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Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-21-2004)
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New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: pours orange, with plenty of white head. Lacing can be seen through the hazy brew.

S: jasmine dominates, with hints of lemon and lime.

T: the ale is quite sweet, and overpowered with jasmine. There are no hop flavors, just jasmine.

M: medium body with a touch of carbonation, as well as astringency.

D: this beer is just too sweet to be an IPA. I would have like a little more subtlety with the jasmine. It is as though they went light on the hops in order to let the jasmine shine, leaving the beer terribly unbalanced and syrupy. Not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 22:22:40 | More by Avagadro
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12//22/09

Poured into a snifter. Clear, copper colored body. Thin, off white head that poured about 3/4 finger and faded quickly.

Smell had a nice hint of jasmine. Citrusy and floral came through more, but not strong. Hints of maltiness.

Taste is where the jasmine shined. Nice strong burst of jasmine and citrusy and piney hops. Fades to a mild lingering bitterness. Mild maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel had a nice light/medium body. Medium/highly carbonated with a dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Nothing overly bitter or overpowering.

Overally it was a pretty good beer. Aroma is on the mild side and the flavor is mild as well. If it wasnt for the jasmine, the beer really wouldnt have anything unique going for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 01:38:19 | More by riored4v
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. A fairly average IPA that is made a noteworthy beer due to the addition of jasmine. Most of my experiences with jasmine have been as an infusion in green tea, so I was familiar with not only the bitter nature of the herb, but also it's ability to overpower flavors. Fortunately, the jasmine blends nicely with the moderate sweetness of the malts here. The taste of the jasmine is playful and arrives just moments before the bitterness of the hops kicks in. As mentioned before, the hop profile is not terribly complex, though its relative flatness does provide a nice (read: not distracting) canvas for the jasmine to do its thing.

This beer might not satisfy every hophead, but it's work checking out simply for the novelty of the ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:23:45 | More by TheNapkin
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 18:01:53 | More by cvfish
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - slightly hazy and golden, two full fingers of standard off-white head. That fades back and holds at a thin cover, leaving some decent lace work behind. Solid persistent bead from below.

Aroma - slight bit of grassiness to go with the biscuity malt, doughy even. Not getting the hops anywhere though.

Taste - mild caramel malt out of the gate. The hops are moderately bitter, with a taste like bitter orange mixed with Orange Crush. The jasmine gives a floral edge to the bitterness that I like, followed with a light breath of abv. Finishes a little prickly with some fading dry sourness.

Mouthfeel - a bit of oily smoothness but mostly a crisp, refreshing ale.

Drinkability - interesting brew, the jasmine gives some unusual tartness to the IPA style, but it's a good brew. Much thanks to Matt for finding one of these to send my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 06:12:11 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 01:39:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to mentor for sending this in our trade that I received today!


A: Pours a lightly hazed, golden yellow hue. Sitting on top is about one finger of off-white foam that doesn't stay for very long, but left a lacey on the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of bisquit, wild flowers, orange, and some vaguely piney/citrusy hops.

T: Dried flower petals, spices, piney hops, caramel, hints of orange zest, vanilla, and lime.

M: Surprisingly zesty and peppery on the lips and tongue. Good measure of sweet, spicy, and dry. Long finish with a hint of astringency.

D: For something as prickly as this, I was surprised by how smooth it was in the beginning. Not terribly sweet, just smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:15:57 | More by GbVDave
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area. Label dated Sept 04, 2009, unclear if that is a born on or best by date.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the golden amber brew which is filled with big floaties, which are off-putting. Head lasts, with thick coating lace. Aroma is floral and earthy. Taste starts sweet, jasmine breaks out in the middle, and closes with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Just have to try not to think about all the chunky bits.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 21:39:07 | More by ppoitras
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle brewed on March 29th I believe, and best by Jan. 2010. A much different looking bottle, and this year at 6.3% Alc. by Volume.

