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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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a wine glass a little at a time.

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a large head that slowly falls. Thick lasting lace. Sticky.

Smell: big floral, tropical, hoppy, and citrus notes predominate over malts. Pleasant, inviting, big.

Taste: A malty, bready, grainy backbone with caramel, orange, hops, and mango. Great bitterness balances the beer. Perfect taste tension. A great, large ipa.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Great food beer, (tonight spinach salad with meat tomato sause over pasta), stays crisp throughout with a refreshing dryness in finale. Leaves mouth in great place. Great food beer, large!

Overall: Awesome IPA will definitely try anything from this brewer who is 2 for 2 with me!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Elysian Brewing 'Space Dust IPA' @ 7.2% , from the Manic IPA series , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a clear pale gold from the bottle to a slight hazy gold in the glass with a medium size off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-pine & citrus , standard for a PNW IPA

T-pleasant & crisp , good just no wow factor , big Chinook hop bitter finish

MF-mild carbonation , medium body , big dryness of the palate

Ov-just ok as an PNW IPA , good beer otherwise

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
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 ChrisKayler
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware: Tired Hands Brewing Company Oversized Wine Glass.

Appearance: Amber-orange in color, this beer is perfectly clear with no particles or sediment. An average intensity pour produced a small 1/2 finger of head that was soapy in texture and did not last very long. Lacing was sparse. The color was the real strong point here.

Smell: Smell is of pineapple and tropical fruits, primarily. Perhaps a bit of sweet malts, and the tiniest bit of pine.

Taste: Taste is of pine bitterness, pineapple sweetness, and other tropical fruits, combined with a healthy malt presence that tastes sweet and caramel-y. Alcohol is certainly noticeable in the taste, as well.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with a thin texture that leaves a bit of an oily residue. The carbonation was average.

Overall: Very balanced, with a nice tasty malt character combined with the hops. Cool bottle!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, maybe a little murky, with about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - I can smell the Amarillo hops, but I couldn't have told you about the others in it, as I'm not yet used to them. It does smell interesting though...like a good summer ale.

Taste - very interesting sweetness to this brew. It is bittered like a good IPA should, and you can taste the essence of the hops too, but there's an intriguing sweetness that sets in around the middle or late part of the taste.

Mouthfeel - generally fairly light or at most medium-bodied. Not a terribly strong aftertaste.

Overall - pretty interesting brew. I'd be up for keeping a six pack of these around just to get my head around the taste a little better.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no discernible freshness or bottling date. Poured into a 50 cL stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Body is cloudy with a wide range of colors wafting through the beer as the light hits it. Apricot to orange in the center, and straw yellow on the very edges. Aggressive pour yields a frothy one-finger head that lingers for a bit before becoming a bubbly film of varying thickness and bunching up around the edges of the glass, connecting to solid lacing stretching all the way around.

Smell - Hop forward and promising. Fruity with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Aroma is juicy and refreshing.

Taste - Here, the grapefruit takes over with an aggressive bite that melds into an almost metallic finish. I think the malt needs to have a little more heft here to create some balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy from moderate to high carbonation. Lingering and slightly resinous finish

Overall, an aggressively hoppy IPA, but lacks some of the balance I prefer in the style. Not bad at all, but perhaps a bit better with food, like a nice fish and chips.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Pint Glass

Appearance- Hazy deep gold, 1 and a half finger white head

Aroma- Very fruity hops, pineapple, mango, citrus, peach, sweet honey like malt, no alcohol

Flavor- Honey, pine, grapefruit, apricot, light malt, slight alcohol. good bitterness, nice

Mouthfeel- Medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- Impressed with this. Better than i thought it would be. Very complex hop profile, and very drinkable, the best brew I've had from Elysian. Worth picking up, if you see it.

