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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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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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.

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TonyMorrell
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.

Photo of carteravebrew
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/26/2012: pours hazy copper amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded on the slow side, leaving OK spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top; the second pour from the bomber was cloudy with a bunch of sediment floating in it.

Smells of juicy citrus hops and grapefruit up front, followed by pineapple, orange, light lemon, biscuit, caramel, sweet malt, pine cones/piney hops, mild herbs, floral hops, brown sugar, wheat bread, spices like pepper and coriander, and faint toasted grains; starts with a nice blast of hops and citrus followed by a balanced nose that shows the malts and grains.

Tastes of biscuit, citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, caramel, pine cones/piney hops, tea leaf, herbs, floral hops, grass, toast, yeast, toasted grains, light candied sugar, Saltine cracker, peat moss, and spices like pepper, coriander and faint cinnamon; the hops give way to grains and spices as this brew trails off bitter and almost dry – the flavor was a lot more grainy and English IPA than the nose lead on, and while it was not a sizzling hop bomb it was still pretty tasty and good for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation, a medium body, and some texture to it that’s almost viscous.

High drinkability, this went down easy and hid the ABV very well; overall a good beer that I thought would be more hop dominant, but still turned out well with earthy notes adding some balance to the hops in play.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A~Poured a nice copper hued color, with a tan-like head of about a finger and a half. Transparent, and laces nicely.

S~Notes of citrus, grapefruit, slight pine resins, caramel.

T~Plenty of grapefruit and sweet citrus notes, with an equally abundant caramel maltiness.

M~It's a full-bodied IPA, with a creaminess and almost velvety quality.

D/O~It's a rich, coating IPA, but it goes down smooth. In the end, it's not game-changing, but it's a good go-to IPA if it was available to me.

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4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of GNWBC
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

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%

Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.