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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

136 Ratings
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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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CA_Infidel2o9


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 23:06:21 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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olympuszymurgus

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 06:38:59 | More by olympuszymurgus
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:21:42 | More by microbrewlover
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:25:46 | More by canucklehead
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 05:22:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:58:55 | More by Profchaos20
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sam_bliss

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:54:01 | More by sam_bliss
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/2013, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark orangey amber colour with very light haze, a thick and well-lasting foamy beige head, and very fine carbonation.
S: rather intense pear-ish fruit-esters and candy-ish pale malts present upfront, coupled with sweet citric aroma, sweet flowery or lychee-ish hops, and some notes of overripe melons; given a swirl, the nice and perfumy resinous lychees and green melon-ish hoppiness come to the surface, but always against a thick bedrock of intensive pale malts.
T: lightly sweet malty upfront, paired with a very focused resinous hoppy flavour of lightly spicy and also richly citric/grapefruit-zesty hops, a pleasant level of yeasty acidity, and just a healthy dose of pale-coloured malts as a balancer, rendered pretty dry and bitter by the good level of bitterness all the way through to the lightly-tannic, considerably bitter and slightly slick finish. In the long end the alcoholic feel secretly creeps up, but never in an assertive manner. Given the dry-ish mouthfeel prevailing from the mid-taste onwards, the attenuation in the end doesn't feel as high as I first thought it would be, where the concentration of malt sweetness and esters seem to contribute a somewhat… “focused” and “substantive” feel on the palate… (does this description make sense?)
M&O: the mouthfeel stays wonderfully soft and nicely carbonated, the body full-ish without being thick, and the flavour profile comes rather balanced as far as I’m concerned. All in all, compared with other “Red” IPAs I’ve tried, this one stays actually much close to one’s typical American IPA or DIPA, where the hops dance elegantly on top of a decent malt backbone with just enough esters to add to the complexities. A very nice, even drinkable, one, to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 18:03:37 | More by wl0307
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snaotheus

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours pretty coppery amber, sightly cloudy, with a nice fluffy white head. Head fades down to huge clumps and leaves big chunky lacing along the sides. Lots of visible carbonation. Smell is pretty hops and slight malt...very floral and bright.

Taste is hoppy floral bitterness, some nice honey sweetness, some nice slightly roasty malt flavor. Some straw, some pine bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy. This is a nice, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 23:18:44 | More by snaotheus
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Docer

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 18:38:20 | More by SeamusDoyle
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harrymel

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 05:33:42 | More by harrymel
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Braz

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 15:14:21 | More by Braz
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:16:35 | More by Mora2000
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is exactly what it sounds like. It is slightly red in appearance and has all the great qualities of a red ale and an IPA together at last. The flavor is not particularly complex but has deep notes of a red ale malt with the extra bitterness of an IPA. There don't seem to be any floral characteristics and you can definitely taste the alcohol at 7.5% which I consider to be a fault. It's quite sessionable and coming in 20oz pints can be quite intoxicating. I enjoy it but only drink it when nothing else is available. It's not interesting enough or delicious enough for me to order on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 01:45:59 | More by LordChesterfield
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Bier:Thirty, Bound Crossing. Served in a pint nonic.

A: Lightly hazed gold, light carbonation and faint lacing.

S: Pretty decent nose with orange and tropical fruit, grapefruit...hints of pine, pretty floral and juicy.

T: Taste follows the nose, a bit more grapefruit essence and bitterness here, with moderate tropical fruits and piney notes, faint biscuity quality here as well; dry, clingy finish.

MF: Light to medium/light feel with adequate carbonation and decent dryness and bitterness. Spot on for an IPA in this respect.

O: Pretty typical IPA but extra-ordinary as a hoppy Amber IMO; enjoyable, pretty easy drinking, hoppy but safe. Less caramel and maltiness come through on this one than I'm used to from Amber/Red Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 15:58:07 | More by Scotchboy
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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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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 15:32:36 | More by stakem
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draheim

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:53:12 | More by draheim
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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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