Space Dust
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #268
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,529
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.78%
Reviews:
558
Ratings:
3,006
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  1,299
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cheeky as fuck and destined for disappointment, the Elysian team feels confident that they can overcome such whimsical marketing with a layer of amarillo and citra hops over that of chinook bitterness. Ok, that's a good start, but what else would Space Dust IPA have in mind?

The beer pours with the common golden amber color and with a creamy off white and frothy aesthetics. But a burst of dankness and acidity strikes the nose with a radiant and botanical perfume. Grassy and herbal, its scent is then tamed my an early palate of caramel, honey and soft granola-like maltiness.

And as the ale tramples the middle palate, its citrus come to life under the sweet rendering of malt for a succulent fructose-like effect. Branch ripe tangerine, mango, red grapefruit and melon share a medley of tropical fruit, citrus and orchard varieties. But as the bitterness sets in, the beer turns to a pungent grassiness in finish that invites the nuances of mulled pine needles, fresh grass clippings, chive and cannabis.

Medium bodied, the ale only flirts with dryness and west coast bitterness. Its lingering sweetness contributes to the beer's dank and resinous bitterness with a stickiness of hash in texture. A long bitterness laced with herb and vegetation keeps the taste sharp and citrusy in a deep and dank afterglow.

Apr 24, 2017
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RenzoD from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Love. Love. LOVE this beer.

I am so stoked that Elysian decided to make this a regular six-pack distributed beer because it will certainly become one of my regularly rotated IPA's.
If you're in the mood for a hop-bomb but not the same ol' same ol' then I recommend this beer. It has the basic citrus and flaurel feel of a West-coast, Northwest IPA. So crisp, so refreshing, seems so drinkable but it is a 7.20% abv so watch out for that.
I love Elysian. I love their style. and I really love this IPA.

Nov 11, 2014
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Slowjamcdub from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer always makes me have dreams when I go to sleep at night very vivid dreams too! Good taste. The label is awesome. But 2 or more of these gives me diarrhea. :(

Apr 20, 2017
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

2.81/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I started out liking this beer a lot but as I drank it went downhill. I love hoppy beers and all with a nice bitterness however, this was overly dry in the finish. Too dry for me. I had trouble finishing this beer due to the unpleasant taste it left in my mouth. I definitely will not be buying this beer again.

Jan 15, 2017
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IgnatiusReilly from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to pint glass. Brilliant amber with big head retention. Sweet citrus scent, with similarly fruity orange, citrus flavor. Finishes crisp with alcohol bite. Full slick mouthfeel. Strong. Very good beer.

Apr 14, 2017
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slee196 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A double IPA -- obviously, it's hoppy. But it's not overpowering and has a clean and well-balanced medium body. Some notes that I could detect were lemon, honey, and tangy fruits. I really enjoyed this beer. Yes, I'd drink it again any day.

Apr 19, 2018
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Philsadvns from New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice color, good flavor, strong in the hop category, decent malt backbone. Good carbonation, generally pleasing but nothing outstanding really. Probably one of Elysian's best efforts but then they don't have anything that would get a 5 star rating out of me. Totally drinkable, I could drink this whole 6 pack by myself tonight. In fact I just might.

Jan 17, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a yellowish gold color with a white head on top that settles into a thin film with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. The smell a first is pretty hoppy, as the beer opens up a little the grains show through a little more but still hoppy. The taste is nicely balanced between the bitter fruity hops and the sweet grassy grains. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, very refreshing and slightly sticky. Overall it's a pretty damn solid IPA. Could drink this one for a while.

Jun 15, 2013
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional citra style IPA. Great balance of hops and citrus. The cool marketing and packaging made me purchase, but the cool vibes of this one will assure my return.

Aug 25, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden dark orange in color. somewhat hazy in appearance. Orange zest, Grapefruit pith and hints of pine. Very malty. Earthy. Drinks heavy and dry. Blah.

Jun 23, 2017
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

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

Single 12-ounce bottle with some pretty neat artwork on the label. On to the beer:

Slightly hazy body with a dark brass color and creamy sturdy head. The smell of melons, honeydew, tangerine hit my nose with a little ride of spiciness towards the end. Space Dust takes on the personality of a fruit salad with its calm mild-mannered attitude. But make no mistake, there's plenty of flavor here. The taste takes a page out of the aroma, and as a bonis comes with a creamy mouthfeel and easy drinking nature. Factor its availability and Space Dust looks like a beer that I'll be heading toward again and again.

May 04, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more weirdly anthropomorphic hop imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar bonsai tree spread lace around the glass as it slowly retreats.

It smells of sharp orange and red grapefruit citrus, leafy pine needles, further herbal flora notes, bready, doughy caramel malt, a bit of benign tropical fruitiness, and a soft earthy flintiness. The taste is more big orange cream and pine forest bitterness to kick things off, with some strong pastry-esque caramel/toffee malt sweetness, spiced lemon pie, other still muddled tropical fruit, and a suggestion of metallic warming alcohol.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their timid frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and generally smooth, perhaps a wee hop acridity eventually wheedling its way in. It finishes well off-dry, the base malt starting to tire of all those upstart kids and their prodding hoppiness.

