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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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819 Ratings

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | 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 froghop


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a small off-white head that goes away quickly, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, citrus sweet, a touch of pine, some caramel, and orange.

taste is somewhat creamy, dry leaves, a light sweet, light bitter, a little orange, touch of caramel, some pine, and some nuts in the back, ends bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:27:57 | More by froghop
Photo of Dogbrick


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Pike Street location. The beer is a clear orange color with a medium thin white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrusy and hoppy aroma with light malt in the background. Medium-bodied and moderately hoppy with flavors of citrus and pine along with some malt. The finish is somewhat hoppy with a lingering bitterness left over. Above average all around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 20:09:17 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of erok

New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold, chill haze appaent. Pours with a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Nice lacing.

B - Smell, some nice aroma of hops, but not as strong on the aroma hops as I've come to enjoy. Perhaps the beer is too old. It's about 2 months out of date.

C - Love it, great malt and hop balance. The hop bitterness could stand to be a little more complex, and would benefit from additional dry-hopping to add aroma complexity to the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied, satisfying. Neither dry nor cloying.

D - I just polished off a 22 ounce bomber without thinking about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:50:19 | More by erok
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

Elysian The Immortal IPA is a dense, slightly hazy, bubbly golden ale with a thick, frothy, foamy off-white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a syrupy sweet aroma like malt candy and something floral. It is medium-full bodied; very smooth and syrupy. It's kind of bitter, but quite sweet. The sweetness is a bit much. It actually kind of tastes floral, like violet candy. It's pretty good, but I didn't really need a full bomber of this. I'm sweet enough already.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 12:21:07 | More by yesyouam
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered online from Shoppers Vineyard in NJ.

Holy head!! Maybe two inches of beer and six inches of shaving cream like head. Amber sort of ginger ale and orange peekoo tea with hardcore champagne bubbling. Great sticking and retention. Almost "5" worthy, but their is too much of a good thing. The six ich head after a very soft pour was too much. Very citrusy and floral nose, but not much malty scents. The taste makes me think of danelions and grapfruit rinds. Maybe a little crystal malt as the beer warms. A slightly metallic and chewey herbal palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:25:57 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an uncharacteristic light golden color. The head is thick and white like shaving cream. Carbonation like ginger ale.

The smell is a standard -- but inviting -- IPA aroma. Bready with a flowery pilsnery hop. Some pine needles, but a touch of chlorine.

The taste is very bready malt, with lightly toasted barley. They are a nice foundation for the sharp estery hop. Dandelions and weeds. Roasted black licorice and tobacco come through with more warmth.

Leaves a thick, burnt film on the tongue. Sweet and flowery, but with a thick, heavily roasted malt base. An English IPA with flowery American hops. Starts sweet; ends bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 03:04:11 | More by williamherbert
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a Double Mountain Tulip glass. Purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle.

A - Golden in color with a slight haze. It's got a thick creamy head with lots of lacing. A very inviting look.

S - Citrusy and floral hops with some toasted malt and yeast as well.

T - Starts malty and a bit sweet but then turns bitter and citrusy. It's a pretty complex beer with lots of different flavors coming together very nicely. One of the more balanced west coast IPAs.

M - Low carbonation with good body.

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not quite as good as it is served on cask at the brewery but still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 22:29:37 | More by GJ40
Photo of EPICAC


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jimmy's No. 43 in NYC.

Pours a clear copper. Topped by a fluffy, creamy, beige head that leaves clinging sheets of lace. The aroma is fairly light overall. Notes of citric hop, and some resin, but hard to place.

Bready and toasty malts set the stage for a wave of strong hop-bitterness that's dominated by resiny and citric hops. Oily and medium bodied on the palate with high carbonation.

Hop-focused with good hop flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 19:15:17 | More by EPICAC
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial pour eventually settles into half orange body, good clarity, with loads of carbonation streams, and half huge sticky snow white head.

Slight, slight lemon aroma. Rarely does one have to work so hard at sniffing an ipa.

Nice solid malty base. Tasty citrus fruit. More hop nip than bite at the swallow. Mild fruity aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel has some firmness to it. Easy going drinkability.

A tasty beer but more pale ale than ipa to me, and more suited to six packs than bombers.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 23:30:16 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of AltBock


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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a dark blue/purple label that has a rather crude drawing of Zeus. He looks like an early Street Fighter II character. This crude drawing shows Zeus sitting on top of his throne with his left arm resting of a cloud, while his right hand is holding a big bolt of lightning. Just below his left arm is his pet Griffon. To the far left of the label is where they keep all the mandatory US information. The far right side has the Brewer's signature and two paragraphs. The top paragraph talks about the beer and the bottom one talks about the brewhouse. I failed to see any kind of best before date or batch number.

