Barrel Aged Savant
Elysian Brewing Company

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American IPA
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3.56 | pDev: 0%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1L howler, from Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton.

This beer pours a hazy, murky dark bruised apricot amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, vanilla-heavy wooden barrel notes (maybe a bit of spicy grain in there too), muddled stone pit orchard fruit, and a dampened orange rind and pine needle bitter hoppiness. The taste is more wooden vanilla and caramel right from the top, the attendant rye infecting the native grainy and caramel malt, as well as the dark fruitiness, while those PacNW hops just sit around, appearing more than a bit stunned, in their rather weakened usual suspect bitterness.

The carbonation is quite low, barely a tic or a fizzy barb to be found in its benign frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and fairly plain in its now predator-free smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the various caramel notes dancing merrily alongside the lingering dry vanilla, the generally inoffensive woodiness putting its feet up, and the hops starting to pen their 'woe is me' tome.

Yeah, barrel aging IPAs is a typically braggadocio move, since I can't see the point in so muddling (or maybe just obscuring the lack of) your good ol' fresh, fruity and bitter hop characters. Elysian's assault on their base Savant IPA is not particularly egregious, but the barrel does indeed take over, in a benevolent ruler sort of way. Overall, not my cup of tea - I suppose I just like my IPAs unsullied (to cite precedence, reference any mention I've made of ABAs).

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Barrel Aged Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1 ratings