Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial 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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color with a bit of a pinkish hue. Lots of white head. Smells like tart peach and a fairly strong malt smell for an IPA. Taste is strong with strong pine flavor with subtle peach and apricot flavors that are matched well with a sturdy malt backbone. Nice, bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Space Dust IPA brewed by Elysian Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.20% This American IPA pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this IPA, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, earthly grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell of this brew. Between the look and the small of this brew it is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is Bold, but smooth with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness, then the earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Space Dust IPA. It has the look, smell a d taste of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going on in this brew, I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this American IPA. The mouth feel is Bold , Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Space Dust IPA a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. If you like a bold Hoppy brew you should look this brew up. Elysian Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow creamy looking beer with some sticky white foam dots. Bright citrus floral nose with cherry blossom tangerine and sweet yellow grapefruit. The taste was creamy orange with bright fresh spring grass. Tasty medium bodied really well balanced considering the abv. Deceptively light in feeling would sneak up on you with the high ABV. Good brew, but given the name, I expected it to be higher ibu and more dry. Not what I expected, but i liked it better than I expected also.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. :(

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a dry beer but also really smooth. It has a good flavor but not much different than your average IPA, I feel like it'll be forgotten about once i finish it.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a murky golden amber color, with a large white head. The aroma is citrus and pine hops. The taste follows the nose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Complex mix of some bitter hops, spicy and piney notes, maybe some citrus too. Garden grassy or flowery dry hop nose. Gold/Amber, clear with nice ringed lace to head. Medium body. A hope bite in the finish. 73 IBUs

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Photo of Deerin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this sixer up from a gas station, so some of the bitterness may have aged out a bit.

I found it to be a complex IPA, very enjoyable. It was approachable for a newbie as well. There's something in the mix that gives it a unique zip.

I would seek this one out.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle, this ale poured a clear gold with a thick, bubbly white head that lingered for a consiserable amount of time.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, and cracker were quickly overwhelmed by citrus, grass, and pine.

T: In the mouth, I got big bitterness from the hops up front and it lingered throughout. A rush of lemon, pine, spruce, bitter orange, grapefruit, grass, and herbs would be the best way for me to describe it. At mid-palate, milder notes of minerals, cracker, biscuit, and caramel peeked through the murk to provide a sense of balance. The finish was slightly more balanced than anticipated, offering a pleasant, semi-dry maltiness that balanced the lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium in body and initially somewhat slick and smooth, the ale got a little drier towards the finish, but not much. Carbonation was lively overall. Alcohol was a bit high for a standard American IPA, but was very well hidden.

O: This is the first beer I have tried from Elysian and I really like it. I could see this one being a regular for me if it were more readily available near my current residence.

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Six pack from Kroger, bottled 2/27/17. Poured into my cheap Pilsner glass.

A: Pours golden, great inch head, beautiful lacing that lasts.
S: light pine, citrus rind, grapefruit
T: Pine forward but light. Grapefruit. Citrus rind. Some earth. Very light malt. Not a bomb, a very clean taste for the type.
F: Medium carbonation, Light oil on the finish. Hides the ABV very well, a dangerous beer.
O: It isn't Zombie Dust. But overall I like this one. What stands out is it doesn't bomb your taste buds, and leads to a session drink, which leads to trouble with the ABV. Which kind of makes me compare it to Zombie Dust. Which is fine with me because I am home and not going anywhere. Good brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This beefy IPA pours a lightly hazy glowing amber with an excellent
head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and gives a
great lacing show for the eyes. Nose of heavy pine, grapefruit, subtle sweet
malts of honey and caramel. Flavors follow the nose abrasively with sticky
pine and heavy grapefruit mixing with herbal notes and mild sweet malts that
have trouble balancing out the bitterness. Very nice mouth feel; crisp, medium high
carbonation, medium light body, and a bitter hop finish.

Overall, good, but could use more balance to the malt. That said, it is a hop heads
delight and a solid offering, just not my cup of ale.


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Photo of PNWhops
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, looks fantastic in the glass with a great head. Taste smooth with a strong smell and taste. Another classic PNW beer. Cheers to my new go to beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My first Elysian and as it turns out it was Space Dust, not bad at all...

I've seen alot posted on this IPA, enough that I look at it as though there's a lot of hype surrounding this particular brew. Though I'm not as impressed as others, I do feel this is a pretty good IPA. The coloration is mostly orange with yellow highlights in the light, it pours a thick, white head and has some lacing and the head has decent staying power. The smell was probably the most impressive part of this beer - a strong, sweet, citrusy, with some apple notes - again, very impressive. Mouthfeel is starts out very carbonated, tamps down as it gets warm, but keeps its astringent quality on the tongue, and it's somewhere between medium- and full-bodied. The taste was mostly what I expect from an IPA - bitter, with an even more bitter finish, but this one does keep its citrus quality noticeable beyond the high IBU.

