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Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

530 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-21-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

admiral, Apr 19, 2014
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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+

Bouleboubier, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a solid orange in color and very pretty, letting in just enough light to give the beer a glowing effect. The head was modest but laced well on the way down.

Smell – This is a different hop nose for Elysian. It is light and citrusy with no pine to be had. The Jasmine plays very well in the aroma. There’s some light grain in the background that goes well with this the mix.

Taste – The citrusy hops and Jasmine are even Steven at the taste. The grain holds up the flavor profile just right. Everything is well-balanced and comes together nicely with a soft touch.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied with some modest carbonation and a good amount of dryness at the end, but nothing like a typical PacNW IPA.

Drinkability – Elysian managed to pull off a very smooth, light, easy IPA that finds the perfect compliment to the Jasmine flavor and aroma. Well done!

RoyalT, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Brewed with English Pale, German Munich, German Carahell, English Crystal malts bittered with Chinook hops, finished with Glacier and Amarillo hops. Dried Jasmine flowers were added in the boil and hopback. Avatar references its literal meaning: an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu--the Supreme Being.

Drops into the glass shimmering, golden and clear at first, but turns hazy from sediment--more of a dirty peach with large white chunks of sediment attracting carbonation. Obviously an unfiltered offering, but it clears up after a while. Head sports white creamy lace with plenty of stickage. Opens up with an amazing fresh floral jasmine aroma, with suggestions of oranges. Smooth, well-rounded and near full-bodied, with a chewy feel. Slight prickle on the palate. A big jasmine tea-like presence runs through the entire beer and sets the tone. Malt is full of depth--sweet, with more suggestions of oranges mingling amongst a toasty and bready malt, plus a kiss of caramel and honey. A very light bitterness complements the jasmine with some hop spice and coarse tannins, but allows the herb to shine. Biscuity-dry toward the end. Light jasmine and sweetness in the linger.

Sublime, well-crafted, original and damn tasty. Certainly not a typical IPA, but perhaps one of the most unique IPAs on the planet. Worthy of a reference to a god? Well, at least one of them.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

jpwadd, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Shimmering golden hue, mild haze and good head retention. Mild yet slightly pungent hop aroma, hint of fruit and biscuity malt in the aroma and flavor. Bitter upfront, kiss of malt in the middle and then finishes with more hop and a tingly spice in the end.

A solid spiced IPA, a bit small for an American IPA but certainly drinkable.

Jason, Nov 17, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber 22 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info offered. Pours golden and clear, eggshell head, moderately retentive in nature, and t leaves respectable and fine lace. Fruity nose, leads to a pleasant, resiny quaffer, quite dry in nature. Second one I have tried from Elysian, and I'm impressed. Tasty, smooth and drinkable. well worth a try for lovers of nicely crafted hoppy and dry ale.

Billolick, Jul 26, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to beernut7 for parting with this gem...
Pale golden in color...crystal clear, with less than a half finger of bright white head. Disappears way too quick and leaves behind very little lacing.
Candy sugar in the nose, just a touch of jasmine, toffee and faint citrus.
The taste is more of what I was expecting...much more jasmine presence in the flavor, but blended very well with a mild sweet malt, and fruity hops. A hint of perfume-like taste, but the hops help mask that...more hops in the aftertaste than jasmine.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is perfect.
Overall, a very interesting beer...well received and the bomber goes bye-bye in no time.
I was not sure I'd be into this offering, but am very impressed with its creation.

warriorsoul, Oct 14, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 02, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the flower and perfume. You can definitely tell there are flowers used in the brewing process. I also get some biscuit malt.

The flavor is very similar. The flowers are a little overpowering, but still go fairly well with the malt. Low bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 05, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very light and clear amber color with a small white head. Nose is herbal and earthy, but just a bit too flat for me.

Taste is really unique, it's very herbal and spicy with a good hop bite. The Mouthfeel is light and sharp with a crisp light finish.

kingcrowing, Oct 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

virinow, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of moundbz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Strange petal taste in back of mouth, floral smell

moundbz, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ryser2k, Oct 26, 2012
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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.

i_Trav, Nov 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whether or not you like Elysian's Avatar Jasmine IPA really comes down to whether or not you can smell and like jasmine. I really like jasmine and drink jasmine tea so I appreciate the subtly sweet taste and perfumed aromas.

The IPA looks like a good IPA with a nice amber color and fluffy head. The smell was intoxicating with the herbal hops intertwined with the jasmine flowers. The jasmine dominates this beer and perhaps that has to do with the hop aromas subsiding over time in the bottle. The taste is bitter but with a bit of caramel and jasmine sweetness. The mouthfeel was full and the drinkablility was very good.

