The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
426 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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Reviews: 426 | Ratings: 1,249
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 rifleman_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 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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Photo of Bunman3
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty - exactly the kind of IPA I enjoy. The hops complement the malt and create an extremely enjoyable beverage. The final flavour is really nice - citrus, pine resin, fresh bread and dark fruit. Nicely done!

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick run downthat I'd like to note, not a true review.
-nice color; lightly hazy gold-amber in color.
-topped my glass with a good two-finger head. quickly dissipated to one. Doesn't last tall, but stays a nice white sudsy ring atop the ale. Clings to glass beautifully.
-Been sick off and on for the past half year, targeting the nose so I can't always smell that great. But I can't pick up a whole lot of notes in the smell. I'm sure it smells wonderful. What I do tell is that it smells slightly hopped. Like a nice sweet mellow hop.
-Front of mouth it a swift kick of hop. Like a bruce lee dragon. but just ever so slightly to the front. As it starts to roll to the middle, its very noticeable that its not a hop-bomb, but has a nice balanced flow of bitterness. This balance bitter is reminiscent of grapefruit leather (the white skin casing that holds the grapefruit pulp) and is enjoyable in its bitterness.
-Just want to elaborate a bit more on the mid tongue. It stays there the longest. The front dissipates after a while, but its like all the flavors pool right in the middle of the tongue. Crowning the citrus hop is a glazing of a mild sweetness. I'm not sure how to identify the malts, but they are delicately sweet. It treally tastes like biting into a confection of ruby red grapefruit and 55%-60% bitter-sweet chocolate. Utterly wonderful.
-Back of tongue is fully sweet, a lighter version of mid tongue with maybe a little hint of bing cherry. it last a while too, but not as long.
-The coating of flavor this beer leaves is wonderful.
-Mouth is rather thick for an IPA. It's actually ideal-to-almost-too-thick for an IPa for me. I'm always looking for a "fluffy" or "full" mouth on an ale that reminds me of the feel that a Monster energy drink gives me, and this almsot has it,or maybe a little thicker. It's a wonderful example of what I personally want to see,
-a slight hint of alcohol, nothing dreadful, but a nice reminder that its an adult bev.

-Overview: Would drink again. Fans of Ruination or Rampant will like this.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Darker than golden yellow. Long lasting bubbly off-white head. Malt aroma is detectable, but citrusy, resiny, perfumey hops predominate. Reminds me of sweet, dried fruit or even raisins. Taste is similar but more bitter and less sweet. Alcohol is present, and not just with the warming. Not overly hoppy beer on the balance. Crackery, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Definite notes of black pepper. It's smooth and gentle on the palate and finish, moderately carbonated, light- to medium-bodied, and very drinkable.

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Photo of GFM
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a slightly foggy golden copper color (as advertised) with adequate head and resilient lacing. Pine in the scent. Slight texture to the feel. Throughout the taste there is some malt sweetness to balance the hop bitterness. Well-balanced. Very drinkable. (8.5)

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium-deep golden in color with a slightly haze in the body. A small and frothy head forms and retains pretty well with decent lacing. The scent and initial tastes follow the same profile of moderately aggressive and piney hops flavor. After the hops bitterness there is a touch a malty sweetness before the hops kick back in. The bitter hops ride out the rest of the taste and linger on the tongue for a good while. This is an easy drinking IPA and is smooth on the palate and not overly bitter for its body weight.

Overall, this is a very, very solid IPA. This will satisfy the hop head without destroying the palate with said hops. Really delicious.

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Photo of Moose90
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle dated 01/08/16 tasted 01/20/16

A — Pours an orangey light coppery color into the glass, there is an off-white colored head that sits on top and leaves behind some remarkable rings of lacing.

S — Smell is fairly light and sweet with notes of caramel malt and crystal malt, a little bit of a floral and piney hop kick is present as well bringing notes of pine, lemon, and flowers.

T — Taste is piney and bitter on top of a caramel and honeyed sweet malt foundation, nice and lightly floral hop profile as well.

M — Medium bodied, a sticky and lingering finish, nice enough.

O — Quite good overall, especially when fresh, there is a nice appearance, good composition of flavors and aromas, wouldn't hesitate to order.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,249 ratings.
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