Prometheus IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Prometheus IPAPrometheus IPA

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very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 12-02-2008

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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down a bit and left some lacy rings around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose-orange and grapefruit stand out in particular-along with some notes of pine resin.
T: The taste has flavors of pine resin hops along with some notes of citrus. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but quite easy to drink, especially since it is not overly bitter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grass and pine notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit and a bit of tea. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter grass notes, as well as some pine and toffee. There is a decent amount of biscuit and toffee malt to keep the beer from being too bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girl insisted on going to a yoga session, which happened to be down the street from the Pike street location of this brewery, during the Seattle stop of our 2011 summer vacation. So, where could I possibly spend my time in the interim?

This beer appears a cloudy orange copper hue, with one finger of creamy ecru head, which leaves a solid ring of inkblot lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange fruit bitterness, and some caramel malt. The taste is grapefruit rind, orange pith, and leafy pine hops, with some still oppressed soft bready caramel malt, trying its best. The carbonation is moderate, actually just right, in that it encourages yet another sip, the body smooth amongst an inherently zippy body. It finishes with some undeniably bitter pine and grapefruit hops.

Between the name and hop assault, some godly aspersions are cast with this IPA. In the end - enjoyably intense, without being overbearing.

Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served cold in pint glass. Beer pours orange with a slight haze and a small off white head. Really nice aroma of pine and citrus C-hops that promises an flavorful but not overpowering IPA.

Flavor is a little bit more aggressive: Cascade is up front, but plays well with other hops. Finish is dry without suffering from hop burnout much. Well balanced with the grain bill. I wholeheartedly concur with the label: this is an unashamed NW IPA.

Overall I am really impressed with this second offering in this year's Manic IPA series.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Capitol Hill brewery. Poured a cloudy amber with a fine white head that left a nice lacing down the glass.

The nose was all NW IPA - citrus and grapefruit with little malt backbone. Just the hint of dried grass.

The taste followed the nose though a bit stronger on the earthy grass hop character, which I would expect from the use of tons of full flower Cascade hops in the finish. Not boozy at all despite the nearly 7% ABV. Dry on the finish.

Plenty of carbonation to hold up the resiny hops. Given how fresh this pint was off the kettle, I was expecting a more syrupy mouthfeel, but it was clean and crisp. Perfect lunch companion.

If bottled, I would buy these as a nice switch from the dry-hopped Immortal I usually have in the fridge. Good for a cloudy spring day in Seattle.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with two fingers of thick, creme coloured head that leaves some nice lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, some tropical fruits and citrus with a little spicy cedar.

Taste. Plenty of lightly sweet, toasted malts and oily citrus hops, slightly floral, slightly piney and a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A very solid west coast IPA. I'd drink it again without any hesitation.

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, new Maniac IPA Series.

Appearance: (4.0)

-Nice vibrant orange and copper IPA with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that has settled to some lacing, a medium sized ring, and a thin island of foam covering most of the brew from the center. Looks like a Northwest IPA to me. Does have a nice slightly cloudy appearance.

Smell: (3.5)

- Zesty pine and resinous hops hit first, and then fade. What is left is a fruity punch, sweet bready malts, and more fruit. Little pineapple, mango, and grassy hop aromas. Sweet subtle grains. Overall not bad, comes out of the bottle strong, but settles a bit in aroma.

Taste: (4.0)

- This is certainly a beer with a focus on aroma and flavor hops. There is a fantastic bright stinging bitterness which is quite good to balance out the lightly sweet and bready malts, and all with a finish of fruity zesty hops. Certainly a great barrier between the bitter and finishing hops, quite interesting.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Medium body, well carbonated, and hardly chewy or cloying at all, very drinkable. This stuff flows fast. The nice bitterness does dry it up a bit at the end. Good stuff.

