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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

764 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001)
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My cousin left this one for me during our last fire pit drinking session. Had it a couple days later with no expectations. Okay beer but nothing special. No idea about cost and ABV is nothing special for an IPA. This is not a beer that I will be looking to buy again no matter what the cost is.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:17:43 | More by JamieDuncan
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EdwardK77

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA, it's the one that made me want to keep track of the beer that I drink. A very well rounded IPA with great flavor and mouthfeel. Really easy drinking, no bitterness. This ale has all of the right IPA flavors and nothing is over the top.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:20:17 | More by EdwardK77
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Redneckwine

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle into pint glass

Appearance - completely hazed over dark golden/burnt orange. 1 finger head recedes to nice little cap; some sticky lacing apparent.

Smell - Very citrusy, sweet and clean orange/honey aroma, faint toasty malts

Feel/Taste - Carb is spot on, gentle but mildly scrubbing. Body is medium/heavy. Taste starts with a little malt sweetness then develops into a big citrusy, piney, floral hop smack to the mouth. There is a slight fuel nature to the taste...dank. The bitterness is quite apparent, but only really pops on the finish then lingers a bit with some more drying pine and grapefruit notes.

Overall - A damn solid IPA, very enjoyable. The bitterness is big on the end, but never gets too harsh. The "fuel" character is a nice touch and isn't too much to handle either. The malts balance nicely with some much needed sweetness. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:08:39 | More by Redneckwine
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8stringfan

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a sixer at Whole Foods in DC on February 8th. Poured a hazy dark gold with noticeable small particles suspended in the beer, which I’m assuming might be yeast. Oddly enough, I had a bottle if this last night with a much clearer appearance. Pouring straight down the middle of the glass produced a fluffy white two-finger head that lasted a couple of minutes before settling down to a solid froth top on the beer’s surface with mild lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is dominated by the expected piney hops with light sweet floral notes, but there is also a strong sweet malt undercurrent redolent of light honey, sweet melon, mild sweet citrus/orange zest, and an odd light note of vanilla. I don’t get much in the way of bready notes, but there is a slight yeastyness there, as well as just a hint of earthyness. Overall it’s actually a very sweet nose and quite inviting. Sweet orange citrus up starts things out on the front of the tongue with the midpalate seeing the blossoming of both sweet honey malt notes and the florally hops, as well as light, sweet berries, hints of peach jam, and sweet bubblegum. The back of the tongue sees the bitterness taking over in a big way. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps a bit more than I’m used to for an IPA, and the mouthfeel is smooth and moderately light. The 6.3% abv is relatively light and makes drinking a few of these pretty easy. The finish is a bit of a dud, with the tannic side of the hops just resulting in a surprisingly aggressive, vague, and somewhat one-dimensional bitterness. Given the nose and the lovely balance of bitter, floral, and sweet on the midpalate I was expecting a more balanced and pleasant finish. I’m actually a bit disappointed in this one. The appearance was not very good and the finish somewhat unpleasant. Overall, you could do worse in terms of IPAs, and this is not a bad session brew given the abv, but based on my experience this just seems like a run-of-the-mill IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:25:17 | More by 8stringfan
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vkv822

Oregon

3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Lightly hazy, dark golden with a thick, billowy off white head and spotty lacing.

Floral, citrusy, spicy hops with a decent amount of malty, lightly sweet, bready backing.

The taste follows the nose, with flowery, spicy, grapefruit hops, and even more of a malty, bready backbone than the aroma.

Medium body, low foamy carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, and actually quite enjoyable, but I felt like it was fairly malty for an American IPA, and I would have liked just a bit more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 09:28:29 | More by vkv822
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Act25

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into .5l cylinder marked Spaten.
A; Pours orangy amber with slight haze. The head is ample, cream-colored, firm and tacky. Moderate last and lace.

S: The peachiest of IPA aromas I have found. Bready malt with inviting fruit and hay. Upon enjoying a second, I think it's too fruity for me. I like the craft, but it's a bit too floral/fruity/peachy.

T: Very well-balanced; with the hops winning over the see-saw with the malts. More citrus rind, pine, classic west coast IPA. DEEPLY enjoyable. Great with food in this case fresh romaine sauteed with pine nuts, mozz, tomotoes, olives, shrooms.

MF: body & mouthfeel is creamy smooth.

Overall - No need to make a DIPA out of this.
The clear tell is it gets better and better over time and with food. This brew starts off too fruity and in your face, the opens up, calms down and gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:29:25 | More by Act25
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:00:15 | More by superspak
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a 24oz ale glass. Served straight out of the fridge at around 4C.

