The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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very good

1,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Ratings: 1,023 | Reviews: 386
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from the beer engine into a shaker pint glass at the Elysian-Capitol Hill pub.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing loose white foam head. Scant lacing and fine hops sediment remain.

S: Very mild, with slightly husky pale grain and bright mixed citrus fruit.

T: Begins almost dry, with energetic acidity and very bright grapefruit citrus. Bready pale malt gains some traction in the middle as bitterness builds early. The finish still retains distinct Centennial hops flavors amidst bitterness that is powerful at its peak.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Cask service is exemplary on this occasion at Elysian, with the temperature well-positioned just below ambient temperature. The beer itself is a traditional West Coast IPA, well-crafted for the most part but a bit scary to look at for a professionally-brewed IPA. The late hop bitterness seems accentuated by the mode of service.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a white not overly large head but had nice staying power,really suprised by the big malt character in the aroma of this beer lightly sweet caramel and cracker malt with a lighter than expected herbal hop note.I have to say this to me was more English flavor wise very herbal like geranium slightly grassy but not that big ass Pacific NW hop punch in the mouth big cracker malt backbone is as big as the hop presence.Now I think this brew is good balanced and quaffable but I didnt expect an amped up English bitter wich I think this,oh well like I said its pretty good for what it is.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, thick, darkish orange color to the ale. I was careful on the pour but the head still rose high, lingering for a few minutes before going down slowly.

Smell – A hint of pine complimented the citrus-hop aroma. There also seems to be a tinge of malt.

Taste – This one’s got a bitter bite. It starts off easy with the prefaced malt and light citrus, then comes on sharp with a beautiful hop experience. The orange and lime peel finish this one out. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated with a dry smoothness that pleases the mouth. The bitter aspect keeps you awake.

Drinkability – This goes down well, and the personalized style makes this one to come back to. Besides, it’s cool to say to your friends who like hoppy ales, “Sure, that macro is good, but have you ever tried The Immortal?”

Update – Well, two years have past since my last review of this ale. The label is now ultra-cool thanks to Kevin at Bottleworks. Gotta love Odin in flip-flops.

Anyway, the beer has shown amazing consistency. It’s funny, because I enjoy drinking it and stand behind the solid 4.0 rating, but admittedly it seems to lag whenever I include it in a blind taste test. Taste tests be damned, I like it.

Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had passed by this beer numerous times at the beer store and it had always caught my eye. After reading some mediocre reviews that delayed previous impulse purchase attempts, today I caved in and decided to give it a try. The beer poured a nice hazy, golden amber and had a really impressive thick, clingy, eggshell colored head on it that remained constant for most of the beer. This wasn't as hoppy as I normally prefer my I.P.A.'s but it was rich in honey citrus flavors without being too sweet. What impressed me the most was the incredible balance of flavor. It wasn't too sweet but it had just the perfect blend of pine, grapefruit, and sweet fruits.

Photo of iRaven99664
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick run downthat I'd like to note, not a true review.
-nice color; lightly hazy gold-amber in color.
-topped my glass with a good two-finger head. quickly dissipated to one. Doesn't last tall, but stays a nice white sudsy ring atop the ale. Clings to glass beautifully.
-Been sick off and on for the past half year, targeting the nose so I can't always smell that great. But I can't pick up a whole lot of notes in the smell. I'm sure it smells wonderful. What I do tell is that it smells slightly hopped. Like a nice sweet mellow hop.
-Front of mouth it a swift kick of hop. Like a bruce lee dragon. but just ever so slightly to the front. As it starts to roll to the middle, its very noticeable that its not a hop-bomb, but has a nice balanced flow of bitterness. This balance bitter is reminiscent of grapefruit leather (the white skin casing that holds the grapefruit pulp) and is enjoyable in its bitterness.
-Just want to elaborate a bit more on the mid tongue. It stays there the longest. The front dissipates after a while, but its like all the flavors pool right in the middle of the tongue. Crowning the citrus hop is a glazing of a mild sweetness. I'm not sure how to identify the malts, but they are delicately sweet. It treally tastes like biting into a confection of ruby red grapefruit and 55%-60% bitter-sweet chocolate. Utterly wonderful.
-Back of tongue is fully sweet, a lighter version of mid tongue with maybe a little hint of bing cherry. it last a while too, but not as long.
-The coating of flavor this beer leaves is wonderful.
-Mouth is rather thick for an IPA. It's actually ideal-to-almost-too-thick for an IPa for me. I'm always looking for a "fluffy" or "full" mouth on an ale that reminds me of the feel that a Monster energy drink gives me, and this almsot has it,or maybe a little thicker. It's a wonderful example of what I personally want to see,
-a slight hint of alcohol, nothing dreadful, but a nice reminder that its an adult bev.