Overall: (4.0)

- Like I said, the range between the bittering, and finishing hops is very great. It balances quite well. The malt end seems a bit light which is just fine. It's not overly sweet, and is a little bready. I think any good west coast or Northwest IPA should almost glow orange, be a little cloudy, and certainly be bready and grainy without the overly sweet caramel attributes. This one gets pretty close to all of the above. Certainly would drink this again.
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On-Tap at The BeerMongers here in PDX,,,,

- Nice clear straw yellow and mild copper color... fluffy white head, and lacing everywhere imaginable...

- Huge citrus, grapefruit, zesty hops... some pine, and floral notes.... nice grainy and biscuity malt backbone...

- Huge citrus again... grain, oats, biscuit.. slightly sweet honey-like malt... and more hops... obviously dry-hopped, and hopped right up front.

- Light to medium bodied... not really sticky or oily at all....

- Way too easy to drink, and hits the brain a little fuzzy.... a superb IPA, and it stands out among many others out there. Very well done, and a must have.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $6.... poured into my Alaskan tulip... Foamy white head... good retention and lacing... the brew is hazed orange.

Nose is tropical fruit hoppiness... a bit of pale maltiness helps push the hops up and out of the glass.

Wow... this is surprisingly dry.. not a bad thing, it just caught my attention.. hoppy fruitiness is more muted on the palate... good balanced bitterness up front shows hints of biscuity maltiness.. but the finish is bone dry... actually the finish dies off very quickly.

pretty standard body and carbonation...

Too expensive to buy again.. but no complaints other than the $$

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear medium to dark orange amber. Thin fine off-white head not much to look at, but good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of piney hops, pineapple and citrus with a hint of malt. Flavor is similar to aroma, a tropical fruit malt base with piney and citrus hops. A bit dry and hop bitter in the finish. Medium bodied. I prefer a bit more malt presence in IPAs, but still enjoyed this one. A nice, well made Northwest IPA.

Photo of zoso1967
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy amber with a bubbly head. The aroma is what one might expect from a northwest IPA. It has plenty of citrus hop character and only a rumor of malt. The flavor is very bitter and seems unbalanced. Don't get me wrong, I love in your face hoppy beers, but this seems to have a bit too much hop bitterness. Hop flavor is also less than stellar with white grapefruit and pine, but it just does not have that mouthwatering fruity character that I dig so much in most super hoppy IPAs. Medium body with a very dry finish. Seems fairly drinkable, but I can think of other beers of this style that I would prefer to session.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear, dark orange color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and plenty of lacint is left.

4.0 S: Citrusy and earthy hoppiness. Lots of orange and papaya with pineapple and some grapefuit underneath. Caramel from the malts with a light, clean breadiness and moderate neutral malt sweetness. Great balance between the hops and malts. Very nice.

4.5 T: Like the nose, this is a well balanced, sophisticated IPA. The hops don't slap you silly and they don't need to. Mild bitterness. Orange and papaya are strongest. Pineapple, apple, grapefuit, and earthiness secondary. Again a solid caramel backbone with a light breadiness and some balancing neutral sweetness. Clean and refreshing.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little low on creaminess, but it's not a big deal.

4.0 D: Tasty brew that will appeal to those who like a little malt in their IPAs.

Photo of Hophead717
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A bomber, poured into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Dark orange, bordering on light amber. A half-finger foamy white head.

S: Sweet orange, caramel malts, burnt sugar. I don't really get much hops here...

T: Again, not particularly hoppy. Biscuity malts, fairly sweet, with light grapefruit citrus. The finish is lightly bitter, but restrained. A very "meh" flavor.

M: Light bodied with medium amounts of carbonation.

O: Disappointing! It's a very light IPA--both in body and in flavor. Not worth the price I paid and not one that I would recommend. It's not bad, just not good.

Photo of hmph
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from Lordkrystic , along with a ton of others in a monster box, many thanks!

