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.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Medium to dark orange color in the glass.
Piney and citrus, mostly orange smell. Very nice.
Decent flavor, pine on the tongue, light maltyness in the aftertaste.
Bitter and not overly smooth. Lingers after each sip.
Decent, but nothing I would race out for.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mostly pine with some orange.
The taste has a malty start with moderate pine and lemon bitterness quickly following.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible dating that I can find. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours with a rocky two-finger head with intermittent larger bubbles that begin bursting open, creating a web of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The heavy head shadows a deep orange body with some hazing and liquid gold highlights where the light filters through.

Smell - Something doesn't sit with me quite right here. The smell isn't terribly appealing, with lots of earthiness and peat, as well as some off-putting vegetal qualities. There are hints of grass and baby greens, but most of what I get is a musty, earthy smell. Not awesome.

Taste - Honestly, a good measure better than the aroma, although the smell definitely impacts the overall taste. Here, the earthiness that was overpowering in the smell creates a hearty, rustic characteristic in the beer. Works well with a pronounced malt balance to offset the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and slighty chewy. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Overall, not my kind of IPA. It's hard to know how to rate a review where it seems clear that I just don't prefer this type of hop. Seems well done to style, but I wouldn't probably buy this again. All that being said, I've loved most everything else I've had from Elysian, so they clearly know what they're doing.

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Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

fizzy... even on the careful pour, 3 fingers of thick white foam emerge... and hang out, nice foam. lacing is pretty obvious leaving sheets of lace all over the place, slightly murky dark orange hue, the carbonation is sneaky but obviously there, a really fine looking example here.

grainy brown honeyed hops, bready malts, some really mild pine notes, mild fruitiness, ahhh... reading the bottle reveals this is some kiwi hop variety not the usual suspects. In this case however I think I prefer the more high alpha variety in my IPA (even if that might not have been what they were back in the day of the true original IPAs)

taste etc...
as bubbly as this looks the carbonation feels wrong, not bad per se but just kind of blah, the only cure for this is to drink it right after pouring, if it sits the carbonation really settles away, the hops are pretty mild compared to the higher alpha stuff, they have a nice pleasant fruity tone that is nice enough but a little underwhelming for an IPA. The flavor really has the same notes as the nose so in that sense
it is pretty consistent.

ok. nothing special, interesting hop variety but nothing I would go bonkers for. not bad in any way just not great.

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Photo of wl0307
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/2013, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a murky, dark tea-ish amber colour, coming with a tight layer of creamy froth with good retention, on top of rather mild but constant carbonation.
S: exotic and juicy aroma of tropical fruits abounds upfront, reminiscent of Citra actually, while crystal or caramel malts provide a thick backbone of candy-ish maltiness and sweetened roasted tea which is necessary to help reach a balance with the resinous and fragrant hoppiness, yet reducing the performance of Nelson Sauvin’s peculiar, richly juicy yet “higher-pitched” (…??) scent. A very good swirl brings out the aroma of ripe guavas, longan fruits, sweet flowery scent, and more fragrant and lively hop resins.
T: mildly effervescent on the entry, the flavour is initially malty-hoppy on a 50-50 ratio, with longan-fruit, ripe grapefruity fruitiness and faintly mango-ish esters dominating the theme and then giving way to a lengthy and flat hop bitterness which goes deep leaving just a healthy dose of tea-stem-like tannins and moderate acidity along the way. The second sip reveals spicy elements to be added on the balance, yielding even more zingy bitter and lively resinous undertones which work well on prolonging the aftertaste. In line with the observation from the nose, the flavour doesn’t showcase much of Nelson Sauvin’s sharp and peculiar aromatic flavours, either, but comes rather balanced b/w malts and hops while, I’d say, being deliciously estery and resinous at the same time.
M&O: refreshing on the mouthfeel with lots of microscopic fizz felt on the taste buds, this medium-plus bodied IPA has a decent profile of hops to deliver against a sound malt backbone, not as crazily hoppy as I first expected from the name of the series to which this product belongs, “Manic IPA Series”. Despite this fact, I still find it a very well executed product very much my cup of tea.

