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The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.21%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Reviews: 397 | Ratings: 1,121
Photo of BabaYagaRIS
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of pokerman
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
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

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Photo of bubseymour
2.07/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Tricia450
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Like most of the other Elysian beers this one is quite beautiful. Amber golden orange body that allows the light to dance through it. Head is foamy and golden white, about two fingers thick with frothy bubbles. Retention is moderate and lacing is scant.

Smell - A well-balanced aroma that includes piney, earthy hops with bitterness, as well as some underlying bready and malt sweetness.

Taste - Like the smell, this is not a hop bomb, instead opting for the balance of a bigger malt presence. Some spiciness as well, along with earthy bitterness and resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a slight chewiness. Moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, a tasty IPA, and one that imagine is suited well for slightly chillier months. The malt presence gives this beer some balance, but also some more heft, making it not ideal for warm weather.

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Photo of beagle75
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep orange hue. Pearly white head, not much of it however. Some lacing. Fairly clear with just a few bubbles.

S - Citrus notes that is backed up with a deeper acidic note. This beer is a little bit old, so the hops may have oxidized a little. A get a little more nuttiness after getting used to the hops.

T - Starts off with some light sweetness, 2-row with a good amount of american hops. Mid-stream gets some bitterness. Some nutty notes sneak through in the finish.

M - Moderate body, moderate to light carbonation. Feels a little hefty, a bit sticky. Oily in the finish.

O/D - A decent but not overly exciting IPA. The hops are good, west coast in nature, but just aren't that strong in the world of today's IPAs.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours beautifully. Hazy orange with a tall head that fell off slowly and rocky to a cap and ring. Few bubbles can be spotted rising up from the bottom. Left some patchy sticky lace. Nose is scrumptious with ripe fruit. Sweet peach and orange. Good toasted malt spine underneath with smooth caramel. Light pine, earth and faintly herbal. Taste is succulent fruit with a bit of grapefruit pith mid palate. Prominent malt character. Full and sweet. Earthy with some light pine and grass. Finishes dry and a bit prickly with plenty of bread and a rousing bitter. Prickly from carbonation and has a little toasted sugar.

This is one luscious and smooth drink. Clean and full bodied with a bitter kick but an all around graceful bearing. This is not the typical hop bomb. It has a winning balance between animated hops and deep sweet malt. The sugar and the bitter finish the drink together with a sweet fruits still on the tongue as a pleasant bitter lingers in the after taste. Well turned out indeed.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a nice pour from the growler into the Duvel tulip glass. Very appealing deep amber color with a healthy dose of head. Aromas of fresh cut pine branches, sticky sap and fresh breeze from the Sound. Taste is a crisp and sweet balance between hops and malt. Mouthfeel is satisfying. I wouldn't mind filling my growler with this one again. Would pair well with a green chili cheeseburger or a red velvet cupcake.

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Photo of da_beers
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - somewhat hazy beautiful amber/orange pour with slight white head. Dissipated quickly, good lacing.

S - way fruity on initial sniff, almost unflatteringly sweet. Has some grassy/earthy tones.

T - initial hoppiness that is immediately overridden by fresh fruitiness. Pears, some peaches. Incredible across the palate endi with sweet malts.

M - sits heavy on palate after drink. Sweetness with slight bitterness at back of throat that lingers. Medium body, but slightly on the heavy end.

O - good beer. Smell and taste are uniquely opposite.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing Company - The Immortal IPA

Look - Pours a hazy peach with an amber hue. Bubbly (yes, bubbly) head with a vigorous pour dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. No freshness date but did not seem to be past its prime per se.

Smell - Spicy pear and sweet malts, almost like a fruit beer. I was a little put off here for sure.

Taste - Carbonation kick and hop rides in strong blast to the face, nice and hyper-bitter grassy pine bitter, fades to English malts.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter and dry to say the least. A little warming but not overly boozy. Good drinkability. Medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall - Unique as hell for sure, have not had anything quite like that one, some would probably love it. Aroma put me off a bit but the taste made a case that won for me, solid brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle with no apparent freshness info poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent orange/yellow colour with one finger of off-white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, mango and a noticeable caramel sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style accompanies pine, tangerine, musk/dank and light mango flavours. A decent caramel malt backbone provides a lot of sweetness.

