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Estes Park Renegade | Estes Park Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Estes Park Brewery
Colorado, United States
epbrewery.net

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,554
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
76
pDev:
14.61%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a very small, bubbly, white head. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled very floral with citrus notes and a touch of maltiness.

T - It tasted of pine and a maltiness I expect in an English ale. It seemed a little unbalanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - It was okay, but not what I expect/want in an American IPA.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber to copper with a 2 fingers+ tan head. Great head retention & good lacing

Smell: Intense fruittyness & a hint of floral hops

Taste: Big grapefruitty& hints of pine hops up front followed by biscuitty & fruiity notes. Finshes wet & grapefruitty with a slight hint of pepper

MF: Medium bodied with pretty near perfect carbonation, balance skews a little to grapefruit hoppy for me

Drinks pretty easy, but a touch too grapefruitty to session on. Hop heads may see 180 out of phase with my assesment

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper body with a white head.

Smell: Hop-forward aroma of citrus, grapefruit. Small measure of caramel hiding in the background.

Taste: Brief caramel malt sweetness before the juicy ruby red grapefruit takes over and carries through into the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: So yeah, while it's not on the cutting edge of IPAs, it is decent.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Turbid, dark orange-caramel. This is one of the most turbid, darkest IPAs that I've ever seen. Even the highlights at the bottom of the glass are smoky. Despite a high-altitude pour, I was able to fit the entire bottle into a pint glass thanks to a lack of liveliness on the part of the head. The dense, creamy disk is orange-tinted beige in color and is exceedingly stubborn.

The nose is exactly what I expected given the hop bill of Chinook and Cascade. It smells like spicy, caramel-coated chunks of grapefruit peel. Even though I want more power, I definitely like what it delivers.

The flavor profile doesn't 'wow' me as I'd hoped it would. It tastes like much more Chinook were used than Cascade. That would be fine except for the abundant spiciness. I'm even picking up hints of chocolate malt. Any bright citrusiness that might have been present has been dulled beyond recognition.

Renegade is a significantly bitter beer. The reason, I think, is that there isn't enough malt and there's a boatload of raw, resinous Chinook. The flavor also reminds me of strong, bitter tea. It's a little too uncivilized for its own good, but I appreciate a little anti-social behavior in my IPAs now and then. Would calling this beer a less well-crafted, baby Arrogant Bastard Ale be out of line?

I'm still waiting for the mouthfeel to fill out since the flavor needs a much sturdier vehicle than it has been given. It's a fraction shy of medium when it needs to be half again as big in order to let those hops settle in and get comfortable. The amount of carbonation is on the low side, but then that's how I'd have drawn it up too.

Note to Estes Park Brewery: a gold medal from 1993 isn't impressive in the 'what have you done for me lately?' environment of American craft beer. I still have to give them credit for brewing a no-holds-barred, Chinook-intensive beer that can't possibly have mass appeal. Thanks to BlueMooner for the fast disappearing bottle.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with less than a finger of barely off-white head that dissolves fairly fast at first, but then leaves a pen line of film over the top for the remander of the experience. A ton of lacing left all over the glass. Smells of pine and citrus grapefruit in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little light as well as the carbination level. The ligher mouthfeel and carb level makes this one heck of an easy one to drink. The taste upfront and finish is of course hop bitterness but there is also a minor malty sweetness in there as well. The bitterness in the finish is more of a mild oil-like finish as opposed to some others that really layer the inside of the mouth. A nice example of the style, but considering the bold advertisement of a gold winner in the IPA category, I was expecting to be totally blown away by this.

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Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Wasatch
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, some citrus. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, some citrus. Medium body. Overall, a different take on the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, so this has a flashy star (eh, no lights) on the front label that says 1993 GABF gold medal winner. That's great. Yet it was 16 years ago. Perhaps stick it on the back label or something.

Anywho, a murky golden pour, slightly amber. A medium head, off white. Thin looking. Good swirl brings it back, but just doesn't have the body I'd like to see.
Average aroma. Some malt, some hops. A bit musky and citrus. I'm thinking this taste won't be all that good....but,
It's not bad, really. This is a good IPA. Traditional, I'd say...like I know what that means. But it's not overbearing, and the malt gives it a good backbone. Makes it a smooth IPA. No real bite to it, but a lingering dryness is pleasant.
I drank 3 of these without knowing it. That's a 5 for me.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's on University...my first visit

appearance: pretty sharp bottle i must say...pours a very dark blood red/dark copper color, decent fluffy beige head, frothy lacing

smell: juicy fruit, floral hops, sweet malt profile, a touch of pine, slight bubblegum

taste: somewhat chalky, a very nice sweet malty backbone, and some bubblegum/citrus/pine hop flavors...overall, quite sweet and rather tasty

mouthfeel: full, chalky

drinkability: little above average

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Photo of rawfish
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown and very hazy into the glass, yeasty sediment and particles float randomly even after a careful pour. Small half finger white head with decent retention and attractive lacing. I do appreciate a bit of haze but this is too much, a sewage colored snowglobe to be honest. Lacing here is a saving grace.

Ugly beer but this smells pretty great, a little light but noticable tropical fruit, grapefruit strongest on the nose and not far behind are mango and pineapple. Malty backbone gives some added sweetness and life to the fruits.

Hop favors are noticeable, citrus and grapefruit tartness and bite on the palate but the sediment and yeast make this whole drink feel awfully raw and earthy. The sediment dampens the flavors replacing it with soil and weeds. The dark malts add no sweetness and the drink end incredibly bitter. Bitterness is sharp and drying and lingers on more than any IPA I've tasted. I was hoping the yeast and sediment would not have as big as an impact as it did, washed out most of the hop flavors quickly.

Medium body, slightly heavier due to the particles with adequate carbonation. Goes down smooth with considerable bitterness that not only lingers for a long spell but also is present early in the drink.

Not sure how this beer was produced but a little filtration wouldn't hurt here. Brilliant aroma and bitterness but most of the flavor was drowned out by the amount of noise caused by the yeast and particles. Memorable in both good and bad ways.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cokes
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very Americanized IPA. Basically straddles the border between and American Pale and an IPA. Amber in color. Citrus on the nose. Hops (Cascade) make thenselves appearent right away. Malt is very subdued, and has an slightly odd, roasted (i.e. off) flavor. But since the malts do not assert themselves here, it doesn't really matter. Definately needs more balance.
This beer is middle of the road. Might be an okay no-brainer session brew. Hopheads will be okay with it. But not a beer to spend any time seeking out.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a murky tea color (much darker than most IPAs) with lots of suspended sediment. There's not much head - it takes a pretty vigorous pour to coax a thin and bubbly light tan head, that quickly goes to a thin collar which leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney, fruity hops and caramel. It smells somewhat like Hog Heaven, but a little more subdued. Some dough comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet and fruity (slightly sour apple) caramel malts leading to a good sized, lingering bitter hop finish. It is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a decent IPA. The sourness and watery body bring it down a bit. Still, I think it is one of Estes Park's better offerings. I did like it better on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper bronze body with a ringing of light, faded khaki head. English toffee malt on the nose. Scotch tape and pine needle hop kiss. Accent is on the sweet malt. Sugary, toffeeish malt flavors up front. Resin hop backing burns and turns toward pine and bitter. Some stewed fruit helps out in the finish. Medium, creamy body. Not a bad example of a standard American IPA. Quaffable and I like the coyote on the label.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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