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Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 1,303
Photo of Tonedef
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's on point...very good IPA...the nose is citrus,a touch tropical fruit and a touch of an onion/garlicky presence...taste follows the smell..Abv is well hidden..A- in my book..

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Photo of heyhoser
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

has to be one of the better IPA's. i really enjoy an even keel IPA that wont murder me with hops. the balance of citrus, malt, bitterness and piney is in an awesome balance in this beer. so if you want hop overload go somewhere else, but if you want a great IPA that really sets a standard for IPA's, then i would definitely try this beer.

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

On draft at new (to me) brewpub. Delivered in a pint glass, the nice orange/straw color was extremely inviting on a warm spring day. First taste revealed a nice grapefruit/citrus tartness with little hop bite. Zero dankness at all. Forgot to ask for the "brew date", but have to assume it was extremely fresh. This is a nice, well-balanced, and extremely drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Strunner
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right up there with Pliny... super balance, very citrusy. Lacks the skunky/skanky background of some prominent DIPAs, and tends to the more mass market friendly versions of a 7% IPA. So much more amenable to having 2-3 at a sitting. Superb.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single 12-ounce bottle with some pretty neat artwork on the label. On to the beer:

Slightly hazy body with a dark brass color and creamy sturdy head. The smell of melons, honeydew, tangerine hit my nose with a little ride of spiciness towards the end. Space Dust takes on the personality of a fruit salad with its calm mild-mannered attitude. But make no mistake, there's plenty of flavor here. The taste takes a page out of the aroma, and as a bonis comes with a creamy mouthfeel and easy drinking nature. Factor its availability and Space Dust looks like a beer that I'll be heading toward again and again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed deep orange-tinted golden with a lasting frothy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus/tropical fruits (pineapple, tangerine, melon).

The taste is of citric/tropical - mango, melon, some orange/grapefruit. It has a sweet bready malt touch in the background and an herbal (with a dash of black peppery spicing) dry finish.

It has a creamy medium body. Smooth. Alcohol well-hidden.

A very enjoyable IPA. Nice use of hops while maintaining a balancing malt backbone for smoothness and enough balance. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden orange. thick 2 finger large white bubbles.

S: Citrus, pine, hops, resin, orange peel, faint guava pith.

T: juicy, malt forward with bitter finish, some bitter lemonpeel, earthy grass, melon, canteloupe, some sweet citrus fruit, piney resin on the end

F: crisp and light, good coating

O: very solid IPA, good flavor, easy to drink, nice balance.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Salty's on Alki, Seattle.

A: A pale yellow/orange with a nice white one finger head that lingered. Spotty lacing.

S: Mangoes, pineapples, grapefruit and honey with some pine resin thrown in.

T: So smooth and balanced. Citrus meets pine meets maltiness in a terrific blend featuring mangoes and pineapple. Piney resin stays on course. A slight bitterness on the finish .

M: Low to medium with dry, resin-y medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try one from Elysian. A very drinkable IPA with an ABV that will surprise you.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head. There is a little bit of a soapy lacing and a good amount of carbonation. The odor for me is candied fruit, citrus, grapefruit, mandarin, honey, slightly floral, slightly resin, tea, grassy. The taste for me is honey, herbal, slightly floral, spicy, grapefruit, resin. Quite bitter throughout.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4-17-16 (Draft, Lazy Dog, Valencia CA) Really like this one. Had a nice dry and bitter finish. Loved the balance of flavors. Was very surprised how good it came off, especially after following the house IPA (made by Golden Road) which is also very good.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow straw color with a foamy resilient white head. Big aromas of orange, grapefruit, and a bit of malt. Big citrusy hoppy taste with a good bit of earth tones and a nice malt balance. Clean finish. Really nice.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Wifey picked this up while shopping on her birthday in New York state. Packaged January 21, 2016.

Appearance - pours a mostly clear yellowy copper color with good carbonation and some small sediment in the glass. Pours a billowing rocky head of nearly two fingers good retention and lots of thick lacing left around the edges of the glass. Maybe I'm just thirst but an eminently drinkable looking ale.

Smell - Plenty of tropical notes, grapefruit and orange with pasisonfruit coming to the party late. Kinda reminiscent of pineapple as well, which is the first fruit I tend to think of if I see galaxy hops which would've been an appropriate addition with the space dust theme.

Taste - Quite fruity and juicy with mango and pineapple playing more of a role than grapefruit as this is a sweeter IPA. Malt is steady with some crackery flavors lingering in behind. Bitterness comes out in droves towards the end of a sip.

