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Elevator Imperial IPA | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Elevator Imperial IPAElevator Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of thick, just off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite potent with it hitting your nose upon cracking open the can. The smell is big of a tropical fruit smell of tangerine, pineapple and some mango. Along with these sweeter fruit smells comes some aromas of melon and a moderately strong hoppy smell with the hop being a nice mix of grapefruit, earth, and a floral aroma. A tiny bit of a yeasty smell rounds out the aroma, creating a rather sweet and inviting fruity hopped smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested with a good showing of a sweeter tropical fruit flavor of tangerine, pineapple, and mango with these tastes being mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness as well. There is a lighter bit of a grapefruit hop taste upfront, which creates a base hop taste for the brew. As the taste advances the tropical fruits and caramel fade a little bit, but are replaced by a melon sweetness which maintains an overall sweeter taste for the beer. Other hop flavors of a grassy and hay flavor join the grapefruit hop midway through the taste with a little bit of a yeasty taste coming along for the ride. With a bit of a bready and herbal flavor coming right at the end, one is left with a sweet and smooth, more tropical in nature fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big tropical fruits and sweeter flavors mixed with the more east coast style hop flavors of the beer, the feel was rather nice allowing all the rich flavors to coat the tongue furthermore helping to show of the blend of hoppy tastes.

Overall – This was a double IPA that I rather enjoyed. Not a hop heads dream, but for me it had a great hop presence all while having a sweet but balanced malt base to make this a very enjoyable and flavorful brew overall.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great Montana ipa here, as much in the English vein as the American one as the grains go. four pack of pint cans is a welcome serving. the color of this is reddish brown, deeper brass than many, with over an inch of tan foam with fine retention and creamy feel. the nose is a little sweeter from the malt, but the hops are dominant as you would expect. bitter and citric, not as bright as some, or as forward, but this is about as balanced as a double ipa can be in both nose and taste. long lasting bitter finish is given additional legs by some malt sweetness, a big wintery feeling drink that packs quite the punch. a couple of these can get you loose, that's for sure. full bodied and well bubbly, the feel of this beer is outstanding. I will look for this again when I return to the great state of Montana.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky medium orange-brown hue with lots of effervescence and a thin cap of light tan foam. Not bad, but a bit uninspiring.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of caramel character and good-sized hit of citrusy, piney hops. It's not bad, per se, but it is very homebrew-ey; it really reminds me of an extract beer.

Taste: the malt seems a little less sweet than the aroma, but it's still up there. There's a good hit of citrusy hops followed by a dose of less-tasty piney, resiny hops that just don't work as well against the malt. Bitterness is moderate for the style, and a little bit raspy. I really like the citrusy flavor up front, but the denouement leaves something to be desired.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a rocky texture. Not really creamy, but pretty refreshing.

Overall: this isn't a bad beer, but I see no reason to really seek it out.

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Photo of leaddog
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours an amber colour with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, caramel/toffee malts, plum.

Taste - Citrus hops, bready & caramel/toffee malts, and lot of dark fruits. A little cloying. Not your typical flavour palate for an Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - A little disappointed by this Imperial IPA in regards to flavour. Although the citrus hops presence is there, the dark fruits dominate and are very cloying on the palate.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook up on this brew.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by musty citrus, hints of lemon iced tea, heavy caramel and a bready finish.

T - Musty caramel comes through alongside the earthy citrus hops, toasted bread, burnt sugar, and a bitter lemon rind finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty DIPA that is mellow and easy drinking. Nicely balanced, though certainly doesn't fit the traditional flavour profile of the style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - mostly clear copper, one finger of off white head dissipated to a solid cover, some sheet lacing
S - caramel pastry aroma to start, some earthiness and grains seep through, very mild citrus
T - toffee and grainy maltiness jump out, quiclkly followed by earthy resin and pepper hops that hold throughout, with the peppery flavour really taking over on the finish
M - light with a decent carbonation kick, sweet and rich through the middle, with a pleasant bitter finish
O - at 7% is somewhat straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, there is no noticeable alcohol, and it is almost too balanced to be a true DIPA, but those are only technicalities, the truth is this is a solid brew that I could see becoming a semi regular 6-pack sessioner for me

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a search and destroy visit to Boise, ID, a few months past. Gotta love the label's 'Elevator' imagery, as it mimics the landscape of the southern Alberta communities in which I grew up.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with one finger of creamy, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some atoll arch lace around the glass as it settles. It smells upfront of citrus peel hops, followed by caramel/toffee malt, and some herbal, grassy bitterness. The taste is more citrus hops and caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol warming, but with a sidestep that weirdly differentiates this from its immediate neighbours - I can't quite nail it down, it's a bit herbal, and bit green, a bit yeasty, a bit well, Belgian! From little Belt, MT! The carbonation is back in the American realm, averagely normal, on the innocuous side, the body stolidly medium in weight, and pretty smooth under all the aforementioned uncertainty. It finishes sweetly caramelized, with the pre-existing caveat of Flanders' best subtle yeast and citrus offsets.

An interesting DIPA, fo sho - low ABV, low PAC NW influence, yet high drinkability - maybe I just couldn't stop taking another sip to help me figure out what this wraith of an Imperial IPA is all about.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a spot-on copper color with about 1.5 fingers of slightly off-white head. The head is very fine and pillowy, and has pretty good retention and very good lacing. Pretty impressive looking right off the bat. Appears to have some body to it on the pour as well.

Smell: Lots of citrus scents in this beer. A bit of caramel and malts, as well as some hops peeking through. It doesn't have a real dank hop character...it seems to lean much more toward the midwest style than west coast. Citrus is the predominant component of the nose.

Taste: A bit of maltiness (mainly caramel) up front, with tons of citrus following. Each time I try this beer, I am reminded almost of a Belgian style IPA. I think it's mostly the strong citrus component showing through. I get some hops on the back end, but they are negligible. I get some alcohol too. I'm on the fence a bit. The citrus component is nice in some respects, but is very different and off-kilter when compared to others of the style.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied and pretty creamy. Moderate amount of carbonation. Almost creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is a beer I would and most likely will have again in the future. It's very different than other DIPAs I've had, but a decent change of pace.

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Elevator Imperial IPA from Harvest Moon Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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