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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%


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 Nerudamann:
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - reddish amber color, thick, with almost no head retention (at least with my pour, I might have had a bad pour...or it might be too cold?).

Smell - pretty good mix between malts and hops. The hop smell in particular is interesting, possibly because I'm not sure that I've smelled or tasted these hops before.

Taste - much like the smell, but with an interesting acetyl type of taste toward the middle of the tasting, but that's very quickly taken over by the wallop of the hops' taste and bitterness. The bitterness isn't too long lasting. Rather, it leaves you with a slightly present feel of the hops on the palate.

Mouthfeel - medium in body...not too creamy and not to thin.

Overall - a very interesting-tasting beer that I am very glad that I picked up and tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:52:26 | More by Nerudamann
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-19-2014 03:04:39 | More by weeare138
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JCarey

Delaware

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Didn't get the chance to see the Elysian booth at AC Beer fest so I picked up a bomber afterwards.

Pours a clean dark amber with minimal head. It does leave a cap and some thin lacing.

Big and sweet on the nose. Bready. Some yeast. And...hops. Not dank or piney.

Taste is sweet. Almost a bit too sweet for me. I feel like the hops take a backseat to the base beer. There is a nice bitterness, but its not too balanced. A lot of citrus.

Mouth feel is quite a but thinner than I expected. Slightly undercarbed.

Overall a decent IPA with a twist. Though with the amount of sweetness they could boost the ABV and hops and make this an IIPA easily, and frankly, I think this would be stellar as a IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 20:08:17 | More by JCarey
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-15-2014 14:15:29 | More by Gregaroo
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-08-2014 01:22:03 | More by ChaseBeer
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper-amber color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades over a time span of about 2 min. leaving some bit of foamy lace behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A blend of a caramel sweetness and a good showing of a more bready nature are largest in the smell. A rather strong hop aroma is there as well with aromas of a grapefruit and slightly herbal nature being the strongest and just a hint of an earthy smell lurking in the background.

Taste – The taste begins somewhat like what may have been expected from the nose, but slightly skewed. It begins with a rather strong caramel sweetness with a smooth bready taste more so then the nose would have suggested. The hop flavors are on the other side of the skew however with them being lighter than the nose would have suggested. The hop flavors start out almost entirely of a grapefruit taste with that later being joined by some lighter grassy and pine flavors coming to the tongue. A little bit of a tangerine sweetness as well as a tiny bit of yeast taste joins the flavor at the end, leaving one with a rather sweet and moderately, but lighter than the nose would suggest, hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet and bready flavors of the brew the thicker and creamier body are nice for creating a chewier feel overall, all while still managing to uphold the hop flavors of the brew and making them shine a bit as well.

Overall – A rather sweeter and somewhat lighter hopped IPA with a rather nice chewy feel. This was a rather enjoyable drinker with lots of malt bill but yet balanced some by the moderate hop.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:08:50 | More by Darkmagus82
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Rideguy64

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-08-2014 00:33:25 | More by Rideguy64
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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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DerekCarruth

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-28-2014 00:43:34 | More by DerekCarruth
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2014 02:13:00 | More by PEIhop
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2014 15:00:02 | More by petermethot
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-02-2014 00:20:56 | More by warpedrevolution
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-12-2014 17:21:33 | More by cbnz
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-10-2014 19:52:08 | More by JMohl3
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timmy2b

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-02-2014 20:01:08 | More by timmy2b
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-30-2013 03:05:45 | More by mikehillman
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-24-2013 05:30:40 | More by cjgiant
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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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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-11-2013 20:09:03 | More by Drknight
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Augurs Well, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange along with notes of grapefruit. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness that is mostly noticeable in the finish. Hints of alcohol are also noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice citrusy IPA, although the alcohol seems to get in the way of the taste as the beer warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 22:23:16 | More by metter98
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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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a reddish, clear beer. It has an off white soapy head. The smell is clean and hoppy. Scents of grapefruit an fresh cracked pepper are notable. The taste is spicy and sweet. Balanced. Lots of American hops in the finish. Full body. This is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:53:36 | More by Suds
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ADZA

Australia

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber hue with a creamy three finger head and beautiful clingy lacing I like its look,the smell is citrus hoppy mixed with a big caramel malt backbone and its simple but it works,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and from first taste I know I want more of this it's hoppy with hints of citrus,lime,a touch of stonefruit only broken up slightly with a touch of sweet caramel and the finish is a floral hoppy bitterness and overall it's not a total hop bomb but is beautifully balanced and so sessionable that even this big bottle will leave me wanting more and yes I'll be back for this one cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 13:34:41 | More by ADZA
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gshackles

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-24-2013 03:46:08 | More by gshackles
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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.