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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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very good

846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 44 | 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 ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $3.49, not too shabby of a price. Orange color and a smell that was a little bit odd, couldn't place it. The flavor was very malty, easily an English style IPA which is a cool change of pace from the hop bombs I usually love so much. I bet this would be really good on cask.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:13:23 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

crystal clear golden color with the thickest white heading I have ever seen on an IPA. Fantastic lacing. Your traditional IPA. Heavy bitter hops with an ever so sweet malty backbone that tastes like a cracker. Hops tingle on the palate with it's light body and finishes very crisp and clean. A great looking IPA but the taste is just like many.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 20:15:52 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of flexabull


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color, slight haze, and a decent white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, grapefruits, and tangerines. Kind of faint though.

Tastes starts out with bitter lemon zest then settles into light tea, and caramel malt sweetness. All in all the flavors are mellow, but nice.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side.

Drinkability is good. This came off to me as being a more mellow IPA, but it's flavorful enough, and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 17:29:14 | More by flexabull
Photo of flagmantho


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle says 6.3% ABV rather than the 6.21% listed above.

Appearance: pours a pale golden hue with a touch of haze, a few tiny floaties and two fingers of frothy ivory head. It's extremely middle-of-the-road.

Smell: aroma consists of some slightly citrusy, slightly funky hops, but the volume is way too low. Some styles demand subtlety, but the West Coast IPA is not one of those styles. Well-composed, but weak.

Taste: an interesting flavor, and I'm sad to say I don't love it. The hops in the aroma really fall apart in the flavor, and what I'm left with is a malty, soapy mess. A little bit of citrus is all the hops give you, plus a bit of bitterness at the end but not enough to let you know you're drinking an IPA. Plus, as I mentioned, there is a bit of a soapy quality which, while not actually terrible, doesn't do this beer any favors. All of that said, it's not a bad beer per se; it's just not a very good example of an IPA.

Mouthfeel: finally, an area in which this beer excels. Body is medium to medium-light, but the carbonation is very good and texture is nice and creamy. Dig it!

Drinkability: I'm a little torn on this beer. I feel it doesn't do a great job as an IPA and it definitely has some flavor issues (re: soap). Still, it manages to be a pretty quaffable brew. What to do? Call it average-to-good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 16:41:02 | More by flagmantho
Photo of taigor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear yellow color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Very hoppy with a strong citrus scent.

T - Slightly fruity to start with strong hops present all the way to finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable IPA and I would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 13:20:04 | More by taigor
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:27:10 | More by Mora2000
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is surprisingly malty.

Get a fleeting one finger head on a hazy yellow gold pour. No retention but thick lace.

Very malty nose. Where are the hops? Finally, some weak grapefruit sneaks in with a little tangerine.

Strong amber flavor. Thick feel for the style. Way more malt than hops. Disappointing.

Not even remotely an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:38:29 | More by beer2day
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden yellow with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Grassy, light pine & citrus rind, light vanilla. Nice, but not a huge nose for an IPA.

T: Tangerine and grapefruit rind, slightly grassy, a little peach & vanilla, solid bitterness, hints of grainy biscuit. The hopping is more PNW pale than IPA, but it's good.

M: Well-attenuated with a crisp finish. Some people might say you need more of a malt backbone, but would that survive a voyage to India?

D: An easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:20:34 | More by Derek
Photo of CHADMC3


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden body with orange hues and a frothy white head that rests atop the beer for a few minutes before leaving a thin white lacing.

Pine and citrus hop aromas waft from the glass, followed by other sweet citrus notes, and fresh grass.

The palate offers quite a nice hop punch, pine, grassy, and citrus; followed by a malt backbone, and back to the hops for the finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, there is a slight drying aspect to the finish, while still being quite crisp.

This is a tasty example of the style, plenty of character to offer the senses, but nothing too dominant.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:19:03 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of BARFLYB


2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom in a big ol pint glass, i was in need of a hop fix.

A- Immortal kinda looks like it is dying. Str8 off the spout in front of me this thing barely formed a decent sized head, looks bronze i9n appearance like a lager. I trust this taproom so I don't think it's a problem from the line.

S- Smells like a fairly hoppy lager with earthy hops and no citrus whatsoever, isn't this from the left coast? Grain out the ass and a malty sweet base.

