Avatar Jasmine IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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261 Reviews
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
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
650
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
85
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, some breadiness, not much in the way of hops. Taste is somewhat floral, jasmine is present, more malts than hops, a very light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not a bad beer, but lacking some of the punch expected in an IPA.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail and ending in a sold lace.

S: Jasmine and hoppy aroma with a fruity background.

T: Smooth and sweet jasmine fruity flavor with a sharp bitter middle and finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Great twist on an IPA – would grab this again.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Instantly upon opening the bottle i thought "this smells great!"

Semi hazed dull orange color with bright white sticky head that dies rather quickly. Lots of jasmine on the nose with ripe orangey and citric hops.

Very very tea like. Herbal and almost like a dry hopped green tea. Medium bodied pleasently dry finish. Jasmine adds a nice sweetness up front and an herbal teal like essence o nthe back end. Hop provide an orange like flavor and bitterness that merely balances rather than overpowers. Dry sweet and tasty. This is one damn good IPA. Unique in it's infusion of jasmine rather than fruit or honey or anything like that. This is an awesome beer.

This beer is definitely awesome food, can't deny that.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded very fast leaving almost no lacing at all.

Smell – The aroma was a mix of bready aromas and a strong floral hop aroma. As the name of the brew predicts the flowery aroma is mainly of a jasmine aroma, although there are other aromas of a herbal nature mixed with the jasmine flower hop smells.

Taste – The taste starts out bready with some caramel sweetness up front. The tongue is quickly met with some hop flavors of a floral and citrus nature. The citrus is on the sweeter side with some orange as well as a light grapefruit taste. Toward the end the floral flavors get stronger, with a jasmine flavor dominating the hop taste. In the end a quite jasmine flower and mildly bready taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. Both were rather appropriate for a nice balance for the floral hop flavors and the more malty and bready flavor while keeping a good level of drinkability.

Overall – A very flowery IPA. It was not all that bitter and was quite easy drinking.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with green highlights. It has a white bubbly head that hangs around and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of jasmine, green tea, sweet floral, slight breadiness.

Taste floral and jasmine up front with a bitter herb punch followed by sweet bread taste from the malt. This has some real interesting flavors, but they are all over the place. The brew lacks harmony and a sense of cohesiveness. A fun beer to try, but not one I'll be going back to.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber into pint glass

A- Cloudy orange with suspended white particles. Some settle out slowly but none dissolve - much unfiltered goodness remains. Maybe this is the jasmine? Good head lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Mmm fruity esters and candy, no joke.

T- Floral hops and sweetened jasmine green tea flavor the caramelly, bready malts that balance out a hint of grapefruit pucker.

M- Perfect: Smooth, medium body. Refreshment in the mouth and satisfaction in the lingering aftertaste.

O- This is not a standard NW IPA, nor is it reminiscent of more traditional British varieties. Unique for the category and very flowery. An all-season delight that could be paired with many meals. I like it as an appetizer beer - it won't compromise the palate before eating, but food accompaniment is almost an unnecessary distraction while enjoying this brew.

Vishnu would approve.

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Photo of drpimento
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew. Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, very frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that very slowly faded and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy straw amber with a few slow bubble trails. Aroma doesn't have much of the jasmine, but does have malt, hop, caramel, a bit floral. Flavor is carbonic tang, bitter up front with and some fruity sweetness behind which lasts along with the bitter. Body and carbonation are perfect.

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Photo of cpolking
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber with an orange tint. There is a half-inch of off-white head.

The aroma is mostly jasmine, like a cold jasmine tea, with a bit of beer in the back.

The taste is a malty IPA, with light floral and orange, and the pleasant and full flavor of jasmine. The flavors are in a nice balance with the jasmine taking the lead. This is very nice, and would be great with Asian food, or on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance was nice golden with a nice fluffy white head

Smell not Much to the hops and very little trace of the jasmine, clean though.

Taste brings out much more flavor than the smell. Notes of mango with jasmine and a very light malt notes.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp

Overall I wasn't impressed nor was I disappointed. Solid beer .

