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Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-21-2004

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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 240
Photo of MtOrion
4.39/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of Jewefc2
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Homebrew taste. Drinkable everyday. Lightly carbonated

Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hops. Elysian knows how to make a fragrant beer

Photo of DucksFan16
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Jasmine is much too strong, overpowering.

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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-

Photo of LouZ
3/5  rDev -19.4%

I was not a fan of the jasmine infusion.

Photo of i_Trav
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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.

Photo of moundbz
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strange petal taste in back of mouth, floral smell

Photo of ronskrnkn
1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%

(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+

Photo of Scrylol
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of jrein0254
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of rand
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Notes of 22/08/13) Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/06/2013, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark golden colour with very light haze, coming with a thick and creamy beige froth with extremely good retention, on top of gentle and constant flows of carbonation.
S: lightly sweet citrusy and lychee-ish upfront coupled with lightly sour fruit esters, balanced with mildly biscuity pale malts; given a very good swirl, the aroma reminds me of German floral hops big time, also with an acute tinge of acidity aside, as well as an interesting edge of raw grains.
T: perfectly effervescent, the intake shows, wow, lots of signs of sweet jasmine flowers on the palate, with the dried flowery fragrance mingling with the otherwise gentle and elegant hoppiness, leaving gristy and starchy malt sweetness and a slightly dry-ish palate to linger alongside the really fine bitter-fragrant jasmine-tea-ish quality in the finish. Straight forward comes the flavour profile, “short-lived” but ever so enjoyable.
M&O: the mouthfeel is superb, medium-minus bodied against a softly carbonated palate, while the flavour profile allows the real flowery elements to shine through and pair well with the hop profile and the gentle malt backbone. All in all, this is unlike any IPA I’ve tried, and I’m deeply fond of it…

Photo of ssteakley
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am sure that some brewers just try to outdo the guy next door or next state, but whoever brewed this one just got creative and risked it....Wow! Avatar Jasmine is right. Very impressed and this one will certainly make it to the party, the finest of parties of course since this is the classiest brew I have tasted since coming to the PNW!

Photo of Cavity_Crepes
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really dig this IPA. It feels like a hipster IPA(perfect since it's from Seattle) because it breaks the norm of a standard IPA. The jasmine really hops bring down the bitterness, but still have a good hop taste to make it feel like an IPA. This has turned into my go to IPA.

Photo of HSGB1316
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you have ever wondered what drinking the Jasmine flower might be like, try this beer. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It was a nice change of pace for an IPA because it gave a new type of floral flavors and aromas that you just wont get from hops alone.

Photo of beagle75
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with less than one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains and a few clusters of bubbles cling to the submerged wall of the glass.

S: Artificial mixed fruit reminds of hard candy or children's cereal. Malt is fairly refined, slightly bready. No hops influence is detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with understated pale malt and distinct floral jasmine. Jasmine persists into the middle where malt takes on an undercooked or cornstarch quality. The finish is weakly bitter but surprisingly spicy, reminiscent of a rye beer.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and lively on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This experimental IPA offers an alternative to the dry-hopped modern formula, with a flavor profile that delivers some of the features of dry-hopping without confronting the palate with an IPA-sized level of bitterness. The smell is a very mixed bag of qualities that comes across as dishonest and off-putting.

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.