Space Dust IPA - Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,002
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 3.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 285 | FT: 3
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
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 sampled from 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.
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Feb. 5.2015: Just found out that Elysian sold out to AB, the Great Satan. Elysian is now dead to me. (495 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (218 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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!! (627 characters)

Photo of UncleDankins
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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. (430 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 (204 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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

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

Taste
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.

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

Overall
Lots of traditional pine and grapefruit layered on top of tropical fruits. YUM! (596 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $8

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot/peach/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fruits - peach/apricot/grapefruit and some resiny hops. There is also some light malt and a touch of a corn flavour.

Overall - Maybe a touch sweet but a very solid IPA. Some better options in the IPA category but this is still a beer worth trying. (636 characters)

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

A-a light orangeish color with a fingers worth of white head

S-citrus, some orange, light pine, and pale bready malt

T-taste is similar to the smell with a bready malt backbone, caramel, and citrus and pine hops

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable IPA, I could easily have another. My favorite from Elysian so far. (352 characters)

Photo of PintOh1759
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a semi clear semi hazy light orange to gold color.

aroma- Wow! smells ALOT like Heady. Tropical fruits especially pineapple smells fantastic

taste-Up front right away lidocaine tounge numbing bitterness that holds a fruity light malt flavor and then packs a big piney punch at the end that holds onto the back of your tounge.

overall a pretty damn good beer and now that they sell it in 6 packs here in Alaska i will be more tempted to buy it again. could definitely replace Torpedo or Hopothermia as a daily drinker if they are not available (553 characters)

Photo of ecarl97
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer is light, hoppy and aromatic. I got it in Denver and if I continue to have access to it, it will have a permanent place in my fridge. A great easy drinking IPA that gives you everything a double IPA will give you without all the BAC. (245 characters)

Photo of RedTarmac
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Tulip. Hazy copper with a nice frothy head. First impression was the beautiful aroma! Ahhh. Hops and fruit are lingering all about! First sip...nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, fruity & piney hops. Just enough bitter on the finish but doesn't ruin the flavor of this excellent IPA. Well done Elysian. I like! (345 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Light amber hue, just a little hazy, .5 finger head recedes quickly, but leaves a little foam cap that produces decent amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell - Musty, tropical/stone fruit hops abound, a bit citrusy in the background, malts seem to be mostly bowing out with maybe a touch of biscuit.

Taste - Bam! Loads of musty, dank, tropical/stone fruit hops: peach, pineapple, apricot, mango. Perfumy and floral, a touch of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith presents itself along with an ample shot of biscuity, honeyed, semi-sweet malt to round things out. A spicy whiff of booze pops out briefly, which leads into a very dry finish with moderately high drying bitterness.

Feel - Carbonation is tight and very restrained, which makes the body creamy-smooth, but also leaves the body feeling medium-heavy and slick, a bit heavier than it probably should feel. Not especially crisp and "drinkable" feeling, but not to the level of being unpleasant.

Overall - A really solid, tasty IPA overall, but I feel like it could be improved with an adjustment to body and carbonation. Nevertheless, this beer showcases some very potent, delicious tropical hop character; a nice change of pace from the typical grapefruit-bomb IPA. (1,258 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a 16 oz. glass. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus. Taste is hops, bitter, some citrus and pine, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer, highly drinkable for the abv. (266 characters)

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

such a good ipa, mosaic i have to imagine, or one of its near cousins. the color is hazy and golden and just right, heady and lasting, looks the part for sure. nose is tropical and dynamic hops, fresh and west coast in nature, and the malt is frothy in feel, almost creamy, well carbonated, but not anywhere near as sticky or bitter as some are. its real approachable, which is odd because its as full flavored as it is. i think this is one of the few semi mass produced india pales that showcases this type of hop complexion. its probably scored as high as it is because so many people are realizing what hops can be for the first time, a different kind of hoppy, and its just so so good. carbonation is popping off, and the flavor of the hops just lasts forever. honey sweetness just for a second. elysian has really upped their game, and this is one of their best! (867 characters)

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

Picked up locally...just hit town in 6 packs! Bottled 10/6/14 enjoyed from an Elysian 10th pumpkin mini

a - brew pours a crisp transparent light orange. Nice IPA head with great lace that coated the glass.

s - nose is really pleasant. Bouquet of citric hops...nice amount of resins stickiness without overwhelming but giving a nice accessible bitter backbone.

t/m/ o - really crisp and focused easy drinking IPA. As the nose suggested, a nice blend of classic hop citrus and pine in a very tight balance. Rich and flavorful but soft and easy drinking. Really nice beer. (574 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: medium gold and clear; got a coupla fingers of fluffy head that left lace spattered down the glass

S: fresh, wet pale grain malts, bright flowery pine and citrus

T: crisp hop bitterness - flowers bringing bitter citric pith with mild pine resin undertones to the finish

M: sharp and tight, gets fuller as it crosses the tongue; smooth finish with a lingering shellac of bitterness; medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; creamy close...

O: super nice IPA - hits all the marks - hop-forward drinking, packing a solid 7.2 abv... (535 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Love. Love. LOVE this beer.

