Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 1,279
Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I begin? You don't just drink this IPA, you experience it. When poured, presents a wonderfully cloudy appearance, soft white head, ethereal taste, and warm feelings throughout one's person. To say I would drink this again is an understatement.

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Photo of Damsam
5/5  rDev +23.2%

I'm not into rating beers, but Space Dust IPA on cask is one of the best IPA's. I've had Pliny, Heady, Hopslam, etc., but if you are in Seattle and can find it, consider yourself LUCKY!

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Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this as I was drinking a sculpin grapefruit ipa and wow. Obviously different but this would give heady topper and road to ruin a run for its money

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Photo of UncleDankins
5/5  rDev +23.2%

This beer will be my new go-to IPA if I can just find more stores in this area that stock it. A fantastic IPA. The amarillo really stands out in the aroma along with quite a bit earthy notes. The aroma follows up on the taste: a bitter full bodied mouthfeel with notes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Absolutely delicous. Goes down way too easy so watch out because it's on the higher ABV side.

This beer is awesome. Get dusted.

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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 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 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 RenzoD
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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.

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Photo of RedTarmac
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Tulip. Hazy copper with a nice frothy head. First impression was the beautiful aroma! Ahhh. Hops and fruit are lingering all about! First sip...nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, fruity & piney hops. Just enough bitter on the finish but doesn't ruin the flavor of this excellent IPA. Well done Elysian. I like!

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Photo of gruntparty
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all top quality. Looks rich and delicious, smells rich and delicious, tastes rich and delicious and feels (you guessed it) rich and delicious.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty IPA. Had it on draft at the Harbor House in Bainbridge Island, WA. I have been drinking a lot of Pliny the Elder lately and this compares favorably. Very easy to drink IPA

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Photo of chrislikesbeer
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had the pleasure of having this beer from the tap and from the bottle. When from the bottle, I poured into a pint glass. The color is a real golden color with at least a half inch of thick white head. The smell is very aromatic. Lots of citrus up front. As far as the taste, the first notes I got was a mixture between bright piney hops and citrus. In more detail, big grapefruit notes come after the swallow and stick around. Hops are up front but not over powering. As the beer warms the flavors intensify and become a little more complex.
This is a very well balanced IPA with great smell and flavor. One of my favorites for sure.

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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 Rman410
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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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 Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a moderately thick foamy head with bubbly lacing that retains well. The aroma hits you with a strong citric hops that is prevalent throughout the drink. The taste is like a hops explosion in your taste buds! Great feel; medium bodied and slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
After a long day at work, I stopped by one of my go to spots and picked out, among others, two IPAs. I had decided that I wanted to kick back with something that gave me a nice hops kick in aroma and taste. I randomly chose this one and am not disappointed in the slightest. Will definitely get again!!

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Photo of hoosiercrab
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.)

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber.

Smells of oranges, pineapple, and pine.

Very refreshing. All of the flavors are light on the tongue but have a strong backbone
And are very well balanced. The alcohol is hidden well. Kind of feel like I'm drinking a
session ipa. The piney orange dominates with a strong bitter weight on the bulk of my tongue. Great mouthfeel. Overall a solid delicious ipa.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy Amber with a thick head. Nice looking IPA.

Smell is mild, nothing crazy about it. Caramel malt and that's about it.

Taste is good, nothing overwhelmingly great but a good if mild flavor. Easy to drink and crush for a big IPA.

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Photo of santomark
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Tastes like candy. And for once, I don't remember ever saying this... but the nose does not do this beer justice. The taste is fantastic. Almost candy like. Very very well balanced. The only thing I wish this had was some nose to it. Maybe even a bigger bite at the end. But all in all, it's a great beer. I want a DIPA version.

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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 tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOD 10/12/15. Clear light copper pour. Almost outstanding head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

World class nose of orange, a bit of zest, pineapple, pear, mango/passion fruit and a hint of tangerine over biscuit with a touch of caramel.

Medium body with a rich smooth texture that is oily and slick with a touch of creaminess. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. It is perfectly balanced, very complex and hits just the right amount of intensity. It begins with a burst of blended hop flavor that leads with the sweeter notes (orange, pineapple, mango etc.) that flow into the harsher notes of tangerine zest and pine at the middle. Bitterness is on the light side of moderate and is perfectly balanced with biscuit and soft caramel. The finish is dry and has a touch of uncovered alcohol that is slightly astringent - but for a 8.2% IPA, this is masterfully constructed. The finish yields a final pop of sweet tropical hops that fade into a lingering bite of zest and pine.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Golden-orange in color with a slight haze. One finger, sudsy head. Smells immediately of grapefruit and orange. Then a piney, resinous under note. Flavor is much the same. Good light-medium body. Overall a very good beer. In my top 5.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Offered this at my favorite local spot. I was told this is right up my alley

A- a hazy darkened orange is completely blurred with color, but the presence is clear. A hoppy presentation is in the midst

S- whoa! Mango and massive tropical fruit components make up a NOT expected scent profile. Spiked with citra hops, this reminds me of fresh mango Abner from hill farmstead. Very bizarre that the scent is that impressive. Wow

T- delicious tropical components mingle with a great piney flavor profile. This is very impressive as a fresh brew. I feel like I'm in Vermont right now. There is a caramel malt finish that closes out the hop experience, but that's ok.

M- prickly flavors with the right carbonation

O- my favorite young lady bought this for me on the last day if may in 2013. She said it would be right up my alley and she is right! What a tropical hoppy brew. Again, I feel like this is the distant pal to Abner at hill farmstead

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.