Savant - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - Pours with a rocky two-finger head with intermittent larger bubbles that begin bursting open, creating a web of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The heavy head shadows a deep orange body with some hazing and liquid gold highlights where the light filters through.
Smell - Something doesn't sit with me quite right here. The smell isn't terribly appealing, with lots of earthiness and peat, as well as some off-putting vegetal qualities. There are hints of grass and baby greens, but most of what I get is a musty, earthy smell. Not awesome.
Taste - Honestly, a good measure better than the aroma, although the smell definitely impacts the overall taste. Here, the earthiness that was overpowering in the smell creates a hearty, rustic characteristic in the beer. Works well with a pronounced malt balance to offset the hops.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slighty chewy. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.
Overall, not my kind of IPA. It's hard to know how to rate a review where it seems clear that I just don't prefer this type of hop. Seems well done to style, but I wouldn't probably buy this again. All that being said, I've loved most everything else I've had from Elysian, so they clearly know what they're doing.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 19:39:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the sweeter side with lots of caramel and some lighter fruit notes of a tropical variety. Along with these are some light aromas of a grapefruit hop as well as a bit of pine.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel taste with a little bit of fruity sweetness. Along with these are some lighter grapefruit hop flavors as well as a little bit of earthy hop. As the taste advances some floral hops increase in intensity with the caramel really getting rather strong toward the end of the taste. The earthy ups it up a bit at the end and with a light herbal flavor that also comes to the tongue leaving one with a sweet, but decently hopped IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is average. The mid range body and carbonation are quite nice for the easy drinking nature of the brew, all while upholding the hop and sweeter flavors nicely.
Overall – A rather easy drinking but quite tasty IPA. Not too high in abv. with a nice blend of hops. While nothing super out of the ordinary, it is rather tasty and at least worth one try.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 01:22:21 | More by Darkmagus82
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Pours orange/honeycomb with thick head and lacing. Looks like a pretty malty beer.
Very malty. Smells like a barleywine. Lots of bread. Quite a bit of citrus hop behind that. Bit of oxidised hop. Do get a bit of pine when I sniff hard. Hint of sourness even?
Not a whole lot happening on the palate- a bit of malt and citrus rind but it's a bit weak. And also a touch of sourness. And a bit of booze actually.
Mouthfeel is honeycomb and a bitter finish- perhaps the hops are finally manifesting themselves. Aforementioned sourness and booze.
I have had this for a while now (possibly a month or more), but it's not as though its fundamental character would have changed that much since then. It's also unclear how long this took to get into the country in the first place. Still, for the price, it's pretty disappointing. Seems like an East Coast style IPA but even more malty. And the maltiness isn't even that great. Either it's normally like this or it's in worse condition than most grey IPAs I've had. I've had a good beer from Elysian previously but this one is not recommended. Do not buy in Australia if looking for an IPA. Saving graces are it looks good and the nose does momentarily portray some hops, even if it's still very malty.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 10:27:30 | More by danieelol
Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.