Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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Space Dust IPASpace Dust IPA

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
2.81/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of teromous
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On the side of the front label: "05DEC16 DA57"

Appearance: The body of the beer is moderately hazy and it has a medium gold hue. The head is short and white with good retention. Great lacing.

Aroma: There is not a lot of aroma here. Oddly it smells a bit like wet dog. If I hadn't smelled my glass prior to pouring the beer I might be inclined to think it was the glassware because it is an atypical smell for an IPA.

Taste: There is a light minty flavor at first, followed by a bit of a cedar flavor, and it finishes with just a touch of caramel flavor and alcohol. It's not a bad tasting beer but it is just very mediocre.

Mouthfeel: It has excellent bitterness and carbonation. The finish is a touch raspy and muddy.

Overall: It just was not a very good beer. The biggest killer for this beer was the aroma because every time I would go to take a sip I would revisit this wet dog scent. After the aroma comes an average tasting IPA. It just was not very enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two finger foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine and piney hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Tangerine, mango, grapefruit and piney hops. The finish has a light bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft clean a finish.

O - Solid west coast IPA. The flavors are a nice mix of citrus and piney hops. 8.2% ABV is very well hidden.

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

Spectacular - my favorite Elysian beer and this is one of the great breweries from the Northwest.

It's an 8.2 but doesn't feel like it. Tasty West Coast IPA, just watch out, you pound a couple of these (which you can do real easy) and it'll sneak up on you. Excellent beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American IPA brewed with Chinook, Citra, and Amarillo hops. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed IPA glass. The pour is quite hazy and light orange in color with about a finger and a half of fine white head. Average retention. Typical (nice) IPA nose of lemons, grapefruit, toast, marmalade, and cedar.

Medium body with a slick feel and a very pleasant bitter flavor. Some toast and honey with marmalade up front, then lemons and grapefruit at mid-palate. Strong hop character, but not abrasive or grating or onion-like. Just citrus fruit, cedar, and rose hips. Dry throughout with a lingering and satisfying hoppy finish.

Brand new beer to Kentucky. I have a feeling I'll be buying it frequently. Excellent everyday IPA. The kind of beer I like to have when I get home from work and enjoy while preparing dinner. Welcome to Kentucky Elysian! What took y'all so long?

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing over the top here, fours across the board for me, just a solid drinkable IPA. Color is a pale orange with a nice white head. Taste and smell go along the lines of bready, grapefruit, and orange.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty well hopped, bitter IPA. If you like that, you'll enjoy this one. The bottle I had was very sedimented, so I actually shook it up and let it sit for a minute before opening. But it wasn't skunked, and tasted fine. It's 8.2%, so you could probably call this a double IPA and get away with it. I'd say it tastes about like the 62 IBU that is advertised - it's not totally overwhelming, but you definitely feel the bitterness at the front end.

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Photo of matcris
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A clear amber orange, lots of fast rising bubbles, finger + of white soapy head that lingers and leaves a mild lacing. Aroma is lots of caramel malt and mild citrus....huh. Flavor is a decent bitter bite, caramel malt, white bread, and some generic citrus. Feel is average carbonation, medium full body, and dry. Nothing special here at all, way too balanced, and I love a DIPA with strong caramel malt.

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Photo of Bthchris
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Space dust for me has been an interesting IPA. It sells well where I work. I can drink one, but that's where it ends for me. A great starter IPA with a powerful hop note start to finish. It's for sure my go to IPA whenever I want something familiar.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is big grapefruit, pine, biscuit, and citrus rind. Medium-light bodied, bitter, with medium-high carbonation. Overall makes for a solid and tasty IPA. I have others I prefer, but this is certainly good.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head.

S: Grapefruit, mango, & pine

T: Follows the nose, also pine & slight breadyness up front. A little cattyness & dryness, more pine & a little pear once warm. Finishes with pine, grapefruit & a little papaya

MF: Medium body, sedate carbonation levels

Very poundable, solid take on the style

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a cloudy apricot appearance with about 2 fingers of head when poured semi-aggressively. The head dissipates to about 1/4" after a few minutes.

Smell is piney and fruity. Picking up a little pineapple, grapefruit and a little mango. Also has a little sweet wheat bread smell.

Tasting a little subtle grapefruit and orange peel and the malt balances it nicely. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Mouth feel is gritty and finish is nice. Leaves a very nice piney, malty flavor in the mouth.

The 8.2% ABV is well hidden but the subtle sweetness and the IBU'S appear higher than the advertised 73.

All in all, this is a very tasty American IPA which I think we can more correctly classify as an Imperial or double IPA as the alcohol kick seems quite pleasant after tow of these.

This is a buy at about 12.99/six pack and it is a year round brew. I will enjoy this one again. Peace!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange amber clear color with a white head that leaves a nice lacing
S - big pine, pineapple, grapefruit, crackery malts in the background
T - huge grapefruit, orange pith, pineapple, pine, hop resin, minimal cracker malt in the background
M - medium secondary to hop bitterness, alc covered, aftertaste is pine and grapefruit, citrus rind
O - good beer. Not the most amazing ive ever had but good.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 14 Nov 2016. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a bright orange gold, with just a touch of haze and very little carbonation. One finger bright white head. Very nice lacing.

