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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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86
very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA, fresh from Premier Gourmet. Pours abundant head on an orange coloured body. Smooth mouthfeel relative for an IPA. Fruity, some bubble gum, light apple, orange, grape. Not as much as possible flavour derived from this hop, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:42:04 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-07-2013 19:47:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-03-2013 13:27:41 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper-amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a very strong smell of Nelson Sauvin hops, which impart aromas of tropical fruits and citrus to the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with a great hop aroma but is still quite easy to drink and isn’t that bitter compared to other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:18:06 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber; the bubbles on the head are very tiny, giving a nice firm impression; several shards of lace are left behind

Smell: It has that spicy Sauvignon Blanc character I have come to expect from the Nelson Sauvin hop; toffee sweetness underneath

Taste: A bit of toffee, up front, and then the Nelson Sauvin hops take over, bringing a vinous, grassy character to the fray; the residual sweetness, however, is higher than I like but brings a balance to the hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wish the finish were a little cleaner but this is still a very nice example of a Nelson Sauvin IPA (I note a number of reviews find the hop profile very different from what they expect/like, but that is what the Nelson Sauvin brings)

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:12:23 | More by brentk56
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-13-2012 07:22:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-05-2012 14:24:53 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-16-2013 03:15:06 | More by jaydoc
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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, 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 soft earthy, 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 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 particularily strong-seeming, or in actuality, 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 (the name a dead giveaway, obviously).

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2014 22:16:47 | More by biboergosum
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with an artist monkey painting a hoppy masterpiece on the label...Idiot Sauvin using the NZ hops Nelson Sauvin. Pours a deep copper amber hue with a bright light khaki big bubbed head, forming a dimpled texture. Aroma has big citrus, spicy hops exotic earthiness all shines through with hints of caramel and biscuit malt presence. Flavor has a unique malt character with juicy upfront hops, big bitterness layered with caramelized malt presence, nice and big booze free. Alcohol is well hidden on the palate, but it's a unique mix of flavors. Caramelized sugars with big layered spicy citric hops coming big in each sip as well. Fuller bodied with texture hop oils, slow carbonation smooth bodied beer for sure. Extravagant beer with an exotic hop character keeps you hooked after each sip, go ahead and enjoy Elysian.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 05:54:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, leaving back a rich cascade of lacing which hangs in foamy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of soft ripe fruitiness, lemon zest, and herbal tones, which is made more pronounced by the sweetness of the malts. A touch of underlying pine and zesty grapefruit add just a bit of edge to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, with ripe fruit, tarter lemon, and some dank herbal flavors. This gives way to some more assertive notes of zesty earthy bitterness and a light resinous feel that finishes this bitter and a bit piney. Malts soften the edges of the profile and mostly add to the stickiness of the fruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm creaminess to the edges and some sharpness on the tongue, with a smooth underlying slickness that keeps this on the easier side of things in the mouth. There is a little warmth to this, which pops the bitterness some.

This was decent but I would have liked to have felt a little more aggressiveness from those hops, as opposed to all of the fruit and herbal flavors that I received (dankness even hangs on the breath at times with some strength). This was certainly enjoyable enough though and I had no problem finishing off my part. Maybe a bottle with a little more freshness on it would have added some more sizzle to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 16:52:52 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 03:26:27 | More by drabmuh
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-19-2013 10:31:23 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and orange in it, as well as some sweetness from the biscuit malt. The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of mango and apricot notes at first, along with some biscuit malt. As I drink more I start to get some peach and other tropical fruit. The bitterness level is low but the hop flavor is very strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:11:39 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love nelson sauvin, and this ipa showcases it brilliantly. pours a much darker than expected redish amber color with a powerful off white head. some yeast floaters. smells like tropical fruit and pale to caramel malts, just a hint of roast to it. flavor is what i love about nelson, passion fruit in the raw, big resins. faint boost from what tastes like english hops, curious finish. wow i like this. bitter for a second in the finish, then quickly being overtaken by a fruity sugary perfection thats lasts for ages. major yum with some bosnian ajver spread on tortilla as a bit of an appeteaser! feel is nice, fuller bodied but down easy, medium bubbleness. good stuff. elysian is another brewer that is yet to disappoint me

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:12:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour. There is some mild lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell is milder than I would expect for an IPA. I'm getting some malt with a fruity hop profile.

Taste: Stronger than the smell. The hop profile is extremely fruity with a citrus peel bitterness in the finish. The hop profile is a bit strange if you ask me.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is an extremely fruity IPA with a slightly weird flavor. I can't say that I'm a huge fan, but it's not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:36:50 | More by oline73
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-25-2013 01:05:11 | More by XmnwildX12
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-31-2013 05:39:46 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -37%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 04:08:05 | More by corby112
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a goledn/orange color with a nice white head. Good looking IPA

S: Had floral, vegetable, grass secent to me

T: Nice taste with a bit of veg, floral thing going on weighing in with some citrus at times.

