Elysian Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #362
Ranked #4,217
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Notes: Dayglow IPA: Another Manic Lupululu! This is a beer with the insistent beat of hops, as driving and inevitable as a Full Moon party in Haad Rin. It drips with tropical, sunshiny Mosaic, and twinkles with touches of El Dorado and Centennial. A touch of wheat hazes the malt bill a bit around the edges, and the IBUs are stuck in the mid-sixties.

65 IBU
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an inch of dense and frothy beige head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine. I’m tasting sticky pine and a touch of citrus. The mouth is moderately resinous and dry.

May 02, 2020
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Hopisaurusrex from New York

3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Shotgunned from a 12oz. can. Although taste period was brief I sensed dandelion aromas and heavy malt as if I were crushing Colt 45s. Couldn't get a good look as it went down my gullet at the snap of a finger. Piney aftertaste mixed together with a hint of citrus orange/lemon. Hammered a second one down right after and finished it off with a shot of rumplemintz, seemed minty the second time around.

Apr 17, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw bottles of this at my beer shop for .50 cents each. Upon further inspection, I saw the best buy date was 15 NOV 2018. I bought two. What's the worse that could happen? Maybe it turned into a Barleywine? Like my DFH 90 minute IPA I stored for 2 years? The look of the beer was pretty solid. Off white frothy head, dark gold color. The nose was stone fruit, bread malts, maybe some floral notes. The taste was mostly malt, but with that underlying hop presence which was a spicy/piney variety. Some sweetness as well. Mouthfeel was medium. Lots of bitterness on the front and back end. Finish was dry. Overall, for an old IPA, this wasn't too bad. I'm sure the hops were set back a bit. I'd like to sample a fresh one, but they are hard to find here. The Space Dust is quite available and is my favorite from this brewery.

Jan 31, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. The head has excellent retention, leaving some sticky cobwebs of lacing before settling into a thick cap of foam. Absolutely gorgeous beer.

The aroma is so much pineapple, followed by grapefruit, lemon, and grass. The sweet, caramel malt punches through the hops, leaving some faint spice and pine on the back.

The flavor is.... interesting. The malt and hops are at war with each other, fighting for ultimate supremacy. There's a lot of citrus and pineapple up front, followed by an absolute unit of caramel malt. There's some toasted wheat and grass before a piney, bitter finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Chewy, even. Bitterness lingers for days.

Overall, this is a great, incredibly well-balanced IPA. There's plenty of bitterness here, but the malt is far from shy and the fruity hop notes squash out any astringency. Don't care who owns this brewery, this is a damn good beer.

Nov 30, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) into a Captain Lawrence custom taster pint; best by 11/13/2019.
A: Pours a hazy, orange amber with a one to two finger, fluffy, wheat colored head, nearly a finger of retention, and broad, but foamy lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, orange/lemon, and pine.
T: Semisweet. Flavors are a nice mash up of the aromas. Strong, but never overpowering, cuminy bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Almost chewy.
O: Wow! Elysian does it again with a malty, hop forward, American IPA. A touch past prime, but I didn't notice. Delicious.

Nov 18, 2019
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SSS from Canada

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden orange with a slightly off white head that holds its shape for quite some time
S-I don’t get much more that a few spice notes...
M-Medium body and medium carbonation
T-This beer is quite bitter upfront and that bitterness lingers in the after taste without too much sweetness to counterbalance.
O-This beer is very disappointing, I was expecting much more, based on the description on the bottle

Oct 14, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deeply hazy orange amber glass is pretty dark, edges into brown. Holds a bright white sticky head that laces the glass with foam.

Aroma: Citric hops, orange skin, grapefruit, lime, a little crystal malt base giving the package some candy sweetness.

Taste: Hops are a bit leafy, but still some citric, a bit more lime peel in the flavor. They aren't bitter, which given the hazy, makes me think this is a Hazy IPA (not that there's anything wrong with that). Lots of hop flavor, balanced with a fairly clean malty base.

Mouthfeel: Sudsy, medium heavy body, medium low carbonation, slight warming in the finish but generally very clean.

Overall: Tasty. Good hop flavor without much bitterness, a firm malt base so there's support, almost enough to bring this toward balance. Paid 2 bucks for a single to give it a try. It's a solid IPA I could see ordering from a bar, but with so many good IPAs out there, I don't think it will make my regular short list.

