Space Dust
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #282
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,673
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Reviews:
570
Ratings:
3,034
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  1,305
SCORE
91
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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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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle dated "Experience By" 1/31/21. Probably pretty fresh.

Pours a light brown golden color with about two and a half fingers of white head. Great retention, above average lacing.

Smells of pine, grapefruit and floral notes.

Picking up the bitter, dank pine and resin in the taste and just a bit of citrus tang. Just a bit of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel is mildly sticky and heavy. A bit of a slog to drink. Low carbonation. Bitter after taste.

Good beer, but not one I'd go back to. Taste and mouthfeel are a little rough for my liking.

Sunday at 01:53 AM
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BNSlums from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A staple in my community, Space Dust is a tried and true legend, the pinnacle of its style.
L: Pouring a syrupy brown-orange with an inch off-white dense head- bubbling uniformly. A slight haze but not opaque.
S: Simply balanced hops and malt. No special additives such as fruit. Perhaps a tail end of citrus. Open to all taste preferences.
T: More citrus on the palate than the nose, but at the latter end. Hoppiness hits outright, alive and aggressive. Very well balanced toward the end. No surprises here.
F: A happy medium between heavy and light. At 8.2ABV you'd think it would weigh one down, but the hops lift the weight off the tongue and the citra sweeps it away. Dense but not slimey.

Oct 10, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK *** hazy and pale tan+orange color - only 1 finger head that dissipated quickly - nice lacing and foam ring with soap bubbles clinging to the side
SMELL *** dank and tart - some orange juice and cattiness - some pine and mango - not powerful / more subdued
TASTE *** slight bitterness (lower IBU than most IPAs) with a blast of sweet mango and some pineapple - moves more towards a woodsy walk in the forest and smoldering campfire - a slight smokey undertone - dries out with some nice pine and tropical fruit once again - some caramel - some bread/yeast
FEEL *** nice medium bodied - could use more carbonation - oily from so may hops I presume
OVERALL *** a very flavorful IPA - well balanced and not super bitter - nearly a pale ale range of bitterness - nice brew here

Sep 21, 2020
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Raymysterio911 from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A high octane IPA that is just too bitter for me, like the long dead mother-in-law. I would power through a six pack if it was gifted, but wont spend my own cash on this brew.

Sep 17, 2020
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goldstarfanatic from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes, pours, and almost even drinks like a blonde ale until it hits you like a truck.

Just peel the hideous labels off the suckers and you‘ll be looking at one of the best ales to pass through your fridge!

Sep 15, 2020
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has both the bitterness of the hops and the taste. Pretty consistent all the way through and in the aftertaste.

Taste rating in words: The center dashed line on a long highway. Boom boom boom boom boom. Over and over

Aug 30, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight chill haze, clears as it warms. Nice white head, great retention and lace
Lots of citrus, hint of pineapple, pine, and dank
Sweet citrus and a little pineapple, light caramel
Medium bodied with good carbonation, touch of boozy heat
Pretty good. Nice to see AB didn't dumb it down.

Aug 11, 2020
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UnclesPeanuts from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a fuzzy goldish brown, nice head, poured from the bottle. The smell is sharp and not overpowering, and this also goes for the taste. The taste is fresh and hoppy and not overpowering on the start, but has a beautiful IPA finish. Great IPA overall, and this might be my favorite beer yet.

Jul 27, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep amber appearing brew with some head and glass lacing. Nice fresh and dry hops situate between the nose and the liquid. There's plenty of body carrying an appreciable hop delivery here. The 8.2% ABV is nicely disguised. An example of a good WCIPA. Let's hope things don't change.

Jul 25, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly hazy, darker golden(orange) with a decent white head, this brew looks nice. Thanks to my neighbor Sam for this beer. Citrus nose mixed with a slight saz euro tinge. Ya know, I really like juice bomb doubles but I still appreciate a “not very sweet “ nor too juicy but well put together beer. Very good balance between hops and malt with zippy and drying feel. Good beer.

Jul 14, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange. Mild hop smell. Wow! Like I got hit in the face by a meteor. Huge bold hop flavor. Followed by a strong bitterness with a slightly sweet finish. Thick and smooth going down. This one is out of this world.

Jul 12, 2020
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pgfault from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into an imperial pint tumbler. Thin head dissipated almost immediately. It's fairly light in color, with a very slight haziness. One would think this looks like a session IPA, but its looks are deceiving.

The smell is similar to other IPAs with the citra dominating the bouquet. The taste feels somewhat light on the malt side, which is expected, given their selection of malt, but they pack a punch in the ABV. The hop side is very well balanced.

