The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
421 Reviews
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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Photo of corby112
2.03/5  rDev -46.6%
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 -45.5%
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 -44.2%
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 -41.1%
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 thecheapies
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
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 -33.4%
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 cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
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 -31.8%
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 -31.3%
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 -29.5%
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 fscottkey
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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 CHickman
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
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 -25.8%
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 -24.7%
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 BARFLYB
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom in a big ol pint glass, i was in need of a hop fix.

A- Immortal kinda looks like it is dying. Str8 off the spout in front of me this thing barely formed a decent sized head, looks bronze i9n appearance like a lager. I trust this taproom so I don't think it's a problem from the line.

S- Smells like a fairly hoppy lager with earthy hops and no citrus whatsoever, isn't this from the left coast? Grain out the ass and a malty sweet base.

T- Immortal did not remind me of a IPA, I don't know what it resembled, but Im still thinking hopppy lager. No 3C action, just earthy GRASSY hops with a faint sweet malt kick. What is wrong with this beer?

M- Not memorable, not bitter even in the slight, a step up from light bodied with a light carb. This one just kinda felt dead to me in IBU's or something.

D- I tourtured myself and drank the whole thing. I was trying to get to know this beer and truth be told there is nothing to know, so I chugged the rest of it. Very drinkable with the low abv but very forgetable with the low taste as well.

I've been seeing this on the shelves here for a few years and I guess the only thing immortal about this beer is the recipe, which is in dire need of dying and being re tooled. Just a thought.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Spot in Pt pleasant.

Pours a lightly hazed (possibly from the chill due to this bar serving everything as cold as he rockies) golden hue. Sticky white head.

This is far too cold. Gonna have to give this pint a bit to warm up. This isn't a great bar to go to for craft beer drinking wise, the selections decent but the serving temps, glassware, and staff knowledge is always terrible.

Not really seeing the hype on this one. It's nothing special but it is a finely brewed ipa. Sticky sweet grapefruit and caramel upfront rides into big citric hop flavors and slightly bitter and spicy finish. Nothing crazy. Big creamy body and very good lacing. Again nothing special but pretty good. Standard. If anything sets this ipa apart its the subtelty. Flavors aren't in your face. They're just drinkable.

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Photo of 8stringfan
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought a sixer at Whole Foods in DC on February 8th. Poured a hazy dark gold with noticeable small particles suspended in the beer, which I’m assuming might be yeast. Oddly enough, I had a bottle if this last night with a much clearer appearance. Pouring straight down the middle of the glass produced a fluffy white two-finger head that lasted a couple of minutes before settling down to a solid froth top on the beer’s surface with mild lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is dominated by the expected piney hops with light sweet floral notes, but there is also a strong sweet malt undercurrent redolent of light honey, sweet melon, mild sweet citrus/orange zest, and an odd light note of vanilla. I don’t get much in the way of bready notes, but there is a slight yeastyness there, as well as just a hint of earthyness. Overall it’s actually a very sweet nose and quite inviting. Sweet orange citrus up starts things out on the front of the tongue with the midpalate seeing the blossoming of both sweet honey malt notes and the florally hops, as well as light, sweet berries, hints of peach jam, and sweet bubblegum. The back of the tongue sees the bitterness taking over in a big way. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps a bit more than I’m used to for an IPA, and the mouthfeel is smooth and moderately light. The 6.3% abv is relatively light and makes drinking a few of these pretty easy. The finish is a bit of a dud, with the tannic side of the hops just resulting in a surprisingly aggressive, vague, and somewhat one-dimensional bitterness. Given the nose and the lovely balance of bitter, floral, and sweet on the midpalate I was expecting a more balanced and pleasant finish. I’m actually a bit disappointed in this one. The appearance was not very good and the finish somewhat unpleasant. Overall, you could do worse in terms of IPAs, and this is not a bad session brew given the abv, but based on my experience this just seems like a run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of ecooper
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale, golden hue with a large, creamy, 2-finger off-white head. Leaves splotches of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Faint aroma of citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit) and nuts.

