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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 9
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 BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%

Slightly hazy amber-gold with a big white head to it.

Bright, nice floral hops. Light citrus notes to it, with a decent, if somewhat yeasty malt profile.

Good bitter and lightly citrus-y hop flavour. Biscuits/bread and a bit of toastiness to the malts, which are very subtle. Very floral, hints of cut grass.

Subtle carbonation, but still enough to tingle the tongue.

Good IPA, very nice to drink.

As a side note - this is the second Elysian beer I've had that has small, but definitely noticeable flakes in it. Not sure if this is yeast, or hops but they certainly take away from the appearance (no noticeable effect on flavour).

03-19-2012 02:13:03 | More by BDTyre
Photo of HugePlume


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

22oz bomber poured into a pint

A- A slightly cloudy deep sunset-orange with a reddish twinge in the center. A nice rocky light tan head that retains better than average, with average lacing.

S- Piney, with a light sweet-grass second order whif every once in a while.

T- Amazing piney hop from beginning to end, slight oily finish, malt is cracker like, but not very strong, but it works well with the very piney hop. A real treat.

M- A little lighter than i would expect the body is not very firm. A little alcohol twang, very clean finish.

O- Excellent IPA offering with a nice piney twist. Cheers!

03-19-2012 01:42:16 | More by HugePlume
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz bomber opened on 2-8-12.

A - Pours a dark amber orange with a light tan, two finger head. Sold retention.

S - Very piney and grassy. Nice.

T - Like the smell but also with some orange and mango.

D - Good carbonation and slightly heavier body.

O - Strong and tastey. Solid, but a touch bitter.

03-18-2012 04:44:40 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of smakawhat


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great uniform head, off white in color, very large and fistfull tall off the pour and sits nicely. Body is mostly clear, just a touch of cloudiness but a real gorgeous red amber. Wonderful color for the body, head clumps tremendously.

Hop front, earthy, chewy and dense. Kind of basic, but just real solid and good. I have no idea what this is going to taste like.

This is extremely mellow and soft in the palate. A hop rush or blast this is not. Extremely soft hop body, gets into whole cone fresh hop feel and chew. Sweet chewy malts and mellow lime roll all over the palate, extremely tolerable bitter. Not getting a fruit angle on this at all as based on the description, but I don't care. Perhaps some faint juicy orange when it warms but it's more on chlorophyl and green chewy bent greatness. Love the mouthfeel on this sucker.

Overall a real fascinating IPA, unique and good. Nice work, sometimes sauvin can rub me wrong, this one does not.

03-16-2012 23:21:59 | More by smakawhat
Photo of bastu


4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-16-2012 21:22:12 | More by bastu
Photo of beergoot


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Excellent honey-colored body with a very thick white head. Clinging rings of foam lace down the sides of the pint glass.

Nice malt crispness (sweet), banana and clove, and a very agreeable citrus and spice hop aroma.

Malt sweetness quickly transitions to an extensive, lingering hop bitterness in the taste. The malt/hop bitterness balance is good for the style, leaning heavily towards the bitter side.

Glass-smooth body, medium in character with light, fine carbonation in the background.

A very well-done IPA, emphasizing the hop characteristics in smell and taste. Another big beer that any hop-head should find enjoyable.

03-14-2012 23:58:33 | More by beergoot
Photo of quirkzoo


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a nice light caramel color with two fingers of tight white head. The aroma is very pleasant. Lots of nice citrus and tropical fruits (I get a sweet papaya like flavor). Taste is more of the same with the hops up front, a touch of caramel malt background not very strong, just enough to hold up the hops. The bitterness is really nice. I find that Nelson Sauvin hops give a softer, rounder bitterness, not harsh at all. The mouthfeel was good, though just a touch thinner than I would prefer. Overall a really solid IPA, especially is you like softer, fruitier IPAs.

03-13-2012 16:27:45 | More by quirkzoo
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%

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.

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%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

03-04-2012 20:42:52 | More by John_M
Photo of ucsbmullet


5/5  rDev +30.2%

03-03-2012 02:23:00 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of thebouch01


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-01-2012 02:03:20 | More by thebouch01
Photo of draheim


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

02-25-2012 07:00:30 | More by draheim
Photo of thecheapies


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

02-25-2012 04:28:35 | More by thecheapies
Photo of PacNWDad


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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

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
Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.