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Valhalla | Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From their menu: "It's thirsty work crossing the rainbow bridge! Fill your horn with the hoppy pagan red ale of pale, Special B and just a pinch of roasted barley, bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with rare Citra hops. Starting gravity 17.1┬░ plato (1.069), alcohol 5.65% by weight, 6.75% by volume."

Added by olympuszymurgus on 01-13-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by emyers:
Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color (not quite as "red" as I was expecting given the name) with a huge, 2 inch white head.

Smell: Citrus hops, some lemon zest and spice, and a healthy dose of caramel malt. I'm not getting the big tropical fruit punch that I usually love about citra hops. I feel like the malt may be to blame - while I'm normally a big fan of balance in my IPA's, in this one the malt seems like it's getting in the way a bit. Still a lot of good things going on with the hop profile.

Taste: That's more like it! The interaction between the malt and hops works much better here. Balanced very nicely between the citrus, grass, lemon zest, and tropical fruit (which I'm very pleased to see sneak in here) from the hops and the caramel and toast from the malt. Perfect amount of bittering hops on the finish. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied. Bittering hops dry out the palate on the finish. Medium to high carbonation adds to the crisp bite on the finish.

Overall: Well-made beer. While the malt and hops clash a little in the nose, they meld beautifully in the taste.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.5%ABV. per bottle label.Poured into an imperial nonic a burnt orange tinged copper color with a thinner sticky white head atop.Alot of fresh hops in the nose,citric and pretty sharp hoppiness over top of a sweet biscuit base.I don't pick up and of the "pinch" of roast on the palate but I do get alot of citric and grassy hops,very fresh tasting,a hefty sweet biscuit base holds up well to the hops and lingers in the finish.Seems to be more IPA than amber/red but whatever it is it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of Lazaro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dirty yellow/copper color with a large white head. The aroma is classic IPA. I get some nice pineapple and stone fruit notes, as well as some pine and biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar. The pine and orange notes really come through strongly, as does a low amount of bitterness. There is a nice malt backbone to the beer as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Elysian's Fall entry in their Manic IPA series, Valhalla Red IPA, pours with a huge yeasty and flowery aroma. For a "red" IPA the beer is surprisingly hazy and pale orange. Flavor is totally crisp with big alpha hops and a super dry aftertaste. While I love the aroma, the bitterness is a little harsh for my tastes. Still, the hop profile is pretty unique (Sorachi Ace and Citra, according to the label), so hardcore hopheads will probably find this more enjoyable. For me, probably my least favorite of the Manic IPA series.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- red-amber with white head & excellent laces
S - sweet malt, slight citrus, tempting
T - hoppy, hoppy, hoppy - bitter with slight sweetness, crisp bitter almost sour finish
M- medium bodied, crisp finish left just a tinge of bitter on the tongue
O- if you love hops (esp. citra) then punch the clock - very drinkable & good with spicy food (had calamri w peppers on the second round)

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spitshaded
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DarthTremens
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great amber ale. drinks like an amber and an ipa. caramel and toasty readiness. piney and citrus rind bitterness. balance is impeccable and the beer is extremely drinkable. medium mouthful, coats the back of the tongue, faintly slick mouthful . big hop presence throughout

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3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of fivetime
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- A very lightly cloudy orange brew, b ut can still see through the brew. Nice whispers of fizzy velvety head settles to a light dusting over the brew with a bubbly ring around the edges. Looks like a solid west coast IPA to me, and really isn't all that red.

Smell: (3.5)

- Zesty pine resin, fruit, and bright citrus character in the hops. The malt is somewhat hidden but has aromas of roasted sugars and grain. Bit of a bready touch as well.

Taste: (4.5)

- This IPA is full of balance. Wonderful bitter dry hops are noticed mid-drink, and there is a perfectly balanced blend of bready sweet malt that isn't at all overbearing. Nice citrus and fruity finish hops as well. This is a solid brew and a must try.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice carbonation and dryness to this medium to full bodied brew. It has a nice light creamy feel to it and is a tad chewy, and quite drying and cloying. Overall solid.

Overall: (4.0)

- Solid, balanced, well hopped, and super good to drink. Elysian has been doing some great things since the expansion, and this is just another fine example of it. Cheers to kickin' out so many wonderful selections of craft beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Valhalla from Elysian Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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