A solid IPA, probably not the best once I check it against other's I've had, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This looks and smells delicious right off the bat. Big white island of head persists quite a while, leaving devastating lace in its wake. Nose is balances, with pine and medicine the bigger hop aligned players. Bright straw color.

Big flavor initially with alcohol, chocolate malts, and dark fruits in charge. Over the sip, the hops take command, with a fairly withering pine/citrus blend continuing into the finish. Relatively dry and tight in texture. Satisfying over all.

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Photo of takurmudgeon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was hesitant to get this ale as it is another ipa with a pretty label touting magical nonsense. If Carl Sagan is correct, everything is made of star dust anyways. However, this ipa is beautifully executed. The hop bitterness follows through without being thick, heavy and sappy and has an equally fitting light, euphoric buzz. It smells green and tastes fresh. It definitely has lingering bitterness, but it's not unpleasant and stale. This is a solid ale which raises the bar for ipa's. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a clean american ipa reminiscent of when sierra nevada was new and had interesting side projects in big bottles. This ale deserves a standing ovation.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with a half a finger width white head. Smells earthy and piney. Taste is the same, but with a citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, damn god beer. Good for summer.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. White soapy 1/2" head after a moderate pour. Golden orange mild haze. Good lacing. Smell is well balanced, bit of grapefruit, bit of lemon, mild malts, not overly hop forward. Taste is also balanced, bit more hops present here as well as some pine bitterness in finish. Feels smooth and has a dry bite at end. Overall a good DIPA, not fantastic but real solid. Available at a Kroger to boot..the best offering they have IMO.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass had at the flying pie in Newberry, SC.
A: pours a dark golden orange, carbonation, thin 1 finger white fine bubble foam head that quickly fades, stringy lacing
S: light malt, citrus, orange, mango, passion fruit, some pine resin
M: medium body, slight dry finish
T: citrus, some pine
O: great brew

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 2/26/17.

The beer pours a light, clear tan with a nice, white head that disappated quickly leaving decent lacing.

The smell is pine, citrus/orange, and some malt.

The taste follows with a pine-forward, slighty bitter taste. There is citrus underneath and a malt balance.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily and thick with heavy carbonation.

Overall a decent pine-forward IPA. It's not, but not overpowering and had a good balance.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear pale old with a fairly small head. The aroma has a fair amount of caramel malt, salt, pineapple, mango, cannabis, passionfruit, and a dirty, dusky, rough edge. The flavor features a strong malt presence with lots of caramel, as well as candied pineapple, mango, melon, cannabis, and a strong, herbal and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is reasonably full with lots of fizzy, foamy carbonation. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer with tropical flavors, lots of malt, and a solid level of bitterness that really balances everything out.

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Photo of Milesdig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a sixer of bottles of this fine brew at my local Kroger's today. Born on date is 12/18/16. I just poured my second beer into my trusty shaker. I would use my tulip, but it is 120 miles away from me at the moment lol.
Right away you will notice the beautiful rich golden hue to this one and I can not see a damn thing through the glass and you can barely see the carbonation bubbling. The head is small and bubbly and quick to dissipate and light lacing lingers on. This beer is packed with Chinook for sure as it shines through right away with awesome bitterness and the dryness of the Citra and Amarillo linger on the roof of your mouth and lips, but even after that there is just enough malt to sweeten and make your mouth water for more. This is a beer for a hop forward IPA lover like myself who also doesn't want a nuclear hop bomb set off in their mouth. The ABV is well hidden and is already sending my head into orbit after only 1 and a half of beers. I can't wait to smoke a lil dank after 3 of these and see how my head feels :P . Anyway, I would love for lil hop looking aliens to take me out into the beer universe with this one. Seattle continues to impress and I will buy again for sure even with the price tag of $12.39 a six.
Cheers :)
UPDATE: I was just informed that this brewery has been bought out by BUDPISS!!! Fucking die BUDPISS AND ANY LOSER BREWERY WHO SELLS OUT TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color.
The head is 1 finger, frothy, and did dissipate quickly.
The nose has a nice hop aroma. Seems to be orange to me.
The taste is got a bit of sweetness up front, then the nice bitterness from the hops kick in. It isn't a strong bitterness, but it is still pleasing.
Not watery feeling, and you do get the feel of the hops all the way down the throat.
Overall a solid IPA, and I'd get it again,

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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