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 DoubleBarrelHopShot
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, slight haze, white persistent head, lacing
S - Citrus/tropical fruit, great nose
T - Slight malt sweetness that finishes nice & bitter
F - Good carbonation, a little thin
O - Pouring another one w/ a smile

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing iridescent gold, with a slight head, whispy lace, and slight carbonation.
Lots of tangerine, some of the usual chacitteristics of the style.
Tangerine, fair bitterness in balance with sweetness, long drawn-out finish.
Medium to full body, ABV as expected, well carbonated, a bit slick texture.
This is a good IPA, but pails in comparison to other "Dust" IPAs. Still no slouch, and probably best with a summer burger.

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

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light golden hue with two fingers of creamy white head comprised of rather tiny bubbles.

Aroma is extremely juicy. Musky tropical fruit galore, guavas and passion fruit with a little cantaloupe melon. Some citrus rind in the background and a dash of peppery resins.

Palate is as close to a purely tropical hop flavor as I've experienced, with the citrus downplayed. Fresh tropical juice flavors lead the way with some mellow pine needle notes doing little to cut the sweetness. Huge Juicy Fruit gum flavor rather than the musk on the nose. Slight honeyed malt flavor. This is largely a map outlining the sweet domains of the hop flavor catalogue.

Body on the light side, ultra smooth with just a touch of prickly bite. Finish finally reveals the lemon-lime and grapefruit notes that you knew were lurking in there somewhere but the tropical fruit never takes leave. Fantastic IPA all told, if nothing else because it more cleanly targets the aromatic and sweet rather than the piney and bitter. Highly drinkable to boot. More of a diversion than a staple but this need not be a drawback.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear bright gold color, one fingered white head, no carbonation.

S - Grainy, pineapple, mango, papaya, some grassiness.

T - Lemon grass, grapefruit, and subtle light grain on the finish.

M - Light medium body.

O - Solid.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 NiceTaps
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint glass, on tap.

A- Golden colored IPA with a big 2f white-colored head. Clear filtered look.

S- Piney hops and light malts.

T-Piney and some citrus. Very light malt flavors.

M- Light body with little malt backbone. Biting long hop finish.

O- Not the heartiest IPA, but quite flavorful, aromatic, and good drinking.

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Photo of MikeRusso
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good ipa. Golden and a little clear. Very minimal head and a light aroma. The flavors a strong and crisp. Only down side is a slightly off feel in the mouth. But overall this is a really good beer

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, brewed on Oct. 16/14

The limited distribution (thus far) and slightly higher price may keep this beer from getting widely sampled by the masses.....their loss.
Great recipe, tremendous execution. Crisp, clean, and a real tribute to the Amarillo dry hop, in it's glory. This is a must-try my favorite beer, hands down. Get some.
Feb. 5.2015: Just found out that Elysian sold out to A-B, the Great Beer Satan. Sadly, Elysian is now dead to me. There are many other beer craftsmen deserving of encouragement and support.
Feb. 24/16: Just had a fresh bottle (Jan. 21/16) in Denver. This just doesn't taste nearly as good as my previous comments describe. Maybe it's just my my festering rage...or maybe they screwed with the recipe. My Oct./2014 rating of this beer was 4.73....Exceptional.
In my rating, it has now dropped half a point.

So there's a lesson for you in how to ruin a beer: announce that you've sold it to one of the 'asset aggregators', and watch it go skunky.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden color. Smells of dank buds, citrusy fruit and just damn tasty! Taste is almost identical to the nose, adding a slight bitterness. Feels like an ipa should. Good carbonation. Man, this kicks ass!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a moderately thick foamy head with bubbly lacing that retains well. The aroma hits you with a strong citric hops that is prevalent throughout the drink. The taste is like a hops explosion in your taste buds! Great feel; medium bodied and slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
After a long day at work, I stopped by one of my go to spots and picked out, among others, two IPAs. I had decided that I wanted to kick back with something that gave me a nice hops kick in aroma and taste. I randomly chose this one and am not disappointed in the slightest. Will definitely get again!!

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Photo of UncleDankins
5/5  rDev +23.2%

This beer will be my new go-to IPA if I can just find more stores in this area that stock it. A fantastic IPA. The amarillo really stands out in the aroma along with quite a bit earthy notes. The aroma follows up on the taste: a bitter full bodied mouthfeel with notes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Absolutely delicous. Goes down way too easy so watch out because it's on the higher ABV side.

This beer is awesome. Get dusted.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Honey orange/brown with a slight haze and a steady, marching bubble. Gorgeous in the light, with a slight white frothy head and a good thin ring of retention as you drink.

S: Malt-forward with a nice hop finish. I was expecting more hop notes, but the aroma is subtle with light hints of citrus and pine, and just a touch of juicy fruit. Orange juice and caramel malts define this nose.

T: Strong malt and hop notes up-front with esters of alcohol coming on throughout. A subtle dryness on the finish. Notes of oatmeal bread, orange, bitter hops and some pine. Citrus rind, metallic bitterness, and alcohol round out the flavors on the swallow.

