Ruin Rosemary Agave IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

18 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Ruin Rosemary Agave IPARuin Rosemary Agave IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 47
Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Labelled as an IPA on the beer menu, but not as hoppy as I would have expected. Pleasantly bitter without being too strong. Strong flavor but not long lasting on the palate. A dark copper color with minimal head, served in a tulip glass.

 237 characters

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Orange. A little hazy. Small thin head.
Smell: herbal and citrus.
Taste: basic malt. Lemon peel for sure. Slight sweetness from agave. Medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium-high carbonation. Dry.
Overall: I like it. Funky, but good. Nice artwork on label.

 310 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy amber orange, slight white lacing for a head.

Smells of honey, orange citrus, and mild grapefruit hops.

Tastes upfront of fruity hops and some honey sweetness, followed by agave and herbal notes.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

I'm really getting into agave in beer and this is a pretty good example of it being used well. It balances the hops well without being too sweet. The beer manages to feel clean and refreshing while also keeping some heft to it. Quite good and would certainly have it again.

 562 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of rosemary and agave - unsurprisingly - with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is similar. The rosemary notes really come through strongly in the flavor, but they are jointed by some biscuit and other assorted herbal notes. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 398 characters

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a yellow hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: The hops are there with a strong floral note. I'm also picking up some tropical fruit that reminds me of papaya.

Taste: More malty than the smell indicated. I'm getting some bready yeast notes. The bitter hops build toward the end with some fruity floral notes. I'm not sure that I'm picking up the rosemary. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Lots going on here, but I'm not sure it all worked for me. It was an interesting beer, but I don't think I need any more.

 753 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.14.12.
Number 5 in the series.

A - Very cloudy, lighter orange with a two inch fluffy white head that fades slowly.

S - Sweet citrus, lemons, honey.

T - Lemons, with a bitter grass finish, lost in sweetness.

D - Good carbonation, light to medium body.

O - Citrusy and bitter. A touch dull overall.

 321 characters

Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a cloudy pale golden orange color with golden edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Herbal, floral hop aroma with citrus sweetness and pale malt notes.  Some earthy spice and grassy hops along with zesty orange peel and tropical fruit countered by pale graham cracker/biscuit malt.

Medium bodied with a lot of citrus sweetness and pale malt flavor countering the floral, herbal hops.  Zesty spice up front with some herbal freshness and dry bitterness that's countered by hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel.  Agave adds more sweetness but is kept in check by pale malts.  Nice hop presence up front that is overpowered mid palate reappearing in a dry finish.  Abv decently masked making it easy to drink but it's still kind of mediocre.

 879 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is the 5th in Elysian's Beers of the Apocalypse series.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a robust effervescence. and two fingers of frothy ivory head. Looks like a good IPA.

Smell: aroma is earthy, herby and slightly soapy. There's also a dry biscuity element which pairs with the rosemary herbiness which gives me the weird impression of sagebrush; not precisely my favorite impression from a beer. Still, it's not too bad.

Taste: nice maltiness; a bit on the sweet side. There's also a light fruitiness here, which may be due to the agave or perhaps a good Citra or Amarillo-type hopping. The rosemary is unobtrusive and adds a mild but interesting herby quality. Bitterness is moderate at the end, but is somewhat accentuated by the rosemary. I actually rather like this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: I was not expecting to like this beer very much, and I am quite pleasantly surprised. It works quite well for my palate.

 1,061 characters

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw liquid.

S: Sweet, floral and citrusy scents.

T: Sweet with bitter floral, citrus and spicy flavors.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Sweet and bitter, a nice change from traditional IPAs with the floral and agave

 271 characters

Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body shimmers with a semi-cloudy, golden amber color. A one-finger thick, white head sits atop. Aroma is light malt with a a gentle fruit-like note. Taste nicely melds soft grains, good hop bitterness, and a melon-like undertone. Juicy, medium bodied.

A nicely balanced beer, rather unique without throwing in any extreme deviation from the IPA style. Pleasant and delicious.

 380 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Well hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and a sparse few clumps of lacing are left.

2.5 S: Both the rosemary and the agave are quite apparent. The rest of the IPA isn't. The remainder smells wheaty and yeasty. Maybe some herbal hoppiness, but that might just be the rosemary. Still, it's not bad.

3.0 T: Again, lots of rosemary and the agave is apparent. The taste offers a lot more than the nose. Mix of citrusy, herbal, and earthy hoppiness. The rosemary works well with the hops. There's some yeasty breadiness, but it works well with the rest of the beer. Not a ton of malt component though.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking the creaminss I like in an IPA, but not bad overall here.

