Elevation Beer Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #801
Ranked #4,158
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A warm orange color, great clarity, nice white head, easily brought back to life.

Aroma is a mixture of piney and citrusy hops, some grapefruit notes, great aromatics, no fermentation off flavors or malt aromas.

Great level of carbonation with a solid mouth feel and medium body.

Malt backbone supports the bitter finish.

Oct 22, 2017
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akolb from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Pours a murky amber. Aroma has sweet caramel, dank hops, pine. Huge hops in the taste: grapefruit, mango, pine. Bitter, astringent finish. A very good DIPA.

Jul 18, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Craft Beer hop stop and Late July for $2.99. Bottle Date May 19th 2016. Beer poured golden with a nice white head on the initial pour and has some pretty good Hang Time. Nose is tropical and citrusy, very nice! Taste is of peaches, mango, and some grapefruit and a very light hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied very smooth. Overall I was quite impressed with this beer. Definitely would do this one again!

Oct 12, 2016
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Denver as a single. Bottled 03/01/2016 and opened 03/29/2016.

Lightly hazy copper tinged gold with minimal head from a soft pour. A swirl brings back a thin compact layer of off white foam.

Aroma is sharp, herbal, and zesty. Like mashed-up late summer Colorado prairie weeds, flowers, and sage. A little pine sap and seasoning salt.

The hops in the flavor (and there are LOTS of them) follow the nose taking a more herbal, spicy, grassy avenue than citrus or evergreen. There is a nice resinous quality to the flavor, lasting all the way to the last instant the beer is in the mouth. This all out focus on hop power is a classic DIPA quality and is done well. Malt is way way in the back seat, which isn't how I like my regular "drinking" IPAs, but what I expect from a beer brazenly labeled double IPA. Solid and well done flavor.

The mouthfeel has some nice weight in terms of pure "hop nectar" quality, but isn't syrupy. Carbonation seems to be average.

Conclusion: I much prefer DIPAs which focus more on evergreen or citrus flavored hops, but this one takes a different track and does it wonderfully. This is a good beer, and my personal preference in hop varietals doesn't affect my score based on the skill with which this beer was constructed. I love Colorado beer.

Mar 29, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Botttled 6-3-15. I'm delighted to see a big DIPA like this in a 12 ounce bottle, the perfect serving size, and much more useful than the 750 ml that was previously the only bottled version of this beer.

Golden orange with some head. Nice appearance, not remarkable. The aroma is citrus hoppy. The taste is the big deal here ... a nice mix of citrus flavors, a little sweetness (not much) and maltiness, and a moderate amount of bitterness. The hop flavors are varied, and quite interesting. It's a beer that benefits a lot from warming - I waited a while after taking it from the fridge, but it was still better 15 minutes after I began drinking it.

Overall, this is one of the better DIPAs I've had ... not quite in Pliny territory, but very very good.

Sep 15, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma dominated by tropical fruit with hints of piney hops, light stone fruit, light bready malt. Flavor is light sweet mildly caramel malt, amazing mixture of tropical, berry and light stone fruit. Not very intensely hoppy until the finish when a slowly developing hop bitterness reveals resinous piney and mildly citrus hop flavors. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. An very flavorful imperial IPA with the most complex, but well balanced fruit component I can remember. Deceptively subtly hopped at first, but reveals an appropriate resinous hoppiness in the finish that surprisingly shows off some nice herbal hop flavors. An enjoyable flavor progression and interesting flavor caused this one to rapidly grow on me as I drank it. Nicely done and different.

Jul 25, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Clear golden orange body with some soapy white head that leaves some stick.
Apricot, peach, orange and grapefruit. Really hoppy and not really getting much malt outside of sweetness.
Really nice coating mouthfeel. Definitely bitter but well balanced
Medium body, carbonation, and bitterness.

Dec 18, 2014
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timontheroad from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper, very little head, receded to a thin film that provided a nice lace. Aroma is pretty big, with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and floral smells. The taste is big, as a DIPA should be, with pineapple and citrus flavors dominating the taste. There's a nice sweet subdued malt backbone that really complements the other flavors. The mouthfeel is medium, with a nice carbonation bite that sets it off. This is a very nice beer, glad I was finally able to score some on the second anniversary edition! I'll be buying this one again for its third edition.

