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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 IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by corby112 on 08-06-2012

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus forward hop qualities that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

such a good ipa, mosaic i have to imagine, or one of its near cousins. the color is hazy and golden and just right, heady and lasting, looks the part for sure. nose is tropical and dynamic hops, fresh and west coast in nature, and the malt is frothy in feel, almost creamy, well carbonated, but not anywhere near as sticky or bitter as some are. its real approachable, which is odd because its as full flavored as it is. i think this is one of the few semi mass produced india pales that showcases this type of hop complexion. its probably scored as high as it is because so many people are realizing what hops can be for the first time, a different kind of hoppy, and its just so so good. carbonation is popping off, and the flavor of the hops just lasts forever. honey sweetness just for a second. elysian has really upped their game, and this is one of their best!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark orange yellow in color (yellowish brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a delicate web of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of passion fruit, gooseberries and oranges along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has an interesting mix of flavors, which I assume primarily are a result of the Citra hops. Despite its darkish appearance, the beer doesn't feel that heavy and isn't that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a couple of inches of foam; decent retention and lacing action

Smell: Biscuity malt and a fruit salad of tropical and floral fruits (passion fruit, papaya and cantaloupe)

Taste: BIscuity, with a touch of caramel; the developing hop profile is a bit different, with papaya, cantaloupe and passion fruit - not uber tropical or grapefruity; the finish has a bitter aspirin character that I often get with Amarillo

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I will give Elysian credit here for brewing something different to try to stand out from all the other IPAs (or DIPAs, as the abv on my bottle is 8.2%); having said that, I am not a fan of Amarillo so this is not something I would be inclined to seek out - I much preferred their Dayglow that I had the other day

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a dull slight orange tinged golen with a full one finger white sticky head atop,alot of broken lace left behind.Citrus fruits with a slight floral note in the nose,light alcohol and caramel is there as well.Like the full citrus shot up front on the palate along with a touch of grass with some sugary sweetness and sweet biscuit dough underneath,it never gets overly sweet.I like the fact it's as big as it is without too much sweetness.I like the Elysian pumpkin stuff in the fall but they some pretty damn good IPA's to.

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

Tap at yard house San Jose

Nice creamy frothy head fades slowly nice lacing, crystal clear pale honey colorcolor.

Nose grassy floral little spicy hop, mild orange zest, fruity notes.

Taste big bitter spicy hop, grassy floral, little rind and orange, stone fruit skin, big rind and spicy bitterness, candy hop oil, touch of malt. Drier slight sticky finish, spicy hop lingering, bitter rind grassy hop

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, old style bitter pale, pretty good.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
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 superspak
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
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 mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Color is the classic orangey amber with a sturdy froth and lots of lacing in the glass. Sweet and fruity. Moderately bitter but sensationally aromatic. Smells of honeysuckle and warm pine needles.

Just sweet enough. Burnt mango and dry pineapple. Long bitter woody and sharp taste of hops and more hops.

One of the best IPAs I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Swill Beer Dispensary in Anacortes. Enjoyed in the Affligem chalice.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is a sunny golden with light haze and thick white cap with good retention. The smell is very good with a strong citrus and dank herbal aroma. The feel is good with some mild sweetness and moderate bitterness with medium carbonation and low alcohol influence.

The taste has a mix of lemon and grapefruit with a slight caramel malt sweetness and light bitter herbal flavor in the background with a nice mild tangelo acidity alongside mild astringency with some gentle alcohol but the hop flavor is pretty fresh with light pine accent you can taste the citrus rind from the Citra hops which is nice and lingers on after the swallow. Overall I was pleased, this is a solid IPA, it lived up to expectations and I would drink this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

From 10/25.14 notes. 14oz. pour of this at Fools Gold in NYC.

Pours a clearish golden-yellow color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, citrus, grapefruit, light bitter hops and bite to it, and light tropical notes. Very hoppy throughout, especially in the nose...quite nice. Medium body and low carbonation, body is smooth and no bitter bite which is good.

