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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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BA SCORE
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 08-06-2012)
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n2185

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy layer with good lacing.

S: lots of grapefruit with pineapple and orange dominate the nose.

T: grapefruit dominates here as well with some citrus rind and pine.

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer is on cask so it's a bit watery. It works well, though.

O: a solid beer overall. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2013 00:50:18 | More by n2185
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#14257.

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
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of Orange citrus, pine and some sweet beady malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat chewy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet caramel malt, Orange citrus, pine and a little tropical fruit. Finishes moderately bitter with lingering pine notes.

I didn't have a fresh bottle, but the beer was tasty and well balanced

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 21:48:13 | More by WanderingFool
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is a sunny golden with light haze and thick white cap with good retention. The smell is very good with a strong citrus and dank herbal aroma. The feel is good with some mild sweetness and moderate bitterness with medium carbonation and low alcohol influence.

The taste has a mix of lemon and grapefruit with a slight caramel malt sweetness and light bitter herbal flavor in the background with a nice mild tangelo acidity alongside mild astringency with some gentle alcohol but the hop flavor is pretty fresh with light pine accent you can taste the citrus rind from the Citra hops which is nice and lingers on after the swallow. Overall I was pleased, this is a solid IPA, it lived up to expectations and I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:54:43 | More by Slatetank
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 650ml bottle bought at the BCLS. I paid $7.25 + deposit.

A: Cloudy gold, foamy head the colour of buttered popcorn.
S: Citrus / tropical fruits / melon. Fairly sweet. Maybe a hint of pine.
T: Follows the smell, with a bitter finish.
F: lighter than I'd expect, given the alcohol content. Pleasant.

Would I buy this again? Maybe. I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 05:57:52 | More by souvenirs
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slim 650ml brown bottle, bottling date 05/07/2013, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass:

A: pours a clear bright amber colour with a thin but frothy off-white head, leaving tight lacing as it retreats, on top of rather mild carbonation.
S: deliciously and richly grapefruity-citric and tropical fruity (unripe lychee, ripe guava and passion fruits all spring to mind) aroma flows on top of a decent but mildly-flavoured malty backbone (with a lightly “stinky” edge as in floor-malted barley like Maris Otter); following a good swirl, lots of hop resins with flowery, gooseberry-ish and grapey scent come to the fore, rendering a really deep and colourful 3D dimensional performance all in all. Although it is rich and enjoyable, the hop aroma never goes overly heavy.
T: lovely effervescent on the entry, the juicy malts have very similar quality like Maris Otter English malts, with a somewhat… gristy aroma in the middle, pairing seamlessly with the equally focused and “neat” hop aroma as in guava, grapefruit flesh and tannic citrus seeds; yet very soon the hop bitterness seems to suck every flavour elements into an “alpha-black-hole”, where only the assertive, sharp and tannic edge of hop bitterness is left the palate. Finishing clean, dry even, fairly bitter, with a mildly warming feel lagging behind.
M&O: soothingly carbonated and refreshing enough, this medium+ bodied IPA is so different than other malt-rich American IPAs in that the neater malt base allows the hop aroma and flavour to roam free while still keeping a close dialogue. All in all, I love this IPA dearly and would recommend this to anyone who prefers to have something slightly… different every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:22:56 | More by wl0307
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:02:29 | More by Kegatron
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.89/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:51:48 | More by Lawl3ss
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:04:50 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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oceanman907

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This is a very attractive beer, Minimal head for an IPA, but some lacing down the glass and a beautiful sunshine hazy yellow color, much lighter than your standard IPA with a 7+% ABV

S-Piney and sweet, which as a scent combination i didn't find particularly pleasant, good, but kindof reminded me a humid sumer day... a sticky scent.

T- Pine forward hoppiness, clementine, lemonade, rounding out to a very pleasant sweet malt background that lightly faded away, finishes quite dry with a slight bit of yeast spiciness.

