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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,041
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 3.93%
Wants: 81
Gots: 307 | FT: 4
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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 sgameroz
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most beers from the North West, it's weak. Too sweet, no character, no class and definitely not memorable. Ended up dumping a fresh beer because I didn't want to waste my time or calories. (193 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden/light amber beer with with a decent head that quickly dissipates

S- Malt, bread, alcohol, a hint of citrus

T- Sweet malts, white bread, bitter orange peel. Bad aftertaste - with metallic, astringent, funky burps. Meh.

M- medium body.

O- An average beer. (275 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Lightly chilled 22 oz bomber into a shaker pint No visible bottling date.

Look- Medium amber, light haze. Loose, foamy head. Nice Lacing.

Smell- Earthy, skunky, dank pine. Semi-sweet graham cracker malt.

Taste- Straightforward, somewhat nondescript but aggressive bittering. More graham cracker and pine, not as fruity as expected. OK.

Mouthfeel- Medium full, finishes fairly dry for the style. Heavier than I'd like.

Overall- Meh, it's fine. Not avoidable, but not particularly good either. Nothing really stands out. For a moderately pricey bomber, it's lackluster. I wouldn't purchase it again. (603 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

It's a hazed gold with a solid quilt of bone white foam. Smells like grapefruit, onion, body odor, some more onion, some resin and hemp, a little orange. The flavor is bitter, more onion, more body odor and musk, some lighter grain, some orange and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a little wetness on the finish. A little too aggressive with the citra hops, makes it go from fruity love to veggie sadness. (441 characters)

Photo of seandavies22
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't a fan of this, maybe it was the batch but this has such a horrible metal aftertaste. I've updated my review I recommend drinking this beer warm it's far more palatable, the metal taste goes away, it does leave a bitter aftertaste, but that I don't mind. (263 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 22 oz bottle, this is a yellow-gold brew, with a white, frothy head. It has a slightly floral, fruity smell. The scent of fruit is especially pleasant....peach and apricot. Slight sugar and flowers. Sharp and bitter hop flavor right in the foretaste. The flavor then softens as a pale and mild malt taste slides into the mid taste. The finish is a lingering hop bitterness. Nice brew. (391 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy medium gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was good, lots of pine hops with a bit of citrus. Not much malt showing through. On the tongue the flavor profile was pretty similar, lots of pine and the citrus had more of a presence, especially on the finish.

The body was good, just a bit fuller than typical, but not heavy at all. Drinkability was pretty good, as the only non-pumpkin beer on tap at a local bars recent pumpkin fest, the 3 of these I had as palate cleansers really hit the spot. Certainly worth trying if you see it. (634 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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 (1,693 characters)

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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... (227 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly dank hop presence in both aroma and taste. Golden orange body with initial high fluffy head. Aroma mostly hops, taste let’s some of the malts come through. Kind of a short finish, mildly metallic. (205 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with a strong topical fruit presence countered by bready yeast and pale malts.  Lots of mango, papaya and orange peel along with some grapefruit and subtle earthy pine.  Bready yeast and pale biscuity malts.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet and bitter hops countered by a strong yeast presence and some pale malt.  The yeast presence is really prominent with lots of bread and banana flavor slightly taking away from the hops.  Lots of tropical mango and papaya along with pineapple, grapefruit and orangepeel.  Subtle grassy, earthy bitterness underneath the sweetness.  Pale malts come in toward the finish but are a bit prominent for my preference.  This beer is well balanced but the hops are too tame as a result. (978 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No dates or codes that I can see. I will note that something about the hops cone happily puking sparkles unnerves me a little bit, and ranks this as one of the strangest labels I know.

Pours orangey, slightly cloudy, decent pale head with nice lacing. Extremely light carbonation is visible. Smell is very mild. Orangey and flowery, a little nondescript, but pleasant.

Taste is an odd chalky bitter. I think other people might characterize this as oniony, but I have never gotten that. There's a fair amount of grassiness, and might a slight hint of pine.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied. Overall, I like this beer, but it's not great. Especially following RuinTen, which is great. (725 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Honey orange/brown with a slight haze and a steady, marching bubble. Gorgeous in the light, with a slight white frothy head and a good thin ring of retention as you drink.

S: Malt-forward with a nice hop finish. I was expecting more hop notes, but the aroma is subtle with light hints of citrus and pine, and just a touch of juicy fruit. Orange juice and caramel malts define this nose.

T: Strong malt and hop notes up-front with esters of alcohol coming on throughout. A subtle dryness on the finish. Notes of oatmeal bread, orange, bitter hops and some pine. Citrus rind, metallic bitterness, and alcohol round out the flavors on the swallow.

