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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

875 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 34
Gots: 55 | 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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, sweet malt. Flavor of light floral hops, toasted malt and a touch of diacetyl. Nice and drinkable. Simple, but good.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
(3.7/5)

01-10-2009 23:49:57 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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midaszero

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Clear golden orange body with a small white head and some decent lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops

T - Nice clean and balanced hop flavor with some caramel malt flavor.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Excellently crafted and balanced. This is one of my new favorite IPAs. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

01-05-2009 03:37:23 | More by midaszero
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is a clear golden-amber wtih a half-finger off-white head. Good lace at the top of the glass, not so much on the way down.

S: Not too strong, but clean -- citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and a hint of pine.

T: Pale (think biscuity or cracker-like) and caramel malt is followed by a nice hop bite, with lingering citrus and pine. Especially pine -- but it's not overpowering or palate-shredding at all. As it warms the malt body seems almost fruity -- or is that lemony/citrusy fruityness coming from the hops? Either way, there's a nice balance between hops and malt, and the lingering piney bitterness doesn't destroy the tastebuds as some western IPAs tend to do. Balance is the key here.

M: A tad lighter than medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel.

D: Excellent. Clean but flavorful. Went down real easy.

12-24-2008 20:17:18 | More by Kendo
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bitterthebetter

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

pours a rich copper orange with creamy white sulty head

rich piney hops upfront, with smooth malt and citrus notes

surprisingly crisp and upfront with the hops showing pine, citrus and a good spicy notes on the finish

deceptively big bodied and crisp, with subtle hoppy aggresiveness, slight malt balance but its mostly hops

a great beer for the price, big, sturdy hoppiness makes it for a great 22

12-19-2008 05:25:38 | More by bitterthebetter
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Spikester

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours amber with a decent cream colored head and good lacings. Aroma is citrus hops some pine.
Taste is bitter citrus hops and a good amount of roasted malts. Pretty well balanced for an IPA.
Bitter dry grapefruit finish.
Drinkability is very good. Might be a short session but enjoyable.

12-18-2008 02:20:21 | More by Spikester
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t0rin0

California

3.38/5  rDev -12%

22oz bottle sent to me by a friend in Seattle.

Pours incredibly clear brown with a seemingly everlasting white head that is silky smooth and laces the glass quite well. I sipped my half of the bottle (from a pint glass) for an hour and there was still lacing and head. Some sediment at the bottom but it stayed put.

Aroma is of piney hops, malt, and alcohol. Alcohol comes out more as it warms up as does the malt.

Flavor is quite bitter, possibly a bit old, slightly malty, a tad piney, and very dry in the aftertaste.

Body is thin, semi-highly carbonated, and drinkable. Good hot weather beer but maybe a little high in abv for such a beer.

12-03-2008 07:19:54 | More by t0rin0
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

A: This beer was really rough to pour. I was trying to divide this into two glasses, and it was a huge foamy mess. There is clearly a ton of carbonation in this beer. On the bright side, this beer laces very well! The color is a golden amber with a slight haze. Sediment lingers suspended in the beer.

S: Smell is maltier than I expected for a single IPA. One the other hand though, I can make out a slight citrus smell in the hop bitterness.

T: Caramel malts and simcoe hops come together almost masterfully. Caramel begins and malt sweetness closes, and in the middle, I get a nice grapefruit flavored hop bitterness. Other than that, not a whole lot goin on in the flavor.

M/D: Tangy carbonation and a light to medium texture. Texture makes it drinkable, but i don't think I would go for more than one of these unless it was easier to pour.

12-03-2008 03:52:23 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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blklab2007

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

22 oz bottle poured a light amber color with a thin white layer of head. aroma has pine hops, resin, caramel malt, and light citrus underlying. mouth feel is medium with light carbonation and coats the mouth well for a single ipa. flavor is heavily resinous with pines and bitterness. malt is high enough to keep it from being one sided and mixes in with light sweetness. finish is bitter and lingering on the tongue. definitely on the resinous bitter end of the ipa. scale.

11-08-2008 00:45:29 | More by blklab2007
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks to thethrone for including this with my Secret Halloween 2008 package. Label states - brewed by New Belgium for Elysian - BB: 26 DEC 2008. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my shaker glass a clear golden yellow color with about two fingers of pillowy white head. A moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of pine, citrus and bread and caramel malts with a mild bitterness. Medium in both body and carbonation. I hear that Elysian beers will soon be available in PA. That is far from a bad thing.

10-29-2008 17:04:30 | More by ClockworkOrange
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Got a bottle of this from the local Bottle King.

A: Pours a hazy, orange amber body with a one finger, white head with nice retention and lacing along the side of the glass to the finish.

S: A sweet, grapefruit smell with a slightly bitter and earthy undertone. Pretty nice smelling beer.

T: A strong, bitter, hop taste with a sweet, malty, grapefruit malt backbone that did pretty good to balance the hops. A nice, smooth, earthy aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side and seemed slightly overcarbonated, but still ok. Nothing too impressive, but does well to hold its own.

