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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

963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 86 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Photo of david18
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.

Photo of honeybrewer
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of MisterClean
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.

Photo of PDXHops
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.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy golden color, nice fluffy head that dissipates about halfway through and leaves a thick sticky lacing behind.

S -Bready, caramel malts up front with hops backing... interesting when you are used to SD style IPA's that are all about the hops this one catches you off guard. As someone else mentioned though, this is a take on an English style IPA.

T - Sweet, very rich malt, almost caramel with some earthy hops in the middle followed by a mild bitterness.

M - A thicker mouthfeel than other American style IPAs. Mild carbonation and a bit tangy.

D - This is a good cold weather brew, pretty heavy on the malts and sweetness. Not going to feel like doing much after one of these guys.

Overall - A pretty well balanced beer that could be a good alternative to a lager or amber IMO.

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

A - Pours slightly hazy gold to amber color - almost orange. Head is an adequate, off - white, but dissipates quickly with some lacing left on the glass. Lots of bubbles escaping to the top.

S -Bready, caramel malts up front with citrusy and earthy hops. More on the malty side that many American IPAs. This makes sense as the bottle states it is an interpretation of a classic English style.

T - Sweet, rich malt with a balanced earthy (almost floral) hop profile. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M - Moderate body, "thicker" than many American IPAs. Carbonation bite with a tangy twinge turning to a lasting bitterness. Mild alcohol sensation in the end. Warming on the throat.

D - Drinkable beer. Makes me feel fuller than many IPAs. Maybe the carbonation or maybe the heavier malts. Either way - not one to drinks lots of.

Overall - Nicely balanced IPA that is more malty than many American IPAs. Hops are present, but not as in your face. Blended and mellow.

Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a hazy copper with a half inch of white head that dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing.

S: Strong scent of leafy hops with with some maltiness as well.

T: While the leafy hops are definitely front and center there is a strong malt character as well. Not that this makes for an unpleasant taste, I quite like it actually, but I expect less balance and more hops in an american ipa.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

D: Could easily knock back a few of these. Overall a good beer that is definitely drinkable, will be drinking this one again.

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

Bomber into a pint glass. Thought this would be a DIPA with the name and the label at first, but it looks like it's not going that route, which is certainly fine by me.

Appearance: Mildly hazy copper and golden color, with a head that leaves Jackson Pollock-like lacing all over the glass, initially, and with subsequent pours. Nice concentrated and slow bubbles gurgling to the top, and there are some floaties after the first pour. Also, just inspecting the bottle before I poured, it looks like a lot of hops have settled at the bottom, unless there's some yeast, too. I love that, and it continues to make me happy when the murk lies at the bottom, slowly wavering in the bottle with a slight flick of the wrist.

Smell: Big inviting candied fruit aromas at first, like candied oranges or pears, along with a bit of leafy hops and caramel syrup.

Taste: There's a good sense of candied and caramel malts at first, along with some cherry, pear, and citrus. But it slowly morphs into pleasantly commingling hop bitterness, more rinds than leaves. The slow meld is really interesting and inviting, and it seems to be subtly nuanced as the flavors change like that with each sip. Interesting how I'm not sure I've noticed this in a brew before.

Mouthfeel: Not as much carbonation as I'd have liked at first, but it comes through at the end in a nice concentrated burst. Lighter to medium-bodied, and slightly oily I'd say.

Drinkability: More of an English IPA, as they set out for. And I'm not sure the style above shouldn't be changed, but alas. A very solid, sessionable, and highly drinkable version of the style. I'll be trying this again and seeing if I can get more from Elysian, as this is my first.

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a big off white head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Nice aroma of grapefruit and pine over caramel malts. Flavor contains lots of hop flavors, grapefruit, pine, some pineapple, and a touch of malt, biscuit and caramel. Pretty well balanced and an easy drinker. The beer is well carbonated but not overly so. Medium body. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Mojoman8561
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-L-Clear copper color. Poured with a good head that hung around for a while.

-S- The leaf hops really stand out to me.Tucked behind it are some nice fleshy fruit aroma's.

-T- Good hops blend. Not over whelming in the least. A little grapefruit and pear mixed in there.

-F- Thin. started bigger than it finished as well. The only real draw back I found with this one.

-D- Overall maybe the easiest IPA I've ever had. With it's relatively mild ABV I think this is a decent starter IPA for those unsure of the IPA class.

Photo of corby112
1.95/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden copper color with slight golden orange hues when held to a lift source with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a very thick 2.5 finger frothy off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a lot of piney hop character, pine needle, lyesol, and faint citrus notes. It kind of smells like air freshener.

Very bitter and intensely dry medium body with very earthy pine notes that linger throught into an extremely dry tongue coating finisih. The pine presence is so strong that it actually tasted like chemicals and air freshener. The citrus presence from the aroma is nowhere to be found. It actually feels like I walked into a room that was oversprayed with Lyesol. This beer is way too harsh and difficult to drink. I love ultra hoppy beers, IPA/DIPAs but this beer is just not very good.

Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/21/10

Poured into a pint glass. Thin, 3/4 finger white head that fades fast. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell had hints of caramel malts. Some fruity and floral hops as well. Aroma wasn't strong.

Taste had a nice maltiness in the back w/ hints of caramel. Very mild bitterness. Pleasant fruity and floral flavors. Very slight resiny finish. Taste was definitely better than the aroma.

Mouthfelel was light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability was nice and mellow for an IPA. Low bitterness.

The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.