- Nice straw yellow and very very light biscuity cloudiness... slight amber hints... nice fluffy white head.. down to a thin pillow of lace-maker..

- A very nice floral scent... perfectly blended hops and Jasmine.... the only jasmine I am used to smelling is either in my GF bath products, or my dog named Jasmine. This smells much better. Nice light caramel malt to smooth things out. I smell balance.

- Nice biscuit breadiness... smooth grains, light malt.... perfect hop bitterness without going overboard like so many do anymore.... and a very subtle aftertaste that is floral and zesty. This brew is killer... and I bet more refined and perfected since their older bottlings..

- Little bitter-dry... slightly chewy... overall pleasant and floral.

- Very high marls here.... perfect carbonation, strength.... and balance. I am very impressed, and this beer is making me look at Elysian in a whole different light now... since I am not a big fan of their Immortal IPA...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 20:35:40 | More by Docer
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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I suspect this is the first batch contract brewed by New Belgium Brewing for Elysian. Pours a two finer off white head over a clear light copper liquid. Smells lilacs, oranges, vanilla, biscuit malt, with a mild cinnamony-honey character that may be the jasmine. Jasmine is not an aroma I'm familiar with.

Tastes wet malt with strong flowery flavor, some biscuit malt, and some hop flavor. Flower flavor is similar to the smell of lilacs. Hop flavor is lemony and mild oranges. Hop bitter enters late and comes across clean of grassiness and a bit peppery. Esters absent or buried underneath with only pear showing. Heavy carbonation is distracting and may a contributing factor to an astringency in the aftertaste. A bit too heavy on the tongue, but sloshes around nicely with some creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 04:30:42 | More by mentor
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew poured a misty golden body with a fluffy white head that left thick lacing as the beer was drank. A very good, crisp looking beer. I was very impressed. Lacing was thick 5 minutes after the beer was gone 

S - Extremely crisp, a subtle hint of spice but a dominant flower / citrus orange hop sense. Mild sweet malt as well in this well balanced beer.

T - The taste is bitter hops and nice spice. Some floral taste and sweetness is present. It was very clean and refreshing. Very good IPA. Moderately bitter hop- nothing to extreme. Well balanced.

M - Light body, light carbonation, smooth and hop snappy!

D - Very drinkable and would make a great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 05:23:40 | More by spencerw
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy copper with a gold hue and a half inch head of white. Partial skim-coating and smeared lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a mild dose of hops and and earthy, flowery undertone. Slightly spicey with a biscuity malt base. Shades of green peppercorns, mint stems, honey, and dried flowers.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Plump malt and a trace of honey start the palate. A mild bitterness steps forward along with light citrus notes and peppery spice. Slightly greenish and earthy. Cut grass with crushed stamens.

Finishes with a light bitterness, mildly warming spice, and a hint of menthol.

An interesting beer. Not really very remarkable in the either the IPA or Jasmine department though. Pretty tame for a PacNW IPA, but certainly balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:28:28 | More by brewandbbq
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden body with smaller patchy head.

S - Fresh and spicy with that crisp herbal/flower essence. Sweet malt aroma too.

T - The taste is bitter hops and spice. Some floral taste and sweetness is present.

M - Light body and moderately carbonated. This beer sits well and the higher abv is hidden well behind the hops and spice.

D - Spicy and crisp, this beer is easier to drink than others at the same abv. Very refreshing in it's nature.

Notes - Overall, a good beer choice. It's not hugely flavored or incredibly herby/spicy but has a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:48:15 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this a pleasant surprise, like a delicate jasmine tea.

Pours clear light orange with fluffy substantial head. Aroma is elusive delicate and sweet. Flavor is light, floral and orangy. Quite delicate with the finish like a light tea. Slight orangy bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly oil, perhaps the only flaw.

