Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 73
Gots: 270 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright gold with what looks like hop haze. Big creamy white head as well, excellent lacing, and good carbonation bubbles streaming up from bottom.

A: Prominent bright, grassy, fruity hops with tropical and passionfruit notes rounding it out. Some toasty malt and very neutral yeast character, no discernible alcohol.

T/M: Grassy bitterness upfront, moves into some fruity, orange, citrus rind hop character, a touch tropical. Some toasty bread malt balance, and a smooth light/medium bodied finish. Again,very neutral yeast character.

Overall, a very well crafted American IPA, delivering on some orangey fruity flavor, with some grassy and tropical complexities from the use of Citra and Amarillo hops. Great balance and mouthfeel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RenzoD
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Love. Love. LOVE this beer.

I am so stoked that Elysian decided to make this a regular six-pack distributed beer because it will certainly become one of my regularly rotated IPA's.
If you're in the mood for a hop-bomb but not the same ol' same ol' then I recommend this beer. It has the basic citrus and flaurel feel of a West-coast, Northwest IPA. So crisp, so refreshing, seems so drinkable but it is a 7.20% abv so watch out for that.
I love Elysian. I love their style. and I really love this IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more weirdly anthropomorphic hop imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar bonsai tree spread lace around the glass as it slowly retreats.

It smells of sharp orange and red grapefruit citrus, leafy pine needles, further herbal flora notes, bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of benign tropical fruitiness, and a soft earthy flintiness. The taste is more big orange cream and pine forest bitterness to kick things off, with some strong pastry-esque caramel/toffee malt sweetness, spiced lemon pie, other still muddled tropical fruit, and a suggestion of metallic warming alcohol.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their timid frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and generally smooth, perhaps a wee hop acridity eventually wheedling its way in. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt starting to tire of all those upstart kids and their prodding hoppiness.

An enjoyable and balanced IPA, the fruit/pine/malt trifecta all playing nice enough together. Maybe a bit of alcohol begins to seep through as it warms, but that's to be expected - besides, no one can actually hear my complaints in space.

Photo of Thomson805
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, tastes better. Hoppy, little bit of citrus, piney and honey flavor show up big for me. Delicious overall, solid ipa not to mention generous abv.

Photo of kjlcm
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a treat. A nice subtle nose but the taste is where this beer is at. A perfect blend of sweetness and hop bitterness. At 8.2% per the bottle label this is a finely tuned drinkable beast.

Photo of Tricentennial
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer to date!

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a yellowish gold color with a white head on top that settles into a thin film with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. The smell a first is pretty hoppy, as the beer opens up a little the grains show through a little more but still hoppy. The taste is nicely balanced between the bitter fruity hops and the sweet grassy grains. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, very refreshing and slightly sticky. Overall it's a pretty damn solid IPA. Could drink this one for a while.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is decent, and the texture is nicely frothy, leaving behind webs of lacing on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's a lot of fruitiness coming through, however it should be said that there seems to be a greater focus on Amarillo over Citra. I'm getting nice notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange peel, grass, and pineapple. I really have to focus to find tropical fruit, though. But on the positive side, the maltiness just slightly accentuates the hop notes instead of running roughshod over them. (3.75)

Taste: The hoppiness is shown off quite well. At first, the piny flavors come through, only for fruitier notes (pineapple, apricot, melon, grapefruit) to also appear. Not only that, the malt backbone is nice - there, but not ridiculous. It is a bit sweet, but at least it's not crystal malt sweet. A more significant problem is that the hop flavor seems a bit soapy. Apart from that, this is solid. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry on the back end, but also full bodied. In many ways, it feels (and tastes, for that matter) much like a DIPA - it's crisp and somewhat easy to drink, but a bit syrupy as well. Carbonation is a bit low, maybe that's why. (3.5)

Overall: Aside from the soapy flavors, this is a VERY good IPA. It has a good mix of varying hop notes, like pine, herbs, grapefruit, and tropical fruit - all of which is ballasted by a nice (but not overdone) maltiness. All in all, a pretty good offering that could have been extremely good without the dishsoap notes. (3.5)