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very well put together simple label. Nice color scheme and elegant yet simple graphics.

Appearance: Poured out of a 22oz Bomber(Brown) into a 16oz. English Pint. Pours an apple juice like clear copper/amber color with a 1 finger airy white foam head that quickly dissipates into a thin foam ring. Head retention was only 1min 5sec.

Smell/Aroma: Bubble-gum like sweetness hits the nose right of the bat. Very floral with that soft flower-like smell being very pleasant. Also an herbal grassy like smell hidden behind the floral presence.

Flavor/Taste: Again, like the smell, very floral with the pleasant jasmine dominating the front end. Pine hops and bread-like malts break through in the middle. Back end is dominated by bitterness. Very bitter.

MouthFeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth but slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: So different than any IPA I have ever tried. While staying true to the bitter nature of the IPA this was very herbal and floral oriented. The fresh jasmine in the taste and the aroma was excellent and very pleasant. I highly enjoyed this offering. Consumed 7-18-12

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered from LetsPour and poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter glass.

Appearance - A refreshing citrus appearance. A short half-finger head that fades rapidly. Weak web-like lacing to the glass. The beer is an opaque squash orange color with average carbonation. Lightly pink.

Smell - Extremely floral with a bit of an elderberry smell to it. A sweet, near pink-bubblegum smell. Very pleasant.

Taste - Definitely a unique beer. I have not had something quite like this before. Floral notes violently grab at the tongue and pull it further into its bed. Sweet honey-like nectar with hints of fresh hops. Extremely bready with a sweeter, banana-bread like backing. Delicious and unique.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Medium bodied and extraordinarily unique. The taste of, what I presume is Jasmine flowers, adds a whole new level of depth to the taste of this beer. Extremely complex.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper color with some residual white foam. Floral smell, light grassy smell too. Toffee malt taste, subtle hop taste, but really tucked below a tasty malt. Really tasty. At the end, a bitter hop resides. Very good.

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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 Moondog
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, clear, 0.5" head that quickly dissipates

S - Pronounced jasmine nose

T - Very floral, not too bitter... this would pair well with Vietnamese food

M - Light, not too carbonated

O - This is a beer that has a time and place... likely best to be paired with food... enjoyable and different

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avatar Jasmine IPA
Elysian Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.30 %

LOOK: Copper/orange colored brew with a large soapy head that provides plenty of webbed lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Citrus, orange blossom tea, floral, herbal hops and caramel all make for a pretty pleasing nose.

TASTE: Orange citrus, herbal tea flavor imparted by the jasmine. There is a resinous, piney hop character and provides a solid bitterness. Mild caramel, brown sugar, honey like notes from the malt. Finishes slightly bitter.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp and easily drinkable.

OVERALL: A very solid IPA from Elysian brewing, who is notorious for making well hopped and unique ales. The Avatar makes good use of the hops and the jasmine, a pretty delicious beer.

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a beautiful hazy gold with carbonation bubbles peeking through the haze. The head is tiny though. The aroma is intensely floral with a bit of citrus hops to round it out. The taste is also very heavy on the floral jasmine, making this a very unique beer experience. There's just the smallest amount of citrus hops and light, sweet malts. I think I'd prefer a bit of a more herbal hop presence to temper some of the sweetness, but it's still unique and well-done. The mouthfeel is brisk, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a very interesting beer experience. I'm not sure if I'd go out and get it again, but it's a great change-up from the day to day.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured the majority of the 22 oz bottle into a large Duvel glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange amber color with slightly hazy clarity. Also, there are lots of signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Super lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: There beer has an herbal and floral aroma. Sweetness and breadiness also. Hops are hidden well or maybe the herbal essence of the beer dominates the hops aroma.

Taste: Jasmine and floral taste in the mouth, pine from the hops, bready and caramel malts, but a lot of bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Overall: I like the twist Elysian put on the American IPA. The herbal essence was very nice for a change and i could see myself going to check out this brewery next time I am in Seattle. As for now, I will have to hunt this beer down in NY again.

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Photo of martino_cappachino
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

An extra frothy, two-finger tips length of head.

