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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 1,080
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 81
Gots: 327 | FT: 3
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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 starclassic21
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +21.7%
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 +1%
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 -1.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +1.5%
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 +13.6%
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 +13.8%
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 +9.9%
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 +3%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 -6.4%
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 +7.2%
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 +5.9%
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%
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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Photo of Mantooth
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Oregon Brewer's Festival plastic tulip. Pours a deep orange to amber with a billowy head that dissipates quickly and some slight lacing. Loads of tropical citrus in the nose and more than just a hint of alcohol. I'm thinking this is a bigger beer than the 8.2% listed. The taste differs, much more resin and sticky hops linger here more than expected. Pleasantly surprised. Damn good IPA that I'd have again in a heartbeat. Cheers!

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good IPA but I don't think by the taste it warrants the price (10.98/6 pack). Perhaps the hops used are an expensive type, I appreciate that, but other IPAs at the price (and lower!) are better beers. Sorry Elysian...

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a dull slight orange tinged golen with a full one finger white sticky head atop,alot of broken lace left behind.Citrus fruits with a slight floral note in the nose,light alcohol and caramel is there as well.Like the full citrus shot up front on the palate along with a touch of grass with some sugary sweetness and sweet biscuit dough underneath,it never gets overly sweet.I like the fact it's as big as it is without too much sweetness.I like the Elysian pumpkin stuff in the fall but they some pretty damn good IPA's to.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great one from Elysian. Sister in law got me a six of this for my birthday. Nice and hoppy. Very drinkable. Poured into my DFH IPA glass. Doesn't taste like 8%+.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, dull orange/gold color. White head which fades quickly. Moderate aroma of dank tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and peach) and caramel sweetness. Flavor follows with nice tropical fruits and malty sweetness along with a moderate pine resin bitterness in the middle. Bitterness fades fairly quickly and it finishes with only a little lingering aftertaste. A little light on malt for the balance, but still pretty smooth.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Look: Nice deep Amber/Orange, 1 finger off white head.
Nose: not as fragrant as I expected, very subtle pine with a hint of citrus.
Taste: Promiment malt, tropical fruit, Good level of bitterness,
Mouthfeel: medium, carbonation fairly high,
Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a Sams perfect pint glass. Deep yellow to golden not quite Amber in color. Particles floating but I wouldn't call it hazy. White cap with small bubbles and nice lacing.

You can tell it's got a good grain bill and well hopped and the combination smells great. Plenty of caramel in the nose. Hops are very well balanced and it smells great. Tropical fruit and pine. Chinook, Amarillo and citra are the specified hops and in my experience they play well together.

Taste is on par with the smell. Grains provide toasted Caramel and even a bit of honey coating the grain. Hops have flavors of mango and pineapple added additions of lemon grass and pine. Tropical fruit flavors are the star though.

Mouthfeel is good. Very full bodied with a lingering flavor. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness nice carbonation as well. Sweet and citrus fresh with a nice clean bitter finish. Great drink ability I would've it expected a much lower ABV the 8.2 is WELL hidden. Great beer.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.