8 Second
Elevation Beer Co.

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Style:
German Kölsch
Ranked #61
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,030
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 8.9%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
107
From:
Elevation Beer Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  17
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Head Brewer Christian Koch fell in love with this style after visiting the beer halls of Cologne and brewed our 8 Second Kölsch to be a true representation of this easy drinking, crisp Ale. We first brewed this beer as a specialty beer for our local county rodeo, and it quickly became a local hit. This is a beer that will find a place in craft beer destinations and cowboy bars alike, and is perfect for those looking for an easy drinking everyday craft beer.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by pvibeer:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6/26/17...pours very clear with golden hints. Heavy white foam that takes its time settling down. Very faint citrus nose, light. Crisp clean taste, burst of flavor and fast finish. Touch of dryness at the conclusion. Simple and elegant.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a touch of haze and a thin layer of white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly grainy and yeasty with some sweetness overlaid. The underlying graininess is just a little sour but overall it's a good example of the style.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with that same dash of sour to the graininess and with a bit more sweetness. Still, it's a refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a pretty straightforward American Kölsch; light and refreshing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw yellow with hints of gold and a fine one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt and grassy hops, lightly vegetal. Flavor is similar, mild grainy biscuit malt and light dry grassy hops and a hint of lemon. Finish is a little thin, leaning towards a mildly tart lemony grain flavor with light grassy hops. Nice lightly creamy body, good mouth feel especially for this style. The finish is a little thin, but the overall flavor and aroma are spot on for the style. A pleasant kolsch with a light malt body and well balanced hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a decent head in the tall goblet. Clusters of bubbles clinging to the glass. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. Some pleasant resiny aroma with a whiff of citrus.

Light flowery hop flavors. Somewhat acidic and on the verge of being tart, but in a lemony rather than sour way. Very light body with the ongoing fizzy mouthfeel.

A quite drinkable and clean-tasting Kölsch. Light aromatics with a citrus note and an unobtrusive bitterness at the finish. From the 500 ml bottle purchased for four bucks at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, light malts. Taste is grains, lemons, a bit of malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SamN
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good, really fresh tasting. Grainy, fragrent nose. Crisp, lively tastes of pale and wheat malts and delicously flowery hops. Went well with totrilla soup and sweet potato fries. Great beer!

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle with a freshness date. About 4 months since bottling... therefore I will not judge this on freshness.

Pale gold color body under a quickly fading white head.

The aroma is welcoming and right on point. Crackery toasted malts blend wonderfully with a flower-petal and fresh-cut green apple hop aroma.

The flavor hits the right marks for this "lagery" ale. Fresh, clean, lightly yeast-driven malt which stay on the light side of the spectrum, and is balanced by low bitterness and a nice helping of mild hops.

Conclusion: I have always found Elevation to rise above the typical small town Colorado brewery standard, and this is no exception. Well done!

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 maxecho
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of GravityKills
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of user785335
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kolb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught at the Thirsty Lion, Denver, CO.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Zenboy99
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Twal
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this on tap at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs...

Beautiful light gold body crowned with a soft, creamy white head. The aroma is hard to describe: a little grassy, a little veggie-like, a bit like old fruit. The feel is wonderfully soft on the palate, very dry, crisp, and light; very soft and pleasing carbonation. The flavors wrap around a soft malt background with slight fruity esters and a crisp, mellow hop bitterness throughout.

This is a very light, very refreshing beer and would be excellent knocking back a few on a patio in warm weather. A well-made, delicious, very session-able German ale.

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Photo of denver10
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light, translucent gold with a white, frothy head. Aroma offers some hay, honey, lemon and some sweeter fruit essence, floral and some grainy breadiness. Flavor was quite similar; hay, lemon, honey, floral and some light grainy bread. A medium body, creamy, active mouthfeel, Super drinkable. Overall, Elevation with another nice beer. Super sessionable and super tasty. Gonna make for some nice sessions come baseball season, I believe.

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Photo of crobinso
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

8 Second from Elevation Beer Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 107 ratings