Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. Space Dust is out of this world, with 62 IBU.

Added by corby112 on 08-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
1,961
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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119
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737
For Trade:
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Reviews: 326 | Ratings: 1,961
Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I begin? You don't just drink this IPA, you experience it. When poured, presents a wonderfully cloudy appearance, soft white head, ethereal taste, and warm feelings throughout one's person. To say I would drink this again is an understatement.

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Photo of Damsam
5/5  rDev +23.2%

I'm not into rating beers, but Space Dust IPA on cask is one of the best IPA's. I've had Pliny, Heady, Hopslam, etc., but if you are in Seattle and can find it, consider yourself LUCKY!

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Photo of munnster76
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this as I was drinking a sculpin grapefruit ipa and wow. Obviously different but this would give heady topper and road to ruin a run for its money

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Photo of UncleDankins
5/5  rDev +23.2%

This beer will be my new go-to IPA if I can just find more stores in this area that stock it. A fantastic IPA. The amarillo really stands out in the aroma along with quite a bit earthy notes. The aroma follows up on the taste: a bitter full bodied mouthfeel with notes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Absolutely delicous. Goes down way too easy so watch out because it's on the higher ABV side.

This beer is awesome. Get dusted.

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Photo of Kastler
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome. Even better than the Immortal IPA, which is saying something. The 8.2% is nothing on a beer crafted by the Elysian masterminds. Well worth the extra dollar for an exceptional Seattle based IPA.
Honestly everything I want in an IPA.
Will come back and evaluate the qualities (since I know I will be buying this one again ; )

Also the label and name are amazing! The six pack cardboard has shiny!

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Photo of gutterpunktarzan
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is one of my favorites. It has hops for days. Delicious hop hopforwardness! It's like grapefruit sculpin but it doesn't use grapefruit! Hop goodness all day!

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

6-pack from Whole Foods for $11.99.

L: A golden orange color with strong but moderate white head, and sticky lacing. Loooks like an ideal IPA.

S: Melon, mango, peach, lemon, raspberry, the faintest hint of grapefruit, if you really want to search for it. Definitely some roasty malt and pine in the end.

T: Bitter and sweet at once, at first like apricot and plum, then orange, mango, and lime, with a backbone of pine and roasty malty bittersweet resin, layered with dark fruit and raspberry. Aftertaste is certainly not defined. Dark fruit and roast alternate crazily.

F: Fuller, and more savory than one's usual IPA. I'd say this has a perfect level of malt.

O: Definitely a #1. What a cocky name, but they certainly live up to it. Elysian beer for those who belong to the world of greatness.

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Photo of Mikenike
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. It was a bit better the first time it was released as a special release. I would give it a 5 if they hadn't sold to the big bad Beer Conglomerate.

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA and Elysian beer. I love this one! Pours a great bold gold color with a very healthy head. There's a whole bouquet of fruit on the nose and taste. Nicely carbonated feel and a good bitter hop character. Truly a fruity, citrus, hop taste with a piney bitterness and a malty sweet resiny finish on the back end. A very drinkable IPA and the 8.2% is surprising. Excellent job Elysian Brewing Co!

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Photo of RenzoD
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer looked very good, due to the clear, golden amber body being filled with extremely fine bubbles, which led to the formation of a large, two finger plus thick head, that seemed to stick around for an eternity. The aroma was filled with juicy, citric hops, that were very inviting. The strong piney bitterness of the first sip was very well balanced by the caramelized sugar cookie sweetness. The hops provided a herbal, perfume like, and very dry finish. The aftertaste was very bitter, and very drawn out. I love the very prototypical West Coast flavor profile of this beer. Simple at first glance, but mind blowing due to how the sum is greater than the parts.

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Photo of Mach1_zach
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Big fan of this one, I'm originally from WA and most of my family still lives there and I now love in AZ and have had to hear about this beer a lot. The build up has been intense.

Definitely not disappointed, has a great aroma, not too crisp or bitter but has a great piney almost dank taste that you would get from a heavy IPA. The color is great and was very easy to drink. So happy to find this in AZ finally. Will definitely be getting more.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love a great IPA and this ranks as one of the best. Typically, I won't buy it since it is overpriced at the grocery store when compared to other very good IPA's. But when it's on sale I'll snag a six pack and savor the excellence of this fine IPA.
From the first sip of the fruity head to the bottom of the glass, this beer is a delight to drink. It's even better on tap but finding it is a huge challenge.
If you love IPA's as I do and you haven't tried this beer, do yourself a favor and find it. Even if it's not on sale, treat yourself to one of the better IPA's that you will ever drink.