Overall a very good and hoppy DIPA that does not have any bitterness to it, which I am a fan of. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Big white head. Excellent lacing as it settles to a wispy surface with a few islands of bubbles.

Smell - Orange hops. Grapefruit starts to dominate, though. Sweet malts. Doughy. Pine hops round it out.

Taste - Grapefruit hop flavor. Toasty malt. Still has that doughy sweet malt, but there's quite a bit of toasted malt. Piney and bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel - Thick for an IPA. That's not unpleasant though. Very bitter, seemingly throughout the flavor of the beer.

Overall - A little rough around the edges, but a very nice IPA. Drinks like a double, but considering how flavorful it is, that's a good thing.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed deep orange-tinted golden with a lasting frothy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus/tropical fruits (pineapple, tangerine, melon).

The taste is of citric/tropical - mango, melon, some orange/grapefruit. It has a sweet bready malt touch in the background and an herbal (with a dash of black peppery spicing) dry finish.

It has a creamy medium body. Smooth. Alcohol well-hidden.

A very enjoyable IPA. Nice use of hops while maintaining a balancing malt backbone for smoothness and enough balance. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic crystal clear pale amber. Light hues of lemon and bronze orange color, with fine white and pinhead hollow carbonation rising from the bottom. Head formation is a little smaller than most for the style, reaching three fingers tall with off white color, and a small retention thick cap of about a finger tall. Still a very decent looker regardless..

Aroma hints towards slight florals and a bit of pine. Some tropical hop mushy qualities, but a bit of pine seems to sneak in over it. Juiced body it seems is coming from this aroma, and a much simple toned down caramel malt sweetness which is nice. Pretty inviting and solid.

Palate comes in surprisingly. Much sweeter on first sip as some caramel and alcohol like hot sweetness more like a sugar DIPA seems to be coming. However, it quickly disappears and the hops begin talking throughout the palate. Mid palate hits with a good minty and powder pine sense, and a tropical note of mango and orange comes in. Good quick finish with a long lasting pine and spruce flavor. Some warm earthy tones mix with a big of tropical and seem to bounce off each other, playfully, if not integrating co-operatively. It's a fun fight as tropic vs pine/earth fight for supremacy and the run continues. Juiced hinted body seems to take a backseat to a simple malted backbone, that almost gets a bit watery. Flavors still manage to coat everywhere.

Overall it's a fun beer, and the hop angle is intersting if perhaps not really showcasing Citra and Amarillo at it's ideal. Still the ride and bounce is pretty darn fun.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, purchased by a friend passing by State Line Liquors in Maryland/Delaware a few days ago

Label tells me this was Packaged on 11/7/14

Pours hazed lighter amber, near golden, tiny bubble head, film and super fine slippery lacing. nice looking brew.

Tropical fruit, spicy hop nose.

More tropical and citric fruit, oranges, melon and limes on the palate. Spicy and crisp hop bite. Fine stuff, my kinda beer. Hope we get constant distribution of this one very soon. I'll be a regular buyer

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight resin. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of pine, slight resin, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, strong aroma and body, good blend, and good appearance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a big fluffy 3" head that slowly falls. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: big floral and orange citrus notes rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: a light grainy profile with caramel, orange, floral hops, and a hint of mango late. The bitterness is hearty and a bit oily, but well balanced in the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is realtively short lasting.

Overall: this was a refreshing and nicely balanced beer that hit the spot when you want an IPA. Very easy to consume the bomber bottle in a short session, and you may want to crack a second one open.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Northwest piney and citrus hops, bready yeast and light tropical fruit. Flavor is stone and tropical fruit, citrus, pine and citrus hops with a great bready malt support. Finishes with a lingering grassy, citrus hop finish. Excellent creamy, medium body. A very well balanced, malty IPA with mellow, but flavorful hops. I wasn't in the mood for a hop bomb tonight and this hit the spot. The Manic Series has been quite solid for IPA goodness.

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

12 oz. Bottle
PKG: 1/6/16

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, with some very nice citrus notes, slightly piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, very nice citrus, and pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a very nice brew, surprised me.

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