D; A nice taste with a decent mouthfeel combined to makes a pretty decent beer. Fairly well-balanced with the hops and the malt. Definitely worth a go if you can get it.

10-28-2008 01:17:48 | More by maddogruss
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap @ the Hop Devil Grill, 1L mug, $11

A- dark copper, with golden ruby hues and a nice 2 finger head that leaves behind a swiss cheese like lace

S: Pine, toasted malts & caramel, not as citrusy as many ipas

T: Starts out malty with caramel and nut flavor and then finishes bitter with pine and citrus notes

M: Little heavier body than some IPA's medium carbonation

D: Not a bad IPA, a little to on the malty side for me, i thought it could have been a little more balanced with more focus on the hops rather than the malts.

10-27-2008 13:45:34 | More by bonbini26
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erikm25

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance is a crisp dark copper with golden ruby highlights. Head was a creamy three finger pile of off white silky bubbles that billowed over the glass. Good retention and feathered lacing.

S: Citrus hops with noticeable bready and caramel malts. The hops aroma is subtle but when taken in slowly the pine is sharp. The yeasty aromas, toasted bread, and slight cascade hops make for a heavy balance.

T: Solid pine zest hops with a long bitter finish. Strong caramel malts and nuttiness in the back. A strong grapefruit, pineapple, and orange citrus tang. Little bit of honey in the finish.

M: Solid medium body with good carbonation.

D: Picked up a six pack of 12oz bottles at Elysian for eight bucks. Very solid and drinkable and fresh tasting IPA. It's in the stars that I'll continue to buy this, and any other offerings I can from Elysian, in the future.

10-22-2008 00:14:30 | More by erikm25
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with tons of tiny bubbles pushing through the hazy body to get to a fluffy, soapy slightly off-white two-finger cap.

Smell is of sweet toasted caramel malt. (Terrible that the first thing I smelt in this IPA was the malt.) Bitter, spicy hops are subtle, but there. Also detect a biscuity aroma.

Medicinal and herbal hop profile. Still, not overpowering. Balanced well with toasted caramel malt and a doughy yeast backbone. Decent hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, oily hops.

This is a subtle, mild IPA. It drinks well because it doesn't pummel you with hops. It is not trying to be something that it isn't. A change of pace IPA, but definitely not immortal.

10-20-2008 21:05:18 | More by ColForbinBC
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Excited to find a bomber of this in my area...

A- Dark amber color with a lot of gold. Huge fluffy white head. A blanket of head continued to cover the beer through the entire beer. Lacing was abundant...completely covered my glass.

S- Mmmm. Hops. And plenty of them. Columbus hops maybe? Not exactly sure. I got grapefruit and citrus. Some bready aspects.

T- Lots of hop action going on here. This is not the most well balanced brew in the world, but if you love a mouthful of hops, this will do you right. Some malt, bread, fruits. Mostly hop.

M- Carbonated, but appropriate for the brew. Easy going down.

D- Very good IPA. Very impressed.

10-19-2008 15:01:11 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours orange amber with an off-white-to-white head that thins and stays, leaving some lacing.

The smell is bitter/citric with biscuit and caramel. On the milder side of things.

The taste is of a fruity and aspirin-ish bitterness that stays just ahead of a biscuity, caramel-ish maltiness. It's a tad soapy. It finishes a bit chalky with a mildly puckering bitterness.

The body hits medium-bodied.

Bitterish with a mild, but present, malty backbone. It has "enough" to it, but a with a few minor distractors (mild soapiness and chalkiness, and on the light side compared to some other West Coast IPA's out there). Still, it is very drinkable. It states "English style with American hops" - I'll buy into that. A good, but nothing particularly special, but disappears "too" quickly, IPA, IMO.

10-15-2008 22:58:36 | More by jwc215
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Poured a hazy, medium coppery-orange with a lustrious creamy 1+ finger light beige head that left a sudsy concentric circle layering for a lacing. Retention was very good while the visible carbonation was calm.

S: some sweet grapefruit and pine with a sweet caramel malting. Well balanced between the malts and the hops providing for a smooth sweet and bitter experience.

T: dominant grapefruit and pine with a dry bitterness showing from the hops. There is a nice bitterness for a finish with dried oranges and some fresh flowery hopping. Overall nicely balanced with some semi-sweet caramel off set by just the right amount of bitterness.

M: slightly fizzy, with a medium body and a smooth texture. A dry grapefruit and flowery bitterness is found on the swallow.

D: Overall nice drinkability due to its balance and one that can easily be considered a session ipa. Worthy of a future purchase.

10-09-2008 23:23:37 | More by beerthulhu
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep bright copper color with a slight haze and a sticky thin film of off-white head. There is a good carbonation of bubbles.

S- This beer has a sweet perfume pale malt aroma followed by a green hop finish with a citrus note.

T- The taste of soft clean caramel malt has a nice fresh toasted malt note to it. There is a big green citrus hop finish that has a slight mint quality to it.

M- There is a medium light mouthfeel to this beer with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a nice big perfumy sweet malt flavor with some nice juicy hop flavors that almost play second string.