Oct 08, 2019
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy, straw golden color, white frothy head at first, stays not long, no lacing. Can rotate the glass to spin the beer and revive the nice head

S: pleasant, sweet hops, Eldorado hops coming through

T: hop forward, smooth, pleasant. Nice light malts. I recognized the centennial hops and interesting combination of Eldorado and Mosaic hops there too. So a nice citrus, pleasant bitterness, almost grapefruit tones

F: good body, carbonation just right

O: This is a very interesting and enjoyable hoppy golden ale. Not a typical IPA. Well balanced hops gives it an enjoyable smoothness.

Sep 28, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and citrus, like grapefruit. Something strongly herbal like edgy dry Lavender.

Taste at first is sharply hoppy with some piney notes this time. There's that herbal thing as well but sweet malt keeps peaking out like little bursts of sun rays on an overcast day. I can't really decide to call the hops piney or herbal but they have a restrained dryness and are certainly not juicy. Short finish with a lingering hop firmness in the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

There's much to recommend this IPA if it's on sale.

Aug 15, 2019
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Alexrdvz from Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass bottles poured into a glass. Head does not last very long. Very nice fruity bouquet. Right amount of hoppiness. Citrus notes linger in the back. Relatively high ABV, yet easy to drink and refreshing. From a guy who does not drink IPAs, this is a really good beer. Makes me thinks of summer or somewhere tropical.

Jul 08, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/1/19

Pours a very slightly cloudy burnt orange body topped with a tight few fingers of off-white froth; an active effervescence is persistent; great head retention slowly fading to dense cap and soapy lacing that comprehensively walls the glass.

Aromas of fresh grapefruit peel, pine needles, candied pineapple find balance from the start, while dry caramel malt is intense in the background.

Tastes of piney hops, grapefruit peel, and vague tropical citrus undertones; again, a firm, flaky caramel malt backbone is readily apparent throughout the profile; follows the aroma with a pleasant consistency.

Mouthfeel shows a crisp medium body and ample carbonation cut mostly by a hoppy snap; juicy toward the finish, with bits of sticky malt and resinous tones on the swallow.

A consistently approachable high-quality take on a west coast IPA embracing it's fair share of dank and tropical elements; it doesn't stun by any stretch, but it certainly satisfies.

Jun 09, 2019
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ZipDipper from California

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich, golden color and a good head. The smell and taste are both a bit boozy, with a full hop (and slightly bitter) aftertaste. A tasty brew, but not quite their flagship IPA, Space Dust.

Jun 04, 2019
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hash light copper color into my pint glass. Foamy, fluffy head with caked lacing. Liquid appears medium thick and lightly carbonated.
Nose is faint hops, lemon zest, grass and grain.
Taste is a nice combo of earthy grains and zesty hops, with a malt backbone that is just about perfect in sweetness.
Feel is memorable: smooth and medium-slick with a nice zesty/ peppery finish.
A highly drinkable IPA that, to me, is somewhat reminiscent of Racer 5. Recommended.

Jun 04, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy peach/amber with a 1-2 finger head. Scant retention but good lacing.

The aromas are an interesting mix of herbal and grassy notes with honey and graham cracker and a touch of fruit. A bit of "dank" as well.

The flavor is initially honey-kissed and fruity with grass, herb, and dank notes following.

Medium to medium-full bodied for the style, with a need for a touch more carbonation. Slick but not sticky.

A boldly-flavored west-coast offering that delivers.

May 25, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The big fancy can with the laser tiger really sold me on this one. Unfortunately the beer inside is not as rad as the tiger. Can says juicy but I would say the bitterness overpowers the juicieness. Not a great balance. Damn you laser tiger!

May 25, 2019
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timon from California

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste here is great. This is a real easy drinking IPA. Very unique flavor that I have trouble even describing. It's like a mix of orange, peach, and grapefruit with an aftertaste of lemon peel. Very interesting and DRANKABLE! The mouthfeel is pretty good. Maybe a bit thicker would be nice. The look is not my taste. I like clear beers and this is very fuzzy with good lacing, though. Also, the smell is nice but weak. Can barely smell it and I'm a big smell guy with beer. Overall, this one is good and could have been great with a bit more tweaking from Elysian.