An enjoyable and balanced IPA, the fruit/pine/malt trifecta all playing nice enough together. Maybe a bit of alcohol begins to seep through as it warms, but that's to be expected - besides, no one can actually hear my complaints in space.

Nov 08, 2014
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked-up a six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. I had never seen or heard of this brewery before. Not a big fan, kind of a strange flavor, would not buy again.

Sep 29, 2017
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raysat from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So god damn gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

Nov 14, 2016
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hoosiercrab from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a recent Hoosier transplant to central Maryland (see username). Like any proud transplant, I compare all new things to the best in the midwest. When talking about beer that means all breweries get compared to Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, and Brugge and all beers to their beers. Unfortunately, it typically isn't worth the effort to compare IPAs and APAs to Three Floyd's Zombie Dust because it is simply too good. That said, Space Dust shares more in common with Zombie Dust than half of its name. Space Dust sported that familiar fresh, citrusy aroma and bitter hoppiness that I love in Zombie Dust. I'd say the biggest difference between the two beers is that Space Dust is actually available for purchase!! (Zombie Dust is simply too hard to find.)

Feb 16, 2015
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try Space Dust the famed IPA from Elysian and I was not disappointed. This is as delicious as they say it is. It reminded me of Zombie Dust.

Look: cloudy golden with a two-inch white head.

Aroma: a very nice aroma with tropical fruits and some pine

Taste: It is a little bit sweet, grapefruit, mango, its dank but what dominate is the lasting pine flavor from the hops.

Feel: It's juicy, medium body, no hint of the alcohol, and overall delicious.

Apr 07, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is decent, and the texture is nicely frothy, leaving behind webs of lacing on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's a lot of fruitiness coming through, however it should be said that there seems to be a greater focus on Amarillo over Citra. I'm getting nice notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange peel, grass, and pineapple. I really have to focus to find tropical fruit, though. But on the positive side, the maltiness just slightly accentuates the hop notes instead of running roughshod over them. (3.75)

Taste: The hoppiness is shown off quite well. At first, the piny flavors come through, only for fruitier notes (pineapple, apricot, melon, grapefruit) to also appear. Not only that, the malt backbone is nice - there, but not ridiculous. It is a bit sweet, but at least it's not crystal malt sweet. A more significant problem is that the hop flavor seems a bit soapy. Apart from that, this is solid. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry on the back end, but also full bodied. In many ways, it feels (and tastes, for that matter) much like a DIPA - it's crisp and somewhat easy to drink, but a bit syrupy as well. Carbonation is a bit low, maybe that's why. (3.5)

Overall: Aside from the soapy flavors, this is a VERY good IPA. It has a good mix of varying hop notes, like pine, herbs, grapefruit, and tropical fruit - all of which is ballasted by a nice (but not overdone) maltiness. All in all, a pretty good offering that could have been extremely good without the dishsoap notes. (3.5)

3.45/5: Likable, but would have been even more so without the slight soapiness

Nov 09, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light honey, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, citrus rind, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp/sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. Impressively low malt character/body for the ABV as well. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 26, 2016
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TomMorris from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasing yellow-orange with lots of bubbly carbonation and a slight but present bone-white head. Smell is somewhat subtle, but brings to mind citrusy fruits and pine resin. The taste is quite sweet when it hits the tongue but quickly becomes hoppy and bitter. Definitely a good-tasting beer, but I found the mouthfeel disappointingly thin and almost watery (even with the six-pack I purchased was bottled on 6/26/15, about six weeks ago).

A good IPA, but not quite as good as I was expecting. This one reminds me of Long Trail's Limbo due to the thin mouthfeel but with less of a sweet, candied sugar flavor and more piney, bitter hops. Definitely drinkable and refreshing, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

Aug 10, 2015
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kjlcm from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a treat. A nice subtle nose but the taste is where this beer is at. A perfect blend of sweetness and hop bitterness. At 8.2% per the bottle label this is a finely tuned drinkable beast.

Jun 10, 2015
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a wine glass (I'm currently in Fairbanks, AK...give me a break). Nice, resinous foam gives way quickly to a thin lacing. Moderate carbonation. Opaque amber-gold in color. Smell doesnt pick up a whole lot - definitely pine & citrus hops on the nose, but doesnt hit hard. Taste is just a bit off balance i would say. It's definitely a good IPA but not top of my list. Considering the price point on this one, i may not be coming back.

Jul 26, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By far the best beer I've had from this brewery. Golden amber in color, slightly hazy. The foamy white head recedes into a solid film across the glass and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fruit forward. Tropical, citrus, and stone fruit. The flavor follows suit, with some pine and grapefruit notes. Resinous and juicy. An excellent beer. Probably why the charge more for it.

Aug 25, 2016
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Lovetx from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look cloudy honey color with good head and lacing. A fair amount of head sticks around the entire time
Smell malty piney a hint of citrus
Taste. The malts/sweetness balance out the high alcohol content and strong hops Lingering hop taste
Feel. Good mouthfeel across top of tongue and back of tongue late

Overall this is a beer on the more expensive side but very good. When comparing to other high alcohol beers -the price isn't so bad and this beer is very drinkable I would definitely buy this again if I just want a beer or two to go with my steak.

Jan 08, 2018
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Tricentennial from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer to date!

Jun 09, 2015
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