Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company
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Ratings: 505 | Reviews: 229 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-16-2011 13:08:22 | More by avalon07
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
22oz bottle brought home from NYC
A - hazy golden body with clean puffy three finger head. decent retention with very good lacing.
S - big time jasmine in this one with a grass and pine hop sitting in the background. jasmine is a bit too pronounced for my liking.
T - earthy malt tastes hits up front and sits in the background throughout. followed by a big jasmine pine hop taste.
M - lots of carbonation medium bodied. big hop bite 3/4s of the way through. great dry finish on this.
O - i wasn't sure i'd like this one but i do like trying new things. this is a very good beer hits a lot of nails on the head.
11-06-2011 00:55:06 | More by celticfutblclub
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a slightly hazy, golden/copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, spice (jasmine?), and slight grass. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, slight citrus hops, and spice (jasmine?). Overall, jasmine is forefront in aroma and body, otherwise a much more subdued IPA in the background.
11-03-2011 13:13:59 | More by Tone
2.93/5 rDev -21.2%
Loads of thanks go out to n8dietz!~
Clear copper color with good head and strong, thick foam for all 22 ounces. Slight lacing after each sip and mediocre bubbling.
Very floral and earthy hop aroma. Just a faint whiff of toasted bread crust malts.
Lots interetsing floral hop and Jasmine flower flavors. But they don't come together well with teh toasted bread crust and water cracker malts. The finish is a musty bitterness and old bread flavor.
Palate is a little dry and resiny. This is an IPA if you like very earthy flavors with strong floral notes, and a malt bill that won't socialize with the hops.
10-20-2011 00:35:24 | More by scruffwhor
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-16-2011 21:34:38 | More by jlindros
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
10-11-2011 19:47:12 | More by kingcrowing
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
10-10-2011 22:22:29 | More by socon67
4.53/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
10-04-2011 04:30:23 | More by chodinheaven
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-29-2011 18:56:54 | More by wethorseblanket
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
22oz bomber from Amanti Vino as part of their September beer club package. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Avatar Jasmine IPA pours orange, with tons of clementine highlights coming through under direct lighting, and just a little bit of cloudiness to it. The head/head retention/lacing from the first pour was a bit underwhelming, but the second pour led to three fingers of white foam, and well above average head retention and a good amount of lacing left behind. I'll split the difference for the appearance score. The nose is pretty interesting, headlined by a perfume-y jasmine aroma. There's also a solid bit of peach fruitiness, and just a hint of candy sugar sweetness. The flavor starts out fine, a little bit of sweet and then the jasmine and stone fruits creep in. Once the bitterness kicks in though it all goes wrong. The bitter bite and jasmine just clash horribly and don't go well together at all. As a result, the back end of just about every sip is a miss. The body's just a little bit too slick, and the carbonation not quite active enough, and so the mouthfeel can be called a little too syrupy to be great. The beer is just off on both counts though, so it's not as though the mouthfeel is bad. Avatar is certainly a unique take on an IPA, and I could see jasmine working well in a beer, but probably better off in a Belgian of some kind.
09-27-2011 04:54:01 | More by axeman9182
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
09-21-2011 03:23:34 | More by quirkzoo
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours a lightly hazed amber color with decent cap of white froth, minimal lacing. Scent is floral hops and bready malts with some notes of citrus, pine and very light caramel sweetness. Taste leads with a minimal bitter floral and faintly piney and citrus hop profile as well as floral and fragrant jasmine. Bready malts provide the backbone. Medium bodied, dry and slightly bubbly. Would have appreciated a little more aggressiveness from the wonderful scent and taste notes the jasmine provides.
09-19-2011 14:42:27 | More by rfgetz
British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at Elysian Fields in Seattle.
A: 1/8" white head over cloudy amber liquid.
S: Jasmine flowers and citrus hops.
T: Jasmine tea up front with citrus hops and a bitter finish.
M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium to low level of fine carbonation.
O: An interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.
09-06-2011 06:23:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
2.17/5 rDev -41.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint.
Pours a glowing orange with a thick, foamy white head. Looks good, but unfortunately that's about the only kind thing I have to say about this brew. Nose and taste are overwhelmingly jasmine. That's about all I can say, not because I'm lazy or have a crappy palate but because it's so cloying I couldn't get past it. I honestly can't smell or taste anything else. Sounded like it might be a pleasant compliment but the jasmine kind of imparted something that reminded me of peas, or asparagus. I like Elysian but this is a total mess.
09-05-2011 02:55:14 | More by alli4051
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Pours Light amber in color with slight haze and a fine white head. The head leaves some lacing but a bit lacking.
S: Lightly roasted malts met with a nutty and floral combination that is very unique. It is like peanut butter and jasmine flowers together on bread. Some citric notes in there as well from the hops.
T: Bitter at first with a big dose of Jasmine and citric hops. Some toasted mellow malt gives some introduction. The malt is overtaken by the bitterness and the jasmine is unlike any flavor I have experienced in a beer. Not a bad thing just unique.
M: Medium body with small prickly carbonation.
D: Not as balanced as I would like for an IPA but I approve of the creative effort. It is still a very drinkable beer.
09-01-2011 00:51:56 | More by scottbrew4u
2.63/5 rDev -29.3%
on tap, into a shaker pint
A - looks good - a golden copper, slight haze; nice finger of off white head - fades quickly little lacing;
S - hints of floral/jasmine, and a little sweet malt; the nose is dominated by a husky graininess that is thoroughly unappealing; don't know what to make of it;
T - just like the nose - dominated by astringent grain husk; was the mill set too fine and they just didn't notice?
M - starts off fine, but then gains in astringency
O - this should be a good beer, but something isn't right; I don't like to write reviews of beers that I can't be positive about, but I feel that if I have this beer again in a few months it will be very different beer...we'll see
08-27-2011 16:56:23 | More by nezelrac
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
08-22-2011 03:47:39 | More by drabmuh
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Vigorous pour yields a nice foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a thin filmy lace that clings to the glass..Nice cloudy amber color...aroma mildly redolent of jasmine flowers, continuing in the tasting. Hops are muted. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant, somewhat full for the style; good carbonation.
An unusual beer that's not very IPA-like but enjoyable nonetheless...not sure I would seek this one out again but glad I tried it.
07-30-2011 00:24:35 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
06-27-2011 17:07:24 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
I had never had a beer seasoned with jasmine before. It made for the perfect type for a warm evening.
On the pour I had a lot of foam. I saw about three and a half fingers of nice, white head. It comes down with a little bit of patience. The remaining head makes for some nice lacing.
I tried to get the jasmine from smelling the head, but I couldn't pick it up at first. On the second pour I started to get some of the jasmine out of the bouquet. Both times I had some light, floral hoppiness.
The jasmine didn't come across in the taste of the first glass. It seemed like a stock IPA. I let the beer warm to really get out the flavor. For the warming I had some bitterness, but then the jasmine really comes out. I like this new taste, but I wish I didn't have to work for it.
Overall it is a pretty good beer, and there is something new to it. Just know that the jasmine doesn't come over the top until it warms.
05-31-2011 23:46:01 | More by ummswimmin
Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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