Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 582
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of iciclebrews
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer and the Jasmine brings out all the flavorful hop notes with the floral notes accentuating the complexity of the flavor.
A- Dark Golden with a nice head
S- Aroma is mainly jasmine with hop notes
T- Flavors accentuate each other well
M- Crisp and refreshing
O- This beer combines unlikely flavors and they create an exciting, delicious brew (355 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%

(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+ (1,740 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber into pint glass

A- Cloudy orange with suspended white particles. Some settle out slowly but none dissolve - much unfiltered goodness remains. Maybe this is the jasmine? Good head lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Mmm fruity esters and candy, no joke.

T- Floral hops and sweetened jasmine green tea flavor the caramelly, bready malts that balance out a hint of grapefruit pucker.

M- Perfect: Smooth, medium body. Refreshment in the mouth and satisfaction in the lingering aftertaste.

O- This is not a standard NW IPA, nor is it reminiscent of more traditional British varieties. Unique for the category and very flowery. An all-season delight that could be paired with many meals. I like it as an appetizer beer - it won't compromise the palate before eating, but food accompaniment is almost an unnecessary distraction while enjoying this brew.

Vishnu would approve. (889 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good clarity with fine bubbles of carbonation surfacing. Nice one and a half finger head that sticks around for a while. Awesome lacing. Light amber in color. The smell is flowery, but also remeniscent of juicy fruit at first. Very light touch of a bready backbone. Really, its like sticking your nose in a flower, minus the pollen. Earthy note to it as well, just enough to balance it out. Very pleasant in the aroma.

Unique flowery taste as well. When I read that it was made with jasmine flowers, I just assumed it would be a floral hops kind of taste and smell, but this smells and tastes like a flower picked fresh out of the garden. Swirling around that characteristic flavor is a load of fresh seemingly dry-hopped bitterness from citrusy and piney hops. Backing it all is a note of bread crust that brings the flavor profile full circle into a uniquely balanced IPA. The flower taste is earthy and something unlike anything else I've had in a beer to this date. It sticks around in the aftertaste, putting you right outside in the middle of a garden of flowers. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, finishing with a lingering dryness. Very interesting beer, a very solid IPA with a flavor profile that puts this one into the "unique" category for me. I'm really glad I picked this one up and would be happy to buy it again. (1,326 characters)

Photo of henrysunset
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to re-review this beer with oen in my hand, but I felt it needs a review since it is my favorite beer, ever.

the looks don't ring a bell as exceptional, so i'm going to skip to the taste and mouthfeel. The smell rocks you with the memorable jasmine kick most common, atleast to me, from Jasmine Teas. But the smell is paired with a hoppy bitterness, though it is notably less bitter than many other IPA's.

The taste fills in the rest, It walks a delicate balance of beerness and jasminey'ness, and it comes out a champion. I always hope they have it on tap at the elysian, and I am never dissapointed when it is made available to me. (646 characters)

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HAD to pick this one up when I saw it at Whole Foods...

Poured out of the 22, the body is hazy orange with lots of sedimentation. It looks more like a hefeweizen or a trippel than an IPA in that regard. It has a nice medium-thick white foam head and a good amount of lacing. I think this is unusually light and orange-colored for an IPA, but it is a nice, appetizing looking beer. Looks potent.

The smell is extremely fragrant jasmine--perfumy, in fact. There is some faint hop aroma, but the smell is mostly jasmine. If you don't like the smell of jasmine for its association with soap, girly stuff, or whatever, then you had best not even bother with this beer cuz we're talkin some serious JASMINE aroma here.

The taste when cold is jasmine, and not much else. From 50 degrees to room temperature, the taste is jasmine, light hops, and malty sweetness, followed by very bitter hops with the requisite tart, dryness of an IPA. The taste of jasmine is present all the way through the transitions from sweet to bitter and does not fade. Jasmine is even stronger in the lingering aftertaste than the hops is!

The feel is very frothy and nice. Good stuff.

This is very drinkable due to the masterful balance of sweet and bitter from the jasmine and malt. I had the first half with dinner and the second half for dessert so it was nice to experience this beer from multiple angles. I'm not a big IPA fan so I'd say this is better with food than solo, but it's still impressively approachable for an IPA. I'd also add that it's BEST COLD than cellar temp, unlike most IPA's I've tried.