M: Good carbonation, right on with ABV and just right hop bite for me

D: Try one. While I have had almost all of the Elysian IPAs..this one is good but not as good as the Immortal or Prometheus

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:44:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 murky, dark tea-ish amber colour, coming with a tight layer of creamy froth with good retention, on top of rather mild but constant carbonation.
S: exotic and juicy aroma of tropical fruits abounds upfront, reminiscent of Citra actually, while crystal or caramel malts provide a thick backbone of candy-ish maltiness and sweetened roasted tea which is necessary to help reach a balance with the resinous and fragrant hoppiness, yet reducing the performance of Nelson Sauvin’s peculiar, richly juicy yet “higher-pitched” (…??) scent. A very good swirl brings out the aroma of ripe guavas, longan fruits, sweet flowery scent, and more fragrant and lively hop resins.
T: mildly effervescent on the entry, the flavour is initially malty-hoppy on a 50-50 ratio, with longan-fruit, ripe grapefruity fruitiness and faintly mango-ish esters dominating the theme and then giving way to a lengthy and flat hop bitterness which goes deep leaving just a healthy dose of tea-stem-like tannins and moderate acidity along the way. The second sip reveals spicy elements to be added on the balance, yielding even more zingy bitter and lively resinous undertones which work well on prolonging the aftertaste. In line with the observation from the nose, the flavour doesn’t showcase much of Nelson Sauvin’s sharp and peculiar aromatic flavours, either, but comes rather balanced b/w malts and hops while, I’d say, being deliciously estery and resinous at the same time.
M&O: refreshing on the mouthfeel with lots of microscopic fizz felt on the taste buds, this medium-plus bodied IPA has a decent profile of hops to deliver against a sound malt backbone, not as crazily hoppy as I first expected from the name of the series to which this product belongs, “Manic IPA Series”. Despite this fact, I still find it a very well executed product very much my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 18:01:51 | More by wl0307
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing to empty my house of pesky bottles that seem to hang around in favor of CANs. I recently met up with Dick Cantwell in PHL and he remains my hero.

From the bottle: "India Pale Ale The star of the show in this beer is the citrus and passion fruit aroma and flavor of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops."; "Our Manic IPA Series allows us to indulge in our hop obsession and share with you some of our favorite varietals."

I got a finger of tawny head from my initial pour that reduced to skim as I was typing. Nose was full-on grapefruit underlain with a light sweetness that I could not identify, perhaps the passion fruit of the label? Color was a deep-copper with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. It looks like hops are in the offing for today. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the hops were more tangy than bitter on the tongue. I really liked the interplay between the hops and the malt, which held up nicely despite the emphasis on hops. It took on a citrus/flowery flavor as it warmed, really becoming quite floral. Finish was semi-dry and the biscuit malt flavor seemed to linger after the swallow. This was quite good and an auspicious way to start the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 14:45:03 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1L swingtop from Al's.

A: Darker, the ale is amber with orange highlights. Maybe darker isn't the right word to use then. Transparent, the ale is. Ample white head, over two fingers on first pour, laces in a few isolated spots around the glass.

S: The hoppy nose is very nice - especially given the chance to warm. Berries and citrus, tropical at times, waft out of the glass. Lemon and orange zest along with caramel punctuate the nose - the Nelson Sauvin adds a sweet bite. A very pleasant nose.

T: The nose, strong in the nose, need some momentum taste-wise. Caramel up front, bready, before the hops start to build. Slowly at first, the tropical citrus builds, lemons, pineapples, apricots, all getting stronger. A little soapiness adds to the hop body - very flavorful and sweet. Pineapple and grasses add to the finish, drawing out the hop bitterness; even a little mintiness comes through. Deliciously hoppy, the Nelson Sauvin adds a great deal of complexity to the malty base.

M: The tropical citrus flavors are pleasant, bitter but so exotic. Next time I think that I need a full growler. The malts are sweet, the carbonation sufficient, and the hops - lovely.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2012 16:39:41 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of Nelson hops, I had to buy this one when I saw it. Poured from a bomber into a pub glass, the brew appears a very hazed color of amber with some chucks stuck in suspension. More than a finger of off-white head appears and slowly fades leaving a webbing of lacework all over the glassware.

The aroma of this brew opens up and is so disjointed. It really is all over the place, there is sulfur, cheese, minerals and something like the smell that emits from a can of drained tuna. As I swirl the glass and the brew opens up, it gives way to the expected character of herbs, fruit and the expected white grape juice. I am digging the way this brew smells, however I am not going to lie, at first whiff this was a bit scarey!

The taste has a pretty serious focus on toasty grain, not quite toffee but almost getting towards that realm. The hops provide a moderate grassy bitterness and a spice that exaggerates that 6% abv. There are herbal flavors present that give way to a touch of something along the lines of chlorine faintly in the background. When focusing on the hops, there is a bit of cheesy quality and very mild white grape note. When I read/think Nelson Sauvin I think big white grapey impact and I am just not getting that in this brew. It is driven primarily by the malt and alcohol with the hops being almost an afterthought in flavor with the bitterness prevaling.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I purchased this offering pretty much as soon as I was able to so I dont know if freshness is really a factor here. Regardless, I would try this again if I knew it was a super fresh offering just to make sure this bottle wasn't abused in anyway. I had big hopes going into this and it came up a little shy. Not a bad brew by any means and for the price, I would probably get it again. Worth a try but not something to go far out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:34:09 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color. The beer has a 1/8 finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick patch and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a huge and wonderful hop aroma - grapefruit/citrus and passionfruit/tropical. I love the smell of this hop.

T: This beer has a very pleasant flavor with some bitterness though not the agressive bitternes the beer name might have lead me to expect. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish. Wonderful flavors of grapefruit and passionfruit contributed by the nelson sauvin hop over a light malt body. This beer is pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I was surprised the ABV on this beer was not higher, it has a big beer feeling to it but the lower ABV really improves the drinkability. Very enjoyable - great smell and taste. Definitely want to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 18:28:34 | More by dbrauneis
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Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.