Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

572 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 28
Gots: 46 | 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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 4/28/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, earth, and jasmine aromas. Taste is much the same with jasmine, floral, earth, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with distinct jasmine characterisitcs that are better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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 brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a decent head that retains and laces reasonably well

Smell: Jasmine tea aroma wafts above with an underlying caramel malt beneath

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the jasmine elements; after the swallow, the mentholated jasmine battles with the grainy hops and produces an unappealing combination

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice experiment, but the menthol element renders it unpalatable to me

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the experience; I was curious to try it and now I have done so

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a fabulous beer. never had anything like it. pours a hazy pale orange color with a thick fluffy white head. smells like fresh jasmie flowers, reminds me of spring in bloom, its a really profound smell, takes me places id rather be. flowers blend well with the hops which are on the fruity end of the spectrum. it has a light flavor, not perfumy at all, just really fresh and alive. there is a slight bitter element in the finish which reminds you its an ipa. its less hoppy than maybe it could be, but i love the way the jasmine is featured here, great idea, great execution. feel is nice, on the lighter side with plenty of bubbles. the aftertaste is nice too. not sure what kind of food i would do with this one, but i am going to buy it again and figure it out. for about 5 bucks a bomber, you cannot go wrong here. sensational

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy and a bit floral... perhaps even spicy. The taste of the beer was good, I enjoyed it, it was bitter and yet it kept giving off some other flavors that I couldn't really pinpoint. The mouthfeel was light and smooth. Overall this beer is worth having again I think. It's a good IPA in my opinion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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.

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 wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Falling Rock last night.

A: Pours clear golden-amberish yellow with nice clingy lace over a decent finger thick white head.

N: Jasmine dominates, of course. Floral, herbal, some spicy citrus notes.

T: Follows nose with bread-like malt and hop backing.

M: Medium bodied, clean dry finish with lingering jasmine.

O: Interesting take on the style. Refreshing. Perhaps could tone down the jasmine just a little and increase the hoppy bitterness. Enjoyable, none the less.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orangeish body with a small, white head.

Smell: Pale malts with a touch of toffee coupled with a full floral scent of jasmine.

Taste: Palt malts with a medium toffee-like sweetness. Floral jasmine flavor emerges and ushers in a medium bitterness to balance. Splash of light herbal tea. Hint of flower stems. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, that's not half bad. The jasmine puts an exciting, new twist on what would just be another IPA.

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 TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of spice.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that is complemented well by the herbal flavor of the jasmine. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that come in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding a different twist to it, I wasn't expecting the jasmine to work so well with the hops but it made this beer one that is worth drinking for a while if you're the mood for something slightly out of the ordinary.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear orange slight amber orange color, light head.

Nose malty, caramel, chewy hops, quite a bit of jasmine tea, nice floral hops.

Taste earthy floral hops, jasmine tea, light sweet malts, semi sweet overall and some bittering hops.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice jasmine and hop blend, done well but nothing special.

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of bright-white head. This retains with roughly a finger of rich froth, coating the sides of the glass with sticky foamy lace. The jasmine gives the aroma a pleasant floral scent, which works well with the fruitiness of the hops. This is undercut by a fresh earthy bitterness. Sweet malts soften the edges of this up a bit but flowery textures here mostly control the nose.

The jasmine flavor also translates well to the taste, once again working in tandem with that soft fruitiness form the hops and the sweet graininess of the malts. This still however has a solidly fresh and leafy bitterness to it that cuts through the profile, leaving a dry pithiness in the finish that lingers some extra flowery accents. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that fills the mouth, yet this is still fairly smooth and slick feeling underneath. This has a very easy feel to it with no alcohol being detected, helping add to the overall drinkability of this.

I liked this. The jasmine definitely added something to this and worked well with the floral and fruit character that was already present from the hops. A well hid ABV and smooth body only added to the approachability here. A unique and tasty offering from Elysian.

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

Pours a slightly fogged golden amber with a thick crème head. Nose is light and floral. A bit citric. Flavor is definitely influenced by the jasmine, but there is also a slight salty edge to it all. Overall it is a well balanced mix. I start to get an almost inky aftertaste though. Seems a bit light and airy, but complex enough to keep it interesting. Feel has a good carbonation to it, though a bit low, and the liquid body is decent as well.

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Decanted from a 22oz brown bottle w/o freshness date into a snifter.

A - A honey peach color w/ light haze. A minimal head of lighter pale color that withdrew leaving lace as evidence.

S - Fragrant floral tea like scents push a slight caramel scent into the background. A tropical and citrus floral aroma is clearly the focus.

M - Lightly oily, sweet and medium bodied the IPA has a slick and lightly bitter quality.

T - An intriguing floral taste right off - the flavor of an edible tropical flower. Sweet and a bit perfumey with an herbal tea taste that lingers with nice citrus hop highlights. These flavors add to a caramel malt sweetness which holds on tight with the resinous jasmine essence until the finish.

D - An almost session beer with it's smooth ale flavors and then the flowers are like icing on a pretty tasty cake so to speak. A real original take on a road well traveled. The only sticking point is that it is a light IPA, light on malt and hops, but I don't think it hurts it since this allows the Jasmine to remain in focus.

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 Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

It was good, but it sounded like it would be better. Poured a clear amber with a moderate head that mostly dissipated. Floral and herbal aroma. Taste was of floral hops, and--sorry--stale malts, with jasmine and light spice peeking through. Medium mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable, but a taste that just wasn't pleasant enough for me to desire more.

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 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 drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow with a mild hazy, lazy thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice and citrusy but overall weak, when you bill something as being "dry hopped with amarillo" it should smell like it.

Beer is sweet and really floral, finishing with a minimal bitterness, a nice not dry finish on a decent IPA. The flowers in this beer really adds to it. I think this is quite a good little beer and I would have it again.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-ish amber with a thin, lasting white head that leaves broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of minty herb (which I'll take to be the jasmine) with grapefruit and a soft biscuity background.

The taste is of minty/floral spicing (again - I'll take to be jasmine) with light citrus and some buttered biscuit. A more balanced, softer, IPA with a unique jasmine/minty herb spin. It has a spicy, but soft, finish.

It has a soft, light-to- medium body with a nice smoothness. It has a refreshing - just brushed my teeth (but not swallowed the toothpaste) aftertaste.

Something different for sure - A mildish IPA with enough citric bitterness to fit the bill of an IPA (though I wouldn't argue with a slightly more aggressive "Jasmine APA" either). It does "disappear" quickly, though I don't know that I'd want to "session" it. An interesting "spin" on an IPA that works well enough for a "change of pace" IPA. My bottle says 6.3%, and is well-hidden.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, floral, pine, bread, caramel, flower petals, light honey, and herbal spiciness. Pretty nice and well balance aromas with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange, caramel, honey, pine, floral, bread, flower petals, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, bread, caramel, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of bitterness with malt sweetness; with some good hop flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. The jasmine flowers blend well with the flavor profile; and there is some nice hop flavor balance. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice malt scent that boasts of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts along with a highly floral hop and flower aroma. It's quite refreshing in the nose. The taste is good as well. It has an easy drinking malt bill of mostly pale and Carapils malts along with a wonderful mix of hops and Jasmine flowers. The flower taste and hop bitterness kind of get lost in one another. The malts provide the necessary balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer with loads of complexity. I also give these guys big ups for the use of Jasmine flowers. Who would have known it could be so good?

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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