Coming in at 62 ABU nothing jumps out to smack you in the face. If your's is fresh, you should be able to make out the 3 hops. +1 for not going overboard with the citra.

I can't comment on the package price because I got a growler filled at happy hour prices (supporting my local bar!). Overall, a solid IPA, but as others have said, drink it fresh.

Jul 11, 2020
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redresonatedragon from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I really enjoy this brew but I’m also stymied by its higher than average price point and that they still haven’t added a bottling date, instead going by a enjoy by date. Added to the fact that these are usually old on the shelves and “stale” makes me disgruntled when I’ve shelled out for it. Add the too cool for school vibe of their brewery and I’d have to give this one a average grade even though a fresh on the tap draught would be stellar

Jun 30, 2020
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hophead723 from California

3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Finally snagged a fresh sixer of this. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. The bottle says enjoy by Nov. 28, 2020...So are they giving it 6 months or a YEAR? Don't they know that the hop character will deteriorate over as little as one month, ESPECIALLY in glass bottles? The following review will clearly outline the fact that there are breweries out there that don't know know this, which is embarrassing.

Aroma: Rich with aromatic dried apricot, succulent yellow peach, juicy tropical hues, almond extract, wet pineapple, light banana esters (especially as this beer ages, which Elysian seems to enjoy doing because I swear they give their beers a FULL YEAR for the best by date! If not, it has to be AT LEAST 6 MONTHS which is just as despicable mind you. If a beer company, no matter how big or small, has such a long "enjoy by" date, they are spitting in the face of craft beer).

Taste/Feel: Creamy mandarin orange, reminds me of ambrosia salad! Rich with aromatic dried apricot, succulent yellow peach, juicy tropical hues, almond extract, wet pineapple, delicate pine, and an undeniably lovely caramel biscuit malt profile to balance the hop character. Smooth mouthfeel and bitterness. Medium-bodied and rich in the mouth.

Overall: These guys at Elysian need to step up their game, this kind of beer can now be easily found all over the place at a cheaper price point by established brewers farting out uninspired "hazy IPAs" for God's sake. I say this for a couple of very important reasons: the price and availability of this beer! It is WAY overpriced, I have NEVER seen it for less than $15 a six-pack which is a joke!!! It just is not that good! I am VERY salty about the price of this beer and how after 5 years HAVE NEVER SEEN a fresh six-pack of this beer. What a joke! I don't respect this beer. Not until Elsyain themselves reach out to me with an apology and to mail me a fresh sixer of this beer so I can actually try it. They need to get their act together and not bite off more than they can chew by attempting to distribute a beer with fragile terpenes in bottles only to have it very consistently sit on the shelves. Keep in mind that these guys use a BEST BY DATE. You may likely only ever have this beer stale, so you won't taste a molecule of the effort and money they put into hopping it COMPLETELY THANKS TO THE WAY THEY DATE THE BEER WITH AN ENJOY BY DATE TO INTENTIONALLY CONFUSE THE CONSUMER! It isn't a gallon of milk, its beer. Tell me the exact day you put it in the bottle or you will eventually go bankrupt as a brewery. Deal with it.

Jun 26, 2020
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AthltSpirit from Washington

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is absolutely outstanding. You don’t even notice the high alcohol content. Well I think nonalcoholic beers are a joke, this is one I might actually consider drinking if it didn’t even have any alcohol in it. Price point is a little high depending on where you purchase it, but if you go to your local gas station that carries it it’s usually only a little over two dollars per can.

Jun 17, 2020
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marcablanc96 from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't be like me and sleep on this classic. I finally had it after a year of passing it up at the supermarket, and I was extremely satisfied. It's everything I want an IPA to be--gold in color (as opposed to hazy yellow), both hoppy AND piny (instead of instead of overly citrusy). And the piece de resistance: 8% alcohol! This beer is a good time.

Jun 14, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 1 inch thick, white head. Moderate lacing. Hazy.

Aroma is floral, pine, grapefruit.

Taste is slightly sweet, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, resiny.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Excellent! This is what an IPA should be.

May 25, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an 8.2% ABV American IPA with 62 IBUs by Elysian Brewing. I don’t see a lot of their other stuff, if anything at all, but this one is really good, and it is their flagship brew. The malts are Great Western premium two-row, combined with C-15 and Dextri-Pils. The hops are Chinook to bitter, with late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo.

Look-It pours with a stunning color and clarity. The head is white and foamy with a half-finger thickness. The color is orange copper and golden with an appearance like filtered buckwheat honey.

Smell-I smell toasted malts and honey suckle as well as caramel malts. It smells hoppy with hints of citrus like lemon and grapefruit.

