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Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,075
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 81
Gots: 325 | 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: 154 | Hads: 1,075
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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Photo of Treb0R
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +3%
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 +7.7%
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 -2.2%
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 +12.6%
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%
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 +2.7%
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 -24.4%
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 +2.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +3%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark orange yellow in color (yellowish brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a delicate web of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of passion fruit, gooseberries and oranges along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has an interesting mix of flavors, which I assume primarily are a result of the Citra hops. Despite its darkish appearance, the beer doesn't feel that heavy and isn't that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint glass, on tap.

A- Golden colored IPA with a big 2f white-colored head. Clear filtered look.

S- Piney hops and light malts.

T-Piney and some citrus. Very light malt flavors.

M- Light body with little malt backbone. Biting long hop finish.

O- Not the heartiest IPA, but quite flavorful, aromatic, and good drinking.

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Photo of MikeRusso
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good ipa. Golden and a little clear. Very minimal head and a light aroma. The flavors a strong and crisp. Only down side is a slightly off feel in the mouth. But overall this is a really good beer

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, brewed on Oct. 16/14

The limited distribution (thus far) and slightly higher price may keep this beer from getting widely sampled by the masses.....their loss.
Great recipe, tremendous execution. Crisp, clean, and a real tribute to the Amarillo dry hop, in it's glory. This is a must-try IPA...now my favorite beer, hands down. Get some.
Feb. 5.2015: Just found out that Elysian sold out to A-B, the Great Beer Satan. Sadly, Elysian is now dead to me. There are many other beer craftsmen deserving of encouragement and support.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color. Smells of dank buds, citrusy fruit and just damn tasty! Taste is almost identical to the nose, adding a slight bitterness. Feels like an ipa should. Good carbonation. Man, this kicks ass!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a moderately thick foamy head with bubbly lacing that retains well. The aroma hits you with a strong citric hops that is prevalent throughout the drink. The taste is like a hops explosion in your taste buds! Great feel; medium bodied and slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
After a long day at work, I stopped by one of my go to spots and picked out, among others, two IPAs. I had decided that I wanted to kick back with something that gave me a nice hops kick in aroma and taste. I randomly chose this one and am not disappointed in the slightest. Will definitely get again!!

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Photo of UncleDankins
5/5  rDev +23.5%

This beer will be my new go-to IPA if I can just find more stores in this area that stock it. A fantastic IPA. The amarillo really stands out in the aroma along with quite a bit earthy notes. The aroma follows up on the taste: a bitter full bodied mouthfeel with notes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Absolutely delicous. Goes down way too easy so watch out because it's on the higher ABV side.

This beer is awesome. Get dusted.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Honey orange/brown with a slight haze and a steady, marching bubble. Gorgeous in the light, with a slight white frothy head and a good thin ring of retention as you drink.

S: Malt-forward with a nice hop finish. I was expecting more hop notes, but the aroma is subtle with light hints of citrus and pine, and just a touch of juicy fruit. Orange juice and caramel malts define this nose.

T: Strong malt and hop notes up-front with esters of alcohol coming on throughout. A subtle dryness on the finish. Notes of oatmeal bread, orange, bitter hops and some pine. Citrus rind, metallic bitterness, and alcohol round out the flavors on the swallow.

M: You can feel it in your mouth, but can really feel it on the swallow. A bitterness creeps in on the afterfeel that lingers until the next sip compounds it.

O: Might have to re-visit this as I taste a lot of off flavors that don't align with this beer's lionized status, so it may have been a bad batch. Either way, there are better IPA's out there that don't taste as dirty.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at union beer house
nice golden color body with a little head.
aroma was earthy and floral
hop bomb straight up with pine needles.
A great mouthfeel and a darn good ipa
abv 7.2 but is hidden well

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden-yellow with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and slight haze with light carbonation.

Grapefruit, pineapple, sugar-coated tangerine, papaya, mango, and lemon.

Grapefruit juice, papaya, mango, and pineapple. Sugar-coated tangerine and lemon wedges. Bready malts covered in candy sugar. Finishes with pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Lots of traditional pine and grapefruit layered on top of tropical fruits. YUM!

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.