I am so stoked that Elysian decided to make this a regular six-pack distributed beer because it will certainly become one of my regularly rotated IPA's.
If you're in the mood for a hop-bomb but not the same ol' same ol' then I recommend this beer. It has the basic citrus and flaurel feel of a West-coast, Northwest IPA. So crisp, so refreshing, seems so drinkable but it is a 7.20% abv so watch out for that.
I love Elysian. I love their style. and I really love this IPA. (503 characters)

Photo of NYCDE
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Terrific IPA. The Whole Foods Beer guy recommended it to me. I just paired it with a pork chop and it is wonderful. Smooth mouthfeel, bright bitterness that gives way to grassy citrus on the end. It's a smooth, pleasant, and bold IPA. Very nice. (245 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is decent, and the texture is nicely frothy, leaving behind webs of lacing on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's a lot of fruitiness coming through, however it should be said that there seems to be a greater focus on Amarillo over Citra. I'm getting nice notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange peel, grass, and pineapple. I really have to focus to find tropical fruit, though. But on the positive side, the maltiness just slightly accentuates the hop notes instead of running roughshod over them. (3.75)

Taste: The hoppiness is shown off quite well. At first, the piny flavors come through, only for fruitier notes (pineapple, apricot, melon, grapefruit) to also appear. Not only that, the malt backbone is nice - there, but not ridiculous. It is a bit sweet, but at least it's not crystal malt sweet. A more significant problem is that the hop flavor seems a bit soapy. Apart from that, this is solid. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry on the back end, but also full bodied. In many ways, it feels (and tastes, for that matter) much like a DIPA - it's crisp and somewhat easy to drink, but a bit syrupy as well. Carbonation is a bit low, maybe that's why. (3.5)

Overall: Aside from the soapy flavors, this is a VERY good IPA. It has a good mix of varying hop notes, like pine, herbs, grapefruit, and tropical fruit - all of which is ballasted by a nice (but not overdone) maltiness. All in all, a pretty good offering that could have been extremely good without the dishsoap notes. (3.5)

3.45/5: Likable, but would have been even more so without the slight soapiness (1,693 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours cloudy dark gold color with sandy looking particles floating in it and a very thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and did not budge for a while, fading very slowly and leaving foamy lacing rings and a foamy layer on top.

Smells of strong fresh citrus hops, oranges, lemon zest grapefruit, mango, piney hops, biscuit, light caramel, floral hops and light spices. Very nice hop aroma that was fresh and strong, with a lot of fruit citrus mixed with just enough malt backbone to make it very nicely balanced. It was just how an IPA should smell.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit and biscuit up front, with lemon, light pineapple, tea leaf, pepper and more spices prominent in the flavor, and then it starts trailing off with toasted grains, caramel, piney hops, floral hops/flowers or earthy notes, some herbal notes or dry hay and then a bitterness that’s almost tart and dry. Malt and spices show up more than in the nose, but the hops still add nice flavor, balance and high drinkability which hides the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and leaning towards watery, with a medium body, average carbonation and enough flavor to make this sessionable.

Overall a damn good IPA that reminds me of Stone IPA and will hopefully be available in NY all the time as I would definitely have this again, it was very tasty. (1,356 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more weirdly anthropomorphic hop imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar bonsai tree spread lace around the glass as it slowly retreats.

It smells of sharp orange and red grapefruit citrus, leafy pine needles, further herbal flora notes, bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of benign tropical fruitiness, and a soft earthy flintiness. The taste is more big orange cream and pine forest bitterness to kick things off, with some strong pastry-esque caramel/toffee malt sweetness, spiced lemon pie, other still muddled tropical fruit, and a suggestion of metallic warming alcohol.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their timid frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and generally smooth, perhaps a wee hop acridity eventually wheedling its way in. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt starting to tire of all those upstart kids and their prodding hoppiness.

An enjoyable and balanced IPA, the fruit/pine/malt trifecta all playing nice enough together. Maybe a bit of alcohol begins to seep through as it warms, but that's to be expected - besides, no one can actually hear my complaints in space. (1,276 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

An IPA with Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo? Um, yeah!

Pours a golden amber orange, with a one inch head, and sticky lacing all down my teku.

Smells great, some piney grassiness, and tons of citrus. I get a little bit of grainy, spicy malt too.

This is great, I can really pick out the hop flavors for all the hops used. Chinook is used for bittering, so I doubt I'm getting much flavor from that, but I get a lot of juicy orangey citrus, from the Citra, and some great spiciness, almost black pepper-like, from the Amarillo. This is a great hop combo, Elysian knocked it out of the park. The malt backbone is not all that apparent, but it does seem to give the beer a slight sweetness, and some weight in the background.

This one is medium bodied, with a juicy but creamy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation, still lively, but not distracting.

I'm really quite impressed with this one, Elysian really nailed it here. (987 characters)

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

One great IPA! Space dust has a pine/citrus hop aroma and taste that tugs back and forth on the palate. Pours a lighter color than other IPA's with the same profile, but this doesn't really matter and was just an observation. Had this from the tap, but just a great bottled. Give it a try! (293 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, tropical fruits (papaya, passionfruit), grapefruit peel, and caramel malts.

Taste - Hit right away with the bitter citrus and piney hops followed by the tropical fruits (papaya, passionfruit), grapefruit peel and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the citrus and piney hops.

Overall - Another stellar IPA in Elysian's Manic IPA series. This one delivers an excellent citrus and piney hop profile. (587 characters)

Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.