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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 101
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Idiot Sauvin pours a bright copper with a nice off white head. The aroma is earthy, woody and somewhat citrusy and fruity hops with a bit of caramel maltiness mixed in. The flavor is bitter, piney and citrusy, with a woody, resiny character that sticks lingers in the aftertaste. The bitterness is heavy, but not overpowering, and there is a nice, malty backbone. Overall it's a really interesting single hop beer and quite delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy coppery yellow with a medium head. Smell is powerful and delicious the moment the cap is popped. Hoppy and fresh, citrus and flowers, honeysuckle and pine sap.

Taste is moderately sweet with a strong hoppy bitter aftertaste. The pine is detectable in the flavor, but the flowers and honeysuckle are not.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and tasty IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops shining in all their tropical/passion fruit force.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Illustration of a monkey with glasses drawing hops in a library within the Elysian branding. Side narratives go briefly over main intent and characteristics, context of the series, and history of the brewery. Notes 6.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, a bit shy, floral, rather fruity… The passion fruity emerges...

T - Which is what shines on top of the flavor, not so much bitter, the bitterness is rather tamed by the soft caramel touch in the back, but notes of citrus, plenty of passion fruit, some pineapple… Rich and long, this works very nicely.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky sense as it rides to a soft bitter finish.

O - Really pleasing, if one likes the tropical/fruity hop edge this is quite a treat.

Notes: Very nice, thanks for the recommendation Randy, I might not have picked it up otherwise. This was worth the try, and surely will make me look at their brews with more interest.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Dark copper with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that clings to the walls of the glass for the duration of the brew. Nice clarity with good carbonation.

S: Very fruity and floral with loads of grapefruit and fruity malt esters to go along with spicy, bold American hops.

T: Juicy, bittersweet malt flavor up front with hints of spicy grains and funky, yeasty esters that impart fruity flavors as well. The mid-palate is crushed beneath waves of spicy, bitter grapefruit and highly acidic hops before being smoothed out a bit by some buttery, toffee-like malts. The finish lingers with a slightly hot, resinous bitter hop flavor.

M: Full-bodied with a slick hop resin int he finish. Clean and biting up front, so pretty well-balanced.

O: A tasty, bold and citrusy American IPA at 6.3% ABV, Elysian's Idiot Sauvin would go well with a bowl of steamed shrimp topped with Old Bay or on a cool April evening such as tonight.

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3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz, poured into DFH Chalice.

A - Beautiful orange body. Straight up amber-orange, crystal clear. Nice finger and a half head, settles to a soapy bone-white coating on top. Lacing is superb.

S - Interesting aroma. Very earthy and subtle. Cat piss, lemon zest, caramel malts.

T - Earthy wave of hops with a subtle bitterness that doesn't slam but lingers. Lemony notes. Very earthy though. Not ever having had a Nelson hopped brew, it is a totally different flavor than I know. Caramel malts are noticeable throughout. I'd say the pissy lemon character is most prevalent.

M - This one has great mouthfeel. It's carbonated very well and is a perfect body for a medium sized IPA.

O - Hard to rate this one relative to the Nelson Sauvin hopped IPA's out there, as this is my first. As an IPA though, it's pretty decent. Might be a great Nelson IPA, but I wouldn't know just yet. Try it out.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mooseo
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful deep amber with a large cream colored head.

S - Light tropical fruit, lemon citrus, and floral hops. A little bit of sweetness from the malts.

T - A tasty blend of fresh grapefruit, citrus and toasted caramel malt. The Neslon Sauvin hops impart a delicious citrus flavor that works well with the toasted malt. Finishes slighty bitter with pine resin and earthy malt.

M - Light-medium body that's soft, silky, and smooth. Great carbonation, dry finish.

O - A superb IPA. Highly drinkable, flavorful, and enjoyable. Love the label too - an intellectual monkey painting hops in a library? Count me in. An incredibly solid offering from Elysian.

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4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Brewing
Idiot Sauvin

Pours a rich copper color, soapy head forms with a yellow tint and plenty of lace. Aroma is full of citrus, resinous herb/s and some pine. Very inviting nose. In the taste, very citrusy, with clementine orange, pine, and grapefruit flavor. Malt body achieves a nice balance, with a slightly toasted caramel flavor. There is no hint of alcohol. Medium bodied feel with crisp carbonation and a small hop bite. Overall, the Idiot Sauvin is a winner in my book, delicious beer here.

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

love nelson sauvin, and this ipa showcases it brilliantly. pours a much darker than expected redish amber color with a powerful off white head. some yeast floaters. smells like tropical fruit and pale to caramel malts, just a hint of roast to it. flavor is what i love about nelson, passion fruit in the raw, big resins. faint boost from what tastes like english hops, curious finish. wow i like this. bitter for a second in the finish, then quickly being overtaken by a fruity sugary perfection thats lasts for ages. major yum with some bosnian ajver spread on tortilla as a bit of an appeteaser! feel is nice, fuller bodied but down easy, medium bubbleness. good stuff. elysian is another brewer that is yet to disappoint me

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with loads of flakey particulates in suspension. A dense white head settles to a solid skim coat and tattered lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit and dank kind-bud. Mangoes with tangerines and cannibus.

Medium bodied with a crisp, resinous mouthfeel.

Sticky malt and tacky hops start the palate. Grapefruit, tangerine, cracked garlic, and woodsy pine with some plump malt to balance.

Finishes with a solid, smooth bitterness, loads of dank, tropical hops, and and warming alcohol.

Tasty, hoppy, well-made IPA. A nice showcase for Nelson hops.

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