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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

843 Ratings

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 43 | 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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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a nice lumpy white head.

Grain and grassy hops in the aroma.

Herbal, minty hops and some husky grain flavors. Body is light, carbonation medium-low. Very "Northwest" style IPA recipe-- reminds me of Terminal Gravity. Malt flavors are very earthy, husky and cereal-like. Hops are minty, green, leafy, and herbal. Malt body is lean and the hop bitterness holds throughout the finish. A nice PNW beer, I remember this being better at the brewpub in Seattle, but this isn't bad. Distinct and old school.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:53:15 | More by bcm119
Photo of DrScotch


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper-amber coloured ale with big head that hangs around. great grapefruit hop aroma, leads into solid hop flavour on a backbone of slightly sweet maltiness. Bitterness develops towards the finish.

For me, this is how I like my American IPAs - not overly bitter, nicely balanced and THAT aroma of US hops, citrus and pine.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:54:47 | More by DrScotch
Photo of Rayek


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

A: Hazy pale amber with active carbonation. Foamy and dense off-white head has exemplary retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: Heavy grapefruit with some lemon and fresh cut flowers. Pine and a little sugary sweetness linger in the background.

T: Caramel sweet malt is quickly replaced with a rush of strong grapefruit, lemon and pepper bitterness. Grapefruit is the predominant hop flavor, and it lingers lightly into the finish. A well done combination of flavors.

M: Medium body is very oily. Carbonation level is just a touch too high.

D: Nicely done overall. Definitely worth a revisit. As with the other Elysian beer I've had, I'm curious as to how true this contract brewed version is to the original.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 16:06:56 | More by Rayek
Photo of GarrisWH


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, orange-tinged golden color with one finger of fluffy white head. Great retention and solid lacing.

S - Pretty interesting hop aroma, with juicy citrus aromas - perhaps some orange and tangerine. There is an herbal, piney quality and a hint of tropical fruit as well. Sweet, bready malt in the background as well.

T - A fairly balanced flavor overall, leaning just slightly more towards the hop profile. Fairly bitter, grapefruit flavor at first that leads into some bready, caramel malt flavors. An herbal, piney hoppiness noticeable in the finish. Definitely reminiscent of an English IPA, with a bit more attention to balance than a lot of American IPAs seem to have. I generally prefer a bit more hop kick in my IPAs, but this is a tasty brew nonetheless.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with a moderate, fairly tingly carbonation. Maybe a little bit too light for an IPA, imo.

D - There's no denying that this is a very drinkable beer. It has nice flavors, a nice hop character and is well done overall. A fairly mellow brew that could definitely make for a solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 07:45:47 | More by GarrisWH
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Immortal, which I poured into a glass that was more fitting for a stronger beer, pours a bright golden, peachy color with a nice thick fluffy head. Its looks to me like a very well made beer.

The aroma is grassy, grainy, some lemon, some pine along with caramel sweetness. Its not an overpoweringly hoppy smelling IPA, its much more subdued like an English IPA.

One big sip of The Immortal and here we go. Plenty of malt backbone combines with some sweet orange and other citrus to make a pretty balanced IPA. Like I stated before, this is not going to numb your tongue with 130 IBUs, its much more subtle. Hell, its only 42 IBUs! Nonetheless, its got a lot of flavor and is very drinkable.

I'd have to say that I really enjoy an American IPA (from time to time) that isn't over the top and whose hop bitterness doesn't leave my tongue bandaged and waiving a white flag. This is a solid session-able IPA from a great Pacific Northwestern brewery. Cheers Elysian!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:02:46 | More by indiapaleale
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another great IPA.I picked it up at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- golden color, clear

Smell- hoppy

Taste- Hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- very good, thoroughly enjoyed it like most IPAs, will drink it again

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 23:35:52 | More by jeffjeff1
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New York

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

this beer pours a nice golden orange color with a thick white head that recedes slowly to a layer of lace. the aroma brings a good balance of hops and malt, but not the extreme hop aroma that I look for in an ipa. the taste brings a goodly amount of the citrus hops that the nose promised and puts in the running to be a good ipa. with the medium body and full on co2 it's a pretty good drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:08:25 | More by almychristopher
Photo of DIM


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

a: This was a cloudy golden color. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap.

s: I got some bready sweetness that had a little twang to it. The hops were a bit muted, smelling herbal with just a little pine.

t: On the sweet side, lacking in bitterness for balance. The hops were very mild, spicy and a little bitter. The malts had an almost fruit juice quality.

m: Well carbonated with a slightly oily body.

d: An average IPA, nothing here to make it stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 12:38:14 | More by DIM
Photo of beertunes


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy yellowish-amber with over an inch of thick white head that left a slightly more than average amount of lacing.

