Avatar Jasmine IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

245 Reviews
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86
very good

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 582
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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 Flounder57
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured the majority of the 22 oz bottle into a large Duvel glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange amber color with slightly hazy clarity. Also, there are lots of signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Super lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: There beer has an herbal and floral aroma. Sweetness and breadiness also. Hops are hidden well or maybe the herbal essence of the beer dominates the hops aroma.

Taste: Jasmine and floral taste in the mouth, pine from the hops, bready and caramel malts, but a lot of bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Overall: I like the twist Elysian put on the American IPA. The herbal essence was very nice for a change and i could see myself going to check out this brewery next time I am in Seattle. As for now, I will have to hunt this beer down in NY again. (965 characters)

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

An extra frothy, two-finger tips length of head.

Heavy nose full of blossoming jasmine and purple perilla in the aroma.

Dirty blonde with an amber hue in color.

Mouthfeel was almost slick and syrupy. Less carbonation than normal for an IPA it seemed, but I think that helped bring out it's aroma more.

Taste was a combination of jasmine with a hoppy resin bite. ..Slightly sweet. Toasted, light bread in malt character.

Truly a sublime, and not for everday consumption, IPA that must be carefully paired when considering cuisine. (581 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden apricot with a thick creamy head that evaporates to a thin cap of tiny bubbles.

S: Sweet floral Jasmine up front, mildly malty with a hint of hops ends with a little spicy pepper. Mild skunkiness as the beer warmed.

T: Floral jasmine flavour is definitely front, with a little bitter mild hop flavour. Sweet and mildly malty too, which balances out the hop nicely. It's clear and crisp and reminiscent of jasmine tea. It's refreshing while providing that jasmine flavour.

M: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and medium bodied, it's a lovely creamy feeling too, the mouth feel is complex and intriguing - really excellent presentation.

O: This is a fantastic floral forward brew, that will compliment sushi and delicate fish nicely. It's a unique flavour that provides a refreshing break from the regular IPA that's citrus or pine-y. Definitely worth the buy - looking forward to trying it again. (921 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours a slightly hazy honey golden color. Half inch white head dissipates to a lacing and retains there.

Smells of mild floral hops and noticeable jasmine.

Taste follows, some mild floral hops and a bit of citrus and mild malt all wrapped up in a coating of jasmine, flowery at first and bitter like tea at the end.

Medium to full body with soft expansive carbonation.

The jasmine is the centerpiece of this beer. It's not overwhelming but it is there. As such, you pretty much have to like jasmine to like this. If you do, you're in for a real treat. If you don't, avoid at all costs. For me, a casual jasmine green tea fan, it's good and enjoyable, something I am glad to have tried and might even have again, but it's a niche beer. (744 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a small orange citrus. In the taste, pine like hops to mellow citrus, and a nice floral note. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small floral hop in the aftertaste. Nice floral presence with citrus notes in a sweeter ale. (343 characters)

Photo of beerme343
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the Avatar Jasmine IPA on tap at Elysian Fields out of a standard pint glass. The pour shows off a good looking bronze color with a small white head of tiny bubbles.

This beer has a big floral bouquet with sweet jasmine at the forefront and a bit of piney hops.

The jasmine flavor also leads the way on the palate hitting hard initially but mellowing nicely with a little malt carrying through to the balanced finish. The hops blend in very well and work nicely with the jasmine.

This is a very drinkable IPA that goes down smooth. An easy beer to like... if you are a fan of IPA and if you can handle the strong floral notes. (637 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 (838 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Coles in Buffalo on tap. The waitress recommeneded it as something different that if I enjoy IPA's I might like. It is really refreshing to have a server actually know about beer.
Appearance-dark yellow, medium to heavy carbonation, some lacing.
Smell-heavy floral notes coming through, Jasmine.
Taste-heavy floral hop notes, the Jasmine really bites you, my wife tried it and stated the same but I enjoy a beer like that and she does not. So different from your usual IPA that I had to love it. I kept getting more and more with every taste.
Mouthfeel-hoppy as hell, very floral.
Overall-I really enjoyed this but probably would not drink more than two in a sitting, I could see that this beer would definatly not appeal to everyone.I will seek this out again, love the floral notes. (794 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear yellow orange amber with a one finger white head, lacing and nice carbonation; attractive. Aroma of caramel malt with a odd botanical component that does seem to be jasmine, although it interacts with the malt in an odd way. Medium bodied, almost creamy. Malt, light fruit and a funky botanical taste up front, finishing with nice sweet malt and a hop bite. Faint floral aftertaste. The middle flavor combination does not work for me and seems off, but the finish is nice. Remarkably full bodied and complex for its ABV, impressively made, but the off flavor of the jasmine with the malt didn't work for me. Glad I tried it and enjoyed the bottle, but probably not a repeater. (754 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. I believe this is old, so I'm hoping it doesn't suck too bad.

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a dense, creamy ivory head that settles to a solid cap, leaving lots of streaky lacing as it recedes.
S - Definite aromas of jasmine, along with some grainy malt, and a heaping dollop of honey.
T - Pretty close to the nose, lots of floral jasmine and sweet honey malt. Definitely missing a distinctive hop "bite" but I'm chalking that up to the age.
M - Smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium body and solid carbonation.
O - Overall a nice floral beer, but in this state I can't call it an "IPA". I'll definitely seek out a fresher bottle since I've wanted this for a while. (710 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled unk
Pours a golden ale with a little white foam, no lace. Smells like Jasmine with a hint of lemon zest.flavor is a bit sweet with some mineral like flavors and plenty of that Jasmine.I've had this beer plenty of times and the key is getting it fresh. Body is medium with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer for me. (334 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More Elysian IPAs from the recent arrival to PA.