Nov 27, 2014
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tsfinn23 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

750 ml bottle, 2014 2nd Anniversary. Pours slightly hazy copper with a medium creamy white head that retains well. The aroma is a nice citrus. The flavor follows the nose with sweet citrus with a follow-up piney hops. A nice sweetness to it and the beer has nice carbonation which adds a nice mouthfeel. I would drink a lot of this if I could get my hands on it regularly.

Oct 02, 2014
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottled one month ago today on August 24th, 2014.

Served chilled into a goblet, 7437 is a slightly hazy golden amber with thin short-lived head. It leaves a bit of spotty lace as it settles.

Aroma is full of complexity and depth. Primarily hop-driven character with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.

Flavor is also complex where just about every hop adjective I can think of comes to mind. It has the traditional west coast citrus and grapefruit, Pacific Northwest pine and bitter zest, and more traditional European spice and grass. The malts don't just hide in the background but rather "elevate" the beer, pardon the pun. They add sweetness with caramel and honey.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has great balance for a double IPA and, despite the freshness, seems to hide the ABV pretty well.

Overall an excellent double IPA and a pleasant surprise.

Sep 25, 2014
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RockAZ from Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just loved this beer from the moment the cork came out. Perfect sweet hoppy nose, great carbonation kept those fresh hops coming at me. Bottled June 10, drank Aug 8 and what a fantastic DIPA it was. One of the best smelling hop packages I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Sweet, dry finish, the crystal malts really complemented all the varieties of hops and hid the ABV well.

One of the best, IMHO, highly recommend
Had a second and third bottle of it, and raised my rating to perfect, this is a darn good IPA

*New batch came out, bottled 5/19/2016 in the 12oz size, drank 7/14 - This is even better than I remembered or perhaps it is even better now. My favorite IPA of all time, raised my rating to perfect ----

Aug 10, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This pours a cloudy amber color with a big, very white head. The aroma, as expected, has lots of hops--big sticky citrusy, floral hop notes, along with strong sweet malt. The flavor is quite good: high bitterness balances the substantial maltiness, with a citrusy hop flavor that complements the ale fruitiness. Quite a good mix and easy to enjoy, with a lot of big flavors that nonetheless blend quite well, in balance.

Jul 24, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The very informative label lists the hops as Galena, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Chinook and rates it at 95 IBUs. Inviting aroma of mango and honesuckle. Big foam on the clear golden brew poured in the Belle-Vue gueuze glass.

Hugely aromatic with all the hops in your life passing before your eyes. There is a vast malty undertone, but it's all golden and light. Alcohol does not really add to the taste. This gets rather sharp after some sipping, but it's balanced by the richness. Notes of flowery hops. A meaty flavor that is quite welcome in a DIPA. I've rarely tasted a beer so thoroughly tasting of tangerines, with the tangy juice and the bitter peel.

A sudsy and sensual mouthfeel with a moderate bitterness. Overall, a hugely flavored and hoppy brew but a mellow, friendly giant. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver. Bottled on 05.09.14.

Jul 11, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 05/09/14 with the ABV listed as 8.31%.

The pour revealed a crystal clear, medium gold colored body topped with a thick, foamy, white head. The aroma exudes strong orange and lemon hop aroma; some pine resin. A mild grain flavor rides beneath a juicy orange hop flavor with a bold hop bitterness bringing up the rear. Medium bodied; dry finish.

A very approachable and enjoyable DIPA. The hops are the star feature with excellent aroma and bitterness qualities. The malt and hop components do an excellent job of keeping the high ABV way in the background as far as taste goes. This beer comes across juicy and dry at the same time and makes the combination work. Another quality product from the higher elevations of Colorado...

Jul 03, 2014
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.54/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, 2014 2nd Anniversary. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, dank, resiny hops with some garlic and onion notes and a little sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is some sweet bready malts with a lot of bitter piney, resiny hops. Again with some slight salty garlic and onion. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an OK piney, resiny DIPA. It's a bit watery with some salty garlic and onion notes.

Jun 25, 2014
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Papparoachy from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 5/9/14 drank 6/12/14
Bottle corked and caged

A-pours a transparent amber with a 2 inch white foamy head with good retention.

S- Aroma of citrus and tangerine with only a hint of grapefruit

T- Taste starts with some sweetness only to convert rapidly to some mild hop bitterness. I was surprised especially for a DIPA. The bitterness was not 'in your face' but pleasantly bitter if that makes any sense. The hop bitterness is incredibly balanced with the malt backbone.

