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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 1,069
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 81
Gots: 320 | 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: 152 | Hads: 1,069
Photo of timontheroad
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -2.5%
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 +4.9%
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 -6.4%
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 +16%
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 +0.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +0.2%
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 +10.4%
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 +13.6%
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 -13.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +4%
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 -28.4%
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%
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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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated 2/18/2015, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber with a three finger white head.

S- Hint of tropical fruits, sweet pineapple, slightly dank, caramel malts, citrus.

T- Dank/piney bitter finish, citrus, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, hint of bready malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice IPA, good balance. Nice combination of hops.

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Photo of sgameroz
1.5/5  rDev -63%
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.

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Photo of cfalls
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, with one finger head that slowly fades.

Smells fresh and dank. Nice.

Juicy flavors. More citrus rind than on the nose. As it warms, I taste more malt sweetness and a hint of green onion.

Resiny with medium carbonation.

Nice IPA, but my preference is more for floral than dank flavors.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/16/16

Appearance: Clear orange golden color with a finger or two of off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass

Smell: Citus zest, lemon grass, slightly tropical, and toasted grains.

Taste: Less tropical on the taste and rather more citrus zest than anything. I also get an undertone of onion and slight toasted grains. Not as great as the smell

Mouthfeel: Medium body and sort of coats the palate; Moderate bitterness throughout that compliments the citrus taste very well

Overall: I could see this being a go to for some. Its pretty straightforward with the citrus zest character with a good hop bite. Its not quite juicy enough to call it great, has a bit more astringency than i prefer, but it has the right amount of bitterness to compliment the zest qualities. All in all a solid, approachable every day IPA

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Photo of Darwin232
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pleasant hoppy aroma, citrus.

Appearance: Golden orange, nice lace, weak head retention, nice carbonation

Flavor: Citrus notes, Grassy. initially light malt flavor but improves as beer warms up. Still a light to medium malt backbone. No off flavors.

Mouth feel: Improves as heats up.

Overall: Nice beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus forward hop qualities that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this as I was drinking a sculpin grapefruit ipa and wow. Obviously different but this would give heady topper and road to ruin a run for its money

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Photo of jspaner
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a slightly opaque light orange color, but pretty typical for an IPA. Smell is very strong with lots of citrus, hoppy goodness. Taste is excellent. Very hoppy with a good amount of bitterness, but not too much. First time I've had this beer, but it won't be the last.

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Photo of jonboyd_md
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Golden-orange in color with a slight haze. One finger, sudsy head. Smells immediately of grapefruit and orange. Then a piney, resinous under note. Flavor is much the same. Good light-medium body. Overall a very good beer. In my top 5.

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Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty solid across the board, clear golden color with lightly tanned frothy head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, mostly grapefruit and herbal pine notes Taste of hops and nicely bittered too. Well carbonated with a deceptively creamy head, a bit unusual for an IPA.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.