Elevation Downpour Imperial Red Ale (2012)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Downpour balances on the boarder between malt and huge hop flavors, much like the balance between warm summer days and the bitter cold thunderstorms we get here in the high country of Colorado. The beer pours a hazy redwood red with a white fluffy head. Hops dominate the nose with pine, earth, and grapefruit balanced slightly by caramel malt flavors and hints of our fruity London Ale yeast. The beer hits the palate with bitter hop notes of pine and is balanced by bready malt. A beer for the hop freaks among us. Not quite a Imperial IPA but no other categories exist on RateBeer to fit this beer style.

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Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle, caged and corked, labeled as bottled in 2014. Actually a quite lightly-colored beer, with a thin fizzy head of light foam. Light and fruity aroma. Musty, a bit funk-ridden. But light and drinkable. (#5966, 5/3/2015)

freiter (4) - - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
Light coloring, great aroma with touch of citrus, very well balanced hops. Strong lasting taste. At 750ml per bottle and 8.3% alcohol, best shared than drink alone.

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Excellent red ale, and I'm not usually overly fond of this style. What's interesting to me is the red ale spicy kick happens at the front end, segueing to a nice malty flavor before ending with just a hint of bitterness. Usually with reds I just get spiciness overload, and its nice when that's not the case! A-/B+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jbruner (4734) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Pours a translucent copper From the bottle with thin off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozy, slightly old at this point so hops have died off. Taste malty and sweet, caramel and amber malt. Solid, would have loved to try it fresh.

cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Argonaut. Pours a bit hazy, rust orange appearance with a big fluffy, cream colored head. Quite spicy, a bit resiny, very piney, caramel toasty malty, just a bit fruity aroma. Somewhat herbal, chewy earthy yeasty, orange citrusy, caramel, a bit burnt malty flavor. Fairly spicy. Nice offering.

ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle in Snowmass. Pours clear reddish amber,wispy off white head. Nose is peculiar. Belgian yeast, esters, subtle stone fruits. Very Dubbelesque and not bad but not expected. More esters and yeast sweetness along with mild fruitiness on the finish. Reasonable beer but misplaced ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of Denverdiv. Thanks. Pours a translucent amber color with a fine off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is a bit soapy, with pine, toffee, mild citrus and a bit of yeast. The flavor is malt forward with bread, caramel, earthy grains and pine nuts; all well counter-balanced by assertive bitter hops that taste of resin, grapefruit and walnuts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty, something about the yeast reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel. Once again thanks to Danny for selecting an awesome ale that I would never otherwise had the opportunity to try.

onceblind (9649) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Clear amber with a foamy light beige head. Assertive nose of big malty caramel and bitter grapefruit and orange rind and floral resiny hoppiness. Big bold palate as well with some grapefruitiness and floral resiny hops taking the front charge, with a smooth and sweet caramalt backbone supporting the bitterness and bringing the slightly boozy warmth. Finishes with a resinous hoppy and bitter flavor with a certain floral and grainy tone. Quite nice.

Ernest (7694) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of sour citrus juice (grapefruit/lemon/spoiled orange). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A surprisingly sour rendition. I wouldn’t say it’s infected, mind you, but it’s very acidic (for a regular hoppy ale, I mean, not compared to Cantillon) and not pleasant to drink at all...it does give the impression of being off in some way. It’s almost like drinking spoiled orange juice. The nose portends the sourness completely...it’s like a large portion of grapefruit juice has been added. It’s mostly raw hop resin otherwise. Overall very simple and too sour for my tastes.

talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
The pour is a translucent, crimson color with a moderately full, creamy, fluffy, white head which is mostly lasting and leaves plenty of soapy lace. The nose is like the description says, piney, slightly resinous, quite earthy for the style, plenty of grapefruit, peach, and strawberry? with some toasty caramel underneath. The flavor is similar with the same grapefruit and berry notes, still earthy, light pine, more bready malts, some toasty caramel, and a more than moderate bitterness. The palate is less than lively, moderate, but still round. The finish is balanced with bready malts, berry fruit notes, light caramel sweetness, still earthy, and light tobacco note intertwining in the mix. Not enough bitterness to be an IIPA and too much of the earthy tones to be a nice imperial red ale. Decent enough and very balanced but not very imperial-like.

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