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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 jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby orange color with a dense, thick head, light carbonation, cotton candy-like lacing on the glass.

S - Pine, bitter citrus: (oranges and grapefruit), and passion fruit, the malt is very light.

T - Very light caramel malt sweetness up front before the hops kick and ride all the way to the end. Bitter orange peel, grapefruit, and passion fruit dominate before finishing with citrus/pine lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation and a very dry finish.

O - Elysian has done some pretty cool things with their IPA's using ingredients not used every day; in this case, the Nelson Sauvin hop makes for an interesting IPA. About half way through it becomes more balanced, the initial sip was tart and puckering until the palate adjusts.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange glow with sticky off white head. Hoppy resin nose with sticky sweet nose.

Sweet malt character up front of toffee and caramelized sugar followed by a nice dosing of hops. Super grassy and floral notes with spicy black pepper notes on the back end. Bitterness is low but along with the spicy character the hops provide, it creates a nice balance to the sweet sticky malt. Slick mouthfeel with resinous hop character coating the tongue

Hops add apricot like sweetness upfront followed by spicy black pepper notes. Spicy foods bring out the apricot and black pepper notes even more while allowing the grassy notes to die down.

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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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA, fresh from Premier Gourmet. Pours abundant head on an orange coloured body. Smooth mouthfeel relative for an IPA. Fruity, some bubble gum, light apple, orange, grape. Not as much as possible flavour derived from this hop, but still pretty good.

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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 dionito
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serve into a tulip from a 22oz. bottle bought the previous day at the brewery.

A: Hazy pale copper with a thick head that dissipates rather quickly and with very nice lacing.
S: Aromatic, hoppy, citrusy with orange and mostly grapefruit tones.
T: Hoppy bitter, citrusy and very slightly salty (???).
M: Full body, medium carbonation and slightly astringent with a nice dry finish.

O: Very nice IPA. I will buy again when I have a chance.

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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 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and orange in it, as well as some sweetness from the biscuit malt. The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of mango and apricot notes at first, along with some biscuit malt. As I drink more I start to get some peach and other tropical fruit. The bitterness level is low but the hop flavor is very strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap this beer was a clear bronze/orange color with a good amount of rising carbonation and a khaki head. The retention was excellent and the lacing in bands. The aroma was hoppy and a bit citrusy. The flavors were very musty with some notes of leather, citrus, roots and earth. Semi-sweet at first but it finished distinctly bitter and quite 'green' tasting overall. It left an oily slick on my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy and semi-slick, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. I'd be curious to know what hops they used to produce such an oil-heavy and bitter IPA but mostly because I think it was a bit over-done and I'd make a note of those hops for my own homebrewing purposes.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass stein a coppery amber color with a three finger monster sudsy head that gradually deflated back to a solid half finger which remained for the duration of the glass. As expected, the aroma was rich and strong with white wine character just bursting out of the top of the glass. In fact, it almost completely covers up the very faint aroma of grassy herbal tones, light lemon peel, and a toffee malt. Flavor follows the nose in lockstep. Medium body and texture. Overall this one seems to fall squarely on the sweeter, kinder, gentler side of IPA bitterness balance...which I theorize was probably intended as such in order to allow the vinous qualities to stand out as much as they do.

Really worth checking out if you like white wine character appearing in your beer. Certainly I have had beers before with higher levels of white wine flavor/aroma than this, but every single one of them actually used grapes, and this one notably does not. Impressive.

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Photo of diddly
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Medium amber color, clear with good carbonation. Thick, foamy, white head which is in no rush to leave.

Aroma is complex at first, with some nice sweet dark fruit flavors, but slowly taken over by the hoppiness, specifically a strong grapefruit smell.