Mouthfeel - Body was nice with hop oils present but carbonation was a bit soft lacking and explosive entrance that it sometimes makes with IPA's. Still fine feel.

Overall - Space dust IPA is an excellent and very drinkable IPA, that hides is larger than expected ABV very well. Would love to procure a fresher sample as this beer starts very fruity and juicy and finishing earthy and bitter is the type of beer where extra fresh samples make the experience even better. This is an IPA that virtually any hop head can enjoy.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I want to start out by saying this beer does not taste like a "big beer" it really hard to detect the 8%+ abv - it has the overall feel of maybe a 6.5% abv at most. The color is light - taste follows suit with a light fruity hoppy balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is perfect. There is a nice bitter bite on the front end with a creamy fruity finish. A solid West Coast IPA for sure. I could have sworn this had Mosaic hops but I checked the website and the fruity hops flavor is due to the late add Amarillo and Citra. You must try this one if you are into the West Coast style. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A medium golden hue with some haze and a nice two-finger white foam top. Nice lacing and retention.

Aroma: Pine, light citrus, and lots of grassy notes. Sweet malt more at the forefront than hops.

Taste: Really well balanced, some piney/citrus hops up front along with sweet malt.

Feel: Slightly resinous and sticky. Bitterness lingers a bit on the finish.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed pale orange color with three fingers of thick and lasting off-white head that leaves impressive heavy rings of lacing. Modest aroma of pineapple, mango, a little pepper, water-cracker malt and a touch of yeast. Taste is only slightly more pronounced, with the flavors from the nose well blended and the peppery notes standing out the most. A little pine and floral hop flavor is detectable, too. There's a kiss of juicy sweetness coupled with a moderate hop bitterness, and a fairly clean finish. It's medium bodied, with a prickly edge to the mouthfeel. It's a pleasant all-around IPA, although what's lacking in big flavors isn't necessarily compensated for in fine-tuned balance or subtle complexities either.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty clear gold color. Pretty good-sized white head with a bit of lace.
Mostly pine aroma, a little citrus. Strong malt background.
Taste followed the nose. Pine, a little grapefruit. Caramel malt.
Subdued hops, malt-forward.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 1/6/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with some very nice citrus notes, slightly piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, very nice citrus, and pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a very nice brew, surprised me.

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Photo of ThreeRidges
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Recently available in my area.

L - Orange/Copper, hazy
S - Fruity
T - Really nice, well balanced IPA
F - Slightly resinous, slick

Solid IPA. Love the taste and ABV.

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Photo of Dopen993
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into snifter. 12/30/15

L. Nice golden color that is crystal clear with a nice light finger of head.
S. Not much smell on the nose. Light citrus and light pine.
T. Light hop and bitterness up front with some tropical fruit flavors mixed in. Bitterness comes back on the finish, but relatively short. Very clean finish.
F. Lighter mouth feel and very clean finish, I'd imagine they used some Pilsner malts.

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Photo of Extol
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper in color. Ok retention. Smell - zesty fruits and mild hops. Taste - follows the nose but the fruit flavors stand out more. Overall - good beer. Even if it was bought out. Girlfriend said it smells horrid and took a sip and her lips curled.

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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 Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold to light copper in color with just a touch of sediment. There's a quarter inch of bright white resting on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is intense citrus hops along the lines of grapefruit. I taste a very bitter grapefruit bitter citrus hop flavor with some light Club cracker malt to back it up. The mouth is lightly syrupy and chewy.

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

Medium to deep golden in color and almost completely translucent, this is a pretty awesome looking pour. A medium sized head forms and retains very well, also leaving a ton of lacing. The scent of this one is mildy floral and fairly strongly piney. Just a hint of citrus is followed by a good dose of pine and cedar bitterness. The back end of the scent eludes to just a touch of balancing malt.

The taste follows the scent almost exactly. A mild bang of hops bitterness kicks off the drink with a bit of orange and other citrus flavors. Next comes stronger and more intense cedar and pine characteristics, which are really satisfying to my hop-craving palate. Light sweetness makes a brief appearance at the end of the drink. On the palate, this beer is surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA. Great hops bitterness that is fairly balanced and incredibly easy to drink. Glad the distro is expanded!

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight resin. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of pine, slight resin, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, strong aroma and body, good blend, and good appearance.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light amber/orange in color with light carbonation and a thin creamy head on top. There is a citrusy smell of orange with a hint of grass. The flavor is a of citrus with a light bitter finish, very balanced flavor. The carbonation is present when drinking and the beer has a hearty feel. Overall the beer is very drinkable and enjoyable and fit well within the American IPA style.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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