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Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I begin? You don't just drink this IPA, you experience it. When poured, presents a wonderfully cloudy appearance, soft white head, ethereal taste, and warm feelings throughout one's person. To say I would drink this again is an understatement.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a fat bone white head of soft foam that fell slowly and in it's own sweet time. Left rings, scads of lace that was cloud like and almost ethereal. The foam glinted with light that seemed to come from the soft glow of the body of the beer. While it was a deep pastel color it was also opaque. Left a thick cap and skinny ring. A work of art in the glass. Nose was tantalizing and had bountiful ripe fruits. Mango, orange and some pungent citrus over top of that. Malt was sugary and dry with a deep caramel sweetness and a little bread. Spice and a touch of alcohol. Pine and honey. The nose was smooth and complex with a great floral that gave a perfume to the fruits and made them seem juicy and fresh. Taste was as sweet and smooth. All the ripe fruit greets the palate with lots of juicy flavor and then a sweet sugar from the malt comes in with the bread. There's melon in the drink as it warms. Nothing out of place or out of balance. It tastes like the hop cone on the label suggests; that nature is blowing this sweet candy at you. The pine and hop oil resin meet at the back palate to leave you with a prominent bitter that accentuates and does not detract from all the forward sweetness on the nose or from the first taste impression. The fruit is so juicy and that quality lasts throughout the drink and into the dry and bitter finish. You are left to gaze in wonder at the shimmering lace as an alcohol warmth comes over you. The bubbles that had collected in an island as the cap reluctantly faded just sat on the side of the glass as bold as brass, climbing upwards as I drank. The fruit kept increasing in depth and flavor, and the bread kept coming at the back of each sip to finish with gaiety and pleasure.

I found this to be one of the best IPA's I have ever had. It had power and strength from a mammoth hop profile that was executed so well. It had a bitter that was justified after filling your palate with all kinds of juicy and ripe fruit. It had a malt that was understated and hardly noticeable except for a jolly sweetness that made the drink so easy and enjoyable. The color was incredible. I wasn't going to buy this but I am so glad I did. Resplendent and bewitching.

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

Pours a tangerine color with a murky darkness coming from some serious cloudiness. Head density is tight, bubbles are well-connected. Lacing is pretty sweet, also. Looks very enjoyable. Mouth is nearly-salivating.

Melon-y hops with tangy pineapple/grapefruit citrus with a creamy sweet mango flesh vibe. Smells only mildly bitter. Lots of great hop aroma. Tangerine, faint pine, and canteloupe. Smells delicious.

Bitterness is a little bigger than expected. Combines with a spicy hop character that still has loads of juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes. Just like I wanted. Grapefruit, canteloupe, mango, tangerine, and leafy hop oils with a slight pine bent. Love this Chinook/Amarillo/Citra combination. Three of my favorite hop varieties, and you really expect me to score this one mid-ground? Never overly bitter, although that prickly hop spice will confuse your palate. I mean, it's not really a palate-wrecker, just a tongue-lasher. And, convincingly so. Malts, you ask? There's a light cereal grain holding the fort behind all of this herbaceous fruitiness. It's not gonna amount to a hill o'beans, either way, because this beer's forte is all about the dry-hopping. What a fantastic IPA!

Nice fortified body with a warming peck of alcohol. They allowed this beer to carbonate just the right amount. Seems low at first, then picks up speed. You'll burp out the excess after a few short moments, I promise. And, it's a good burp, too.

Boy, have I been burned by unfiltered Elysian IPAs in the past... but, when I read the description printed on the label of Space Dust, I just had to have it. The performance isn't lackluster here. No ugly floaties, no over-the-top maltiness; just sweet, sweet hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian : Space Dust

Pours a clear golden color bordering deeper shades. Large soapy froth forms and leaves a coating of bubbly lacework on the pint glass.

Light nose of herb and floral. Sweet malt has a honeyed texture in the medium strong aroma. High alpha hops steal the show.

Taste is bitter and earthy. Grapefruit rind, herb, hop oils coat the palate. This is a hop forward ale. Leafy, quite vegetal and herby. Quite a bitter brew, this ale would make a good choice only for those fond of hops.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinks easily, the bitter hop notes sticking with you. Semi dry hop bite with palate coating oils.

Overall, this is a pretty good bitter assed IPA.

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Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy honey-amber with a 1-finger ivory head that leaves good amounts of lace behind.

S: Juicy hops of the floral and tropical fruit variety.

T: Bread doughy malt foundation, then juicy hops - citrus and tropical fruit salad both come to mind. Some spice at the finish; actually, I think that's better described as the heat from the ABV, which is noted as a warming sensation on the way down too. . . . Finishes with a dry-hopped piney bitterness that fights the tropical fruits for dominance but coats the palate nicely.

