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Savant - Elysian Brewing Company

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very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
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.

Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around for the duration. Nice lacing. A nice fruity and sweet aroma of passionfruit, peach, and some caramel. Flavor starts off a little subdued but as it worms it blossoms. The fruit and caremel from the aroma alongside some grass and moderate bitterness. Quite balanced. A nice crisp, mouthfeel. Having only recently discovered the nelson sauvin hops I was pretty excited to check this one out and I was not let down.

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

I am a big fan of Nelson hops, I had to buy this one when I saw it. Poured from a bomber into a pub glass, the brew appears a very hazed color of amber with some chucks stuck in suspension. More than a finger of off-white head appears and slowly fades leaving a webbing of lacework all over the glassware.

The aroma of this brew opens up and is so disjointed. It really is all over the place, there is sulfur, cheese, minerals and something like the smell that emits from a can of drained tuna. As I swirl the glass and the brew opens up, it gives way to the expected character of herbs, fruit and the expected white grape juice. I am digging the way this brew smells, however I am not going to lie, at first whiff this was a bit scarey!

The taste has a pretty serious focus on toasty grain, not quite toffee but almost getting towards that realm. The hops provide a moderate grassy bitterness and a spice that exaggerates that 6% abv. There are herbal flavors present that give way to a touch of something along the lines of chlorine faintly in the background. When focusing on the hops, there is a bit of cheesy quality and very mild white grape note. When I read/think Nelson Sauvin I think big white grapey impact and I am just not getting that in this brew. It is driven primarily by the malt and alcohol with the hops being almost an afterthought in flavor with the bitterness prevaling.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I purchased this offering pretty much as soon as I was able to so I dont know if freshness is really a factor here. Regardless, I would try this again if I knew it was a super fresh offering just to make sure this bottle wasn't abused in anyway. I had big hopes going into this and it came up a little shy. Not a bad brew by any means and for the price, I would probably get it again. Worth a try but not something to go far out of your way for.

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange/copper color with a fingers worth of off-white head. There is some sporadic lace.

The nose has tons of those Nelson hops introducing plenty of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and pineapple stand out the most.

The taste has a balancing amount of sweet malt and Nelson punch. Bitter but not over the top. The tropical and citrus fruits are quite prominate.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a dry and bitter finish.

Overall, the Nelson hops are certainly showcased here in Idiot Sauvin. It would take an idiot not to appreciate these hops

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, leaving back a rich cascade of lacing which hangs in foamy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of soft ripe fruitiness, lemon zest, and herbal tones, which is made more pronounced by the sweetness of the malts. A touch of underlying pine and zesty grapefruit add just a bit of edge to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, with ripe fruit, tarter lemon, and some dank herbal flavors. This gives way to some more assertive notes of zesty earthy bitterness and a light resinous feel that finishes this bitter and a bit piney. Malts soften the edges of the profile and mostly add to the stickiness of the fruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm creaminess to the edges and some sharpness on the tongue, with a smooth underlying slickness that keeps this on the easier side of things in the mouth. There is a little warmth to this, which pops the bitterness some.

This was decent but I would have liked to have felt a little more aggressiveness from those hops, as opposed to all of the fruit and herbal flavors that I received (dankness even hangs on the breath at times with some strength). This was certainly enjoyable enough though and I had no problem finishing off my part. Maybe a bottle with a little more freshness on it would have added some more sizzle to this.

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

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep amber with half a finger of pale whit ehead.

Smell. Fresh pineapple, toasty malts and caramel, grapefruit and oranges and a bit of pine.

Taste. Citrus rind hops, toasty malts, a little bit of yellow grapefruit juice. Nice bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Good IPA with some great hop flavours.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tiriansdoor
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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)

Photo of cletetron
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.