May 15, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/28/18...pale copper, matted, low foam. Tropical notes buried in an earthy grit. Subdued fruitiness. Sharp bitter and then a burst of papaya, mango, guava fruit like flavors. Mellow malt. light grit. Easy drinker for seven plus ABV. Pretty nice.

Apr 29, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In full celebration of hops, Elysian's "Maniac Series" doles out clever hop combination in exploration of the perfect marriage for maximum taste. With the help of Mosaic, El Dorado and Centennial hops, they're certainly on the right track here.

Pouring a standard hazy amber, Daygow IPA certainly glows in the glass with a foggy translucence while capped with a tight and frothy head. Its candied fruit scent entices the nose with citrus, tropical fruit and a botanical scent of grasses and herbs. As its taste ensues, the common maltiness of caramel, honey and nuttiness suggests something of graham cracker and granola to start out.

As the ale rolls across the middle palate, its malt sweetness retreats and the more floral aromas turn fruity with pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange and blueberry. Equal parts of spice, herb and pine converge in a bitter late palate bringing the sense of green tea, chive and pine to an extension of hops that play out long and lean in taste.

Medium bodied and crisp on the palate, just enough malt flavor lingers to support the hops but not to rival them. Clean, refreshing and highly palatable, this is a classic, traditional and good base flavor for IPA with a few surprises from newer hop varieties. A long and spicy aftertaste is redolent with gin and tea once more.

Apr 12, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what an awesomely balanced IPA. This is nothing over powered or really IPAesque besides the finish, this is a good one. I love it and this is a rare six pack buy for me.

Apr 11, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

undated bottle poured into IPA glass, with gigantic head that is magical.
Richer golden clear body
Smells great, lively hops, and some malts even
Follows nose, but thin and flat somehow, then kinda okay
Feels watery for some reason, metallic?
Must be living off its pre InBev rep
Expected better, won't repeat. Label 5, beer 3, overall 4

Apr 10, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 1/4" white head with fantastic retention and dense, sticky lacing. The IPA is golden with good clarity.
A tropical hop lean of papaya, guava, ripe mango. Mineral notes behind that and a faint whiff of the malt underneath.
The tropical flavors are present in the taste too but about 1/2 way through the flavors seem more vibrant and alive...aroma seems more ripe - the taste is more bright and alive...zingy. Some orange/citrus comes into play.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Medium finish...rides the line w/o getting LARGE (@ipahunter)....
This is good but I feel like it could be great.

Mar 31, 2019
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a beautiful, hazy dull orange in color with a terrific head. It came up just right, not too big but didn’t have to work the pour, and showed great retention. This belonged in a picture book.

Smell – Not a lot going on here at the nose, which was surprising given the brewery’s history. I got some dull fruity hops but little else. I had to pour another beer alongside it just to make sure that my sniffer wasn’t on the blink.

Taste – This is much bigger at the taste. Some good bitter grapefruit and orange peel along with some very light grain. The hops are very heavy-handed here which will make the hop heads happy but I thought it was a bit much for the style and body.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the biting bitterness of this ale but the body wasn’t up to the task. This IPA is short of medium-bodied and didn’t stand up well in the mouth.

Drinkability – This was drinkable enough but unbalanced. It certainly looked the part but otherwise was not one of Eysisn’s better efforts.

Mar 29, 2019
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slee196 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too special in my mind. It felt like just another IPA. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan. It didn't leave me wanting more, and more like I just wanted to get through it. Taste is slightly sour and bitter but didn't like the after taste or mouthfeel too much. Aroma was faint and nothing too noteworthy. I'm usually crazy about Elysian but this was just Meh..

Mar 28, 2019
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Suthrncum4t from Tennessee

4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The only "complaint" I can come up with is that it is somewhat filling... Other than that I have to have at least a pint a day! Great after work brew.

Mar 02, 2019
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Golden with orange hue with foamy head and respectable lacing. Smells tropical and fruity, pleasant. Taste of pineapple and citrus fruit, finishes with a nice bitterness. I like the almost creamy feel in the mouth. This is a nice, fairly smooth, IPA if you like the tropical side of things.

Feb 24, 2019
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