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The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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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 beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, medium coppery-orange with a lustrious creamy 1+ finger light beige head that left a sudsy concentric circle layering for a lacing. Retention was very good while the visible carbonation was calm.

S: some sweet grapefruit and pine with a sweet caramel malting. Well balanced between the malts and the hops providing for a smooth sweet and bitter experience.

T: dominant grapefruit and pine with a dry bitterness showing from the hops. There is a nice bitterness for a finish with dried oranges and some fresh flowery hopping. Overall nicely balanced with some semi-sweet caramel off set by just the right amount of bitterness.

M: slightly fizzy, with a medium body and a smooth texture. A dry grapefruit and flowery bitterness is found on the swallow.

D: Overall nice drinkability due to its balance and one that can easily be considered a session ipa. Worthy of a future purchase.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep bright copper color with a slight haze and a sticky thin film of off-white head. There is a good carbonation of bubbles.

S- This beer has a sweet perfume pale malt aroma followed by a green hop finish with a citrus note.

T- The taste of soft clean caramel malt has a nice fresh toasted malt note to it. There is a big green citrus hop finish that has a slight mint quality to it.

M- There is a medium light mouthfeel to this beer with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a nice big perfumy sweet malt flavor with some nice juicy hop flavors that almost play second string.

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Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a light copper color with a ridiculous white head and chunky lacing. The aroma is sharp citrus hops, clean and clear but also a touch soapy. The flavor brings on a fruity and flowery hops, kind of weak and thin, average drinkability because it just isn't that satisfying. Carbonation is high but flavor is a bit askew. Not terrible but not particularly good.

Update 2011: This IPA poured into a pint glass at room temperature shows a clear yellow-amber color with a solid white fuzz on top and great lacing. The nose picks up pineapple cherry and light caramel sweetness. Hops are hard to detect here, maybe a little herbal hop, but it's a very pleasant, subtle aroma. The flavor brings a much more hop oriented idea, an herbal grass bite with more banana and pineapple. There's a bubblegum edge and maybe a peaty swamp grain taste. It's medium light bodied with fair carbonation and very drinkable. Not a typical IPA at all but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber served in a tulip glass - no apparent freshness date on the bottle. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle indicates bottle conditioning. Very pale in color with good clarity and somewhat minimal head for a bottle conditioned beer. Citrus dominated nose that is lacking in any noticible malt character. Citrus pop to begin on the tongue, some lightly toasted malts intertwined with a pithy grapefruit bitterness that holds strong thoughout. Some serious bitterness grabs hold of the sides of the tongue and sticks like sitting down to half a white grapefruit for breakfast. Bitter finish lasts for quite a while. Medium-light feel with a chalky raw bitterness on the tongue. This would be a little easier to drink for me with a bit more malt to balance the high bitterness of this beer. A pretty one dimensional beer that can fix a bitter craving nicely. I would be moving on after one of these, but this example may be a bit past its prime.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is my first IPA from Seattle and what a pleasant surprise!. This brew is hansom gent, complete with some fancy lacing on top of a svelte pale orange body! Nose is balance between hops and malts which is more like an APA than an IPA. Taste is great but more balanced between the hops and malts but there are some really nice piny citrus flavors going on with a caramel background - actually quite complex. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair carbonation and an almost chewy creaminess going on. Overall this is a really great beer but almost closer to an APA than an IPA.


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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange brown color with a small, foamy white head.

Scent is dominant of caramel malts, but the citrus and hops balance it out well.

Taste is identical, caramel malts initially with the hops and citrus coming in to give it a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, a little strange for an IPA, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a radiant golden with a slight head but good carbonation from the bottom. The aroma is a sharp, quick blast of grapefruit, then it dissipates. The taste is grapefruity but surprisingly mild, gven the sharp aroma. There is a little pine with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel clings slightly, with a nice stab of carbonation, leaving a pleasant hop bitterness down the throat. A delicious, mild and drinkable example of a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Lenny2884
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a 3 finger think white head. Very nice lacing.

Smells as advertised, big hops. Lemon and grapefruit aromas with a slight malt nuttyness.

