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Prometheus IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Prometheus IPAPrometheus IPA

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 123
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy amber color with a white head on top. The lacing and retention are pretty good. The smell of the beer is malty with some earth hops. The taste of the beer is malty with a mild hop bitterness. Very mellow and dry. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is pretty good.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 $$


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orangeish-amber with a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly but left lots of sticky lacing.

A typical hop blast hits the nose, mostly citrus with a touch of pine, without much malt backbone. The flavors are also typical of a PNW IPA, citrus hops with a dry, sticky finish.

Body and drinkability are, again, typical of this style. Overall, a brew certainly worth trying when you see it. Elysian makes a whole flock of IPAs and this one is fairly representative of their lineup, personally I like the Dry-hopped Immortal IPA better and find this one leagues better than the Jasmine IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a large glass beer mug.

L - dull copper color with a white head that left a nice coating of lace.

S - sweet floral hop aroma with a hint of orange blossom.

T - orange rind bitterness upfront with a chewable orange-flavored baby aspirin finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - just another IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.


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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Prometheus IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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