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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 1,185
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 90
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 1,185
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 Redneckwine
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Light amber hue, just a little hazy, 1 finger head recedes quickly, but leaves a little foam cap that produces decent amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell - Musty, tropical/stone fruit hops abound, a bit citrusy in the background, malts seem to be mostly bowing out with maybe a touch of biscuit.

Taste - Bam! Loads of musty, dank, tropical/stone fruit hops: peach, pineapple, apricot, mango. Perfumy and floral, a touch of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith presents itself along with an ample shot of biscuity, honeyed, semi-sweet malt to round things out. A spicy whiff of booze pops out briefly, which leads into a very dry finish with moderately high drying bitterness.

Feel - Carbonation is tight and very restrained, which makes the body creamy-smooth, but also leaves the body feeling medium-heavy and slick, a bit heavier than it probably should feel. Not especially crisp and "drinkable" feeling, but not to the level of being unpleasant.

Overall - A really solid, tasty IPA (pretty much a DIPA) overall, but I feel like it could be improved with an adjustment to body and carbonation. Nevertheless, this beer showcases some very potent, delicious tropical hop character; a nice change of pace if you're looking to get away from the grapefruit/pine action of a typical IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

such a good ipa, mosaic i have to imagine, or one of its near cousins. the color is hazy and golden and just right, heady and lasting, looks the part for sure. nose is tropical and dynamic hops, fresh and west coast in nature, and the malt is frothy in feel, almost creamy, well carbonated, but not anywhere near as sticky or bitter as some are. its real approachable, which is odd because its as full flavored as it is. i think this is one of the few semi mass produced india pales that showcases this type of hop complexion. its probably scored as high as it is because so many people are realizing what hops can be for the first time, a different kind of hoppy, and its just so so good. carbonation is popping off, and the flavor of the hops just lasts forever. honey sweetness just for a second. elysian has really upped their game, and this is one of their best!

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

Picked up locally...just hit town in 6 packs! Bottled 10/6/14 enjoyed from an Elysian 10th pumpkin mini

a - brew pours a crisp transparent light orange. Nice IPA head with great lace that coated the glass.

s - nose is really pleasant. Bouquet of citric hops...nice amount of resins stickiness without overwhelming but giving a nice accessible bitter backbone.

t/m/ o - really crisp and focused easy drinking IPA. As the nose suggested, a nice blend of classic hop citrus and pine in a very tight balance. Rich and flavorful but soft and easy drinking. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: medium gold and clear; got a coupla fingers of fluffy head that left lace spattered down the glass

S: fresh, wet pale grain malts, bright flowery pine and citrus

T: crisp hop bitterness - flowers bringing bitter citric pith with mild pine resin undertones to the finish

M: sharp and tight, gets fuller as it crosses the tongue; smooth finish with a lingering shellac of bitterness; medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; creamy close...

O: super nice IPA - hits all the marks - hop-forward drinking, packing a solid 7.2 abv...

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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 NYCDE
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Terrific IPA. The Whole Foods Beer guy recommended it to me. I just paired it with a pork chop and it is wonderful. Smooth mouthfeel, bright bitterness that gives way to grassy citrus on the end. It's a smooth, pleasant, and bold IPA. Very nice.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours cloudy dark gold color with sandy looking particles floating in it and a very thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and did not budge for a while, fading very slowly and leaving foamy lacing rings and a foamy layer on top.

Smells of strong fresh citrus hops, oranges, lemon zest grapefruit, mango, piney hops, biscuit, light caramel, floral hops and light spices. Very nice hop aroma that was fresh and strong, with a lot of fruit citrus mixed with just enough malt backbone to make it very nicely balanced. It was just how an IPA should smell.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit and biscuit up front, with lemon, light pineapple, tea leaf, pepper and more spices prominent in the flavor, and then it starts trailing off with toasted grains, caramel, piney hops, floral hops/flowers or earthy notes, some herbal notes or dry hay and then a bitterness that’s almost tart and dry. Malt and spices show up more than in the nose, but the hops still add nice flavor, balance and high drinkability which hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and leaning towards watery, with a medium body, average carbonation and enough flavor to make this sessionable.

Overall a damn good IPA that reminds me of Stone IPA and will hopefully be available in NY all the time as I would definitely have this again, it was very tasty.

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

22oz bottle, more weirdly anthropomorphic hop imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar bonsai tree spread lace around the glass as it slowly retreats.