T- Immortal did not remind me of a IPA, I don't know what it resembled, but Im still thinking hopppy lager. No 3C action, just earthy GRASSY hops with a faint sweet malt kick. What is wrong with this beer?

M- Not memorable, not bitter even in the slight, a step up from light bodied with a light carb. This one just kinda felt dead to me in IBU's or something.

D- I tourtured myself and drank the whole thing. I was trying to get to know this beer and truth be told there is nothing to know, so I chugged the rest of it. Very drinkable with the low abv but very forgetable with the low taste as well.

I've been seeing this on the shelves here for a few years and I guess the only thing immortal about this beer is the recipe, which is in dire need of dying and being re tooled. Just a thought.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 22:33:38 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of bradleyp


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lite golden color. Once in the glass, it looks very much like how an IPA should look. Smelled very hoppy and citrusy like a Grapefruit or an Orange. Not very drinkable, but is def. worth trying again. I'm not a huge fan of IPA's but I could learn to be more open-minded when it comes to drinking these beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 05:30:06 | More by bradleyp
Photo of NWer


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 22:26:03 | More by NWer
Photo of industrialswill


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like murky motor oil in the glass.
Smells of hops and malt.
Citrus hop and malt flavor, very nice. This one is as good as any IPA, [for the most part].
Being forced to buy it as a 22 oz bottle for $4 will limit my consumption of this one.
Worth a try if you are a curious fan of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:42:00 | More by industrialswill
Photo of GRPunk


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A moderate pour left a 1 finger head that drops to about 1/2 finger and leaves excellent sticky rings and spots all about the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-orange with moderate carbonation.

S- It's fairly hop forward at first with a very organic mix of grassy and grapefruit notes. Sugary sweet malts are in the background. A little warmth opens it up. Malts become a little more grainy.

T- It presents a solid hoppy punch at first. It's a nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Sweet and grainy malts hold it together. In the end it's really well balanced for the style.

M- Moderate carbonation. It's fairly viscus and coats the mouth, but still smooth. Not too much bite considering the solid hop aroma and flavor.

D- Very good as IPAs go. I put back 3 with dinner recently without tiring of it or getting a hop overload. I'd drink it again when it's available. It seemed a bit fresher on-tap. I might bump up the flavor 1/2 point if I was reviewing at the bar (it was poured quite nicely too). I actually thought it was local to NJ (where I was visiting) since I was at the Elysian Cafe which is down the street from Elysian Park.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:22:33 | More by GRPunk
Photo of coastiefish


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22>pint glass

1 finger foamy white head fades to a thin layer with big bubbles.

Subtle cereal and floral-perfumy nose with a touch of vanilla.

Soapy and minor bit salty taste.

The foamy, soapy stays true in the mouthfeel. I would say a bit of tinny metallic.

It is an interesting beer for me due taking my time with it, and distinguishing certain features.

notes: (awesome) new label this summer, different from the one in the display picture posted.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 07:07:33 | More by coastiefish
Photo of Bfarr


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper with big frothy tan head and good lacing. Floral and pine aroma with a buttery sweetness. A little bit of everything... floral and pine with a grapefruit bitter finish. Well balanced with a little caramel sweetness which is the first taste but shifts quickly to the abundant hops. Hops diminish slightly in intensity by the end of a bomber. Sharp with moderate to high carbonation creating a refreshing overall feel.

Like I said... a little bit of everything. Hops to please and balanced with malts. Pretty easy drinking and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:16:03 | More by Bfarr
Photo of appenzeller


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

Cloudy light orange with a thick frothy head. This one smells of hops--big surprise!--the taste is a little more nuanced. Fruity, citrusy taste up front with a dry and sharp hops profile following. This also tastes of spice, cinnamon or even cumin? I've always liked this beer, kind of a Seattle regular, although it's ultimately pretty much the standard profile of a "West Coast IPA."

