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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

902 Ratings

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 36
Gots: 64 | 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 OStrungT
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

This beer pours a clear light golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent lacing.

This beer has a mildly hoppy aroma. It isnt as strong as I expected. It smells floral, with a touch of pine. It has a slightly sweet aroma also.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It is more of a pale ale than an IPA. Not hoppy at all.

This beer is carbonated well. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste.

This beer may make a decent session beer. Lowish alcohol, and a decent flavor make it ok.

Overall: I dont think this beer was much of an IPA. It is a decent beer, however rating on style, this beer is not that great. I am sorry.

OStrungT, May 22, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A - super hazy orange with a mountain sized white head. Nice creamy lacing.

S - C hops with a touch of pineapple. A sweetness is present.

T - Pleasantly bitter with the C hops and pineapple present. Nice malt backbone that allows this to be balanced but still showcase the hops.

M - obviously bottle conditioned which gives it a softer carbonation.

D - well balanced but nothing extraordinary

xhcadamx, May 14, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Brewed for Elysian by New Belgium in Fort Collins.

Pours into my NB globe with very hazy golden orange color and thick white head. The head is really the best part about this beer's appearance. Very creamy and long lasting with nice lace. It's similar in looks to a good Belgian saison.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a little citrus and fresh grass. Nothing exceptional but it's pleasant.

Flavor is nicely done too with good balance between bitterness and sweetness. It has a little bit of apple and carmel sweetness although not like a carmel apple, thankfully. There is also some mild grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium body with good level of carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking for an IPA.

Overall one of the better balanced IPAs I've had. It may lean more towards the English version in sweetness but with a healthy dose of American hops.

GilGarp, May 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Had this courtesy of Rus - much obliged!

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of floral and citrus hops - this smells just hoppy enough to justify the American IPA tag.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors are joined by light citrus malt flavors midway through the sip, but the malt is in control throughout. Slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side, but good carbonation makes this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a good American IPA but there are better ones out there.

glid02, May 04, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle shared at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is almost as malty as it is hoppy with lots of caramel malts with a hints of floral and earthy hops on top.

The taste follows the aroma with a little more hops than the aroma would suggest. It's got a little bit of citrus and floral hops up front before the generous malt profile takes over.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost too thin. It's got good carbonation and a pretty subdued hop profile which leads to little bitterness on the palate.

This a well-balanced and very drinkable IPA that could probably use a little more hops to make it great. Still, not bad.

gford217, May 03, 2009
Photo of chiral3
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

I found this beer simply OK. It was clean. Perhaps a bit to clean. It felt thin - in taste and mouthfeel. This made it quite drinkable. There was something subtle that was quite good, but the signal was too distant. Perhaps years of dipas and big IPAs have clouded my (our) judgement, but I felt is was lacking that thing IPAs need, and it isn't the grain bill. The mouthfeel frankly solidified my opinion. The taste was thin, as was the mouthfeel. Not floral enough. No pine or citrus. It may have been in there, but it was too subtle. An average beer with some real potential.

chiral3, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Beer pours a nice foggy light copper color with nice head. Smell is very nice. Floral much more than piney. Malt is very evident on the nose. Very soapy, definitely the dominant smell. Soap evident in the taste as well, as well as floral. There is the Earl Gray breakfast tea flavor i get from red ales. Quite bitter going done and leaves a blanket of bitterness on the palate that lingers. Mouthfeel is a touch week as for me, the body is a touch light and watery. Pretty darn good stuff, though not in the upper echelon of other IPAs I have had.

yeastsipper, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A - This beer poured a hazy golden color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - This beer produced aromas of the hop flower, but also some sweet, possibly honey, scents, followed by some maltiness

T - This IPA was one of the best tasting IPA's I've had, very flavor and complex, nice maltiness, bitterness of the hops, a little sweetness, and some pine wood taste

M - The body of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good IPA, not on Simcoe or Torpedo level for me, but very close, a must have if you can find this gem

cvfish, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a small off-white head that goes away quickly, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, citrus sweet, a touch of pine, some caramel, and orange.

taste is somewhat creamy, dry leaves, a light sweet, light bitter, a little orange, touch of caramel, some pine, and some nuts in the back, ends bitter with a sweet aftertaste.

froghop, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Sample at the Pike Street location. The beer is a clear orange color with a medium thin white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrusy and hoppy aroma with light malt in the background. Medium-bodied and moderately hoppy with flavors of citrus and pine along with some malt. The finish is somewhat hoppy with a lingering bitterness left over. Above average all around.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of erok
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Gold, chill haze appaent. Pours with a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Nice lacing.

B - Smell, some nice aroma of hops, but not as strong on the aroma hops as I've come to enjoy. Perhaps the beer is too old. It's about 2 months out of date.

C - Love it, great malt and hop balance. The hop bitterness could stand to be a little more complex, and would benefit from additional dry-hopping to add aroma complexity to the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied, satisfying. Neither dry nor cloying.

