Elevation’s First Cast IPA pours a light amber, with cloudy golden hues throughout. Three types of citrus heavy hops are present: Chinook, Summit, and Zythos. They lend primarily to First Cast’s nose which has an impression of vanilla, wet moss, mango, orange rind, lemon zest and young spruce. 2-row, Crystal and Carafoam malts give Elevation’s IPA a solid backbone of slightly sweet caramel overtones that are in no way overpowering, and a nice rocky head that retains throughout most of your pint. First Cast has an extremely satisfying loose mouthfeel. With very little resistance, it flows over your pallet, expressing deep pine notes, rounded out lemon, and grapefruit morphes into slightly sweet grass favors with a fresh pine bitter ending.
First Cast Seems to embody the environment in which it was brewed, off the beaten path in Poncha Springs, Colorado. It is overall a refreshing, complex, and enjoyable American IPA.
Pair with: spicy food, carrot cake, and snowy evening.