M-For me it was much lighter than I expected w/ a good amount of drinkability, could finish a couple bombers of this beer in a night without much thought. Surprising for 7.2%

O- I really liked this beer and I can see why it's called space dust, really light and does not last very long on the tongue, making this a good (if not dangerous) choice for a session IPA. Pretty sweet for an IPA, but that sweet citrus flavor gives this beer a difference than many NWIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 09:26:34 | More by oceanman907
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy orange body with a one finger white foamy head that drastically dies to barely a film coating the top of the body, light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace, messy lacing just kinda goes all over the glass in no apparent way

S: citrusy and piney hops up front and very strong powering their way through the entire brew, but there is a light sweet malty presence in the background

T: bittersweet all the way through the citrusy and piney hops, again with a sweet malty presence in the background, yet there is also a favorable spiciness that comes through in the taste that I really like, very sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, surprisingly enough despite the ABV - this one shows a very favorable drinkability - big wow, carbonation seems lighter than most AIPA's but pulls off pretty good for the style and for me

O: I really wasn't expecting this one to be this good, holy crap, this is a very good AIPA. Well done Elysian. If there is anything here on the West Coast that I can get for this price of $4.99 a bomber, I will be sending this one East to hopefully sway some of my East coast cohorts to a very well done AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 05:50:46 | More by BeerKangaroo
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no noticeable date on it poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a pale, coppery golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that shows good staying power. Sticky webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Very citrusy aroma. Sweet, white grapefruit up front, touches of pine...very juicy smelling. Low level biscuity malt base, a bit earthy too. Very fresh smelling hop aroma.

T - Plenty of grapefruity citrus, trace of lemons. Earthy hop bitterness that lingers throughout each sip. Touch of alcohol, some bread and biscuits. Mix of a bit of pine and some tropical fruity mango as well.

M - Just on the lighter side of medium bodied. A lower level, creamy carbonation gives this a very smooth texture. Tasty citrusy aspects, medium bitterness.

O - Good IPA. If this was local, I could see myself having this fairly often. Well balanced with good citrusy hop presence. Not overpowering...perhaps a bit strong for a sessionable beer at 7.2%, but could have a couple of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 13:29:13 | More by portia99
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chrislikesbeer

Washington

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 15:46:56 | More by chrislikesbeer
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Excellent lacing as it settles to a wispy surface with a few islands of bubbles.

Smell - Orange hops. Grapefruit starts to dominate, though. Sweet malts. Doughy. Pine hops round it out.

Taste - Grapefruit hop flavor. Toasty malt. Still has that doughy sweet malt, but there's quite a bit of toasted malt. Piney and bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA. That's not unpleasant though. Very bitter, seemingly throughout the flavor of the beer.

Overall - A little rough around the edges, but a very nice IPA. Drinks like a double, but considering how flavorful it is, that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 22:55:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, light amber with a two finger white head.

S - Tropical fruits and floral notes abound with an inviting hoppy background.

T - Citrus sweetness at first that develops to piney hoppy notes. Not a huge hop/bitter bomb here. Just enough sweet malts to balance it out.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Had a wet finish.

O - Very balanced IPA with an awesome looking label.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:39:18 | More by cvm4
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beagle75

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright tropical fruit and pine are well established. Some light cracker is also detectable, but otherwise it is very clean.

T: Begins dry, with crisp pilsner malt and moderate hops aromatics of grapefruit peel and green plant stem. Dry clean qualities persist into the middle where aromatic hops flavors are replaced incrementally by hops bitterness. The finish is diminishing and bone-dry, although moderate bitterness and pine tend to linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, resinous and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: The most noteworthy of Elysian's beers sampled thus far, this seasonal IPA boasts a modern hops profile that, while different from most, falls just short of rivaling the top tier. While the beer from the bottle displays a fairly honest Citra hops flavor profile, the draft experience (not reviewed here) surprisingly lively pine-focused sensory profile that really pops.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 19:18:57 | More by beagle75
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Act25

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a wine glass a little at a time.

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a large head that slowly falls. Thick lasting lace. Sticky.

Smell: big floral, tropical, hoppy, and citrus notes predominate over malts. Pleasant, inviting, big.

