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The Immortal IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

977 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 95 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Photo of LazyL
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

verdict?
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
2.1/5  rDev -45.3%
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
3.58/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of taigor
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.

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.

Photo of beer2day
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.

Photo of Derek
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.

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.

Note:
"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.

The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.