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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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987 Ratings

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 37
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.21% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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


Appearance – Slightly hazy copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a really good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, chocolate?

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. I can also taste the alcohol a bit, and there are some tropical fruit notes.. pineapples. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a light amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – While this beer is pretty good and highly drinkable, I prefer my IPA's to have more of a citrus profile. This beer seemed to be more focused on the tropical fruit side of things. It would be a decent session IPA, as the flavours aren't to over the top. I'm happy I gave it a try, but would reach for something else next time.

Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is a pale straw golden with a respectable white head. Cascadey hop aroma and the first sip confirms this is a classic West coast American IPA.

Secondary flavors of citrus (standard IPA profile of grapefruit and lemon zest). Really thin on the malt backbone. This is one dry attack of hops. Not too intense to be either drinkable or refreshing, though.

A high quality, reliable IPA, if not the most complex or interesting.

Photo of distantmantra
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Elysian Fields. Seattle, WA. July 14th, 2011.

Bailed on the Mariners game and found this on cask at Elysian's location near the stadiums.

A: Golden in color, slightly cloudy. Good one-finger head of creamy foam with average lacing.

S: Flowery hop aroma with a hint of pine, citrus and wine.

T: Very hoppy with some citrus and wine flavors from the cask. Hint of nuttiness is present, but very minimal.

M: Very mellow mouth feel with low carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, but the low carbonation kind of killed it for me. Need to try the non-cask version again to compare it.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge 2 finger cream colored head.

S: The hops are there, but a little faded. Sweet fruity malts and some citrus hops. A little mango and some cantaloupe as well.

T: Really malty with some citrus hops trying to squeak through in the background. Some faint tropical fruit as well. Not as hoppy as I'm used to but the slightly creamy mouthfeel makes this really drinkable.

Photo of Franch
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty unremarkable "IPA", which tasted a bit more like an American Pale Ale than an IPA. it seems to me that this is a beer that would have been very highly regarded in the nascent days of american IPAs, but the hops and time have passed it by, and it's still sitting there.

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

I had passed by this beer numerous times at the beer store and it had always caught my eye. After reading some mediocre reviews that delayed previous impulse purchase attempts, today I caved in and decided to give it a try. The beer poured a nice hazy, golden amber and had a really impressive thick, clingy, eggshell colored head on it that remained constant for most of the beer. This wasn't as hoppy as I normally prefer my I.P.A.'s but it was rich in honey citrus flavors without being too sweet. What impressed me the most was the incredible balance of flavor. It wasn't too sweet but it had just the perfect blend of pine, grapefruit, and sweet fruits.

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

Bought a 22 from the SPTR's bottle shop last weekend. Never had this before, so it seemed like it was worth a try.

A: pours a mostly clear gold with slight amberish tint. At the bottom oif the bottle is some yeast & hop matter. Nice frothy white head that clings to the glass. Light carbonation.

S: a very light hop aroma. Mostly citrus & pine hops. A sweet, almost honey like, malt aroma also takes presence.

T: just like the aroma, but with a light crystal malt which gives a liitle caramel flavor. Not really hop forward for an IPA.

M: nice & light. Not really bitter, a little sweet actually. Again I get a slight honey flavor which adds some sweetness. Carbonation is low.

O: a nice beginner IPA for the novice craft drinker or non-hophead. By today's standards, there's more hop forward APA's than this. Still, not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a darker yellow color with little suspended particles in it. It smells different than your average IPA with a sweet floral somewhat fruity smell. The taste is where this beer really shines in my opinion. You get a nice hop bite with that sweet bready malt and then ending with a citrus inside of an orange peel TART dry bitterness. Nice bitterness to this beer that isn't too overwhelming. I like that the bready malts are rich and give the body a somewhat chewy feel to it which is nice since its a lighter colored beer. You can also get some pine from the hops as well.

This is an extremely easy drinking IPA and it almost drinks like a double IPA. This kind of reminds me of a lower alcohol content version of Double Trouble by Founders. Hop heads will definitely not be disappointed by this one. The bitterness grows as you drink it and it can get pretty tart but the bready malts keep everything in check and wash the bitterness away just a little so it isn't out of balance. If you want good balance and REAL easy drinkability but still have those hop alpha acids then look no further.