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 07:07:42 | More by appenzeller
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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 23:54:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New York

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

Got a 22 ounce at my local beer supermarket thinking I had tried already. It was a very decent serviceable ipa but not the best I've had. Light in color. Heavy carbonation. Good but light bitterness with good hop aroma and flavor. Very good ipa. I'll get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 23:44:40 | More by david18
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a golden color, not quite perfectly clear. Half an inch of creamy white head.
Smells of citrus hops and grass, fruit, and malt. Also kind of a sweet smell to it.
Fairly well balanced malt to hop taste. Citrus, bready malt, and grassy hops.
Overall I think this is a fairly good beer, and I generally don't like IPAs. The balance between the malt and hops makes this a much more drinkable beer than the usual West Coast style IPA, which in my opinion are nothing more than hop juice. Reasonably priced, goes down easy.
Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 00:17:39 | More by honeybrewer
Photo of philbertk


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

The Immortal IPA--India Pale Ale On Draft @ Elysian Brewing Company Capitol Hill. 6.60% ABV--65 IBU's. Best IPA I have ever tasted. Balanced smooth sweet and hoppy. (5.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5/7/1999. 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Hazy deep amber color. Very floral malty front. Light head leaves rich lace. Body is rich and lightly sweet. Hops follow in balanced spicy finish. Exquisite floral balance. Excellent!! Sampled 12/23/1999. 2000 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Filtered clear rich bright amber golden color. Smooth rich floral hop front. Rich pale malt body. Spicy balanced hop finish. Very smooth and rich, but loses edge in filtering and bottling. Sampled 12/15/2000. 2004 22 oz. Bottle. 6.56% ABV--65+ IBU's.? (4.5 / 5.0) Lacy head. Clear bright rich golden thin amber color. Rich floral earthy hop front. Thick rich creamy balanced sweet malty caramel body. Rich dry big earthy hop spice mild ctrus end. Excellent. Sampled 9/3/2004. 2004-B Zeus On His Throne Graphic 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--65+ IBU's.? (4.75 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear rich pretty light amber color. Rich delicate floral Cascade hop aroma. Smooth creamy crisp balanced sweet caramel grapefruit body. Clean smooth balanced citrus hop spice bitter end. Sampled 12/7/2004. 2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--42 IBU's. (4.35 / 5.0) Mild lacy white head. Thick pour. Aromatic flowery hop front. Creamy mild sweet soft butter caramel mild fruit bisquit body. Delicious smooth mellow hop spice refreshing rich balanced mild bitter end. Floral Mild Bitter Minimal Citrus Rich Medium IPA. Sampled 6/13/2008. 4 @ $3.99 Each. ELYSIAN The Immortal IPA--Torch In Hand Label--New!--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 54 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment dust. Mild lace thin white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Soft floral hop front. Thick pour cloying mellow sweet grapefruit caramel malty fruit ester hop pine resin crusty body. Smooth refreshing mild bitter crisp clean fruit spice end. Classic NW IPA! Sampled 5/30/2010. 2 @ $3.79 Each.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:05:34 | More by philbertk
Photo of lstokes


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

I'm a sucker for a strong hop nose, especially when it's citrusy like this one--this has a typical American IPA profile, with grapefruit, peach and a touch of pine in the hops and a classic well-balanced caramel backbone. The mouthfeel is also very vibrant.

I got a little bit of yeast in the taste as well, and thought the beer ended with a sour yeasty note, but that didn't significantly detract from what is a solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 02:59:39 | More by lstokes
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

Orangey gold. Grapefruit and hints of nutty in the aroma.

Tartness and grapefruit highlight and dominate the flavor - slightly more tart than grapefruit. Easy drinking - smooth and fruity.

Nothing that particularly stands out with this IPA. A decent, textbook example of a citrusy American IPA. I'd accept an offer for one in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 02:32:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at city beer in SF.

A - Pours copper-golden with 3 fingers of white foamy head. Dissipates slow and leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Hints of honey and caramel chased by grapefruity and grassy hops. The malts are just complex enough to bring out an almost hard to believe equilibrium between malts and hops.

M - Medium to full bodied, slightly hop dominated, and smooth.

D - Good overall. Nothing to wowing, but liked the malt complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:09:52 | More by MisterClean
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South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy golden orange body with a fluffy white head that settles down into a denser layer with long-lasting clumps. Lacing is pretty good.

The citrus in the nose- tangy orange, pineapple- a few drops of grapefruit juice- comes close to being overpowered by plentiful sweet malts. The flavors follow along. Sweet and tasty, but not a lot in the way of bitterness. Goes down easy, but not really memorable. A little too malt-focused for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 19:09:08 | More by PDXHops
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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