A solid blast of pine and citrus hops greets the nose. The flavor follows along as expected, not much malt backbone as is typical for a PNW IPA.

The body is slightly above average and this beer is as close as you can get to a session IPA. After a few palate fatigue will set in, but that is expected with the style. This is the best selling beer at one of my locals, they burn a keg every 4-5 days, so this certainly a favorite of the IPA loving locals. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 21:16:06 | More by beertunes
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Falling Rock Tap House (Denver, CO)

12 oz pint glass

Served a nice amber, light white fluffy head that had decent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation streaming to the top.

Aroma is light hops. Not all that impressive.

The taste is decent, hoppy but left a very dry aftertaste, very hoppy at times it was almost metallic.

The beer has a medium body, smooth and drinkability suffered a bit due to the aftertaste. Overall, I was not all that impressed with the beer, it could have been that I had a Pliny before trying this beer and it could just not stand up. I will give this one another shot. But certainly not as good as Two Hearted, which I consider the gold standard when it comes to American IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 22:23:42 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On guest tap at new belgium.

A: copper colored with a white head, about half an inch in to nothing. Excellent clarity as well as lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: hops, pine and citrus, caramel, not much malt, but huge on the hops. Nice NW IPA.

T: bitter and hoppy, pine and earth, very little malt backbone. Big time hop bomb. Nice beer all around.

M: medium, light carbonation, nice and dry.

D: easy drinking beer, not over the top and a nice beer to have. Will seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 19:32:14 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of Kadonny


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass.

A: A darker golden orangy color with a huge, huge white fluffy billowy head. Too much head on a very conservative pour. Full sticky glass lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops with a bit of funk. Bready malt sweetness.

T: Wow, not your run of the mill IPA. First hints of citrus hops with some floral notes and a bit of pine. Next comes the malt profile that really sets this beer apart. The malt is bready sweet with fruits and funk. Funk? Yes! The yeast used has a musty funk to it that really mixes well with the hops. Finish is crisp and dry. Very nice.

M: My only gripe with this beer. Way overcarbonated. Even on a very conservative pour I get a half glass of head. Other than that, mouthfeel is crisp and clean with no hint of alcohol.

D: High, real high. This is a great beer.

Overall I really loved the very unique flavors of this IPA with the funky fruit and citrus flavors. Very well done, not your run of the mill IPA. I'm definitely seeking out more of this beer. Great!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 13:19:40 | More by Kadonny
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice murky amber with a little bit of off white head
S- Hops ,Hops! some ammarilo (maybe?) and some more citrusy ones
T- more hops with some malty notes as well. Solid overall , I think Elysian might use the same yeast for quite a few beers cause the background of the beer was simular to the last elysian i had
M- very nice, good carbonation, a little cold, but thats how the bar served it
D- very nice, relativly low abv. Pretty easy to drink

pretty solid beer, ill def reach for this again

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 01:46:33 | More by gdfan47
Photo of blackc5


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im a fan of many of the Elysian brews, and this one doesn't disappoint. Poured at 45F.

A- Pours a translucent golden orange. Wonderful pillowy, cloud-like head that just hangs and hangs. Some really impressive lacing too.

S- Fairly mild but maybe just my cold yet interfering. Grapefruit and lemon, with a little floral and sweet caramel.

T- First taste is a nice roasted malty sweetness that quickly fades to citrus. Some apricot hidden amongst the grapefruit. A bit of pine on the aftertaste, increasingly bitter as it warms. Overall, tastes nicely fruity and very refreshing. A great IPA.

M - Smooth and creamy. Resiny. Light carbonation.

D- Very high. Alcohol is well-masked at first taste. Very well rounded, and easy enough to down this 22 oz bomber.

Enjoyed this one a lot, and a nice deal at $3.49 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 05:28:45 | More by blackc5
Photo of popery


2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I expect a lot out of an American IPA, and I particularly expect an abundance of hops. At 42 IBUs, this beer clocks in at a level that I more expect to see in an APA than IPA. I don't know if this is the result of hop-happy craft brewers skewing style expectations or what. However, this beer does straddle the APA-IPA border according to the BJCP guidelines, so it's not an entirely baseless assertion.

The Immortal IPA pours a middle-of-the-road golden color that's true to style. The thick, foamy head leaves copious lacing. The smell is dominated by a citric-floral hop aroma. There's a touch of caramel malt, but it's mostly a fairly sweet hop-forward aroma. The flavor just really doesn't work for me. I like aggressively hoppy IPAs, and this beer does not fit that bill. On the other hand, the malt flavor isn't strong enough to carry things, either. The malt is more bready than caramel. I guess the beer could be called balanced, but that term is highly subjective and largely meaningless. At any rate, it's an ok beer and largely loses points through style comparison rather than specific flaws. Elysian clearly knows how to make beer. I just disagree with their preferences for this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 07:30:43 | More by popery
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from the Craft Beer Outlet, NE Philadelphia; as I'm typing.

