Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
American IPA
3.72 | pDev: 15.32%
Jul 17, 2021
Dec 21, 2004
Originally a collaboration with Thwaites Brewery.

Avatar has a very floral nose while the taste is an elegant balance allowing the subtle flavor of jasmin to prevail while still delivering the IPAs essential hoppiness.

Malts: Pale, Munich, Crystal 45, CaraHell
Hops: Magnum, Glacier, Cascade
Dried jsamin flowers added in the boil.
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Rated: 3 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
22oz bottle dated 10/21/20, served in a pint glass. I enjoy a jasmine tea, but I've never been a big fan of the waxy bitterness of Avatar. Let's give it another try anyway.

The beer is a muddy brass color with a thin tan head. Aroma is surprisingly malt-forward, with that Munich malt hitting my nose first. Flavor begins with a caramel sweetness which is then counteracted by a potent, harsh bitterness. This beer is not elegant and floral, rather, it's oldschool bordering on hard to drink American IPA. Sharp carbonation only intensifies the unpleasantness.

This beer needs a reboot.
Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by glinia from Washington

Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Braz from Washington

Jun 22, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I am taking a break from The CANQuest (tm) to run through some Bottles (gasp!). It needed to be done & this will pave the way for a massive return to CANs when I'm done. If you thought that the previous one from Elysian was ancient, take a look at the transcribed Notes for this one!

From the Bottle: "Avatar Jasmine IPA"; "India Pale Ale brewed with Jasmine Flowers"; "East meets West Coast with a unique floral aroma and a smooth dose of hops. Avatar is an excellent beer for pairing with food."; "Brewhouse [-] Elysian operates three brewpubs in Seattle and has won Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado."; "Cheers! [undersigned] Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer".

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was a little surprised when I was not getting much besides wisps in the way of head, but I pressed on. The glass was filled & still naught but wisps, so fair dinkum. Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity, so I call that a win. The nose had a very floral quality & in this case, I am referring to flowers, NOT hops. Its mellow nose reminded me of another one that I had recently. In both cases, I was put in mind of hop tea. It is a fabulously mellow drink with low bitterness, if done right. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was much like the nose - very floral (flowery) with a honey-like semi-sweetness and a mellowness that was highly relaxing. It put me in mind of the ex-Old Lady's honey that she harvests as an apiarist & meaderist as well as my next door neighbor's garden. The latter moved in at the end of 2019 & she really has a green thumb! It has been a cool, chilly Spring thus far, but she is out there almost every day, tending to her plants & flowers. By golly, this was a really soothing drink! I felt Sleepytime coming on as I drank it. Finish was semi-dry with only a light bitterness & a lingering flowery-honeylike taste. Mmm. YMMV. This had held up very well. I keep saying - I keep my beer cool, out of the sunlight & try not to be abusive. Waste not, want not.
Apr 19, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Potroast

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 3 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Nov 13, 2019
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Rated by PNW253beer from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Extremely drinkable for an IPA. Sweet flower notes.
Oct 18, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by robotic_being from Illinois

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 3.07 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia

May 05, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Mar 20, 2019
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Rated by Lwareham1 from Washington

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Such a great flavor! This brew has a light, floral taste, while packing a meaty,IPA punch. A perfect sunny day beer. Love love!
Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 2.96 by Aberasturi from Washington

Feb 04, 2019
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Reviewed by WEGJART19 from Washington

3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured into a frosty glass from a bottle with about an inch of head. Light amber in colour with a bright floral sweet jasmine smell with a hint of hop. Opacity is about 10%, slightly above average with adequate lacing. Jasmine sweet floral taste is overwhelming to me with a bit of carbonation and burn. It’s an interesting beer but unless you like eating flowers, this is a bit of a perennial - something to be had every once and awhile and to an acquired taste.
Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

Dec 05, 2018
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Rated by Colton89 from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tastes like a floral pilsner. Not an IPA. Very distinct taste. Could enjoy every once in a while.
Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Bach_And_Beer97 from Washington

Aug 17, 2018
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