Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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85
very good

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 582
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-21-2004

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Photo of jeffersonstreet
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I want to hate this beer. Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil and hopback? But I love it. It is an incredible alternative to a citrus forward IPA on a warm summer day. It's almost annoyingly refreshing. (206 characters)

Photo of chad_e_martin
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle. As I live near Elysian's basecamp in Seattle, I have local access to nearly all of Elysian's offerings at any given time. For some reason, after some 3 years of drinking Elysian often, I finally obtained the Avatar Jasmine IPA. I have no clue why I have never bought it, even as I went time after time after time for Night Owl, Dayglow, Space Dust, Bi-Frost, Dark O the Moon, Great Pumpkin, even Men's Red, etc. But I finally got this one.

Look: it's hard to judge this one, as their is a lot of sediment floating around, but the color is a nice amber.

Smell: I can faintly smell the sweet Jasmine.

Taste: A very sweet IPA. The jasmine is very prominent, and definitely not just a novelty. It is malty, but not too hoppy. I would hope for a little more hop taste. But the jasmine is definitely there, and quite welcome.

Feel: It's an easy drink, even as sweet as it is. The aftertaste is more hoppy than the smell and initial taste, which is nice.

Overall: 89/100 (1,000 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bready floral ale, slightly herbal yet not medicinal. Nice balance with the jasmine and malts. Crisp and full. Something different to try while visiting NJ. Liked the flavor quite a bit. (191 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Bomber poured to a pint glass with a very lightly hazy golden copper body. The creamy white head has fair retention falling to a large ring and island. Drizzly webs of lacing down the sides.

S- Pale fruits like apple as well as a large dose of floral jasmine. Reminds me of apple juice at times unfortunately with hints of pale caramel malts in the backdrop. Spicy herbs.

T- Between the pale fruits (assumingly) from the yeast and the caramel malts it tastes a bit candied at times and that seems to hold back the hops which are there with hints of citrus, herbs and grass. Jasmine adds a nice floral touch which can only be described as like jasmine.

MF- Creamy and somewhat puffy medium body. Carbonation falls on the high side and it all finishes with an herbal bitterness.

I wish the IPA side of things were a bit stronger as the hops seem to get lost between the malts and the jasmine. Fairly strong jasmine in the taste which is cool but besides that not much strength for me. (989 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a thin, bright, mostly clear dark amber color. I can't say I know what Jasmine smells like too well, but this IPA certainly has a lovely floral hop aroma to it. The taste evokes even more of the potpourri flavor with a mild sweetness and almost no bitter or citric hop flavors. Again, I wish I was more familiar with the flavor of jasmine so I could say how much the flavor really comes out, but as it were, I'm reminded of a walk in some grandmother's garden or perhaps a perfume store. Mild pear comes out at the end, but this delicate, dainty, light little (okay, big since it's a bomber) of a beer is quite a treat. Would probably go great with sushi or seafood. (679 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 28th, 2015 - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Amber body with citrine highlights surges beneath a fist of towering meringue. Superior retention, rocky thick lacing.

Even-tempered nose with malt dominating (surprisingly), accompanied by a series of mild floral and candy-like aromas.

Mild bitterness offsets a surprising lingering sweetness (itself accentuated by the bursts of jasmine); hints of bubblegum, citrus, starfruit, and kiwi. Finishes faintly grassy with a touch of licorice. Interesting, a little odd, well balanced, a little too sweet to be quenching.

Pillow-soft mouth-feel, well carbonated, perhaps a touch chalky from being unfiltered.

