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

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Formerly known as Idiot Sauvin.

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color. The beer has a 1/8 finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick patch and thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a huge and wonderful hop aroma - grapefruit/citrus and passionfruit/tropical. I love the smell of this hop.

T: This beer has a very pleasant flavor with some bitterness though not the agressive bitternes the beer name might have lead me to expect. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish. Wonderful flavors of grapefruit and passionfruit contributed by the nelson sauvin hop over a light malt body. This beer is pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I was surprised the ABV on this beer was not higher, it has a big beer feeling to it but the lower ABV really improves the drinkability. Very enjoyable - great smell and taste. Definitely want to try this one again.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper-amber in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There is a very strong smell of Nelson Sauvin hops, which impart aromas of tropical fruits and citrus to the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with a great hop aroma but is still quite easy to drink and isn’t that bitter compared to other IPAs.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Pours a dark golden amber with a pure white head

Smells like hops and grapefruit with a hit of orange rind and toasted grains. Awesome

Taste: you get the hoppiness right away but its blended well with the sweetness of the malt and as it passes over your tongue the citrus takes over with lots of grapefruit and orange rind and a then a sweetness coats your throat. goes down super smooth.

MF: you get some hop resin stuck in your mouth but thats not a bad thing

OA: an awesome and well balanced IPA nice and hoppy but goes down smooth. Good job Elysian.

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

On Tap at The Boilermaker in a wine glass.

Idiot Sauvin pours out a golden color resembling a slight burnt copper hue in the glass. A skim of white stuff leaving some streaks on the glass. Smell is pretty bright with hops scent, I've been getting a lot of Nelson Sauvin added beers lately so I picked it right up. Some earthy tones with semi citrus peeking through. A bready malting is also scented up. Taste is well balanced between the hops/malts. The Sauvin wins a bit though, showcasing some citrus appeal with a earthy finish. I get some orange and mango with a nice non sweet finish of malt covering it's tracks pretty well. Feel is at about less than medium with a nice spray of carb on the tap. I would have no problem drinking more, especially at 6.3%

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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep amber with a foamy off-white head.

The smell has a good bit of toasted grain, a nice change of pace in an IPA. It melds with some mangotomatomeloney scents.

The flavor is nicely hoppy. Tropical goodness. Some resiny pine and citrus rind on the back end. The malt isn't too sweet and provides some backbone.

This beer tastes freaking amazing, good one.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out a clear red-brown color that hints towards yellow at the edges. A nice white head builds up a few fingers tall and laces very nicely. The retention is pretty good.

S: Amazing tropical aroma. Mango, citrus, berries, and light pine. The fruitiness is really impressive.

T: The taste keeps the same going. Huge mango and tropical fruit taste. Very citrusy with a pine finish. Just a beautiful combination of hops. I can't say I have much exposure to the Nelson Sauvin hop varietal, but if it creates beers like this I can get on board.

MF: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The fruitiness and bitterness makes it really drinkable.

O: This was a really pleasant surprise. If this is still available grab it up. Really a great introduction to New Zealand hops, Nelson Sauvin specifically.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer arrives an amber color, clear, with a 1 finger white head, good retention and lacing. If you haven't tried a Nelson Sauvin hopped beer, this is a crash course. The nose is hopforward with huge fruity character: citrus, passionfruit, lemons. A base of toasted malt is nice, but make no mistake this is a hoppy brew. Again the Nelson Sauvin hop dominates the flavor with an explosion on the palette. A base of caramel malt base provides a sweet base from which the passionfruit flavor of the hops grow. Medium bitterness. A lot of fruit flavor. Finishes with a lingering fruity character that lasts for a while. Well carbonated. Overall, this was nice to try once, but I can't see myself coming back a lot, if in the right mood this would be great. It's an explosion of Nelson Sauvin!lovely.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Idiot Sauvin in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper color, with a creamywhite head.

Smell is a strong pine and citrus aroma.

