Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-13-2010

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."
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Reviews by hreb:
Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of EBeckett3
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger off-white head with sheets of lacing. Aroma evident on pouring, pine and citrus hops, pineapple. Flavor of orange and grapefruit juice and rind, pine and citrus hops and a pleasant sweet malt body. Finish of lingering citrus and grassy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. This had a perfect balance of malt and hops for me and an interesting phenolic flavor that kept me sipping. I liked this quite a bit.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Naked City.

Pours dark orange with a decent carbonation.

Smells spicy and bitter, somewhat like Arrogant Bastard.

Taste is along the same lines, malty and bitter.

Crisp but kind of hard to drink, but not my thing. Sort of a let down with a name like Valhalla, one of the few Elysian has put out that I didn't like

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange brown with medium head and nice lacing. Fruity aroma; grapefruit, strawberries, and tropical fruit. Same for the flavour with nice full malts and slight bitter finish brown, with hops receding well into the background. Sweet on the nose.

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Parkway Tavern. Amber topaz color. Good white head that leaves nice splotching. Very citrusy fragrance. Taste notes are clean and citrusy. Grapefruit with hoppy bitter notes following and some citrus zest also. Good all around. Borders on IPA to me.

Photo of griffinn
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, almost opaque amber-cinnamon color; looks syrupy/sticky. Thin head that reminds me of the skin you get when you heat up honey. Lacing deteriorates slowly.

S: Hoppy but not really fruity. Clean smelling. Smells boozy.

T: More bitter than I expected, managing to just overpower all other flavors. Definite cloying, lingering sweetness after the initial hit. Strong malt flavor, but fruit flavors seem indistinct. Overall simple bitterness is the dominant taste.

M: Resiny, syrupy, clingy. The alcohol bites you a little bit, more than I expected from 7.5% ABV.

O: Eccentric. A good effort, if a little unrefined - the hop and malt flavors seem to clash instead of blend. I've never heard of a "red IPA," so this was an interesting try. Glad I picked it up, but I'll probably try something else next time.

Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a two finger head. Mild lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness rises to the nose

Taste: caramel, bready malt, ripe fruit, and a decent bitterness creates a well balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a slower sipping beer but has a refreshing quality to it. This red ale has a nice bitterness that makes it interesting.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.15.12

A - Pours a cloudy, dark orange with a two inch yellow-light tan head that has foamy retention.

S - Nice hoppy pine, citrus and tropical fruit.

T - Earthy grass, bitter dark citrus.

D - Creamy, heavy mouth with solid carbonation.

O - Smells tropical, but tastes dark and bitter.

Photo of T-Luv
2.11/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- a mellow amber glow does not a "red" make. Also, the sediment was a bit much for me. There was too much dead yeast at the bottom of my nonic that I couldn't finish.
S- nothing to exciting. A bit of citra hop aroma, nothing special.
T- despite the other shortcomings, it tasted pretty great, which is all that matters right? Very balanced. Quite dry with a little fruitiness.
M- very creamy for the style, which I didn't mind at first, but again, the sediment just got to me on this one.
Overall, an ok beer, but ultimately another disappointing offering from this brewery.

Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby amber w/ a 1-finger beige head.

Aroma is sweet malt and juicy, citrusy hops. Smells clean and bright.

Taste is likewise a blend of sweet and hoppy/bitter. Lots of grapefruit rind and tangerine. Finishes sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied, crisp finish.

Overall a really nice, drinkable beer. Would gladly have this again.

Photo of Suds
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.

Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- amber? 1" fluffy white head

S- spicey, floral, citrus, piny, mint, dank hops, all in one beautiful sniff

T- funky dank hops, intense grapefruit lingering bitterness

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- Hop Bomb! Even as i poured it, i'm smacked in the face with spicey hops that tingle the nose. Once i'm able to take a full nose full, i'm greated with so many different aromas, this thing wreaks of a variety of hops. Sweet malts sneak their way through, but it's all glorious hops here. If your new to IPA's, you might want to start with something a little less intense. This thing is a beast and should be bought with caution. Though i like it alot, i can't help wondering why it's called a red ipa. It's a light amber and is so potent, it should be categorized as a DIPA. Either way it's a great brew and a force to be reckoned with. I like to think of myself as someone that has been around the block, more then a few times with this style. Yet my senses have been cleared and the unrelenting bitternes continues to burn the back of my throat.