D - I just polished off a 22 ounce bomber without thinking about it.

erok, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Elysian The Immortal IPA is a dense, slightly hazy, bubbly golden ale with a thick, frothy, foamy off-white head that has great retention and lacing. It has a syrupy sweet aroma like malt candy and something floral. It is medium-full bodied; very smooth and syrupy. It's kind of bitter, but quite sweet. The sweetness is a bit much. It actually kind of tastes floral, like violet candy. It's pretty good, but I didn't really need a full bomber of this. I'm sweet enough already.

yesyouam, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Ordered online from Shoppers Vineyard in NJ.

Holy head!! Maybe two inches of beer and six inches of shaving cream like head. Amber sort of ginger ale and orange peekoo tea with hardcore champagne bubbling. Great sticking and retention. Almost "5" worthy, but their is too much of a good thing. The six ich head after a very soft pour was too much. Very citrusy and floral nose, but not much malty scents. The taste makes me think of danelions and grapfruit rinds. Maybe a little crystal malt as the beer warms. A slightly metallic and chewey herbal palate.

scruffwhor, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours an uncharacteristic light golden color. The head is thick and white like shaving cream. Carbonation like ginger ale.

The smell is a standard -- but inviting -- IPA aroma. Bready with a flowery pilsnery hop. Some pine needles, but a touch of chlorine.

The taste is very bready malt, with lightly toasted barley. They are a nice foundation for the sharp estery hop. Dandelions and weeds. Roasted black licorice and tobacco come through with more warmth.

Leaves a thick, burnt film on the tongue. Sweet and flowery, but with a thick, heavily roasted malt base. An English IPA with flowery American hops. Starts sweet; ends bitter.

williamherbert, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a Double Mountain Tulip glass. Purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle.

A - Golden in color with a slight haze. It's got a thick creamy head with lots of lacing. A very inviting look.

S - Citrusy and floral hops with some toasted malt and yeast as well.

T - Starts malty and a bit sweet but then turns bitter and citrusy. It's a pretty complex beer with lots of different flavors coming together very nicely. One of the more balanced west coast IPAs.

M - Low carbonation with good body.

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not quite as good as it is served on cask at the brewery but still very nice.

GJ40, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Jimmy's No. 43 in NYC.

Pours a clear copper. Topped by a fluffy, creamy, beige head that leaves clinging sheets of lace. The aroma is fairly light overall. Notes of citric hop, and some resin, but hard to place.

Bready and toasty malts set the stage for a wave of strong hop-bitterness that's dominated by resiny and citric hops. Oily and medium bodied on the palate with high carbonation.

Hop-focused with good hop flavors.

EPICAC, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

Initial pour eventually settles into half orange body, good clarity, with loads of carbonation streams, and half huge sticky snow white head.

Slight, slight lemon aroma. Rarely does one have to work so hard at sniffing an ipa.

Nice solid malty base. Tasty citrus fruit. More hop nip than bite at the swallow. Mild fruity aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel has some firmness to it. Easy going drinkability.

A tasty beer but more pale ale than ipa to me, and more suited to six packs than bombers.

RonfromJersey, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of AltBock
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

22 oz. bomber bottle with a dark blue/purple label that has a rather crude drawing of Zeus. He looks like an early Street Fighter II character. This crude drawing shows Zeus sitting on top of his throne with his left arm resting of a cloud, while his right hand is holding a big bolt of lightning. Just below his left arm is his pet Griffon. To the far left of the label is where they keep all the mandatory US information. The far right side has the Brewer's signature and two paragraphs. The top paragraph talks about the beer and the bottom one talks about the brewhouse. I failed to see any kind of best before date or batch number.

Appearance: I poured this "Immortal" beer into an Imperial Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. When this IPA was poured, this beer was nothing but foam. For every 1/4 of an inch of beer, there was about 4 inches of foam on top of it. After about 10 minutes of waiting for the head of foam to recede, I found out this beer was a hazy golden orange color that had a small tint of copper blended in with it. When this head of foam receded, it left behind a massive amount of white sticky streaks of lace around the glass. As you can tell, this beer had one of those annoying heads of foam. it took forever for it to recede and the only time I got to sip the beer was when I scooped away about 1 1/2 inches of foam away. Despite the annoying head of foam, this beer still had a great appearance to it.

Smell: Some IPAs favor the scent of tart grapefruit while others might favor the scent of bitter citrus hops. This beer didn't favor any of those. Instead, this IPA favored the scent of lemon peel. I don't know why, but it did. Directly behind the strong scent of lemon peel was a hint of pine, juicy ruby red grapefruit, a splash of orange peel, a pinch of crispy and bitter citrus hops, and then this lemon peel based aroma finishes up with a subtle touch of caramel malts. Swirling this beer around will only let out more grapefruit, lemon peel, and pine. In the end, it was more fruity than hoppy. Fruity with a hop bite aroma.

Taste: After the "fruity with a hop bite" aroma, I thought the beer was going to taste a little like that. Instead, this beer's taste was mostly all about the bitter and crispy floral hops with a few bitter citrus hops behind that. "The Immortal" started off a little fruity with ruby red grapefruit, lemons, and oranges. Then out of nowhere, the taste goes on the bitter offensive side with bitter floral and citrus hops. Then after the hops had enough, the taste ends with a subtle touch of toasted caramel malts and a tiny splash of pine needles. A good IPA, but I thought this beer could have unleashed a tad bit more citrus fruits and pine.