Decent base beer that would pair well with battered and fried fish, though the jasmine adds an almost "artificial" quality to the flavor profile. A decent value, but wouldn't buy again now that my curiosity is sated. (921 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is like a lager. Pretty bitter and doesn't really taste like an ipa. Also no taste of jasmine. It is sort of like rebel rouser but more bitter. But all in all, I would prefer this over stone green tea ipa (210 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 4/28/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, earth, and jasmine aromas. Taste is much the same with jasmine, floral, earth, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with distinct jasmine characterisitcs that are better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle. (607 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 2/10/15

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rustic orange with a half finger's worth of white head. Fair retention, leading to a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Mellow and pleasantly floral with a hint of candied sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral notes reign supreme and are met by a light candy sweetness. Finishes much in the way it starts, with just a ghostly trace of nondescript bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a crisp, carbonated bite. Smooth and slightly silky.

Overall - I give this beer points for originality, but have to question its 'IPA' moniker. It's more tame than most pales you'll find today. Jasmine Pale would be much more suitable, but then pales don't sell quite like IPA's, do they? Marketing, uggh. It's also hard to drink more than a glass, as the heavy floral bouquet begets a desire for balance. (888 characters)

Photo of MtOrion
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysiam Brewing Company- "Avatar Jasmine IPA":
American IPA
Look: 4.0
Smell: 5.0
Taste: 4.0
Feel: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
This is a true treasure from Elysiam. They have done well by the creative brew gods. Bringing a floral aroma with every dip of your nose into the chalice, just as when I used to walk out the front door in front of all of my jasmine bushes. This American Jasmine IPA is true to its form. It does not give you just a hint of jasmine with your hops, it has wonderfully accompanying hops with your Jasmine. Well done, Excellent balancing malts to allow it to be sweet and refreshing, just as the spring days that bring the inspiring flower itself. (658 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

I guess this one is too gimicky for me. I don't smell all that much Jasmine, and I don't really taste it either...or maybe I do and I just don't like the taste of Jasmine. /shrug

This feels freakishly good on my tongue though. I'm giving it an extra quarter point on taste just for that. (288 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Jai Thai Fremont. Poured a pale hazy yellow w/ a thin head, some decent lacing as I drained the glass.

Aroma is light and crisp, floral but not very strong.

Taste is a blend of pale malt, jasmine tea, and subdued floral hops. Bitter on the finish. Washed down the tasty Thai food but didn't overpower it.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, drinkable.

Overall a different twist on an IPA but the floral jasmine tea qualities didn't really add much. No need to have again. (478 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of jasmine fragrance are present in the nose—if I was blindfolded I could picture myself being in a tropical location such as Hawaii.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of jasmine flowers. Slight hints of bitterness and underlying caramel malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that the jasmine was a little too overpowering in the sense that it completely obscured the rest of this beer. I still liked it, but if you don't like jasmine this probably won't be a beer for you.

Serving type: bottle (890 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a Tallgrass tulip

A: peachy amber, with a puffy white 2 finger head, good retention, great lacing
S: some flowery jasmine, as advertised, bready malt, a little fruit but not really citrus...lychee or something like that.
T: follows the nose, kind of tea-like...very unique and different, but nice. There is very little sweetness here, but it isn't exactly bitter either. The floral jasmine notes are present throughout, but really come through strongly in the back half and mixes with some other herbal notes and something that gives it a little prickliness. The malt here provides a nice backbone, but doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor, as far as I can tell.
M: medium to high carbonation, slick and wet, taste really lingers.

Overall: unique and different. If I had regular access to this, I'd drink it on occasion, when I was looking for a change of pace. It's refreshing and interesting. (924 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Uninteresting label design.

6.3% ABV. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. Served cold into a stem-tulip. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show.

HEAD: One finger wide. White in colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft complexion. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's not unique or special for an IPA, but I find it appealing for the style.

AROMA: Jasmine is evident, and complements the floral hop notes nicely. Pale malts. Really flowery, to a rather pleasant extent. Clean and resinous without coming off soapy. It's not piney, citrusy, or juicy, but boy do the floral notes kick ass.

A pleasant intriguing aroma of moderate strength. The jasmine is a stand-out.

No alcohol, off-notes, or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Jasmine flower, subsidiary floral hops, ample amounts of hoppy resins, some dank more cannabis-evocative notes, faint herbal character, clean pale malts, a dash of caramalt, and some hop oils. Bitterness is mild, but it doesn't have too much caramalt sweetness.