The beer pours a dark copper colour with about a finger of white head. The beer has a dominant orange citrus aroma, with subtle sweet caramel and mild maltiness. It smells like a not so over the top IPA, well balanced. The taste is slighty bitter with refreshing citrus flavours, some mild peppery notes, as well as earthy and floral tones.

This is a great starter west coast IPA. It is not over the top bitter or boozy like many of its counterparts, and is easy to drink. There was a lot of very refreshing citrus and floral notes which made this an enjoyable beer from start to finish. It was mild yet complex enough to keep you thinking after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 15:39:58 | More by schnarr84
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a white head.
Nose shows spicy, herbal and earthy hops along with some sweet, bready malt.
Quite malty flavours, more bready notes along with some caramel before the spicy earthy hops roll through followed by an assertive bitterness.
Nice moderately thick body.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 09:27:47 | More by CrazyDavros
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bondjedi

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, watching the end of the Iron Bowl. Auburn over Alabama, think I'll have another Immortal.

Served up in pint glass. Clean looking copper color, catches the light well. Goes down smooth, but as with all Yankee IPAs it has that perfumey taste. I'm a soldier though and press on - I'll get past that flavor. I break through the barrier and am rewarded for my persistence. Nice finish. I look forward to drinking several of these when I have the time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 17:44:26 | More by bondjedi
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Immortal IPA pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a netted pattern of lace on the glass. On the surface sits a thick blanket of foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is rather faint with bready notes and some citrus hops. There's no date on the bottle so I'm starting to believe this is an old beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and oily with mild carbonation. The flavor is niceliy balanced between sweet caramel malt and bready yeast plus lemon and orange citrus. It finishes with a flowery earthyness and mildly bitter. Once gone the lemon citrus and flowery flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a descent beer, but I think I have an old bottle. The hops seem faded, but still have enough flavor to balance the malt. I'd like to try this fresh some day.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:43:43 | More by WanderingFool
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

150th Review!!! Picked up a replacement six-pack from LCBO after cardboard gave away and 4 bottle were destroyed int the parking garage.

Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden / copper colored beer with tons of effervescent bubbles. 2.5 fingers if creamy mountainous white head and very good retention time. Good streaky lacing too.

Smell - Grapefruit and other citrus scents that are not overwhelming but sufficiently bold for my nose. Sweet caramel and toffee smells but subdued. Melds nicely with the aroma of grapefruit and hops. Also a few grassy notes there too.

Taste - Touch of tropical fruit maybe banana and melon before getting into the grapefruit taste. Some sweet caramel malts most pronounced in the middle of the sips. Also some pineapple perhaps. Quite tropical, in spirit but really it is just faint hints of these the grapefruit and malts are the stars here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, creamy feel, medium carbonation. Slight lasting burn / tingle in the back of the throat.

Overall - Very nice IPA, one of my preferred choices that i have any sort of access to here in Ontario. Very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:18:30 | More by DenisKolkin
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NurseStokes

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer in an airport (SeaTac), but it was so perfect I was disappointed that this would be my only encounter with it. Ah!- to be surrounded by such greatness! Lovely grapefruit and hoppiness, perfectly balanced. I am still dreaming of it, happiness in a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 23:34:01 | More by NurseStokes
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ksimons

New York

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a golden orange with a fingers worth of white foam that sticks to the edge

S-pale bready malt and floral and citrus hops

T-similar to the smell with a large pale malt backbone with a large presence of grapefruit and a bit of piney hops

M-medium body, good prickly carbonation, bitter aftertaste

Overall a very enjoyable IPA that is worth a try if you find it

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:03:08 | More by ksimons
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian IPA is pretty pale on the color spectrum of beers that call themselves IPA. Clear golden-amber with a minimal white head that fades and leaves little lace.

Nice intensity on the nose with nectar and sweet citric hops. I'm partial to the very sweet smelling hops, and it plays nicely with discernible caramel malt. Really liking the aromas of this beer, it's like smelling a flower.

Immortal IPA is hoppy at the beginning, middle and finish of this beer. Grapefruit with some rind, sweet caramel and some honey in the middle. Long finish with significant bittering hops at the end without being over the top for me. Fairly low carbonation, medium body and a long finish top off a great balance.

Well crafted IPA, Elysian. I'm craving a second; alas this was the only Immortal IPA left behind in my fridge by a friend. I'm not prone to searching out beers, but I might have to make an exception and look around for more. Perhaps a long day made me appreciate it more, but this brew ended up being a sum greater than its parts for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:51:39 | More by josiahschlender
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy gold with a small head. Nice lacing on the surface. Great hoppy smell. Citrusy, grapefruit. Big hop taste throughout. Some light malt in the background but not a lot. Bitter. Nice bitter hop aftertaste. Well carbonated. Medium to full bodied. Pretty easily drinkable. Very nice IPA. I really like the bitterness in this. Could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:18:21 | More by burnstar
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the LCBO this past summer.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Gamboge orange, hazy, with lower levels of carbonation. Fades to a light wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some nice looking lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, toffee, floral notes with some light citrus aromas. Bold enough, but not quite impressive enough.

