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.

Added by corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Photo of sgameroz
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like most beers from the North West, it's weak. Too sweet, no character, no class and definitely not memorable. Ended up dumping a fresh beer because I didn't want to waste my time or calories.

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Photo of teromous
2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
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 The_Beer_Guru
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
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 q33jeff
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (744) - - JAN 23, 2015

Bottle to pint glass.

This immediately followed Uinta hop nosh. Space Dust is not as good. I like Elysian's Immortal IPA better as well.

Aroma is pine resin and caramel. Hazy yellow color. Smallish head. Taste is mild fruit. Pine, cedar,pine, a whole forest. Hard to describe, but only the unpleasant part of a woody taste. Middling. Go ’hawks.

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Photo of vitALEity
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden/light amber beer with with a decent head that quickly dissipates

S- Malt, bread, alcohol, a hint of citrus

T- Sweet malts, white bread, bitter orange peel. Bad aftertaste - with metallic, astringent, funky burps. Meh.

M- medium body.

O- An average beer.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Lightly chilled 22 oz bomber into a shaker pint No visible bottling date.

Look- Medium amber, light haze. Loose, foamy head. Nice Lacing.

Smell- Earthy, skunky, dank pine. Semi-sweet graham cracker malt.

Taste- Straightforward, somewhat nondescript but aggressive bittering. More graham cracker and pine, not as fruity as expected. OK.

Mouthfeel- Medium full, finishes fairly dry for the style. Heavier than I'd like.

Overall- Meh, it's fine. Not avoidable, but not particularly good either. Nothing really stands out. For a moderately pricey bomber, it's lackluster. I wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

It's a hazed gold with a solid quilt of bone white foam. Smells like grapefruit, onion, body odor, some more onion, some resin and hemp, a little orange. The flavor is bitter, more onion, more body odor and musk, some lighter grain, some orange and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a little wetness on the finish. A little too aggressive with the citra hops, makes it go from fruity love to veggie sadness.

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Photo of seandavies22
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't a fan of this, maybe it was the batch but this has such a horrible metal aftertaste. I've updated my review I recommend drinking this beer warm it's far more palatable, the metal taste goes away, it does leave a bitter aftertaste, but that I don't mind.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful beer pale, fluffy white head with tones of lace. The nose is mainly spicy with hints of grapefruit. The citra is a tad overwhelming, almost creates a weird aftertaste when mixed with the Amarillo. with that said its a tasty beer but I'd put in the average category.

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 22 oz bottle, this is a yellow-gold brew, with a white, frothy head. It has a slightly floral, fruity smell. The scent of fruit is especially pleasant....peach and apricot. Slight sugar and flowers. Sharp and bitter hop flavor right in the foretaste. The flavor then softens as a pale and mild malt taste slides into the mid taste. The finish is a lingering hop bitterness. Nice brew.

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Photo of Slygato
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L Copper Orange Amber some lacing and a thick head
S Smell of hops with hints of pine and citrus
T Bitter, can taste hints of orange, grapefruit and pine
F Medium body, medium carbonation
O Decent IPA, hops give a crisp taste to the beer, would drink again but would rank it about average

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Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle. Clear copper with a rocky bright-white head. Sudsy lacing that sticks. Smells leafy, herbal and a touch piney, with a light mix of green citrus and doughy sweetness across the back. The taste is the same, with a mellow mix of green bitterness, herbal flavors and light tropical fruit. A neutral bready sweetness serves as a backbone. Dry, bitter and resinous on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick creaminess and just a touch of crispness to the carbonation. Alcohol is kept in check. This was an alright IPA with a good mix of hop flavors going on with it. I just wish that it had been a bit more memorable. It’s hard to justify the more expensive bomber price on this though.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: hazy orange body with thick frothy head
A: pine, malt, and spring
F: slightly dank, medium feel, bitter, mildly hoppy, dry finish, horrible after taste of booze, metal, and stale malt....and this beer is fresh being drunk before exp. Date.
T: pine, malt, spice, pepper, earthy, floral, resin, slight citrus
O: okay but with so many better IPA's to choose from I probably wouldn't buy another and glad I only got 1.

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Photo of fission523
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with very little head.

Smells sweet with overtones of citrus; reminds me of a fruity sorbet.

