The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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Reviews: 385
Hads: 1,040
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 42
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a frothy, slightly creamy in consistency, pale tan colored head that is three fingers thick. The beer is well carbonated and is a pretty clear dark copper color. As I work my way through a couple of small glasses of this beer. the head, as it falls forms layers of lacing and a rocky texture. Ah the aroma is a hop lovers dream, it is full of fruity citrus notes like tangerines, lots of grapefruit and perhaps some apricot as well. The harder herbal & pine like notes are quite muted here; this just has a pure concentrated hoppy fruit character. As I drink this beer the aroma picks up notes of alcohol, but still remains full of citrus fruit. The initial aroma is about as perfect as it gets, but, while still enjoyable, does not quite carry through as I work my way through this 22oz bottle.

The beer is at first light on the palate up front, but quickly picks up a mouth-coating light fullness that really makes this quite enjoyable. The beer is on the dry side for an IPA (especially given many of the sticky examples out there), but there is some definite malt character here; a sort of dry toasted malt note that is really evident in the finish along with a light caramel sweetness. Ok enough with the peripherals, yes this is indeed an IPA; the hop character is dominant in the taste from start to finish. At first a lingering bitter, herbal & pine-like note dominates the flavor profile of this biting beer. As it warms up a bit and interacts with the air it begins to soften a bit and the citrus notes begin to become more evident as the sweetness from the malt is able to peek through. There are soft notes of bergamot, definite grapefruit, astringent almost grassy mint-like pine (yes that is all one flavor), notes of sweet apricots, and juicy tangerines.

What an enjoyable beer, it is just a full experience; between the austere malt character, the citrusy hop notes and the astringent herbal hop character coupled with the ample bitterness. This is just an all around enjoyable IPA, which is really hitting the spot right now. This beer is incredibly tasty and has me planning a trip to the Northwest sometime in the not so distant future. (2,182 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a good head...little lace, though. Surprisingly mild nose given the name--not an IPA aroma. Pleasant aroma, though.

I like the balance of this IPA. The hop is still the predominant flavor component but the malt is very much present. This is a dry beer with superior body and expected carbonation.

I debated whether to give the taste 4.0 v. 4.5. I rarely give above a 4.0 unless the component is exceptional. This score reflects the complexity of the flavor profile, which is more difficult with the fringe beers (defined as those on one end of the taste profile). In the end, this is a superior IPA. (623 characters)

Photo of John
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber. Labeling differs from that outline with an animated drawing of Zeus(?).

Appearance: Light copper. Slight haze. Sticky lace, thin fading layer of foam.

Smell: Mild balanced aroma consisting of fruity citrus, pine, grainy sweetness. Some very mild diacetyl, nothing offensive.

Taste: Balanced and relatively mild mannered IPA. Grapefruit zest, pine cones and thin but adequate malt base. Hints of spicy hop. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light. Would pair well with salad or light pasta meal.

Drinkability: Light body, mild disposition, means I could drink a ton of this. Thumbs up. (626 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Amber color with a thin off - white head. Mild smell of grapefruit and piney hops. Medium body with light carbonation. Flavor is almost all grapefruit and flowery hops here. A slight taste of caramel sweetness is beaten down by the big hop flavors.
A long, dry finish is all bitter hops.

Not a favorite of mine but not bad, either. (352 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had been sitting in the supermarket looking surprisingly expensive for a while, but suddenly I found it was on tap at my weekly haunt at the same price as all the portland microbrews, so I took the plunge.

This looked rather light for an IPA: more gold than bronze. It had a big creamy head, some of which stuck around for the whole draining process, leaving extensive lacing.

It smelled of citrus hops, but there was a yoghurt twang there too. The taste was less notable than the very creamy feel. This better than Boddingtons creaminess gradually gave way to a rather subtle (for a northwestern IPA) but reassuring hoppiness.

This was eminently drinkable. Despite the fact that I had to officiate six soccer games the next day I ordered a second after draining the first! (791 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. It poured a light copper color with a finger of head that fell to coat the brew. The nose was nice, with sweet caramel and a big citrusy hop. It was very crisp and refreshing in the nose. The flavor had more of a spicey hop character , but still with some citrusyness over a backbone of caramel. The feel was a little on the light side for my liking with a little too much carbonation. Overall, a fairly good brew. Very crisp and refreshing. (453 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Elk in Spokane for $4.

