Fallout Green Cardamom Pale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Fallout Green Cardamom PaleFallout Green Cardamom Pale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Mora2000:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the herbal notes. I get some cardamom and ginger, as well as some rosemary. There is also a hint of biscuit malt and some orange citrus.

The flavor is also herbal. I get some biscuit and toffee, as well as some rosemary and cardamom. The orange citrus notes also come through, and they are joined by a little bit of grapefruit. The bitterness level is fairly low. There is also a bit of a minty, medicinal quality that goes well with the other flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pour is cloudy and dull amber, under a lite tan head, that stays. Leaves a mess of bits of fine lace on the glass.

Spice infused nose, earthy and mineraly to my none to sophisticated sniffer.

Quite dry, quite hoppy and quite complex, with a healthy dose of dense spice. It's a dry brew with notes similar to cumin and lite chili pepper notes, also honey and a hint of mint come to mind.

I like it. Different, complex and quite enjoyable. Prolly would wash down some BBQ, thai or Indian food in fine style

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed sunrise golden hue with a tint of orange, with a bright white head forming thick. Aroma has spicy aromatic cardamom notes floral spicy, Indian food, almost perfume like with hidden hops accenting the experience. A bit overbearing on the palate, a nice pale base beer allows enough sweetness to make for a pleasant drinking experience, but heavy cardamom spice leaves an astringent spice finish with each sip, green earthiness as in herbal spice not so much hops. Mouthfeel again heavy spice content adds thick oily texture that leaves a bitterness on the palate that actually becomes pretty unpleasant. I appreciate the experience but it's too harsh to enjoy in number, which actually degrades the whole beer drinking experience.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin, Fuzzy head. Nice, sticky lacing.
Smell: cardamom.
Taste: medium malt. Biscuit. Perfume and citrus. Cardamom. Sweet.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Sweet.
Overall: a bit too much on the cardamom. Pretty decent though.

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Photo of Docer
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- A nice rather clear light copper colored ale with a couple fingers of quickly dissipating head that left behind some lace, spotty chunks, and a thing blanket over the brew. Not bad.

Smell: (4.5)

- This is a very aromatic beverage. Zesty herbal aromas with lemon, ginger, and a grassy hop presence. It's like walking down a path full of vibrant wild plants blooming in early spring. Promise I'm not trying to write a book here. It smells great, and very floral. Light biscuit malts, and subtle sweetness. Lightly peppery.

Taste: (3.5)

- Great floral and zesty weedy grassy punch with a light peppery flavor without the heat. Light biscuit bready malts, subtle sweetness with a flare of honey. It is quite herbal, and may not appeal to some. It is a bit sweet, which does help balance the herbal and floral burst to the palate.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Its a bit chewy, and slightly sticky. A medium bodied brew with great standard ale yeast-like carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, and only slightly sticky. There is a light peppery finish that seems to drift off the tongue long after the drink.

Overall: (4.0)

- I have a feeling this beer won't be for everybody. I happen to really like it. Perhaps not quite as much as the Heather Ale before it. It is very nice and herbal, and seems to hit the season right. A nice heavier late lawn mowing kind of beer before the evening. It's aromatic, full of flavor, and unique. Kudos.

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Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the 3rd beer in the "12 beers of the Apocolypse".

Picked up tonight at the COOP... Paid $7ish.... Poured into my little CC goblet.

Good long lasting white head... The brew pours fairly clear light orange... decent lacing.

Nose is unmistakable cardamom.. it adds a sweetness that makes me think of chai tea.... light pale maltiness helps the spice bloom.

Flavor mirrors the nose.... cardamom always seems a bit menthol to me... a bit antiseptic. I've never liked this spice in brews, and this doesn't change my mind. Like somebody added "Eau de Vicks Vapo Rub". Perhaps I am being too sensitive, but I don't believe so.

But... I can see how folks may appreciate it... just not for me.

Body and carbonation are about right.... drinkability is low for ME .... If the wife doesn't want any, this will be a drain pour.



2nd bottle now... I am gonna hold on to my dislike of cardamom.. but I do respect how Elysian made good use for the brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy light orange amber. Half finger fine white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of cardamom and light bready malt. Flavor of bready malt, cardamom and citrus hops. Finishes spicy with the hops, cardamom and a hint of menthol. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. I liked this ale. I like cardamom and thought the level here was appropriate. Nice flavor interaction and progression. Another unusual and enjoyable ale in this series that has been quite interesting so far.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that eventually died down and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of cardamom in the nose; these start to become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of tea, herbs and spices, the latter of which seems to longer through the finish. As the beer warms up, the herbal flavors become stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer almost smells like a gruit beer and is packed with lots of herbal aromas and flavors. It’s not a bad choice if you like cardamom.