A - a very inviting orange and gold with a two finger slightly off white head that hangs for a bit but then dies down to a ring of lace that will follow the liquid down the glass

S - some citrus hop, but nothing too powerful, a good bit of the biscuit malt with some more floral hops as well

T - a very subdued hop bite , maybe just a nibble, followed by a bit of sweetness that quickly makes its way back to a fairly mild orangey bitterness

O - Really tasty but a bit too subdued, nothing went pop or pow! Overall it was a very balanced and easy to drink IPA with some real potential that its just not quite reaching. Good beer but not great beer.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask in a pint glass at the brewpub on 5/27/10

A - Hazy pale amber with highlights. Thin head with impressive retention.

S - Really citrusy aroma - zesty & peely. Tangerine & orange; hints of lemon. Toasty malts notes.

T - Tastes distinctly like orange peel. Tangerine & lemon, too. Mild biscuit tones.

M - Medium body with appropriately low carbonation. Very smooth. Dry finish.

D - Pretty solid; a quite enjoyable brew.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Collins the other day.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with cotton candy like head retention and good lacing. This beer is all IPA on the nose, with some nice citrus, including some interesting lemon and lime. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though I should add that this IPA has some impressive hoppy bitterness. The hoppiness builds as I drink this beer, which is something I don't mind one bit. The finish is pretty dry on this IPA, as one would expect with a low malt, NW IPA. Still, it's pretty well balanced, though with a pronounced dry, bitterness. The beer is pretty drinkable, though I'd guess the abv. is in the 7% range.

A very nice, solid beer from Elysian. Wouldn't hesitate to order this one again. Good beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 6.25.12.

A - Pours a cloudy medium to light orange with a one ince near-white head that fades down slowly.

S - Very piney and grassy, some slight citrus.

T - Grass, pine, very subtle orange.

D - Good carbonation, and a lighter body.

O - Light and piney with a slight citrus backbone. Nice, but not super.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours an unfiltered hazy orange. White head forms and has good staying power. Expert lace.

SMELL: Very fragrant tropical fruit notes of mango, kumquat, and papaya. There is a sugary, barleywinesque note of alcohol and candy like malt.

TASTE: More citrus forward in the taste, grapefruit and orange skin being major players. Has some earth, wood and pine notes but is not overly bitter. The flavor is quite juicy. Malt flavor is bready, with a suggestion of buttery toffee and caramel. There is just a slight alcohol presence in the finish. Well balanced by a small dry hop bite.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. This is good tasting ale. It has a juicy and yet creamy smooth texture, and it drinks very easily.

OVERALL: Certainly well made IPA with some English ale influence. Has enough hops to keep you sidetracked, but the malts, yeast and estery notes add some complexity here. I enjoyed sampling this one, and Elysian Brewing do several variations of IPA and Pumpkin ales. A more than capable beer from a more than capable brewery.

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You gotta love a name like 'Prometheus'...it's titanic. The beer itself tries to live up to the name, and really falls just a bit short. It's a slightly hazy golden brew, mostly transparent, with a thin, soapy head. The smelly is of spicy hops, backed by a nice pale malt scent. Its taste is clean and balanced, and not as aggressively over-hopped as a lot of IPA's. Firm bitterness, but also a central maltiness that's appealing. Full in body. This is a solidly good, although not great, IPA.

Photo of beerme343
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Elysian Fields out of a standard pint glass. The Prometheus IPA has a cloudy amber appearance with a 1/2" head of cream colored foam made up of medium sized bubbles.

There is a pleasant light citrus and biscuity nose to this IPA, a good blend of aromas.

The taste is dominated by ruby red grapefruit that shows off a moderately bitter hop note offset by a bit of sweetness.

This beer is crisp and extremely easy to drink for an IPA.

Another very nice IPA coming out of Elysian Brewing Company, this one is another worthy offering and although similar it is certainly a nice alternative to their most well known IPA - the Immortal.

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Pours orange and diaphanous. Some soapy foam atop an etched surface. Reminds me of Ruination on the nose. Nice grapefruit, pineapple and mango with plenty of the ganja. Flavor is really biscuity with way less hops than I had anticipated. Bitterness with some grapefruit rinds and the beer is quite sweet. Then when I swallow, the bitterness comes back through to encore over me and leaves me wanting a refill. Medium bodied with a good slight dryness offsetting the sweet malts. Overall, a nice beer with interesting twists and turns.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium orange color with a thick, soapy looking, two fingered head. Carbonation is gentle and steady.