3.45/5: Likable, but would have been even more so without the slight soapiness

Photo of hoosiercrab
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a recent Hoosier transplant to central Maryland (see username). Like any proud transplant, I compare all new things to the best in the midwest. When talking about beer that means all breweries get compared to Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, and Brugge and all beers to their beers. Unfortunately, it typically isn't worth the effort to compare IPAs and APAs to Three Floyd's Zombie Dust because it is simply too good. That said, Space Dust shares more in common with Zombie Dust than half of its name. Space Dust sported that familiar fresh, citrusy aroma and bitter hoppiness that I love in Zombie Dust. I'd say the biggest difference between the two beers is that Space Dust is actually available for purchase!! (Zombie Dust is simply too hard to find.)

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, purchased by a friend passing by State Line Liquors in Maryland/Delaware a few days ago

Label tells me this was Packaged on 11/7/14

Pours hazed lighter amber, near golden, tiny bubble head, film and super fine slippery lacing. nice looking brew.

Tropical fruit, spicy hop nose.

More tropical and citric fruit, oranges, melon and limes on the palate. Spicy and crisp hop bite. Fine stuff, my kinda beer. Hope we get constant distribution of this one very soon. I'll be a regular buyer

Photo of Euphoricsoul
5/5  rDev +22%

Hoppy without being bitter. Citrus undertones. My beer of choice. I only wish they sold it by the case!

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat, this brew looks great. A hazy, translucent light-amber colour, crowned with a fluffy white head, which retains very nicely for the ABV. Little spots and streaks of lacing rather than anything special in that department are all that keep this from a perfect score on appearance.

S: Wonderful. The hops nose is exciting in it's floral aroma, and strong undercurrent of a sticky pine and sweet malt. This is a brew that you just can't stop smelling.

T: A slightly subdued hop taste. Rather than hitting straightaway, the pine notes seem to trickle in as you experience the other flavors of dry citrus and the lightest sweet malt. After such an enthusiastic reaction to the aroma of this brew, the taste disappoints, but only slightly. Part of me thinks that on a beer that didn't look and smell so inviting, that I wouldn't be disappointed at all. The taste lingers on the tongue, but does not overstay it's welcome. Nice.

M: Very light-bodied with a clean finish. The body almost seems to have a "weak" quality to it. This is likely the result of such a high ABV which, other than in the thin body, does not make it's presence known at all.

O: Definitely worth checking out, even for the aroma alone. This IPA tastes good and smells great. Wonderful for a summer's day, but a little high in alcohol content for the faint of heart to session. I may buy again if I'm in the mood for it. Unique.

Photo of MakersMarksman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four all around Try it.

Photo of hreb
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served cold in pint glass. Beer is yellowish pale and just a tad cloudy. Nice white head. Really nice citrusy C-hop aroma. Fantastic smell for an IPA, actually. Flavor is quite gentle for a high gravity NW style IPA, too. Not bland mind you, just not palate-smashingly bitter. Grain flavors are pretty neutral, but the end result is very well balanced (it's still an IPA, though). Leaves serious lacing behind, too.

Possibly my favorite yet from Elysian's Manic IPA series.

Photo of NYCDE
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Terrific IPA. The Whole Foods Beer guy recommended it to me. I just paired it with a pork chop and it is wonderful. Smooth mouthfeel, bright bitterness that gives way to grassy citrus on the end. It's a smooth, pleasant, and bold IPA. Very nice.

Photo of Rman410
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is quite possibly my favorite beer. I first tried it on tap; the taste is so unique that the name goes well with this beer. Drinking this with or without a meal is perfect because it's not overpowering once you near the end of the bottle like some IPAs do. I like drinking it cold out of the bottle while reading some science fiction.

Photo of beergeekofkp
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

great beer! would try again!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Excellent lacing as it settles to a wispy surface with a few islands of bubbles.

Smell - Orange hops. Grapefruit starts to dominate, though. Sweet malts. Doughy. Pine hops round it out.