They say this is 42 IBUs but it seems higher than that. Very dry finish. Big NW hop flavor. Malt flavor is there, but takes a back seat to the hops. Slight malt nutty flavor as well. Good medium to full body.

Overall, a big IPA for all those hop lovers. Not the most balanced beer, but definately well worth the 4.99 for a bomber. Recommended for all my hop lovin' bethren. Cheers!!

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

Big bottle - not sure if thats Zeus or Odin lounging on the label but Im sure he'd be happier looking if he had a beer instead of a lightning bolt in his hand.

Bright, clear amber color with steady carbonation. Yeast trub in the bottle stayed locked down and didnt cloud the beer. It sprts a pretty white head that left lots of lace.

Aroma is spectacular! Fresh is my best description. Not overly hoppy with mild citrus and pine forest notes but the malt aromas of wort in full boil makes this a very delicious smelling beer. Some sweet yeasty notes blend in well with the grain and hops to develop a very unique and interesting nose.

The flavor is a mellow essay in balance. Nothing is over the top as the malt hangs in throughout - mostly because it isnt over bittered as alot of west coast IPA's can be. I like the over hopped ones just fine - its just nice to have a balanced IPA that doesnt suck the moisture right out of my mouth.

Medium+ body and smooth mouthfeel with mild hop flavors set up a firmly bitter finish that isnt over dry. All this being said it didnt inspire me to think it was an exceptional IPA but the excellent balance makes it highly drinkable.
A truly great if not quite outstanding session IPA.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden color with spotty lacing.

Smell - Nose is of faint clean malt.

Taste - Delicate malt and noticeable hop presence. Maple and mango, cinnamon. Sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Balanced as hell with penetrating bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with some particlulate matter floating around.

Decent sized, creamy white head.

Aroma is mild grapefruit, pine, and orange.

Taste: A very nice "workhorse" IPA -- hoppy without overwhelming bitterness, mouthfeel just a touch on the light side. Juicy, citric amarillo and centennial stand out with sweet orange and grapefruit flavors, mild pine behind that. Malt? Well, it's there. Mild caramel flavor, perhaps, but hops are the spotlight here.

Nothing exceptional but very solid.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy and very carbonated golden orange. Tight off-white reaches only half a finger, but never drops below that level either. Sheets of lacing blanket the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, malt is toasted and mildly sweet with caramel. Bread dough and baked crust keep things grounded. The hops end up a rather vague spicy intimation.

Upon tasting, toasted malt is lightly sugary and brings along caramel and baked bread as well. The hops are plenty crisp and roundly bitter, drying with a touch of grapefruit and some sprinkled pepper. Residual malt sweetness partners with esters and hops to evoke softly sour mandarin orange. The finish is aptly bitter and fades with a crisp, clean trend in tow. It's mostly mild and refreshing enough, with an American-style hop influence underneath.

Medium bodied, it's nicely sticky and oily, and the dry glow is a fetching finale.

It's mild, unassuming, content, humble, and pretty good. the aroma's a little thin, but that's the sole genuine misstep. It's just the ticket for those times when you want to experience some hops, but not be bludgeoned by them. It refreshes and it drinks quite well. This one's welcome in my glass any time.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light golden amber with a thin head, but leaves a nice lace. Smell of malt, citrus and hops. Taste of saline hops and malts that has a pine acsent to it, maybe even a light caramel. Mouthfeel is a good medium with nice carbonation. A good bodied bold IPA.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed, golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head that hung around through the entire glass and left globs of sticky lacing.

S - sweet, floral hop aroma.

T - balanced flavor, bitter upfront finishing sweet and sticky.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - good, easy to drink.

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

Appearance: copper body with 1 finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a blanket of lacing.

Smell: Some tangerine and sweet malt up front with some grapefruit hop bitterness. Subdued (maybe my bottle isn't so fresh) but nice!

Taste: Not my kind of IPA. Too much honey sweet malt presence and not bitter enough.

Mouthfeel: Fair amount of carbonation and a bit sticky.

Drinkability: Not repulsive by any measure

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Photo of sleazo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Golden amber. Mostly clear. One inch head. Good lacing

S_Mild slightly citric hops. A little biscuitlike malt as well

T_More of the same as the smell leaning towards a tangerine hoppiness. Slightly sweet but balanced. Not too bitter. On the lighter side of the IPA scale but still pretty tasty. A tiny bit of acidity in the finish brings a pleasing pucker.

