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The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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402 Reviews
The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.21%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-14-2001

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Reviews: 402 | Ratings: 1,142
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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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My cousin left this one for me during our last fire pit drinking session. Had it a couple days later with no expectations. Okay beer but nothing special. No idea about cost and ABV is nothing special for an IPA. This is not a beer that I will be looking to buy again no matter what the cost is.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA, it's the one that made me want to keep track of the beer that I drink. A very well rounded IPA with great flavor and mouthfeel. Really easy drinking, no bitterness. This ale has all of the right IPA flavors and nothing is over the top.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle into pint glass

Appearance - completely hazed over dark golden/burnt orange. 1 finger head recedes to nice little cap; some sticky lacing apparent.

Smell - Very citrusy, sweet and clean orange/honey aroma, faint toasty malts

Feel/Taste - Carb is spot on, gentle but mildly scrubbing. Body is medium/heavy. Taste starts with a little malt sweetness then develops into a big citrusy, piney, floral hop smack to the mouth. There is a slight fuel nature to the taste...dank. The bitterness is quite apparent, but only really pops on the finish then lingers a bit with some more drying pine and grapefruit notes.

Overall - A damn solid IPA, very enjoyable. The bitterness is big on the end, but never gets too harsh. The "fuel" character is a nice touch and isn't too much to handle either. The malts balance nicely with some much needed sweetness. Great IPA.

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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 vkv822
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Lightly hazy, dark golden with a thick, billowy off white head and spotty lacing.

Floral, citrusy, spicy hops with a decent amount of malty, lightly sweet, bready backing.

The taste follows the nose, with flowery, spicy, grapefruit hops, and even more of a malty, bready backbone than the aroma.

Medium body, low foamy carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, and actually quite enjoyable, but I felt like it was fairly malty for an American IPA, and I would have liked just a bit more carbonation in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into .5l cylinder marked Spaten.
A; Pours orangy amber with slight haze. The head is ample, cream-colored, firm and tacky. Moderate last and lace.

S: The peachiest of IPA aromas I have found. Bready malt with inviting fruit and hay. Upon enjoying a second, I think it's too fruity for me. I like the craft, but it's a bit too floral/fruity/peachy.

T: Very well-balanced; with the hops winning over the see-saw with the malts. More citrus rind, pine, classic west coast IPA. DEEPLY enjoyable. Great with food in this case fresh romaine sauteed with pine nuts, mozz, tomotoes, olives, shrooms.

MF: body & mouthfeel is creamy smooth.

Overall - No need to make a DIPA out of this.
The clear tell is it gets better and better over time and with food. This brew starts off too fruity and in your face, the opens up, calms down and gets better as it warms.

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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 schnarr84
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a 24oz ale glass. Served straight out of the fridge at around 4C.

The beer pours a dark copper colour with about a finger of white head. The beer has a dominant orange citrus aroma, with subtle sweet caramel and mild maltiness. It smells like a not so over the top IPA, well balanced. The taste is slighty bitter with refreshing citrus flavours, some mild peppery notes, as well as earthy and floral tones.

This is a great starter west coast IPA. It is not over the top bitter or boozy like many of its counterparts, and is easy to drink. There was a lot of very refreshing citrus and floral notes which made this an enjoyable beer from start to finish. It was mild yet complex enough to keep you thinking after each sip.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a white head.
Nose shows spicy, herbal and earthy hops along with some sweet, bready malt.
Quite malty flavours, more bready notes along with some caramel before the spicy earthy hops roll through followed by an assertive bitterness.
Nice moderately thick body.

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Photo of bondjedi
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, watching the end of the Iron Bowl. Auburn over Alabama, think I'll have another Immortal.

Served up in pint glass. Clean looking copper color, catches the light well. Goes down smooth, but as with all Yankee IPAs it has that perfumey taste. I'm a soldier though and press on - I'll get past that flavor. I break through the barrier and am rewarded for my persistence. Nice finish. I look forward to drinking several of these when I have the time.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Immortal IPA pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a netted pattern of lace on the glass. On the surface sits a thick blanket of foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is rather faint with bready notes and some citrus hops. There's no date on the bottle so I'm starting to believe this is an old beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and oily with mild carbonation. The flavor is niceliy balanced between sweet caramel malt and bready yeast plus lemon and orange citrus. It finishes with a flowery earthyness and mildly bitter. Once gone the lemon citrus and flowery flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a descent beer, but I think I have an old bottle. The hops seem faded, but still have enough flavor to balance the malt. I'd like to try this fresh some day.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

150th Review!!! Picked up a replacement six-pack from LCBO after cardboard gave away and 4 bottle were destroyed int the parking garage.

Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden / copper colored beer with tons of effervescent bubbles. 2.5 fingers if creamy mountainous white head and very good retention time. Good streaky lacing too.

Smell - Grapefruit and other citrus scents that are not overwhelming but sufficiently bold for my nose. Sweet caramel and toffee smells but subdued. Melds nicely with the aroma of grapefruit and hops. Also a few grassy notes there too.

Taste - Touch of tropical fruit maybe banana and melon before getting into the grapefruit taste. Some sweet caramel malts most pronounced in the middle of the sips. Also some pineapple perhaps. Quite tropical, in spirit but really it is just faint hints of these the grapefruit and malts are the stars here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing, creamy feel, medium carbonation. Slight lasting burn / tingle in the back of the throat.

Overall - Very nice IPA, one of my preferred choices that i have any sort of access to here in Ontario. Very good representation of the style.

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Photo of NurseStokes
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer in an airport (SeaTac), but it was so perfect I was disappointed that this would be my only encounter with it. Ah!- to be surrounded by such greatness! Lovely grapefruit and hoppiness, perfectly balanced. I am still dreaming of it, happiness in a glass.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.
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