Savant | Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.

Added by barleywinefiend on 08-29-2010

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus. In the taste, big orange citrus rinds. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small sugary like aftertaste. Big orange citrus, lighter alcohol, dare I say a fantastic everyday IPA.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint

A- A slightly cloudy deep sunset-orange with a reddish twinge in the center. A nice rocky light tan head that retains better than average, with average lacing.

S- Piney, with a light sweet-grass second order whif every once in a while.

T- Amazing piney hop from beginning to end, slight oily finish, malt is cracker like, but not very strong, but it works well with the very piney hop. A real treat.

M- A little lighter than i would expect the body is not very firm. A little alcohol twang, very clean finish.

O- Excellent IPA offering with a nice piney twist. Cheers!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Brewing
Idiot Sauvin

Pours a rich copper color, soapy head forms with a yellow tint and plenty of lace. Aroma is full of citrus, resinous herb/s and some pine. Very inviting nose. In the taste, very citrusy, with clementine orange, pine, and grapefruit flavor. Malt body achieves a nice balance, with a slightly toasted caramel flavor. There is no hint of alcohol. Medium bodied feel with crisp carbonation and a small hop bite. Overall, the Idiot Sauvin is a winner in my book, delicious beer here.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on cask and loved it, but was a little too tipsy to review. Finally found a bottle!

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Gooseberries and marmalade, dried mango, papaya, light grassyness.

T: West-coast hopping, but the flavour is a bit different. Very resiny, but not really piny. Tons of marmalade and grapefruit rind, dried mango and papaya, gooseberry (somewhat chardonnay-like). Solid bitterness, hints of grainy biscuit.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a somewhat assertive (though pleasant) hop acidity. Has a crisp, dry finish, as an IPA should!

O: All around it's a really great brew. Not your usual hop flavours, and it's a pleasant change.

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Photo of Commodore69
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hops - the grapefruity hops... I can smell this one all day long. I might be treading on hallowed ground here, but I think this beer is a worthy substitution for Pliny the Elder, as RR's recent feet-beating from WA has left a bit of a hole in the citrus/hop stratosphere. Sniff it, sip it ---- ahhhh... love it. Will be heading over to Elysian on the hill this weekend to see if this bad monkey is on tap.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber color just transparent enough to see rising carbonation. The dense creamy head stands over an inch tall in my large Sam Adams glass. Smell is pungent with grapefruit, it really comes through strong. I also get some resin and floral scents. Taste hilights the citrus and resinous hops as well as some toffee tasting malts. This really gives a strong presence without being too unbalanced. This appeals to my west coast hop cravings but also makes this something you could pair with a meal. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than the average IPA, with assertive carbonation. I really love this beer, hopefully it'll be around for a while. Props to Elysian.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good ipa is what we have here.
Pleasent colors with a orange amber murky body and a tall off white head. Excellent retention I must add also.
The nose has a very frangrant hop bouquet with citrus and pine notes. The most dominate characteristic would be grapefruit.
Taste is bold like a west coast ipa but is also somewhat restrained. Hops taste citrusy and fresh pehaps even some pine resin. Malts balance nicely, stay in the background and help to feature the hoppiness.
Taste is smooth and bitter at the end but really not too bitter.
The thing I liked about this beer is that everything works. Nice to look at, smells great and taste just as good as the nose which sometimes doesn't always happen.
What we have here is a winner.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Garrick's Head Pub in Victoria.

A - Cloudy yellow/orange with a thin layer of white head and great lacing

S - Citrus and pine. Not an overly robust nose but that might be a function of the glassware more than anything.

T - Bitter up front that immediately gives way to a caramel malt sweetness. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango and passion fuit flavours all come through. Remarkable balance. Fresh and juicy.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing to empty my house of pesky bottles that seem to hang around in favor of CANs. I recently met up with Dick Cantwell in PHL and he remains my hero.

From the bottle: "India Pale Ale The star of the show in this beer is the citrus and passion fruit aroma and flavor of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops."; "Our Manic IPA Series allows us to indulge in our hop obsession and share with you some of our favorite varietals."

