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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

839 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A very nice West Coast style IPA. Golden in color with a nose strong in grapefruit hops. Taste has a fair citrus hop, with some piney hops and nice malt balance. Nice smooth mouthfeel and drinkability. Tastes good on cask. This is the first Elysian beer I have come across. It was very enjoyable.

HV

Serving type: cask

07-21-2008 15:42:42 | More by sholland119
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Looks a little dark, but otherwise appears good.

Mmmm, classic West Coast IPA. I'm talking about big juicy hops that taste like a tangy mix of orange rind, tangerine, and grapefruit juices, with a hit of pine, spice, and floral perfume. There's also a nice and light toffee malt backbone, from crystal malt I suspect, that adds another layer of complexity to this fine IPA. Overall the hops dominate the flavor as you'd expect, but the bitterness is balanced and not over-the-top like some IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 22:30:20 | More by tempest
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold amber with a crème head. Nose is citrus and hoppy. It's light, but nice. Flavor is smooth and a bit light too. Salty hops are there, yes. But there is a big floral citric thing too. Feel is about what I would want it to be. Carbonation bites a bit too much and the liquid could be just a wee bit thicker. Overall this is a decent IPA. After having the Jasmine IPA right before this, I have to say this takes second place.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 16:29:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

22-ounce bomber just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, tawny, ruddy, deep-copper hue with a minimal head that left hardly any lacing...
Hop-dominated aroma with hints of malt in the nose and taste... Caramel-laden flavor with essences of ginger and vanilla in the mix...
Candied sugars on the tongue along with a bitter backbone and a candied finish...
Interesting stuff, and not like many of your typical American IPAs...
Different...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:15:47 | More by dsa7783
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

The bottle does not do this brew justice. Poured a nice orange color with a fluffy white head. Great smell piney and citrus with some floral nots..lots of cascade hops. Lots of malt and slightly syrupy even but very good. This is an IPA I have everytime I hit this spot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2008 19:20:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold. Head is a solid off-yellow with good retention and lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit and sweet malt for the most part. Light graininess as well.

T - Big piney hops with some light tropical fruitiness. Finish is appropriately bitter.

M - Smooth, silky body with a nice carbonation level.

D - Quite drinkable, sessionable IPA. Not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 18:26:06 | More by allergictomacros
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and bright orange color with a good white head. As I was pouring it I could smell the citrus and malt scents escaping. The aromas were very strong and clean. The tasting was malty with some biscuit like flavors as well. A good amount of grapefruit bitterness in powers through the malty flavors in the end to leave a nice clean bitterness left on the palate that lingers well after. Mouthfeel was perfect for me with a low carbonation to help make the beer smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 04:37:27 | More by HochFliegen
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Bright orangeish colored hue with a nice frothy head. Nice retention and average lacing. Very sticky.

S: Nice bold citrus hops. Tons of orange blend with the grapefruit. Nice sweet caramel malt as well.

T: Malty first then the hops. The caramel malt is nice and sweet. Grapefruit then powers in with a nice bitterness. The bitterness manages to linger just a bit.

M: Medium in body pretty smooth very sticky.

D: Not too bad.

Overall: I have had two different beers while in Seattle on my way to Alaska. Both were very good. This one has a nice balance and good taste. Would love to try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 13:41:18 | More by tpd975
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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

Decent 1 1/2 finger headw with good retention that sticks around for a while. Nice ruby red color.

SMell is of crystal malts and citrusy/piney hops. Very typical of the style yet very enticing.

Crystal malts mix with citrusy and piney hops. Sort of a biscuity/toasted characteristic with the malts.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp.

This is a decent ipa. Nothing extraordinary, but very good nevertheless. This would make for an easy session.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 04:07:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Fresh bomber found in Vancouver. Grapefruit colour with some initial significant head. Initiually C-hop and grapefruit, followed by lemony astringency that allows the rest to be drunk, and there is much malt and significnat tangerine in finish. More or less average IPA in the final judging.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 03:20:43 | More by Sammy
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Wet lively undergrowth beneath a clear blue sky. Restate: Airy, and mildly floral. There could be a bakery 20 miles to the south, but the breeze blows SSW.

Appearance: Pale-ish honey color with golf ball dimpled head and intermittent yeasties slowly tumbling throughout the aggregate.