M_Medium bodied but slightly oily and a good helthy carbonation to cut through everything.

D_A nice IPA. Well balanced and not overly bitter.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra from Rorygilmore, cheers Rick!

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of pearl white head, plus a few floaties. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Citrussy hops & biscuitty malt & tons of tropical fruit, they do fade after a while

T: Honey, citric hops, pears & pineapple (wet & dryad) up front. Sweet tropical fruit, sort of a melange of pina colada flavors, grapefruitty hops as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit, a hint of pine & breadyness

Medium bodied, kind of slick with moderate carbonation & super balance

Drinks pretty easy, this is a beer that leaves you wanting more despite the style & ABV. Probably not a hophead's delight, but right in my wheelhouse!

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Photo of Jerico
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whooohoo, this is a beauty of a beer! I am writing this review from memory, so it's a bit informal. I was out for some exercise and popped in to dba (NYC) for a refresher before heading home, and I found this on cask ($6). It is hoppy and punchy, but not very fruity, so it should easily please the hophead contingent! It leaves a thick lacing on the glass, and takes a while to get through - a nice one to enjoy (especially after a nice workout!).

Well done, Elysian - I'll be hunting this one out again!

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber 22 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info offered. Pours typical medium amber, off white head and plenty of fine, wispy and splattered lacing. Nose is softly of malts and perhaps a wiff of earthy hops. Pleasant and smooth, Brit style ale, moderately hopped thoroughly enjoyable, balanced and easy drinking. Nice creation in brewing.

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Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip, looks like I'm the 100th person to review this beer! Pours a hazy orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight citrus hops and sweet malts, slight hints of pine come through as well. The taste is a nice blend of citrus and pine hops just slightly overpowering some subdued caramel malts, there is a very decent balance for an IPA. The beer is light and crisp and the carbonation provides a nice smoothness. This is a very respectable IPA, one that I'd try again if I could buy it in my area.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a hazed, peach-colored body capped by a slowly building, light khaki head. Retention is average, and despite the great deal of carbonation, the head recedes to a center patch of larg bubbles and a ring of foam. Lemon and grapefruit show up in the smell, backed by a wheaty, clean caramel malt note. Not much else to speak of aroma-wise.

The hoppiness isn't in-your-face like a lot of west coast IPA's; rather, it is well-balanced by a clean mineral note and pale malts. The hops are largely saved for the back of the palate, where they provide a lasting bitter finish of resin and citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp and very refreshing, with a near-perfect carbonation level and, again, a lingering hoppy bite. This is a solid IPA, and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice West Coast style IPA. Golden in color with a nose strong in grapefruit hops. Taste has a fair citrus hop, with some piney hops and nice malt balance. Nice smooth mouthfeel and drinkability. Tastes good on cask. This is the first Elysian beer I have come across. It was very enjoyable.


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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Looks a little dark, but otherwise appears good.

Mmmm, classic West Coast IPA. I'm talking about big juicy hops that taste like a tangy mix of orange rind, tangerine, and grapefruit juices, with a hit of pine, spice, and floral perfume. There's also a nice and light toffee malt backbone, from crystal malt I suspect, that adds another layer of complexity to this fine IPA. Overall the hops dominate the flavor as you'd expect, but the bitterness is balanced and not over-the-top like some IPA's.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold amber with a crème head. Nose is citrus and hoppy. It's light, but nice. Flavor is smooth and a bit light too. Salty hops are there, yes. But there is a big floral citric thing too. Feel is about what I would want it to be. Carbonation bites a bit too much and the liquid could be just a wee bit thicker. Overall this is a decent IPA. After having the Jasmine IPA right before this, I have to say this takes second place.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, tawny, ruddy, deep-copper hue with a minimal head that left hardly any lacing...
Hop-dominated aroma with hints of malt in the nose and taste... Caramel-laden flavor with essences of ginger and vanilla in the mix...
Candied sugars on the tongue along with a bitter backbone and a candied finish...
Interesting stuff, and not like many of your typical American IPAs...
Worth a shot...

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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