Tastes far from the nose - very bitter and hoppy. The initial fruity smell carries in but is overwhelmed by the hops.

Overall, I am not an IPA fan so take my review with a grain of salt. This is the best IPA I have had and I would drink it in the future, but it's not for me. If you're not an IPA fan but all your friends are, give Space Dust a try.

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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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy medium gold color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was good, lots of pine hops with a bit of citrus. Not much malt showing through. On the tongue the flavor profile was pretty similar, lots of pine and the citrus had more of a presence, especially on the finish.

The body was good, just a bit fuller than typical, but not heavy at all. Drinkability was pretty good, as the only non-pumpkin beer on tap at a local bars recent pumpkin fest, the 3 of these I had as palate cleansers really hit the spot. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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Photo of ajm5108
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid, middle-of-the-road IPA. Solid malt backbone, lots of grapefruit and resin on the tongue, semi-strong bitter finish. Body is surprisingly robust and oily.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good IPA but I don't think by the taste it warrants the price (10.98/6 pack). Perhaps the hops used are an expensive type, I appreciate that, but other IPAs at the price (and lower!) are better beers. Sorry Elysian...

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Consumed from a 16 oz pint glass.

This beer is confusing as I had fairly high expectations. Looks good, nice lacing but thats about it. Little to no nose. Smell is faint cereal malt and light hops. Taste is well...average. Lemony hops with a bitterness from start to finish. Mouthfeel is nice and It hides the alcohol well but there are a bizzillion other IPAs I would rather have. I will try again some other time to make sure my palate isn't retarded today but this is just meh.

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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mildly dank hop presence in both aroma and taste. Golden orange body with initial high fluffy head. Aroma mostly hops, taste let’s some of the malts come through. Kind of a short finish, mildly metallic.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of bright white head. Has solid retention and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma brings notes of grapefruit and lemon, with touches of pine. Has some sweet malt on the back end.

The flavor has a fair amount of grapefruit and bitter pine, as well as some more subtle notes of lemon. Finishes lightly bready.

The feel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well-hidden but there's an extraordinarily bitter and chalky lingering aftertaste, akin to chewing on a tablet of aspirin.

Overall, a solid, if uninspiring IPA. It's nicely bitter with plenty of malt presence, however the bitterness coats the mouth and refuses to let go. Otherwise, a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with a strong topical fruit presence countered by bready yeast and pale malts.  Lots of mango, papaya and orange peel along with some grapefruit and subtle earthy pine.  Bready yeast and pale biscuity malts.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of sweet and bitter hops countered by a strong yeast presence and some pale malt.  The yeast presence is really prominent with lots of bread and banana flavor slightly taking away from the hops.  Lots of tropical mango and papaya along with pineapple, grapefruit and orangepeel.  Subtle grassy, earthy bitterness underneath the sweetness.  Pale malts come in toward the finish but are a bit prominent for my preference.  This beer is well balanced but the hops are too tame as a result.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No dates or codes that I can see. I will note that something about the hops cone happily puking sparkles unnerves me a little bit, and ranks this as one of the strangest labels I know.

Pours orangey, slightly cloudy, decent pale head with nice lacing. Extremely light carbonation is visible. Smell is very mild. Orangey and flowery, a little nondescript, but pleasant.

Taste is an odd chalky bitter. I think other people might characterize this as oniony, but I have never gotten that. There's a fair amount of grassiness, and might a slight hint of pine.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied. Overall, I like this beer, but it's not great. Especially following RuinTen, which is great.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Transparent golden copper with a thick cream colored head. Very active. Lots of sticky lacing as it drinks.

Smell: Juicy and sticky hops enveloped in a sweet caramel malt. Bitter pine, grapefruit zest, fresh cut grass, and tangerine. Mild alcohol.

Taste: Sweet citrusy hops. Candied grapefruit, bitter pine, and tart tangerine. The a sweet caramel malt slowly dominates the palate. A quick burst of bitter pine hops finish in a lingering bitter.

Feel: Medium bodied and sticky. Between the resinous hops and sweet malt this beer clings to the palate. Finish is bone dry. Moderate alcohol warmth.

Overall: A west coast style IPA that is just a tad bit too sweet and soupy. The malt winds up taking center stage with the hops playing second fiddle. Also it's alcohol is a bit too apparent. A fine beer but in such a packed style this one is average.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
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