A: Pours with a golden amber color and a slightly off-white head. Retention is good, lace is moderate.

S: Light hop aroma, especially for an IPA, also significant notes of the yeast.

T: Briskly hoppy, not quite as much as I expect from an IPA, with malt undertones.

M: Bottle conditioned carbonation gives a smooth feel initially and it ends with slightly dry in the back of the mouth.

D: Crisp feel and mild flavor makes it go down easily and enjoyably.

All in all, it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 22:00:00 | More by reinheitsgebot83
Photo of OStrungT


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent lacing.

This beer has a mildly hoppy aroma. It isnt as strong as I expected. It smells floral, with a touch of pine. It has a slightly sweet aroma also.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It is more of a pale ale than an IPA. Not hoppy at all.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer may make a decent session beer. Lowish alcohol, and a decent flavor make it ok.

Overall: I dont think this beer was much of an IPA. It is a decent beer, however rating on style, this beer is not that great. I am sorry.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:00:47 | More by OStrungT
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - super hazy orange with a mountain sized white head. Nice creamy lacing.

S - C hops with a touch of pineapple. A sweetness is present.

T - Pleasantly bitter with the C hops and pineapple present. Nice malt backbone that allows this to be balanced but still showcase the hops.

M - obviously bottle conditioned which gives it a softer carbonation.

D - well balanced but nothing extraordinary

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:54:43 | More by xhcadamx
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for Elysian by New Belgium in Fort Collins.

Pours into my NB globe with very hazy golden orange color and thick white head. The head is really the best part about this beer's appearance. Very creamy and long lasting with nice lace. It's similar in looks to a good Belgian saison.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a little citrus and fresh grass. Nothing exceptional but it's pleasant.

Flavor is nicely done too with good balance between bitterness and sweetness. It has a little bit of apple and carmel sweetness although not like a carmel apple, thankfully. There is also some mild grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium body with good level of carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking for an IPA.

Overall one of the better balanced IPAs I've had. It may lean more towards the English version in sweetness but with a healthy dose of American hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:13:04 | More by GilGarp
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Rus - much obliged!

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of floral and citrus hops - this smells just hoppy enough to justify the American IPA tag.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are joined by light citrus malt flavors midway through the sip, but the malt is in control throughout. Slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side, but good carbonation makes this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a good American IPA but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 14:02:52 | More by glid02
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is almost as malty as it is hoppy with lots of caramel malts with a hints of floral and earthy hops on top.

The taste follows the aroma with a little more hops than the aroma would suggest. It's got a little bit of citrus and floral hops up front before the generous malt profile takes over.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost too thin. It's got good carbonation and a pretty subdued hop profile which leads to little bitterness on the palate.

This a well-balanced and very drinkable IPA that could probably use a little more hops to make it great. Still, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:01:31 | More by gford217
Photo of chiral3


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer simply OK. It was clean. Perhaps a bit to clean. It felt thin - in taste and mouthfeel. This made it quite drinkable. There was something subtle that was quite good, but the signal was too distant. Perhaps years of dipas and big IPAs have clouded my (our) judgement, but I felt is was lacking that thing IPAs need, and it isn't the grain bill. The mouthfeel frankly solidified my opinion. The taste was thin, as was the mouthfeel. Not floral enough. No pine or citrus. It may have been in there, but it was too subtle. An average beer with some real potential.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 01:02:24 | More by chiral3
Photo of yeastsipper


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

Beer pours a nice foggy light copper color with nice head. Smell is very nice. Floral much more than piney. Malt is very evident on the nose. Very soapy, definitely the dominant smell. Soap evident in the taste as well, as well as floral. There is the Earl Gray breakfast tea flavor i get from red ales. Quite bitter going done and leaves a blanket of bitterness on the palate that lingers. Mouthfeel is a touch week as for me, the body is a touch light and watery. Pretty darn good stuff, though not in the upper echelon of other IPAs I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 06:23:27 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of cvfish


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

A - This beer poured a hazy golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - This beer produced aromas of the hop flower, but also some sweet, possibly honey, scents, followed by some maltiness

T - This IPA was one of the best tasting IPA's I've had, very flavor and complex, nice maltiness, bitterness of the hops, a little sweetness, and some pine wood taste

M - The body of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good IPA, not on Simcoe or Torpedo level for me, but very close, a must have if you can find this gem

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 00:50:53 | More by cvfish
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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
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