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Photo of RedTarmac
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Tulip. Hazy copper with a nice frothy head. First impression was the beautiful aroma! Ahhh. Hops and fruit are lingering all about! First sip...nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, fruity & piney hops. Just enough bitter on the finish but doesn't ruin the flavor of this excellent IPA. Well done Elysian. I like!

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Photo of gruntparty
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look, smell, taste, and feel of this beer are all top quality. Looks rich and delicious, smells rich and delicious, tastes rich and delicious and feels (you guessed it) rich and delicious.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty IPA. Had it on draft at the Harbor House in Bainbridge Island, WA. I have been drinking a lot of Pliny the Elder lately and this compares favorably. Very easy to drink IPA

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Photo of Strunner
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right up there with Pliny... super balance, very citrusy. Lacks the skunky/skanky background of some prominent DIPAs, and tends to the more mass market friendly versions of a 7% IPA. So much more amenable to having 2-3 at a sitting. Superb.

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Photo of chrislikesbeer
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had the pleasure of having this beer from the tap and from the bottle. When from the bottle, I poured into a pint glass. The color is a real golden color with at least a half inch of thick white head. The smell is very aromatic. Lots of citrus up front. As far as the taste, the first notes I got was a mixture between bright piney hops and citrus. In more detail, big grapefruit notes come after the swallow and stick around. Hops are up front but not over powering. As the beer warms the flavors intensify and become a little more complex.
This is a very well balanced IPA with great smell and flavor. One of my favorites for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Elysian Brewing Co. "Space Dust IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with darker orange areas beneath a rocky head of off-white. Excellent head retention and very good lacing.

Aroma: Tropical and citrusy fruits, including soft grapefruit and lime, pineapple, peach, melon, guava, papaya, and lychee. Some 'chalky' citrus pith and pine also make an appearance. Despite its tropical and citrusy side, it's not brash or sharp, but quite smooth and even a bit floral. Really nice. The complexity is enough to keep your interest throughout the whole glass.

Flavor: As might be expected, everything found in the nose turns up at one point or another in the flavor; and not unlike the aroma it's quite nicely balanced and polished. The malt acts as a softly sweet trampoline for the hops to bounce on, and that's anchored by short, taught lines of bitterness which keeps everything from falling over. The alcohol never steps any further forward than would be expected of a beer at 8.2%, and what is there is actually welcome as it lends a subtle spritz of liveliness. It finishes dry with lingering fruit, and a bit more pine than you find upfront. Interestingly, the 'chalky' citrus pith doesn't come on as strong as the aroma suggests it might (which is nice).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied leaning towards the lighter side with a fine-bubbled, moderate-medium carbonation that's just enough to liven the mouth without accentuating the bitterness and acidity.

Overall: Pretty impressive! It's unique in it's hop character, and it's got gusto but it's also really balanced and polished leaving it remarkably drinkable. Couple that with the fact that it's pretty darned complex and you've got a winner on your hands. This beer is proof that you don't need to use hops as a 'punch' or a 'slap' to make a great IPA; and that just adding hops doesn't do it either, there needs to be a certain amount of forethought and calculation to it.

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Photo of Rman410
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is quite possibly my favorite beer. I first tried it on tap; the taste is so unique that the name goes well with this beer. Drinking this with or without a meal is perfect because it's not overpowering once you near the end of the bottle like some IPAs do. I like drinking it cold out of the bottle while reading some science fiction.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful IPA - one of the best I've tried in years. And, perhaps one of the most singularly drinkable beers I've had.

Nice to look at and smells wonderfully. However, the real win here is the amazing flavor profile of sweet, bitter and luscious. The mouth feel is fantastic. This is one of the best balanced and most drinkable beers on the market. My opinion - I love this one.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a moderately thick foamy head with bubbly lacing that retains well. The aroma hits you with a strong citric hops that is prevalent throughout the drink. The taste is like a hops explosion in your taste buds! Great feel; medium bodied and slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
After a long day at work, I stopped by one of my go to spots and picked out, among others, two IPAs. I had decided that I wanted to kick back with something that gave me a nice hops kick in aroma and taste. I randomly chose this one and am not disappointed in the slightest. Will definitely get again!!

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Photo of hoosiercrab
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.)

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Photo of robbieracer
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional IPA. Been buying six packs of this the past 4-5 weeks now. crisp clean taste, not too bitter and nice finish. It's among one of my top IPAs. Love the high ABV too!

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber.

Smells of oranges, pineapple, and pine.

Very refreshing. All of the flavors are light on the tongue but have a strong backbone
And are very well balanced. The alcohol is hidden well. Kind of feel like I'm drinking a
session ipa. The piney orange dominates with a strong bitter weight on the bulk of my tongue. Great mouthfeel. Overall a solid delicious ipa.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,961 ratings.
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