Taste is a caramel flavor up front, followed by a citrus and pine bitterness. Bitter sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

All in all a very drinkable and full flavored IPA.

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

A 1L swingtop from Al's.

A: Darker, the ale is amber with orange highlights. Maybe darker isn't the right word to use then. Transparent, the ale is. Ample white head, over two fingers on first pour, laces in a few isolated spots around the glass.

S: The hoppy nose is very nice - especially given the chance to warm. Berries and citrus, tropical at times, waft out of the glass. Lemon and orange zest along with caramel punctuate the nose - the Nelson Sauvin adds a sweet bite. A very pleasant nose.

T: The nose, strong in the nose, need some momentum taste-wise. Caramel up front, bready, before the hops start to build. Slowly at first, the tropical citrus builds, lemons, pineapples, apricots, all getting stronger. A little soapiness adds to the hop body - very flavorful and sweet. Pineapple and grasses add to the finish, drawing out the hop bitterness; even a little mintiness comes through. Deliciously hoppy, the Nelson Sauvin adds a great deal of complexity to the malty base.

M: The tropical citrus flavors are pleasant, bitter but so exotic. Next time I think that I need a full growler. The malts are sweet, the carbonation sufficient, and the hops - lovely.

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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 snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy coppery yellow with a medium head. Smell is powerful and delicious the moment the cap is popped. Hoppy and fresh, citrus and flowers, honeysuckle and pine sap.

Taste is moderately sweet with a strong hoppy bitter aftertaste. The pine is detectable in the flavor, but the flowers and honeysuckle are not.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this beer.

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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 Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Dark copper with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that clings to the walls of the glass for the duration of the brew. Nice clarity with good carbonation.

S: Very fruity and floral with loads of grapefruit and fruity malt esters to go along with spicy, bold American hops.

T: Juicy, bittersweet malt flavor up front with hints of spicy grains and funky, yeasty esters that impart fruity flavors as well. The mid-palate is crushed beneath waves of spicy, bitter grapefruit and highly acidic hops before being smoothed out a bit by some buttery, toffee-like malts. The finish lingers with a slightly hot, resinous bitter hop flavor.

M: Full-bodied with a slick hop resin int he finish. Clean and biting up front, so pretty well-balanced.

O: A tasty, bold and citrusy American IPA at 6.3% ABV, Elysian's Idiot Sauvin would go well with a bowl of steamed shrimp topped with Old Bay or on a cool April evening such as tonight.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz, poured into DFH Chalice.

A - Beautiful orange body. Straight up amber-orange, crystal clear. Nice finger and a half head, settles to a soapy bone-white coating on top. Lacing is superb.

S - Interesting aroma. Very earthy and subtle. Cat piss, lemon zest, caramel malts.

T - Earthy wave of hops with a subtle bitterness that doesn't slam but lingers. Lemony notes. Very earthy though. Not ever having had a Nelson hopped brew, it is a totally different flavor than I know. Caramel malts are noticeable throughout. I'd say the pissy lemon character is most prevalent.

M - This one has great mouthfeel. It's carbonated very well and is a perfect body for a medium sized IPA.

O - Hard to rate this one relative to the Nelson Sauvin hopped IPA's out there, as this is my first. As an IPA though, it's pretty decent. Might be a great Nelson IPA, but I wouldn't know just yet. Try it out.

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

love nelson sauvin, and this ipa showcases it brilliantly. pours a much darker than expected redish amber color with a powerful off white head. some yeast floaters. smells like tropical fruit and pale to caramel malts, just a hint of roast to it. flavor is what i love about nelson, passion fruit in the raw, big resins. faint boost from what tastes like english hops, curious finish. wow i like this. bitter for a second in the finish, then quickly being overtaken by a fruity sugary perfection thats lasts for ages. major yum with some bosnian ajver spread on tortilla as a bit of an appeteaser! feel is nice, fuller bodied but down easy, medium bubbleness. good stuff. elysian is another brewer that is yet to disappoint me

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

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with loads of flakey particulates in suspension. A dense white head settles to a solid skim coat and tattered lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit and dank kind-bud. Mangoes with tangerines and cannibus.