M: Medium heft, fairly creamy in feel.

O: Solid American IPA. Reminds me of some others but I'm having a hard time recalling just which ones. Goes down easily.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –The beer pours a light golden color with a huge and rocky white head. The head sits around for quite some time before fading to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A sweet citrus fruit aroma of tangerine is heaviest in the nose. With it comes other citrus of a grapefruit hop as well as a little bit of hoppiness of a pine aroma. Some other light fruit aromas mingle with the citrus, with notes of apricot and peach present as well. All in all it is a sweeter and citrusy hopped smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth citrus and tropical fruit flavor upfront. The flavors of sweet tangerine, pineapple and mango mingle with hop of a grapefruit variety. As the flavor advances some other hop flavors of a pine nature begin coming to the tongue taking away from the sweet ever so slightly. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where a crisp and refreshing citrus hopped taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are rather nice for the blend of hop and fruit and make for a more refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather tasty IPA with a nice easy going style. It’s a good one for a summer evening while sitting, chatting and relaxing with friends.

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

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Rochester Real Beer Expo 2013 pint glass, showing the color of golden butterscotch caramel. It held a half finger tall head of whitish foam, leaving rings and spots of lacing around the glass as it went at a quicker pace. A chill haze permeated clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave notes of freshly pressed cotton, grapefruity, nectary, and floral hops, tangerine, fresh strawberry, and lemon fruitiness, metallic vanilla bean, powdered yeast, soft vinegar, and lactics. With warmth the grain came out much more strongly, with white sugar, general pale toast, black breakfast tea tannins, light booziness, and nail polish remover. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very fruity and freshly hoppy, with nice spice and herb on the back. As we sipped, the taste opened with bright plastic bitterness, juicy grapefruity hops, lemon and tangerine rind, light woodiness of fresh oak, green tree resin, oolong tea herbals, and more of a toasty red malt. Moving to the peak was enhanced bitterness of herbal hops, toasted pales, muddy and gritty ambers, and brightly citric hops. The end wash came with boozy fumes, tangerine flesh, gravel, sweet nectary and grapefruity hops, white sugars, fusel perfume, magic marker bite, black pepper, and mustard powder. The aftertaste breathed of orange flesh, moss and musk, faintly buttery diacetyls, salt, nutmeg, pale malt metallics, more gritty grapefruity hops, and dry yeastiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Each sip gave nice foam, froth, and cream, with only okay slurpability to the lip. The finishing pop was excellently crisp. The mouth was left coated and bubbly, with a quick dryness into astringency and light pucker. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the beautifully juicy flavoring. This was imparted by not only the fresh, flowery, nectary, citric hop inclusions, but also by the generally bright fruitiness of added citric flesh. The aroma was comparatively balanced, showing equal thickness and sweetness. Throughout the flavoring things remained nicely balanced, with good bitterness of the booze and hops to meet the frank fruitiness and the light toasty sweetness of the malt bill. Through the finish, however, there was enhanced spice, giving grit and more of an unfinished, unpolished vibe. Either way, this was a fresh, tasty offering that hit the spot on a warm sunny day.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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 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 fmccormi
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; no bottling date evident, but my understanding is that this is quite new and it only JUST got to my area, like yesterday, so I’m assuming it’s as fresh as it’s going to get (around here). Judging by other releases around here, probably within a month of bottling, anywhere up to one week old.

Appearance (4.75): Literally a perfect pour: a generous, three fat fingers of cream-colored head rises off of the pour, capping a warm, orange-gold body (like honey-orange kinda orange, really attractive) with just a moderate haze. The head dies down gradually, decaying with fat and fine bubbles to leave a rocky cap that sticks around for a long time. And it’s leaving CRAZY lace on the sides, looking like a damn root ball. As the beer recedes, it leaves several wide, fat, solid collars of foam all around the glass at every stop.

Smell (4.25): Predominantly juicy-sweet citrus fruit character like tangerine juice, with an undercurrent of dank, weedy oiliness and crushed pine needles. There’s a moderately sweet, sugar cookie-type of malt sweetness with little to no toastiness, which blends in with that tangerine juice reaaaally smoothly.