This is my first sampling from Elysian and I am pleased. Avatar is an incredibly creative variation on an accepted style that actually ENHANCES the flavor of the beer rather than just shock you with weirdness and render itself almost like an inside joke that only the brewers and their beer-geek friends understand. Well done, Elysian, and thank you. (1,938 characters)

Photo of i_Trav
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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. (588 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really, really loved this one. I received it as an extra a few weeks ago and threw it right into the fridge. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2009.
The pour was near perfect. Clear and rich copper amber in color. A huge head, nearly three inches in height towered over the top of the glass, settling down only slightly and leaving behind tons of side glass lacing along the way. Ample carbonation visible throughout the session. Aroma is enormous grapefruit and floral notes. Crisp, clear, and clean. With a definite amount of freshness to it. Perfect balance is achieved here with each and every sip. As the hops are bright and deliver a pronounced citrus and floral flavor, the jasmine plays off of it perfectly adding a very nice bit of balance to it. Dry finish with a crisp and clean bite to it. Nice medium feel and just an enormous amount of session ability to it. I could have kept going with this one, but alas it had run out,
Overall one of the best IPA's I have had in as long as I can remember. The jasmine added a very nice element to it, nice floral notes and a good bit of balance. Again this is one I would have no issue at all with going after again. (1,217 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slimming dull orangey, golden brown color. Small, compact, off-white foam dawns the top. Whispy, spotty lacing is sporatically spewed about the glass.

Incredibly wonderful floral nose with a honeydew, melon sweetness,and mild, dulled lemon soaked with a crisp Jasmine herbal roundedness. Candyish sweet and floral with a tender crispness. Very nice nose!

Taste is about what you'd expect given the nose. Nice! A brilliant dance of flowers, sweet candy melon and lemon, and even dome hops. Great complexity to the palate as it feathers from a sweet floral accent to a firm standing growth of more flowery stuff with pinches of lemon peel zest and some dryish, leafy, herbal hops. The Jasmine stays long after the finish with an amazing herbal dryness coating the cheeks while just a bit of the sweet, melony, lemony stuff trys to round it off. And gets the job done just enough, as it does add some balance.

Feel is slightly shy of medium with a feathered powdery texture of herbal fluff and hops. Tends to add some action as it gets past the middle and into the finish where the dryness peaks and gets bolder and slightly fuller.

A wonderful concoction of a brew. The Jasmine is a wonderful addition. Although I wouldn't quite label this an IPA. Still, I like it alot. Reminds me a bit of Rogue Yellow Snow and 3F Gumballhead with a more herbal grab. (1,362 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured an orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a beautiful trace of lace around the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were highly infused with the jasmine flower, since my mother used to grow them, lemon peel and fruity hops

T - The taste of this beer is truly a wonderful infusion of the jasmine flower, lemon (I getting the fruit instead of the hop), and mix of fruity hop flowers, slight grains

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer truly was a surprise, but then again everything I have had from this brewery was amazing, so why not this one? (699 characters)

Photo of jeffersonstreet
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of Cavity_Crepes
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of BabySnakes
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi cloudy deep straw yellow color. Creamy wet head.
Jasmine aroma dominates, there is some slight caramel sweetness underneath.
A mild, caramelly IPA at its base. The IPA style is very well balanced against the jasmine. Perfectly balanced, even. Flavor is a harmony of the two flavors as opposed to two flavors complementing, they form one. Like how Phil Spector would combine 2 instruments for one unique sound.
Very smooth wet creamy mouthfeel. Very well rounded and juicy for an IPA.
I could drink this all day. In fact... (529 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (340 characters)

Photo of MtOrion
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this boy from Liquid Solutions. Pours a cloudy orange topped with a nice white head. Spicy (jasmine?) tangeriney hop nose, not too over-the-top for an IPA. But the hops sure do smack you on the back-end. Not much body to this one, but very easy drinking. Such a nice break from your typical big IPA. (308 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for a while. Nice orange-amber with a thick, white head. Maltier than I would expect for an IPA and it has a very noticeable fragrant, floral scent.

The floral character is even more dominant in the flavour. Very, sweet and fragrant. As it goes down, the hops become much more noticeable. Nice, grassy and citrus hop flavour in the background.

A little bit less carbonated than a I'd expect for an IPA, but it works for this beer. A great beer, very enjoyable. (495 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Dajtai007. Thanks man!

Pours a hazy dark golden color with light orange and dark ripe banana yellow hues when held to light source. 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap that leaves chuny rings of soapy lacing throughout my pint glass.

Floral/citrus hop aroma with hints of lavender, honey, grapefruit, citrus peel honey and caramel malt backbone. The floral hop and flower petal notes provide a nice balance to the west coast style citrus hop presence that normally dominates this kind of DIPA.

Creamy medium body with a nice bitter hop presence that is mellowed out by silky maltiness and nice floral presence. Slight alcohol presence with a sweet and slightly dry finish.

This beer has a very nice west coast style citrus hop blast that is very well balanced by a honeysuckle flower petal presence and slight malt backbone. Also, there is a nice crisp light fruit presence of apple and pear as well as a nice alcohol astringency which is quite pleasant without any burn.

Elysian Avatar Jasmine is very comlex and unique and probably the best beer I've had yet that contains flowers as an ingredient. I highly recommend it to anyone who is into west coast style IPAs and is looking for something different. (1,266 characters)

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Floral and fresh smelling. Innocently unaware but seductive as hell, the springlike daffodil aroma really brings anticipation.