Poured a clear golden amber color, with a moderate sized white head. Modest amount of lacing.

Smell was of piney, spicy hops. There was also a bready maltiness, but it was way in the back.

This had a moderately strong, piney, spicy hoppiness taste to begin with. It's not massively hoppy tasting, but you definitely know you're tasting an IPA. There's also a mild mannered malty backbone than lends balance, but not much else. Tasty without being spectacular.

Medium bodied, with an acceptable amount of carbonation for the style.

This makes a decent session IPA. Like every other Elysian beer I've had, it's good without being spectacular. I wouldn't pay a ton of money for it or scour the earth for it, but if it's on-tap at your local, you could do a lot worse. (825 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, this one doesn't seem like the same brew I had a few years ago. Looks like a completely different label too. This one has, what looks to be Zeus on there, as I remembered the old one just had stone pillars. In any case, it looked ok. It was a little bit of a pale orange IPA with some decent carbonation coming through and a small white head that fades quickly. Virtually little to no lacing occuring from this one.
Has a light hoppy, flowery, and malty aroma that seems to be somewhat appealing.
The taste is alright, although it comes up a bit lighter than what I remembered this one being before. Maybe it's just me but it seems a bit watered down from before.

It was ok, dog. (692 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was let down by this beer because by the brewer's rep I expected the classic big IPA but what I got was not a lot of hops and some butter notes. The beer improved a bit towards the end but the construction seemed unfocused and lacking in real IPA punch. Did I get an off bottle? I need to retaste this beer preferably on tap in Seattle. (338 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First impressions: Plain double-deuce browner with basic Greek inspired label with no info other than award winning gloating about the pub from circa 1999, sealed with a plain golden cap.

Hazy foggy sunset orange amber hued pour, imparting sea horses bottle conditioned particles in the bottom of the tulip topped off with a frothy stable statuesque ½” beige head cap leaving traces of thick lattice lace.

Delicious piquant peach, apricot and grapefruit citrous blast blend with candy malt aromas reminiscent of West Coast IPA.

First swigs: Mish-mash of fruity ale notes. Deciphered pieces of aroma mirroring apricots, sugary canned peach syrup, and chalky hard candy & lollipop malt. Dry acidic tumble weed dusty aftertaste. Sweet like sugary tea that hits a wall.

Feel is mingling betwixt chalky and sudsy. Not crisp, but bright. Lingering crackle of soft carbonation. Drinkability suffers not at the hands of flavor fancy. This is a white elephant rarity in Yuenglingville, indeed. Gladly another could be quaffed and desired.

Last swigs: Orange juice and gritty Tang tacky finish. Delicious initial appeal that fell short flavor wise like a hot chick alone at a bar late at night that you find out why after spending a few too many bucks getting her liquored up to realize that she just was released from prison for maiming her last boyfriend and she is still “technically” married in Sicily, Italy but not to worry because “HE” doesn’t come to the U.S. often…key word: often. Impressive line up of beers on the site. Overall, reminiscent of Stone IPA and FFF Pride & Joy but more diluted and peppery. My best guess is that after gleaning info from the site, the Chinook is not the best bittering hop du jour that this brew required.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (1,794 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and some light crystal malts. It also has an awesome floral hop aroma that is mellowed a bit by the malts, but still is strong and very pleasant. The taste is decent. It has a light malt feel that seems a bit watery at times as well as a very potent hop flavor and aftertaste. It goes down easy, but finishes very bitter. It lacks the balance it has in the aroma. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer could use a little more malts for body. This is a decent IPA. It love the aroma, but the taste is too one sided and the mouthfeel is a little too light and watery. (813 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (1,950 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a majestic looking 22 oz bomber provided courtesy of RoyalT. Poured deep yellow with a bit of orange with a light tan head that left significant lacing. Big time fresh citrus hops in the nose with a hint of crystal malt. Mildly sweet initially as a substantial malt backbone is evident. Hop bite is mild (especially for an IPA from the PacNW) & bitterness is moderate. Mildly acidic with flavors of grapefruit & tangerine. Medium bodied and pleasant, this brew finishes very cleanly with a pleasant bitter bite. (524 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy apricot color with two fingers of head that have great retention. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is your classic floral and citrus hop aroma, but not as strong as other IPAs. The taste has a good malty base up front, but a really sharp hops finish. The taste drops off quickly, leaving little aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, and the drinkability is solid. A nice session IPA. (478 characters)

Photo of henrysunset
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden and clear with a floral nose which was sweet and citrusy. Quite inviting.

