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Avatar Jasmine IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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84
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254 Reviews
BEER STATS
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254
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627
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
23.86%
 
 
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Avatar Jasmine IPAAvatar Jasmine IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-21-2004

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Reviews: 254 | Ratings: 627
Photo of MikRo_Brew_Marcro_View
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Very nice amber color with a bit of haze (which I really like). The beer smells fine, not offensive but not great. I'm not a fan of the taste, I guess I don't like jasmine. I really like many of Elysian's other offerings but this just isn't my thing.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4.25
Hazy orange/slightly gold color. Not very energetic upon pouring (only a 1-finger head with a pretty forceful pour). The head fades quickly but some carbonation remains throughout the glass – lacing and foam ring around the outside.

Smell: 4.5
Savory. Slight earthiness, some fruit, and some hops.

Taste: 4.5
A bit of bitterness from hops, but must not be very high in IBU. It gets very sweet quickly. There are many fruit flavors that seem to swirl around the palette: peach, mango, pineapple, sweet orange, white grape. There are definite herbal notes (herbs, spices, jasmine -of course). The sweetness backs off a bit and then there are biscuit, caramel, malt, wheat, and cracker flavors. There is a nice and savory buttery flavor. At the end, fruit, caramel, and flowers/herbs, linger on.

Feel: 4
Medium bodied but lighter. A bit on the flatter side towards the end. Could benefit from some more carbonation/head retention. Slightly slick and oily.

Overall: 4.5
I really liked this IPA. It is well balanced between bitterness, herbal notes, sweetness, and maltiness. An interesting IPA that isn’t as hoppy as a typical IPA, but complex in flavor. Hop heads will probably not like this one. If you like IPAs that are different and not heavy on the bitterness side, then you should try this one.

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Photo of fizzician
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love Jasmine and IPAs, so this beer caught my eye. The Jasmine flavor was surprisingly strong. The beer was definitely well-made and unique, but can't say I loved the flavor combination. On the sweeter side and not too hoppy for an IPA, but still quite refreshing.

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Photo of Zorro
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear amber colored ale with a medium off-white colored head.

Smells of sweet tea and caramel. Scent of toffee candy. Faint scent of jasmine, but you have to really hunt for it.

Starts out sweet with a strong flower flavor. Strong Jasmine flavor, this beer isn't fooling around you had better try Jasmine tea first to see if you might like this. Woody flavors and again the Jasmine hammer smacks your mouth again. This is pretty much all Jasmine. Lesser taste of toffee candy.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is Jasmine flavored DAMMIT! And it hits you in the maw with another Jasmine uppercut. This was hard to finish.

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Photo of gandres
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Orange in color, a bit hazy
Aroma: smell of hops, fragrant very floral
Taste: Bitter with sweet aftertaste
Mouth feel: A bit fizzy
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of chicagoish
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Not my cup of tea here. Must be the Jasmine. So be careful when you take an adventure on this one. Lucky for me my wife did not mind the floral taste. If not for her this would have been a drain pour.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Pale straw in color and hazy. No head to speak of. Aroma: Flowery with Jasmine dominating. Backbone of hops, citrus and doughy malt are revealed after the initial flowery notes. Taste: Balanced with a mixture of Jasmine and hops. Aftertaste: Consistent with the Jasmine flowery elements throughout. Finishes with a light hoppy bite. Overall: Easy drinker but expected more definite and complex elements. Good. 3.6 out of 5.

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Photo of 1812rob
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very refreshing ipa for any occasion. Its very herbal and floral.The appearance is very hazy with particulate throughout the pint, the color is a light orange with off white thin head. Moderate lacing as I sip the pint down. The aroma is herbal with jasmine certainly apparent. Lemon rind also come through. The taste is initially herbal like, it reminds me of oregano or bay leaves. The following is malt balanced by a bitter jasmine that comes through nicely. It finishes rather dry and leaves a floral bitterness. Overall its solid and unique ipa to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing ran around the glass nice and adequate, stringy and light.
The smell definitely had the jasmine - sweet and floral, nicely done and smooth. Light honey enters in to balance.
The taste was mainly sweet with the floral tones smoothly blending with the sweet honey. A lingering floral setting really just invades the aftertaste and bleeds into the finish.
The mouthfeel had about a light to medium bodied sort of feel. Carbonation runs light.
Overall, different for an AIPA, really nice and smooth, don't expect the bitterness to be there as in other AIPA's but the aroma is what really makes this beer and really, if anything its a real nice relaxing beer.

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Photo of jeffersonstreet
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of chad_e_martin
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jooler
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of MtOrion
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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-

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Photo of i_Trav
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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