M- Good carbonation making the feel of this beer quite smooth and creamy. Really nice mouth feel.

O- This was such a surprise and I cannot believe this was bottled only once. This beer hides the 8.31% incredibly well, making this dangerously crushable. This beer would sell like crazy if they bottled it more often. As I started drinking this beer, I did not want the experience to end. This beer reminds me a lot of Trillium's Congress Street IPA.

Jun 13, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled May 9, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about three fingers of eggshell head. The foam is sticky, has good retention, and leaves good lacing on the glass. There is a light haze in the beer, which is golden in color. I can see a few bubbles in there supporting the head.

S-The aroma is a pleasant mixture of zesty citrus like grapefruit, orange, and orange peel. There is also a bit of floral aroma, but things are not totally sweet as there is some pepper lurking in the hops. Obviously, the beer is very hop-forward, but I also smell some caramel from the malt. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T-The taste is interesting...mostly in a good way. There is more malt balancing the hops out (caramel and toast flavors). The hops are also spicier and earthier, with a bit of pine, some pepper, and an herbal, medicinal flavor that I did not smell, but assume is the alcohol combining with the hops. Some citrus remains, but this is not a juice bomb like the nose had me anticipating.

M-The body is on the heavy side for the style with a soft, almost-creamy carbonation of average strength.

O-This is a pretty tasty IIPA. I am surprised at how much the taste deviated from the smell, but it wasn't a bad deviation. The body and malt taste on this beer are pretty impressive and make for a nice, balanced drink. In short, a great IIPA. However, I have to comment on the bottle size and price, both of which are too big, but they don't affect my ratings.

Jun 09, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i don't know what more you could want from your double ipa, certainly elevation continues to set the standard here with this one, so darn good, and for just over 10 bucks a bottle, its hard to beat honestly. sunny orange hued beer, well carbonated and holding a good solid inch of white cirrus cloud head. the nose is brightly hooped, i get the oily bitterness of simcoe, and the tropical complexion of mosaic gelling with the tangerine aspect of citra, not delicate, but not in my face too much either. a nice oil feel to it, not sticky or dank as they say, but resinous to a degree. the hops are fruity and way in front of a pale malt base. minimal bitterness here, and a nice interplay between five varietals that i can see going wrong a lot easier than going this right. the thing that makes this distinct for me is the finish, and texture of the finish. i get a confectioners sugar and lemon hit, sweet and powdery, but just for a second. the texture matches it, acidic slightly from the lemon, with a hoppy tang, and that powdered sugar fineness just real quick. its a very unfamiliar and surprising way to close out a big ipa, but its one i won't forget, and one i really admire, because it cleaned up immediately after, and with its big bubbles still found a way to be refreshing. just awesome beer, elevation is fast becoming one of the best breweries in colorado. a must try.

Jun 07, 2014
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2nd Anniversary.

A: Gorgeous bright body that is more gold than copper. 2 finger head with nice retention. I'm drooling.

S: Nice hop aroma, huge tropical fruit notes.

T: This is how I like my double IPAs, hop forward, fruity, dry but with a nice light malt backbone to balance it out.

M: Good carbonation. Fits with the style. Not much alcohol presence for a big beer like this at 8.31% (quoting bottle)

O: Colorado needs more IPAs like this. Too bad this is seasonal and comes at a $11.49 price tag for a 750ml. Would crush sixers of these all year.

Jun 06, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle i picked up for $9.99. Not sure why I gave Elevation another chance since I think most of their beers were average to poor (First Cast) with the exception of Oil Man. Maybe it was the mention of Simcoe and Mosaic on the label but either way this was one of the better IPA's I've had from Colorado in a while. Orange color, huge white head. Great hoppy smell of citrus, and fruits, dare I say West Coast? Flavor was pretty close to the nose, very hoppy, pleasing, and the alcohol was well hidden. Nice job Elevation, I am going to buy another bottle asap.

Jun 02, 2014
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denver10 from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel golden with an off white head. Aroma is fruit, a little citrus rind, pine, and bready. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A heavier mouthfeel for an IIPA, some activity. Overall, another solid brew from Elevation here. Not that I should be surprised.Would drink again.

Jul 29, 2013
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 101 ratings