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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

22oz Bomber

Pours a dark golden amber with a pure white head

Smells like hops and grapefruit with a hit of orange rind and toasted grains. Awesome

Taste: you get the hoppiness right away but its blended well with the sweetness of the malt and as it passes over your tongue the citrus takes over with lots of grapefruit and orange rind and a then a sweetness coats your throat. goes down super smooth.

MF: you get some hop resin stuck in your mouth but thats not a bad thing

OA: an awesome and well balanced IPA nice and hoppy but goes down smooth. Good job Elysian.

05-24-2012 21:26:29 | More by GNWBC
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-24-2012 14:09:17 | More by richkrull
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

On Tap at The Boilermaker in a wine glass.

Idiot Sauvin pours out a golden color resembling a slight burnt copper hue in the glass. A skim of white stuff leaving some streaks on the glass. Smell is pretty bright with hops scent, I've been getting a lot of Nelson Sauvin added beers lately so I picked it right up. Some earthy tones with semi citrus peeking through. A bready malting is also scented up. Taste is well balanced between the hops/malts. The Sauvin wins a bit though, showcasing some citrus appeal with a earthy finish. I get some orange and mango with a nice non sweet finish of malt covering it's tracks pretty well. Feel is at about less than medium with a nice spray of carb on the tap. I would have no problem drinking more, especially at 6.3%

05-23-2012 01:26:30 | More by BARFLYB
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-21-2012 22:08:55 | More by PEIhop
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4.1/5  rDev +7%

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep amber with a foamy off-white head.

The smell has a good bit of toasted grain, a nice change of pace in an IPA. It melds with some mangotomatomeloney scents.

The flavor is nicely hoppy. Tropical goodness. Some resiny pine and citrus rind on the back end. The malt isn't too sweet and provides some backbone.

This beer tastes freaking amazing, good one.

05-19-2012 03:36:03 | More by crossovert
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-15-2012 22:59:37 | More by pearljam118
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-13-2012 20:57:13 | More by yergermeister
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-12-2012 23:59:11 | More by bumchilly25
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

A: The beer pours out a clear red-brown color that hints towards yellow at the edges. A nice white head builds up a few fingers tall and laces very nicely. The retention is pretty good.

S: Amazing tropical aroma. Mango, citrus, berries, and light pine. The fruitiness is really impressive.

T: The taste keeps the same going. Huge mango and tropical fruit taste. Very citrusy with a pine finish. Just a beautiful combination of hops. I can't say I have much exposure to the Nelson Sauvin hop varietal, but if it creates beers like this I can get on board.

MF: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The fruitiness and bitterness makes it really drinkable.

O: This was a really pleasant surprise. If this is still available grab it up. Really a great introduction to New Zealand hops, Nelson Sauvin specifically.

05-12-2012 03:33:15 | More by russwbeck
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-11-2012 14:05:15 | More by DWolf
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer arrives an amber color, clear, with a 1 finger white head, good retention and lacing. If you haven't tried a Nelson Sauvin hopped beer, this is a crash course. The nose is hopforward with huge fruity character: citrus, passionfruit, lemons. A base of toasted malt is nice, but make no mistake this is a hoppy brew. Again the Nelson Sauvin hop dominates the flavor with an explosion on the palette. A base of caramel malt base provides a sweet base from which the passionfruit flavor of the hops grow. Medium bitterness. A lot of fruit flavor. Finishes with a lingering fruity character that lasts for a while. Well carbonated. Overall, this was nice to try once, but I can't see myself coming back a lot, if in the right mood this would be great. It's an explosion of Nelson Sauvin!lovely.

05-07-2012 17:46:43 | More by hopfacebrew
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

I bought a bomber of Idiot Sauvin in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color, with a creamywhite head.

Smell is a strong pine and citrus aroma.

Taste is a caramel flavor up front, followed by a citrus and pine bitterness. Bitter sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

All in all a very drinkable and full flavored IPA.

