The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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407 Reviews
The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavor and aroma. Extremely drinkable.

MALTS
Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

HOPS
Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial

62 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
1,169
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
18.95%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
210
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 1,169
Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nicely bitter and stringent aroma and aftertaste. Full hoppy nose, and nice full piney taste, appearance is the only thing lacking (better pour on second glass, appearance is fine. All else, this is a superior beer.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Killer amount of booze. The beer doesn't hide it, but rolls with it with an impressive dose of malts which serve to enhance the bitterness into something rather unique.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brownish orange color. Not very hoppy; mostly bready Malta, fruity Malta, dough, and grains. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer but super malty and I like more hops from an IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour a beautiful mostly clear Golden color with a fresh white head and nice streaks of lacing . Smell is house yeast and malt with baked bread just slight citrus , Taste has more citrus hops some orange and tangerine hops mix in some baked bread and slight caramel , mouth feel was well carbonated with sweet caramel kissed malts lingering pine and citrus hops.
A good IPA/PA nothing superb its well made and drinkable.worth a try

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Photo of BB1313
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/26/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and solid clarity; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of pine notes along with some hints of citrus. Bread and crackers are in the mix. Malts are there doing its thing. The flavors are very earthy. Lots of pine and fresh grass. Grapefruit is there. Solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. The malts and hops balance each other out. Crisp and clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice IPA. I definitely pick up on the English influence, but still has "American" qualities. Refreshing and enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Bottling date 23rd of may 2016 ( a little less then 2 months ago)

Pours a not quite clear golden body with a white head. Decent lacing and retention

Smell is not very prominent but increases slightly as it warms. What I am getting is malt forward. There is a very slight hop scent, no citrus, no pine. But it's sorta there.... It was difficult to rate the scent on this beer. The balance seems different then a typical northwest IPA. A unique balance...In the end... I guess I just like it to be a little more prominent, but I can still taste the work that went into achieving this balance.

Taste is a very nice bitter hop grapefruit.... where were you in the smell ?

Nice crisp feel.

Overall; Wow how fast beers are changing these days! nice take on an IPA a few years ago. Still interesting if slightly outdated. More English then west coast

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Photo of MikRo_Brew_Marcro_View
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cooper, minimal head, nice lacing as it goes down.
S - Poured into schooner so hard to tell but enjoyable.
T - Leans malty like other Elysian beers I've had but the right amount of hops to balance it out,
M - Medium bodied, perfect carbonation.
O - I like this beer. ABV lower than I expected and not a typical "west Coast" IPA but a nice change. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mach1_zach
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely lighter and more crisp of an IPA compared to the space dust. Really good though, color was a little lighter that i like but the 1/2" head held great flavor in my frozen stein. Another good WA beer.

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Photo of wiegs4life
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nice golden color with little lacing. Not much that stands out either way.
Smell - Strong hop smell, and very slight orange zest.
Taste - Very good English Style IPA with a lot more balance.
Feel - Because of the style it has a bit much bitter after taste for my liking. Otherwise, very solid.
Overall - I haven't had too much in that style lately, but I really enjoyed this IPA. Too heavy and bitter for the summer, so i couldn't enjoy this all year. I would buy again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

HIts the copper and yellow strides in the appearance, 1/2" white head that lasts nicely. Aroma wasn't as good, this is difficult to discern as an American ipa, much less the apparent lack of dry hopping.

Taste hits those pac nw hop notes and caramel and pale malts. Was expecting some Burton stuff but thankfully this didn't go full blown English ipa on me with American ibu levels. Decent bomber price is still too high when there's way better 6 packs out there.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date found. It just got distro in Sac, so it's gotta be fresh... right?

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden in color with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, then dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Good lacing, with broken sheets and some spotting left along the glass.

Smell - Citrusy with a touch of floral and spice character. Heavy malt presence sits slightly beneath, with notes of bread and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hop forward, but fairly balanced. Hoppiness comes through with equal notes of citrus, floral and spice bite, while the malts deliver a solid punch of bread with a touch of caramel. Balanced finish with lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinker with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Decent IPA. Frankly, drinks like a middle-of-the-pack Pale by today's standards. Nothing really special here, and I'll have no problems finishing the sixer, but I'd be remiss to buy it again.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.24/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Immortal is an acceptable IPA, but I was definitely disappointed at the abject lack of aromatic complexity. It is decently smooth, but unremarkable. Elysian forgot to report the IBU, but whatever the number, it isn't nearly high enough. Also, the ABV is seriously weak sauce.

