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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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86
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From their menu: "It's thirsty work crossing the rainbow bridge! Fill your horn with the hoppy pagan red ale of pale, Special B and just a pinch of roasted barley, bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with rare Citra hops. Starting gravity 17.1° plato (1.069), alcohol 5.65% by weight, 6.75% by volume."

(Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-13-2010)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.79/5  rDev -1%

Reviewing from my notes after drinking this one on December 1st, 2013. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating to be found on the bottle to indicate when it was packaged or when it's best enjoyed by. That said, this is a seasonal release that I believe comes around in October-ish, so it's probably 2-3 months old. Poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep tawny amber with rust colored highlights. Given the fact that the hue is rather dark, it's hard to tell, but it looks pretty translucent--no haze or cloudiness to speak of. Atop the body sits an apologetic off-white head with some frothiness, about a finger (or less) thick. Retention is alright, as the foam begins receding immediately, leaving a film across the surface and sparse lacing.

Smell - Heavy caramel smells dominate the nose, with rich burnt caramel and roasted barley leading the way and overpowering the remnants of what might have been a more aggressive presence of fruity hops when this beer was fresher. That said, there are still accents of peach and guava lurking behind the more overt aromas from the grain.

Taste - The grain again is front and center, with classic amber ale flavor profiles--caramel and toasted malt with hints of toffee and some nuttiness along with complementary notes of citrus, stone fruit and guava, as well as some decent herbal hop bitterness, reminiscent of pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with some crispness and a slightly sweet finish.

Overall, a pretty tasty beer that would be an outstanding amber ale, but is just an alright IPA. It's hard to say how much age plays a role, because I can tell it's not terribly old--no overt signs of oxidation or that distinctive overly-malted characteristic that comes from an IPA that tastes old. That said, the hoppy fruit profiles just aren't as bright as I might've expected.

05-28-2014 06:04:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%

7.5%ABV. per bottle label.Poured into an imperial nonic a burnt orange tinged copper color with a thinner sticky white head atop.Alot of fresh hops in the nose,citric and pretty sharp hoppiness over top of a sweet biscuit base.I don't pick up and of the "pinch" of roast on the palate but I do get alot of citric and grassy hops,very fresh tasting,a hefty sweet biscuit base holds up well to the hops and lingers in the finish.Seems to be more IPA than amber/red but whatever it is it's pretty damn good.

11-29-2012 21:21:44 | More by oberon
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Lazaro

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-26-2013 01:19:58 | More by Lazaro
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dirty yellow/copper color with a large white head. The aroma is classic IPA. I get some nice pineapple and stone fruit notes, as well as some pine and biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar. The pine and orange notes really come through strongly, as does a low amount of bitterness. There is a nice malt backbone to the beer as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-02-2012 04:16:35 | More by Mora2000
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mkrass

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-11-2013 21:53:31 | More by mkrass
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2013 20:21:43 | More by dcbeers
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-17-2014 20:17:35 | More by DCHritz
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-02-2014 22:17:14 | More by whatname
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hreb

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Elysian's Fall entry in their Manic IPA series, Valhalla Red IPA, pours with a huge yeasty and flowery aroma. For a "red" IPA the beer is surprisingly hazy and pale orange. Flavor is totally crisp with big alpha hops and a super dry aftertaste. While I love the aroma, the bitterness is a little harsh for my tastes. Still, the hop profile is pretty unique (Sorachi Ace and Citra, according to the label), so hardcore hopheads will probably find this more enjoyable. For me, probably my least favorite of the Manic IPA series.

01-31-2013 03:11:42 | More by hreb
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

A- red-amber with white head & excellent laces
S - sweet malt, slight citrus, tempting
T - hoppy, hoppy, hoppy - bitter with slight sweetness, crisp bitter almost sour finish
M- medium bodied, crisp finish left just a tinge of bitter on the tongue
O- if you love hops (esp. citra) then punch the clock - very drinkable & good with spicy food (had calamri w peppers on the second round)

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ

10-16-2013 03:33:47 | More by EBeckett3
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-13-2013 02:14:35 | More by timjim1327
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-08-2012 22:04:22 | More by cletetron
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spitshaded

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +24%

12-23-2012 14:01:19 | More by spitshaded
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serebeerdrinker

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-22-2013 01:59:44 | More by serebeerdrinker
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rfreed

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-27-2012 16:07:20 | More by rfreed
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-18-2012 01:57:43 | More by DarthTremens
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

great amber ale. drinks like an amber and an ipa. caramel and toasty readiness. piney and citrus rind bitterness. balance is impeccable and the beer is extremely drinkable. medium mouthful, coats the back of the tongue, faintly slick mouthful . big hop presence throughout

01-14-2013 06:46:37 | More by jtierney89
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-05-2013 00:42:35 | More by mdillon86
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2013 03:02:01 | More by fivetime
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Docer

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: (4.0)

- A very lightly cloudy orange brew, b ut can still see through the brew. Nice whispers of fizzy velvety head settles to a light dusting over the brew with a bubbly ring around the edges. Looks like a solid west coast IPA to me, and really isn't all that red.

Smell: (3.5)

- Zesty pine resin, fruit, and bright citrus character in the hops. The malt is somewhat hidden but has aromas of roasted sugars and grain. Bit of a bready touch as well.

Taste: (4.5)

- This IPA is full of balance. Wonderful bitter dry hops are noticed mid-drink, and there is a perfectly balanced blend of bready sweet malt that isn't at all overbearing. Nice citrus and fruity finish hops as well. This is a solid brew and a must try.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice carbonation and dryness to this medium to full bodied brew. It has a nice light creamy feel to it and is a tad chewy, and quite drying and cloying. Overall solid.

Overall: (4.0)

- Solid, balanced, well hopped, and super good to drink. Elysian has been doing some great things since the expansion, and this is just another fine example of it. Cheers to kickin' out so many wonderful selections of craft beer.

12-17-2012 03:53:09 | More by Docer
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-16-2013 02:23:41 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-28-2013 22:50:22 | More by GrantBrennan
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hannaho

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-04-2012 18:07:29 | More by hannaho
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-25-2013 04:16:52 | More by hoppymcgee
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DerekCarruth

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-28-2014 00:43:34 | More by DerekCarruth
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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.