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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 1,130
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 86
Gots: 354 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 164 | Hads: 1,130
Photo of Mantooth
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 -13.8%
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%
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 -3.4%
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%+.o
Update - 11-21-15 - on tap at Elysian Ballpark in Seattle just before Seahawks/49ers game. Cramped and hot. Couldn't enjoy it. I'll be back, though.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -5.4%
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 +15.5%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz single into a tulip

a: beautiful copper that lightens up to a kind of cinnamon-orange at the edges, big 3 finger head that subsides in a minute or two and leaves great lacing
s: some spicy dankness, some sweaty herbal/vegetal dankness, some mild overly ripe citrus juiciness that pairs with some fairly substantial malty sweetness.
t: mainly what I was finding at the end of the nose...a combination of mellow but very ripe and juicy citrus with substantial bready maltiness. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, based on the nose. A little of the Citra funkiness lingers at the end.
m: medium to low carbonation, hides the alcohol quite well...a little chalky at the end...very little bitterness.

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Photo of Mikus
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was really excited to find this at a local Giant Eagle (that I normally don't frequent). Standard orange/amber IPA with decent lacing and a finger of fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. The hop aromas come off as big peach, melon, and juicy tropical presence with some slight alcohol, honey-like sweetness (surprised by this at a fairly conservative ABV). Interesting in that the flavors, save the hint of alcohol, come away very different from the nose. Some resiny hop flavors in the mid palate and a crisp bitterness. Slightly slick/oily mouthfeel towards mid-palate, but dissolves away to a pretty dry finish. Biggest turn off on this (not saying this wasn't an excellent beer) was the alcohol notes in the taste... came together pretty well overall though. Not upset at buying a sixer.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden/Amber color, clear, with a big fluffy two finger head. The aroma is fruity, with a touch of sweet malt. The taste is big tropical fruity, with a touch of orange citrus and a sweet malty taste as well, nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with nice carbonation, and almost an oily feel, very nice. I really like this beer a lot.

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Photo of chad_e_martin
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a few times over the last couple years, but sparingly, since it's usually around $13 for a 6 pack. This one was from a 22 oz bottle. I don't know if being a 22 oz bottle changed the taste, or if it was turnover at Elysian, or some other factor, but it tasted a bit off this time around. Still good, but off. 7.2% abv.

Look: Golden, very clean and clear. Not usually the look I associate with an IPA.

Smell: Malty biscuit and fruit. It smells a bit tropical, a bit citrus(y), but definitely malty.

Taste: Again, malty biscuit and fruit. It's also bitter and smoky. I can't wait to try this one on tap somewhere, because I think it tastes a little more bitter than usual.

Feel: It's got some spice to it, but it's mostly just malty. There is a lot going on here, though, and that is exciting.

Overall: 82/100

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Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There was a lot of freaking out when Elysian "sold out," but I didn't see the big deal. Granted they make a lot of beer and I only have had two of their offerings, but both times I was like, not bad not great. Just a decent beer, but I wouldn't buy them again. This one, though, damn good. I guess you can put me in the camp of if they make good beer, I don't care who owns it. I know this review doesn't tell you what it looks, smells, or taste like, but that doesn't matter because my review doesn't matter. I really enjoy this beer and perhaps you will too. I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of gruntparty
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all top quality. Looks rich and delicious, smells rich and delicious, tastes rich and delicious and feels (you guessed it) rich and delicious.

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Photo of Thomson805
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, tastes better. Hoppy, little bit of citrus, piney and honey flavor show up big for me. Delicious overall, solid ipa not to mention generous abv.

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Photo of kjlcm
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a treat. A nice subtle nose but the taste is where this beer is at. A perfect blend of sweetness and hop bitterness. At 8.2% per the bottle label this is a finely tuned drinkable beast.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

PKG 4/8/15

Look - Pours a light golden yellow with fluffy white head. Ok distribution of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent retention. Good clinging.

Smell - Lots of honey malt presence, peach, orange peel, lemon, mango, slight grassiness. More malt than hops, but it seems to be by design.

Taste - A lot of sweet malt with a bitter finish. Orange marmalade, vegetal hops, citrus rind, slight catty funk. Very well balanced.

Feel - Low to medium bodied. Has a "wet" feel. Tingle mostly on tip of tongue.

Overall - A very well balanced IPA, more along the lines of an English IPA. I prefer bigger hop aromas, but can definitely appreciate the balance.

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Photo of santomark
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Tastes like candy. And for once, I don't remember ever saying this... but the nose does not do this beer justice. The taste is fantastic. Almost candy like. Very very well balanced. The only thing I wish this had was some nose to it. Maybe even a bigger bite at the end. But all in all, it's a great beer. I want a DIPA version.

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Photo of Rman410
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is quite possibly my favorite beer. I first tried it on tap; the taste is so unique that the name goes well with this beer. Drinking this with or without a meal is perfect because it's not overpowering once you near the end of the bottle like some IPAs do. I like drinking it cold out of the bottle while reading some science fiction.

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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of rand
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SD Brewco, poured into pint glass.

A: Copper-tan and clear, the little head that forms leaves lacing all over.

S: Wet, citrusy hop-essence. Big citrusy notes, with cotton-candy sweetness balancing the bouquet.

T: A lot going on for an IPA. Almost malt-forward and candy-like, the hops yield a fruity, floral, tropical profile. Almost no bitterness. Caramelly malts mute any astringent aspects from coming through, but the sip never becomes cloying. Medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation keeps the palate cleansed between sips. Medium finish with lingering orange-sweetness.

One of the more surprisingly tasty beers I've tried in a long time. I've always liked Elysian, but this beer is pretty remarkable. Really drinkable, but doesn't taste like any other IPA.

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

A: slight haze; burnt orange; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: mostly tropical fruit, but pine and floral notes are there as well;

T: pineapple and grapefruit with some earthiness as well; earthiness fades toward the finish, which is a little sweeter than many IPAs, almost DIPA like; mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really easy to drink, I would have liked a bit more bitterness;

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Photo of vitALEity
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of jooler
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is great. Smell is not really there. This sort of tastes like better weather from golden road but more of a bready background. But this has 7.4% and better weather has 9.4%. I would go with better weather

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.