The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA
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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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.

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial

62 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Ratings: 1,312 |  Reviews: 441
Photo of Djenk260
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of donationcup
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
1.91/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of florisj135
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of corby112
2.03/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear golden copper color with slight golden orange hues when held to a lift source with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a very thick 2.5 finger frothy off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a lot of piney hop character, pine needle, lyesol, and faint citrus notes. It kind of smells like air freshener.

Very bitter and intensely dry medium body with very earthy pine notes that linger throught into an extremely dry tongue coating finisih. The pine presence is so strong that it actually tasted like chemicals and air freshener. The citrus presence from the aroma is nowhere to be found. It actually feels like I walked into a room that was oversprayed with Lyesol. This beer is way too harsh and difficult to drink. I love ultra hoppy beers, IPA/DIPAs but this beer is just not very good.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.07/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Hazy pale orange with 1 finger head. Little retention but some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - I'm not sure if this is fair review as I think this may not be fresh at all. Smells of stale hops and mold or bready perhaps.

Taste - What a mess of an IPA. Very bitter and puckering, not picking up any citrus or fruity fresh hop flavors at all. Very malty, watery, metallic on tongue. Bitter aftertaste. Just not a single pleasant flavor at all from this beer.

Mouthfeel - OK I guess.

Overall - I'm hoping that I just got an old IPA here. Maybe I've just been spoiled in the last 2 months getting to sample Pliny, Heady and a few 1 day old Hill Farmstead hop bombs. If this is fresh, then this beer is a disaster.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, best by 12/5/10 (but received for Christmas). Pours a hazy yellow gold with a small bubbly white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, grains and a little melon and a touch of sulfur.

The flavor is some sweet grainy malts and sugary melon with a medium tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and watery.

Overall, this may have suffered a little from age, but I've had it fresh too and not been impressed.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.24/5  rDev -41.5%
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 mportnoy
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of thecheapies
2.52/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a rich head that sticks to everything, including the surface. Of course, I could do without the mulch-like floaties. 4.0

Smells like... ummm... pale grains and grassy hops? That's it? I'm not getting any citrus or floral notes. 2.0

Taste is weakly leaf hops and primarily pale malts. Not so good. I'd like to find out when this was dated. Some back half bitterness is the only semblance of what was or is called an IPA. 2.5

Decent heft to body and comparable carb. Minus a bit for the yeast chunks. 3.5

I am out on Elysian. Struck out thrice. No more. Let the idiots buy 'em. 2.5

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Photo of ATPete
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

The bottle send a thundering 'POP!' upon popping the cap. An enormous thick white head forms with a gentle pour, a yellow orange tinged IPA lay beneath. This head is STRONG and relentless, the minutes tick by, and i still cant drink this beer yet! In my opinion that hurts its drinkability score. I had to pour, even more gently (but to no avail), 5-6 times to actually fill the glass to a suitable drinking height. The nose here is nice, semi floral, mild, but definitely hoppy. However, it didn't get much better once i was able to actually drink this beer. Way over carbonated, Belgian-esque but with out the complimenting characters, foamy, not even a decent quaff without an explosion of foam mid palate continuing into and through the finish. Sweet malts are picked up mostly on the aftertaste but the bitter, English-style, hop character is apparent throughout. I think without its obvious carbonation issues this would be a damn fine English IPA, but unfortunately, for now this beer is 1st on the list of disappointments of 2009.

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Photo of CharlesK
2.55/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark amber with a decent amount of bubbly white head. Nose is heavily malted, caramel and doughy bread, light citrus and grassy hay hops. Taste is strong malt, caramel, bread crust, light citrus, herbal grassy hop in finish. Medium body, softer carb, syrupy finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam.

The beer is yellowish orange, with a half inch of head, appearing fairly hazy. The aroma is really weak. One shouldn't have to bury their nose in the glass, searching for hop scents. Additionally, I discovered an odd scent that was not particularly inviting. The taste was equally disappointing, with a general lack of hop presence. The weird scent translated to the flavor profile as well. The feel was not up to par, with more butter than bitter. Overall, mediocre at best. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
2.61/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Copper/Golden color with 1/2 finger of Off-White head. Lacing is good.

