Salute The Sun
Elysian Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,103
Ranked #36,751
3.67 | pDev: 9.81%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Notes: This pale ale is conditioned on sun-dried black limes and vibrates with a ridiculous amount of Citra hops. Slightly tart, highly citrusy, super chill.

32 IBU
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: $1.59 USD plus tax for a 12 fl oz brown glass crown capped bottle at Martin Wine Cellar in New Orleans, LA.

"Pale Ale." 5.2% ABV. "Conditioned on sun-dried black limes." Brewed with Citra hops.

APPEARANCE: Copper-orange body. Modest white head (~2cm in height, lasts ~3 minutes).

AROMA: Has a lovely prominent lime aroma, though it'd be much more welcome in a saison methinks. Citrusy and floral hops are also present, but don't necessarily harmonize with the lime. Pale malts keep any hop bitterness checked.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a pungent undertone of lime and citrus, but the lime doesn't amplify the Citra hop citrus flavours and the two ingredients seem to coexist instead of synergizing. Pale malts lend it its base. Floral hop aromatics.

Has a tingling smooth texture. Wet and somewhat refreshing despite being medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Not oily.

Balanced but a bit simplistic. The lime works well but feels like a gimmick; I'd like to see them use the same lime technique/ingredient in a Belgian style saison or rustic lager.

OVERALL: Drinks easy and tastes nice, but it isn't a memorable pale ale given the oversaturation of the style in the contemporary American market. I'd sooner buy Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is probably available damn near everywhere this is. Nevermind Half Acre's Daisy Cutter, 3 Floyds' Zombie Dust, Toppling Goliath's Pseudo Sue, et al. in the right regional markets. I'd probably bring a sixer to a barbecue if I couldn't find anything more interesting at a Wal-Mart or something, but it's not a great beer.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Salute the sun pours a chunky bronze color, with a long lasting, small fizzy head. Smells like pee. Flavor is an earthy malty pale flavor, with generous hints of lime to bring it out. A bit light. Overall, I really like the mellow lime flavors, it helps the earthy base and very very bad aroma, try to drink from the bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Elysian Brewing Co. "Salute The Sun"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "EXPERIENCE BY 08/04/19
$2 @ Wegmans Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: What I find interesting here is the use of sun-dried black limes. I've never heard of such a thing! Great label design as well. So, OK, let's see what it looks like: hazy deep gold body beneath a standard sized head of slightly off-white foam. The aroma is citrusy, and resinous like hops, but I'm not really finding lime, and I can't determine where the citrus is really coming from. There is an odd earthy note, however, that I'm guessing is exclusively from the limes. On to the flavor... well that's certainly citrusy! There's a little bit of acidity to it. It's a touch spicy as well, and combined with a median bitterness it finishes dry. The malt is basic, just lightly biscuity, and supports the citrus well. Again, I'm not really getting "lime", but I can clearly tell where the dried black limes are as opposed to what might be citrusy hops. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp like any other APA. So what to say? It's an enjoyable APA that has a twist to it, and while I enjoy that I'm not sure it's inspiring enough to get me to seek it out over whatever else is available on the over-crowded shelves these days. Still, it's worth trying just to see what the dried black limes do.
Review #6,714

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat aggressive pour yields about a finger of frothy white head. Brew itself is a nice golden color with a soft haze. Lots of carbonation and some tiny particulates floating around. Looks pretty good.

Smells pretty nice too. Citra hops and you really get the limes if you swirl it around a bit.

Big citrus burst upfront on the tongue. Lime pith and tangerines; finishing with a mildly tart grapefruitiness. That may not be a real word. Whatever. Sue me, fuckface.

Light mouthfeel, but that's not such a bad thing as this seems to be aiming for a warm weather refresher type thing and hits the spot just fine.

