Avatar Jasmine IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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651 Ratings
Avatar Jasmine IPAAvatar Jasmine IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
An IPA with a very floral aroma and flavor that is elegantly balanced, allowing subtle flavor of Jasmine to prevail while still delivering the IPA’s essential hoppiness. Pour golden copper with a lively head.

Added by Todd on 12-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
651
Reviews:
261
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
86
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours medium yellow with a siginificant white foaming head. Sweet floral smelling. Very easy mouthfeel and a surprisingly good drinker. A 500 ml. is perfect, a 750 ml. is still good. Satisfying. A nice bitterness, with citrus and lots of well brewed jasmine.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 4/28/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, earth, and jasmine aromas. Taste is much the same with jasmine, floral, earth, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with distinct jasmine characterisitcs that are better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a fabulous beer. never had anything like it. pours a hazy pale orange color with a thick fluffy white head. smells like fresh jasmie flowers, reminds me of spring in bloom, its a really profound smell, takes me places id rather be. flowers blend well with the hops which are on the fruity end of the spectrum. it has a light flavor, not perfumy at all, just really fresh and alive. there is a slight bitter element in the finish which reminds you its an ipa. its less hoppy than maybe it could be, but i love the way the jasmine is featured here, great idea, great execution. feel is nice, on the lighter side with plenty of bubbles. the aftertaste is nice too. not sure what kind of food i would do with this one, but i am going to buy it again and figure it out. for about 5 bucks a bomber, you cannot go wrong here. sensational

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was hoppy and a bit floral... perhaps even spicy. The taste of the beer was good, I enjoyed it, it was bitter and yet it kept giving off some other flavors that I couldn't really pinpoint. The mouthfeel was light and smooth. Overall this beer is worth having again I think. It's a good IPA in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of jasmine fragrance are present in the nose—if I was blindfolded I could picture myself being in a tropical location such as Hawaii.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of jasmine flowers. Slight hints of bitterness and underlying caramel malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that the jasmine was a little too overpowering in the sense that it completely obscured the rest of this beer. I still liked it, but if you don't like jasmine this probably won't be a beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, steeply-priced import bomber at BeerBistro in T-dot...thank you, expense account!

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden apricot colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and yet bubbly dirty white head, which leaves randomly strewn sudsy lace around the glass in its hasty wake.

It smells of candy-like florals, a sort of cross between said confection and the more adult perfumed version, with some muddled citrus and grassy hops adding to the mire, all atop a softly bready caramel maltiness. The taste is strong, but more isolated jasmine flower, still tame and reserved caramel malt, some nondescript tropical fruit, and a sort of sidelined domestic citrus and peppy leafy hoppiness trying to claw its way into a more focal position.

The carbonation is on the low side, manifesting in a mere ethereal frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, still heady with that sweet floral/herbal jasmine essence presiding over the chastened IPA notes.

Overall, I have to give this one credit for partial truth in advertising - rather nicely rendered jasmine, but at the expense of the base IPA character, it's as simple as that. I imagine this would go well with various southeast Asian stir-fries and the like, the floral sweetness ready to parry any fire one might be tempted to indulge in.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Uninteresting label design.

6.3% ABV. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. Served cold into a stem-tulip. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show.

HEAD: One finger wide. White in colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft complexion. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's not unique or special for an IPA, but I find it appealing for the style.

AROMA: Jasmine is evident, and complements the floral hop notes nicely. Pale malts. Really flowery, to a rather pleasant extent. Clean and resinous without coming off soapy. It's not piney, citrusy, or juicy, but boy do the floral notes kick ass.

A pleasant intriguing aroma of moderate strength. The jasmine is a stand-out.

No alcohol, off-notes, or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Jasmine flower, subsidiary floral hops, ample amounts of hoppy resins, some dank more cannabis-evocative notes, faint herbal character, clean pale malts, a dash of caramalt, and some hop oils. Bitterness is mild, but it doesn't have too much caramalt sweetness.

It's nicely balanced and enjoyable, but isn't perfect. It's complex enough, and the jasmine lends it unique nuance. But there's little subtlety, and it could of course be more intricate. Some citrusy zest might be nice. I do like it, and the jasmine makes it memorable. But it's not as fresh tasting or interesting as superior beers in the style, and lacks their complexity and subtlety. Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are all average.

TEXTURE: Lightly oily. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, fairly refreshing, slightly overcarbonated, and approachable. It's a bit dragging on the palate, especially in the late second act.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture is a decent complement to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: I think they could get away with a higher ABV. It's drinkable and enjoyable, and I'll easily finish the bottle with my friend (Blakelive784), but I doubt I'd buy it again. It does make me curious to try Elysian's other offerings, and the jasmine is very interesting. Worth trying, but far from world-class. A nice little IPA.

B-

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a decent head that retains and laces reasonably well

Smell: Jasmine tea aroma wafts above with an underlying caramel malt beneath

Taste: Starts with a biscuity flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the jasmine elements; after the swallow, the mentholated jasmine battles with the grainy hops and produces an unappealing combination

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice experiment, but the menthol element renders it unpalatable to me

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the experience; I was curious to try it and now I have done so

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, floral, pine, bread, caramel, flower petals, light honey, and herbal spiciness. Pretty nice and well balance aromas with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange, caramel, honey, pine, floral, bread, flower petals, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, bread, caramel, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of bitterness with malt sweetness; with some good hop flavor complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. The jasmine flowers blend well with the flavor profile; and there is some nice hop flavor balance. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear orange slight amber orange color, light head.

Nose malty, caramel, chewy hops, quite a bit of jasmine tea, nice floral hops.

Taste earthy floral hops, jasmine tea, light sweet malts, semi sweet overall and some bittering hops.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice jasmine and hop blend, done well but nothing special.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without reading the label on the bottle I didn't know that this beer actually contained Jasmine. I first got lots of bready, medium-caramel malt, and then floral and grassy hops in the nose. The flavor followed suit, but there it was, Jasmine! Not that I've ever actually tasted Jasmine, but it grows wild near me and I love the scent in late summer. I thought the Jasmine moniker was just a name, but lo and behold, it's actually in the beer.

So, does it work? Yes and no. I think it's a really interesting beer, and I love the way that the Jasmine works with the rich maltiness and the subtly piney and juicy, berry-like hops that slip through from underneath. And the honeyish, spicy/floral finish that just seems to go on forever. It's just so bright and rich and floral, how could you complain?! On the other hand, the floral coating atop the caramel & Munich ball of malt can become a bit much for more than one glass. It seems a little full, and just a tad sweet beyond one serving. It sticks in the mouth. Still, I think it deserves a lot of merit for flavor and aroma and mouthfeel, as well as creativity. In fact, I think it's probably worth seeking out just to give it a try because it's so different, and it actually succeeds with style whereas a lot of other "herb & spice" beers falter. Nicely done!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of spice.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that is complemented well by the herbal flavor of the jasmine. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that come in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style while adding a different twist to it, I wasn't expecting the jasmine to work so well with the hops but it made this beer one that is worth drinking for a while if you're the mood for something slightly out of the ordinary.

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