It smells of sharp orange and red grapefruit citrus, leafy pine needles, further herbal flora notes, bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of benign tropical fruitiness, and a soft earthy flintiness. The taste is more big orange cream and pine forest bitterness to kick things off, with some strong pastry-esque caramel/toffee malt sweetness, spiced lemon pie, other still muddled tropical fruit, and a suggestion of metallic warming alcohol.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their timid frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and generally smooth, perhaps a wee hop acridity eventually wheedling its way in. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt starting to tire of all those upstart kids and their prodding hoppiness.

An enjoyable and balanced IPA, the fruit/pine/malt trifecta all playing nice enough together. Maybe a bit of alcohol begins to seep through as it warms, but that's to be expected - besides, no one can actually hear my complaints in space.

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

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

An IPA with Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo? Um, yeah!

Pours a golden amber orange, with a one inch head, and sticky lacing all down my teku.

Smells great, some piney grassiness, and tons of citrus. I get a little bit of grainy, spicy malt too.

This is great, I can really pick out the hop flavors for all the hops used. Chinook is used for bittering, so I doubt I'm getting much flavor from that, but I get a lot of juicy orangey citrus, from the Citra, and some great spiciness, almost black pepper-like, from the Amarillo. This is a great hop combo, Elysian knocked it out of the park. The malt backbone is not all that apparent, but it does seem to give the beer a slight sweetness, and some weight in the background.

This one is medium bodied, with a juicy but creamy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation, still lively, but not distracting.

I'm really quite impressed with this one, Elysian really nailed it here.

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

One great IPA! Space dust has a pine/citrus hop aroma and taste that tugs back and forth on the palate. Pours a lighter color than other IPA's with the same profile, but this doesn't really matter and was just an observation. Had this from the tap, but just a great bottled. Give it a try!

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, tropical fruits (papaya, passionfruit), grapefruit peel, and caramel malts.

Taste - Hit right away with the bitter citrus and piney hops followed by the tropical fruits (papaya, passionfruit), grapefruit peel and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the citrus and piney hops.

Overall - Another stellar IPA in Elysian's Manic IPA series. This one delivers an excellent citrus and piney hop profile.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 30/10/14

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, looks a little still with just a couple bubbles popping up here and there but a thumbs width of foam has decent retention and leaves lots of random lace

S lemon, pineapple, a little spruce and pine, tropical fruit I can't place, vitamin C chewable's, just a hint of hard toffee, fairly straightforward but solid

T a little lemon rind, still plenty of citrus, pines a little stronger, much like the nose really, a hint of spice as it warms

M medium bodied, more bubbles then you'd guess after looking at it, a little grit, a nice bitter snap, rind and pine linger

O solid IPA, typical West Coast style and easy too drink, worth a try for sure

I like it and its a solid representation of the style but at the same time its one of those beers that tastes like many others, maybe I've just had my fill of IPA's recently

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Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

From 10/25.14 notes. 14oz. pour of this at Fools Gold in NYC.

Pours a clearish golden-yellow color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, citrus, grapefruit, light bitter hops and bite to it, and light tropical notes. Very hoppy throughout, especially in the nose...quite nice. Medium body and low carbonation, body is smooth and no bitter bite which is good.

Overall a very good and hoppy DIPA that does not have any bitterness to it, which I am a fan of. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle (no apparent date):
Pours hazy golden with a little head on a light pour (on a second pour brought a decent amount of head). The white froth did remain spotty on the surface, and decently thick on the edges of the glass. The lacing was pretty good. The nose hits obviously with tropical fruits, mango, papaya; this is countered by some grapefruit notes. There's another "feel" in the nose that underlies all the fruit notes, reminding me if wet cardboard.

The taste has the attributes of the nose, the grapefruit coming through a little stronger, and a bit more bitter (rind). I get varying degrees of tropical fruit in each sip; the taste is also a bit more earthy than I expected from the nose. The sweetness in the beer comes from the tropical notes and is honeysuckle-like, but is mostly hidden by bitterness (strangely I get some earthy herb notes as well). The carbonation is decent, and the feel comes across as a bit abrasive to me when cold.

This was overall an enjoyable tropical-grapefruit, bitter IPA. It missed a little on bringing the tropical fruit into the flavor, instead bringing a bit of generic sweetness. It ended up being a tad more balanced than a typical West Coast IPA, but still leans towards that style.

