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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Reviews: 407 | Ratings: 1,169
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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Photo of TheBungyo
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The head is like a down pillow. Body is an orangey gold. No lacing. Smell is far too faint for my tastes, but what I do smell is slightly buttery oranges. Taste is more diacetyl and oranges. Maybe a little caramel too. I definitely want more hops here. Mouth is massive, almost as if the liquid were alive! Drinkability is just ok. If I wanted another IPA after this and I had another bottle of this I probably wouldn't even bother.

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Photo of carln26
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and very clear copper color topped by a fluffy egg-white head. Aroma: What aroma? Hardly anything there. What gives? There is just a touch of grapefruit rind, not really any malt at all. Flavor: Much more from the malt than the hops. Nice candy/caramel flavor, a bit of hop finish. More hops, I want more hops. The mouth feel is slick, and slightly rich. It is very drinkable. Maybe I’m reading too much into the name, but this is “The Immortal” I expected MUCH more from this. At least a little hop flavor.

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Photo of hero27
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Bright gold color...small pieces of suspended yeast throughout. Very subdued hop profile for an IPA.. it has a very light yeasty/hop aroma. Tastes are light hops and a fairly thick dusty malt character. The mouthfeel is exceptionally soft & this a cream IPA?..coulda fooled me.. A well-balanced West Coast IPA that's worth a shot if you see it somewhere.

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

Besmirched goldenrod. Small, yellow dusted whitish top of fair foam. Exquisite lacing in patchy sheeting.

Clean, soft, aroma of orangey/grapefruit citric spruce pine needles.

Rounded hoppy taste with a nice balanced front and middle. Malts keep a nice sweet side to its overall. A toasted surge gains control therein and sticks for the duration of the entire ride while a prevalent hop flavor provides some significant piney flavors. Finish is a spectacular blaze of firey hop qualities with leafy/pulpy texture, a surging, controlled bitterness and drying bite, with a complex array of pinewood bark, needles, and oils mixing with glazes of citrusy impressions adding nudges at the corners of the palate with orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and lemon. Beautiful finish with a very nicely handled balance and bitterness that doesn't quite blow away all factors of taste and palate.

Feel is well rounded, smoothly accurate and comforting for an IPA and its overall drinkability with a slippery medium body and finely placed, fairly easy going bitterness. As it warms this becomes one hell of a beer. It really gains a respectful amount of body, texture, hop action, and overall flavor ride.

A gem of a brew from the folks at Elysian.

A another big West 'Cloudy' Coast thanks to cvschaller for the many samples!

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

Had this on tap at the Elysian brewpub in Seattle. Poured a bit darker and more robust than many standard IPA's. Smell was hoppy and citrusy in typical Northwest fashion. Taste was very well done with slightly more malt character to balance out the very fruity hops. More fruit flavors than some but still some definite pine suggestions as well. A well done IPA, easy drinking tasty.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a white not overly large head but had nice staying power,really suprised by the big malt character in the aroma of this beer lightly sweet caramel and cracker malt with a lighter than expected herbal hop note.I have to say this to me was more English flavor wise very herbal like geranium slightly grassy but not that big ass Pacific NW hop punch in the mouth big cracker malt backbone is as big as the hop presence.Now I think this brew is good balanced and quaffable but I didnt expect an amped up English bitter wich I think this,oh well like I said its pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden orange honey with a nice off white bubbly head that maintains at about an inch thick. The smell is a nice pleasant floral and citrus hop, a fresh grain sneaks through as well. The taste is a pleasant balance, the hops are there but not overly abundant, all the flavors work well with each other, a nice honey goes well with the pine flavors of the hop. A buttery toast and hint of lemon finish is great. Nice beer.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really a decent I.P.A. here. Pours a nice orange-copper glow into my tulip. Nice, foamy I.P.A. head with lots of retention. Smell is great - very citrusy and hoppy, like a great I.P.A. should be. Taste disappoints me a bit, though. Starts strongly, but a very bitter, almost "soapy" aftertaste. Relatively low ABV for aan I.P.A., so drinkability is good. Elysian brews generally kick butt; this offering is decent...

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/31/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my 24oz glass mug.