Overall, quite pleasant and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 20:27:21 | More by Seanibus
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3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sometimes i forget to smell. I guess it smelled ok and looked fine too.. I was expecting a little more from an IPA . It tasted kind of ordinary in my opinion. I don't know much about jasmine so maybe that's what threw me off. Actually it went quite good with what I ate so I think its solid drink with a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 02:04:31 | More by beer348
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 22:21:25 | More by mikesgroove
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 07:12:16 | More by corby112
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2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served straight pint glass. Poured a typical golden amber with just under an inch of foamy white head that had no retention or lacing.

The scent of jasmine hides the hop scents from the nose at first, but on second sniff they seem well blended. The same is not true of the flavor. The jasmine is so overpowering that the only way you can tell there hops in this IPA is by the dry finish.

The body is typical for the style. The drinkability is very poor, I struggled to finish my pint. Overall, try this if you're a beerhunter who wants this for his list, everyone else should avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 21:47:42 | More by beertunes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:14:08 | More by Sammy
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Falling Rock, $5 per pint. The smell was nothing special or out of the ordinary, smells like an average IPA. The flavor however was something quite different, very floral from the jasmine I guess and then flavors of grapes and grape bubble-yum, weird but delicious. Overall, this was a good choice although I bet the jasmine would wear me out if I had more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 02:02:38 | More by ArrogantB
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breaker breaker this is loverboy over. Pours a cloudy yellow with orange highlights.

Sweet, floral, hops. We got Smokey on rubber.

Very sweet, floral, caramel malts. They serve Motion lotion at this panty hose Junction.

Solid offering, will have to try the other bombers we get now. This beers a big ten four good buddy.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 05:11:12 | More by Murchmac
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, very clean. Little head which quickly recedes. The smell is of citrusy hops and malt, a little jasmine, but maybe I'm fooling myself.
Nothing spectacular or bad about this ipa. A little bit of the jasmine flavor, but it's so minimal, this may as well just be a standard ipa. I'm sure there is a fine line between enough and too much jasmine, but this steers clear of this line completely...mouthfeel is light, an acceptable amount of carbonation, and a little bit of oily residue left in the mouth. Drinkable due to the light taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 23:09:04 | More by dborginis
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3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out with a nice white head that was about 1cm thick. Color is golden-orange and clear. I took a nice whiff to get some aroma, but was surprised not to really smell much of anything. This didn't really bode well for the taste, which was equally kind of bland. I didn't taste anything to do with jasmine and only a mild hops flavor. I was actually kind of surprised that it was an IPA, because it tasted more like a pale ale. There was nothing bad about it, just not really a lot of hops or complexity and a bland taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 06:36:24 | More by kdoc8
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2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- bready, malty, sweet hops

color- gold/light-orange

clarity- clear

smell- bready, maly, delicate floral notes

body- light weight

appearance- thin white head, mild carbonation, head retention was minimal although on the second pour i was able to muster an ice cream thick head

overall impression- let down, not as i remembered at the oregon brewer's festival

notes and comments- availability:summer, dried jasmine flowers added in the boil and hopback, alcohol is masked, bottle says good until september '09, not picking up any of the floral notes the other reviewers are talking about...when i saw this beer i was so excited to take it home i bought two bottles. i have good memories drinking it at the brewery and other places but it does not translate in the bottle...maybe this one is off. i don't think this beer does justice to the ipa category...as the label states, it might be best judged as a herb/spice beer. this was a tough review to write because i'm a big cantwell fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 23:19:05 | More by NorCalYeti
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked this the other night at a friends.

Poured a clear light tan-brown with a finger of white frothy head. Head retention was poor, and lacing was minimal.

Smells of hop and jasmine, light spice.

Taste was very good. Starts with a light malt and spice and follows into a strong jasmine-laced hop finish. The jasmine adds a nice sweetness that takes the sharp bitter edge off the hop, making the drinkability alot higher to someone who usually doesn't like a strong IPA.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, carbonation is solid, slightly residual stickiness on the palette.

Drinkability here is good, one of the better " mix-style" IPA's I've had. If this wasn't a rarity around here I'd seek more of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:21:48 | More by LumpyGuitar
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