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Photo of blurredline
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy glowing orange to copper in color with some gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a small thicker patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of the cardamon is in the forefront of the smell of this beer - it is not overly strong and is actually quite pleasant and inviting. Behind the smell of the cardamon, there is a more subtle aroma of tea.

T: Starts out with a pleasant, yet light, malt body and then the flavors of the cardamon and spices start to build. There is something very similar to the flavors in chai tea (herbs and spices with the tea).

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Because of the lack of traditional beer smells in this one, it almost reminds me of a Gruit beer. Due to the strength of the cardamon smell and taste, this is not the easiest beer to drink - and I am a person that really enjoys cardamon. Very interesting and I am very glad I chose this beer randomly for purchase.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jeffeljefe
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 8.13.12.
Third in the series.

A - Pours a very cloudy, medium orange with a one inch, fluffy off-white head. Good retention.

S - Very spicy, floral, oranges.

T - Very spicy, some floral and orange zest as well.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - So spicy, hard to get much else out of it.

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Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Diaphanous amber (a little dark for the style) with white soapy bubbles about the surface. Smells strongly of cardamom and slightly with a hint of cinnamon. Not getting any particular pale character beyond the cardamom. Flavor follows suit with a hint of biscuit and actually reminds me of cheap pizza sausage. Medium on heavy for the style with light carb and a semi dry finish. I'm not impressed. But well, if you dig cardamom, then you might dig this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden hue with a nice effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Looks quite decent for a pale ale (as it is advertised).

Smell: nice cardamom aroma. Not like any traditional beer aroma, but pretty much entirely as-advertised. If you like cardamom, it's pretty good.

Taste: nice malt flavor which starts out with just a hint of the aroma's cardamom, but the spice then starts to build toward the end. Nice earthy, citrusy hops are present, but the cardamom aftertaste (which is not as good as the aroma) does start to grate a bit on the palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and OK creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer started off promising, but spice on the palate turns out to be a bit too much.

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Photo of derftron
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Baileys Tap Room

10 oz. pour

Appearance was just your basic IPA yellowish orange. Decent head

Smell - Cardamom for sure

Taste - Slightly hoppy at beginning but doesnt finish strong. Cardamom is very prominent, and if you like that spice you will probably love this beer. I am luke-warm on cardamom so the overpowering taste did nothing for me. The beer gets very weak on the back end, and if they were able to get the hop flavor to linger beyond the Cardamom bomb, it would have been much better.

Mouth - goes down smooth. a little watery for an IPA though

Overall - Big fan of Elysian, and I have liked the previous beers in the "12 beers of Apocalypse" they have released. This one just didnt do it for me. Too much cardamom. It tasted like a cheap/poorly made IPA with a bunch of cardamom dumped in for flavor.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is sort of a murky hazed golden brown with light cream cap and fine bead, lace is pretty much non existent. The smell is very good with floral and spiced elements with mildly perfume type aroma with ginger and woody tangy scent along with the potpouri element of cardamom. The feel has a slight dry ale yeastiness with subtle spiced accent and light hint of earthiness with semi-dry finish and moderately low carbonation for the style and mild alcohol on the palate.

This ale has a gentle ginger spiciness and cardomom flavor that covers the mild alcohol taste and light malt sweetness but generally low in cardamom taste overall. The hops come forward slighly and malt has a place in the profile but it is really just to support the general high alcohol ginger beer scheme which is not bad in my opinion. Overall not a bad spiced beer -somewhat dry in the yeast andmalt so the spice can shine and the beer comes off as mild as far as the base goes so it is pretty easy to drink - it is a very decent but not exceptional spice beer.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dehydrated yellow, guys you know what I am talking about. A hazy yellow & dark in the select area. The head is very white in comparison and contains a bit of lace after a bit of breathing. This is a thick taste, takes a couple extra seconds to distinguish. The smell is that of an afternoon spent between Barney Gumble and the great Homer himself. The taste is of a honey like mix, spiced up with a batch of cardamom to take me back to the experiences with a guru. I was not expecting much, so I guess I am plesantly surprised. I advise to give this a try. Why..?..figure it out yourself for once. The green part still confuses me though.

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Fallout Green Cardamom Pale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 35 ratings