I got a finger of tawny head from my initial pour that reduced to skim as I was typing. Nose was full-on grapefruit underlain with a light sweetness that I could not identify, perhaps the passion fruit of the label? Color was a deep-copper with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. It looks like hops are in the offing for today. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the hops were more tangy than bitter on the tongue. I really liked the interplay between the hops and the malt, which held up nicely despite the emphasis on hops. It took on a citrus/flowery flavor as it warmed, really becoming quite floral. Finish was semi-dry and the biscuit malt flavor seemed to linger after the swallow. This was quite good and an auspicious way to start the day.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a goledn/orange color with a nice white head. Good looking IPA

S: Had floral, vegetable, grass secent to me

T: Nice taste with a bit of veg, floral thing going on weighing in with some citrus at times.

M: Good carbonation, right on with ABV and just right hop bite for me

D: Try one. While I have had almost all of the Elysian IPAs..this one is good but not as good as the Immortal or Prometheus

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and tasty IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops shining in all their tropical/passion fruit force.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Illustration of a monkey with glasses drawing hops in a library within the Elysian branding. Side narratives go briefly over main intent and characteristics, context of the series, and history of the brewery. Notes 6.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, a bit shy, floral, rather fruity… The passion fruity emerges...

T - Which is what shines on top of the flavor, not so much bitter, the bitterness is rather tamed by the soft caramel touch in the back, but notes of citrus, plenty of passion fruit, some pineapple… Rich and long, this works very nicely.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky sense as it rides to a soft bitter finish.

O - Really pleasing, if one likes the tropical/fruity hop edge this is quite a treat.

Notes: Very nice, thanks for the recommendation Randy, I might not have picked it up otherwise. This was worth the try, and surely will make me look at their brews with more interest.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange color, cloudy and with a dark melon like hue from deep within it. Fat creamy head of khaki foam that left plenty of clinging lace. Nose is tropical fruit and citrus. Light fresh orange on passion fruit. No pine in the nose until it warmed a bit then it was earthy pine needles. A beautiful scent of brown sugar for malt. Taste is outrageously good. The fruits are juicy and a bit tart too so they fully engage the palate. The earthy pine is light and the the malt becomes a soft light caramel. The body approaches medium but stays light. There's a bit of sticky resin at the back to coat the throat and leaves a bitter that starts soft and then increases in intensity after the swallow. Lingering after tatse of caramel, sweet fruit and pine needles. Brilliant beer.

I loved this beer. This had a sensual caramel that stayed generally light but was like a ribbon underneath this beer. The fruit was bountiful and the bitter started soft and then became a bit stronger as it lingered.

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Photo of mooseo
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful deep amber with a large cream colored head.

S - Light tropical fruit, lemon citrus, and floral hops. A little bit of sweetness from the malts.

T - A tasty blend of fresh grapefruit, citrus and toasted caramel malt. The Neslon Sauvin hops impart a delicious citrus flavor that works well with the toasted malt. Finishes slighty bitter with pine resin and earthy malt.

M - Light-medium body that's soft, silky, and smooth. Great carbonation, dry finish.

O - A superb IPA. Highly drinkable, flavorful, and enjoyable. Love the label too - an intellectual monkey painting hops in a library? Count me in. An incredibly solid offering from Elysian.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 28/2/15

A clear amber liquid, lots of tiny slow bubbles feeding a thumbs width of foam that slowly falls to a thick film that leaves a couple partial rings

S mango, passion fruit, guava, a little catty, fairly tropical but still has caramel malt to balance things out

T lime rind, orange cream, more caramel, some pine I didn't smell, not all that far from the nose, pretty tasty stuff

M leaning towards full, more body then I expected, a nice bitter snap, creams up from the bubbles, slick on the palate, fruity pine lingers

O easy to drink, some balance, lots of tropical hops, I'd have another without question

I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get more love, I thought it was well rounded and well made start to finish

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Photo of skipxtracer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange color. Small head with tiny bubbles. Incredibly intense tropical pineapple passion fruit nose and taste. Can all this tropical nose and taste really just be coming from the Nelson sauvin hops. Bitter finish. Not sweet but very fruity.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Trolley Tp House; this is a very nice IPA - hoppy yet malty - not citrusy this one - def worth trying out in the can - a pretty amber color and good head

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Photo of ericj551
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Idiot Sauvin pours a bright copper with a nice off white head. The aroma is earthy, woody and somewhat citrusy and fruity hops with a bit of caramel maltiness mixed in. The flavor is bitter, piney and citrusy, with a woody, resiny character that sticks lingers in the aftertaste. The bitterness is heavy, but not overpowering, and there is a nice, malty backbone. Overall it's a really interesting single hop beer and quite delicious.