M: You can feel it in your mouth, but can really feel it on the swallow. A bitterness creeps in on the afterfeel that lingers until the next sip compounds it.

O: Might have to re-visit this as I taste a lot of off flavors that don't align with this beer's lionized status, so it may have been a bad batch. Either way, there are better IPA's out there that don't taste as dirty. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Treb0R
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3rd time trying this beer...

Too malty. Too sweet. The malt profile and/or possible yeast used is way too English. Maybe it's a lot of dark Munich I'm sensing. Not sure.

Not enough aromatic and intoxicating hops. I don't like the Chinook and Amarillo combo. I made a similar homebrew with the tiniest bit of Columbus for bittering and Citra and Amarillo late and dryhop.... The beer was completely different in aroma/flavor and much better than this. I just get a bad aftertaste and SD is too full bodied for an IPA.

My conclusion is that Elysian uses way too much bittering hops and too little hopstand and dryhops. It would be better if they used the same amount as a bittering charge with more late hops and dry hops. Cleaner grist and yeast should also be a priority for more crispness, clean hop flavor, and drinkability. (829 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, maybe a little murky, with about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - I can smell the Amarillo hops, but I couldn't have told you about the others in it, as I'm not yet used to them. It does smell interesting though...like a good summer ale.

Taste - very interesting sweetness to this brew. It is bittered like a good IPA should, and you can taste the essence of the hops too, but there's an intriguing sweetness that sets in around the middle or late part of the taste.

Mouthfeel - generally fairly light or at most medium-bodied. Not a terribly strong aftertaste.

Overall - pretty interesting brew. I'd be up for keeping a six pack of these around just to get my head around the taste a little better. (819 characters)

Photo of MikeRusso
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good ipa. Golden and a little clear. Very minimal head and a light aroma. The flavors a strong and crisp. Only down side is a slightly off feel in the mouth. But overall this is a really good beer (200 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian : Space Dust

Pours a clear golden color bordering deeper shades. Large soapy froth forms and leaves a coating of bubbly lacework on the pint glass.

Light nose of herb and floral. Sweet malt has a honeyed texture in the medium strong aroma. High alpha hops steal the show.

Taste is bitter and earthy. Grapefruit rind, herb, hop oils coat the palate. This is a hop forward ale. Leafy, quite vegetal and herby. Quite a bitter brew, this ale would make a good choice only for those fond of hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinks easily, the bitter hop notes sticking with you. Semi dry hop bite with palate coating oils.

Overall, this is a pretty good bitter assed IPA. (689 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (730 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a 50 cL stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Body is cloudy with a wide range of colors wafting through the beer as the light hits it. Apricot to orange in the center, and straw yellow on the very edges. Aggressive pour yields a frothy one-finger head that lingers for a bit before becoming a bubbly film of varying thickness and bunching up around the edges of the glass, connecting to solid lacing stretching all the way around.

Smell - Hop forward and promising. Fruity with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Aroma is juicy and refreshing.

Taste - Here, the grapefruit takes over with an aggressive bite that melds into an almost metallic finish. I think the malt needs to have a little more heft here to create some balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy from moderate to high carbonation. Lingering and slightly resinous finish

Overall, an aggressively hoppy IPA, but lacks some of the balance I prefer in the style. Not bad at all, but perhaps a bit better with food, like a nice fish and chips. (1,113 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

A quintessential IPA. Great head and lacing that really sticks to the glass, characteristic grassy and citrus flavors with bitterness balanced out by sweetness. A fairly big IPA, but not overwhelming. (201 characters)

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,416 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Elysian Brewing 'Space Dust IPA' @ 7.2% , from the Manic IPA series , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a clear pale gold from the bottle to a slight hazy gold in the glass with a medium size off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-pine & citrus , standard for a PNW IPA

T-pleasant & crisp , good just no wow factor , big Chinook hop bitter finish

MF-mild carbonation , medium body , big dryness of the palate

Ov-just ok as an PNW IPA , good beer otherwise

prost LampertLand (527 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; decent retention and lacing action

Smell: Biscuity malt and a fruit salad of tropical and floral fruits (passion fruit, papaya and cantaloupe)

Taste: BIscuity, with a touch of caramel; the developing hop profile is a bit different, with papaya, cantaloupe and passion fruit - not uber tropical or grapefruity; the finish has a bitter aspirin character that I often get with Amarillo

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I will give Elysian credit here for brewing something different to try to stand out from all the other IPAs (or DIPAs, as the abv on my bottle is 8.2%); having said that, I am not a fan of Amarillo so this is not something I would be inclined to seek out - I much preferred their Dayglow that I had the other day (838 characters)

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.