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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 91
Gots: 390 | FT: 3
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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold to light copper in color with just a touch of sediment. There's a quarter inch of bright white resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is intense citrus hops along the lines of grapefruit. I taste a very bitter grapefruit bitter citrus hop flavor with some light Club cracker malt to back it up. The mouth is lightly syrupy and chewy.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium to deep golden in color and almost completely translucent, this is a pretty awesome looking pour. A medium sized head forms and retains very well, also leaving a ton of lacing. The scent of this one is mildy floral and fairly strongly piney. Just a hint of citrus is followed by a good dose of pine and cedar bitterness. The back end of the scent eludes to just a touch of balancing malt.

The taste follows the scent almost exactly. A mild bang of hops bitterness kicks off the drink with a bit of orange and other citrus flavors. Next comes stronger and more intense cedar and pine characteristics, which are really satisfying to my hop-craving palate. Light sweetness makes a brief appearance at the end of the drink. On the palate, this beer is surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA. Great hops bitterness that is fairly balanced and incredibly easy to drink. Glad the distro is expanded!

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight resin. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of pine, slight resin, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, strong aroma and body, good blend, and good appearance.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light amber/orange in color with light carbonation and a thin creamy head on top. There is a citrusy smell of orange with a hint of grass. The flavor is a of citrus with a light bitter finish, very balanced flavor. The carbonation is present when drinking and the beer has a hearty feel. Overall the beer is very drinkable and enjoyable and fit well within the American IPA style.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Light tropical fruit, citrus zest, a bit grassy, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit zest, tangerine, some tropical fruit, passion fruit, a bit grassy, pine, and a some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one on draft before but the keg must have been off because it was all citrus zest. Out of the bottle the tropical fruit really comes out. I'm a bit sad that for a beer named Space Dust they didn't use Galaxy hops, but oh well. Still tasty. Probably should be counted as a DIPA though.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter glass, no observable freshness date. Comes out a bright amber, clear, with a great head that leaves some lacing on the sides. Smell is tropical fruit with some grassy hoppiness, balanced malt bill. Taste is a little more malt than hops, starts chewy with a big fruit sweetness. Has some tropical fruit near the end and you get the hops finally punching through with the bitterness. Neutral mouthfeel, smooth, heavy in the stomach, but with no alcohol presence. Overall a nice DIPA, though I'm worried it might be old given the lackluster hop flavor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer Review # 1,100!
Bottling date of 09/11/15

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of a few streaks with a handful of spots here and there.

Smell - Juicy orange with a bit of peel and a hint of bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hops come across as almost all orange in character, from juicy notes to bitter pith and peel, and is backed by a lesser amount of bready malt sweetness. A touch of grain peaks in as it warms. Finish lingers with that orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good IPA here. It's not the smoothest or most flavorful, but it holds its own. Careful; that 8.2% doesn't come across in the beer at all!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass with a straw and hazy orange color and a 1/2inch head. Smell of dank resin and cut grass with a hint of grapefruit. Decent balance and full mouth feel

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation that sticks to the glass. Smells of a nice, citrus hop. The Bo is nice and piney with citrus notes. The malt makes a very balanced IPA. That balance leads to a great mouthfeel in which resin sticks around. Great effort with my first Elysian beer.

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Photo of Kastler
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome. Even better than the Immortal IPA, which is saying something. The 8.2% is nothing on a beer crafted by the Elysian masterminds. Well worth the extra dollar for an exceptional Seattle based IPA.
Honestly everything I want in an IPA.
Will come back and evaluate the qualities (since I know I will be buying this one again ; )

Also the label and name are amazing! The six pack cardboard has shiny!

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Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber colored ale with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells fairly sweet with a citrus scent. Scent of sugar on grapefruit with some fresh cut pine board. Fainter scent of orange.

Starts out sweet and a bit savory. Noticeable chest warming. Flavors of citrus and peach. Slight taste of lemon. Medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty IPA that probably should be listed as a DIPA.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was amber in color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Some light speckled lacing clings to the glass nicely.
The smell starts off with juicy citrus and gets resinous and then has some melon along with sweet grass.
The taste was basically the same without the sweet grass. There's a lingering juicy resin in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light
allowing the resin to be the force of the bitterness.
Overall, this was a pretty awesome AIPA that I'd have again even if AB/InBev owns the rights to it now. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Mikenike
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It was a bit better the first time it was released as a special release. I would give it a 5 if they hadn't sold to the big bad Beer Conglomerate.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into snifter bottled on 9/11

A: amber in color with a small soapy head that settles to a film fairly good clarity a little bit of haze

S: cantaloupe and honey dew a little grass

T: very much honeydew and cantaloupe with a nice sweetness and a little bit of peach flavor a little bit of bitterness and some crackery malts

M: a little syrupy too medium feel coats the tongue nicely and is very juicy

O: fantastic beer very reminiscent of White Rajah, but bigger bolder juicy cantaloupe flavor. This is something I would seek out very good beer. Not very balanced but its huge fruit flavors

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my FW Imperial Nonic Glass
Notes taken from 05/15/2015

A: Clear golden caramel color with a mass of khaki billow frothing out the top. Superior retention efforts here and tons of patchy lace left clinging to the glass. Looks clean and well crafted.