S - Practically no aroma cold. Smells of grass, sparkling wine, apples, and minerals.

T - It is a little bitter with mixture of oily and watery tastes. This is a very light IPA with very minimal tastes of coffee, caramel, and bitter chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation with a nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer is a very light drinkable beer I guess.

Best by date: 1/29/2010. Drink date: 1/24/2010. Maybe I should have tried it when I bought it, oops.

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Photo of RKeyser
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 into pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange-brown. Some haze. Medium carbonation and a persistand light head.

Aroma: Light pine and a little citrus, not that big for an IPA.

Hop flavor: Bitter, but without much hop flavor to make it interesting. Some piney-ness, but it seems a bit muted.

Malt flavor: Light-medium maltyness. Some toasted and grain husk flavor. A little dusty astringency, but maybe that's from the bitter pine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Does have good mouthfeel. Heavy enough to let you know it's not a chugger, but not filling.

Overall: I must have gotten a bad batch. I know I've had this before, though this is the first time I've had it with the intent to analyze it, and wasn't this disappointed. But this one was not good. It doesn't smell good, like it's oxidized or old. The hop flavors, pretty key for an IPA, are muted and dull. Not worth the $2.99.

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Photo of Tennisballa07
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Medium amber color. Good balance equal hops and malt backbone to carry the weight. Medium tier IPA.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Lightly cloudy blonde color. Starts with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a simple white cap. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S: Mild hop scent. Some floral notes and slight sweetness.

T: Lots of bitter. Not really balanced out with anything. Late bitter after taste too.

M: Kind of spongy and "soft"

O: I really did not like this beer. The mouthfeel was off and the flavor was lots of bitter (not the highest I've ever had) but there was nothing else there to balance it out. The after taste is the real downer. It is lingering bitter. I will definitely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of cjm5344
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerriver
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of CHickman
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that fades slowly, leaves a creamy layer on top and very good foamy lacing with rings as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, light citrus hops, biscuit and light grains; I really had to inhale deeply to get that much out of this weak aroma, which is odd for an IPA. The smell was almost non-existent, which for an American IPA is bizarre and even for an English IPA would be strange. A big let down in the aroma department.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, light citrus hops, a hint of bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, grains, faint pepper and herbs like tea leaf; a pretty dull IPA that was not well balanced and lacked any real hop kick. This beer is grainy and had more herb than hop flavor, with a metallic almost funky taste in the dry finish. This could be a decent pale ale, but this is not what a West Coast IPA should be and to me is mis-classified.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a medium body, very light carbonation and a light slightly bitter finish that was almost chalky.

Moderately drinkable, this was a decent bland beer and not the IPA I hoped it would be when I bought this bomber. Overall it was major let-down, and while it may be a decent beer I don’t think I’d seek it out again.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bomber of The Immortal IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a nice gold color and is slightly hazy. A bubbly one-finger white head forms and is reduced quickly to a thin film. Despite it’s meek appearance the head leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly weak, mostly about hops, some malt aroma, and very little fruit presence.

The taste is a bit one-dimensional, all about hops, and not much else going on to add complexity to the flavor. There is a bit of a bitter aftertaste as well, and hangs around a little longer than necessary.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean and full-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer, perhaps just a bit overboard on the biter side. I would certainly have the Immortal IPA again, but it’s not the best IPA I have had.

NOTE: The first glass was considerably clearer than the second, and the second glass had a lot of sediment in it. It was almost like two different beers out of the same bottle.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy golden orange body with a fluffy white head that settles down into a denser layer with long-lasting clumps. Lacing is pretty good.

The citrus in the nose- tangy orange, pineapple- a few drops of grapefruit juice- comes close to being overpowered by plentiful sweet malts. The flavors follow along. Sweet and tasty, but not a lot in the way of bitterness. Goes down easy, but not really memorable. A little too malt-focused for an IPA.

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Photo of StupidlyBrave
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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