M - Medium body. Slightly sticky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a vibrant golden orange with a half inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is bready and biscuity with some citrus. Slight floral notes. Not much of a nose. The taste is some orange peel with floral hop notes. Good deal of malt flavor with some bread and floral bitterness at the finish. Orange peel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the dry side. Not what I was expecting from a PNW IPA but it's still solid. Overall, drinkable and pretty tasty. Would grab it again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Elysian The Immortal is a fairly bright and clear IPA, the extent to which tiny, almost indiscernible particles of yeast become visible, floating in suspension as if in jello. This, however, takes little away from the beer's aesthetics. Its head, though not all that put-together, manages to paste flyspecks of lacing throughout the glass.

Unlike what I've come to expect from the Northwest, this is neither very expressive nor very fruity. It lacks the juicy, bright, mouth-watering citrus notes of other West Coast IPAs (though some mandarin orange and grapefruit is surely detected). More so, however, it is a bready, biscuity maltiness that the nose picks up on.

The taste is profuse with candied lemon and orange rinds. There are also ripe flavours of pineapple and mango. All this fruit, however, is balanced by a great deal of biscuity, toasty, almost butterscotch-like maltiness. It is simultaneously sweet and citrusy, and rather tasty.

For those who can't stomach the intense, gum-splitting acidity of other American IPAs, this beer offers a more balanced, almost buttercream-like mouthfeel that packs little bitterness and even less alcohol. If drinking casually with friends, this has a good chance at being the crowd-pleaser.

Elysian The Immortal definitely lacks the bright-eyed and bitter hoppiness of its West Coast counterparts, but it makes an enjoyably drinkable IPA in its own right. In another era it might have been exciting, but given all the offerings in today's market it's one that's understandably easy to pass over (especially given this brewery's own abundance of better choices).

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Two finger creamy off white head. Chunks floating in a golden and bright body. Mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus. Orange, grapefruit. Mild.

T - Light mango and citrus. Crackery. Gentle hop character.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, medium bitterness.

O/D - Bottle might be a bit old. Pretty tame for the style. I expect that this shouldn't have chunks in it either.

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Photo of JBetz
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S - Nice malty notes with a floral, slightly citrusy overtone.
T - A unassuming malt base, thicker than some IPAs, bitter end not too strong, definitely lets the NW hops shine with a aromatic hop side to the balance. Dry. Flavors are blended well but this also keeps it from standing out. .
Finish - Bitter tastes fades and floral, aromatic flavors are there to savor.
M - Good body. Fine, clean carbonation that isn't too bright and gentle on the mouth.
O - Very drinkable. More enjoyable than IPAs that seem to shout out their hoppy flavors to loudly. Loved the mouthfeel and felt like I could go right into having another. All of the flavors meld well on this one with a slight lean toward a NW hop character coming out front.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing - Tacos: cheddar cheese, spicy tomatoes, rice, avacado, black beans in flour tortilla. Nice for the most part, the beer cut right through the spice and salt with ease. Probably would have tasted better overall if I'd not used canned tomatoes.

A - Hazy yellow/gold, some debris floating in it. I don't think there was sediment, is my glass not clean? Frothy, uneven head left some incredible, sea-foam-esque lacing. Looked cool.
S - Light citrus/ tropical aromas. Smells thick and bold.
T - Bitterness punches right up front and continues throughout, one long blast. Impressive, but seems unwieldy, unbalanced. Fruity, sweet, finishes light with some citrus rind in the back of the mouth. Faint nose of sweetroll, with doughy, caramely notes.
M - Light and refreshing. Clean, excepting the hops which are a little too big and dull for my tastes.
O - Bit of a tough call, but ultimately I need to call this one just shy of remarkable. Doesn't mean it's not a solid IPA, it is! Just not quite enough here to merit special regard.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a shaker pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date. A little wary, actually. Paired with sage derby cheese.

A- One-finger white head, moderate retention. Honey color with high clarity for the body. Not tremendously attractive.

S- Floral, honeyed. Spruce, some bitterness balanced against some sweet scents.

T- Piney, surprisingly not hop-forward. Malty and sweet with honey. Spruce is still there though. Pairs nicely with this cheese.

M- Full bodied, dry and tight. It's fair.

O- Not the best IPA, but not bad from Elysian, a company I tend not to enjoy much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a golden orange color with a white sudsy head with excellent retention and leaves nice lacing
S-orange and tropical fruit
T-orange and tropical fruit up front, with pine and resin bitterness creating the backbone and subtle malt presence proving some sweetness
M-medium-light bodied
O-A nice, light and fruity IPA that is easy drinking.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.