3.0 D: Pretty mediocre beer. It's not bad, but nothing I'd like to have again.

 882 characters

Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 5th in the "12 Beers of the Apocalypse" series. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a frothy white head.

Smell is a faint pine and floral scent.

Taste is a bitter pine flavor up front, with a dry spice flavored finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a drinkable brew, but the rosemary spice does nothing for me in terms of beer. I'd prefer more citrus flavor.

 400 characters

Photo of harrymel
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottled: unk
5 of 12 of the Apocalypse series.

Rosemary Agave IPA (w/lemon peel)

Pours a light golden ale with etched white surface foam. Hazy. Smells of agave syrup, grain and some hints of lemon and rosemary. Getting herbed/spice beer, not IPA. Grain, bitter and lemon rind with some alfalfa. Not impressed. Medium on full bodied for the style and moderate carb. Dry finish. Not a winner for me.

 399 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy yellow-gold color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma had mostly pine and citrus hop scents forward over a typically light malt base. I didn't pickup any rosemary or agave in the aromas. The flavors also started out hop forward, then came just a bit of a tang from the agave and the beer finished with just a light bit of rosemary lingering at the back of the tongue.

The body was average for a NW IPA, just a bit on the light side of medium bodied. Drinkability was OK for me, but will depend on your taste for agave. Overall, a decent beer that I liked, but I wouldn't have more than 1 at a sitting of. The flavors combine in a way that's different, in a good way. Worth trying if you see it on tap, for sure, but I personally would be cautious about the purchase of a 22, it would more of this beer than I'd want at 1 time.

 940 characters

Photo of Docer
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a lightly cloudy light copper and straw yellow brew. Minimal head, but a thing fluffy and thick lace-making head. Leaves a light layer over the brew. Looks like a solid west coast IPA to me.

Smell: (4.5)

- First favorite thing about the aroma, is the northwest piney hops. Spicy piney and fresh hops galore. There is a light zesty fruity touch just barely sitting in the background. Must be a light biscuity malt, because not much grain comes through but for a mild sweetness. So far, a really good aroma.

Taste: (4.0)

- Ok, this puppy is a great tasting IPA. The piney zesty herbal and grassy bitter hops are quite nice to balance the sugary sweet bready grain and agave fruitiness. Great balance, and yet still rather hop-forward. This IPA might even be better minus the rosemary and agave even.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is one nice chewy IPA. Well carbonated without being too bubbly like some. Quite drinkable, and super drying from the hop bitterness. This stuff goes down easy, one to keep a close eye on. Little sticky and cloying. Overall nice.

Overall: (4.0)

- Solid bitter hoppy flavorful and drinkable brew with a subtle unique herbal and fruity touch that isn't bad, it just leaves me wondering what this brew might be like without the alternative ingredients. Either way, it is very solid. I like bitter-dry. If you do too, you will dig this brew.

 1,398 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and an sweet herbal aroma that must be the agave and rosemary. As it warms the rosemary component becomes more dominant. Interesting flavor with a good meld of sweet agave syrup and malt with the rosemary and hops spicing things up in the middle. Finish is sweet and spicy without being cloying. The rosemary is not distinguishable as a flavor, but the earthy pungent components of the herb are evident here. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. I can see where this might be challenging, but the flavor combination worked well for me. I have really enjoyed the unusual flavor combinations of the first five Apocalypse beers and felt that they all pushed the envelope but remained enjoyable to drink. I hope that this one stays in rotation.

 902 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Elysian next to Safeco. A nice orange hue with fluffy head. Smells of passion fruit and piney hops. A flavor that highlights this as an IPA, while the fruit is only slight, with mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The lemon peel lightens up the agave addition which is nice. Wasn't super crazy about this one, but a good changeup from the usual.

 381 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#5 in the 12 beers of the Apocalypse series.

22 picked up tonight at the COOP for about $6.50... poured into my small tulip ... nice white foamy head dies pretty quickly... the brew is a hazed golden orange.

Nose is lemony and shows plenty of pale malt and hops.... Not really getting much in the way of rosemary.

Bitter and sorta abrasive... again, not much rosemary. Finishes pretty dry with a lingering hoppy bitterness.

Tons of carbonation lightens the body.

Meh.... Okay.... nothing to write home about.


 545 characters

Ruin Rosemary Agave IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.