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't think this was a one off, just a randomly brewed.

Mine is a bottle that states 7.5% ABV, not 6.75%

Pours a rusty orange with brilliant clarity and a sheet of soapy light cream foam. Smells of mango, pineapple, resin, bell pepper, teen spirit and some grapefruit. Taste is like a hi IBU ESB, the Special B adds such a nice kick to the malts. The hops are complementary with a good grapefruit, resin and vinous character. Medium body with light carb and a wet finish. Nice beer.

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks again to Eric for sharing these 3 Elysian hoppy offerings with me. I enjoyed this one the most. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a a hazed copper color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish froth. A solid display of retention to the cap with a webby pattern of lace falling down the wall.

The smell is fruity and bright with a clean hop and alcohol inclusion that blends together nicely with suggestions of rinds, earth, herbs, pith and zest. Pretty much all the citrus-like hop inclusion one could ask for in a standard smelling hoppy brew.

The flavor reiterates the nose with characteristcis of herbs and bright zesty rind components. It gets a bit catty as more sips are taken with some fruit elements like grapefruit being noticed in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty decent brew that I wouldnt mind having again sometime. Of the 3 hoppy elysian brews i got to try, I enjoyed this one the most. Thanks again Eric.

Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber colored body with a thick, chunky white head. Vibrant pine aroma; spicy. Bold malt sweetness combined with an equally prominent hop bitterness. Medium bodied, thick and chewy; syrupy.

A nice, bold IPA. Heavy presence with the malt and hops with the alcohol noticeable but definitely taking a background role (taste-wise). Try one if a wild and crazy IPA is what you're looking for.

Photo of canucklehead
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that treads the line between IPA and red ale. The citrus hops ( the Sorachi is a big part) really add a big freshness to the proceedings while the malt hods it down. There is a bitterness to the finish but the beer seems quite balanced.

Photo of sam_bliss
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into glass

Hazy red-orange buried under a thick bubbling frothy orange-cream head that sticks around for a while. As it dissipates at a geologically slow pace, splotchy foam lacing is left on the side of the glass. Satsuma and tangerine scents lend sweetness to the fresh, hoppy aroma. The clean smell of pale malts reminds me almost of pilsner malt.
The taste starts with some stone fruit and a smidgen of roasted, unmated barley. Some creaminess balances the puckering Sirachi Ace hops that present their lemony bitterness halfway into the experience and don't relent until well after the swallow. The dark Special B malt touted by the bottle description provides some prune-like caramelized sweetness that keeps the bitter fruitiness of the Citra hops in check. The body is a bit fuller than the average India Pale.

The malt mix adds some redness to the pale malts but this Red IPA is much more IPA than Red. I kind of expected these exciting hop flavors from Elysian.

Valhalla has a lot more going on than most American Ambers, especially as far as fruit-balanced bitterness goes. If you like Torpedo of Sierra Nevada this is something to try out. I am not a big fan of Ninkasi's Believer Double Red, but if that had more malt, body, and flavor, it would be Elysian's Valhalla.

Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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."

On draught at Elysian Fields, Valhalla is murky chestnut with a small white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is skunky, pronounced cat pee, with a nice malty backbone that continues to develop as it warms, the sweetness highlight the citrus notes of the hops.

Taste is pretty spicy from the hops, which provided a welcome extra layer to the classic winter warmer maltiness. Clean, a bit of waxy phenols, bittersweet. A bit forgettable, but a satisfying NW WW.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, malty, slick, on the drier side.

Drinkability is pretty good, just enough maltiness to stand up to the hop spice, bitterness. I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.