Avatar Jasmine from a bomber.

Whoops!!! I did NOT decant this sucker, and I've got shit specks and clumps running all around my glass. The brew amidst the gunk is a honeyed amber with an itty bitty white head that's a little thicker than one layer of bubbles.

Well, it smells like jasmine. Some other floral hops in there, too. There's also a Sweet Tart candy vibe going on that's a little strange. Semi-funky sweet pale malt contributing, also.

Big jasmine layer, not unlike sweetened jasmine tea. Spritzy floral hop gives it bitterness and some rosewater esters. The malt isn't intrusive like it was in the nose. A crisp cracker malt sturdies the brew and keeps back from the hop and herbal garden show. Nothing particularly exceptional going on here, but this combo makes for a potentially great combo to build a beer from. I dig the jasmine. The hops are still a little too subdued, which is a stinker because they're pretty valuable to the essence of this beer being a success. Wish there was more explosiveness.

I'm seriously trying to forget about the yeast dregs I must have stuck in my teeth at this particular moment and concentrate on body, carbonation, and drinkability. Medium-light body with some persistent carbonation. Decent to drink. Not overly bitter, which helps the feel but not the taste for this style.

I'm not going to 'dump' on this beer. There was nothing outstanding to speak of; just a nice herbal addition without the necessary clout of hops to hold it up. Didn't like the malt profile of this one, and I could have CERTAINLY done without the heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy bottle conditioning! But, who's to knock... a clean pour on-tap I would order and finish with some enjoyment. Sorry, but this one's barely above-average. (1,807 characters)

Photo of Morey
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no freshness date. Sediment noted on the bottom of the bomber pre-pour.

Pours a hazy orange color. Not too hazy, but it's not super clear either. White head stood over a finger tall following a medium pour. Lacing is all over the glass. Impressive. Head is still hanging on after more than 5 minutes.

Holy jasmine flowers Batman! It's hard to get anything else from the aroma. A little bit of hops in the background, but you have to work to smell them.

More of the same in the taste. A large dose of jasmine up front. Maybe a bit too much? Some bitterness starts to peaks out from behind the initial wall of flower power. I'm also getting a bit of malty sweetness towards the back end. Finish is fairly clean with a lingering floral taste.

Medium bodied with a carbonation level that sits just below moderate.

A nice and very unique take on the IPA style overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Once in a while you run into a beer that stands apart from the rest. Sometimes because it's elite, and sometimes it's because it's unique and different. The latter applies to this one. I have no way of knowing how fresh this beer is, but I could use a bit more hop flavor and bitterness to back up the bold jasmine flavor. It's still a good beer regardless though. (1,273 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bomber with a clear orange/amber/copper color. Very nice head.

Aroma is strong jasmine and slight sweetness and hops.

Flavor starts out with a very strong sweet jasmine flavor which lingers a long while. A bit of bitter and citrus hops but mostly sweet jasmine flavors throughout. My initial reaction was as though it was candy, though not in an all together positive manner.

Overall I am glad I tried this beer as I have never had anything like it. Though it is too sweet for me and a little much in terms of Jasmine. I give them credit for originality, perhaps this just isn't my thing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-11-2011 02:07:54 (796 characters)

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 LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with an yellow-amber color. Minimal and short lived head but decent lace. Understated aroma that's balanced between grain and caramel. Subtle jasmine elements as well. The taste is earthy and floral. Healthy earthy bitter finish, more East coast than West coast. Light carbonation and medium body. (311 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing and it is an interesting beer. It poured a hazy straw color with thin white head that is lacing. The smell is very floral/pot pourri. The taste starts very floral and then a anise taste finishes the drink. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall the floral taste keeps me less than enthused...although I am glad to have a chance to part take. (420 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at rattle n hum after a jam with some buddies. showed up in a pint glass. pretty dark in here, but when held to the light, kind of orange. smells like a watered down ipa. flavor isn't bad, more candy than hoppy. kind of smartie like in the flavor and a bit bitter finish. decent, but nothing great. (309 characters)

Photo of knepper
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Great golden hue; exactly what I look for in an IPA. Looks like a restraint on sweeter crystal malts and hopefully will present a nice dry finish.

Smell: Jasmine; huge flower scent very reminiscent of having your nose in a jasmine laced green tea. I wasn't expecting that much jasmine. Can't find any hops in there.

Taste: Exactly what I sniffed. Huge jasmine flavor followed by a dusty, slight biscuit malt character. The hops provide balance but this beer has no business putting IPA on its label. Where's the hop character? It has a refreshing dryness that definitely aids this beer and makes it very drinkable. If it was sweet, the jasmine would have been unwelcome.

It is a decent beer but I wish the jasmine was complimented by hops instead of (maybe, if they are there) overpowering them completely. For a person who doesn't like a lot of spiced or herbed beers, this is one I can drink and enjoy. I wouldn't seek it out again but am glad I got to try it. (971 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 celticfutblclub
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (617 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (459 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (610 characters)

Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.