Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2010 23:40:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-17-2005 01:38:34 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 01:22:26 | More by tkdchampxi
3.81/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 03:36:34 | More by FLima
Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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