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Elephant Rock: Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

Elephant Rock from Pikes Peak
Elephant Rock from Pikes Peak
Christopher Bruns

Elephant Rock IPA

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The wonders of Colorado’s landscape do more than inspire awe in those who behold them; they’re also a built-in naming mechanism for local breweries. Is there a famous waterway flowing behind the brewery’s backyard? Name the beer Clear Creek Gold Pale Ale or St. Vrain Tripel. Got an epic ski run nearby? Name the beer Little Mo’ Porter. What if, in the surrounding area, there’s a rocky outcrop that looks vaguely like a pachyderm? Then the beer’s named Elephant Rock IPA (7.7% ABV) from Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

Color: With a touch of hop haze, Elephant Rock is a deep, dark orange with tints of red. In a round glass, it looks like a Caribbean sunset.

Aroma: Pine. A pinch of citrus. This beer is what American IPAs are all about. It doesn’t buck the style, the aroma fits the guidelines almost perfectly.

Taste: Elephant Rock is bitter enough to be an IPA but mellow enough to be drinkable. Lemon zest abounds with a pine resin aftertaste that builds as one imbibes.

Mouthfeel: This beer is certainly dry but perhaps not as dry as more intense IPAs. The thickness is middling.

With Elephant Rock, when one drinks in the Colorado scenery, they really drink in the scenery. Purchase Elephant Rock at any of the retailers found in this link and enjoy a multi-sensory experience of the Centennial State landscape.