Golden color and a very active busy head. A gentle pour brought forth 3/4 pint of head and 5 minutes of waiting to add more ale to the glass.

The hops really take the back seat to the floral quasi astingency of the jasmine. There are some moments of honey coupled with a nice dryness that points directly at a belgian style ipa. Even though it wasn't brewed as such, Elysian should have probably just called it one and sat back and enjoyed all the praise.

Mouthfeel is very live and very bubbly and right on style....for a belgian style ipa.

Seriously, this is one of those beers where a different label and style designation could make it the stuff of lore. (793 characters)

Photo of chad_e_martin
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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 (1,000 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ripe pumpkin orange with a storm of yeast or hops or flecks of jasmine. I love 'dirty' looking beer. The lemon-tinted ivory head is thick, rich and creamy and looks to be settling in for the long haul. The lace display (a thick collar) is just good enough not to detract from what is an outstanding appearance.

I wish the nose was at least twice as strong. Granted, at the moment I'm trying to appreciate it through several inches of foam. The aroma is different from any beer that I've ever smelled; not surprising since I've never smelled a jasmine-infused beer before. It's a gorgeous nose, with elements of sweetened lemon peel and fragrant jasmine. Since it still isn't bold enough when the head is no longer running interference, I'll have to knock the score back a half notch.

On the palate, Avatar Jasmine is different, interesting and unquestionably delicious. A beer this good needs to have a palate punishing amount of flavor, not the teasingly sufficient amount that has been provided. I wondered about the IPA designation when I spotted the relatively low ABV. In truth, this beer is much closer to an APA.

Warming brings about brighter, more vivid flavors; jasmine mingles beautifully with sneakily bitter, lemony hops. If I shift gears and enter a Zen-like state, my appreciation for the subtle beauty of this beer increases dramatically. I'm not being facetious (much). There's nothing wrong with a more subtle, more delicate, exquisitely balanced APA when it's as exotic and as delicious as this one is.

I'm amazed to discover that Chinook, Glacier and Amarillo make up the hop bill. I'd never have guessed in a million years because the beer doesn't taste like those hops were anywhere near the brew kettles. Credit has to go to Elysian for keeping their more aggressive aspects in check so that delicate jasmine is able to work its magic unimpeded.

There isn't a thing wrong with the mouthfeel. Again, think APA. Although low on chewiness and lingering hop resins, it matches the lighter, more delicate flavor perfectly. This brewery seldom lets me down when it comes to mouthfeel, and they haven't come close to doing so here.

I love Elysian beer and have given out 4.4s to three of the four that I've been lucky enough to acquire. Avatar Jasmine shows that they aren't afraid to try something different and that they have the skill to pull it off. It's hard to imagine a better beer for a steamy summer night on the deck. Too bad I don't have any jasmine planted back there. (2,513 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up for a camping trip. Cracked it open just as the sun was going down and the fire was crackling to life.

Great bright orange color, with some little bits floating about, which I will assume are yeast...or maybe flower pieces?

Light and to no-surprise, a floral aroma. Carbonation helps airate this beer and makes the aroma really jump out, especially as it warms. I would have really liked to just smell this one all night.

Great taste. I had this after a fairly aggressive IPA, and it's sweetness really shone. I doubt it will be as sweet had I drank...i dunno, koolaid, heh. THis brew was unique enough, and tasty enough, to earn itself an A. It was really a great brew, and up til now I had considered Elysian as a second or third tier brewery. This sucker needs to be put into sixers, or at least become more widly available.

It's smooth, its unique, and it's well made. Good job Elysian. (924 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: An extremely sweet floral quality dominates the aroma, along with some hops.

T: Tasted of hops, a little malt, and the powerful floral quality. I personally like sweet-tasting beers and the floral quality provides that. Some won't appreciate it because it veers too much away from the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not your typical IPA, but sometimes that's a good thing. (619 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle during hopfest. Pours a sparkling amber with a short head and some lacing. The nose is of nice citrusy hops and a healthy dose of jasmine like you'd find in a very good quality jasmine tea- very interesting and different. I was worried that the taste might be too floral, but the good hop level combined with some tannins in the jasmine to make it taste heavily of jasmine, but with a very pleasant bitterness to balance. Quite a unique flavor and very enjoyable. (502 characters)

Photo of Patricksirishpub
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught in my favorite beer tasting glass: St. Bernardus Watou.

Nose was the most incredible uniqueness - it's green tea, the good kind, not the fishy lipton kind.

Very light and drinkable considering this is an IPA, you may even miss the IBU's at start and think it is something lighter but hops do show through in a second. Finish is mouth drying with high tanin but overall much more drinkable than most IPA's, very interesting overall.

I'm a new student of beer trying to put my first impressions down so disregard if you like. Thanks (553 characters)

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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