Vast difference between Elysian IPAs bottled and draft

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by BuckeyeOne, Nov 1, 2012.

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  1. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I remember a number of years ago having a Prometheus IPA at the Capitol Hill pub that was fantastic. When the bottles came out recently, I was disappointed in the aroma and the flavor. I remember it being much more hop forward with a bold citrus aroma and flavor on tap. I thought the difference might have been a change in recipe in the year or so between first draft offerings and the first bottling.

    Then, last night I had a Valhalla Red IPA, again at the Cap Hill pub, and thought it was mighty tasty. I just opened a bottle, to wait for trick-or-treaters, and was super disappointed. Much maltier than the draft version I had on tap.

    What gives? I know there is often a difference between draft and bottle, but these are like two different beers.
     
  2. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aspirant (204) Feb 21, 2012 Oregon
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    most likely the bottles are old compared to the fresh beer you had on draft.
     
  3. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    Valhalla red just hit shelves.
     
  4. JohnnyP3

    JohnnyP3 Devotee (467) Dec 13, 2009 Alaska

    While I have not tried the Elysian beers in question, I can identify with what you are talking about. Here in Anchorage, Broken Tooth Brewing (formerly Moose's Tooth) brews a beer called Fairweather IPA that is available on draft and in cans. Both are extremely fresh, but there is a noticeable difference between the two. The canned version is a bit more balanced with a more noticeable malt character. On tap, the citrus and floral notes are more pronounced. Not sure what accounts for that.
     
  5. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Right. This is my point. With that said and since Elysian doesn't bottle date, I really have no idea when these were actually bottled. And with that said, it seems like even the hops used in Valhalla are different bottle to keg. There is actually one other fairly reasonable explanation --- my server brought me the wrong beer last night. The IPAs on the board were Space Dust, Immortal, Prometheus, and Valhalla.
     
  6. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (513) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    BTW, Broken Tooth/Moose's Tooth is fucking awesome. I don't care what they call it. Their pizza rocks my world.
     
  7. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    I've had similar experiences with boundary bays ipas. Always enjoy them on tap but seem to be really soapy out of the bottle.
     
  8. JohnnyP3

    JohnnyP3 Devotee (467) Dec 13, 2009 Alaska

    Agreed, the pizza is outstanding. The place is still called Moose's Tooth. They just changed the name of the brewing operation. And they are now canning two of their beers. Cans are only available at Moose's Tooth or Bear Tooth Theater/Pub.
     
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