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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010)
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

Frankieteardrop, Apr 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

robgage, May 01, 2014
Photo of Plinythechugger
2.05/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was going to restrain from reviewing this beer - but I read a couple of reviews....and couldn't keep silent.

A - it looks great in the glass. Beautiful lacing, nice color - let's do this.

N- Off! It smells of plastic - a big strike.

T- Thin. Lacking in almost every category. Carbonation is decent - that is the only thing going for this Nelson Hop only beer.

F- Lacking. This beer is not good. I actually sent the last 1/5th of the beer to the drain.

Am I the only person who thinks Elysian does good pumpkin beers- and that's it!?!?

Plinythechugger, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I absolutely love Elysian Spacedust but this savant is not doing it for me. Smells of strong banana esters. Its bitter, the hops are not aromatic enough, and its doesn't even seem balanced with the malt. I tried eating to cleanse my palate, didn't help. Not an enjoyable beer for me.

TheDrunkenDeer, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy and completely opaque dark copper color with golden orange edges and a one finger frothy white head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring.  

Earthy aroma with lots of leathery malt and faint earthy hops.  Smells more like a barleywine really with hints of caramel, toffee and leather.  Not that hoppy for an ipa with some earthy pine needle and very faint citrus fruit.

Full bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests but it's still pretty boozy and very malt forward.  Slight creamy texture with some dry bitterness up front that lingers throughout.  Very strong malt backbone with hints of caramel, biscuit, toffee and an odd leathery presence.  Slightly spicy in the finish.

Overall I wasn't really feeling this beer.  It kind of has an identity crisis smelling and tasting more like a hoppy old/strong ale.  

corby112, Jul 09, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Jameswoody, Dec 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

jmgault1, Mar 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Zimm, May 13, 2013
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2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

danieelol, May 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

DWolf, May 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

soblack, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

zestd, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

pavpav12, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

VikeMan, Apr 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

ejimhof, May 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

edwardkersh, Feb 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately a miss for me.

Beer is golden / orange in color with a decent white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, some carbonation. Looks nice.

The aroma is just a little off. I've had 100% nelson beers before, this smells like grass, not like hops. Bummer.

Beer is mildly sweet on the front and earthy and grassy on the back end of the beer. Overall interesting but throughout boring. A pretty big disappointment since this was suppose to be an IPA, not even close, almost no bitterness, the finish was meh with an unfortunate aftertaste, no thank you.

drabmuh, Aug 20, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A slightly hazy medium copper color. One and a half finger off white head that has great retention and lacing.

S: Very light floral aromas. A touch of caramel.

T: Some caramel and toffee upfront. A floral and earthy hop flavors. A slight spice but bitterness is low.

M: Medium light body. High carbonation. Slightly oily.

O: It's decent. Don't know much about the Sauvin hop, but it must not be a great bittering hop.

doughanson78, Jan 28, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second half of a bomber poured into my trusty Penn Brewery pint glass. I've been seeing a lot of this brewery showing up in the 'Burgh. We got this one and the Immortal. Let's see what Idiot is all about. Can't spot a bottle date.

Orange amber with a single smokestack of aeration rising from the base of the glass. Ultra-fluffy inch of head with the tightest bubble I've seen. Arty lacing, like wings painted along the inside of the glass.

Nothing overpowering about the nose, no huge hop bitterness. I'm going to have to dig a little deeper. Some sweetness paired with earthy hops. Light smacks of lemon and raw veggie aroma. If anything, the malts are fronting the nose with a graham cracker punch.

More veggies in the taste. These hops are weird! Or, maybe, it's just the way they pair with the grains. Dirty earthy hops with an implied lemon citric quality somewhere in the distance. Not resinous, but stanky. A crisp bitterness is pronounced, for sure. Strange counter with a 'stacked-too-high' malt bill that showcases caramel elements and tangy sugars. A little unsettling. Tastes like an interesting accident.

A little harsh going down, but that's just the bitterness pushing the envelope. Light-medium body with a good dose of CO2 fizz. That carbonation keeps it decent. I'm okay with the feel.

I don't particular like this beer, but it's a fascinating concoction. I don't think Elysian should mess with this particular hop varietal. This one's a little messy, but I like the direction in which it was going. I'll mark it above-average.

thecheapies, Feb 25, 2012
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Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.