The Immortal IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

very good
421 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 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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with some head and lacing, but not a lot. An earthy hop and malt balance on the nose is reminiscent of an alt. The flavor has a good hop profile. A slightly perfumed taste follows the hops and finally a fairly strong malt flavor sneaks up from behind. The mouthfeel is both a little thin and sticky, hurting the drinkability as well.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes that I thought were long lost. 08Oct06.

22oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is quite a bit thicker than I was expecting from the small amount of foam that's left.

Smell; very nice citrus aromas, with grapefruit and oranges. There's not much in the way of malts in the nose, but boy do those citric hops smell good.

Taste; as with the aroma, this is dominated by citric hops, with just a little bit of caramel malts to take the edge off of the bitterness a little. This isn't as in your face as a lot of the west coast IPA tend to be, it's just a very easy drinking IPA.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and the drinkabilty is really good.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to the NW for hops, and I'm not disappointed. The Immortal on cask has a white head with huge bubbles. Not at the bar, so didn't see the cascade, but looking good golden hazy in a goblet. Huge citrus hop--Amarillo and Centenial. Very smooth, clean, and mellow compared to the sample of the regular tap, which was a bit harsh. Bittering hop is Chinook and it came through strong over the med malt and mouthfeel of the beer. Great hop bite if that's what you like--go get it.

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Photo of unclederby
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a clarity in this golden-hued IPA. Not much of a head, at least nothing that stays around long. The nose is a subdued bouquet of earthy/spicy hops and that's about it. It tastes better than it looks and smells though i'll give it that. A good dose of hops are prevelant but not unseemingly bitter so i assume there is a decent malt bill working here. The flavors are a minty, citrusy zest and it finishes nice and dry. Mouthfeel is kinda creamy with some noticeable carbonation, maybe a tad on the watery side though. This is drinkable enough too, i just don't know if i'd buy it again if i weren't eating also. Theres nothing "bad" about it, but it just doesn't grab me.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a hazy yellow-orange, 2 finger head quickly faded to a thin white layer, hardly any carbonation present, pleanty of yeasties evident. Slight lacing.

Aroma of piney NW hops, some citrus fruit, and malt as well.

Flavor is very mild. Hops are evident on the finish, but I was really expecting a bit more punch from an IPA named "Immortal".

Creamy mouthfeel, drinkable, overall just OK.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Sam's - Chicago

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...pale orange-amber body with a frothy beige head and nice lacing

smell: nice floral citrus hops with a defined malt, grapefruit, lightly nutty, sweet lemon zest as well

taste: This is a nice IPA, not too flashy, but solid. The problem I have with it is the low bitterness and the lack of direction from the initial taste to the finish, mainly that it doesnt change much. There is a nice grapefruit-citrus hopping like one would expect...light toast malt balance makes this is a nice, better than average ipa

mouthfeel: medium body, low bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of benito
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, this pours a bright copper with hints of orange, lots of carbonation, and a fluffy white head that lingers well. The bouquet is citrus-driven, primarily grapefruit, though it has an enticing mix of apple and cotton candy as well.

The flavor is sweet and full-bodied at first with a growing hop presence and prominent bitter finish. Overall, this has an excellent evolution from start to finish--a crescendo of hop flavor and bitterness; it could stand to be even be a little more hoppy and crisp. This has good length and balance throughout and is quite refreshing overall, though nothing that one wouldn't expect from this style.

A solid IPA from a solid brewery. Definitely worth a look.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pumpkin bronze with a healthy off white head. Creamy with tight bubbles, lots of lace.

S: Lots of citrus. Orange, lemon zest, bit of toffee and some redwood.

T: Very bitter up front. Some grapefruit notes with a grainy profile. Transitions to a minor buttery taste with a some lingering caramel. Finishes bitter with flavors of grapefruit rind.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkable but nothing special.

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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a two finger head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: strong piney bitterness, grapefruit, and some hefty orange tones.

Taste: The citrus tones make this a bit unbalanced as they cut through the milder bready malt base. Orange and grapefruit are the first flavors you notice, then a strong bitterness hits you. After the tastebuds get back to normal, you can pick up a bit of pepper and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish and dry overall. The aftertaste is long on the citrus and bitterness.

Drinkability: this beers was ok, but drinkability was down a notch with the overpowering citrus.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Disembogues from the bomber a semi-hazy apricot hue developing a thick, semi-rocky crown of meringue 1.5 fingers thick. Head slowly subsides to a messy morass of foam leaving a nice, thin sheeting down the glass. Each swirl of the tulip glass produces prodigious foam – a very smooth and fresh looking beer.

Aromas are of very present, yet soft citrus hops which have a cedar-like spiciness. The more standard orange peel and tangerine tartness mingle with a sweet malty middle.

Tastes like a bitter Orange cream soda; light, sweet citrus flavors and a very pleasant bitterness ride a wave of underlying white bread and caramely malts making for some awesome complexity and richness.

Mouth feel adds to the cream-soda theme as the medium carbonation keeps things very smooth. An awesome session IPA as the %6.3 ABV is easy enough to stay ahead of with a good meal to wash it down with (I had a ham and salami sandwich with slices of pepper-jack). This is a great beer for hopheads, yet approachable to a newcomer, an ale worth seeking out. Glad it’s widely available to me locally – always nice and fresh.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bomber of The Immortal IPA at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a nice gold color and is slightly hazy. A bubbly one-finger white head forms and is reduced quickly to a thin film. Despite it’s meek appearance the head leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly weak, mostly about hops, some malt aroma, and very little fruit presence.

The taste is a bit one-dimensional, all about hops, and not much else going on to add complexity to the flavor. There is a bit of a bitter aftertaste as well, and hangs around a little longer than necessary.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean and full-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer, perhaps just a bit overboard on the biter side. I would certainly have the Immortal IPA again, but it’s not the best IPA I have had.

NOTE: The first glass was considerably clearer than the second, and the second glass had a lot of sediment in it. It was almost like two different beers out of the same bottle.

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The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,219 ratings.
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