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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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 emyers:
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emyers

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color (not quite as "red" as I was expecting given the name) with a huge, 2 inch white head.

Smell: Citrus hops, some lemon zest and spice, and a healthy dose of caramel malt. I'm not getting the big tropical fruit punch that I usually love about citra hops. I feel like the malt may be to blame - while I'm normally a big fan of balance in my IPA's, in this one the malt seems like it's getting in the way a bit. Still a lot of good things going on with the hop profile.

Taste: That's more like it! The interaction between the malt and hops works much better here. Balanced very nicely between the citrus, grass, lemon zest, and tropical fruit (which I'm very pleased to see sneak in here) from the hops and the caramel and toast from the malt. Perfect amount of bittering hops on the finish. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied. Bittering hops dry out the palate on the finish. Medium to high carbonation adds to the crisp bite on the finish.

Overall: Well-made beer. While the malt and hops clash a little in the nose, they meld beautifully in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:38:34 | More by emyers
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2014 02:47:11 | More by wrightst
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Oregon

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Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-08-2014 21:11:04 | More by leftoverburrito
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-28-2014 22:07:59 | More by Durandal_777
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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timmy2b

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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%

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.