Appearance- Light amber/dark golden colored pour. Half inch magnificent creamy white head. Very nice patches of lace left along the sides. About as perfect as you can get for an IPA.

Smell- Lightly fruity and bitter scented brew. Maybe some peaches besides the normal grapefruit scent.

Taste- Sugary candy sweet flavored hops. Nice fruity taste as well. Lots of grapefruit as well as a resinous pine flavor. Malt comes in decent as well.

Mouthfeel- Resinous and a bit chewy. Creamy as well. About perfect carbonation level.

Drinkability- West Coast IPA at it's finest. One of my top 10 IPA's for sure. Extremely well rounded. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hop aroma. Clean resiny hops and a bit of fermentation/yeast esters of fruit.

Orange, very hazy, not much head (cask).

Initially bitter. Then some nice hop flavor. Finishes sweet and malty. Nice well balanced beer.

Full bodied and creamy. Good carb. level for a cask beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a frothy, slightly creamy in consistency, pale tan colored head that is three fingers thick. The beer is well carbonated and is a pretty clear dark copper color. As I work my way through a couple of small glasses of this beer. the head, as it falls forms layers of lacing and a rocky texture. Ah the aroma is a hop lovers dream, it is full of fruity citrus notes like tangerines, lots of grapefruit and perhaps some apricot as well. The harder herbal & pine like notes are quite muted here; this just has a pure concentrated hoppy fruit character. As I drink this beer the aroma picks up notes of alcohol, but still remains full of citrus fruit. The initial aroma is about as perfect as it gets, but, while still enjoyable, does not quite carry through as I work my way through this 22oz bottle.

The beer is at first light on the palate up front, but quickly picks up a mouth-coating light fullness that really makes this quite enjoyable. The beer is on the dry side for an IPA (especially given many of the sticky examples out there), but there is some definite malt character here; a sort of dry toasted malt note that is really evident in the finish along with a light caramel sweetness. Ok enough with the peripherals, yes this is indeed an IPA; the hop character is dominant in the taste from start to finish. At first a lingering bitter, herbal & pine-like note dominates the flavor profile of this biting beer. As it warms up a bit and interacts with the air it begins to soften a bit and the citrus notes begin to become more evident as the sweetness from the malt is able to peek through. There are soft notes of bergamot, definite grapefruit, astringent almost grassy mint-like pine (yes that is all one flavor), notes of sweet apricots, and juicy tangerines.

What an enjoyable beer, it is just a full experience; between the austere malt character, the citrusy hop notes and the astringent herbal hop character coupled with the ample bitterness. This is just an all around enjoyable IPA, which is really hitting the spot right now. This beer is incredibly tasty and has me planning a trip to the Northwest sometime in the not so distant future.

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

Cloudy amber with a good head...little lace, though. Surprisingly mild nose given the name--not an IPA aroma. Pleasant aroma, though.

I like the balance of this IPA. The hop is still the predominant flavor component but the malt is very much present. This is a dry beer with superior body and expected carbonation.

I debated whether to give the taste 4.0 v. 4.5. I rarely give above a 4.0 unless the component is exceptional. This score reflects the complexity of the flavor profile, which is more difficult with the fringe beers (defined as those on one end of the taste profile). In the end, this is a superior IPA.

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

22oz. bomber. Labeling differs from that outline with an animated drawing of Zeus(?).

Appearance: Light copper. Slight haze. Sticky lace, thin fading layer of foam.

Smell: Mild balanced aroma consisting of fruity citrus, pine, grainy sweetness. Some very mild diacetyl, nothing offensive.

Taste: Balanced and relatively mild mannered IPA. Grapefruit zest, pine cones and thin but adequate malt base. Hints of spicy hop. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light. Would pair well with salad or light pasta meal.

Drinkability: Light body, mild disposition, means I could drink a ton of this. Thumbs up.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Amber color with a thin off - white head. Mild smell of grapefruit and piney hops. Medium body with light carbonation. Flavor is almost all grapefruit and flowery hops here. A slight taste of caramel sweetness is beaten down by the big hop flavors.
A long, dry finish is all bitter hops.

Not a favorite of mine but not bad, either.

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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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