S - Light caramel biscuit malt, oranges, light pine, sweet red grapefruit. Aroma is blended and balanced.

T - Light caramel biscuit malt, light grapefruit and oranges, faint pine bitterness, and some very light floral bitterness. Nicely balanced with a nice lingering grapefruit bitterness mixed in with light bready malt, resiny on the back of the tongue.

M - Medium body, gentle texture, low carbonation.

O - A nicely balanced IPA that's right down the middle - not too malty and not too hoppy. For the price I paid for this bomber, I wouldn't spend that again for another bottle, it was pricey.

Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this bomber with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a hazed copper color with a white cap. Some patchy to spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger. The cap displays decent retention with yellowish tints around the edges.

The nose is fruity citrus rinds and herbs from the hops. It is somewhat catty with a cheesy funk aspect that increases its presence across the back as it warms up. Nothing particularly fascinating going on here but not bad either.

The taste includes notes of fruity rinds and herbs from the hops with a catty and herbal backing that gets oily, pine-like and pithy into the finish. The hops provide seemingly all the flavor profile of this brew which I am not gonna complain about, it just is lacking a bit.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent interpretation of the style that is for the most part without fault. However, it is a pretty forgettable offering that I would not be in a hurry to try again unless it was super fresh.

Photo of kemoarps
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I figured I should probably drink this before going and seeing the movie, 'Prometheus,' since I was in Seattle seeing it. So... yeah. That was pretty much the motivation behind picking it up.

Pours an absolutely beautiful rich amber with a finger and a half pillowy white head that dissipates after a while, but laces the glass beautifully as I drink. This is what I imagine beer should look like.

The nose is a huge letdown after the beauty that is in the eye of the beholder (beer-holder?). Didn't notice too much in the aroma; a mild floral hop presence with a little bit of caramel biscuit malts underneath, but nothing really pronounced.

The tongue follows the nose, but at least a little more present. Initially a little sweet, then the malts want to come in before being preempted by that same floral hoppiness. Well balanced, but not very hoppy, especially for something coming out of the west coast.

AMAZINGLY smoothe. Goes down like velvet. Being as the hops aren't particularly strong, there isn't much of that cloying bitterness remaining on the tongue, which I'm perfectly fine with. Overall, not gonna be the IPA your standard hop head reaches for, but eminently drinkable. Potentially a good intro IPA for someone not as ready for the bitter bombs that so many 'advocates' seem to require to bestow that label of India Pale? I'd drink it again, especially if I were at the brewery/restaurant and had the opportunity to try and pair it with certain foods, but won't be rushing out immediately to replace the one I am currently drinking. Give it a try, especially if you're looking for a smoother IPA with a good balance of sweet with not too hoppy.

Photo of StevieD2
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to tulip glass.
Orangeish amber color with a quick head and ok lace.
Fruity and citrus scent
The malt is more at the front, ends with a clean and crisp grapefruit finish.
Overall I feel like it is a fine IPA which. It is very unassuming and pleasurable.

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is ever-so-slightly hazed honey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves solid lacing behind.

S: Nice nose - mainly juicy citrus but with a touch of sweet malt underneath.

T: Surprised by the malt bill on this one - lots of caramel malt/toffee sweetness. Finishes with juicy citrusy hops - think orange & grapefruit - some apricot as well. Lingering bitterness is cut by the juicy hops and sweeter malt. Nice balance, though this one "feels" more like a DIPA (reminds me of DFH 90 Minute somewhat) than a straight IPA.

M: Medium in heft, maybe a little heavier than that. Carbonation is modest, giving it a bit of an oily or slick feel.

O: Good stuff. Like I said, feels bigger than your average IPA, I believe due to the generous amount of malt used here (or at least the impression thereof).

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Prometheus IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.