Mouthfeel: This Elysian beer was a medium bodied beer with a mild to strong aftertaste of bitter and crispy citrus and floral hops, a hint of dried ruby red grapefruit, a touch of lemon peel, and a splash of pine. This bitter aftertaste wasn't immortal. It lingered on for a minute or two and then it was gone forever.

Drinkability: If you like your IPAs crispy and bitter with a few varieties of hops and a touch of citrus fruits, then you might think about giving this Elysian beer a try. I thought this beer was kind of in the middle of the road on the mildly hopped route of America. Would I ever buy this beer again? Nah, one bottle was good enough. It is worth a shot though.

AltBock, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

A: light golden highlights fused with lightly clouded copper color. This was topped with a reasonable bleach white foamy cap, rather dense I might add. Some bubbles were working overtime and get a good grade for extra effort

S: well at first whiff things seemed a little timid and nothing really jumped out at me. Has the typical blend of pale malts and citrusy hops, maybe some dry pine notes

T: considering the name "The Immortal IPA" I was hoping for a bit more. It has its moments and some well rounded features otherwise it runs off a bit lackluster. Hops are of the sweet citrusy variety. I seem to get some oranges and soft grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. However, my palate keeps telling me that the malts are the stronger force at the helm. Pale biscuity malts covered with caramel and possess a light huskiness. I am also struggling with the fact that the flavors come and go...where are the hops?

M: good body, nice and mild. Goes down rather smooth and yet carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit foamy at times. Hops are in the back after a few sips, barely...

D: I will reach for many other IPA's before this one. More hops please! Still this is a nice rendition and worth a try

Magpie14, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

I suppose the immortal aspect of this beer derives from its carbonation. The bubbles just won't die and show an uncommon energetic boil sustaining a light cap of vivid white head with polka dot lace. Immortal's body is perilously clear in warm copper though I was surprised to note such a restrained aroma. The hops spend most of their time in the bittering range where they deliver a solid kick of flavor that would seem to extend beyond their reputed 42 IBU.

Not as crisp as some others, for the bittering has a recessed heaviness to it that pivots on a bit of yeast tang.

RedDiamond, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

22 oz. bomber from Whole Foods

Hazy strawish yellow color, a bit on the light side colorwise for NW IPAs. Quickly dissipating rocky head. if handled correctly the head isn't a problem. Not too harsh on the palate up front or back, a bit of grapefruit with figs. Nice balance between hops and malt. Pretty drinkable. A good fit with spicy foods. A quality quaffable from one of Washington's better breweries. Worth seeking out for hopheads, though not in the hop bomb category.

jdense, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of ATPete
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

22oz bottle

The bottle send a thundering 'POP!' upon popping the cap. An enormous thick white head forms with a gentle pour, a yellow orange tinged IPA lay beneath. This head is STRONG and relentless, the minutes tick by, and i still cant drink this beer yet! In my opinion that hurts its drinkability score. I had to pour, even more gently (but to no avail), 5-6 times to actually fill the glass to a suitable drinking height. The nose here is nice, semi floral, mild, but definitely hoppy. However, it didn't get much better once i was able to actually drink this beer. Way over carbonated, Belgian-esque but with out the complimenting characters, foamy, not even a decent quaff without an explosion of foam mid palate continuing into and through the finish. Sweet malts are picked up mostly on the aftertaste but the bitter, English-style, hop character is apparent throughout. I think without its obvious carbonation issues this would be a damn fine English IPA, but unfortunately, for now this beer is 1st on the list of disappointments of 2009.

ATPete, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Grabbed a 22oz. Bottle from Fred Meyer... poured into a tumbler..

Not so copper like the bottle stated... but a very so slightly cloudy golden color... much like an avg. pale. Not very much head at all... although I dont slam-pour beers, I tilt the glass. Obvious minimal lacing thanks to the yeast.

I couldn't hardly smell a thing with this number. Maybe a slight floral smell with a tad bit of barley and light malt.

A rather bitter and creamy taste. Bright hop and bitter citrus.. rather good carbonation.

Tastes like a refreshing pale.. mouthfeel is bitter but not dry.

Easy to drink, although a little too bubbly for a pale.

IPA? Not to me... it's a Pale.

Docer, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -12%

Reviewed 5/30/2006 (Tap @ Elysian brewery, Tangletown, WA):

Pours a golden amber colored body, slightly cloudy, with a big white head, smallish bubbles. Has a very hoppy aroma, sweet, but not too hoppy. A slight bitter taste, very sweet. Nutty. Slight acidic aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Purchased 22 oz. bomber at Consumers Beverage on Elmwood Ave. Poured into a pint glass. Crazy head tension, had too let settle before inhaling. Three minutes later... A hazy orange fog appears as the color, smells of pine and orange peel come to my mind. Gulp. Not too overly hoped, malts are very present. Little bitter on the after take, just the right amount of alcohol present. More toward the English style IPA can some this beer up.

Recommended: To those who enjoy the IPA style across the pond, made right here in America.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 14, 2009
The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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