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Valhalla - Elysian Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of dbattey
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

dbattey, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Asics, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of griffinn
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

griffinn, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

twelveinches, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +4.4%

johnnyboy76, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rab53, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of wl0307
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.

wl0307, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Phillyz, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -21.7%

timjim1327, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Number3red
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Number3red, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of emyers
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.

emyers, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of timoteo833
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

timoteo833, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jschott75, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
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

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

outoffocus, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jklecko2, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Budinetz, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

domnalbrecc, May 30, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Gww1864, May 13, 2013
Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

muletrane, May 13, 2013
Photo of LordChesterfield
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.

LordChesterfield, May 06, 2013
Photo of sam_bliss
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
Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.