aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was selflessly sent to me by Douglas88 on RB out of the blue. A very kind gesture of beer advocacy. He said this is one of his favorite local go toís.
It pours a really, really nice cloudy, bright golden orange in color with a perfect and calmn one finger off white head. It looks stellar. The aromas consist of slighty sweet yet dry citrusy hops with a line and crisp pine presence. The flavors are a nice mix of both citrusy and floral hops with slight sweetness and moderate sweetness. It tastes like something Iíve had before, but I canít quite put my finger on the beer. Itís definitely a high quality IPA. It has a nice, clean finish and doesnít dry out your palate. Itís very approachable as well for a beer of 8%. Overall this is a really nice beer and Iím glad it was gifted to me. Thanks again Doulgas for sending me this local gem!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to gription79. poured a light gold with a white head and some decent lace. aroma was pine, caramel, citrus, and peach. flavor was peach, caramel, and pine resin. body was medium with low carbonation.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Gription79...thanks Dallas! - Says "Elephino" on the label. Pours honey amber with a huge fluffy off-white head. Tons of grapefruit on the nose, with a little pine, honey, and sweet malt. Decadent! Taste is a little off. Iím seeing some cooked veggies in some reviews, and I can see that. Hops are less bright, more earthy and dandelion bitter. Dry, wheat cracker malt. Finishes with honey sweetness and bitter, grassy hops. Nice and full-bodied, with a slickness to it. Warming on the way down. A bit of a let-down from the aroma, but still a nice brew.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Says "Elephino" instead of "Elephant". Weird. Dark yellow color, mildly hazy. minimal off-white head leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Huge hop aroma in the nose. Very smooth, big bodied but subtle carbonation, very nice.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at dakís 1/2/11.
orange-y gold color with a small white head.
holy grapefruit juice aroma! there are secondary notes of dank onions, wood, peppery spice, brown sugar and malt.
the flavor shows some grapefruit, umami, wood and dank hops before and unpleasant stewed veggie characteristic.
it is medium bodied but prolly considered thin for the style.6/3/5/3/13
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to douglas88. Nice floral hoppy aroma; lots of pine and sweet, slightly solvent resin, caramel malts, faint bready note. Pours an almost clear dark golden-amber with a fluffy milkshake-like thick head, very good retention and nice clumpy lacing. The taste starts with a nice burst of hop bitterness and flavors; pine, grapefruit, and a hint of ripe orange. There is a nice malt backbone to support the bitterness, some light caramel, sticky lip-smacking sweetness, some toasty and bready character. Medium body, medium-high carbonation, sweet on the tongue. Overall great hop and malt character, obviously a nice fresh bottle, good stuff!
nearbeer (3432) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml at The Bayou, SLC. "Elephino" version. Opaque golden-amber with a nice little head. Nose is resin, citrus and caramel. Flavor is a crisper mix of the same. Light-medium body is well-balanced and lightly tingly.
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured cloudy copper with an off white head. Big citrus nose, some pine, and a hint of grain. Taste was dominated by grass and vegetal-ness. There were also graham cracker like malts, caramel, resin, pine, and a firm bitterness.
hoptimus_prime (73) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had in 500ml bottle. Pours a hazy bright yellow-oj, white fizzy sticky head. Nose is in short hoppy. resinous, piney, citrus peels, sweet candy malt. Solid hop backing throughout but this is to be expected. Not an overpowering double, definitely have had stronger. Good drinking here though.
cpetrone84 (1202) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-pours a cloudy golden amber color with a creamy off white head, thick and robust leaving a pretty thick lace on the glass.
S-the nose is piney with sticky malts. notes of caramel and cooked brown sugar. piney resignous hops, light citrus and orange.
T-the taste is much of the same, sticky malts of caramel and caramelized brown sugar. piney resignous hops and orange citrus light behind. a light lingering bitterness in the finish.
M-medium to light body that falls off slightly in the finish. a touch thin with a fair bit of carbonation and semi dry.
D-solid double IPA, well balanced with a tasty hop profile and nothing too over the top. the bitterness lingers slightly but not offensively in any way. quite drinkable.