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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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87
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
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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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.54/5  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.

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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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.

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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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

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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.