Prometheus IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Prometheus IPAPrometheus IPA

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 5/8" head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Citrus and hops.

T: Malt, hops, pineapple and a hint of grapefruit.

M: Medium thickness as well as a medium level of carbonation.

O: A nice tasty IPA, this would make for a good session beer. (246 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a big burnt orange coloe with great carbonation leaving a big fluffy cap
S: Loads of orange peel, coriander, pineapple and grapefruit

T: Starts out with an immediate, big dry bitterness with citrus notes coming about mid taste. Everyone keeps talking aboutt he citrus and Cascade hops but I love Comlumbus, SOmcoe and aMgnum hops. This has the hop bill of one of those three, leaning to Columbus.

M: Very nice. Medium body, biscuity malt and perhaps caramel

O: Very good. Nice Ipa indeed. (502 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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). (846 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, 4/15/11.

A-Pour is a murky orange amber with a little bit of white head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Honey sweetness, along with pink grapefruit and pineapple.

T-Sweet malt in the front, followed by bitter citrus hops and a strong bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied, oily, crisp carbonation.

O-Nice beer, good bitterness, a tasty IPA.

HV (368 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass on 6/11/12.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange with a big frothy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity hop aroma. Fresh citrus scent sticks out. Caramel malts are there too, giving it a balanced smell.

Taste: Tasty citrus and grapefruit are prominent with a sweet pale malt backbone. Hops aren't a palate wrecker, but there certainly isn't a lack. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, yet on the lighter side to make it a very drinkable summer IPA.

Overall: Probably my favorite Elysian beer that I've tried so far. Well-balanced IPA that makes good use of fruity hop flavors and is easy to drink. (654 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this at the Elysian on Cap Hill and again less than a week later at the EastSide. fresh.

the hazy tangelo reminds me of a recent morning north of seattle. where maybe it was best someone else cook breakfast. by cook, maybe just slice up some grapefruits alongside a growler of this sweetheart because that's all you're gonna get.

lots of grapefruit and a little bit of malt. a great pitcher to split 5 ways, a good pitcher to split 4. eventually the sweet bread comes out, but it lurks like that 8th inning reliever that inevitably blows the save for your club before your closer can even get in the game. you know he's got nasty stuff, but you'd prefer just going straight to the closer. (694 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may seem counterintuitive to compete with oneself. But of Elysian's two IPAs, this one is much preferred.

Prometheus has a dense apricot color with modest preserved suds after 24 hours of growler time. It is balanced slightly to the sweet, but with a strong bitter finish that holds up the rear like a bookend. The sweet, resinous aroma has notes of pineapple. A fine all-around IPA with plenty of zest. (409 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (2,269 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the brewery restaurant in Seattle.

Pours a golden orange hue, with a filmy ring of white. Body is pretty lightweight, but not poorly so. Some spidery lace forms as the beer goes down. Fine carbonation. Looks good overall.

Nose is bright and fresh, with tropical fruits forming the bulk of the aroma: citrus, pineapple and some sweet tangerines. Not much of the sharper pine needle sector. Pretty decent overall.

Palate is light, but tasty and balanced. Smooth malt creates a clear, glassy, but substantial basis for the fruity hop characters to come through, releasing fresh citrus, crisp orange peel and lemon zest and bunches of herbs. Very pleasant.

Not a bad drop at all. In many respects, it's a pretty standard IPA, and doesn't really stand out from the flock. But it's a good example of one, and a pretty solidly drinkable one. (854 characters)

Photo of hmph
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of B33R501
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tried this because i love their chocolate chili stout, and as a changeup to my usual mongo or wipeout. well crafted and quite tasty, but for $7 a bomber, the port ipas are cheaper, and better. probably a one and done, which is my complaint with craft, so many beers are one and done.

pretty orange gold. nice refined aroma of bready malts and citrus hops. aroma gets better as you go. taste follows, nice blast of orange and grapefruit. nicely bitter midway thru. refreshing, balanced and very drinkable.

put this in 6 packs, lower the price and this may become a repeat purchase. like that will happen. (606 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Pike Street location. This brew is a cloudy orange color with a medium and fluffy off-white head that lasts awhile. Patches of lacing. Citrus, hops and bready malt in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of hops, citrus and green grapes, along with some malt as a base. The finish is hoppy with lingering grapefruit taste. Pretty solid all around. (383 characters)

Photo of StevieD2
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,667 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (548 characters)

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Prometheus IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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