Taste (4.5): Reaaally nice hop character here, leading the charge: bitter grapefruit peel, pine needle / juniper gin-like character, and an unexpected but very, very pleasant pepper note, some spiciness that kind of spins off the backend of the pine needle / gin aromatic stuff. Some interesting edible flowers and herbal notes woven in there. There’s some malt body underneath, but it’s plain, blonde, and relatively dry—bumping the sugar cookie note from the nose down to something more like shortbread, swapping out the sugariness for a little richness but again, without much toastiness. It finishes with a peppery, piney hop bitterness that sticks around. This is really great, even if the malt component is relatively simple—I’d imagine some spicy, rich character would work into this very, very well.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice feel going on here: just about medium in weight, maybe a little lighter, with a moderate carbonation that foams easily but not assertively, tingles for a good couple of moments, and leaves a drying feel imparted by a very healthy dose of hop oils. Reaaaally drinkable, very good for the style.

Overall (4.25): This is a well-above-average IPA, no question there—the Citra and Chinook are both very evident and Elysian played those cards very well with a nice, West Coast-ish malt body: sugar cookie-ish but still dry and pale, but predictably without much complexity or depth. For me, that’s part of what brings an IPA to the next level—that and buckets of unexpected dankness in addition to whatever else is going on. This is very, very good—pick it up while you can.

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

22oz bomber served cold in pint glass. Beer is yellowish pale and just a tad cloudy. Nice white head. Really nice citrusy C-hop aroma. Fantastic smell for an IPA, actually. Flavor is quite gentle for a high gravity NW style IPA, too. Not bland mind you, just not palate-smashingly bitter. Grain flavors are pretty neutral, but the end result is very well balanced (it's still an IPA, though). Leaves serious lacing behind, too.

Possibly my favorite yet from Elysian's Manic IPA series.

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber.

Smells of oranges, pineapple, and pine.

Very refreshing. All of the flavors are light on the tongue but have a strong backbone
And are very well balanced. The alcohol is hidden well. Kind of feel like I'm drinking a
session ipa. The piney orange dominates with a strong bitter weight on the bulk of my tongue. Great mouthfeel. Overall a solid delicious ipa.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a hazy bronze color with an inch plus of beige head that quickly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Sweet and citrus aromas predominate.

Flavors of grapefruit, citrus zest, apricot and other tropical fruit with just a hint of pine.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and moderate carbonation with a strong, lingering bitter aftertaste.

Thoroughly enjoyed this IPA. A nice sweet, citrusy IPA for the summer. Will definitely be getting again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
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 JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 picked up at the COOP last weekend and finally getting around to the bottle.. pretty okay 1" white head dies back quickly above a hop hazed lite golden brew.

Nose is big melon/tropical fruity hoppiness.. mango and lesser piney notes... VERY interesting for an IPA...

A bit dry even for a PNW IPA.. Hop flavors though are amazing with tropical fruits and tangerine zest... background melon with warmth...

Body and carbonation are about perfect...

Unfortunately... on the geek sites, this brew will get little love... Elysian doesn't get the love because the many spotty offerings.

That said, this is a top-tier IPA EASILY.... but because it is "Elysian" the geeks will gloss over it.


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Photo of lovindahops
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Offered this at my favorite local spot. I was told this is right up my alley

A- a hazy darkened orange is completely blurred with color, but the presence is clear. A hoppy presentation is in the midst

S- whoa! Mango and massive tropical fruit components make up a NOT expected scent profile. Spiked with citra hops, this reminds me of fresh mango Abner from hill farmstead. Very bizarre that the scent is that impressive. Wow

T- delicious tropical components mingle with a great piney flavor profile. This is very impressive as a fresh brew. I feel like I'm in Vermont right now. There is a caramel malt finish that closes out the hop experience, but that's ok.

M- prickly flavors with the right carbonation

O- my favorite young lady bought this for me on the last day if may in 2013. She said it would be right up my alley and she is right! What a tropical hoppy brew. Again, I feel like this is the distant pal to Abner at hill farmstead

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

On tap at 16 tons the other day. This is a solid, juicy style IPA, with considerable citrus and light pine Alcohol is reasonable and the finish is quite dry. In short, this is an easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Elysian. While not something I'd necessarily go looking for, this is an IPA I could see myslef ordering again.

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.
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