TASTE: English style IPA for sure. Pale malts, caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some floral hops at the finish. Bolder and lingering finish of toffee and caramel with an underlying hop bitterness the whole way through. Floral and some grassy bitterness. More forthcoming than the nose.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Good feel.

OVERALL: A solid English style IPA with an enjoyable flavor profile. This style doesn't get the praise its American counterpart does, but as far as English IPA's go, this one is well worth checking out. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 18:54:26 | More by Jeffo
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Sark

Montana

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Amber copper with slight haze, minimal islands of head

Smell- light floral scents and citrus of grapefruit, pale malts underneath but not very prominent

Taste- hop bite on the tip, earthy middle and grass notes, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium body with hop oiliness

Overall- a nice IPA that is earthier than most but props to having it's own jive. The spice and malt balance is right there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:27:21 | More by Sark
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BabaYagaRIS

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Immortal IPA poured from bomber into pint glasses for tasting.

Label is confusing, phallic but not surprising from Dick Cantwell. His creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Perhaps some delicious cascade hops smelled up front and an overall fantastic start before it even gets dirty in the mouth. A refreshing lingering aroma. The lingering flavor results in a bunch of happy people that keep talking about it. (they literally won't shut up - even babies love the smell and taste on the way our of the breast).

Nice carbonation and not too overbearing.

A light carmel perhaps linked with some possible banana peel flavors.

Strong and hoppy with a smooth creamy finish that fades as needed.

Bring a six pack of this to a party and hide it in the back of the fridge - it will go quick. Tough times you may want to bring a couple out to the hot tub to increase your odds. Good luck.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:41:53 | More by BabaYagaRIS
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ssteakley

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1st taste I knew it was a good one. But I had a really fine meal with this first time with this IPA so rating a beer with food is impossible. A great meal can make a poor beer taste good. But the first impression without tasting any food was very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 03:09:20 | More by ssteakley
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pokerman

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a hit! I like the mix of hops chinook and centennial. good alcohol content and balance. wouldn't mind trying a dry hopped version but this has plenty of aroma to tide me over. I wish i could get more of their brews in ontario. some yeast floaties in the bottle but I didn't mind

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 19:29:58 | More by pokerman
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.08/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Hazy pale orange with 1 finger head. Little retention but some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - I'm not sure if this is fair review as I think this may not be fresh at all. Smells of stale hops and mold or bready perhaps.

Taste - What a mess of an IPA. Very bitter and puckering, not picking up any citrus or fruity fresh hop flavors at all. Very malty, watery, metallic on tongue. Bitter aftertaste. Just not a single pleasant flavor at all from this beer.

Mouthfeel - OK I guess.

Overall - I'm hoping that I just got an old IPA here. Maybe I've just been spoiled in the last 2 months getting to sample Pliny, Heady and a few 1 day old Hill Farmstead hop bombs. If this is fresh, then this beer is a disaster.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:48:10 | More by bubseymour
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Odell's Rastal Tulip.

Appearance: An average pour produced 1.5'' of cream colored, soapy head that lasted for quite a while. The beer is golden-amber in color, and clear. Rising bubbles are very noticeable. Lacing was fair.

Smell: Smell is relatively mild overall. Lemon prominent, sweet malts, bread, a bit of grapefruit.

Taste: Taste is balanced with malts, both sweet and bready, and a nice grapefruit/lemon background. Flavor duration is short. Sweetness is moderate, and sour/bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium, with a thick and creamy texture. Carbonation is soft to average, with a bittersweet finish. Not much carbonation overall makes it easily drinkable.

Overall: I like how well balanced and easy to drink this is. Alcohol is well hidden. I wonder how fresh this bottle is? Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:59:13 | More by ChrisKayler
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a half finger white head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of mild bready malt and light piney hops. Flavor of bready malt and grassy hops, leaning towards a pilsner profile. Mild citrus flavors. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced light IPA that could have used a bit more fresh hop flavors, but still quite a nice ale. It is possible that this is an older bottle but it is not dated. Nice low key IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 20:10:34 | More by LiquidAmber
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Tricia450

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this delicious beer poured into a pint glass in West Seattle at a tavern serving mostly domestic lagers. I found it to be a Full bodied flavorful beer, cloudy copper color, creamy light colored head, nice lacing on the glass. fruity, citrus smell,earthy, slightly piny. hoppy finish.slightly heavy, I really like this IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 06:27:36 | More by Tricia450
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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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