05-07-2012 01:30:24 | More by RJLarse
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-01-2012 17:58:30 | More by Hirshi
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Idiot Sauvin pours a bright copper with a nice off white head. The aroma is earthy, woody and somewhat citrusy and fruity hops with a bit of caramel maltiness mixed in. The flavor is bitter, piney and citrusy, with a woody, resiny character that sticks lingers in the aftertaste. The bitterness is heavy, but not overpowering, and there is a nice, malty backbone. Overall it's a really interesting single hop beer and quite delicious.

05-01-2012 03:13:11 | More by ericj551
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-01-2012 01:17:42 | More by cbnz
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-29-2012 21:02:50 | More by VikeMan
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3.83/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy coppery yellow with a medium head. Smell is powerful and delicious the moment the cap is popped. Hoppy and fresh, citrus and flowers, honeysuckle and pine sap.

Taste is moderately sweet with a strong hoppy bitter aftertaste. The pine is detectable in the flavor, but the flowers and honeysuckle are not.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this beer.

04-29-2012 20:27:04 | More by snaotheus
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-28-2012 17:39:34 | More by zekeman17
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Rich and tasty IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops shining in all their tropical/passion fruit force.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Illustration of a monkey with glasses drawing hops in a library within the Elysian branding. Side narratives go briefly over main intent and characteristics, context of the series, and history of the brewery. Notes 6.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, a bit shy, floral, rather fruity… The passion fruity emerges...

T - Which is what shines on top of the flavor, not so much bitter, the bitterness is rather tamed by the soft caramel touch in the back, but notes of citrus, plenty of passion fruit, some pineapple… Rich and long, this works very nicely.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky sense as it rides to a soft bitter finish.

O - Really pleasing, if one likes the tropical/fruity hop edge this is quite a treat.

Notes: Very nice, thanks for the recommendation Randy, I might not have picked it up otherwise. This was worth the try, and surely will make me look at their brews with more interest.

04-27-2012 02:29:16 | More by Daniellobo
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4.1/5  rDev +7%

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Dark copper with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that clings to the walls of the glass for the duration of the brew. Nice clarity with good carbonation.

S: Very fruity and floral with loads of grapefruit and fruity malt esters to go along with spicy, bold American hops.

T: Juicy, bittersweet malt flavor up front with hints of spicy grains and funky, yeasty esters that impart fruity flavors as well. The mid-palate is crushed beneath waves of spicy, bitter grapefruit and highly acidic hops before being smoothed out a bit by some buttery, toffee-like malts. The finish lingers with a slightly hot, resinous bitter hop flavor.

M: Full-bodied with a slick hop resin int he finish. Clean and biting up front, so pretty well-balanced.

O: A tasty, bold and citrusy American IPA at 6.3% ABV, Elysian's Idiot Sauvin would go well with a bowl of steamed shrimp topped with Old Bay or on a cool April evening such as tonight.

04-21-2012 04:01:30 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -6%

22oz, poured into DFH Chalice.

A - Beautiful orange body. Straight up amber-orange, crystal clear. Nice finger and a half head, settles to a soapy bone-white coating on top. Lacing is superb.

S - Interesting aroma. Very earthy and subtle. Cat piss, lemon zest, caramel malts.

T - Earthy wave of hops with a subtle bitterness that doesn't slam but lingers. Lemony notes. Very earthy though. Not ever having had a Nelson hopped brew, it is a totally different flavor than I know. Caramel malts are noticeable throughout. I'd say the pissy lemon character is most prevalent.

M - This one has great mouthfeel. It's carbonated very well and is a perfect body for a medium sized IPA.

O - Hard to rate this one relative to the Nelson Sauvin hopped IPA's out there, as this is my first. As an IPA though, it's pretty decent. Might be a great Nelson IPA, but I wouldn't know just yet. Try it out.

04-21-2012 03:45:22 | More by DevilsCups
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-19-2012 07:52:10 | More by strongaf
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-17-2012 01:47:06 | More by pudoo
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-16-2012 00:05:22 | More by ridgeline23
Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.