Space Dust
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #231
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,086
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
2,906
From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Notes: Space Dust: a totally nebular IPA. Great Western premium two-row, combined with c-15 and Dextri-Pils, give this beer a bright and galactic Milky Way hue. The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter, with late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. Space Dust is out of this world, with 62 IBU.
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Reviews: 534 | Ratings: 2,906
Photo of LibationsNurd
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Heavy grapefruit peel and some lemon peel with strong hints of pine and subtle orange blossom notes.

Palate: Tons of complex tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) and citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit) on the front end with a burst of sweetness.

Finish: Dries up to citrus rinds and strong hints of pine.

Overall: This is a well balanced IPA, maybe not on par with Creature Comfort's Tropicalia, or Hutton & Smith's Promenade, but still very solid. The pine is a bit out of control at times for my tastes, but the citrus and tropical fruit definitely make up for most of that. Warning: This beer is deceptively boozy. It tastes like it's about 6.5% ABV, but it's 8.2%. Not neccessarily recommended for shotgunning.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy pour, thick and frothy head - great retention and lacing. Nice aroma, hops plus yeasty grain. Pronounced bitterness with a strong malty base, so it's not a one-dimensional hop bomb. The ale wanders into DIPA territory with an 8%+ ABV figure, which comes out on the tongue. It's a good candidate for sipping on a cool night by the coast, sitting next to the campfire.

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Photo of RichardWeed
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice taste of hops and very subtle citrus. Easy to drink as it poured from the 44 degree fridge down my neck easily. Pleasant and nice AbV. Not as full bodied as i expected, but still a very good brew.
I must admit I still am a dedicated two heart ale guy. Something about that one which keeps me coming back.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good firm malt foundation backs up a playful blend of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Slightly hazy with a packed head and great lacing. Aromas are of all kinds of fruit and the malt are a caramel sweetness. Very balanced and easy to drink for the abv.

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Photo of WJL2112
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fresh 16 oz can.
Look was a golden haziness; pretty frothy foamy head that lingered for a while; very good lacing in my glass.
Smell was immediately citrus, pine.
Tastes great; piney like a west coast pale ale, very nice bitterness for an IPA; not overly sweet like many can be.
Feel was good, smooth, very easy drinking for an 8% ABV.
Overall, a very nice bitter IPA. Goes down very easy. Nice can and artwork. My new favorite!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Paired with barbecue, poured on tap into a pint glass. The beer is hazy gold and smells like tropical fruit mostly. Taste is juicy and balanced and was super refreshing on a hot day. Pretty solid IPA all around, and very drinkable.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with rocky one finger off white head. Smells of slightly tart citrus (grapefruit, lime, orange), bit of soft tropical and berry, light malt. The flavor favors a dirty piney hop character and malt with citrus accents.
Hardly a hint of booze; it hides the hefty abv well. Smooth moderate-full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle in the fridge sec of my local grocer for $1.50. Upon taking it home, the date was August, 2018. So, it's a year old. Gold color. Small white head. Nose is malty. Almost barleywine but I can detect over ripe tropical fruit. Taste is bitter, malts and over ripe fruit dominate. Average level of carbonation. I can detect high levels of IBU's.

This is not bad, but I would love to try and rate a fresh offering. It stood the test of time and is still better than what I've had with DIPA's and IPA's, as of late.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has a classic hop profile with good hop pungency and satisfying lingering bitterness that carries past its finish. Resinous, citrusy, and bitter, hitting on notes of white grapefruit, orange, and clementine. A bit oily.

Has a scrapey dryness on the palate that helps accentuate its bitter finish. Coarse and unforgiving on the palate...admittedly, a softer mouthfeel would cushion the blow a bit and give it more of a refreshing Summer sipper vibe, but it's not bad as executed - just a bit aggressive.

Well balanced considering its high depth of flavour and impressive flavour intensity. Definitely commits to its hops though I can't say it showcases Citra as well as I've seen in other Citra-led IPAs. Chinook and Amarillo are the stars of the show here, and Amarillo is probably my favourite hop - so this is right up my alley.

