Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Rochester Real Beer Expo 2013 pint glass, showing the color of golden butterscotch caramel. It held a half finger tall head of whitish foam, leaving rings and spots of lacing around the glass as it went at a quicker pace. A chill haze permeated clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave notes of freshly pressed cotton, grapefruity, nectary, and floral hops, tangerine, fresh strawberry, and lemon fruitiness, metallic vanilla bean, powdered yeast, soft vinegar, and lactics. With warmth the grain came out much more strongly, with white sugar, general pale toast, black breakfast tea tannins, light booziness, and nail polish remover. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very fruity and freshly hoppy, with nice spice and herb on the back. As we sipped, the taste opened with bright plastic bitterness, juicy grapefruity hops, lemon and tangerine rind, light woodiness of fresh oak, green tree resin, oolong tea herbals, and more of a toasty red malt. Moving to the peak was enhanced bitterness of herbal hops, toasted pales, muddy and gritty ambers, and brightly citric hops. The end wash came with boozy fumes, tangerine flesh, gravel, sweet nectary and grapefruity hops, white sugars, fusel perfume, magic marker bite, black pepper, and mustard powder. The aftertaste breathed of orange flesh, moss and musk, faintly buttery diacetyls, salt, nutmeg, pale malt metallics, more gritty grapefruity hops, and dry yeastiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave nice foam, froth, and cream, with only okay slurpability to the lip. The finishing pop was excellently crisp. The mouth was left coated and bubbly, with a quick dryness into astringency and light pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was the beautifully juicy flavoring. This was imparted by not only the fresh, flowery, nectary, citric hop inclusions, but also by the generally bright fruitiness of added citric flesh. The aroma was comparatively balanced, showing equal thickness and sweetness. Throughout the flavoring things remained nicely balanced, with good bitterness of the booze and hops to meet the frank fruitiness and the light toasty sweetness of the malt bill. Through the finish, however, there was enhanced spice, giving grit and more of an unfinished, unpolished vibe. Either way, this was a fresh, tasty offering that hit the spot on a warm sunny day.
Serving type: on-tap
06-19-2013 15:27:25 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 01:11:22 | More by beerthulhu
Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.