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Photo of senglish7
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma was nice on opening the bomber. It was about 4 months old, not much head on the pour. More bitter and not very flavorful in my opinion, but I'm also used to dank or juicy IPAs these days.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber, moderate to low head and thin patchy lace. Sweet caramel malt aromas, slightly grassy and floral. The taste is clean, not as sweet as the aroma, and a little more hop forward. The bittering is medium, some citric hops flavor, a bit lemony on the side of the tongue, spicy hops, and the finish leaves a bitter herbal aftertaste. Body is medium to light.
I wasn't really blown away by this one. It is decent enough but it lacked the character of some of the Giants of the IPA world.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 10/13/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, biscuit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it is malt and earth forward all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of farrago
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just over a finger of pure white foam, mix of bubble sizes creates a mottled surface, even as it craters the retention is excellent, the lacing streaks are thin and widely dispersed but also stick strongly and refuse to budge. Cloudy liquid with a sizable amount of floaties inside, coppery orange hued core with a fade to yellow further out, very few bubbles visible, The nose is very pretty with clear emphasis on a breezy florality, then tangerine to lime citrus, minor touches of cocoa, pine and peach fruit, there is a green, leafy funk underneath accompanied by notes of wet iron shavings. Light to medium-bodied, here the florality retains dominance but does get challenged by ruby grapefruit pith and pine. Past the mouth entry cocoa, toffee and peach, apricot, golden raisin fruit push it forward most. The carbonation has a soft if steady churn and some prickle at the end. Does a good job of alternating between sweetness and bitterness, keeps you interested in taking the next sip. Finishes clean enough with flavor persistence. Its treading the middle road will likely mildly turn off IPA fans who prefer beers nearer the opposing poles.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with no head.

Herbal hop aroma semi flowery.

Taste is more herbal flowery hops. Nice balanced bitterness with a strong malt presence but not sweet.

Nice hot September day drinking beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear orangey golden color with a coarse foam and not much lacing in the Ciney snifter. Plenty of spritz on the tongue.

Moderately sweet with a distinct orange flavor. A little honey in the malt and a mellow mouthfeel. The hop flavors are robust and citrusy. Some piney notes followed by the lime peel zing. The aftertaste is bitter but not aggressive.

Overall a better than average IPA, and one of the better Northwest versions, IMO. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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Photo of KingHoppy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Elysian "The Immortal" is a refreshing IPA but who drinks IPAs for refreshment? I found it to be mild, a bit bland. Not much citrus, not much bite. Certainly preferable to Alexander Keith's IPA (which isn't saying much) but I prefer a bold, hoppy, citrus-pine blast and "The Immortal" just didn't deliver.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't think this is the same beer since the A/B aquisition of the brewery. That's the only way I can explain some of the high ratings it has received. Overall, the flavor was more APA than IPA, and fairly homogeneous in its flavor profile--no complexity, no bright hops at either end. Glad I just bought a sample bottle.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Slightly hazy gold-amber with an off-white head - nothing special here, but then I don't buy beer to look at it. Medium carbonation. The initial impression is mild malt sweetness and citrus, but this is quickly followed by hops bitterness which is nicely restrained and complements the initial sweetness. Well done.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange to copper in color. This is a vibrant looking beer with a generous off white head. Big malt backbone with some zesty citrus in there. A solid offering that leaves a lingering coating of hops and malt.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blindly bought this when walking through City Target in Seattle. I recognized the brewery name, but didn't know if the beer was any good... luckily, I picked pretty well. $4.75 for a bomber, I believe.

BA says this is an American IPA, Untappd says it's an English IPA ... I have no idea what the date was on the bottle (or if it even had one), but it tasted rather malty, while still having a fresh hop sort of bite. At first I wasn't liking it all that much because I was expecting a really hoppy beer, but I wound up really liking it for what it is... it's not very balanced, because it has a more malty than hoppy flavor, but it remains bitter. Interesting beer that warrants a purchase. I just wish I took the time to get some notes down to make for a more helpful review.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle packaged on 2/13/15.

Let me start off by saying, this isn't the best beer I have ever had, but I'll be damned if it didn't leave the best lacing on the glass that I've seen in years. Amber in color with a tall, sticky, fluffy white head. Sweet bready aroma with a good amount of pine from the hops. Flavor adds in a bit of honey. Very sweet and hoppy but balanced. Definitely leans more towards an English IPA than American. Medium to full body. Wasn't expecting much from this brew but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into a shaker, while sitting on the deck staring out at Puget Sound on a summer evening

A: coppery golden, slightly hazy, 2 fingers off white puffy head.
S:big bready sweetness, some honey, a little pine resin, some sweet flowery notes.
T: follows the nose, though some "new shit has come to light, man"...for one thing, it has a sweetness to it that includes a little golden raisin...it also has a gentle sweet leafy bitterness that lingers.
M: moderate carb, soft mouthful, decent balance between very sweet and bitter hoppy...

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,169 ratings.
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