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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
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 OWSLEY069
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus. In the taste, big orange citrus rinds. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small sugary like aftertaste. Big orange citrus, lighter alcohol, dare I say a fantastic everyday IPA.

OWSLEY069, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +4.4%

avaldivia, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Tiriansdoor
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Tiriansdoor, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +11%

JeffTheJuice, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bluckbeyes, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +11%

RoryOMoore, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fro m the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright orange color topped by a finger of creamy white head. Lots of flaky suspended solids hang around for a while before settling out. Aroma of citrusy hops and light, biscuity malt, and a touch of pine.
Palate is big on citrusy hops and biscuit malt that imparts a light sweetness. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and light pineapple come through before mellowing out on the finish. Body is light but not watery, very appropriate for the lighter flavors involved here. Overall a quite niece beer that showcases the unique characteristics of the Nelson Sauvignon hop.

ElGordo, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jtd335, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with an artist monkey painting a hoppy masterpiece on the label...Idiot Sauvin using the NZ hops Nelson Sauvin. Pours a deep copper amber hue with a bright light khaki big bubbed head, forming a dimpled texture. Aroma has big citrus, spicy hops exotic earthiness all shines through with hints of caramel and biscuit malt presence. Flavor has a unique malt character with juicy upfront hops, big bitterness layered with caramelized malt presence, nice and big booze free. Alcohol is well hidden on the palate, but it's a unique mix of flavors. Caramelized sugars with big layered spicy citric hops coming big in each sip as well. Fuller bodied with texture hop oils, slow carbonation smooth bodied beer for sure. Extravagant beer with an exotic hop character keeps you hooked after each sip, go ahead and enjoy Elysian.

WVbeergeek, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber; the bubbles on the head are very tiny, giving a nice firm impression; several shards of lace are left behind

Smell: It has that spicy Sauvignon Blanc character I have come to expect from the Nelson Sauvin hop; toffee sweetness underneath

Taste: A bit of toffee, up front, and then the Nelson Sauvin hops take over, bringing a vinous, grassy character to the fray; the residual sweetness, however, is higher than I like but brings a balance to the hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wish the finish were a little cleaner but this is still a very nice example of a Nelson Sauvin IPA (I note a number of reviews find the hop profile very different from what they expect/like, but that is what the Nelson Sauvin brings)

brentk56, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of cletetron
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

cletetron, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, semi-hazy, golden amber color with just a bare, thin cap of off-white head that had low retention, but still managed to leave OK lacing.

The aroma was, as expected, nicely hoppy. Mostly a lemony-citrus aspect, without much grain showing through. On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, just amplified. The flavor was a bit tangier than the aroma led me to expect and the citrus lingered on the finish.

The body was a bit thin for what I look for in an IPA, but was average for the style. Drinkability was OK, I found the hop flavors to be a bit one-dimensional. This was (I believe) my first experience with this type of hop, and I found it fairly impressive. Overall, a decent brew that's worth your time.

beertunes, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

BDTyre, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of HugePlume
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

HugePlume, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of bastu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bastu, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

beergoot, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

quirkzoo, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

oline73, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jpbebeau, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pahn, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

inlimbo77, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

flagmantho, Mar 09, 2012
Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.