Soonami, Aug 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellowish pour, small lacing. Couldn't detect anything really making this "jasmine" but it did have a pleasant tree/plant aroma to it.

A rather bitter beer, decent hop spice kick to it. Good originality points. One of the least hoppy west coast ipa's I've ever had, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, nothing spectacular happens, just a little different, the plant/flower feel subsides a little. Big wildcard points for being a little different and cheap ($4.29 a 22).

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 30, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If your're looking for traditional IPA grab their Immortal IPA, this is the hybrid herbal flower Jasmine infused IPA where the floral aspects overshadow the hops, I did get some mild citrus and herbal bitterness from hops but the Jasmine smacked me around, a semi clouded golden copper orange hue with an off white khaki tinted head forming thick. Carbonation levels were dead on nothing cloying in the actual texture more the unrelenting bitterness from the Jasmine additions. Flavor wise a nice base beer as jaded by the Jasmine, I just didn't care for this combination or the fact that they have to get so creative with an already stellar style of beer, the IPA. Overall I think I said it, drink the Immortal and try a thimble full of this and move on.

WVbeergeek, Mar 26, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a bright golden orangish-brown body with a thin white head that has a slight yellow hue to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly rise to the surface.

S- The smell of fresh floor-dried malt with a slight graham note was wonderful. This was followed by a light jasmine ginger hop finish. I don't know that I would have been able to tell the jasmine was not part of the hops if it wasn't printed on the label.

T- The smooth light taste of lightly toasted malt has a sweetness and a freshness that was great. There were notes of pale malt that kept the malt flavors light. There was a nice grapefruit hop flavor that was juicy and had a smooth bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a sweetness that was very light in the finish. It gave the hop taste more of a boost.

D- This beer had great fresh malt flavors and it had a smooth hop flavor that was bigger than the malt. The hops were very tasty but didn't punish the taste buds like some IPAs, which I also drink and love. It also had nice subtle complexity to all aspects of the beer.

rhoadsrage, Aug 22, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden pour with a nice amount of fine thick head that lasts and last. The aroma is almost purely Jasmine. For an IPA I was really looking for more balance between the Jasmine and hop aromas but all I got was pure jasmine. I tried to let it open up for a while but I still couldn't smell any hops. The taste is much more balanced than the nose. Still a strong jasmine presence but balanced with good hop bitterness and a touch of malt. Not a whole lot of complexity but a good balance between those elements. The mouthfeel was a touch thin but didn't detract from the experience. Overall it was an interesting brew. I think I would classify it more as a pale ale than an IPA, it just didn't have enough hop aroma for me to see it as an IPA. I also had it with an Asian stir fry and found it to be a good beer for such a situation, it is like a cross between Jasmine tea and beer, win/win.

quirkzoo, Sep 21, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

switzer, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

intoxabroad, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, steeply-priced import bomber at BeerBistro in T-dot...thank you, expense account!

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden apricot colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and yet bubbly dirty white head, which leaves randomly strewn sudsy lace around the glass in its hasty wake.

It smells of candy-like florals, a sort of cross between said confection and the more adult perfumed version, with some muddled citrus and grassy hops adding to the mire, all atop a softly bready caramel maltiness. The taste is strong, but more isolated jasmine flower, still tame and reserved caramel malt, some nondescript tropical fruit, and a sort of sidelined domestic citrus and peppy leafy hoppiness trying to claw its way into a more focal position.

The carbonation is on the low side, manifesting in a mere ethereal frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, still heady with that sweet floral/herbal jasmine essence presiding over the chastened IPA notes.

Overall, I have to give this one credit for partial truth in advertising - rather nicely rendered jasmine, but at the expense of the base IPA character, it's as simple as that. I imagine this would go well with various southeast Asian stir-fries and the like, the floral sweetness ready to parry any fire one might be tempted to indulge in.

biboergosum, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian- Avatar Jasmine IPA

A- Light clear golden orange with a thick frothy head. Heavy lacing.
S- Mild citrus hops with a weird floral (roses? Jasmine? What does Jasmine smell like?) aroma. Touch of lemon.
T- Light lemony hay/ straw weak citrus hops. Sweet almost fruity flowery flavor.
M- Thin malt and even thinner hop body. Unique floral body with a decent hoppy dry finish.

Overall- Weird flowery aroma and taste blended into a mild ipa makes this pretty good. Easily chugable.

NJpadreFan, Dec 09, 2008
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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.