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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

924 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 38
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber found in Vancouver. Grapefruit colour with some initial significant head. Initiually C-hop and grapefruit, followed by lemony astringency that allows the rest to be drunk, and there is much malt and significnat tangerine in finish. More or less average IPA in the final judging.

Sammy, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle sent to me by a friend in Seattle.

Pours incredibly clear brown with a seemingly everlasting white head that is silky smooth and laces the glass quite well. I sipped my half of the bottle (from a pint glass) for an hour and there was still lacing and head. Some sediment at the bottom but it stayed put.

Aroma is of piney hops, malt, and alcohol. Alcohol comes out more as it warms up as does the malt.

Flavor is quite bitter, possibly a bit old, slightly malty, a tad piney, and very dry in the aftertaste.

Body is thin, semi-highly carbonated, and drinkable. Good hot weather beer but maybe a little high in abv for such a beer.

t0rin0, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

djrn2, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

nmann08, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a small off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy but these flavors aren’t quite as prominent due to hints of the underlying caramel and toasted malts. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both a bit crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well-balanced and tastes more like an English IPA as opposed to an American IPA since the hops aren’t as pronounced. It is quite easy to drink.

metter98, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Balanced aroma with malty caramel aroma slightly ascendent over the pithy citrus elements

Taste: Starts out with a fruity (peach and orange) flavor that builds, mid-palate when some of the grapefruit pith kicks in; underlying the fruit is a subtle, but prominent, caramel base; after the swallow, both the malty and the bitter flavors blend nicely; there is also an apple character underneath that becomes apparent over time that lends a nice distinctiveness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that leans a bit toward the APA style but is clearly on the border; worth seeking out

brentk56, May 11, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a taste for hops today and lots of them, so I thought I'd pop the cap on this impressive looking bomber from the Pacific Northwest. Heavily orange-accented amber with millions of suspended particles. I don't see 'bottle-conditioned' anywhere, but they must be yeast. The head is generous in size, rich cream in color and decently firm and tacky. I'm beginning to see sheets of lace; let's hope they stick around.

The website says that this is a Pacific NW interpretation of an English IPA, but the nose says otherwise. What English brewer uses such copious amounts of American hops? Orange and peach are more prominent than grapefruit (yes, I know that peach isn't a citrus fruit).

Of course they could be referring to a strong malt presence, but I'll have to wait for my first taste to assess that. Right now I'm admiring the stiff mesa of foam that is slowly descending in the center of the glass and the thick rings of lace that are keeping watch over it.

This is a nicely bitter-hoppy IPA with plenty of hop zing and with a substantial malt presence backing it up. This is my kind of well-balanced; that is, the hop side of the scale is noticeably heavier. The grapefruitiness is more prominent on the palate than it was in the nose and some pine comes to the fore as well. The more I drink, the more of a statement the sweetish caramel malt makes.

If Elysian cranked up the malt, hops and ABV by 50%, this would make a kickin' DIPA. Actually, I prefer my IPAs more intensely hoppy than this, but it's still an excellent rendition of the style, even if I don't get the 'English' reference. The body/mouthfeel, thanks to all the malt, is plenty viscous and is creamysmooth.

"The Immortal" may not quite be immortal, but here's hoping that it has a long, healthy life. It is, undoubtedly, a well-crafted IPA, 'English', 'Pacific NW' or otherwise. Recommended for hopheads and lovers of (sorta) well-balanced IPAs in general.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with a semi-sweet malt base. Taste is also a mix between some floral notes with some semi-sweet malt base and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I was expecting some more hops bite in this beer.

Phyl21ca, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with floating debris on a crimson and golden body.

S: honey, grapefruit and apple citrus, caramel malt, spices.

T: very bland and almost one dimensional as the flavor stays the same throughout with toasted caramel malts, bitter earthy hops and light citrus presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a very complex beer. flavors are mild and are too bitter to be considered blanced.

kylehay2004, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice hazy golden yellow color with a nice soapy white head on top. The lacing is very sticky which looks awesome on the glass. The retention was decent also. The smell of the beer had some malt and a good amount of hop aromas. The taste had a very nice malt backbone with a pleasant hop flavor in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good amount of body to it as well as a solid carbonation and a dry finish. Overall I really enjoyed this IPA. I would drink this one again.

Knapp85, Dec 28, 2012
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.

oberon, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Hockey game, pizza, this calls for a nice American IPA. Ah, who am I kidding, I don't need an excuse to open something like this. This bomber has a cartoonish label depicting Zeus himself, overseeing the Elysian Fields, I imagine. Reminds me of my friend's drawings in high school.

To the beer: a standard vigorous pour generates a one to one ratio of beer and very foamy white head. The beer itself appears a medium copper amber colour, with a fine sediment haze. Half of my pint glass was head - while this would obviously get the beer sent back at the pub, I was willing to wait it out, and wait I did. It took about 10 minutes for the head to melt down, eventually leaving a fair amount of attractive webbed lacing.