S: Pungent citrus and musky dank aroma. Actually getting a quite bit of Citra hops to this with hits of grapefruit zest, melon, gooseberry, and a dash of green onion. Then comes in the tropical passionfruit with a bit more dank spice at the finish.
Picking up some malt traits by way of biscuit and bread with a swirl caramel sweetness as well. Much more intense than I was expecting.

T: Taste is so damn juicy with an aggressive amount of bitters to it. Has a solid sharp hop bite. Bready malt abounds with a balancing touch of caramel sweets while still letting the hops run rampant. I get a vibrancy of tangerine with grapefruit, gooseberry, prickly pear, melon fruit, and an herbal spice dankness in the finish. This is damn tasty albeit bit aggressive on the palate with a touch of spice alcohol in the finish.

M: Moderate heft with a nice creamy feel of some creamy texture. There is a big resinous pucker and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Nice lingering astringency to this one.

D: Man I have been missing out with this one. Solid brew with a great abrasive hop profile and the proper malt base to stand up to it. Dare I say a thanks to AB/Inbev for bringing Elysian into SoCal? Will be on repeat here.

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Photo of starclassic21
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink this as fresh as possible!

Got ahold of a 3 week old bottle. Poured a beautiful, rich golden amber color. Very hop-forward with not a whole lot of malt going on - just how I prefer my IPA's. Smell's of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit with some floral notes as well.

Taste is very flavorful and intense. Basically a DIPA (especially with an ABV of over 8%). Nice pleasant bitterness on the backend with great hop character and grapefruit/lemony notes as well. Smooth and definitely doesn't drink like an 8.2% beer. Very dangerous.

A very well made beer, and probably my favorite Seattle IPA that's relatively easy to find.

94/100

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Photo of gandres
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to growler poured to wine glass- from Elysian Capitol Hill Seattle
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Feel:
Overall: very good beer

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

Nice white head. Clear deep gold color. Very nice to look at. Hue makes it really inviting. Smell and taste are both pretty good. Nice and forward hop notes. The citrus with a bit of grapefruit/sweet orange with some bitterness make it a nice note. Not too bitter and fruity. Not much malt to speak of but comes out a bit sweet. A fairly delicious beer. Go for it.

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Photo of gutterpunktarzan
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is one of my favorites. It has hops for days. Delicious hop hopforwardness! It's like grapefruit sculpin but it doesn't use grapefruit! Hop goodness all day!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/29....on tap. Pours light bronze, see through, foam layer on top. Bright citrus nose, grassy and pine. Juicy, oily bitter pokes through and a light sweet malt is there. Very very good.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all around good IPA. Nice and juicy, good hop aroma and presence, and well balanced mouthfeel.

I had this on draft, so I can't speak as to the quality from a bottle, but this is the kind of IPA that is endlessly drinkable, in a dangerous way because the alcohol content is completely hidden.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice and palatable IPA, but nothing too special. The floral notes on the nose were just ok, and the flavor lacked the freshness I expected despite drinking this only 2 weeks after bottling.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled: 7/14/15 (appx. 2 months)

Look: Pours a light, minimally hazy orange/amber, with minimal carbonation. Half inch head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice, foamy layer.

Smell: orange (almost orange juice), pine, can definitely smell some sugar from the alcohol.

Taste: Juicy citrus, strong orange and grapefruit notes, some resin and pine.

Mouthfeel: This is exceptionally drinkable. There is a good, juicy, drinkable balance, with a lingering bitterness. Nice carbonation.

Overall: really solid AIPA, not the most flavorful in the field, but immensely drinkable at a pretty high ABV.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful IPA - one of the best I've tried in years. And, perhaps one of the most singularly drinkable beers I've had.

Nice to look at and smells wonderfully. However, the real win here is the amazing flavor profile of sweet, bitter and luscious. The mouth feel is fantastic. This is one of the best balanced and most drinkable beers on the market. My opinion - I love this one.

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4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Elysian Brewing Co. "Space Dust IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with darker orange areas beneath a rocky head of off-white. Excellent head retention and very good lacing.

Aroma: Tropical and citrusy fruits, including soft grapefruit and lime, pineapple, peach, melon, guava, papaya, and lychee. Some 'chalky' citrus pith and pine also make an appearance. Despite its tropical and citrusy side, it's not brash or sharp, but quite smooth and even a bit floral. Really nice. The complexity is enough to keep your interest throughout the whole glass.

Flavor: As might be expected, everything found in the nose turns up at one point or another in the flavor; and not unlike the aroma it's quite nicely balanced and polished. The malt acts as a softly sweet trampoline for the hops to bounce on, and that's anchored by short, taught lines of bitterness which keeps everything from falling over. The alcohol never steps any further forward than would be expected of a beer at 8.2%, and what is there is actually welcome as it lends a subtle spritz of liveliness. It finishes dry with lingering fruit, and a bit more pine than you find upfront. Interestingly, the 'chalky' citrus pith doesn't come on as strong as the aroma suggests it might (which is nice).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied leaning towards the lighter side with a fine-bubbled, moderate-medium carbonation that's just enough to liven the mouth without accentuating the bitterness and acidity.

Overall: Pretty impressive! It's unique in it's hop character, and it's got gusto but it's also really balanced and polished leaving it remarkably drinkable. Couple that with the fact that it's pretty darned complex and you've got a winner on your hands. This beer is proof that you don't need to use hops as a 'punch' or a 'slap' to make a great IPA; and that just adding hops doesn't do it either, there needs to be a certain amount of forethought and calculation to it.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.