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Photo of Thads324
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange color. A tad bit hazy with thin off white head and butt tons of lacing in stripes around the glass.
Heavy aromas of pine and bitter citrus peel. Grapefruit, mandarin and lime zest abound. Some sweetness underlying but not discernible.
Flavor goes right along with aromas. Zesty pine needles, earth leaves, big lime and grapefruit bitterness everywhere. Great sticky dankness in the finish, lovely dank after taste.
Heavier side of medium bodied. Sticky marijuana like finish that sits on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Awesome stuff, enough said

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer at Hopfest! Even more impressive, it was like my 7th, my palate, I thought, was largely corrupted by this point in time, but bam, this hit me in the nose and mouth pleasantly.

Big vibrant orange color, but the nelson sauvin resinates in the nose. So yummy.

Taste, more of that sticky resin from the hops. Very smooth, chills on the bitterness, this was a pleasure to enjoy, it really was all about the hops, without the high ibu braggadocio. I loved Deadlift, and I love this one even more. Was such a nice change of pace. I didn't really get much of a grape feel, which is what I continually read about this hop, but who cares, I loved it!

I've had it twice in bottles, its a far cry from the awesomeness that I had at Hopfest. I dunno, just doesn't have the sauvin bite anymore.

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Photo of PNWhops
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great hoppy beer from Elysian. Beer has nice cloud like head that retains very well. The taste is is awesome with a very strong citrus taste and a unique after taste the I would attribute to the New Zealand hops. Overall a solid IPA

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first bomber as a beer fan! This was one of my Superb Owl beesr from last night. Taken from a thread here, I wanted at least one beer from Seattle and Denver for the big game, and this was all my bottle shop had for Seattle that I could find (I used a Great Divide Nomad for Denver, figured the camel was a close approximation of a horse). Delicious IPA, balanced and not too much alcohol so I was able to drink up and still watch the game!

Sadly, the competition between the beers was a lot closer than between the real life teams they were standing in for.

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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear orange-amber w/ a frothy off-white head. Sticky lacing clings to glass. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is dank sticky citrusy Nelson Sauvin hops, some tropical pineapple & mango too.

Taste is biscuity pale malt, grapefruit rind. Hoppy bitterness hits the tip of the tongue and washes over the palate.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied w/ a sharp crisp finish.

Overall a very drinkable, refreshing, thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), citrus.

Taste - Nice zing to start off from the citrus hops then goes into the bready caramalts, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with pleasant lingering bitterness from the citrus hops.

Overall - Another great IPA in this series by Elysian. The citrus hops are nice and pungent in this one. An all around enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber beer. There is a good head stand of rocky, off-white foam with good retention.

S: A moderately-strong mellow-like hop aroma with some passion fruit and citrus. There is a bit of clean malt sweetness and a light alcohol aroma.

T: An assertive hops bitterness and tropical fruit hop flavors dominate with light caramel malt flavor and supporting malt sweetness. The balance is decidedly bitter and might benefit from just a bit more malt. The finish is dry with a lingering hops bitterness and some citrus peel flavors aftertaste. The alcohol lend an additional touch a sweetness to the end and surprisingly noticeable for given its 6.3% ABV.

M: A medium bodied beer with a bit of creaminess and moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a light alcohol warmth in the belly and back of the tongue.

O: This very good IPA stands a bit apart from the pack due to Nelson Sauvin hops bring in a distinct hops character that is more tropical fruit than other American IPA. Find it while it’s fresh.

From notes, reviewed on 2/20/2013

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep amber with half a finger of pale whit ehead.

Smell. Fresh pineapple, toasty malts and caramel, grapefruit and oranges and a bit of pine.

Taste. Citrus rind hops, toasty malts, a little bit of yellow grapefruit juice. Nice bitter citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Good IPA with some great hop flavours.

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