Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,446
Ranked #23,548
3.72 | pDev: 15.32%
Jul 17, 2021
Dec 21, 2004
Notes: 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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3 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
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2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by hreb from Washington

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
4.12 by glinia from Washington on Aug 15, 2020
4.1 by Braz from Washington on Jun 22, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 12, 2020
3 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia on Nov 13, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by PNW253beer from Washington

Extremely drinkable for an IPA. Sweet flower notes.

Oct 18, 2019
3.69 by robotic_being from Florida on Jun 01, 2019
3.07 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 25, 2019
4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on May 05, 2019
3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Mar 20, 2019
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Lwareham1 from Washington

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
3.59 by Mister_Faucher from Washington on Feb 17, 2019
2.96 by Aberasturi from Washington on Feb 04, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by WEGJART19 from Washington

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
3.5 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Dec 05, 2018
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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Colton89 from Texas

Tastes like a floral pilsner. Not an IPA. Very distinct taste. Could enjoy every once in a while.

Oct 10, 2018
4.05 by Bach_And_Beer97 from Washington on Aug 17, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by dancack from Oregon

Very pleasant aroma, but nothing else really stands out to me on this one. It's not bad, just not anything that makes me have a desire to try again.

Aug 14, 2018
3.55 by opd213 from California on Jun 24, 2018
4.14 by ChuckTom from Arizona on May 28, 2018
3.75 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 05, 2018
3.17 by Urs from Connecticut on Mar 18, 2018
3.7 by Dschamp from Oregon on Jan 09, 2018
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 07, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
2.99 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 18, 2017
4 by wertschy from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2017
3.58 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Oct 18, 2017
3.34 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 30, 2017
4.5 by GrantBrennan from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by aasher from Indiana

I really dig this beer and I'm a pretty big fan of Jasmine in general. I bought a bomber at a grocery on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. With all of the Asian influence here I can see this being pretty popular in the islands. The nose is incredibly floral, authentic jasmine. It had a smooth body as well. This beer would go great with any rice based dishes or Hawaiian pork.

Jul 05, 2017
3.84 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2017
4.9 by Bojerkenshire from Idaho on Apr 18, 2017
2.59 by GatorCoop from California on Mar 15, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Ark500 from New York

nice tea/flower taste

Feb 02, 2017
4.03 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Jan 29, 2017
4.08 by dingNshug from Washington on Jan 25, 2017
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 687 ratings