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 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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Photo of pianoguy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle. No Bottling info

Pours a cloudy pale yellow body with a smallish white head. Minimal retention. Some thin lacing.

Wow, Very prominent smell ! Floral with a lot of citrus.

Taste follows the smell to some extent, but it's much more dialed down.There is a very slight hint of sweet malt along with the orange/lemon peel bitterness

Thin feel has lots of carbonation

There is much to like about this brew. But that said, the excessive use of dry-hopping to produce the very prominent scent didn't translate to a correspondingly great taste.. My overall 3.75 grade was almost a 3.5

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

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass

A - California orange/gold/copper sunset with a near one-finger barely off-white head and some velvety legs/lacing

S - Fresh water, fresh hops, fresh malt/grains, the yeast is very west coast with an English twist, the sugar is very simple/clean, the hops are bright/smooth with a nice citrus-to-pine-to-floral ratio, juicing oranges, the citra is in your face but in an awesome way and the booze I can safely say is scarcely to be found on the nose.

T - Pine, citrus rind and cracker yeast up front, then comes the sweet, dry and toasted/roasted malts, the hops dance on your tongue the entire time, orange, some grapefruit, soil minerals, the hops is very sticky, huge bitterness, very clean, very fresh, crisp water, grassy, slight dank, the booze is sneaky and very earthy.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium carbonation, medium plus acidity and a hop bomb of a finish.

D/O - Very refreshing, very clean, smooth, tasty and over the top on hops, I mean this thing is loaded with 'em. Anti-hop-heads need not apply, seriously. This one has become a favorite of mine and would drink this everyday if they could keep it in stock at my local bottle shop. While the malt and yeast play an intricate role, the hops is the star and he doesn't disappoint. Well played Elysian, well played.

Final thoughts - Perfect for everyday especially when considering the 8.2% ABV and the $10-11 price. You really can't go wrong here, unless of course you hate hops, than you can go very wrong with this beast. Not suitable for aging, drink fresh.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mildly cloudy bright gold-orange body, white fluffy head, intricate web of lace. To my surprise no carbonation is evident. Nose brings forth vibrant tropical fruits- orange, apricot, a bit of pineapple, grapefruit- as well as a touch of herbaciousness and light malt. The flavor also has the essence of the fruits without any sweetness, and actually gives a good bite of bitterness in its place. There is some hop spice and mint on the finish, as well as an unfortunate chalky note- perhaps the alcohol peeking through? Medium body, a touch sticky which makes me think of all the syrupy hop juices floating around this gem, and the fine, prickly carbonation adds a final edge to the bitterness.
It's been a while since I've had a great IPA, and this was a pleasant and welcome wake up call to how great this style can be. Unlike my usual favorites that offer some sweetness to balance the bitterness, this one was all the latter, although in a palatable amount and paired with delicious, mostly fruity flavors, which still showcasing the other elements that hops can have. Yumtown resident for sure, I'll probably pay the premium for this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold with a slight haze under a 1/2" light cream colored foam cap that is moderately persistent, sticky and lacy. Streams of bubbles continually rise from the bottom of the glass. Space dust has a big tropical fruit nose joined by citrus, resin and bread crumb. Big fruit flavors also take the lead on the tongue followed by an assertive bitterness over a moderate bread crumb malt backbone. The hop driven fruit flavors are moderately high and the hop bitterness is moderately high to high. The bitterness tastes like citrus rind soaked in tonic. The body is light to medium with slightly above average carbonation. The alcohol warming is moderate with no harsh or hot flavors.

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Photo of zshaft
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

im trying this beer right after luponic distortion 3 by firestone walker and expected this to trump it. I was wrong. this is a nice effort but seems to be much more muted in all categories when compared to distortion 3.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - light gold; little carbonation and a medium fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell - pine and floral hops stand out.
Taste - flavors reflect the nose; mostly pine and floral.
Feel - medium to light body; the alcohol is very mild and the bitterness is excellent!
Overall - decent enough, doesn't really separate from the many other options in this style.

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

Poured into a snifter glass. Don't know if the hops have fallen off, it's not that old (bottled 7/4), but the last of the six pack seems maltier than the earlier ones. Pours a dark golden with good carb and lacing. Smell is mild hops and malt, slight citrusy notes. Taste is a mild hop bitterness and mild maltiness, with an almost creamy effervescent mouth filling feel. A pretty darn good beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By far the best beer I've had from this brewery. Golden amber in color, slightly hazy. The foamy white head recedes into a solid film across the glass and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fruit forward. Tropical, citrus, and stone fruit. The flavor follows suit, with some pine and grapefruit notes. Resinous and juicy. An excellent beer. Probably why the charge more for it.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional citra style IPA. Great balance of hops and citrus. The cool marketing and packaging made me purchase, but the cool vibes of this one will assure my return.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Although this was a solid rendition of the style, a stronger pine presence would have greatly benefited this brew. Strong grapefruit flavor present and apparent on the tongue. Drinkable. Not bad.

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

L (4.25) - Hazy, dark golden coloration. Big white coarse foam on top.
S (4.5) - Very fruity, floral aroma to this. Smells like a great IPA to me.
T (4.25) - Tastes about like it smells. Not too aggressive, but some bitterness at the end. Maybe less citrus than expected
F (4) - Decent bodied and well carbed
O (4.25) - Elysian is new to my area and this is the second beer of theirs I've had. Solid beer from a seemingly solid brewer. I bought a six pack, nervously, but enjoyed every one of them.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden pour with a little white head, some laciness
Scent is way too subtle for my liking, almost non existent. I can almost detect a fruitiness hop whiff.
Taste has more behind it, no malt but a nice hop character. The aftertaste carries a pleasant bitterness after an initial hop-fruit spills over the tongue. Carbonation is nice and carries an otherwise thin and watery mouthfeel.

Not a bad IPA, certainly not top-shelf for this taster anyway. I would order at a bar that had limited ipa options but probably will not try again at home or serve to guests.

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Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't been reviewing that many beers since Ba dumped their smartphone app. Be that as it may, this beer warranted a more detailed look. Absolutely blown away by the massive citrus nose on this IPA, to the extent it's hard to believe it wasn't fruited. Ripe pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, and very ripe peach dominate. The flavor combines those tropical fruit elements with light pine notes but the bitterness is very much held in check by a biscuity malt undertone. Mouthfeel is quite soft despite being well carbonated, and the appearance is faintly hazy but tending more towards clear. This beer is really well balanced, and actually sort of strikes a chord between west coast IPA and New England style. Which I don't think Elysian was targeting in any way, it's just how this venerable beer turned out. I'm impressed.

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into shaker, cream colored 1 finger head, recedes slowly and has great lacing. Looks medium clear golden in the glass. Smells faintly of malt, mainly of citrus. A little malt sweetness up front that is quickly taken over with citrus and some pine, and finishes up with a grapefruit pith bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, a little on the dry side on the finish. Very solid ipa

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy copper-orangish gold color with decent creamy head and some nice lacing.
Aromatic nose is a fruity bouquet with orange citrus and bread.
Taste follows the nose but hop bitterness dominates. Juicy pine and ruby red grapefruit notes appear as I sip some more; fairly sweet but not overdone. Orange peel pokes through after the aforementioned...a tasty and complex IPA we have here now don't we.
Feels medium-full and creamy, though well-carbonated. Bitterness in the aftertaste is wrapped in the nice fruit of its flavor profile. A high quality brew, but one that is IPA-bitter. Grew on me the more I sipped it.

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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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Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,757 ratings.
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