This is probably the most caramelized IPA I've had. Caramel malt comes first, and gets checked by a nice hop bite. I'm guessing tthis carries a much bigger hop load than it would let on, as it takes a lot to knock down the Brachs caramel that gets all up in your shit to start things out. On further pulls, that initial caramel seems surely to be egged on by some apple orchard honey. It's a neat little trick, and one that brings my lips to my big glass with a ridiculous nickname etched into the side, repeatedly.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:01:33 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

220z bomber with a cartoon Greek God Zues on the label. I'm sure this'll turn into another beer brewery banned/sued for it's cartoony camelcigarette-esque thing...

Anyways, a clear golden yellow and sudsy foam.

Crisp short flavor. A bit one dimensional hop flavor at first. Medium body feel. Leafy wheaty hops with a bit of a syrupy long aftertaste.

Nice juicy mouthfeel after drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 04:39:34 | More by SurlyDuff
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet piney hops. In the taste, sweet malt and a small presence of piney hops. A very small bite and a quite light body in the mouthfeel and a semi-dry and small hop presence in the aftertaste. A nice IPA, a bit light though. Small hop presence everywhere, a bit light overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 18:39:46 | More by OWSLEY069
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udubdawg

Kansas

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

22 oz bomber

had a very fresh bottle last night...am comparing one with a few more months this time. Quick verdict is that fresher (as would be expected)was better, but this beer is still quite good.

Pours a light orange color, quite clear although I had to leave a couple more ounces than ideal in the bottle to keep the yeast out of my glass. An off-white head fades to a thin cap before sticking around, and leaves a few distinct rings and some other scattered lace.

Aroma is surprisingly malt-heavy. Oh sure, there is plenty of citrus hop character, but just a few months have faded it to the point that there is a very evident bready malt side here. Yesterday this got a 4.5.

Bready malts again are quite evident in the flavor, with some previously unnoticed caramel too. Initial bitterness is low, grows into the finish, and sticks around and builds on the palate nicely. Not exactly clean, but I love it, so I don't mind it sticking around. Although there is plenty of hops left, the complexity of the bill is sort of faded and the jumbled together. Bitter grapefruit and sweet malt - this also got a 4.5 yesterday.

Carbonation is pleasantly low, pretty smooth and a sizeable body but not quite creamy. Zero trouble polishing off this bomber - in fact I nearly drank this one yesterday after I finished the fresher bottle. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:13:42 | More by udubdawg
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

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

Big props to a great guy, younger35, thank you sir!

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic, shared with the roommate.

Pours a hazy sunset orange with a one finger big bubbled off white head. Stickiness is pretty good, nice lacing left behind on the sides that stays throughout. Visible "floaties" make their home at the bottom of the glass. Light floral hops, dry pine scent, and a mild grapefruit aroma in the nose. Pretty grassy as well with a hint of caramel malt. Very slick earthy hops with a sweet citrus splash on the tongue. An interesting dry hay like taste that surprisingly fits well. Aftertaste is a bit dry with an evergreen flavor. Body is clean and fairly light with a subdued carbonation, somewhat water like. Solid IPA for sure, glad I had the opportunity to try this one. I look forward to trying more of their offerings for sure. Thanks again Dan!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 03:30:32 | More by BeerTruth
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Hollenbeck2

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer at the eysian fields location next to the stadium, great beer, this place really had some interesting selections and this one was an extremely hoppy ipa.

immortal is right, i felt like i could walk on water when i left and entered the sea of people outiside.

good color a dark autumn auburn, with a crisp finsih taste

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 04:51:24 | More by Hollenbeck2
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MiScusi

California

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

Pours a light brown/orange with a fluffy hard to form finger and a half head. The head subsides slowly into a frothy finger cap, very nice looking. The smell is citrus and pine, and a good mix of each so neither dominates. At first the taste is mostly dominated by piney hops, but this evens out after a bit and you get a nice juicy citrusy twang at the beginning of each sip. This IPA also has a pretty generous malt body, which feels toasty. It reminds me a lot of Surly Furious in that respect. The citrusy aspect is also a bit reminiscent of Alpha King. There is no mistaking that this beer is hop-centric, as hops don't take a back seat during any part.

A very strong flavored IPA, with a bit of body to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 06:23:08 | More by MiScusi
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian- "The Immortal" IPA

Thanks go out to RustyDiamond for this 1.

A- Bright golden orange with a big frothy head. Thick sticky lacing down my Sam Adams glass.
S- Smooth citrus and caramel.
T- Thick vanilla caramel malt with a touch of buttery toffee blended evenly with a semi-sweet citrus; grapefruit and orange rind hop.
M- Thick malt with a nice sweet (not overly sweet) citrus hop bite.