-Overview: Would drink again. Fans of Ruination or Rampant will like this.

Photo of steelerguy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber color with moderate carbonation and a white head. The head sticks around for a bit before becoming lacing on top.

S - Lightly toasted malt, a bit bit of hay, very subtle hops notes.

T - Malt comes first, some lightly toasted flavors, a bit bread like. The hops are subtle in flavor like the aroma, with a touch of citrus, and a bit of bitterness at the end.

M - Moderate body, a little more than most AIPA but it doesn't feel heavy with the carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

O - A good IPA, seems more English than American and is certainly more malt forward than most American IPAs. Maybe a good introductory IPA but a bit boring to me.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a crisp clear golden orange with a nice effervescent bubbly white head. The head falls pretty quickly to leave a ring around the top. My nose is greeted by citrusy hop notes, with some candy caramel. Yummy and enticing.

First sip brings a big citric, grapefruity hop flavor which melds in nicely with a clean sweet maltiness. Bitterness hits the back of the palate on the way down and lingers a bit after each sip. Fairly balanced...but the hops definetly take center stage. A good IPA overall.

Mouthfeel has a nice smooth creamy profile with near perfect carbonation. A tasty, easy drinking IPA...however nothing really jumps out at me and there's probably a few others I'd pick first. Worth a try.

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden amber appearance, minimal bronze head that disipated quickly - what there was.

S - Nice pleasant grapefruit essence.

T - More grapefruit - Very smooth. Not overwhelmingly hoppy.

M - The beer feels very pleasant in the mouth and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

D -. Very drinkable. I'm thinking about having another.

This is a very easy going, pleasant IPA that works well in the summer.

"Best by 11 28 2010" printed on bottom right corner of label.
Label claims 6.3% ABV not the 6.21 noted in the description.
Label has been changed. Needs to be updated. Is there a way to do that?

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Redbones in Sommerville, MA. A damn good IPA. Right on balance too with a fruity malt character and a kickin' NW hop character to match ... and then some.

Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, best by 12/5/10 (but received for Christmas). Pours a hazy yellow gold with a small bubbly white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, grains and a little melon and a touch of sulfur.

The flavor is some sweet grainy malts and sugary melon with a medium tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and watery.

Overall, this may have suffered a little from age, but I've had it fresh too and not been impressed.

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good white lace around the glass. Nice hop aroma with a puckering hop bitterness and flavour. Fruity malt character. A kicker of an IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber 22 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info offered. Pours typical medium amber, off white head and plenty of fine, wispy and splattered lacing. Nose is softly of malts and perhaps a wiff of earthy hops. Pleasant and smooth, Brit style ale, moderately hopped thoroughly enjoyable, balanced and easy drinking. Nice creation in brewing.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma has perfume and floral notes, along with some biscuit malt. The flavor is flowers, pine and earthy hops with some biscuit malt and low bitterness. The beer tastes like it was hopped with a mix of both English and US hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the LCBO - picked up a sixpack of this.

Poured into a nonic. Light amber-honey colour, nice billowing head, good lacing on this. Unfortunately, there's lots of pulpy floaters in this one. I'm used to this, but it's still unappealing.

Nose is malty, with light west coast hoppage and caramel.

Decent IPA that I'd really like to try fresh, because I think the trip was not overly kind (or the time was). There's some nice tropical fruit and tasty cracker malts, but it feels a bit old, and more like an APA.

Mild carbonation, a bit slick.

I'll hold off on getting this one again until I can get it fresh, because it's pretty expensive in Ontario and there are other IPAs I'd prefer to pick up instead.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. No freshness dating.

Poured a clear, deep honey in color. Thick and rocky off-white head laces the glass nicely and persists for the duration of the session. Aromas are west coast: lots of piney/citrus/piney scents. Yummy! Flavor is tasty. Lots of hoppy bitterness dominates, but there is an underlying sweetness that helps to balance the flavor. Interesting honey sweetness right up front as well. Barely noticed is the alcohol in this one, but it's there. Finishes on the bitter side, which became even more noticeable when it warmed. Pine sap on the lips a nice touch. Mouthfeel is decent. Smooth and creamy. Very drinkable. The lasting bitterness really pleases. A very nice IPA.

