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Savant | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.

Added by barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from the Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA
Standard wine glass – hotel room style!
Notes taken on 02/10/2015

A: Medium dark caramel color with some modest haziness giving off a soft orange glimmer to the body. A stack of frothy tan cream stands tall above the beer as it rises up in the glass. Subsides fairly quick leaving a few noticeable patches and swathes of lace left sticking to the glass.

S: The nose is super herbal and packed full of the dank green buds. I get some white wine grape likeness attributed to the Nelson hops here along with a little tropical mango fruit, pine essence, and assorted citrus elements. Has a secondary layer of malt cracker to it but really this one is just super dank which I love. How have I been passing up on this one!

T: White wine grape becomes more pronounced here but still does not skimp on that weedy herb stem note. A bit of grapefruit comes together with some mild tropics, pine, and florals as well. Some malt cracker and warm breadiness blends well making for a more Northwestern style IPA while still allowing the hops to shine through. The beer is actually not all that bitter in flavor while the alcohol is kept hidden well throughout. Good balance overall with a smooth crisp finish. Solid beer.

M: Light to moderate body with a much tamed bitterness to it. Keeps a nice creamy texture throughout with only some mild peppering. Very crisp and dry at the finish with a touch of resinous linger settling towards the back of the throat.

D: Always a big fan of Nelson hopped beers and while I found this one to be slightly different I did enjoy it quite a bit. I guess I didn’t realize Nelsons could be so damn dank! One can learn from the Savant. Would have this one again and again.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect golden pour with a nice big sticky head that laces perfectly. It smells sweet and floral, but the taste is very bitter dominated by grassy, piney hops. Mouth feel was lighter and less oily than I expected, but overall I'd say it's a nice change of pace from my usual Elysian haunts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with mainly citrus hop aromas, but the taste has some earth and herbal qualities as well.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 28/2/15

A clear amber liquid, lots of tiny slow bubbles feeding a thumbs width of foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves a couple partial rings

S mango, passion fruit, guava, a little catty, fairly tropical but still has caramel malt to balance things out

T lime rind, orange cream, more caramel, some pine I didn't smell, not all that far from the nose, pretty tasty stuff

M leaning towards full, more body then I expected, a nice bitter snap, creams up from the bubbles, slick on the palate, fruity pine lingers

O easy to drink, some balance, lots of tropical hops, I'd have another without question

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get more love, I thought it was well rounded and well made start to finish

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Photo of mr-jj
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a bomber.

Color is hazy gold with a frothy white head. Retention and lacing are decent. Smell is really tropical. Lots of juicy pineapple. Flavor is more of the tropical pineapple with some citrus rind bitterness. Finish is crisp and bitter. Body is light/medium with a very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, it's a very drinkable IPA. I found my glass emptying much quicker than I expected. I really liked it, but it's a bit one-dimensional. A notch below Space Dust from the same Manic series.

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Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), citrus.

Taste - Nice zing to start off from the citrus hops then goes into the bready caramalts, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with pleasant lingering bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - Another great IPA in this series by Elysian. The citrus hops are nice and pungent in this one. An all around enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/8/14 Pours a clear Dark Amber a nice white head and good lacing.
A good IPA but there Space Dust has a much better hop hit for me.
Well balanced malt to hops.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy orange amber color supporting a healthy head leaving nice lace. Smell has a nice backbone of sweet malt and citrusy hop aroma. Taste of the sweet malt and big on the grapefruit flavor with a nice balance of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A very nice easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/8/14. Bomber served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Savant is a clear golden amber color with thick white head. It has both good retention and lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and a little sweet with a unique citrus character.

Flavor is also unique with what seems to be an unusal blend of hop varieties. There's the familiar citrus and pine but also some more savory flavor as well. Bitterness is balanced with caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with good balance for the style.

Overall an interesting take on the IPA but not my favorite.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/8
Pours a deep opaque orange/amber with a good finger and a half of foam with an inconsistent consistency bringing large soapy bubbles in parts and a satiny thin eggwhite veneer at others. All ind of khaki/almond meat off-white. Decent retention, good lacing.

Nose begins with massive tropical fruits: melons and papaya. Some sweet caramel malts supporting, but primarily juicy/fruity.

Flavour starts off in the same vein. Kicks off with tropical fruits and citrus before taking a decidedly pith and pine bitter turn. This is all well and fine, but the third act kind of kills it for me. It becomes kind of yeasty and bread/dough/maybe a bit of biscuit malts that just dominate the last bit before the finish itself is lastingly pithy bitter.
Moderate carbonation and a medium body suit this well enough, and the lasting bitter finish will please the hop heads, but that malty/yeasty character in the back nine cause problems for me. Crisp and clean and quite enjoyable overall, just that one note holds back what in my opinion could be fantastic to just good. YMMV

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Orangey amber color with a modest foam in the Kasteel chalice. Pleasantly lively in the mouth. Medium body and rather malty with a sweet background like a DIPA.