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

I was feeling like an IPA tonight and was surprised to see this on the shelf at a local LQ that has been having problems with their stock. I then discovered this beer is now brewed in Fort Collins and Seattle and now I get it.

I will be using a belled beer-glass and am pouring from a 22oz bottle. The color is a middle gold and the head is off-white with good lacing but not much loft or staying power.

The nose is very full of grain and light citrus, nothing overwhelming and it makes me look forward to the balance.

Taste is somewhat sweet and tart with a bit of bitterness but overall a nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is meduim bodied with middling carbonation and a slightly dry finish that lingers a bit with grainy sweetness.

I like this beer. It is a good IPA without being over hopped or sweet from too much malt. I appreciate the lack of toasted and caramel flavors and the way the hops play together and with the malts. This is well balanced and highly drinkable.


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

Appearance. Deep gold with a touch of red. Nice sticky yellow finger and a half slowly leaving some beautiful, dense lacing.

Smell. Toasty light grain and malt and some citrusy hops.

Taste. Strong light malt presence with a bitter, grassy finish and a little white grapefruit rind. Not bad.

Mouthfeel. Good prickly carbonation. A little alcohol presence.

Drinkability. A decent drinker with a clean finish.

Photo of LazyL
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy orange with 2 fingers of pillowy white head. Good retention on the glass.
Not allot of hops on the nose. I get more sweet malty scents. A fair bit of yeast bread as well.
Nice citrusy flavours with a medium bitterness. A little bit of pine too.
Medium carbonation with a dry finish.
Seems a bit mortal to me.

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

A: Orange/amber color; slight haze. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head that dissipated to a thick film. Decanted lazily. Sticky lace intermittently on the glass.

S: Very citrussy with some floral character. Malt in the background is bready and sweet becoming more pronounced as the beer warmed.

T: Sweet, pale malt and citrus rind. A little resiny floral character in the middle. Floral character holds to a building bitter. Not quite what I expected form a West Coast IPA.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Slightly resiny then dry in the finish

D: Easily drinkable. Not a big IPA.

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

Pours golden yellow with a very thick, pillowy head.

Smell is floral and hoppy with strong orange peel

Taste is sweet and light with a strong orange flavor. Hops bitter middle and finishes rather cleanly with a bit of the bitter remaining in the back of the mouth. Light in body with good carbonation.

very drinkable. It's possible that I've been over-hopped drinking lots of west coast IPAs, but I did expect a stronger hop flavor profile and smell, very good however.

Photo of Ego
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one full finger of rather white head, mildly soapy, dark straw color, much lighter hue than most IPAs that cross this desk, good sticky lacing as this slowly retreats down the glass, carbonation is active and the head is hanging out for some time now.

caramel malt with herbal type hops, very balanced and yet unexciting, nothing off kilter here just not too much to report

taste etc...
decent hop bite, balanced, the carbonation is active, easy drinking, the body is light to medium, kind of non descript, not bad in any way but not catching my attention in any way.

slightly better than average

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

Had this on tap earlier...found a bottle, so I drank it.

Pours a very slightly hazed amber-orange. Head is quite nice, fluffy white, some rockiness and nice lacing.
A mix of hops goings-on in the nose. Mostly subdued citrus with some pine/woodiness. Lightly charred malt.

Tastes peerrrtty good. It's not an extreme IPA by any stretch, but it holds its own. Hops dominate, not overly so, with the malt supplying a solid yet unobtrusive biscuity backbone.
Sharp dryness without the puckering finish.
Very easy drinking. If you want a hop-bomb, this ain't it...but if you want a nice IPA, give this one a try

Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, best by 12/5/10 (but received for Christmas). Pours a hazy yellow gold with a small bubbly white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, grains and a little melon and a touch of sulfur.

The flavor is some sweet grainy malts and sugary melon with a medium tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and watery.

Overall, this may have suffered a little from age, but I've had it fresh too and not been impressed.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of taigor
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.