It's nicely balanced and enjoyable, but isn't perfect. It's complex enough, and the jasmine lends it unique nuance. But there's little subtlety, and it could of course be more intricate. Some citrusy zest might be nice. I do like it, and the jasmine makes it memorable. But it's not as fresh tasting or interesting as superior beers in the style, and lacks their complexity and subtlety. Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are all average.

TEXTURE: Lightly oily. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, fairly refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, and approachable. It's a bit dragging on the palate, especially in the late second act.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture is a decent complement to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: I think they could get away with a higher ABV. It's drinkable and enjoyable, and I'll easily finish the bottle with my friend (Blakelive784), but I doubt I'd buy it again. It does make me curious to try Elysian's other offerings, and the jasmine is very interesting. Worth trying, but far from world-class. A nice little IPA.

B- (2,432 characters)

Photo of i_Trav
4.5/5  rDev +20%

I picked one of these up before heading over to the coast for some camping figuring that my wife might enjoy it. I have to admit we were both pleasantly surprised how the jasmine flower melds with the medium hoppiness of this IPA. If you were to drink his beer without reading the label I don't know that I would classify it as an India pale ale even though I know it is by brewing process and ingredients. At the end of the day it is a very enjoyable beer and very different in a good way. Plus you can kill two birds with one stone by getting your wife a beer and flowers in one bottle. (588 characters)

Photo of ronskrnkn
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

Choo Choo... Sweet express is arriving at the station. If you want your tongue coated in sugar and the glorious mediocrity we've come to expect from Elysian, take a swig of this abortion of an idea. Anything you flavor your rice shouldn't flavor your beer. This brewery consistently flies way under my expectation and exulted taste. Don't waste your money on this Seattlite sewer water. Buy something that won't engage your gag reflex so strongly. (447 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%

(22 oz bottle - poured into a balloon)

A: very hazy (well, cloudy) yellow-orange liquid... sort of a creamy foam, off-white... wild, bottle-conditioned look to the bubbles... decent retention... haze seems to clear only a bit after a while... 3.5

S: oh, wow!... floral, taffy-like aromas plus the backend whiff of fresh jasmine - fantastic!... semi-potent intensity... 4.5

T: jasmine carries over like mad, trails off in favor of a cake-like malt flavor, which then fades just as quickly as the jasmine comes whipping back around, lingering for a moment before fading yet again... by the second sip, classic west coast orange-citrus hops push forward, with a lingering lemon pith note... not the least bit boozy, nor peppery despite a sense that it could be... malt sweetness, boosted by the hops, increases with each sip and settles with the hop resins upon the palate... the taste just lasts and lasts, aftertaste retains most of the hop/malt nuances... pleasant, bright grassy-herbal bitterness emerges after a bit - character of eating flower petals... if the jasmine was completely removed from this, I feel this would be a decent but perhaps not terribly exciting beer... the hazy balance is a dream... 4.75

M: big, fullish, but plush... satiny smooth... built for sipping... fades out level, but leaves a pillowy coating of "flower dust" and (I would assume) yeast and hop drippings blanketing the palate... so cozy... 5

O: transcended my expectations!... for someone who's enamored with gruit and "alternative" plant flavoring in beer, this was heavenly... had an eye out for this for a long while, finally came across it, and well worth the wait... guess what? going out and buying the rest of those bottles right now!... 4.5+ (1,740 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One finger white head, copper colored body.

Orange juice, grapefruit, tropical notes in the aroma.

Decent amount of bitterness, bit of juicy and citrusy notes on the back of the tongue. Grapefruit, tropical flavor, orange peel. Very slight jasmine notes. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

Medium body, decent carbonation. Goes down smooth. (335 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper/amber with two fingers of frothy white head. Excellent lacing left on the glass.

Smell - jasmine flowers, citrus hops, caramalts, citrus.

