ain't no west coast. Flavor had a bit of fruitiness and citrus but again, not a west coast IPA by any stretch of the imagination. Overall this is a decent beer but as a west coast IPA it is a complete failure. I have to wonder if the brewers at Elevation have ever had an IPA from Alpine or Russian River or Stone or Kern River etc, etc. I really feel like this is false advertising, please stop calling your IPA west coast unless it can stand up against the most humdrum IPA from San Diego.

Update 3/14/14 bottle dated 2/17 so relatively fresh. Why, oh why did I buy this knowing better? It's malty, it's metallic, it's not hoppy enough. The bottle/packaging is nice but it's $11 for for pints. I can get sixers of Odell IPA, Racer 5, Stone IPA, Lagunitas, etc for cheaper. This beer is a ripoff.

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Photo of Domvan
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

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2.84/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of HopManiac
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Westyn
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ZoomanCru
3/5  rDev -17.1%

First Cast – IPA (6.5%) - Elevation Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆

App: Squash gold with a slightly off white head, settling to thin bubbles on top and around the rim. Some lacing. Very clear. Tiny bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: Aroma is typical. Mild citrus character and some tropical fruit aromas. Hints of pineapple. Malt aromas very low, lending only the slightest grainy sweetness. A stab of pepper.

Taste: Hops dominate this beer from start to finish. Foretaste is delicately sweet with a little lemon. Transitions from fruity sweetness to more pronounced, resinous, bitterness. Like its kin Little Mo', a lurking alcohol flavor detracts from some good flavors. Not overpoweringly bitter; not particularly forward in flavor. Comfortably piney. Overall balanced.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with pleasant smoothness and light-to-moderate carbonation, allowing hops flavors to linger on the palate.

Home tasting, 16.9oz bottle into Snifter. 10/8/14.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Twal
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DrBill1962
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shippy
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of deereless
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Dikfour
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz glass bottled on 5-11-2015 into a tulip.

Look: Opaque amber in color. Thin white head dissipates quickly. No carbonation.

Smell: Subtly claylike, hints of earthiness. Lightly piney. Mango forward. Overall kind of bland.

Taste: Bright. Not very bitter. Some residual sugar. Kind of a bready malt. Tangerine zest. Not a bunch of pine or fruit. meh

Feel: Not as heavy as Cream... more like 2% milk. Carbonation is fun. Pretty good body. Overall the best aspect of this beer. (and if I'm honest, texture does mean a lot more to me than the BA percentages allocate towards total score)

Overall: Meh. If a sixer was $3 cheaper this might be a go to everyday beer but even still it might have a hard time usurping Sierra Nevada Torpedo. I like Elevation stuff. They recently did a saison aged in chardonnay barrels that I'd have a hard time in a blindfold test distinguishing it from an oakey buttery California chardonnay. But this one falls a little flat. I really wish this could distinguish itself like a lot of Elevation's other stuff.

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Photo of Buannaich
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK I'm rating this as an India Pale Ale. Brewery web site calls this a "... a hop-forward west coast style American IPA."
If I tasted this blind folded I would have called it a Scottish Ale. Maybe I'm off, maybe not.
Not a bad brew! If you go into this thinking hop heaven forgetaboutit. If you don't mind a little malt on the front end you'll enjoy this beer from Elevation.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of core42
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jon4than
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rEBELlION
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SamN
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw orange, little off while head. Smell is a bit weak, tropical fruits, mustiness, sweetness. Taste is off underripe tangerines, husky malts. Bitter in the back end, not a buzz saw, moderate bitterness.

Eh, not my fave Elevation beer. Lacking strong balancing malts.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip...

L: It's a light, hazy amber, but it hardly produced a head for me. A little lacing but the head that exists looks remarkably soapy.

S: I'm instantly greeted with a really prominent fruit aroma ... definitely peach, papaya, and maybe overripe apricot. There are some delicate floral notes but the fruit really takes over.

T: It's surprising how little fruit comes through in the taste, and instead there's a deep, rich maltiness, reminiscent of caramel. I'm still getting a little peach, and maybe the tartness of green apple. Hops provide a little bitterness, especially in the finish, but not much else.

F: Much thinner than I like for an IPA and light on the carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and highlights the maltiness.

O: This is a good "introductory" IPA, as the bittering hops are kept at bay for the sake of sweet, sticky malt and fruity notes. However, it's a little unbalanced for my taste. I'm crying out for more hops!

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First Cast from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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