The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
420 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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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle does not do this brew justice. Poured a nice orange color with a fluffy white head. Great smell piney and citrus with some floral nots..lots of cascade hops. Lots of malt and slightly syrupy even but very good. This is an IPA I have everytime I hit this spot.

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

A - Clear gold. Head is a solid off-yellow with good retention and lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit and sweet malt for the most part. Light graininess as well.

T - Big piney hops with some light tropical fruitiness. Finish is appropriately bitter.

M - Smooth, silky body with a nice carbonation level.

D - Quite drinkable, sessionable IPA. Not over the top.

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

Clear and bright orange color with a good white head. As I was pouring it I could smell the citrus and malt scents escaping. The aromas were very strong and clean. The tasting was malty with some biscuit like flavors as well. A good amount of grapefruit bitterness in powers through the malty flavors in the end to leave a nice clean bitterness left on the palate that lingers well after. Mouthfeel was perfect for me with a low carbonation to help make the beer smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orangeish colored hue with a nice frothy head. Nice retention and average lacing. Very sticky.

S: Nice bold citrus hops. Tons of orange blend with the grapefruit. Nice sweet caramel malt as well.

T: Malty first then the hops. The caramel malt is nice and sweet. Grapefruit then powers in with a nice bitterness. The bitterness manages to linger just a bit.

M: Medium in body pretty smooth very sticky.

D: Not too bad.

Overall: I have had two different beers while in Seattle on my way to Alaska. Both were very good. This one has a nice balance and good taste. Would love to try on tap.

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

Decent 1 1/2 finger headw with good retention that sticks around for a while. Nice ruby red color.

SMell is of crystal malts and citrusy/piney hops. Very typical of the style yet very enticing.

Crystal malts mix with citrusy and piney hops. Sort of a biscuity/toasted characteristic with the malts.

Mouthfeel is full and crisp.

This is a decent ipa. Nothing extraordinary, but very good nevertheless. This would make for an easy session.

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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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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Wet lively undergrowth beneath a clear blue sky. Restate: Airy, and mildly floral. There could be a bakery 20 miles to the south, but the breeze blows SSW.

Appearance: Pale-ish honey color with golf ball dimpled head and intermittent yeasties slowly tumbling throughout the aggregate.

This is probably the most caramelized IPA I've had. Caramel malt comes first, and gets checked by a nice hop bite. I'm guessing tthis carries a much bigger hop load than it would let on, as it takes a lot to knock down the Brachs caramel that gets all up in your shit to start things out. On further pulls, that initial caramel seems surely to be egged on by some apple orchard honey. It's a neat little trick, and one that brings my lips to my big glass with a ridiculous nickname etched into the side, repeatedly.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

220z bomber with a cartoon Greek God Zues on the label. I'm sure this'll turn into another beer brewery banned/sued for it's cartoony camelcigarette-esque thing...

Anyways, a clear golden yellow and sudsy foam.

Crisp short flavor. A bit one dimensional hop flavor at first. Medium body feel. Leafy wheaty hops with a bit of a syrupy long aftertaste.

Nice juicy mouthfeel after drinking.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet piney hops. In the taste, sweet malt and a small presence of piney hops. A very small bite and a quite light body in the mouthfeel and a semi-dry and small hop presence in the aftertaste. A nice IPA, a bit light though. Small hop presence everywhere, a bit light overall.

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

22 oz bomber

had a very fresh bottle last comparing one with a few more months this time. Quick verdict is that fresher (as would be expected)was better, but this beer is still quite good.

Pours a light orange color, quite clear although I had to leave a couple more ounces than ideal in the bottle to keep the yeast out of my glass. An off-white head fades to a thin cap before sticking around, and leaves a few distinct rings and some other scattered lace.

Aroma is surprisingly malt-heavy. Oh sure, there is plenty of citrus hop character, but just a few months have faded it to the point that there is a very evident bready malt side here. Yesterday this got a 4.5.

Bready malts again are quite evident in the flavor, with some previously unnoticed caramel too. Initial bitterness is low, grows into the finish, and sticks around and builds on the palate nicely. Not exactly clean, but I love it, so I don't mind it sticking around. Although there is plenty of hops left, the complexity of the bill is sort of faded and the jumbled together. Bitter grapefruit and sweet malt - this also got a 4.5 yesterday.

Carbonation is pleasantly low, pretty smooth and a sizeable body but not quite creamy. Zero trouble polishing off this bomber - in fact I nearly drank this one yesterday after I finished the fresher bottle. Recommended!

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

Big props to a great guy, younger35, thank you sir!

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic, shared with the roommate.

Pours a hazy sunset orange with a one finger big bubbled off white head. Stickiness is pretty good, nice lacing left behind on the sides that stays throughout. Visible "floaties" make their home at the bottom of the glass. Light floral hops, dry pine scent, and a mild grapefruit aroma in the nose. Pretty grassy as well with a hint of caramel malt. Very slick earthy hops with a sweet citrus splash on the tongue. An interesting dry hay like taste that surprisingly fits well. Aftertaste is a bit dry with an evergreen flavor. Body is clean and fairly light with a subdued carbonation, somewhat water like. Solid IPA for sure, glad I had the opportunity to try this one. I look forward to trying more of their offerings for sure. Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer at the eysian fields location next to the stadium, great beer, this place really had some interesting selections and this one was an extremely hoppy ipa.

immortal is right, i felt like i could walk on water when i left and entered the sea of people outiside.

good color a dark autumn auburn, with a crisp finsih taste

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Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/orange with a fluffy hard to form finger and a half head. The head subsides slowly into a frothy finger cap, very nice looking. The smell is citrus and pine, and a good mix of each so neither dominates. At first the taste is mostly dominated by piney hops, but this evens out after a bit and you get a nice juicy citrusy twang at the beginning of each sip. This IPA also has a pretty generous malt body, which feels toasty. It reminds me a lot of Surly Furious in that respect. The citrusy aspect is also a bit reminiscent of Alpha King. There is no mistaking that this beer is hop-centric, as hops don't take a back seat during any part.

A very strong flavored IPA, with a bit of body to it.

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

Elysian- "The Immortal" IPA

Thanks go out to RustyDiamond for this 1.

A- Bright golden orange with a big frothy head. Thick sticky lacing down my Sam Adams glass.
S- Smooth citrus and caramel.
T- Thick vanilla caramel malt with a touch of buttery toffee blended evenly with a semi-sweet citrus; grapefruit and orange rind hop.
M- Thick malt with a nice sweet (not overly sweet) citrus hop bite.

Overall- This was as good so good! Very smooth and very well balanced. I only hear good things about Elysian and now I see (or taste) why!!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. poured into my lately reliable New Belgium goblet.

Aggressive pour left a huge head that took forever to die down.. alot of lacing over a hop-hazed orange brew.

Aroma is not as hoppy as expected.. citrus and pine with a touch of "catty".. malts are defiinately in the profile.

This IPA is a lesson in balance. (for the style) good middle of the road hop flavors and bitterness... balanced beautifully with a nice toasty malt flavor.. pale malts are there, but leaning toward the toast. only enough caramel malts to make it interesting... some yeasty fruitiness... the balance lends to a very drinkable brew.

I always underestimate Elysian when I am at the brew store... I must stop making that mistake... this is a very good brew as are all the ones I've ever tried.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,218 ratings.
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