Medium bodied with a crisp, resinous mouthfeel.

Sticky malt and tacky hops start the palate. Grapefruit, tangerine, cracked garlic, and woodsy pine with some plump malt to balance.

Finishes with a solid, smooth bitterness, loads of dank, tropical hops, and and warming alcohol.

Tasty, hoppy, well-made IPA. A nice showcase for Nelson hops.

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Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around for the duration. Nice lacing. A nice fruity and sweet aroma of passionfruit, peach, and some caramel. Flavor starts off a little subdued but as it worms it blossoms. The fruit and caremel from the aroma alongside some grass and moderate bitterness. Quite balanced. A nice crisp, mouthfeel. Having only recently discovered the nelson sauvin hops I was pretty excited to check this one out and I was not let down.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of Nelson hops, I had to buy this one when I saw it. Poured from a bomber into a pub glass, the brew appears a very hazed color of amber with some chucks stuck in suspension. More than a finger of off-white head appears and slowly fades leaving a webbing of lacework all over the glassware.

The aroma of this brew opens up and is so disjointed. It really is all over the place, there is sulfur, cheese, minerals and something like the smell that emits from a can of drained tuna. As I swirl the glass and the brew opens up, it gives way to the expected character of herbs, fruit and the expected white grape juice. I am digging the way this brew smells, however I am not going to lie, at first whiff this was a bit scarey!

The taste has a pretty serious focus on toasty grain, not quite toffee but almost getting towards that realm. The hops provide a moderate grassy bitterness and a spice that exaggerates that 6% abv. There are herbal flavors present that give way to a touch of something along the lines of chlorine faintly in the background. When focusing on the hops, there is a bit of cheesy quality and very mild white grape note. When I read/think Nelson Sauvin I think big white grapey impact and I am just not getting that in this brew. It is driven primarily by the malt and alcohol with the hops being almost an afterthought in flavor with the bitterness prevaling.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I purchased this offering pretty much as soon as I was able to so I dont know if freshness is really a factor here. Regardless, I would try this again if I knew it was a super fresh offering just to make sure this bottle wasn't abused in anyway. I had big hopes going into this and it came up a little shy. Not a bad brew by any means and for the price, I would probably get it again. Worth a try but not something to go far out of your way for.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange/copper color with a fingers worth of off-white head. There is some sporadic lace.

The nose has tons of those Nelson hops introducing plenty of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Lemon zest and pineapple stand out the most.

The taste has a balancing amount of sweet malt and Nelson punch. Bitter but not over the top. The tropical and citrus fruits are quite prominate.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a dry and bitter finish.

Overall, the Nelson hops are certainly showcased here in Idiot Sauvin. It would take an idiot not to appreciate these hops

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, leaving back a rich cascade of lacing which hangs in foamy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of soft ripe fruitiness, lemon zest, and herbal tones, which is made more pronounced by the sweetness of the malts. A touch of underlying pine and zesty grapefruit add just a bit of edge to the proceedings.

The taste is similar, with ripe fruit, tarter lemon, and some dank herbal flavors. This gives way to some more assertive notes of zesty earthy bitterness and a light resinous feel that finishes this bitter and a bit piney. Malts soften the edges of the profile and mostly add to the stickiness of the fruit. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm creaminess to the edges and some sharpness on the tongue, with a smooth underlying slickness that keeps this on the easier side of things in the mouth. There is a little warmth to this, which pops the bitterness some.

This was decent but I would have liked to have felt a little more aggressiveness from those hops, as opposed to all of the fruit and herbal flavors that I received (dankness even hangs on the breath at times with some strength). This was certainly enjoyable enough though and I had no problem finishing off my part. Maybe a bottle with a little more freshness on it would have added some more sizzle to this.

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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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Savant from Elysian Brewing Company
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