10-07-2008 02:09:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

This pours a light copper color with a ridiculous white head and chunky lacing. The aroma is sharp citrus hops, clean and clear but also a touch soapy. The flavor brings on a fruity and flowery hops, kind of weak and thin, average drinkability because it just isn't that satisfying. Carbonation is high but flavor is a bit askew. Not terrible but not particularly good.

Update 2011: This IPA poured into a pint glass at room temperature shows a clear yellow-amber color with a solid white fuzz on top and great lacing. The nose picks up pineapple cherry and light caramel sweetness. Hops are hard to detect here, maybe a little herbal hop, but it's a very pleasant, subtle aroma. The flavor brings a much more hop oriented idea, an herbal grass bite with more banana and pineapple. There's a bubblegum edge and maybe a peaty swamp grain taste. It's medium light bodied with fair carbonation and very drinkable. Not a typical IPA at all but enjoyable enough.

10-01-2008 01:03:28 | More by Durge
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kkosmoski

New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Bomber served in a tulip glass - no apparent freshness date on the bottle. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle indicates bottle conditioning. Very pale in color with good clarity and somewhat minimal head for a bottle conditioned beer. Citrus dominated nose that is lacking in any noticible malt character. Citrus pop to begin on the tongue, some lightly toasted malts intertwined with a pithy grapefruit bitterness that holds strong thoughout. Some serious bitterness grabs hold of the sides of the tongue and sticks like sitting down to half a white grapefruit for breakfast. Bitter finish lasts for quite a while. Medium-light feel with a chalky raw bitterness on the tongue. This would be a little easier to drink for me with a bit more malt to balance the high bitterness of this beer. A pretty one dimensional beer that can fix a bitter craving nicely. I would be moving on after one of these, but this example may be a bit past its prime.

09-29-2008 01:54:00 | More by kkosmoski
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SickBrew

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1%

I think this is my first IPA from Seattle and what a pleasant surprise!. This brew is hansom gent, complete with some fancy lacing on top of a svelte pale orange body! Nose is balance between hops and malts which is more like an APA than an IPA. Taste is great but more balanced between the hops and malts but there are some really nice piny citrus flavors going on with a caramel background - actually quite complex. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair carbonation and an almost chewy creaminess going on. Overall this is a really great beer but almost closer to an APA than an IPA.

Prost!

09-28-2008 23:19:04 | More by SickBrew
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a clear orange brown color with a small, foamy white head.

Scent is dominant of caramel malts, but the citrus and hops balance it out well.

Taste is identical, caramel malts initially with the hops and citrus coming in to give it a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, a little strange for an IPA, but very enjoyable.

09-28-2008 22:34:21 | More by paco1029384756
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Seanibus

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a radiant golden with a slight head but good carbonation from the bottom. The aroma is a sharp, quick blast of grapefruit, then it dissipates. The taste is grapefruity but surprisingly mild, gven the sharp aroma. There is a little pine with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel clings slightly, with a nice stab of carbonation, leaving a pleasant hop bitterness down the throat. A delicious, mild and drinkable example of a West Coast IPA.

09-23-2008 14:47:36 | More by Seanibus
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Lenny2884

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a pale golden color with a 3 finger think white head. Very nice lacing.

Smells as advertised, big hops. Lemon and grapefruit aromas with a slight malt nuttyness.

They say this is 42 IBUs but it seems higher than that. Very dry finish. Big NW hop flavor. Malt flavor is there, but takes a back seat to the hops. Slight malt nutty flavor as well. Good medium to full body.

Overall, a big IPA for all those hop lovers. Not the most balanced beer, but definately well worth the 4.99 for a bomber. Recommended for all my hop lovin' bethren. Cheers!!

09-21-2008 00:47:20 | More by Lenny2884
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Shiredave

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%

Big bottle - not sure if thats Zeus or Odin lounging on the label but Im sure he'd be happier looking if he had a beer instead of a lightning bolt in his hand.

Bright, clear amber color with steady carbonation. Yeast trub in the bottle stayed locked down and didnt cloud the beer. It sprts a pretty white head that left lots of lace.

Aroma is spectacular! Fresh is my best description. Not overly hoppy with mild citrus and pine forest notes but the malt aromas of wort in full boil makes this a very delicious smelling beer. Some sweet yeasty notes blend in well with the grain and hops to develop a very unique and interesting nose.

The flavor is a mellow essay in balance. Nothing is over the top as the malt hangs in throughout - mostly because it isnt over bittered as alot of west coast IPA's can be. I like the over hopped ones just fine - its just nice to have a balanced IPA that doesnt suck the moisture right out of my mouth.

Medium+ body and smooth mouthfeel with mild hop flavors set up a firmly bitter finish that isnt over dry. All this being said it didnt inspire me to think it was an exceptional IPA but the excellent balance makes it highly drinkable.
A truly great if not quite outstanding session IPA.

09-20-2008 22:51:34 | More by Shiredave
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance - Clear golden color with spotty lacing.

Smell - Nose is of faint clean malt.

Taste - Delicate malt and noticeable hop presence. Maple and mango, cinnamon. Sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Balanced as hell with penetrating bitterness in the finish.

09-15-2008 23:48:22 | More by Chinon01
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.