Fruity like orange juice with a bitter aftertaste. A toasty, dark flavor along with the bright fruit. Fairly sharp on the tongue. Aromas of honeysuckle and papaya.

This is a clean and perky brew, but quite bitter. The sweet mango and citrus flavors are rich and this seems stronger than it actually is. Not a bad big-hop brew.
3.5 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.25

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz pint at the Underground.

This beer appears a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, frothy, and sudsy beige head, which leaves some stellar limestone cliff face painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of creamed caramel, semi-sweet bready malt, dank pine resin, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit, and lime fruit bitters, ethereal uric acid, and further floral, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is sharply acrid pine needle and forest floor detritus up front, denatured, very dry orange and grapefruit pith, bready, crackery caramel malt, and earthy, slightly musty, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a softly burbling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, those hops making but a small dent in this particular metric. It finishes off-dry, the gooseberry fruitiness of the hops finally coming through, amongst the lingering bitter pine and fading crackery malt.

Overall, a pretty peppy, hoppy, and pleasantly bitter IPA, the malt offset thankfully aided by the inherent fruitiness of the hops. Not particularly strong-seeming, or in actuality either, so were it was that I could stick around for a few more, but it's too damned nice outside, and this place, for all its merits, lacks any outdoor patio space (if the name wasn't a dead giveaway already).

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Photo of jellikit
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange. Almost clear. Medium, frothy head.
S: fruity. Sweet.
T: malty sweetness. But not too sweet. Orange, pine, and slight floral hop flavors. Slight alcohol taste.
M: medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body. Slight lingering bitterness.
O: good IPA. Not outstanding. Heavy bittering hops and alcohol flavors brought the rating down slightly.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had during my Nelson Sauvin tasting at easter dinner paired with goat cheese and spinich with grapefruit vinaigrette.
bronze ambers color with little laceing and very little head. quite tropical and light on the nelson hop taste as the great now feel with malt peanut butter and hint of tropical with a slight dryness. overall not a bad beer considering its only a 6-percent.

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Photo of skipxtracer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange color. Small head with tiny bubbles. Incredibly intense tropical pineapple passion fruit nose and taste. Can all this tropical nose and taste really just be coming from the Nelson sauvin hops. Bitter finish. Not sweet but very fruity.

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Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a blood orange non see through hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is fruit punch,kiwi fruit and sweet malts,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft moderate carbonation and has tastes of fruit punch,sweet caramel,berries and finished with a grassy herbal bitterness and overall yeah it ain't nothing out of this wilts and didn't move me so I won't be back cheers.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange color, cloudy and with a dark melon like hue from deep within it. Fat creamy head of khaki foam that left plenty of clinging lace. Nose is tropical fruit and citrus. Light fresh orange on passion fruit. No pine in the nose until it warmed a bit then it was earthy pine needles. A beautiful scent of brown sugar for malt. Taste is outrageously good. The fruits are juicy and a bit tart too so they fully engage the palate. The earthy pine is light and the the malt becomes a soft light caramel. The body approaches medium but stays light. There's a bit of sticky resin at the back to coat the throat and leaves a bitter that starts soft and then increases in intensity after the swallow. Lingering after tatse of caramel, sweet fruit and pine needles. Brilliant beer.

I loved this beer. This had a sensual caramel that stayed generally light but was like a ribbon underneath this beer. The fruit was bountiful and the bitter started soft and then became a bit stronger as it lingered.

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Photo of Thads324
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange color. A tad bit hazy with thin off white head and butt tons of lacing in stripes around the glass.
Heavy aromas of pine and bitter citrus peel. Grapefruit, mandarin and lime zest abound. Some sweetness underlying but not discernible.
Flavor goes right along with aromas. Zesty pine needles, earth leaves, big lime and grapefruit bitterness everywhere. Great sticky dankness in the finish, lovely dank after taste.
Heavier side of medium bodied. Sticky marijuana like finish that sits on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Awesome stuff, enough said

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Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first bomber as a beer fan! This was one of my Superb Owl beesr from last night. Taken from a thread here, I wanted at least one beer from Seattle and Denver for the big game, and this was all my bottle shop had for Seattle that I could find (I used a Great Divide Nomad for Denver, figured the camel was a close approximation of a horse). Delicious IPA, balanced and not too much alcohol so I was able to drink up and still watch the game!

Sadly, the competition between the beers was a lot closer than between the real life teams they were standing in for.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Medium to dark orange color in the glass.
Piney and citrus, mostly orange smell. Very nice.
Decent flavor, pine on the tongue, light maltyness in the aftertaste.
Bitter and not overly smooth. Lingers after each sip.
Decent, but nothing I would race out for.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mostly pine with some orange.
The taste has a malty start with moderate pine and lemon bitterness quickly following.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.