Heavy nose full of blossoming jasmine and purple perilla in the aroma.

Dirty blonde with an amber hue in color.

Mouthfeel was almost slick and syrupy. Less carbonation than normal for an IPA it seemed, but I think that helped bring out it's aroma more.

Taste was a combination of jasmine with a hoppy resin bite. ..Slightly sweet. Toasted, light bread in malt character.

Truly a sublime, and not for everday consumption, IPA that must be carefully paired when considering cuisine.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden apricot with a thick creamy head that evaporates to a thin cap of tiny bubbles.

S: Sweet floral Jasmine up front, mildly malty with a hint of hops ends with a little spicy pepper. Mild skunkiness as the beer warmed.

T: Floral jasmine flavour is definitely front, with a little bitter mild hop flavour. Sweet and mildly malty too, which balances out the hop nicely. It's clear and crisp and reminiscent of jasmine tea. It's refreshing while providing that jasmine flavour.

M: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and medium bodied, it's a lovely creamy feeling too, the mouth feel is complex and intriguing - really excellent presentation.

O: This is a fantastic floral forward brew, that will compliment sushi and delicate fish nicely. It's a unique flavour that provides a refreshing break from the regular IPA that's citrus or pine-y. Definitely worth the buy - looking forward to trying it again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours a slightly hazy honey golden color. Half inch white head dissipates to a lacing and retains there.

Smells of mild floral hops and noticeable jasmine.

Taste follows, some mild floral hops and a bit of citrus and mild malt all wrapped up in a coating of jasmine, flowery at first and bitter like tea at the end.

Medium to full body with soft expansive carbonation.

The jasmine is the centerpiece of this beer. It's not overwhelming but it is there. As such, you pretty much have to like jasmine to like this. If you do, you're in for a real treat. If you don't, avoid at all costs. For me, a casual jasmine green tea fan, it's good and enjoyable, something I am glad to have tried and might even have again, but it's a niche beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a small orange citrus. In the taste, pine like hops to mellow citrus, and a nice floral note. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small floral hop in the aftertaste. Nice floral presence with citrus notes in a sweeter ale.

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Photo of beerme343
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the Avatar Jasmine IPA on tap at Elysian Fields out of a standard pint glass. The pour shows off a good looking bronze color with a small white head of tiny bubbles.

This beer has a big floral bouquet with sweet jasmine at the forefront and a bit of piney hops.

The jasmine flavor also leads the way on the palate hitting hard initially but mellowing nicely with a little malt carrying through to the balanced finish. The hops blend in very well and work nicely with the jasmine.

This is a very drinkable IPA that goes down smooth. An easy beer to like... if you are a fan of IPA and if you can handle the strong floral notes.

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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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Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Coles in Buffalo on tap. The waitress recommeneded it as something different that if I enjoy IPA's I might like. It is really refreshing to have a server actually know about beer.
Appearance-dark yellow, medium to heavy carbonation, some lacing.
Smell-heavy floral notes coming through, Jasmine.
Taste-heavy floral hop notes, the Jasmine really bites you, my wife tried it and stated the same but I enjoy a beer like that and she does not. So different from your usual IPA that I had to love it. I kept getting more and more with every taste.
Mouthfeel-hoppy as hell, very floral.
Overall-I really enjoyed this but probably would not drink more than two in a sitting, I could see that this beer would definatly not appeal to everyone.I will seek this out again, love the floral notes.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If your're looking for traditional IPA grab their Immortal IPA, this is the hybrid herbal flower Jasmine infused IPA where the floral aspects overshadow the hops, I did get some mild citrus and herbal bitterness from hops but the Jasmine smacked me around, a semi clouded golden copper orange hue with an off white khaki tinted head forming thick. Carbonation levels were dead on nothing cloying in the actual texture more the unrelenting bitterness from the Jasmine additions. Flavor wise a nice base beer as jaded by the Jasmine, I just didn't care for this combination or the fact that they have to get so creative with an already stellar style of beer, the IPA. Overall I think I said it, drink the Immortal and try a thimble full of this and move on.

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 650 ratings.
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