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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

953 Ratings

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 39
Gots: 81 | 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 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.

david18, Jun 22, 2010
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.

honeybrewer, Jun 05, 2010
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.

philbertk, May 31, 2010
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.

lstokes, May 31, 2010
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.

Bouleboubier, May 14, 2010
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.

MisterClean, Apr 04, 2010
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.

PDXHops, Mar 19, 2010
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.

unHipHopHead, Mar 03, 2010
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.

ghebel, Feb 26, 2010
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.

alli4051, Feb 21, 2010
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.

asabreed, Feb 17, 2010
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.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
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.

Mojoman8561, Feb 09, 2010
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.

corby112, Feb 05, 2010
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.

riored4v, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, best by 1-29-10, guess this is the day,

A: Pours a translucent yellow-orange, with a light white head. But a great English pint look, with good lace, an almost cask like feel at home.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, really a hybrid English/American style nose, definite malt component.

T: Light bready malt with a lot of bitter melon and cantaloupe rind. Good flavour even if the hop profile isn't exactly my style.

M: Nice, smooth and resiny. Medium-bodied, an easy quaffing pint.

D: Not bad, certainly more in the English style, take it as a strong bitter with some American influence.

Halcyondays, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale straw/gold to copper, a bit hazy, big layer of fine-beaded foam that seems to stay forever and then turns rocky, bits of lace

Aroma: caramel malt, leafy hops, brown sugar

Flavor: biscuity malt backbone with an unripe pear hoppiness and fairly low-key bitterness; finishes semisweet with a smooth hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, crisp

Other comments: Pour with care! Loose sediment in this bottle. You should probably pour it in one go.

GreenCard, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow, nice big creamy head. Smells of orange rind, bready malt, some caramel. Tastes of caramel and toffee like malt with a nice mild fruity bitterness. Some bisquity maltness and mild herbal hoppiness. Finishes with light dryness and some residual bitterness.

A pretty solid IPA, i wish my bottle wasn't so old, i feel like a lot of the hoppiness was faded here. But great malt profile, more of an English IPA to be honest. Would love to try this again if i get the chance.

bum732, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Copper/Golden color with 1/2 finger of Off-White head. Lacing is good.

S - Practically no aroma cold. Smells of grass, sparkling wine, apples, and minerals.

T - It is a little bitter with mixture of oily and watery tastes. This is a very light IPA with very minimal tastes of coffee, caramel, and bitter chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer is a very light drinkable beer I guess.

Best by date: 1/29/2010. Drink date: 1/24/2010. Maybe I should have tried it when I bought it, oops.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty light golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initially I got very little aroma from this, so I let it warm for about 20 minutes... still not a whole lot. Lots of generic grainy notes, which can mostly be attributed to sweet malts. Very little hop aroma at all, which is disappointing for an IPA.

T: Is this really an IPA? It just tastes more like a pale ale to me. Lots of grainy malt up front, bread, and biscuits. Some bitter hops in the finish, but nothing that comes close to the hop profile of an IPA. No pine or citrus at all to speak of. It doesn't taste bad really, just doesn't taste like an IPA.

M: A medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: It's a decent drinking beer I suppose. No great flavors, though, and the lack of hops is disappointing. I notice that the best by date is just a few days from today, maybe some of the hop taste has faded? Even if that is the case, I doubt it could have lost this much flavor if it was really hoppy at some point.

MrDanno96, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours a cloudy bronze-gold color, slight head but almost all of it sticks to the glass. Visible, fine, slow carbonation. Looks thick and syrupy. Smell is not very strong (maybe I have it too cold), but it smells honey-malty with a spicy hop background.

Taste is also not incredibly strong, but pleasant. Surprisingly sweet with a nice dry hoppy finish, not extremely bitter (hopefully I haven't burnt out my hop receptors).

Mouthfeel is dense but effervescent, carbonation makes it quite pleasant. Very drinkable -- I wouldn't turn it down. Luckily it's pretty cheap -- I got this at QFC in Bellevue for $3/bottle.

snaotheus, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: There is plenty of sea froth foam which drops to display lots of lacing along the side of the glass, color is gold with a hint of copper - 4.00, S: The aroma is earthy and herbal with a solid grain build, a sweet bready and biscuity smell, mild on the nose for an IPA from the Pacific Northwest but the label does say "English style IPA" on it - 3.50, T: Solid hop bite with lots of pine sap flavors, all the hops are nicely balanced with a significant dosing of sweet malts, like the nose this beer is still on the side of meek for an IPA but tasty nonetheless - 4.00, M: Medium bodied beer - 3.75, D: Overall a very enjoyable IPA but probably closer to an APA, I would drink The Immortal IPA again - 3.75

deereless, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of RKeyser
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 into pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange-brown. Some haze. Medium carbonation and a persistand light head.

Aroma: Light pine and a little citrus, not that big for an IPA.

Hop flavor: Bitter, but without much hop flavor to make it interesting. Some piney-ness, but it seems a bit muted.

Malt flavor: Light-medium maltyness. Some toasted and grain husk flavor. A little dusty astringency, but maybe that's from the bitter pine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Does have good mouthfeel. Heavy enough to let you know it's not a chugger, but not filling.

Overall: I must have gotten a bad batch. I know I've had this before, though this is the first time I've had it with the intent to analyze it, and wasn't this disappointed. But this one was not good. It doesn't smell good, like it's oxidized or old. The hop flavors, pretty key for an IPA, are muted and dull. Not worth the $2.99.

RKeyser, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruity citrus and grassy hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. This is one of those beers where all of the flavors rotate in and out and complement each other well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Hommel Bier tulip. Thyanks to mentor for this from our recent trade!

bottle dated DEC 25 09

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a nice one finger layer of bright white foam on top. Beautiful lace curtains were left strewn on the inside of the glass.

S: The nose is a nice mixture of vague sweetness, herbal hops, and lightly toasted malt. Some bits of grass and citrus jump into the fray, too.

T: Just as above. Mild sweetness followed by herbal/grassy hops, aspirin, tangerines, and caramel.

M: Starts off sweet and slick but quickly gains a nicely dry and bitter edge. Finishes a bit prickly and metallic.

D: Very nice. I'd like to try the non-contract brewed version of this.

GbVDave, Dec 17, 2009
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.