Overall- This was as good so good! Very smooth and very well balanced. I only hear good things about Elysian and now I see (or taste) why!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 16:13:29 | More by NJpadreFan
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. poured into my lately reliable New Belgium goblet.

Aggressive pour left a huge head that took forever to die down.. alot of lacing over a hop-hazed orange brew.

Aroma is not as hoppy as expected.. citrus and pine with a touch of "catty".. malts are defiinately in the profile.

This IPA is a lesson in balance. (for the style) good middle of the road hop flavors and bitterness... balanced beautifully with a nice toasty malt flavor.. pale malts are there, but leaning toward the toast. only enough caramel malts to make it interesting... some yeasty fruitiness... the balance lends to a very drinkable brew.

I always underestimate Elysian when I am at the brew store... I must stop making that mistake... this is a very good brew as are all the ones I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 08:23:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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ctownsoul

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Says it has 6.3 abv; not 6.21 as it states on this website.

A - copper-brown with a white head about a finger width tall that dissipated fairly quickly, but that may have to do with my nose contacting it.

S - Citrusy for the most part and a slight hint of yeast coming through.

T&M - Again Citrus flavor to begin with and ending with a bitter finish--a bitterness that made me more thirsty in my opinion. Very balanced. Just the right amount of carbonation. went down smoothly.

D - Very easy to drink. So smooth. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 05:57:41 | More by ctownsoul
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian does not disappoint. Nice golden amber with a big white foamy heady that leaves a very thin layer after it dissipates.

A bit malty on the smell, but the hops still come through.

Hoppier in the flavour. Ctirus and floral hints, good zesty hop taste. Malts are not as strong, but balance out the flavour.

Good carbonation, and with the decent ABV (mine says 6.3%, not 6.21%), a reasonably sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 09:33:02 | More by BDTyre
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Hockey game, pizza, this calls for a nice American IPA. Ah, who am I kidding, I don't need an excuse to open something like this. This bomber has a cartoonish label depicting Zeus himself, overseeing the Elysian Fields, I imagine. Reminds me of my friend's drawings in high school.

To the beer: a standard vigorous pour generates a one to one ratio of beer and very foamy white head. The beer itself appears a medium copper amber colour, with a fine sediment haze. Half of my pint glass was head - while this would obviously get the beer sent back at the pub, I was willing to wait it out, and wait I did. It took about 10 minutes for the head to melt down, eventually leaving a fair amount of attractive webbed lacing.

Maybe it only seemed that long because of the wonderful smell - not a nose, I couldn't get that into the glass for all the foam! The soft floral, grassy hop aroma was very enticing. Soon enough, I was able to taste that very same floral hop quality, though now with more of a complex citrus bitterness, and a hint of pine needles, all deftly balanced by a lovely, understated bready caramel malt backbone. Very enticing. The alcohol is well hidden, the other flavours masking it completely.

The carbonation is quite mild, but gently rears up from time to time, the body a tame medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt combining with the sweet side of the hops' fruitiness to combat the lingering bitterness.

A pretty well-made, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA. I brought this bottle back home from a Yoke's supermarket in Kennewick, WA a few months ago. If I could, I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:03:56 | More by biboergosum
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Immortal has the new label with no freshness date. Immortal pours a hazy amber with a tiny foam head that leaves us quickly. It has a nice aroma to it as the floral hoppiness comes to the nose. The taste is a balanced one for an ipa. In the mouth it covers you with a citrusy hop flavor and lingers for some time. A solid American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:18:50 | More by cswhitehorse
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still w the Yellowstone/Boise notes

22 oz bottle

A: Slightly hazy amber body. A one finger thick off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Light hoppy aroma. Nice, but too light.

T: Wonderfully hoppy taste - bitter/tart citrus perfectly balanced with plenty of caramel malt flavors. Excellent flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel too - smooth finish with a nice bitter aftertaste.

D: Disappeared dangerously quickly. This is one damn fine IPA. It's a real shame I shared some w/ my brother-in-law. It's a bigger shame I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 04:54:03 | More by OKCNittany
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IntriqKen

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear golden amber with a decent half finger head that melts slowly to a substancial ring leaving a decent map in it's wake.

Aromas are fresh...very fresh....hops...both pine oils and grapefruit.

Taste is really a wonderful balance between sweet pale malts and fresh citrus hops...nothing really bitter here...just a wonderful balance with an aftertaste that leaves both a sweet hop and clean drying in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 03:59:11 | More by IntriqKen
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.