Taste - Grapefruit hop flavor. Toasty malt. Still has that doughy sweet malt, but there's quite a bit of toasted malt. Piney and bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA. That's not unpleasant though. Very bitter, seemingly throughout the flavor of the beer.

Overall - A little rough around the edges, but a very nice IPA. Drinks like a double, but considering how flavorful it is, that's a good thing.

Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle. Clear copper with a rocky bright-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells leafy, herbal and a touch piney, with a light mix of green citrus and doughy sweetness across the back. The taste is the same, with a mellow mix of green bitterness, herbal flavors and light tropical fruit. A neutral bready sweetness serves as a backbone. Dry, bitter and resinous on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick creaminess and just a touch of crispness to the carbonation. Alcohol is kept in check. This was an alright IPA with a good mix of hop flavors going on with it. I just wish that it had been a bit more memorable. It’s hard to justify the more expensive bomber price on this though.

Photo of beardsonbrews
2.09/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Don't believe the hype. The hops were muddled and it wasn't anything more than an average IPA

Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 650ml bottle bought at the BCLS. I paid $7.25 + deposit.

A: Cloudy gold, foamy head the colour of buttered popcorn.
S: Citrus / tropical fruits / melon. Fairly sweet. Maybe a hint of pine.
T: Follows the smell, with a bitter finish.
F: lighter than I'd expect, given the alcohol content. Pleasant.

Would I buy this again? Maybe. I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of PintOh1759
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a semi clear semi hazy light orange to gold color.

aroma- Wow! smells ALOT like Heady. Tropical fruits especially pineapple smells fantastic

taste-Up front right away lidocaine tounge numbing bitterness that holds a fruity light malt flavor and then packs a big piney punch at the end that holds onto the back of your tounge.

overall a pretty damn good beer and now that they sell it in 6 packs here in Alaska i will be more tempted to buy it again. could definitely replace Torpedo or Hopothermia as a daily drinker if they are not available

Photo of Darwin232
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pleasant hoppy aroma, citrus.

Appearance: Golden orange, nice lace, weak head retention, nice carbonation

Flavor: Citrus notes, Grassy. initially light malt flavor but improves as beer warms up. Still a light to medium malt backbone. No off flavors.

Mouth feel: Improves as heats up.

Overall: Nice beer

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a 16 oz. glass. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus. Taste is hops, bitter, some citrus and pine, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer, highly drinkable for the abv.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#14257.

A: Beautiful soft sunset orange with a strong visible and glass consuming effervesce. Huge rocky light beige head is rock strong on the hold while showing big, chunky foam deposits on the glass walls. Second pour from the bomber showed a dense cadmium orange coloring, perhaps from the yeasty remains on the bottom of the bottle.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, mangos, and breakfast fruit (melon) with a fresh wet kiss of citrus and orange juice.

T: Flavor was bright and fresh, orange juice and citrus, with a soft, flowery hoppiness and a sweet breakfast like fruitiness of melon and sweet toasty grains. The bitterness grows flowery on the trial but all along remains nicely balanced with lightly, dry and sweet toasted grain backing that wasnt overly aggressive, but rather added just the right amount of highlights without becoming obnoxious like many brewers who over-use this per style. Grapefruit like pulp hoppiness from the chinook come on the swallow with a gentle lingering effect.

M: Warmth of flowery bitterness on the inner cheeks, viscose oily feel of malt, carbonation is mid-range providing a light tingle just enough for awareness, and perfect in harmony with the smooth transisiton of the flavor. Soothing and easy.

O: Drinkability is off the charts. Hoppiness is very respectable, very well balanced, not trying to be a dry hop bomb, but rather a nice mixture of flavor hops and lightly bittering hops with a light added touch of sweet caramel malt that never goes beyond what it should as a complimentary speciality grain. The 7.7% abv is virtually non-dectable feels like i can drink much more then i should. I could easily go case here and feel like i never have enough on hand. So tasty and smooth, very drinkable.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.