Space Dust IPA | Elysian Brewing Company

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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:
309
Ratings:
1,866
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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115
Gots:
703
For Trade:
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Reviews: 309 | Ratings: 1,866
Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and a fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus and tropical notes. Slightly floral. Hints of peach, pineapple, orange and grapefruit. Malts are there, but not overwhelming at all. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Lots of grapefruit and mango. Pine needles are in the mix. Solid bitterness. There's a very subtle sweetness. Solid malt backbone, but the hop bitterness and hop flavors shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice IPA. I never would've guessed that this is over 8% abv. This one has a nice west coast vibe to it. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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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 THSdrummer
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque/foggy copper orange with a thick white foamy head. The head tops out at around a centimeter and a half and retains remarkably well. A good smattering of lacing is left behind. The aroma is lively and hoppy, with specific notes of citrus, tropical fruits - mostly pineapple, and a wonderful sticky resin quality. Biscuit malts support the hops and give the beer a good back bone and balance. Flavor profile is wonderfully hoppy, while not being overly bitter. Hop qualities include orange, lemon, pineapple, and sticky resin. A bread-like, biscuit malt quality bolsters and supports the flavor profile. Alcohol flavor starts to show more as the beer warms. Mouth feel is bubbly, and abrasive, and maybe a bit fizzy to be considered great. Still, it's filling and has a great medium-thick consistency. Overall, it's a sublime IPA that performs in nearly all manners.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

On tap @ Busters Pours a golden yellow mostly clear color with a nice white head and fresh lacing.. looks great, smell was tropical and sweet , taste was sweet citrus hops and fresh tropical hops with a touch of garden dankness, medium carbonation and a dank mouth feel makes for a great IPA.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/21/16.

Easy pour to leave sediment in bottle. Pretty clear, yellowish gold color, minimal head recedes to very thin collar.

Hefty bready malt at first in the nose with some light apricot and peach like scent.

Taste carries the good dose of malt with an ample balance of some white grape flavor and a little tartness. Neither overbear each other, balanced for sure. Some sugar cookie sweetness.

Medium bodied, as expected for 8.2% and medium carbonation. Little aftertaste but carb is refreshing and a bit lively.

Nice well balanced IPA. Not a big hit of pine or citrus but it's there and goes well with the malt.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a crowler acquired at The Tap on Ponce in Atlanta, pours a clear honey-gold with 2+ fingers of white foam. Lots of lacing. Good-looking beer. Smell is classic pine and grapefruit, with orange and some earthy notes mixed in. Taste follows the smell, with a decent lingering bitterness and a lasting pine resin and grapefruit pith aftertaste. Really nice. Feel is medium, alcohol very well hidden. I could totally see this being my go-to IPA/IIPA if it was available locally.

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

Dated 4/17/16
Poured 6/21/16

Poured conservativewith an aggressive finish leaving 1 inch of foam that leaves a nice creamy layer that lasts.
Smells of pine, tangerine.
Very smooth beer not bitter whatsoever, very nice for a 8.2%, you can taste some booze from it on the finish but very nice.

I would definitely recommend. Outstanding ipa

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Photo of DaverCS
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a filtered golden-orange color. Pretty good lacing with 1 finger of white head.

Aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit peel, and some pine.

Taste starts with a pop of bitterness, solid malt backbone, some orange peel, pine resin, mango, and grapefruit.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. Classic west coast flavors done well with a nice balance. I see this pairing well with a Thai coconut curry soup. It gets a 85.5/100.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a golden-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, light tropical fruit, and citrus.

T: Tasted of some pine, a moderate amount of hops, light malt notes, orange, mango, and a bit of pineapple for good measure. The fruity elements of the flavor are leveled with the pine and hops content. A well balanced flavor.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Space Dust is a well made, easy to drink IPA. Very Likable.

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Photo of Bradley_BizKutZ
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see Elysian in the phx market even though they sold out. As for this beer, it is just ok. It is a decent IPA but nothing to write home about. I'm sure I'll buy it again with a price point under $4. It is definitely worth the cost.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color. Aroma is piney hops with a touch of malts. Flavor is piney resin hops with a balanced finish. Has a light hoppy aftertaste. Overall a solid IPA>

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Photo of Tonedef
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's on point...very good IPA...the nose is citrus,a touch tropical fruit and a touch of an onion/garlicky presence...taste follows the smell..Abv is well hidden..A- in my book..

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Photo of heyhoser
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

has to be one of the better IPA's. i really enjoy an even keel IPA that wont murder me with hops. the balance of citrus, malt, bitterness and piney is in an awesome balance in this beer. so if you want hop overload go somewhere else, but if you want a great IPA that really sets a standard for IPA's, then i would definitely try this beer.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at new (to me) brewpub. Delivered in a pint glass, the nice orange/straw color was extremely inviting on a warm spring day. First taste revealed a nice grapefruit/citrus tartness with little hop bite. Zero dankness at all. Forgot to ask for the "brew date", but have to assume it was extremely fresh. This is a nice, well-balanced, and extremely drinkable 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 DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Hop_God
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden orange. thick 2 finger large white bubbles.

S: Citrus, pine, hops, resin, orange peel, faint guava pith.

T: juicy, malt forward with bitter finish, some bitter lemonpeel, earthy grass, melon, canteloupe, some sweet citrus fruit, piney resin on the end

F: crisp and light, good coating

O: very solid IPA, good flavor, easy to drink, nice balance.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Salty's on Alki, Seattle.

A: A pale yellow/orange with a nice white one finger head that lingered. Spotty lacing.

S: Mangoes, pineapples, grapefruit and honey with some pine resin thrown in.

T: So smooth and balanced. Citrus meets pine meets maltiness in a terrific blend featuring mangoes and pineapple. Piney resin stays on course. A slight bitterness on the finish .

M: Low to medium with dry, resin-y medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try one from Elysian. A very drinkable IPA with an ABV that will surprise you.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head. There is a little bit of a soapy lacing and a good amount of carbonation. The odor for me is candied fruit, citrus, grapefruit, mandarin, honey, slightly floral, slightly resin, tea, grassy. The taste for me is honey, herbal, slightly floral, spicy, grapefruit, resin. Quite bitter throughout.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4-17-16 (Draft, Lazy Dog, Valencia CA) Really like this one. Had a nice dry and bitter finish. Loved the balance of flavors. Was very surprised how good it came off, especially after following the house IPA (made by Golden Road) which is also very good.

6-8-16 (12oz, San Mateo, CA) every bit as good as it was on tap, all boxes checked here (4.3)

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow straw color with a foamy resilient white head. Big aromas of orange, grapefruit, and a bit of malt. Big citrusy hoppy taste with a good bit of earth tones and a nice malt balance. Clean finish. Really nice.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,866 ratings.
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