Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 247
Reviews by beagle75:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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 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 Soonami
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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).

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours medium yellow with a siginificant white foaming head. Sweet floral smelling. Very easy mouthfeel and a surprisingly good drinker. A 500 ml. is perfect, a 750 ml. is still good. Satisfying. A nice bitterness, with citrus and lots of well brewed jasmine.

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without reading the label on the bottle I didn't know that this beer actually contained Jasmine. I first got lots of bready, medium-caramel malt, and then floral and grassy hops in the nose. The flavor followed suit, but there it was, Jasmine! Not that I've ever actually tasted Jasmine, but it grows wild near me and I love the scent in late summer. I thought the Jasmine moniker was just a name, but lo and behold, it's actually in the beer.

So, does it work? Yes and no. I think it's a really interesting beer, and I love the way that the Jasmine works with the rich maltiness and the subtly piney and juicy, berry-like hops that slip through from underneath. And the honeyish, spicy/floral finish that just seems to go on forever. It's just so bright and rich and floral, how could you complain?! On the other hand, the floral coating atop the caramel & Munich ball of malt can become a bit much for more than one glass. It seems a little full, and just a tad sweet beyond one serving. It sticks in the mouth. Still, I think it deserves a lot of merit for flavor and aroma and mouthfeel, as well as creativity. In fact, I think it's probably worth seeking out just to give it a try because it's so different, and it actually succeeds with style whereas a lot of other "herb & spice" beers falter. Nicely done!

Photo of ElGordo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange hue topped by a large, bright white head that subsides to a thin, creamy ring on top. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla bean, jasmine flowers, and light floral hops. Up front, the palate is almost like a normal IPA - floral hops blended with light sweet malt, with the sweetness building throughout. Jasmine flowers, vanilla bean, and a hint of citrus all emerge towards the finish. Body is nice, smooth, and creamy. A bit too sweet to drink in large quantities, but an interesting brew and a nice change of pace.

Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Decent white foam on top, and reasonable lacing.

S - Scents are floral at first, though this leaves quickly. Has a bit of a honey smell. Slightly hoppy.

T - Pretty tame and balanced hop profile. Some residual sweetness is noted. Finish is a mild bitterness.

M - Unbelievably smooth for an IPA. While there is a hoppy bite it is tempered by a sweet honey texture. Very light, but not watery. I just found this so unique that I enjoyed it alot.

O - For IPA lovers this is a must try. Certianly not a hop bomb, but instead a great way to appreciate the subtle varieties of hops in this beer and enjoy them while not trashing your taste buds.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing and it is an interesting beer. It poured a hazy straw color with thin white head that is lacing. The smell is very floral/pot pourri. The taste starts very floral and then a anise taste finishes the drink. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall the floral taste keeps me less than enthused...although I am glad to have a chance to part take.

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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