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:
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 Y2kWasAnInsideJob
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of jzlyo
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is citrus/fruit, floral and slightly perfumed. The flavor is citrus/fruit, earthy/biscuit malts, hops/hop resin, spices, slight sugar and a bitter/heat in the finish.

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

Best IPA I've had in weeks. The bottle is 29 days old, not bad, and it's bveen in my fridge for 10 days or so.

It's pretty, all full of lace and almost clear yellow. The aroma is pronounced hops and malts - a nice noseful. Th taste is syrupy and hoppy. It is obviously a double - the sweetness had me checking the ABV first thing. It's up there.

The aftertaste is thick and fulfilling. This nice IPA is highly recommended for the big AIPA lover (if you aren't one, this would be a good place to start).

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Photo of raysat
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So god damn gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled on 10/25/16. Pours a very dark yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves behind excellent lace and has excellent retention.

Smell is floral hops, mango, guava, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows loads of tropical fruit, pine, a little biscuit, and a healthy shot of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, plenty of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability for 8.2% ABV.

Overall this is a great beer and at $10.99 a six pack, a very good value. Welcome to NH, glad to have you here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear pale to medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber + yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized finger thick cap in the center surrounded by a large patch of thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/passionfruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange hops over the top of light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + cereal grain malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - tropical/passionfruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/orange. The hops contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light amount of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty easy to drink hiding the 8.2% ABV really well. Not quite as sweet as I was expecting and the combination of hop flavors + aromas work well. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of ghostman74
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citrusy smell, hoppy, fairly clear. Bold flavor. A bit strong of an aftertaste. Not too bitter. This one came free as part of a promo at City Tap Room DC.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

6-pack from Whole Foods for $11.99.

L: A golden orange color with strong but moderate white head, and sticky lacing. Loooks like an ideal IPA.

S: Melon, mango, peach, lemon, raspberry, the faintest hint of grapefruit, if you really want to search for it. Definitely some roasty malt and pine in the end.

T: Bitter and sweet at once, at first like apricot and plum, then orange, mango, and lime, with a backbone of pine and roasty malty bittersweet resin, layered with dark fruit and raspberry. Aftertaste is certainly not defined. Dark fruit and roast alternate crazily.

F: Fuller, and more savory than one's usual IPA. I'd say this has a perfect level of malt.

O: Definitely a #1. What a cocky name, but they certainly live up to it. Elysian beer for those who belong to the world of greatness.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A juicy and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A very nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, mango, and lemon along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Backing malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with some yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of bubbles. Juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A really good West Coast style IPA. Good citrus and pine hop flavor.

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Photo of Spikester
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Good head retention and plenty of fine bubble lace.
Smell is dank hops with rich bready malts.
Taste is dank bitter hops with strong backing of the bready malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a really well crafted Northwest IPA.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: lemon yellow body, very clear, topped by a sizeable fluffy snow white head with good retention.

Very nice hoppy aroma: citrus, tropical, and dank notes. Grapefruit pulp, leafy herb, and pineapple, along with a touch of pepper.

Flavor follows: really fresh, green, herbal hoppiness, with a touch of pepper and pineapple notes. Sweet biscuity pale malt. Citra and Amarillo really at their finest.

Lively and very smooth.

This is a shockingly good IPA!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold with a soft off-white memory foam blanket.

Smell is pineapple, orange, vanilla cream, pine, and finishes with a little vegetal note as it warms.

Taste is bitter pine, orange and mango.

Crisply carbonated, finishing dry.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 11/2014: poured into a small chalice, color is copper, opaque, brighter white head, some small lacing on the glass.

Smell is moderate strong blend of citrus fruit and earthy bittersness; impressively fresh for a beer that is nearing 2 years old.

Flavor is more emphatic sense of the aroma: hoppy, citrus, more fruit - less rind, then some lighter earthy/grassy flavors; malt is moderate with some biscuit and wheat, not sweet.

Mouthfeel is also very good for such an advanced age IPA, moderate carbonation good bitterness and lingering flavor on the sides of the tongue and cheeks.

I should note I did not see the bottling date until just before opening - I'll chalk that up to the place of purchase - but overall this was a very good IPA that seems to have held up well with time.

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Photo of BKALLDAY831
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this one!! Beautiful bright orange/amber with a slight haze. Creamy fluffy slighlty yellow head that sticks. Sweet and sugary!! Nice bit of pine, oily hops and diverse bits of Citrus and Berry, balanced by sweet toasted white bread. Solid medium body with a nice sticky resinous mouth feel, without being too overly bitter. Very bright, glowing, healthy IPA

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Photo of deebo
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Henry's. First beer of my first GABF. Poured half full in an oversized snifter this brew is hazy with a dark golden color with a definite orange tint.
Aroma is sticky west coast hops. Citrus, grass, herbal and a strong resin quality all in play. Taste is hop forward with big hop resin and some bitter rind/citrus taste. I can't say much about the malt. It's kind of sweet. Has a sticky mouthfeel. Fairly long longer. Overall a Big ipa. A good sticky sipper.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Space Dust has a medium, somewhat creamy, white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, orange-gold appearance, and lots of lacing splotches left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of piney hop resin, and the flavor is of sweet white bread, white bread crust, hop oils, lots of bitterness, which is subdued, really, for an ale rated at 73 IBU. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Space Dust finishes dry and surprisingly drinkable, for an 8.2% alcohol beer. RJT

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Photo of delta490
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep clear gold with a smear of white head that leaves sheets of small sticky lacing. The aroma is big pine hops and a little caramel sweetness. The taste is much the same but with just a bit more oomph. The body is lighter with a slightly dry finish and just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got Distro here in Mi. Super excited to try this heard alot about it.

Looks fantastic with a giant white head and amazing lacing that never ends. Body has a clear straw golden color. Smells of zezty citrus and fruits. Taste is as it smells but better. Tons of fruit flavor. Super juicy and sweet with a nice hop bite that blasts you at the end. Fantastic IPA!

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Photo of LBThiele3382
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As a hop-lover I was very satisfied. All the elements of a great tasting DIPA are here and the fact that I paid $11.99 for a 6-pack made it all the better. Grapefruit, piney goodness with a bite! Outstanding beer at a great price! And I love the artwork!

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Photo of ricke49
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not realizing this was a DIPA (8.2) the first taste was "whoa" ! After reading the bottle and recalibrating my palate - and converting to 'sip' approach, it tasted remarkable. Resinous, citrusy, with moderate bitterness. Chinook and Amarillo in a very nice mix.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5 weeks from bottle date:

Solid DIPA. you've had this beer before. West coast Orange marmalade, Grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Similar to hundreds of other west coast style IPAs. There is a peppery hop spiciness to the mouthfeel & finish, with a bit a of alcohol there as well, which were the key elements that held this beer back for me. Good bargain at $12.99 a Sixer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,740 ratings.
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