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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 1,130
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 86
Gots: 354 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 08-06-2012

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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.

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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. This bottle doesn't have a date but I'm pretty sure one of the other bottles in the six-pack said Bottled On: 07/30/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Dank, grassy and somewhat catty hop aroma bursts from the glass bringing some notes of grapefruit. Slightly boozy.

T- Solid bitterness combined with a heavy dose of citrus making for more grapefruit notes. Drinkability is high and so is the flavor intensity. Juicy, assertive and tasty.

M- Tangy, zesty and bright. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This IPA packs a lot of punch. Lots of hops and strength delicately balanced into one package. And speaking of packaging: A delicious 8.2% IPA in a six-pack for ~$13? I'll take it!

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Photo of ABhatia
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the beer was very good! The hoppiness was excellent and nicely balanced. Nice floral/citra smell..much better than I expected. enjoyed till the last sip... (150 characters)

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ipa has some good and some bad. The smell is a bit faint, maybe some sweet fruits, orange, and slight cotton candy. The taste is better, light but nicely balanced, some fruity orange and citrus with very light biscuity backbone. The mouth feel to me is a plus though, with a refreshing and slightly creamy finish. Not much lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours between a gold and amber. Nice off white creamy head that turns a very very light yellow when swirled. Lots of lacing. Aroma is pineapple and alcohol. Taste is bitter hops then malt and then finishes bitter. Could be that the bottle was handled properly as there are some off tastes. Mouthfeel is light, slightly creamy and a medium/low carbonation. Overall a decent beer, nothing spectacular but I've got a feeling this would be better fresh and stored properly.

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Photo of TomMorris
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pleasing yellow-orange with lots of bubbly carbonation and a slight but present bone-white head. Smell is somewhat subtle, but brings to mind citrusy fruits and pine resin. The taste is quite sweet when it hits the tongue but quickly becomes hoppy and bitter. Definitely a good-tasting beer, but I found the mouthfeel disappointingly thin and almost watery (even with the six-pack I purchased was bottled on 6/26/15, about six weeks ago).

A good IPA, but not quite as good as I was expecting. This one reminds me of Long Trail's Limbo due to the thin mouthfeel but with less of a sweet, candied sugar flavor and more piney, bitter hops. Definitely drinkable and refreshing, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle. Packaged at 6/1/15. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear. Golden. Poured without notable head.
S: Intense hops aroma: floral, tropical fruits (pineapple and orange).
T: Quite hoppy. High bitterness. Medium- malty. The overall flavor is hardly to be classified as "balanced", but it's good for every hoppyhead.
M: Light bodied.
O: Fresh aroma and flavor. My favorite kind of IPA.

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

Got my growler filled with this at my favorite local bottle store Bear World. Pours amber with a thick head. Smells a little malty and fruity. Has the requisite hops garpefruitiness and pine note but its well balanced. Plenty of alcohol here but you don't get it until . . . .

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/17/15 into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale gold with a thin white head; little to no lacing. Medium carbonation. Lots of citrus in this one - bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, a little malt sweetness but mainly citrus. Medium mouthfeel, kind of sticky but not thick. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Very refreshing overall - could be dangerous at 8.2%.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.