T - Bitter, bitter, bitter. Taste is dominated by earthy and nutty flavors and woody hop bitterness. A biscuity malt backbone cleans things up.

M - Crisp mouthfeel and a relatively light body.

D - Moderately drinkable- this beer could benefit from a little malt balance.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was let down by this beer because by the brewer's rep I expected the classic big IPA but what I got was not a lot of hops and some butter notes. The beer improved a bit towards the end but the construction seemed unfocused and lacking in real IPA punch. Did I get an off bottle? I need to retaste this beer preferably on tap in Seattle.

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Photo of popery
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I expect a lot out of an American IPA, and I particularly expect an abundance of hops. At 42 IBUs, this beer clocks in at a level that I more expect to see in an APA than IPA. I don't know if this is the result of hop-happy craft brewers skewing style expectations or what. However, this beer does straddle the APA-IPA border according to the BJCP guidelines, so it's not an entirely baseless assertion.

The Immortal IPA pours a middle-of-the-road golden color that's true to style. The thick, foamy head leaves copious lacing. The smell is dominated by a citric-floral hop aroma. There's a touch of caramel malt, but it's mostly a fairly sweet hop-forward aroma. The flavor just really doesn't work for me. I like aggressively hoppy IPAs, and this beer does not fit that bill. On the other hand, the malt flavor isn't strong enough to carry things, either. The malt is more bready than caramel. I guess the beer could be called balanced, but that term is highly subjective and largely meaningless. At any rate, it's an ok beer and largely loses points through style comparison rather than specific flaws. Elysian clearly knows how to make beer. I just disagree with their preferences for this style.

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Photo of Buggies
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very muted nose. Slight aromas of citrus. Other than that, very little hop aromas at all.

Tastes OK. Slightly sweet up front with citrus and grapefruit. Nice little bitter finish as an IPA should.

This beer was just really unremarkable for me. But then again, this might just be a really good example of the style. After drinking beers that push the limits of the style, maybe this one really IS just a good example of what the style should be.

As a homebrewer if I brewed this, I would be extremely proud of it. But it just lacks that "wow" factor that so many IPAs have these days.

Just my 2 cents...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial pour eventually settles into half orange body, good clarity, with loads of carbonation streams, and half huge sticky snow white head.

Slight, slight lemon aroma. Rarely does one have to work so hard at sniffing an ipa.

Nice solid malty base. Tasty citrus fruit. More hop nip than bite at the swallow. Mild fruity aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel has some firmness to it. Easy going drinkability.

A tasty beer but more pale ale than ipa to me, and more suited to six packs than bombers.

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Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the side of the label: "12DEC16 DB25"

Appearance: The body has good clarity with a medium burnished gold color that brightens to a lighter shade of gold as light strikes it. The head is very fluffy and white. Very good head retention.

Aroma: The aroma is light with a bit of caramel and just a touch of pine.

Taste: There is this sweet caramel flavor up front which is quickly supplanted by this herbal tea flavor. The aftertaste has a very light biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bitterness and body with a wet finish. Easy to drink.

Overall: It's a decent beer that feels like an average IPA with a nice balance of hop and malt flavors with an overall light profile. It's not a beer I would jump to recommend or drink again but it's not bad either. The aroma is a bit lackluster and falls on the lower edge of average but the flavor teeters a bit on the upper edge of average.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suppose the immortal aspect of this beer derives from its carbonation. The bubbles just won't die and show an uncommon energetic boil sustaining a light cap of vivid white head with polka dot lace. Immortal's body is perilously clear in warm copper though I was surprised to note such a restrained aroma. The hops spend most of their time in the bittering range where they deliver a solid kick of flavor that would seem to extend beyond their reputed 42 IBU.

Not as crisp as some others, for the bittering has a recessed heaviness to it that pivots on a bit of yeast tang.

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Photo of MDHopster
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much to say. Had a Elysian Black and Tan wild Turkey Barrel Aged recently that was fantastic so I thought I'd try this when I found it in the store. Less than expected, with so many good IPAs out there why make an average one. To be honest if it were for the taste, it would be a good beer. On my do not buy again list

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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