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Reviews: 100
Hads: 364
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.
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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep amber with a foamy off-white head.

The smell has a good bit of toasted grain, a nice change of pace in an IPA. It melds with some mangotomatomeloney scents.

The flavor is nicely hoppy. Tropical goodness. Some resiny pine and citrus rind on the back end. The malt isn't too sweet and provides some backbone.

This beer tastes freaking amazing, good one. (385 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out a clear red-brown color that hints towards yellow at the edges. A nice white head builds up a few fingers tall and laces very nicely. The retention is pretty good.

S: Amazing tropical aroma. Mango, citrus, berries, and light pine. The fruitiness is really impressive.

T: The taste keeps the same going. Huge mango and tropical fruit taste. Very citrusy with a pine finish. Just a beautiful combination of hops. I can't say I have much exposure to the Nelson Sauvin hop varietal, but if it creates beers like this I can get on board.

MF: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The fruitiness and bitterness makes it really drinkable.

O: This was a really pleasant surprise. If this is still available grab it up. Really a great introduction to New Zealand hops, Nelson Sauvin specifically. (832 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
3.61/5  rDev -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. (897 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (726 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -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. (1,911 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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) (804 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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). (635 characters)

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87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.