Appearance: I poured this "Immortal" beer into an Imperial Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. When this IPA was poured, this beer was nothing but foam. For every 1/4 of an inch of beer, there was about 4 inches of foam on top of it. After about 10 minutes of waiting for the head of foam to recede, I found out this beer was a hazy golden orange color that had a small tint of copper blended in with it. When this head of foam receded, it left behind a massive amount of white sticky streaks of lace around the glass. As you can tell, this beer had one of those annoying heads of foam. it took forever for it to recede and the only time I got to sip the beer was when I scooped away about 1 1/2 inches of foam away. Despite the annoying head of foam, this beer still had a great appearance to it.

Smell: Some IPAs favor the scent of tart grapefruit while others might favor the scent of bitter citrus hops. This beer didn't favor any of those. Instead, this IPA favored the scent of lemon peel. I don't know why, but it did. Directly behind the strong scent of lemon peel was a hint of pine, juicy ruby red grapefruit, a splash of orange peel, a pinch of crispy and bitter citrus hops, and then this lemon peel based aroma finishes up with a subtle touch of caramel malts. Swirling this beer around will only let out more grapefruit, lemon peel, and pine. In the end, it was more fruity than hoppy. Fruity with a hop bite aroma.

Taste: After the "fruity with a hop bite" aroma, I thought the beer was going to taste a little like that. Instead, this beer's taste was mostly all about the bitter and crispy floral hops with a few bitter citrus hops behind that. "The Immortal" started off a little fruity with ruby red grapefruit, lemons, and oranges. Then out of nowhere, the taste goes on the bitter offensive side with bitter floral and citrus hops. Then after the hops had enough, the taste ends with a subtle touch of toasted caramel malts and a tiny splash of pine needles. A good IPA, but I thought this beer could have unleashed a tad bit more citrus fruits and pine.

Mouthfeel: This Elysian beer was a medium bodied beer with a mild to strong aftertaste of bitter and crispy citrus and floral hops, a hint of dried ruby red grapefruit, a touch of lemon peel, and a splash of pine. This bitter aftertaste wasn't immortal. It lingered on for a minute or two and then it was gone forever.

Drinkability: If you like your IPAs crispy and bitter with a few varieties of hops and a touch of citrus fruits, then you might think about giving this Elysian beer a try. I thought this beer was kind of in the middle of the road on the mildly hopped route of America. Would I ever buy this beer again? Nah, one bottle was good enough. It is worth a shot though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 19:33:54 | More by AltBock
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden highlights fused with lightly clouded copper color. This was topped with a reasonable bleach white foamy cap, rather dense I might add. Some bubbles were working overtime and get a good grade for extra effort

S: well at first whiff things seemed a little timid and nothing really jumped out at me. Has the typical blend of pale malts and citrusy hops, maybe some dry pine notes

T: considering the name "The Immortal IPA" I was hoping for a bit more. It has its moments and some well rounded features otherwise it runs off a bit lackluster. Hops are of the sweet citrusy variety. I seem to get some oranges and soft grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. However, my palate keeps telling me that the malts are the stronger force at the helm. Pale biscuity malts covered with caramel and possess a light huskiness. I am also struggling with the fact that the flavors come and go...where are the hops?

M: good body, nice and mild. Goes down rather smooth and yet carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit foamy at times. Hops are in the back after a few sips, barely...

D: I will reach for many other IPA's before this one. More hops please! Still this is a nice rendition and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 03:50:11 | More by Magpie14
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suppose the immortal aspect of this beer derives from its carbonation. The bubbles just won't die and show an uncommon energetic boil sustaining a light cap of vivid white head with polka dot lace. Immortal's body is perilously clear in warm copper though I was surprised to note such a restrained aroma. The hops spend most of their time in the bittering range where they deliver a solid kick of flavor that would seem to extend beyond their reputed 42 IBU.

Not as crisp as some others, for the bittering has a recessed heaviness to it that pivots on a bit of yeast tang.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 02:50:11 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of jdense


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Whole Foods

Hazy strawish yellow color, a bit on the light side colorwise for NW IPAs. Quickly dissipating rocky head. if handled correctly the head isn't a problem. Not too harsh on the palate up front or back, a bit of grapefruit with figs. Nice balance between hops and malt. Pretty drinkable. A good fit with spicy foods. A quality quaffable from one of Washington's better breweries. Worth seeking out for hopheads, though not in the hop bomb category.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 03:19:55 | More by jdense
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

The bottle send a thundering 'POP!' upon popping the cap. An enormous thick white head forms with a gentle pour, a yellow orange tinged IPA lay beneath. This head is STRONG and relentless, the minutes tick by, and i still cant drink this beer yet! In my opinion that hurts its drinkability score. I had to pour, even more gently (but to no avail), 5-6 times to actually fill the glass to a suitable drinking height. The nose here is nice, semi floral, mild, but definitely hoppy. However, it didn't get much better once i was able to actually drink this beer. Way over carbonated, Belgian-esque but with out the complimenting characters, foamy, not even a decent quaff without an explosion of foam mid palate continuing into and through the finish. Sweet malts are picked up mostly on the aftertaste but the bitter, English-style, hop character is apparent throughout. I think without its obvious carbonation issues this would be a damn fine English IPA, but unfortunately, for now this beer is 1st on the list of disappointments of 2009.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:45:31 | More by ATPete
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 22oz. Bottle from Fred Meyer... poured into a tumbler..