Tremendous thanks to RoyalT for this beer that was part of an amazing shipment I got from a superb BA!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a sample glass.

Pours a light orange color with a small white head that leaves a thin layer of lacing. Nose is quite mellow, very tame a bit of citrus.

Wow, after having the same beer on cask, this is really fresh and Brite, a nice crisp lemon/cirus with a sharp and bitter finish - Mouthfeel is full and smooth, overall very nice!

Photo of BCborn
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tasted better on tap than from bottle

Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Elysian brewpub in Seattle. Poured a bit darker and more robust than many standard IPA's. Smell was hoppy and citrusy in typical Northwest fashion. Taste was very well done with slightly more malt character to balance out the very fruity hops. More fruit flavors than some but still some definite pine suggestions as well. A well done IPA, easy drinking tasty.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; golden-copper in color, true to the bottle blurb, with a ton of floaty bits in it. Not sure if this is intended, as far as I can tell this isn't a bottle-conditioned beer. Big fluffy white head that fades about 50% and then sits as a disc of thick rocky foam with tons of lacing above it on the glass. Smell is dank hops and a bit of malt. Taste is delicious; very clean malt taste with some sweet fruit and a slight bitter finish. This is the perfect sessionable IPA (flavor-wise at least, %abv might be a little past sessionable). Mouthfeel is big, but it works. Not everything needs to be a 200IBU hop bomb, and this is a perfect example of why.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold yellow copper mix. Good lace and retention. Aroma comes off English and non dry hopped.

Taste, a little less English, but not your prototype West Coast ipa. Caramel and lesser hops. Bitterness is in the appropriate to average range for style and region. Pretty straightforward, nothing remarkable to speak of mouthfeel wise.

A decent price, usually $4-5 a bomber.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C'mon Pittsburgh, go out and drink for we are fortunate to have Elysian showing up, so far I've had a Rapture, The Immortal, and Dragontooth Stout which have been seriously good for what they are. This beer in particular, was crazy drinkable. I had it on tap at Mad Mex Robinson, during happy hora. Pours a bright glowing orange with a shady of haze settling in, fine white head doesn't form very thick but it's there. Aromatics offer up citric glazed hops, candied malts play a nice interplay with a dry yeast component and light biscuit pale malt breadiness. Flavors complement each other nicely, on it's own I got upfront citrus, pine, herbal hop qualities that were balanced nicely with bread dough in a sour dough light and fluffy aspect with some dry powdered yeast cake notes in there. Very bright pleasing on the palate, complemented their southwest wings nicely, cilantro lime jalapeno mixed well with the spicy citric hops. Mouthfeel has the welcoming oily slick mouthfeel found in American IPAs, with moderate smooth flowijng levels of carbonation. Quite honestly this could be a go to IPA, especially with happy hour pricing, but even their bottles are reasonable...Dragontooth a mere 7 bucks for a bomber.

Photo of OStrungT
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent lacing.

This beer has a mildly hoppy aroma. It isnt as strong as I expected. It smells floral, with a touch of pine. It has a slightly sweet aroma also.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It is more of a pale ale than an IPA. Not hoppy at all.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer may make a decent session beer. Lowish alcohol, and a decent flavor make it ok.

Overall: I dont think this beer was much of an IPA. It is a decent beer, however rating on style, this beer is not that great. I am sorry.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Rus - much obliged!

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of floral and citrus hops - this smells just hoppy enough to justify the American IPA tag.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are joined by light citrus malt flavors midway through the sip, but the malt is in control throughout. Slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side, but good carbonation makes this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a good American IPA but there are better ones out there.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep bright copper color with a slight haze and a sticky thin film of off-white head. There is a good carbonation of bubbles.

S- This beer has a sweet perfume pale malt aroma followed by a green hop finish with a citrus note.

T- The taste of soft clean caramel malt has a nice fresh toasted malt note to it. There is a big green citrus hop finish that has a slight mint quality to it.

M- There is a medium light mouthfeel to this beer with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a nice big perfumy sweet malt flavor with some nice juicy hop flavors that almost play second string.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear golden amber with a decent half finger head that melts slowly to a substancial ring leaving a decent map in it's wake.

Aromas are fresh...very fresh....hops...both pine oils and grapefruit.

Taste is really a wonderful balance between sweet pale malts and fresh citrus hops...nothing really bitter here...just a wonderful balance with an aftertaste that leaves both a sweet hop and clean drying in your mouth.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.