False Summit | Elevation Beer Co.

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79 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Many a hiker has been disheartened by the false summits on Mt. Princeton, Yale, Antero and the 11 other 14,000-foot peaks that ring Chaffee County. We named this beer False Summit, as some may too be disheartened that this is not a barrel-aged version of our famous Apis IV. Yet this Bourbon barrel-aged quadrupel, like the final stretch of trail to a mountain’s peak, is often much more enjoyable and rewarding then what came before.

30 IBU

Added by chugalug06 on 05-29-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark garnet amber with a thin off white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of berries, red grapes, light caramel; vinous and slightly tart. Does not really smell like either a quadrupel or of bourbon. Flavor is a berries, caramel malt, dark dried fruit, dark stone fruit, tart cherries, vanilla, a hint of whiskey.. Dry malt and lightly tart fruit finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A little tart and vinous for a quadrupel. The profile seems more like a fruit forward barleywine, but a lightly tart one. Wood notes and light vanilla, but no real bourbon flavors to my palate. I would have guessed a fortified wine barrel for aging due to the dark fruit vinous flavors. Not a traditional quad, but pleasant berry, fruit and wood character. Full bodied, odd and interesting. Warming, but the massive ABV is not that evident.

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False Summit is a light bodied quad. It's tart and a bit fruity (cherries?). The bourbon barrel shows up in the nose, but less so in the taste. There's definitely some vanilla. Overall, this is less rich than many quads, and less complex. Elevation is one of my favorite breweries (very worth a visit if you can find your way to Poncha Springs), so I'm predisposed to like their beers. But I'd say this is not one of their best, although it's still quite tasty and worth a try.

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False Summit from Elevation Beer Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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