Overall, not bad at all, even if the bottle says enjoy by 8/4/19. I got a real knack for grabbing out-of-date pale ales in mixed sixers. Will be on the lookout for a fresher sample next year.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one was a reach for me, everyone at the bar passing it around really hated it, but i wouldnt go that far, it just seems kind of forced, a weird style hybrid between an american pale and a berliner or something, seems like some lactic tang to me in here, not just sour from the limes. there is a lot of flavor in this, but its not as good on the palate as it sounds in my head, the limes have an almost composting aspect to them, not fresh and bright like i want lime to be, its not like the flavor is any more concentrated, im not sure this is better with black limes than it would be with regular ones. the hops are nice, more aromatic than flavorful though, and even though there is some citrus zest bitterness here, the hops kind of stop like half way through the flavor for me. its minimal on the grain and yeast sides, so its really the citra and the lime, which should work better than it seems to, maybe freshness is an issue, i dont know, but the apparent cohesiveness of these ingredients is not totally realized in the liquid. the little bit of acidity at the end kind of throws me off too. i didnt hate it like the rest of our group, and i appreciate a somewhat risky beer from these guys i guess, but this didnt really turn me on the way i wanted it to. this should be lighter and brighter for the summer than it is. cool idea though...

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Photo of Imakoniver
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a one-finger head, some lacing, smells citrusy, refreshing lime taste with average carbonation and subtle hoppy notes. I really liked this beer and so did my friends. It is a very crushable summer beer.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours a murky golden orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is lime, other citrus, spice, and malt. Refreshing.

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Photo of singletary
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It poured a cloudy golden color with a small head. The smell of citrus and hops with the taste is of tangerines with a tart hop bite, almost too tart at times. Overall a good drink just a bit more bite than I was expecting.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of lime, citrus and toasted caramel. Very tart with a lot of lime and some sweet caramel.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don’t know why this has mediocre ratings. I think it’s excellent. Complex pale ale. Lots of citrus flavor. Slight bitterness. Good lacing. Tastes like the sun!

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Photo of Radome
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy golden beer with little head and lots of sediment on the bottom of the glass or floating just above it (odd for a non-bottle-conditioned beer). Aroma is heavy on lime and has a bit of black pepper that seems out of place but works with the lime.

Flavors are mostly typical for a grapefruity APA, but there is a strong lime and spice mote. It comes across as a menthol-like sharpness late in the palate. Good APA body and sensations in the mouth.

Is it a great beer? Not really. Would it be easy drinking on a hot summer day? Yeah, probably.

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Photo of kagee
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A cloudy pour with medium carbonation. The smell is hops with some orange and coriander. The taste is very juicy ipa with some crispness to the aftertaste. It lives up to the label and is great on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly hazed yellow. A white thin head turns to a lasting thin film. Trailing lace.

The smell is of citrus - lime, grapefruit,

The taste of lime stands out, but doesn't overwhelm. It supports a solid, well-balanced APA.

Good choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of hops and citrus. Big orange and lime scent. Smells quite bitter. Lots of hop scent and it is woody along with the citrus scents.

Starts out citrus and a little woody and nearly as bitter as it smells. Toasted grain taste and citrus. It is semi-dry and not very malty. Pretty much it is a citrus pale ale.

Mouthfeel is very average for the style.

Overall it is an OK beer, but not a remarkable one.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: crisp floral hops, lime, mango, dry finish. Grapefruit citrus floral hop nose. Amber hue, mostly clear, white head and rings of lace on glass. Medium body. Gentle hops, Blacken sun dried limes are unique.

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow-gold in color with minimal head, this pale ale is so refreshing ! Mango, orange and ripe pineapple on the nose. Taste is citrusy but still somewhat subdued. Mouth feel is so light and refreshing and this is definitely one sessionable beer !!

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from bottle into regular glass

-Straight gold right from the pour. Not much of a finger at all.

-Smelled citrusy

-Taste was citrus, lime, a hint of pepper and heavy lime which I was told by the bartender.

-Pretty smooth beer

-Overall poster below me had it perfectly...a beer I would definitely have again, but will definitely not be seeking out anytime soon.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with 1 finger of fizzy white head. Fine particulate yeast debris in the pour.

S: Citrus and lime. Mostly lime.

T.F: Follows the nose. Light biscuity grains and strong lime. Lighter citrus and floral hops. A bit of pepper, and then more aggressive lime at the finish and in the aftertaste. Relatively light bodied.

O: An easy drinking and very lime forward pale ale. Decent enough to have again... not really one to seek out.

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Salute The Sun from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 66 ratings