Taste - Jasmine flowers are the predominate taste followed by citrus hops, caramalts, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant punch from the jasmine flowers and bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - A nice twist to the American IPA style by adding jasmine flowers. It adds a pleasant flavour profile to this brew while keeping true to the style. Props to Elysian for adding this unique ingredient. (630 characters)

Photo of jrein0254
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had no idea what to expect with this one. Poured it into a glass and saw a lot stuff floating. Hmmm? Sediment? Bad bottle? Smell is fantastic. Tropical fruity and floral. Can taste hops but almost no bitterness. If I knew there were fruit in it, I would say guava and underripe mango. There is a little bitterness way at the end, but it is very mellow and pleasant. The floating stuff doesn't settle to the bottom so I'm thinking its supposed to be there. Can't feel the floating stuff but almost feels slightly sticky in the mouth. Think this would be awesome with spicy food, especially Indian, Mexican, or
any Asian. (622 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bomber poured into a tulip glass reveals a hazy, golden orange colour with a foamy well-risen head. Foam sticks to the sides of the glass that fades slowly down the sides. The colt suggests transparency, but there isn't much to speak of. This beer is quite pretty and bright.

S: I don't like the way this smells. There's took much malt coming through on the nose and it smells very corn-y, like an AAL. For an IPA, the hop profile is extremely weak in this.

T: First sip reveals a strong malt backbone with some unpleasant tastes on the finish. The beer rounds out, however, and eventually reveals a subtle hop bitterness with some fruity sweetness that complements the malt. Paired with sweet potatoes, this beer even has full-blown mango aromas and taste. The beer should be slurped to really open it up, and it needs to be constantly swirled to release its full flavor, or else it becomes too solidly malty and impenetrable. The Jasmine qualities barely come across, except in the bitterness. I wish this were more floral.

M: typical mouthfeel for a fresh IPA. Very effervescent without being overly carbonated. Very nearly perfect for the style.

O: I probably wouldn't get this again because I prefer a more fruity, citrusy, or grapefruity IPA, but I can see the appeal in this beer if you like malty, bitter IPAs that have some pleasant astringency. Not for me, but not bad for what it is. (1,401 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange color with a thick head with medium retention and floating particles.
Nice predominant and stable aroma of jasmine and papaya.
Flavor of jasmine tea, orange citrusy, clear malt sweetness, papaya, pineapple and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering floral note.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Interesting brew, flavor starts heavily on respective floral note and moves towards citrusy. (414 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber with a large head.
Massive jasmine on the nose, almost to the point of exclusion of everything else. Some sweet crystal malt underneath.
Flavours are exactly the same - jasmine throughout, some clean malt and a spicy, hoppy bitterness in the finish.
Needs more carbonation. Perhaps a bit heavy-handed on the jasmine. (335 characters)

Photo of rand
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

The bottle claims they were going for an East-meets-West, fusion-style ale with the West Coast IPA and the added Jasmine. However, the floral aspects bend the hop profile wet and grassy, making this a bit of a Northwest/Southwest IPA combo. And it's quite refreshing to boot.

A: Apricot-orange in color, cloudy and completely opaque. A small sudsy head forms on a gentle pour leaving lacing everywhere.

S: Citrusy and grassy, the added jasmine is there but just adds a bit of a floral aspect. A lot of hop combination yield similar tones without added flowers (which would make sense). The bouquet is dry and wispy toward the back, as if the malt-backbone is either light or nicely harmonized.

T: The flavors are for more sweet and fruity than the nose implies. At the front of the palate, there's a sweet tone as if from a fruit you've never tried, presumably from the added jasmine. It's a little like the fruit around the pit of a apricot or nectarine, but not distinct. With all of the fruity aspects, the brew never becomes treacly or one-dimensional - the hops work to dry, and a touch of boozy warmth kicks in at the back of the palate. Finishes quickly and bitter-sweet.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. The brew has an oily slick complexion that accents the sweet aspects. (1,323 characters)

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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