Taste is dominated by the hops, pretty consistent with what was expected for an IPA from the west coast. If I was tasting this blind, I would probably call this a double IPA. The hop flavor is very strong compared to any sweetness, although the malt definitely is there. There's also even more bitterness than there is hop flavor.

Medium bodied beer with a substantial amount of bitterness. For this style, I think there's actually a little too much bittering compared to the flavors. Elysian definitely didn't hold back on this one, although I feel like for all the hoppiness that's here, a little bit more variation wouldn't hurt the beer any.

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Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours golden in my Deschutes tulip. Perfect glass for this beer.
Hoppy, citrus, above average West Coast IPA. Way above average for the IPA style. Close to a DIPA.
Way too drinkable. Goes down like a session beer.
I enjoyed this a lot and easily could down a bunch of these.

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Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the "Manic IPA Series". Pours into pint glass a pleasing amber color with a massive white head capable of suspending giant bubbles. Sweet, floral aroma is really fantastic.

Flavor is initially floral and slightly sweet, like it is in the nose, but it builds with a hoppy burst of alpha acid, citrusy, but not quite grapefruit (maybe lemon? I don't get the tropical fruit though...), and finally crescendos into some intense bitterness. For a "single" IPA it's relatively heavy (though maybe not by recent American IPA standards....) and has some syrupy malt to it, but it finishes dry, with only moderate aftertaste. Really impressed by the complexity of the hops in this IPA, though after one bitterness burnout is inevitable.

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Photo of iSip
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian Idiot Sauvin IPA, 22 oz bomber: This beer is a deep copper color, with the slightest of reddish tinge. Mostly clear, but chunks of sediment are swirling about. The hops come through in the aroma. Flavor-wise there is a good malt base with a nice hop finish and a bit of bitterness to the aftertaste – standard IPA performance. The hops are a bit one-note, and do not have the subtle complexity of some of the outstanding IPA’s out there. Good effort by Elysian, but not up to the upper tier of quality I expect from a bomber offering.

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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 CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy rich coppery amber colour. Nice off-white head. The smell is something else, though--loads of bright lemony citrus notes backed by a bit of grainy malt. Similar domination of the lemony citrusy hops, but super well integrated with the sweet notes of the malt. Makes for a very refreshing IPA. Really spotlights the Nelson Sauvin hops nicely.

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Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/26/2012: pours hazy copper amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded on the slow side, leaving OK spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top; the second pour from the bomber was cloudy with a bunch of sediment floating in it.

Smells of juicy citrus hops and grapefruit up front, followed by pineapple, orange, light lemon, biscuit, caramel, sweet malt, pine cones/piney hops, mild herbs, floral hops, brown sugar, wheat bread, spices like pepper and coriander, and faint toasted grains; starts with a nice blast of hops and citrus followed by a balanced nose that shows the malts and grains.

Tastes of biscuit, citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, caramel, pine cones/piney hops, tea leaf, herbs, floral hops, grass, toast, yeast, toasted grains, light candied sugar, Saltine cracker, peat moss, and spices like pepper, coriander and faint cinnamon; the hops give way to grains and spices as this brew trails off bitter and almost dry – the flavor was a lot more grainy and English IPA than the nose lead on, and while it was not a sizzling hop bomb it was still pretty tasty and good for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation, a medium body, and some texture to it that’s almost viscous.

High drinkability, this went down easy and hid the ABV very well; overall a good beer that I thought would be more hop dominant, but still turned out well with earthy notes adding some balance to the hops in play.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A~Poured a nice copper hued color, with a tan-like head of about a finger and a half. Transparent, and laces nicely.

S~Notes of citrus, grapefruit, slight pine resins, caramel.

T~Plenty of grapefruit and sweet citrus notes, with an equally abundant caramel maltiness.

M~It's a full-bodied IPA, with a creaminess and almost velvety quality.

D/O~It's a rich, coating IPA, but it goes down smooth. In the end, it's not game-changing, but it's a good go-to IPA if it was available to me.

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Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
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