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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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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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Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-13-2012 07:22:57 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of oline73


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
Photo of jpbebeau


4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2012 17:53:26 | More by jpbebeau
Photo of Pahn

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-12-2012 08:59:31 | More by Pahn
Photo of inlimbo77


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle without a bottle date (bad form). Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Orange amber color. Fairly cloudy and hazy. Off white head half finger. Good carbonation. Good lacing.

S: White grape. Cat piss astringency. There is some marmalade notes. Definitely some malts.

T: Wow. Nice sip. Really nice hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. I get that white grape/vinous character from the hops. Almost as if lighter than other hops, but in this one the malt bill kind of takes it back to more balanced brews. Definitely some caramel and 2 row possibly. The finish is clean and dry, but Alpine is cleaner.

M: Medium bodied. Good hoppy mouth coating.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 22:58:32 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly haze, rich orange hue with two generous fingers of frothy tan head. A classic-looking IPA.

Smell: bright tropical/citrus aroma. Reminds me of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine. I just love this hop, and it's used to good effect here.

Taste: murky, funky flavor. Malt is basic, with a little bit of dry biscuit thrown in. Hop flavor is dank and bordering on funky, but I find this works well in contrast with the bright, fruity aroma. Together they create a dynamic and tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. Lately I've had a lot of Nelson Sauvin beers and I tend to like them all. This is a damn tasty beer I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 16:40:55 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Rickythejeweler


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-06-2012 17:40:10 | More by Rickythejeweler
Photo of cld253


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-06-2012 17:37:06 | More by cld253
Photo of sharpski


4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2012 21:13:00 | More by sharpski
Photo of harrymel


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New release, second time I've had it. Thought it was good first time. Unknown bottle date.

Pours a golden on amber ale with some soapy white foam that falls to pocks of the same. A little hazy. Smells of limes, celery, b.o., some resin. Nice smell from the hops. Taste is sweet with a little catty flavor and some sweetness on the back end that reminds me of papaya. This was a bit better previously than last time, but good nonetheless. Medium bodied with lighter carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer, would like to see on draft regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 07:47:24 | More by harrymel
Photo of John_M


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

Seems like Baltimore is virtually awash in this stuff. Currently on tap at Frisco's, Mahaffeys and Max's.

The beer pours an copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing light pine, celery root, and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with good bitterness on the dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly it's kind of nice to see an IPA with this much flavor that has an abv. under 7%.

While nothing extraordinary, this was nevertheless a pretty tasty IPA I thought.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 20:42:52 | More by John_M
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

03-03-2012 02:23:00 | More by ucsbmullet
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-01-2012 02:03:20 | More by thebouch01
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear orange-amber w/ a frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing clings to glass. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is dank sticky citrusy Nelson Sauvin hops, some tropical pineapple & mango too.

Taste is biscuity pale malt, grapefruit rind. Hoppy bitterness hits the tip of the tongue and washes over the palate.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied w/ a sharp crisp finish.

Overall a very drinkable, refreshing, thirst-quenching beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 07:00:30 | More by draheim
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second half of a bomber poured into my trusty Penn Brewery pint glass. I've been seeing a lot of this brewery showing up in the 'Burgh. We got this one and the Immortal. Let's see what Idiot is all about. Can't spot a bottle date.

Orange amber with a single smokestack of aeration rising from the base of the glass. Ultra-fluffy inch of head with the tightest bubble I've seen. Arty lacing, like wings painted along the inside of the glass.

Nothing overpowering about the nose, no huge hop bitterness. I'm going to have to dig a little deeper. Some sweetness paired with earthy hops. Light smacks of lemon and raw veggie aroma. If anything, the malts are fronting the nose with a graham cracker punch.

More veggies in the taste. These hops are weird! Or, maybe, it's just the way they pair with the grains. Dirty earthy hops with an implied lemon citric quality somewhere in the distance. Not resinous, but stanky. A crisp bitterness is pronounced, for sure. Strange counter with a 'stacked-too-high' malt bill that showcases caramel elements and tangy sugars. A little unsettling. Tastes like an interesting accident.

A little harsh going down, but that's just the bitterness pushing the envelope. Light-medium body with a good dose of CO2 fizz. That carbonation keeps it decent. I'm okay with the feel.

I don't particular like this beer, but it's a fascinating concoction. I don't think Elysian should mess with this particular hop varietal. This one's a little messy, but I like the direction in which it was going. I'll mark it above-average.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:28:35 | More by thecheapies
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-22-2012 04:18:34 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
Photo of Hoolihan


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-17-2012 01:34:00 | More by Hoolihan
Photo of Mahlik


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Hawthorne Hophouse. Poured into a shaker glass.

A- Pours a clear reddish orange with a two-finger off-white creamy head. Great lacing and solid retention.

S- Fruity and citrusy from the hops plays in plays in with some sweet malts. It's all wrapped in a slight earthiness. Not bad but nothing special.

T- Not really what I expected from the aroma. More sweet caramel and toffee but the hops are more resinous and earthy. Subtle underlying grapefruit notes. Finishes bitter with hints of pine. Again, not bad but nothing outstanding here.

M- Medium body with light carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick. Alcohol presence is minimal. Nice bitterness lingers after the sip.

O- An above average IPA. Not a bad choice but I probably won't be going back to this one since there are better options here in the PNW.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2012 07:23:42 | More by Mahlik
Photo of edwardkersh


3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-14-2012 16:12:28 | More by edwardkersh
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-10-2012 04:06:45 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of EinWeizenbitte


4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-08-2012 01:59:41 | More by EinWeizenbitte
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber. Half finger, fine white head with moderate retention and light lacing. Aroma of pineapple hops, citrus and sweet malt. Citrus, nice semi-sweet malt base, pleasant non-herbal, somewhat earthy hops. Finish is citrus and hops. A nice flavor profile. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. The Nelson Sauvin hops seem to be somewhat mild in bitterness, but have a nice flavor. A nice American style IPA. Not over the top hopping, but well done for its purpose in showcasing the single hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:30:24 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mfavoino


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 2/4/12.

Appearance: Poured into my pint glass with a hazy medium amber color. White head that didn't retain very long, but quite a bit of lacing with this brew.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit scent to it. Nothing else jumping out of the glass.

Taste: Citrus hops that are clean on the palate and are backed by a light malt sweetness. Finishes easy with average bitterness for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with easy drinkability and light carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable, above average IPA that showcases its citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:31:41 | More by mfavoino
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP... seems pricey at $5ish... but oh well. Poured into my small CC goblet... great off white head leaves tons of lace atop a slightly hazed orange brew.

Nose is good with a perfect mash-up of citrus and something that I identify with tropical fruits.... pale malt sweetness helps bring the fruits up and out of the glass.

Nice bitterness balanced by a slight malt sweetness... the hops are the same fruity citrus quality in the aroma... a bit of lingering bitterness on the finish.

Body seems a touch thick... probably because of the residual sugars... carbonation is small bubble and very smooth....

Glad I got to try this one fairly fresh.... Will I buy again? probably not unless I am trying to brew a similar IPA.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:11:56 | More by JohnGalt1
Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.