Taste-It tastes like dank wet hops, pine resin, grapefruit rind, lemon cakes, caramel malts, then toasted cracker and lime pith with a dry finish. The well-chosen malt varieties balance the hop bitters and play nicely with the cedar and pine resin. Prevalent herbal notes such as hibiscus, clover, and dandelion accompany the dank hops and citrus to make for a strong yet refreshing and pleasant IPA experience. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but sticky.

Overall-This is a great beer with a lot to offer. It has been my go-to on and off for a while. As always, make sure you find a fresh batch and serve cold and pour into a nice glass. Cheers!

May 23, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Solid west coast style Imperial which to me is fairly straight forward but well done with nothing to complain about.
It seems to be everywhere making it a convenient and safe option for the style as long as it isn't too old.

May 08, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear deep gold pour at 51 degrees; large 3 fingers mixed bubbles, white head; long cap retention; heavy lacing with heavy ring. Citrus nose - orange, tangerine, lemons; tropical fruit - pineapple, guava right behind. Taste is bitter grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine and Meyers lemons; pineapple, guava; some pine; semi sweet malt base. Medium lite body; moderate carbonation; no hop astringency. Overall, super easy drinking - lite bitter linger from citrus hops; nice.

Apr 23, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12-oz can. It's probably important to note that this beer wasn't the freshest - it was nearly to its "best by" date when I bought it. But this is going to be an issue whenever buying this beer on the East Coast in many of the places it's sold: grocery stores, gas stations, etc., so my experience is likely to be the same as many others'. That being said, it was still a very nice IPA. The look was quite attractive - a nice orange color, translucent but slightly hazy. Not a ton going on in the smell, but that might be because of the age of the beer. The taste was pretty balanced - the hops dominate a bit strongly for my taste, especially in the bitterness in the aftertaste, but it is a hop-forward West coast IPA, so that's to be expected. For 8% was quite drinkable. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one - I had been seeing it on shelves for a long time but had never reached for it until now. Wouldn't turn it down!

Apr 18, 2020
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vautman110 from Washington

2.34/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I fail to understand why this beer is so popular. Poor excuse for an ipa . Absolutely terrible. Just like the graphic on the bottle it makes me want to hurl.

Apr 12, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Next up. a short break. Not from Bottles (!), but from Tavour. I am taking a break from The CANQuest (tm) to run through some Bottles (gasp!). It needed to be done & this will pave the way for a massive return to CANs when I'm done. If you thought that the previous one was ancient, take a look at the transcribed Notes for this one!

From the Bottle: "Manic IPA Series"; "India Pale Ale"; "The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo."; "Our Manic IPA Series allows us to indulge in our hop obsession and share with you some of our favorite varietals."; "Brewhouse [-] Elysian operates three brewpubs in Seattle and has won Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado."; "Cheers! [undersigned] Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer".

As I Pop!ped the cap, there was a hissing indicating no loss of carbonation during the passage of time. Sofa! So fa, so good. I then started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving loads of lacing as it slowly fell. Color was a gorgeous BUBGOO-like Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very much of pine with a light lemony-grapefruit citrusiness underlying it. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was very grapefruit citrusy-bitter with a pleasant pine coolness to accompany it. Finish was dry, bitter, very hoppy and pleasant. This had held up very well. I keep saying - I keep my beer cool, out of the sunlight & try not to be abusive. Waste not, want not.

Apr 10, 2020
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ClareQuilty

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPAs I've ever had, by far. Not crazy about IPAs, but I drink for the alcohol content, as beer settles far better than most liquors. Drank the better part of a six-pack after having a few Dogfish Head 60 mins. Not to put down DFH, but the Space Dust saved my mouth and stomach. Space Dust is the alternative to the murky, bland, cloudy IPAs that dominate the market. Bought because 8% abv, but drank because it actually tastes good. Surprisingly light and very citrusy for how hoppy and strong it is. Ultimately smooth, however, with clean start and finish. Surprised a beer that's found in certain gas station beer-caves is this good.

Mar 15, 2020
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JackieTH from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange pour that kicked up a half inch of foam that faded quickly leaving a trace of foam. Rings of lace cling to the glass as the beer is consumed. A bit of sediment swirls about.

Pine and biscuit cracker malt on the nose faintly citrus and herb.

Satisfying bite of hoppy bitterness, resin/pine, subtle citrus and a dose of crackery malt. Hop forward but is balanced overall is quite nice. Packs a punch for an IPA at over 8% ABV. Medium creamy craft body is nice and holds together well. Clean mildly pithy bitterness lingers into a long finish.

This IPA doesn’t break any new ground, a classic in fact, but hits all the right notes. Enjoyable.

Mar 07, 2020
Space Dust from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3034 ratings