Not so copper like the bottle stated... but a very so slightly cloudy golden color... much like an avg. pale. Not very much head at all... although I dont slam-pour beers, I tilt the glass. Obvious minimal lacing thanks to the yeast.

I couldn't hardly smell a thing with this number. Maybe a slight floral smell with a tad bit of barley and light malt.

A rather bitter and creamy taste. Bright hop and bitter citrus.. rather good carbonation.

Tastes like a refreshing pale.. mouthfeel is bitter but not dry.

Easy to drink, although a little too bubbly for a pale.

IPA? Not to me... it's a Pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:22:45 | More by Docer
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/30/2006 (Tap @ Elysian brewery, Tangletown, WA):

Pours a golden amber colored body, slightly cloudy, with a big white head, smallish bubbles. Has a very hoppy aroma, sweet, but not too hoppy. A slight bitter taste, very sweet. Nutty. Slight acidic aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 05:01:15 | More by jujubeast6000
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New York

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

Purchased 22 oz. bomber at Consumers Beverage on Elmwood Ave. Poured into a pint glass. Crazy head tension, had too let settle before inhaling. Three minutes later... A hazy orange fog appears as the color, smells of pine and orange peel come to my mind. Gulp. Not too overly hoped, malts are very present. Little bitter on the after take, just the right amount of alcohol present. More toward the English style IPA can some this beer up.

Recommended: To those who enjoy the IPA style across the pond, made right here in America.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:16:16 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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New York

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

Pours pale yellow with lots of sediment and a big, pillowy head that just doesn't go down. Nose like a chardonnay: wood, grass, fruit. Taste is pear notes, with lemongrass cutting at the end. Bitterness lingers.

I had an especially athletic bottle that poured mostly head for the first hour - overconditioned, maybe? In spite of that, comes off a little thin and bitter, I keep looking for the malts that aren't there. This keeps it from real sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 08:00:42 | More by StJamesGate
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a fluffy bright-white three finger head so thick I took a bite and chewed it. Good lacing and excellent retention. A pale copper liquid with tiny bubbles

Smell- Light, fresh hops overpower most malt aroma

Taste- Biscuity toasted malt followed by substantial hopiness. Malts and hops trade places a couple of times during a taste creating a complex and beautifully balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation and thinner liquid than the flavor would suggest.

Drinkability- A very drinkable IPA, nothing overpowering, but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 07:55:42 | More by olmatty
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, sweet malt. Flavor of light floral hops, toasted malt and a touch of diacetyl. Nice and drinkable. Simple, but good.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:49:57 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of midaszero


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden orange body with a small white head and some decent lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops

T - Nice clean and balanced hop flavor with some caramel malt flavor.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Excellently crafted and balanced. This is one of my new favorite IPAs. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 03:37:23 | More by midaszero
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is a clear golden-amber wtih a half-finger off-white head. Good lace at the top of the glass, not so much on the way down.

S: Not too strong, but clean -- citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and a hint of pine.

T: Pale (think biscuity or cracker-like) and caramel malt is followed by a nice hop bite, with lingering citrus and pine. Especially pine -- but it's not overpowering or palate-shredding at all. As it warms the malt body seems almost fruity -- or is that lemony/citrusy fruityness coming from the hops? Either way, there's a nice balance between hops and malt, and the lingering piney bitterness doesn't destroy the tastebuds as some western IPAs tend to do. Balance is the key here.

M: A tad lighter than medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel.

D: Excellent. Clean but flavorful. Went down real easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 20:17:18 | More by Kendo
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich copper orange with creamy white sulty head

rich piney hops upfront, with smooth malt and citrus notes

surprisingly crisp and upfront with the hops showing pine, citrus and a good spicy notes on the finish

deceptively big bodied and crisp, with subtle hoppy aggresiveness, slight malt balance but its mostly hops

a great beer for the price, big, sturdy hoppiness makes it for a great 22

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 05:25:38 | More by bitterthebetter
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a decent cream colored head and good lacings. Aroma is citrus hops some pine.
Taste is bitter citrus hops and a good amount of roasted malts. Pretty well balanced for an IPA.
Bitter dry grapefruit finish.
Drinkability is very good. Might be a short session but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 02:20:21 | More by Spikester
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 07:19:54 | More by t0rin0
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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