Highly drinkable. Definitely a must-try beer in my book, and that it's available at Walmart is a bonus. I'm surprised it took me this long to give it a go. Not an IPA I'd select over Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Ballast Point's Sculpin, or maybe even Lagunitas' IPA, but it's a well executed well priced IPA with wide distribution - and that's increasingly hard to find.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of defunksta
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely hazy, medium orange color with a mild to moderate cream head.
Aroma: Lots of citrus and onion. Strong aromas of sweet orange, lemon. Subtle floral and pine. There is a minced onion aroma as well. Aroma has a sweetened crystal malt backbone.
Flavor: Initially hits you with a strong peppery onion flavor. Then it evolves into a sweet citrus of lemon, orange, a little grapefruit. Sweet crystal malts. Finishes with a decent pine and onion bitterness. Finishes more bitter than I was expecting. A little bit of dankness.
Feel: Heavier bodied and sort of sticky. Mild carbonation. Heavier and sweeter as expected with the ABV. A slight alcohol burn. Definitely a onion bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall: This drinks like an imperial west-coast IPA. More bitter than I was expecting, but onion and not pine. So much bitter onion. A unique blend of hops here. Showcases the orange citrus and onion without the usual pine and grapefruit. I'd say it's definitely worth a try, or maybe even put it up against your heavier west-coast favorites.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the record, I didn’t pay for this one.
From what I can remember, this beer has lost it’s luster. Tastes like a run-of-the-mill IPA, with hops closer to the faded side than anything that popped and excited once upon a time.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light yellow green that is hazy with a one finger foam carbonated head. Splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- grapefruit and resin in the nose

F- taste is same as the nose. Very complementary with the hops

M- not as dry as you would think but tasty. light bodied and goes down smooth.

O- a good IPA and good on a hot summer day

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into ipa glass, and this bottle is 2 days away from its best by date!
Looks nice golden clear cbody, full head, and a
quick burst of light aroma, but not much afterward.
Tastes clean, bitter and has enough malt to back it up for the style. But its's pretty simplistic, and has an alcohol taste in it. Label says ipa, not dipa, and is correct. Very nice, but alcohol bitterness is not hop.
Feel is right on, but the alcohol is too high for the rest of it to be a really good beer in 2019.
Overall, a good beer if you get it free. Don't spend money on this, accept one free.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A light burnt orange hue while poured. Very quick disappearing head
Not a lot of up front aromas. Initial taste was definitely IPA, pine resin, grapefruit and DRY

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Photo of mcbrewer
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So there i was at my local WalMart with my shopping list in hand fulfilling my husbandly duty, hoping I could find anything other than Bud Light Lime or Michelob Ultra Cactus whatever.... I spotted a 6'er of Space Dust for $9.99. It claimed to be an IPA but I was very leary under the circumstances. The only reason I bought it is because I didn't want to have to stop anywhere else on the way home. I got home, popped one open and didn't even bother to pour it figuring it would just be a waste of time. I have to tell you, I was shocked. This is a great IPA. For the money, it has everything you would expect an IPA to have. Balanced hop flavor, good bite but not a nasty bite, smooth, a little bitter, smells great and a taste to match.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - BB 24AUG2019 - poured into a Spiegelau-style IPA glass at 48F.

Pours a moderately hazy deep honey golden hue, with two fingers of creamy bone white head that holds its place for quite awhile, slowly receding to a healthy cap and collar, bit never fully dissipating. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Visible streams of effervescence constantly rise, feeding the immortal cap of foam.

Nose: Sweet honey-sweet caramel malt sets the stage for a bouquet of pungent boil and dry hop aromas. Grapefruit, orange, peach, melon, apricot, papaya, some pine in the background, and just pure "hoppy" hops. Lots of florals. The aroma is strong, saturated, and seems to possess the best of old and new age hopping methods. The beginning is succulent and juicy - ripe - with that sticky caramel malt really accentuating the fruity hops, and then the slightly toasty grain really shows, before the hops become resinous, citrusy, piney and bitter, as the sweetness slowly falls back, and the bitter finish unfurls, lingering for a long time as it gradually dries out.

Mouthfeel/Body: This beer is fairly big. Although it's drinks disturbingly easy for over 8%, the body definitely shows some weight. It's full, round, and slightly heavy. The malt stickiness and the resinous hops add further heft to the body. The feel is soft, smooth, with a surprisingly crisp drinkability, and a relaxed, fine effervescence, giving some weight reduction and texture. More bubbles wouldn't hurt it, but it has enough.

Overall: People may be inclined to pass this beer up, due to the fact that it's a big national brand. Certainly not independent craft. I'd be a liar if I said I didn't avoid this as well. Having tried it, I wish so desperately that I had tried this sooner. It's insabely affordable, and insanely delicious. This rivals some of the phenomenal local options available here in New England - especially if you like a little West Coast spirit and bitterness in your IPA. This is a great beer, and a steal at the price. Don't be so quick to judge. There may be some gems in plain sight.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust DIPA. Very tasty!!!! Had a pint on tap at Kelly's in Chesapeake Va. Medium size white head, golden color and good lacing and head retention. Aroma and taste feature tropical and citrus fruit. Mango and orange/tangerine are the most noticeable aromas and taste. Good hoppy profile but some balancing bready malt too. This is a strong beer at 8.2% abv. A second one was not an option at dinner. Mouthfeel is rich, could have used a bit more carbonation. Hoppiness is just right and there is no unpleasant alcohol presence or "burn". A very good DIPA.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Pours amber/bold with a touch of haze, fairly unremarkable head, but an excellent collar of lacing.

