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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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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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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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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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 23:49:11 | More by Gavage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, citrus hop aroma with resinous pine and a sweet malt presence. Hints of grass and sticky pine needle along with citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Underneath, there some sweet caramel malt as well as hints of toffee, biscuit and hazelnut. Malts stronger than expected in the nose but they don't really interfere with the hops too much.

Medium bodies with a crisp, bitter hop bite that provides some earthy dryness which lingers over the citrus and sweet malts into a dry finish. Not as complex as the nose suggests with dry, sticky hops and only subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes. Grassy with bitter pine needle and minimal grapefruit and orange peel flavor. Also, the malt backbone is stronger than the nose would have you believe with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Faint roasted presence as well the dominant flavor is still hop bitterness. Decently balanced but the hop profile is a bit one dimensional and the malt flavors are a bit strong for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 06:07:51 | More by corby112
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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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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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ccrida

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 01:47:10 | More by ccrida
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beertunes

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. If you're gonna call a beer a "Red IPA" I'd expect it to be red, not the typical orange-amber so common in the style. The beer had less than 1/4 inch of white head that that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was a nice blast of citrusy hops, with just a slight hint of malt in the background. There may have been a touch of floral notes, but I wasn't quite sure. Again, citrusy hops dominated the tongue, but there was a malt smoothness at the back that wasn't apparent on the nose. That slight suggestion of floral tones was also there.

The body was the typical medium of the style, and enjoyable. Drinkability was good, I'd certainly drink a few more of these. Overall, a pretty nice take on the style. Red, this brew is not. Tasty, it certainly is. Worth your time when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 02:38:30 | More by beertunes
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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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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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 07:06:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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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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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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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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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the industry - served in tulip

Hazed reddish pour with a one-finger crop of beige head. Wispy retention, leaving spotty lacing littered about the glass.

Intense pine hoppiness in the nose, resinous and aggressive. Alcoholic phenols, bready/fruity malted sweetness with caramel.

Assertive pine hop bitterness with sticky resin and a touch of grapefruit. Bitter and dry throughout, meshed with a bready malt backbone with caramel sweetness. Touches of fruit towards the finish, with sticky pine and alcohol.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and a touch rough on the tongue. Pretty intense hoppy red, although the pine and alcohol combo was a little much after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 14:39:22 | More by xnicknj
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beergoot

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:35:52 | More by beergoot
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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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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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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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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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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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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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hreb

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:11:42 | More by hreb
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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
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