The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Immortal IPAThe Immortal IPA

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

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: 407 | Ratings: 1,169
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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Photo of ctownsoul
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Says it has 6.3 abv; not 6.21 as it states on this website.

A - copper-brown with a white head about a finger width tall that dissipated fairly quickly, but that may have to do with my nose contacting it.

S - Citrusy for the most part and a slight hint of yeast coming through.

T&M - Again Citrus flavor to begin with and ending with a bitter finish--a bitterness that made me more thirsty in my opinion. Very balanced. Just the right amount of carbonation. went down smoothly.

D - Very easy to drink. So smooth. I recommend it.

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

Elysian does not disappoint. Nice golden amber with a big white foamy heady that leaves a very thin layer after it dissipates.

A bit malty on the smell, but the hops still come through.

Hoppier in the flavour. Ctirus and floral hints, good zesty hop taste. Malts are not as strong, but balance out the flavour.

Good carbonation, and with the decent ABV (mine says 6.3%, not 6.21%), a reasonably sessionable IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Hockey game, pizza, this calls for a nice American IPA. Ah, who am I kidding, I don't need an excuse to open something like this. This bomber has a cartoonish label depicting Zeus himself, overseeing the Elysian Fields, I imagine. Reminds me of my friend's drawings in high school.

To the beer: a standard vigorous pour generates a one to one ratio of beer and very foamy white head. The beer itself appears a medium copper amber colour, with a fine sediment haze. Half of my pint glass was head - while this would obviously get the beer sent back at the pub, I was willing to wait it out, and wait I did. It took about 10 minutes for the head to melt down, eventually leaving a fair amount of attractive webbed lacing.

Maybe it only seemed that long because of the wonderful smell - not a nose, I couldn't get that into the glass for all the foam! The soft floral, grassy hop aroma was very enticing. Soon enough, I was able to taste that very same floral hop quality, though now with more of a complex citrus bitterness, and a hint of pine needles, all deftly balanced by a lovely, understated bready caramel malt backbone. Very enticing. The alcohol is well hidden, the other flavours masking it completely.

The carbonation is quite mild, but gently rears up from time to time, the body a tame medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the malt combining with the sweet side of the hops' fruitiness to combat the lingering bitterness.

A pretty well-made, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable Pacific Northwest IPA. I brought this bottle back home from a Yoke's supermarket in Kennewick, WA a few months ago. If I could, I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Immortal has the new label with no freshness date. Immortal pours a hazy amber with a tiny foam head that leaves us quickly. It has a nice aroma to it as the floral hoppiness comes to the nose. The taste is a balanced one for an ipa. In the mouth it covers you with a citrusy hop flavor and lingers for some time. A solid American IPA.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still w the Yellowstone/Boise notes

22 oz bottle

A: Slightly hazy amber body. A one finger thick off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Light hoppy aroma. Nice, but too light.

T: Wonderfully hoppy taste - bitter/tart citrus perfectly balanced with plenty of caramel malt flavors. Excellent flavor.

M: Good mouthfeel too - smooth finish with a nice bitter aftertaste.

D: Disappeared dangerously quickly. This is one damn fine IPA. It's a real shame I shared some w/ my brother-in-law. It's a bigger shame I only bought one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear golden amber with a decent half finger head that melts slowly to a substancial ring leaving a decent map in it's wake.

Aromas are fresh...very fresh....hops...both pine oils and grapefruit.

Taste is really a wonderful balance between sweet pale malts and fresh citrus hops...nothing really bitter here...just a wonderful balance with an aftertaste that leaves both a sweet hop and clean drying in your mouth.

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Photo of bosco7
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pale color with nice 2 finger head.

Smells like every other IPA hopped with cascades.

Caramel upfront that smoothly transitions to orange zest and floral flavors. Medium bitterness in the finish. Dry hopping not apparent. Good nothing new here.

Bigger mouthfeel than most single IPAs but not cloying. Highly sessionable. Overall good IPA I prefer something that has a tad more hop character.

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

Deep golden with yellower edges. Lacy, firm, long-lasting, eggshell white head. Crisp honey and biscuit malt with notes of fruits and toffee in front of sappy, Scotch tape, and mint hops. Citrus bitter opening gives way to light toffee and fruit. Pine and mint hop bitterness take over. More citrus before more toffee in near the finish. Numbing, herbal finish with residual sappy bitterness. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied feel. Drier in the finish. A nice PNW IPA that lives up to it's hoppy roots.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Balanced aroma with malty caramel aroma slightly ascendent over the pithy citrus elements

Taste: Starts out with a fruity (peach and orange) flavor that builds, mid-palate when some of the grapefruit pith kicks in; underlying the fruit is a subtle, but prominent, caramel base; after the swallow, both the malty and the bitter flavors blend nicely; there is also an apple character underneath that becomes apparent over time that lends a nice distinctiveness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that leans a bit toward the APA style but is clearly on the border; worth seeking out

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Photo of zuggy9
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice golden color with a decent nearly white head which thins down to some lacing. Decent head retention. It has some a rather tart citrusy aroma to it. The taste is quite bitter with a nice hoppiness to it. A bit malty to. It has a good clean mouthfeel and is pretty light. Quite drinkable.

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

Revist: 15 Mar 2016
PKG: 1/7/16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, more of a thirst quencher.

Thanks to msubulldog25.

Pours a nice clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice creamy head, nice lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, slightly caramel. The taste is hoppy, nice sweetness on the lips, slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice IPA, my first beer from this brewery.

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Photo of ecooper
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale, golden hue with a large, creamy, 2-finger off-white head. Leaves splotches of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Faint aroma of citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit) and nuts.

T - Bitter, bitter, bitter. Taste is dominated by earthy and nutty flavors and woody hop bitterness. A biscuity malt backbone cleans things up.

M - Crisp mouthfeel and a relatively light body.

D - Moderately drinkable- this beer could benefit from a little malt balance.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up while in Seattle over the holidays. Poured into a tulip it forms a meaty loose head that leaves stringy lace behind. Light orange body w/ fine slow rising carbonation. Nice to look at but overall it doesn't look to hearty. Only one way to find out.

First impression was that this is very heavy handed in the citrus department. Lots of lemon and orange rind and some grapefruit pulp just to top things off. Breaded malts are sweet and just enough to make this somewhat balanced. It doesn't have that hop "zip" that so many Ipa's have but rather a fruity and zesty hop side. Leaves a bit of a coating on the palate.

Notes: A decent IPA that will most likely have a wide range of opinions as I can see some loving it and some thinking its a weak represenation. I liked it but at the end of the day the coating on the palate and the fruity, citrus profile was a combo that needed some malted balancer to be really good. Above average.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,169 ratings.
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