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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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86
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 11
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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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 10, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a chance to talk to james, the brewer down at elysian fields, and he recommended we try this one, his current favorite on the tap.
dark velvet red pour with a creamy off white head. think oranges and caramel. like the lollipop you never quite had. a bit of lemon coming through as well, but the dominant aroma is from the citra hop on the finish. the bitterness is a nice match for the caramel goodness, as it is imbued with that slight lemon twang. damn sorachi ace. the orange isn't is as prevalent in flavor as the smell, but everything just works so nice. easy drinking, not too thick but the flavors that are there just dance about like strippers in heaven. i believe he said this one was around 7%, but didn't recall for sure.
for sure a beer to try, they have it on tap now at both elysian fields and capital hill.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 13, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dirty yellow/copper color with a giant three finger head. Some of the frothiness lasts until the end and thick lacing remains on the glass throught. Strong carbonation is present too.

The smell hits hard with piney, peppery and citrus hops. There is also a dank wheat/wet hay smell along with the smell of grapefruit, mint and tobacco and other fruits; possibly apple and pears.

Strong hop presence is in the taste at the beginning and the end. Hop resins lay thickly on the tounge after swallowing. The middle, between the hops, has a taste of biscut, rosted malts and mint.

The mouthfeel is thick and biscut like. Chewy and filling.

Overall this is a great IPA. I don't know why it is billed as a Red Ale since it does not pour red and has little of the malty taste associcated with the Red Ale style. This is a hop bomb and should be tried, and very likely enjoyed, by IPA lovers.

microbrewlover, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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.

canucklehead, Jan 12, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

LiquidAmber, Nov 05, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, served in a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy amber with some orange hues, attractive looking beer. A two finger fluffy white head, that leaves tons of lacing and some chucks of foam along the side of the glass.

S - Citrus and mango hops pop and dominate the nose, lots of grapefruit. Smells awesome to a hop head like me. Notes of orange, pine, and resin.

T - Sweet malts upfront, citrus and grapefruit in the middle, finishes with some bitterness at the end. Not as bitter as would be expected from the aroma. Mango and orange notes, bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, medium to low carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Very good IPA from Elysian, I would definitely buy again.

Profchaos20, Dec 28, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

sam_bliss, Apr 28, 2013
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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.