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Prometheus IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Prometheus IPAPrometheus IPA

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85
very good

37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
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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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 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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (580 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)

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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (665 characters)

Photo of beerme343
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (653 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 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 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 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 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 Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (429 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 zoso1967
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (620 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 beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (612 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)

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