Taste: A malty, bready, grainy backbone with caramel, orange, hops, and mango. Great bitterness balances the beer. Perfect taste tension. A great, large ipa.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Great food beer, (tonight spinach salad with meat tomato sause over pasta), stays crisp throughout with a refreshing dryness in finale. Leaves mouth in great place. Great food beer, large!

Overall: Awesome IPA will definitely try anything from this brewer who is 2 for 2 with me!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:33:16 | More by Act25
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 05:37:27 | More by LampertLand
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:36:08 | More by Suds
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware: Tired Hands Brewing Company Oversized Wine Glass.

Appearance: Amber-orange in color, this beer is perfectly clear with no particles or sediment. An average intensity pour produced a small 1/2 finger of head that was soapy in texture and did not last very long. Lacing was sparse. The color was the real strong point here.

Smell: Smell is of pineapple and tropical fruits, primarily. Perhaps a bit of sweet malts, and the tiniest bit of pine.

Taste: Taste is of pine bitterness, pineapple sweetness, and other tropical fruits, combined with a healthy malt presence that tastes sweet and caramel-y. Alcohol is certainly noticeable in the taste, as well.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with a thin texture that leaves a bit of an oily residue. The carbonation was average.

Overall: Very balanced, with a nice tasty malt character combined with the hops. Cool bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:27:38 | More by ChrisKayler
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 04:37:43 | More by Nerudamann
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 06:00:22 | More by LambicPentameter
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Pint Glass

Appearance- Hazy deep gold, 1 and a half finger white head

Aroma- Very fruity hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, peach, sweet honey like malt, no alcohol

Flavor- Honey, pine, grapefruit, apricot, light malt, slight alcohol. good bitterness, nice

Mouthfeel- Medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- Impressed with this. Better than i thought it would be. Very complex hop profile, and very drinkable, the best brew I've had from Elysian. Worth picking up, if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:58:44 | More by LI_PO12
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washingtonstatebeerfan

Florida

5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:35:53 | More by washingtonstatebeerfan
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utopiajane

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a fat bone white head of soft foam that fell slowly and in it's own sweet time. Left rings, scads of lace that was cloud like and almost ethereal. The foam glinted with light that seemed to come from the soft glow of the body of the beer. While it was a deep pastel color it was also opaque. Left a thick cap and skinny ring. A work of art in the glass. Nose was tantalizing and had bountiful ripe fruits. Mango, orange and some pungent citrus over top of that. Malt was sugary and dry with a deep caramel sweetness and a little bread. Spice and a touch of alcohol. Pine and honey. The nose was smooth and complex with a great floral that gave a perfume to the fruits and made them seem juicy and fresh. Taste was as sweet and smooth. All the ripe fruit greets the palate with lots of juicy flavor and then a sweet sugar from the malt comes in with the bread. There's melon in the drink as it warms. Nothing out of place or out of balance. It tastes like the hop cone on the label suggests; that nature is blowing this sweet candy at you. The pine and hop oil resin meet at the back palate to leave you with a prominent bitter that accentuates and does not detract from all the forward sweetness on the nose or from the first taste impression. The fruit is so juicy and that quality lasts throughout the drink and into the dry and bitter finish. You are left to gaze in wonder at the shimmering lace as an alcohol warmth comes over you. The bubbles that had collected in an island as the cap reluctantly faded just sat on the side of the glass as bold as brass, climbing upwards as I drank. The fruit kept increasing in depth and flavor, and the bread kept coming at the back of each sip to finish with gaiety and pleasure.

I found this to be one of the best IPA's I have ever had. It had power and strength from a mammoth hop profile that was executed so well. It had a bitter that was justified after filling your palate with all kinds of juicy and ripe fruit. It had a malt that was understated and hardly noticeable except for a jolly sweetness that made the drink so easy and enjoyable. The color was incredible. I wasn't going to buy this but I am so glad I did. Resplendent and bewitching.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 12:12:19 | More by utopiajane
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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.