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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 logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A: dark, dehydrated urine color. Two finger thick white head with consistent lacing

S: Ripe strawberries, pine, hint of citrus

T: Delicious well balanced IPA, very strong strawberry taste that follows smell

M: hops up front and smooth fruit finish, consistent medium carbonation

O: this is a delicious IPA. Very good balance of hops and fruit

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Oh Hell Yeah! This is the type of IPA today's HopHead wants to dig into. Fresh and bursting with hoppy goodness. The ABV of 7.2% is the absolute magic number for a classic American IPA.....kudos Elysian for getting it right. *Great label art as well!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4/4.5/3.75/4.25/4.25

Pour is a little more pale than I would prefer, but still rich and opaque enough not to let me worry. Two fingers of pillowy white head dissipates to about a finger leaving flower pressings along the side of the glass promising greater things.

As soon as I pop the top it's big juicy sweet citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, some jkucy cantaloupe and other tropical fruits... really enticing. Some earthen and... dark toast? malts lurking as we dig deeper?

After the promise of the nose, perhaps I got my hops too high. That's not to say it's not very good, but I was looking for something just popping with sweet tropical citrus' bursting in my mouth, but instead the taste steps more towards the cool earthtones of blunt pine and pith. Less sticky sap, more flat needles.
Body is solid, malt doesn't provide any distinct flavour profile of its own, but supports the grey bitter of the hops appropriately. Moderate carbonation feels appropriate and puts the pithy stark bitterness to the forefront by the end of the swallow. That pithiness blankets the tongue in the aftertaste, and the alcohol is hidden quite well.
I vacillated on this one a fair amount. After an overwhelmingly positive approach, it settles in to an above average but not as outstanding as I had hoped/expected middle, and upon reflection retains more of the former than the latter. Like a steady relationship, starts with a bang, settles into a routine that can seem monotonous and retread at times, but ultimately looked back upon fondly, appreciating the positive bent of that routine while remembering the highs and dismissing any lows.
Don't love it as much as I was expecting to, but would absolutely reach for it again, and wouldn't hesitate if a visiting out of town friend said they heard it was good and wanted to try it as an example of really good Seattle beer. Whatever, it makes sense in my head.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic crystal clear pale amber. Light hues of lemon and bronze orange color, with fine white and pinhead hollow carbonation rising from the bottom. Head formation is a little smaller than most for the style, reaching three fingers tall with off white color, and a small retention thick cap of about a finger tall. Still a very decent looker regardless..

Aroma hints towards slight florals and a bit of pine. Some tropical hop mushy qualities, but a bit of pine seems to sneak in over it. Juiced body it seems is coming from this aroma, and a much simple toned down caramel malt sweetness which is nice. Pretty inviting and solid.

Palate comes in surprisingly. Much sweeter on first sip as some caramel and alcohol like hot sweetness more like a sugar DIPA seems to be coming. However, it quickly disappears and the hops begin talking throughout the palate. Mid palate hits with a good minty and powder pine sense, and a tropical note of mango and orange comes in. Good quick finish with a long lasting pine and spruce flavor. Some warm earthy tones mix with a big of tropical and seem to bounce off each other, playfully, if not integrating co-operatively. It's a fun fight as tropic vs pine/earth fight for supremacy and the run continues. Juiced hinted body seems to take a backseat to a simple malted backbone, that almost gets a bit watery. Flavors still manage to coat everywhere.

Overall it's a fun beer, and the hop angle is intersting if perhaps not really showcasing Citra and Amarillo at it's ideal. Still the ride and bounce is pretty darn fun.

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Photo of JeffH
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Medium orange color with a strong, bright white head and better than average lacing. The aroma is strong oranges and tangerines with a whiff of pine and vanilla. Slightly sweet crystal malt on the front of the palate with bright tropical fruit hops in the middle without being bitter. The finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is creamy without being too heavy. This is a strong west coast IPA but unique enough to stand out from the crowd. Overall, a nice change of pace from bitter hop bombs.

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

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a 1-finger white head that leaves behind some patchy lace.

Aroma is a nice clean blend of grapefruit and pine. Smells like we have a classic West Coast IPA here.

Taste is dry biscuity pale malt and lots of citrusy NW hops. Tropical and juicy, more orange than grapefruit. Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo hops. Nice clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a very solid version of the American IPA.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.