The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,274 Ratings
The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,274
Reviews:
435
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
251
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bomber found in Vancouver. Grapefruit colour with some initial significant head. Initiually C-hop and grapefruit, followed by lemony astringency that allows the rest to be drunk, and there is much malt and significnat tangerine in finish. More or less average IPA in the final judging.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with floating debris on a crimson and golden body.

S: honey, grapefruit and apple citrus, caramel malt, spices.

T: very bland and almost one dimensional as the flavor stays the same throughout with toasted caramel malts, bitter earthy hops and light citrus presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a very complex beer. flavors are mild and are too bitter to be considered blanced.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the better straight up ipas ive had in awhile now. this one pours a lighter pale golden color, mostly clear, with a big doughy white head. the nose is pleasantly fruity, tangerine and some springtime flowers mix with a nice juicy bitter hop and rather delicate malt bill. flavor too features the hop unimpeded by heavy grain. not oily or resinous, but light and fruity and crisp, while equally fresh. the beer really pops in the mouth, like biting into a cold mandarin orange. its well carbonated and active in the mouth. there is so much flavor in this beer its incredible. not a big brutal bitter beer, but still a hop bomb, designed to show the other side of hops, a lighter fruity side that may be more approachable to newcomers to the style. I loved the flavor and feel of this, and have been in need of a new daily drinking ipa, and I think I may well have found it here with the immortal. its balanced off just right, but retains its uniqueness in the crowded ipa world.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice hazy golden yellow color with a nice soapy white head on top. The lacing is very sticky which looks awesome on the glass. The retention was decent also. The smell of the beer had some malt and a good amount of hop aromas. The taste had a very nice malt backbone with a pleasant hop flavor in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good amount of body to it as well as a solid carbonation and a dry finish. Overall I really enjoyed this IPA. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle sent to me by a friend in Seattle.

Pours incredibly clear brown with a seemingly everlasting white head that is silky smooth and laces the glass quite well. I sipped my half of the bottle (from a pint glass) for an hour and there was still lacing and head. Some sediment at the bottom but it stayed put.

Aroma is of piney hops, malt, and alcohol. Alcohol comes out more as it warms up as does the malt.

Flavor is quite bitter, possibly a bit old, slightly malty, a tad piney, and very dry in the aftertaste.

Body is thin, semi-highly carbonated, and drinkable. Good hot weather beer but maybe a little high in abv for such a beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a small off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is citrusy but these flavors aren’t quite as prominent due to hints of the underlying caramel and toasted malts. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both a bit crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well-balanced and tastes more like an English IPA as opposed to an American IPA since the hops aren’t as pronounced. It is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, cloudy golden color with a pretty good head to it. Nice floral aroma on this one. Good mouthfeel, finally a well balanced IPA after going through a few off-kilter ones. Sweet bitterness of piney and citrus balanced by some maltiness for once. A pretty good IPA, not in the upper echelon but a solid NW stab at the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Hockey game, pizza, this calls for a nice American IPA. Ah, who am I kidding, I don't need an excuse to open something like this. This bomber has a cartoonish label depicting Zeus himself, overseeing the Elysian Fields, I imagine. Reminds me of my friend's drawings in high school.

To the beer: a standard vigorous pour generates a one to one ratio of beer and very foamy white head. The beer itself appears a medium copper amber colour, with a fine sediment haze. Half of my pint glass was head - while this would obviously get the beer sent back at the pub, I was willing to wait it out, and wait I did. It took about 10 minutes for the head to melt down, eventually leaving a fair amount of attractive webbed lacing.

Maybe it only seemed that long because of the wonderful smell - not a nose, I couldn't get that into the glass for all the foam! The soft floral, grassy hop aroma was very enticing. Soon enough, I was able to taste that very same floral hop quality, though now with more of a complex citrus bitterness, and a hint of pine needles, all deftly balanced by a lovely, understated bready caramel malt backbone. Very enticing. The alcohol is well hidden, the other flavours masking it completely.

The carbonation is quite mild, but gently rears up from time to time, the body a tame medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt combining with the sweet side of the hops' fruitiness to combat the lingering bitterness.

A pretty well-made, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA. I brought this bottle back home from a Yoke's supermarket in Kennewick, WA a few months ago. If I could, I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Balanced aroma with malty caramel aroma slightly ascendent over the pithy citrus elements

Taste: Starts out with a fruity (peach and orange) flavor that builds, mid-palate when some of the grapefruit pith kicks in; underlying the fruit is a subtle, but prominent, caramel base; after the swallow, both the malty and the bitter flavors blend nicely; there is also an apple character underneath that becomes apparent over time that lends a nice distinctiveness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that leans a bit toward the APA style but is clearly on the border; worth seeking out

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with a semi-sweet malt base. Taste is also a mix between some floral notes with some semi-sweet malt base and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I was expecting some more hops bite in this beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of the hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Musty pine grapefruit and some bready toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some toffee and pithy grapefruit. Pine shows up in the middle but fades away as the finish comes on. Moderately strong bitterness and a lingering grassy flavor.

M - A moderately thick body, slightly higher than average carbonation, and a Lilly sweet finish.

D - Well, the malt base is well put together but the hop character is a bit lacking with bitterness as the most substantial component. don't know how fresh this really was but I suspect that it may have once had. Better hop aroma than it does now.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,274 ratings.
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