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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: 1,128
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 86
Gots: 353 | 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: 1,128
Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -63.1%
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.

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Photo of mrjez
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours an orange-gold with a small head, a little lacing.
S: quite subdued aroma, some light pine, a hint of grapefruit, pineapple.
T: it has a nice full flavour, the hops work together well, and everything is kept in check. There's pine, some tropical or stone fruit. There's no taste of that high ABV but you can sense it in the body.
F: it has a pretty big start, with a bitter hop wash that stretches out with a pretty dry finish.
O: I remember digging this on tap a bit more, but the bottle version holds up well.

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Photo of cfalls
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +23.2%
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 -2.7%
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 +9.4%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of Treb0R
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of eporter66
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Ploohblaah
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of hoosiercrab
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a recent Hoosier transplant to central Maryland (see username). Like any proud transplant, I compare all new things to the best in the midwest. When talking about beer that means all breweries get compared to Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, and Brugge and all beers to their beers. Unfortunately, it typically isn't worth the effort to compare IPAs and APAs to Three Floyd's Zombie Dust because it is simply too good. That said, Space Dust shares more in common with Zombie Dust than half of its name. Space Dust sported that familiar fresh, citrusy aroma and bitter hoppiness that I love in Zombie Dust. I'd say the biggest difference between the two beers is that Space Dust is actually available for purchase!! (Zombie Dust is simply too hard to find.)

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $3.50 for this bottle at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Light copper yellow hazy but no sediment. Head is just a 1/4 inch that fades to a good lace ring. Some sticky head on the glass.
S - Really good aroma very pungent of floral and citrus hops and sweet malt base.
T - Smooth hop taste not acidic or strong but kind of watery so I assume my bottle may be over a few months old.
M - As said it's a bit light but easy enough to sip.

Overall it's a good IPA balanced hop bitterness with a good malt base. I can see the comparison to heady topper since I only found one bottle of this on the shelf.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a pale orange with a thin, fluffy head. Aroma is pretty ripe with tropical hop scents. Citrusy. I also get a grainy and sweetly bready malt smell. The flavor pops on the tongue. The hops profile is bright and appealing. Lots of hop-derived fruit flavor. Melons, tangerines, mangoes. The hops dominate. The malt complements these hops in a pleasurable fashion. Body is medium. Bitterness is never overbearing. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this brew a ton. The label are is pretty legit, too. Would definitely revisit this beer.

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Photo of seandavies22
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't a fan of this, maybe it was the batch but this has such a horrible metal aftertaste. I've updated my review I recommend drinking this beer warm it's far more palatable, the metal taste goes away, it does leave a bitter aftertaste, but that I don't mind.

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Photo of DoubleBarrelHopShot
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, slight haze, white persistent head, lacing
S - Citrus/tropical fruit, great nose
T - Slight malt sweetness that finishes nice & bitter
F - Good carbonation, a little thin
O - Pouring another one w/ a smile

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing iridescent gold, with a slight head, whispy lace, and slight carbonation.
Lots of tangerine, some of the usual chacitteristics of the style.
Tangerine, fair bitterness in balance with sweetness, long drawn-out finish.
Medium to full body, ABV as expected, well carbonated, a bit slick texture.
This is a good IPA, but pails in comparison to other "Dust" IPAs. Still no slouch, and probably best with a summer burger.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light golden hue with two fingers of creamy white head comprised of rather tiny bubbles.

Aroma is extremely juicy. Musky tropical fruit galore, guavas and passion fruit with a little cantaloupe melon. Some citrus rind in the background and a dash of peppery resins.

Palate is as close to a purely tropical hop flavor as I've experienced, with the citrus downplayed. Fresh tropical juice flavors lead the way with some mellow pine needle notes doing little to cut the sweetness. Huge Juicy Fruit gum flavor rather than the musk on the nose. Slight honeyed malt flavor. This is largely a map outlining the sweet domains of the hop flavor catalogue.

Body on the light side, ultra smooth with just a touch of prickly bite. Finish finally reveals the lemon-lime and grapefruit notes that you knew were lurking in there somewhere but the tropical fruit never takes leave. Fantastic IPA all told, if nothing else because it more cleanly targets the aromatic and sweet rather than the piney and bitter. Highly drinkable to boot. More of a diversion than a staple but this need not be a drawback.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, purchased by a friend passing by State Line Liquors in Maryland/Delaware a few days ago

Label tells me this was Packaged on 11/7/14

Pours hazed lighter amber, near golden, tiny bubble head, film and super fine slippery lacing. nice looking brew.

Tropical fruit, spicy hop nose.

More tropical and citric fruit, oranges, melon and limes on the palate. Spicy and crisp hop bite. Fine stuff, my kinda beer. Hope we get constant distribution of this one very soon. I'll be a regular buyer

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear bright gold color, one fingered white head, no carbonation.

S - Grainy, pineapple, mango, papaya, some grassiness.

T - Lemon grass, grapefruit, and subtle light grain on the finish.

M - Light medium body.

O - Solid.

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