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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,042
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 80
Gots: 306 | FT: 4
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: 147 | Hads: 1,042
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. (156 characters)

Photo of kjlcm
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (194 characters)

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. (660 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Rman410
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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. (339 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 rand
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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; (477 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 jooler
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (209 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (366 characters)

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 cfalls
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (831 characters)

Photo of Darwin232
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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 (321 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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 (152 characters)

Photo of jspaner
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of jonboyd_md
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (261 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 eporter66
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at "The Local" in Saratoga NY. The smell hit me immediately, fruity, and the taste was what I truly enjoy, hop heavy, bitter, and a bit dry. I will seek this one out, I've not seen it in stores here in NY, but not sure I was looking for it either. Excellent IPA (278 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Delicious tropical aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, tangerines, peaches, pineapple, mango and some bread.
Hoppy flavor with predominant notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, caramel malt, spices, grass, melon, American yeast, a bit of mango, pineapple, tea bags and some lemony. Quite dry aftertaste with a persistent bitterness. You sure can feel its 62 IBUs.
Deceivingly light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is very well disguised.
Hoppy forward American IPA with nose towards the tropics and mouth towards piney forests and grapefruits yards. This is a great representative of the style, after warming up I kept raising its grade. (736 characters)

Photo of Ploohblaah
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Little smell, hint if citrus And grapefruit; very lacy white head, devent retention. Hazy golden color. Clean on palate. Hop dryness and bitterness in finish excellent. Malt is on lighter side. Hops shine with some esters. Piney, slightly skunky, great flavor. Great representation of IPA style. (300 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a big head that is at least two fingers high. Nice hoppy nose and hoppy flavor profile. The maltiness might be a bit wanting but this remains a decidedly above average IPA. (200 characters)

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