Maybe it only seemed that long because of the wonderful smell - not a nose, I couldn't get that into the glass for all the foam! The soft floral, grassy hop aroma was very enticing. Soon enough, I was able to taste that very same floral hop quality, though now with more of a complex citrus bitterness, and a hint of pine needles, all deftly balanced by a lovely, understated bready caramel malt backbone. Very enticing. The alcohol is well hidden, the other flavours masking it completely.

The carbonation is quite mild, but gently rears up from time to time, the body a tame medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt combining with the sweet side of the hops' fruitiness to combat the lingering bitterness.

A pretty well-made, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA. I brought this bottle back home from a Yoke's supermarket in Kennewick, WA a few months ago. If I could, I would definitely buy it again.

biboergosum, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden-tan with orange highlights, topped by a densely creamy off-white head that has excellent retention and leaves a ring of lace at every sip throughout the glass. Outstanding appearance! The aroma offers a bright, nicely sweet caramel malt with some fruity notes (some apricot) and a light pine and citrus hoppiness. Very clean - very impressive. The body is medium-full with a limited carbonation that gives a luxurious, almost chewy, creaminess! 3 for 3! The flavor offers some bright hops up front, coat-tailed by a boldly sweet malt. As it crosses the palate caramel notes emerge from the malt and the hop flavors show a more citrus character. Extremely well balanced! A superbly finesse show of malt & hops! 4 for 4! The finish is quite smooth; with flavors of hop and malt wrestling at the front, falling quickly into a gentle, crystal tinged maltiness. Very nice. Quite exceptionally done. Possibly more APA than IPA because of the malty balance, but easily one of the premier American pale ales regardless. Well worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better straight up ipas ive had in awhile now. this one pours a lighter pale golden color, mostly clear, with a big doughy white head. the nose is pleasantly fruity, tangerine and some springtime flowers mix with a nice juicy bitter hop and rather delicate malt bill. flavor too features the hop unimpeded by heavy grain. not oily or resinous, but light and fruity and crisp, while equally fresh. the beer really pops in the mouth, like biting into a cold mandarin orange. its well carbonated and active in the mouth. there is so much flavor in this beer its incredible. not a big brutal bitter beer, but still a hop bomb, designed to show the other side of hops, a lighter fruity side that may be more approachable to newcomers to the style. I loved the flavor and feel of this, and have been in need of a new daily drinking ipa, and I think I may well have found it here with the immortal. its balanced off just right, but retains its uniqueness in the crowded ipa world.

StonedTrippin, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Jason, Nov 14, 2001
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of the hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Musty pine grapefruit and some bready toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some toffee and pithy grapefruit. Pine shows up in the middle but fades away as the finish comes on. Moderately strong bitterness and a lingering grassy flavor.

M - A moderately thick body, slightly higher than average carbonation, and a Lilly sweet finish.

D - Well, the malt base is well put together but the hop character is a bit lacking with bitterness as the most substantial component. don't know how fresh this really was but I suspect that it may have once had. Better hop aroma than it does now.

nickfl, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and grassy hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. This is one of those beers where all of the flavors rotate in and out and complement each other well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold amber with a crème head. Nose is citrus and hoppy. It's light, but nice. Flavor is smooth and a bit light too. Salty hops are there, yes. But there is a big floral citric thing too. Feel is about what I would want it to be. Carbonation bites a bit too much and the liquid could be just a wee bit thicker. Overall this is a decent IPA. After having the Jasmine IPA right before this, I have to say this takes second place.

RblWthACoz, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from Rorygilmore, cheers Rick!

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl white head, plus a few floaties. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Citrussy hops & biscuitty malt & tons of tropical fruit, they do fade after a while

T: Honey, citric hops, pears & pineapple (wet & dryad) up front. Sweet tropical fruit, sort of a melange of pina colada flavors, grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit, a hint of pine & breadyness

Medium bodied, kind of slick with moderate carbonation & super balance

Drinks pretty easy, this is a beer that leaves you wanting more despite the style & ABV. Probably not a hophead's delight, but right in my wheelhouse!

russpowell, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light small fizzy head covering, just a bit of lacing, over hazy orange colored beer.

Nose starts with sweeter malts, candy malts, caramel, toffee, etc, and earthy hops, light citrus candied orange peel like, a light floral flowery hop.

Taste starts similarly, some sweet malts, caramel and toffee, light reddish malts, fairly bitter as light earthy and citrus hops, candied orange peel, little flowery hop, slight tingle. chewy malt. Finish is a bit drier, fairly bitter lingering with little citrus, little sticky.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall OK, but not great, more east coast style, or not too fresh, but this hasn't been in my fridge long, so not sure which, but not a great IPA either way. It's not bad, just nothing special and not quite my IPA style anymore.

jlindros, Sep 26, 2012
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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.