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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

762 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 762
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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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 04:27:08 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Gusler

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 01:58:25 | More by Gusler
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 03:16:17 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Boto

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 21:20:33 | More by Boto
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 04:20:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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beerguy101

California

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

Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. This beer is balanced between and English IPA and a Pacific Northwest IPA. It hoppy and bitter yet fruity and sweet. This is a very nice IPA. It has a big hop finish, yet a nice smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:40:11 | More by beerguy101
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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 03:38:44 | More by RoyalT
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Bought in the ubiquitous 22 oz brown bomber!
This is an excellent looking beer as poiured into my British style dimpled pint mug,pretty dark orange for a typical IPA..with a great frothy white head that billows then recedes but leaves a good lace film on top and on the side of the glass..
Very fresh spicy, zingy IPA hop aroma..well done.
This is a well balanced IPA i can taste a wee bit of malt before the hops come crashing through..sherbety grapfruit after taste.
Pretty good on the palate..refreshing
A good PNW IPA..not as hopped up as some but well drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 22:44:52 | More by Reidrover
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dwarbi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks a little better than average. Pours a light, filmy head. Smells lightly of hops. Odd thing about this beer's aroma: the first whiff I had was pretty blank. The same with the second. Then I got a huge blast. Smelled robust and wonderful. Some whiffs were like that, others were light. It was a coing toss. Very good taste, a little butttery. Smooth, not bitter. It was very tasty, but not light a traditional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 16:55:03 | More by dwarbi
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marc77

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper hue with excellent clarity. Fluffy, billowy ivory white head leaves respectable lace. Grapefruit and lemon zest upfront in nose, with understated light caramel and dryish grain. Squeaky clean, and functional aromawise. Slightly sharp, citrus pith laced bitterness upfront in flavor is ensued by a ripe, acidic citrus hop flavor. Subdued light caramel malt sweetness emerges mid palate and couples with the citric hop flavor lending a sugar dusted pink grapefruit impression. Mellow bready malt presence. Lightly bodied, with token dextrins facilitating a passably smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of astringency yielding to fleeting biscuity sweetness. The Immortal is quite a balanced and drinkable IPA, but is timid in overall character. Tasty, but merely par for a northwest example. Akin to a tame Liberty Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 19:01:19 | More by marc77
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

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

Bartender poured this beer into standard pint glass. Appearance was good with rather firm head. Smell was also robust. Pretty unflawed taste in itself and very fresh indeed. Nice frontal hop taste and finishing strong with hint of maltiness. I must say that on its own, I might have rated even higher (were it not for so many other outstanding IPA's brewed in the area). Elysian is a top brewery and great place to sample home-crafted beers.
(from tasting notes, May 24, 2002 ... may update after my next trip out to Seattle)

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2003 16:50:52 | More by Hobbz
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hazy copper brew pours a healthy looking, creamy off-white head. It's retention is remarkable. Intricate lace designs are left on the glass walls as I drink. A deep rooted pungency and some citric tones make an appearance on the nose. Grapefruit pulp and pine sap play some major roles on the palate. The bitterness is there and effective, but by no means "over the top." Hops also impart a bit of a resiny character. The malt backbone is sufficient to support the hop onslaught. Bready tones seem go surface ever so lightly here and there. Mouthfeel is creamy and low on carbonation. Makes for an easy drinking IPA. Hop burps are very nice as well. Yet another in a long line of great West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 21:10:25 | More by Bighuge
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 15:24:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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sinistersteve

Oregon

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

Nice head off the poor and laced the glass nicely as I drank it's wonderful contents. Nice tan color and very cloudy, the way I feel an IPA should look. Hints of apricot in the aroma and a noticable citrus taste in the mouth. The flavor hugs the mouth and tounge very nicely, but not too overpowering. A great beer and a must have for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2002 19:15:53 | More by sinistersteve
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2001 17:25:20 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2001 01:43:36 | More by Jason
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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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