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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap this beer was a clear bronze/orange color with a good amount of rising carbonation and a khaki head. The retention was excellent and the lacing in bands. The aroma was hoppy and a bit citrusy. The flavors were very musty with some notes of leather, citrus, roots and earth. Semi-sweet at first but it finished distinctly bitter and quite 'green' tasting overall. It left an oily slick on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy and semi-slick, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. I'd be curious to know what hops they used to produce such an oil-heavy and bitter IPA but mostly because I think it was a bit over-done and I'd make a note of those hops for my own homebrewing purposes.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass stein a coppery amber color with a three finger monster sudsy head that gradually deflated back to a solid half finger which remained for the duration of the glass. As expected, the aroma was rich and strong with white wine character just bursting out of the top of the glass. In fact, it almost completely covers up the very faint aroma of grassy herbal tones, light lemon peel, and a toffee malt. Flavor follows the nose in lockstep. Medium body and texture. Overall this one seems to fall squarely on the sweeter, kinder, gentler side of IPA bitterness balance...which I theorize was probably intended as such in order to allow the vinous qualities to stand out as much as they do.

Really worth checking out if you like white wine character appearing in your beer. Certainly I have had beers before with higher levels of white wine flavor/aroma than this, but every single one of them actually used grapes, and this one notably does not. Impressive.

Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of diddly
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Medium amber color, clear with good carbonation. Thick, foamy, white head which is in no rush to leave.

Aroma is complex at first, with some nice sweet dark fruit flavors, but slowly taken over by the hoppiness, specifically a strong grapefruit smell.

Taste is dominated by the hops, pretty consistent with what was expected for an IPA from the west coast. If I was tasting this blind, I would probably call this a double IPA. The hop flavor is very strong compared to any sweetness, although the malt definitely is there. There's also even more bitterness than there is hop flavor.

Medium bodied beer with a substantial amount of bitterness. For this style, I think there's actually a little too much bittering compared to the flavors. Elysian definitely didn't hold back on this one, although I feel like for all the hoppiness that's here, a little bit more variation wouldn't hurt the beer any.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours golden in my Deschutes tulip. Perfect glass for this beer.
Hoppy, citrus, above average West Coast IPA. Way above average for the IPA style. Close to a DIPA.
Way too drinkable. Goes down like a session beer.
I enjoyed this a lot and easily could down a bunch of these.

Photo of FuselGuy
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the "Manic IPA Series". Pours into pint glass a pleasing amber color with a massive white head capable of suspending giant bubbles. Sweet, floral aroma is really fantastic.

Flavor is initially floral and slightly sweet, like it is in the nose, but it builds with a hoppy burst of alpha acid, citrusy, but not quite grapefruit (maybe lemon? I don't get the tropical fruit though...), and finally crescendos into some intense bitterness. For a "single" IPA it's relatively heavy (though maybe not by recent American IPA standards....) and has some syrupy malt to it, but it finishes dry, with only moderate aftertaste. Really impressed by the complexity of the hops in this IPA, though after one bitterness burnout is inevitable.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of iSip
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian Idiot Sauvin IPA, 22 oz bomber: This beer is a deep copper color, with the slightest of reddish tinge. Mostly clear, but chunks of sediment are swirling about. The hops come through in the aroma. Flavor-wise there is a good malt base with a nice hop finish and a bit of bitterness to the aftertaste – standard IPA performance. The hops are a bit one-note, and do not have the subtle complexity of some of the outstanding IPA’s out there. Good effort by Elysian, but not up to the upper tier of quality I expect from a bomber offering.

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on cask and loved it, but was a little too tipsy to review. Finally found a bottle!

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Gooseberries and marmalade, dried mango, papaya, light grassyness.

T: West-coast hopping, but the flavour is a bit different. Very resiny, but not really piny. Tons of marmalade and grapefruit rind, dried mango and papaya, gooseberry (somewhat chardonnay-like). Solid bitterness, hints of grainy biscuit.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a somewhat assertive (though pleasant) hop acidity. Has a crisp, dry finish, as an IPA should!

O: All around it's a really great brew. Not your usual hop flavours, and it's a pleasant change.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy rich coppery amber colour. Nice off-white head. The smell is something else, though--loads of bright lemony citrus notes backed by a bit of grainy malt. Similar domination of the lemony citrusy hops, but super well integrated with the sweet notes of the malt. Makes for a very refreshing IPA. Really spotlights the Nelson Sauvin hops nicely.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.