S: bright citrus; lemon and grapefruit peel. Ever so slightly sweet.

T: dry, crisp and hoppy arrival. Mid palate is light, crisp and crackery. Finish is grapefruit pith and lemon rinds. I had a lemon tea in Istanbul that tasted just like this finish. Lemon rind bitterness lingers.

M: lightest possible end of midweight; barely slick -just enough so it doesn't come across as watery. Carbonation is spot on - quite mild, but enough to give fluff and froth in the mouth.

O: this is a perfectly executed classic IPA. No bells or whistles, just bitter and drinkable. The one whistle, maybe, is that it's 8.2%. I would have guessed 6.8 or 7. Be careful with this one.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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 ThickNStout
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 11.98/ 6 pack. Bottled 11/28/16. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy, deep orange with a finger and a half cap of pale head. The bubbles recede to a thin yet full veneer and broad collar. Several trails of lace are left clinging to the glass by the time the liquid has been consumed.

Smells of muted pine, citrus zest, flower petals and some faint toast.

Flavors are a mix of orange peel, vague pine, an earthy floral note, peach skin, a hint of rye bread and just an occasional slight nip of alcohol. Drinks a bit easier than expected for the 8.2% abv.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with some fairly assertive carbonation. The semi dry, lingering, bitter finish alludes to more citrus peel and earthy pine.

I've been hearing some positive things about Space Dust since it hit Georgia distribution recently. Elysian has a fine IPA here but it highlights some different hop character than what I tend to prefer. This seemed to be more of a bitter pine and zest approach as supposed to the sweet, juicy tropical renditions to which I gravitate. Despite that, I won't have a problem polishing off the 6 pack I recently purchased.

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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Tapwerks OKC.

Bright orange with a dense tan froth that clings tightly to the tulip.

Aroma of herbal hops, orange and passion fruit.

Tastes of grain and orange followed by slight notes of herb and florals through the finish. A little gum is also noticed.

Medium in body and dry for the most part.

Just another tasty IPA.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw to orange with a nice thick white head. The nose is a burst of citrus. Taste is of orange peel and grapefruit pith as well as pine sapp.a little bit oily mouthfeel but good nonetheless.

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Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy, orangish color, fluffy white head, nice lacing
S: some fruit
T: fruit and some pine, good malts
F: bitter up front, dry finish
O: glad I got to try this

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty, hazy amber color, unflitered. Barely off-white head with exceptionally fine lace. Good persistence.
Smell is clean, hoppy, dried apricots. Evocative of DFH90. (Which is praise.)
Taste is very pure, hoppy and apricots. Very good indeed. Some sweetness but more bitterness than sweet.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Not overcarbonated.
Finish is lovely, well integrated. The bitterness has good length, but is Just a couple spoonfuls harsher than I prefer.
Damn fine IPA. Happily drink it any time. I'd like to try this next to the Victory DirtWolf, and DFH90, to see if this may in fact be better..

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Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop 10/1/16 for $1.99. Bottled on 04JUL16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that left lacing rings with each sip consumed.

Nose was citrus centric with a hint of tropical fruits.

Taste was grapefruit forward with a light touch of tropical fruit finishing with a decent pine resin.

Feel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall a solid IPA that is definitely worthy of a repeat visit!

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable IPA with plenty of juicy citrus (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit) along with some light pine notes.

More hop flavored than hugely bitter. Not that it doesn't have a bit of pine like bitterness on the finish. Malt does not impede the hops or exert an influence but seems to set a nice light canvas for the hops flavors to shine on.

Nice enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6-pack of 12oz bottles bought from Whole Foods in Brooklyn, NY. Bottled on 10/19, drank on 11/22.

I'm the world's biggest fan of west coast style IPAs- I'm from New England and much prefer the juicy and floral style that populates the great North East to the dense, resin-y style of the West Coast. However, there are always exceptions. Lots of orange blossom water and grapefruit pith on the nose, with sweet malt and dank mango. Almost all of the aroma of this beer carries over to the palate and it isn't shy- this beer is not particularly nuanced but that's not a knock. It's a heavy hitter of very tasty proportions.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle date 10/25.

Pours hazy gold with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics are dank and fruity with mango, peach, and weed. Medium bodied and crispish. Grapefruit pith with tropical fruit on the palate. A firm bitterness with very light malt. Finishes with a lingering hop bite and bitterness.

A nice and dry modern day IPA. Good stuff.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous slightly rusty sun orange with a finger of off-white foam.

Juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes accompany a lingering piney freshness and a subtle sweet caramel malt note.

Piney/herbal hop flavor comes out more in flavor but the orange, grapefruit, and mango fruit notes give a nice balance of juiciness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, juicy, slightly dank.

Overall, a very delicious beer and I'm glad they are now distributing in Chicago as I most certainly will be picking this up more often.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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