Pretty bitter/hoppy but with a deep flavor. Well balanced and as expected of an IPA.

Unfortunatley, it was very thin and has a pretty apparent alcohol taste. All said, Strong, but pretty tasty and drinkable. (294 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a rather unassuming lable.
Pours a somewhat hazy orangy yellow with a nice white head. Lacing is very nice (although the second pour from the bottle was better than the first).
Aroma is as it should be, some light malt sweetness followed by a beautiful floral hop aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Taste is okay. I prefer a slightly sweeter IPA personally. Nevertheless, this is a gret example of the style. Very true to form for an american IPA. The only real qualms I had with this brew was the very slight chill haze.
Thanks to JTFest for hooking me up yet again (589 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poursclear, light amber with golden highlights. Big white head on the pour and lots of lace on the sdide of the pint.
Aromas of citrus and light pine with pale malt undertones.
Flavor is some light pale malt, some grain like notes and very grapefruity thin tastes. Neither of which is complex and aggressive.
Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery, with a slightly buttery feel. Decent mouthfeel for the relatively "thin" flavors.
Drinkability is decent but the beer has nothing distinctive and I would actually classify this one a pale ale and not an IPA due to lack of power.
Special thanks to Skyhand for the sample. (623 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sample is from a standard 22oz bomber bottle. This is a nice orange coloured brew with a tight white cap of foam. Aromas are subtle but a bit hoppy, with citric tones, and a nice malty malt backbone. Taste is a bit hoppy up front, very malty in the middle, and smooth in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is nice, as this is one hell of a refreshing brew. Not the best IPA on the market, but a very easy drinking, well balanced one. Drinks more like an APA to me. (497 characters)

Photo of freed
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uncapped just before dinner. Sits a somewhat dull yellow with some amber at its heart. Somewhat hazy, enough to obscure objects behind the glass. No head at all, and nary a paisley shaped lace.

Aroma is also dull, and some effort is required to pick out the rustic hop smells. Neither grassy, citrusy, or floral, they smell almost dry.

The taste is also somewhat shallow at first, but brightens quickly. The aroma that was missing can be found in the tart and crisp innards of the ale. The accumulating hop flavors build, and really improve, but there's very little contribution from the malt constituents.

It drinks fairly well, but I'm in no rush to buy another, but I'll definitely try it on cask. (709 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber. An excellent all around IPA. Fruity and refreshing. Pours a deep, golden hue, with a foamy head and good retention. Not a real big beer, and ultimately a bit on the bitter and dry side. If this were available to me, I'd have no problem drinking it on a semi-regular basis. Thanks to RoyalT for allowing to try another nice west coast brew. (353 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color as it sets in the glass a slightly hazy amber color the head effervescent in texture, color a winsome light tan as it evolves the resultant lace a sealing curtain to obscure the glass. Fresh hops dominate the nose, malt sweet, citrus like crispness I find so enchanting in IPA’s, start is mild in its sweetness, the malt profile substantial, top is middling in feel. Finish is perky in its acidic bite, hops of course forthright in their bite, very dry aftertaste a fine beer from a fine brewery that unfortunately I see rarely. (539 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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! (805 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle: The beer is a darker golden color, and it is just about clear. There was a small white head that went away quickly. Some lacing. The aroma is a bit piney, but not overly so. The taste starts out with a decent hop bite, but it had a decent maltiness in the background to balance it. Decent and well balanced. (321 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color, a clear tangerine shade, with a solid 1/2" white of creamy foam.
Aroma: big, fat, major league pine, plus grapefruit, peach, more citrus, nice and powerful, but oh, so, delectable, fresh and fuzzy, I spent some time with this one.
Taste: hop-hop-hoppy entry on the palate, smooth, round, warm and wonderful, it makes love to the tongue, pleasures it completely!
Terribly tasty, this, a fantastic flood of fruity flavor (stop me from alliterating, someone, please!) Body's more medium, but finish is in full effect, and those hops never quite quit their work on the tastebuds. A very nice IPA that definitely belongs somewhere in my list of favorites. (660 characters)

The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.