Honey and tropical fruit sweetness are the initial impression aroma-wise, but there are dank floral and grassy notes lurking in the background. Caramel malt balances the hop notes well.

The brew hits with honey sweetness and cucumber/melon on the tip of the tongue, but quickly gives way to caramel malt and then a mixture of grassy dankness and tropical fruit--mango and papaya. The brew finishes with dank and earthy notes and a touch of booze, but not as much as a typical 8%-er

The mouthfeel is decent but could use just a bit more carbonation. Despite being just barely medium-bodied, and not sticky at all, it still doesn't quite get all of the way off of the ground.

A nice pretty-much DIPA that brings some nice west coast "hints" to bear. A bit more carbonation might put this baby over the top.

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Photo of Johnm408
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I grew my taste around this beer and I would proudly say it deserves all the praise, space dust’ high abv and bitterness almost takes this to double ipa level

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Photo of MaltyMagic
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dirty honeycomb pour, spotty lace. No freshness date on the bomber. Spruce, floral, citrus, mostly green, resinous hop profile. Sappy, narcotic bitterness, more than expected at roughly 60 IBU's. Caramel/biscuit malt lingers through the prolonged sticky bittersweet finish. A solid but unspectacular west coast IPA.

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Photo of jettjon
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The wife stopped by our local “in the sticks” Piggly Wiggly and found this beer, which I had never heard of before. It had some attractive artwork and claimed to be an IPA, but I went in with no expectations. From a 12 oz bottle dated “best by 23 June 2019," enjoyed on 5/8/19. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, hazy golden color with some suspended particulate from lee at bottom of bottle, slow precipitating carbonation fuels a two-finger white foam head that slowly fades leaving a generous cap and collar. Citrus-forward nose barely hints at the flavor explosion to come. In the mouth it’s acerbic with lots of citrus hops up front with a bit of piney bitterness for good measure. Crisp and refreshing with borderline overwhelming hops that seems to have just enough balance to keep things drinkable. 8.2% ABV is very well masked; I am sure these can sneak up on you! Nice creamy, chewy mouth feel. Overall, a delicious American DIPA that would give any contender a run for their money. Surprised I hadn’t run into this one earlier; even more surprised my local Podunk grocery had such a fabulous beer in stock.

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Photo of CoralKong
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks, smells and tastes like what I think an IPA should taste like! Kicks like a mule, without being too heavy or with too much of a bite or aftertaste. Great beer!

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Photo of akme223
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler of this. Pours a light orange color, hazy, and a medium large white head. Good retention and lacing.

Strong citrus smell, other floral notes.

Fruity citrus taste upfront, a hint of a warm alcohol taste but hard to hide that in a beer this strong. Dry hoppy finish.

This is a perfect hophead beer. I always reach for this when I want that extra hoppy IPA.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12/19

Pours a hazy dark orange with a slight white head; fair retention leads to a light frothy collar, paper-thin cap, and a webby, spotty smattering of thin lacing.

Aromas of sweet citrus stick atop a malt backbone further bolstered by stiff pine, the bitter citrus of grapefruit peel, and a unique depth via slight dark berry and sticky agave tones.

Taste shows a crispy, semi-sweet malt now taking a supporting role to sharp pine, dank citrus peel, grapefruit, and plenty of resinous hops.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and fluffy carbonation, with smooth malt backbone to further even an already clean bitterness; slight stickiness on the finish is expected and welcome in flux with the rest of the profile; crisp and so consistent across the palate.

Flagrantly aromatic, but reigned in enough beyond that to appreciate in larger quantities; meaning, this is an upper-tier DIPA that finds a solid sweet spot between aggressiveness and balance. Sweet, citrusy, malty, and bitter, all without sacrificing any drinkability.

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Photo of Maho6611
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time trying this brew in a mason jar, golden hazy yellow with off white head. The smell is different from other IPA’s I’ve tried but smells good. Smells mostly of tropical fruits and a distinct but familiar pineappley mangoey smell. The taste was absolutely phenomenal, for an 8.2% ABV it surprised me of how smooth it is.
Its not an overpowering beer at all, I’m still new to IPA’s and this is probably one of my top 3’s forsure. The taste is different from what im used to but in a totally good way, it reminds me of a pineapple flavored Haribo gummy bear in a way. I’d recommend this beer to anyone!

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Space Dust from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2906 ratings