The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
415 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: 415 | Ratings: 1,199
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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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad bottle? Muted aroma reminiscent of an AAL, with an odd flavor profile that tastes like a stale IPA. Not even 2 months old...disappointing.

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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 Kenmac19
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a cloudy amber with a minimal head that dissipated quickly. Decent lacing. Has a bready , slightly floral smell. Taste is a little sweet with notes of citrus and a slight pine taste on the back of the tongue. Overall a really nice American IPA. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of LouZ
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to IPA. Whenever I want a beer, and I'm not sure what to get, I can grab one of these and ALWAYS be satisfied. Just a solid, all-around IPA.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle. Packaged at 3/6/15. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear. Golden. Poured without notable head.
S: Intense hops aroma: floral, tropical fruits. Some hints of honey.
T: Medium bitterness. Medium malty. Some grapefruit. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: An excellent IPA. Balanced and drinkable. It emphasizes the malts instead of the hops when compared to Elysian Space Dust IPA, however, it's very difficult to me to say which one is better.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a hazy Amber with a good dinner and a half of nice tight ivory head that drops fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Smelling fruity, pine, some caramel and malt. Tasting the pithy, grapefruit hoppiness I love with a fruity, bitter finish. Leaves mouth feeling saturated with hoppy flavor. Goes down easy, begging to be savored again.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Orangy-brown in the middle with a straw/lemon colored outer. A frothy, 1-finger white head appeared with a tiny bit of lacing. Mostly opaque in its haziness.

S: Sweet flowers, tropical fruit, pine and citrus are the dominant aromas. A malty sense shines through the hop aromas, but it's there mostly for balance.

T: This beer tastes brighter and more fragrant than lots of other IPAs I've had, with a nice sweet nectary up-front flavor, and a delicately bitter hop finish. The aftertaste is deliciously juicy with a touch of dryness at the end. Notes of exotic fruit, kiwi and mango, with flowers and some citrus zest rounding it all out. Excellent flavor profile with a well-balanced and clean flavor throughout.

M: Clean, bright, crisp and wet. There is a bit of dryness at the end, but throughout the beer it feels almost quenching and juicy with a really inviting overall profile.

O: I was surprised by the flavors in this IPA. It definitely is true to the style, but not in the same dry, chewy, piney way. This IPA has something that tastes beautifully crafted, well-balanced, and refreshing. I may have a new go-to...

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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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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 SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice, thick, darkish orange color with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a good thirty seconds.
The smell had a hint of pine with a fairly sweet malt coming about.
The taste was mainly sweet with a fairly nice allocated citrus malt coming about.
The mouthfeeel was lightly carbonated with a dry smoothness that ran about the mouth in a good way.
Overall, I say this was a good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a re-review of my 5/24/2014 review - fresher bottle this time.

A: moderately hazy; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy, a little bready, a little caramel;

T: earthy up front; a metallic citrus character at mid-palate that faded toward the end; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: OK, but not special to me;

My original review:

A: hazy, burnt orange; very little head, dissipated quickly; light lacing; (3.75)

S: almost none; slightly sweet; (2.75)

T: some spice, some grapefruit; flowery finish; almost no bitterness; (3)

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation; tickly (3)

O: Nothing bad, but I want more aroma, more flavor, and more bitterness in an IPA (3)

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,199 ratings.
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