M: You can feel it in your mouth, but can really feel it on the swallow. A bitterness creeps in on the afterfeel that lingers until the next sip compounds it.

O: Might have to re-visit this as I taste a lot of off flavors that don't align with this beer's lionized status, so it may have been a bad batch. Either way, there are better IPA's out there that don't taste as dirty.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap at union beer house
nice golden color body with a little head.
aroma was earthy and floral
hop bomb straight up with pine needles.
A great mouthfeel and a darn good ipa
abv 7.2 but is hidden well

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden-yellow with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and slight haze with light carbonation.

Grapefruit, pineapple, sugar-coated tangerine, papaya, mango, and lemon.

Grapefruit juice, papaya, mango, and pineapple. Sugar-coated tangerine and lemon wedges. Bready malts covered in candy sugar. Finishes with pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Lots of traditional pine and grapefruit layered on top of tropical fruits. YUM!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $8

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, breads/grains, lemon/apricot/peach/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fruits - peach/apricot/grapefruit and some resiny hops. There is also some light malt and a touch of a corn flavour.

Overall - Maybe a touch sweet but a very solid IPA. Some better options in the IPA category but this is still a beer worth trying.

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

A-a light orangeish color with a fingers worth of white head

S-citrus, some orange, light pine, and pale bready malt

T-taste is similar to the smell with a bready malt backbone, caramel, and citrus and pine hops

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable IPA, I could easily have another. My favorite from Elysian so far.

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Photo of PintOh1759
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a semi clear semi hazy light orange to gold color.

aroma- Wow! smells ALOT like Heady. Tropical fruits especially pineapple smells fantastic

taste-Up front right away lidocaine tounge numbing bitterness that holds a fruity light malt flavor and then packs a big piney punch at the end that holds onto the back of your tounge.

overall a pretty damn good beer and now that they sell it in 6 packs here in Alaska i will be more tempted to buy it again. could definitely replace Torpedo or Hopothermia as a daily drinker if they are not available

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Photo of ecarl97
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer is light, hoppy and aromatic. I got it in Denver and if I continue to have access to it, it will have a permanent place in my fridge. A great easy drinking IPA that gives you everything a double IPA will give you without all the BAC.

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Photo of RedTarmac
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Tulip. Hazy copper with a nice frothy head. First impression was the beautiful aroma! Ahhh. Hops and fruit are lingering all about! First sip...nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, fruity & piney hops. Just enough bitter on the finish but doesn't ruin the flavor of this excellent IPA. Well done Elysian. I like!

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Light amber hue, just a little hazy, 1 finger head recedes quickly, but leaves a little foam cap that produces decent amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell - Musty, tropical/stone fruit hops abound, a bit citrusy in the background, malts seem to be mostly bowing out with maybe a touch of biscuit.

Taste - Bam! Loads of musty, dank, tropical/stone fruit hops: peach, pineapple, apricot, mango. Perfumy and floral, a touch of citrusy grapefruit and orange pith presents itself along with an ample shot of biscuity, honeyed, semi-sweet malt to round things out. A spicy whiff of booze pops out briefly, which leads into a very dry finish with moderately high drying bitterness.

Feel - Carbonation is tight and very restrained, which makes the body creamy-smooth, but also leaves the body feeling medium-heavy and slick, a bit heavier than it probably should feel. Not especially crisp and "drinkable" feeling, but not to the level of being unpleasant.

Overall - A really solid, tasty IPA (pretty much a DIPA) overall, but I feel like it could be improved with an adjustment to body and carbonation. Nevertheless, this beer showcases some very potent, delicious tropical hop character; a nice change of pace if you're looking to get away from the grapefruit/pine action of a typical IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a 16 oz. glass. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus. Taste is hops, bitter, some citrus and pine, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid beer, highly drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up locally...just hit town in 6 packs! Bottled 10/6/14 enjoyed from an Elysian 10th pumpkin mini

a - brew pours a crisp transparent light orange. Nice IPA head with great lace that coated the glass.

s - nose is really pleasant. Bouquet of citric hops...nice amount of resins stickiness without overwhelming but giving a nice accessible bitter backbone.

t/m/ o - really crisp and focused easy drinking IPA. As the nose suggested, a nice blend of classic hop citrus and pine in a very tight balance. Rich and flavorful but soft and easy drinking. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: medium gold and clear; got a coupla fingers of fluffy head that left lace spattered down the glass

S: fresh, wet pale grain malts, bright flowery pine and citrus

T: crisp hop bitterness - flowers bringing bitter citric pith with mild pine resin undertones to the finish

M: sharp and tight, gets fuller as it crosses the tongue; smooth finish with a lingering shellac of bitterness; medium-bodied and moderately carbonated; creamy close...

O: super nice IPA - hits all the marks - hop-forward drinking, packing a solid 7.2 abv...

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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,028 ratings.
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