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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of clickyourfingers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pearljam118
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

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.

Photo of RJLarse
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Hirshi
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.