michaelinwa (635) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Long overdue to try this local. Pours a slightly murky golden color, moderate head, and a pretty big hoppy aroma with nice pineapple notes. Taste is moderately bitter with some nice hop complexity working in there along with a tasty malt backbone. Bigger and more complex beer than the 6.3 abv would suggest, which I always like. A nice local surprise that I should have tried long ago. Will definitely be coming back to this one.
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown redish color. Hoppy aroma and slightly Carmel malty. Ends bitter smooth and slightly hoppy.
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good sized light beige head of fine bubbles. Lots of sweet malts in the aroma with some caramel, mild smoke???, some oranges and pine. Color is a cloudy dark orange. Flavor is mostly malts backed up with some nice lemon and grapefruit hoppiness. Balanced pretty well and not overpowering with the bitterness. Finishes malty with a lingering bitterness. This is a very well rounded IPA.
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Lacey. Poured an unattractive cloudy orangey/amber body with a frothy large bubble mostly white head. Aroma is interesting, dank overall with notes of rotting oranges, wet pine needles, cat piss, bad raisin bread dough, old grapefruits. Flavor of rotting flowers, cat piss, bad citrus, dough. Full bodied that is super creamy with an avergae duration on the aftertaste. Solid beer.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright copper body with a one finger fizzy off-white head that left some delicate lacing. The nose is a bit of a let down, itís a little overly dominant on the caramel malt, obscuring the hops too much. The Nelson seems to have a bit of trouble standing up to the malt profile and the crystal malt specifically. The flavor is along those same lines, too sweet and full of caramel to let the hops shine. Just a light bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with too much clingy sweetness and soft carbonation. Pretty darn far down on my list of Nelson beers. I dislike sweet IPAs, they donít make sense to me.
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilburís Foco. This beer is now named Savant IPA, so that should be aliased here. Pours a hazy, bright, deep reddish orange appearance with a cream colored head. Fruity, grapefruity, white grape, citrusy, somewhat spicy, fairly potent hoppy, light ganja aroma. Quite spicy and floral hoppy, somewhat piney, big grapefruity hoppy, mildly sweet malty flavor with some herbal, bitterness on the finish. Another solid Elysian IPA, though I donít think I enjoy it as much as some of their others.
sea206 (3) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definite passion fruit aroma, then full hoppy bitterness in the middle. Excellent, everything I hope for in an IPA.
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my soon to be excoworker anggrec for this one. Nice English style with a malty sweet aroma with caramel, grass and bread. The flavor starts that way and then the hops come in. Peppery dry with pine and citrus and a bit of fruit. Another winner from Elysian.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No bottling information, but first to rate!
Appearance: The body is a cloudy iced tea color with no visibility even through to the center. The light tan head is sizable, not very tall, but not thin, becoming a mess as it dissipates into a spotty coating with lots of lacing.
Aroma: The aroma is very fruity and leans a bit sweet, oranges dominate with a tropical aroma underlying of pineapple. The aroma hints at a slight bitterness, but overall seems mellow.
Taste: Hop bitterness greets the tongue right away providing a moderately bitter base of grapefruit. Some malts balance out the hops nicely with some tropical overtones of pineapple. The bitterness outpaces the malts by a little, but itís very drinkable, very enjoyable. One of the better IPAs Iíve had in a while.
Palate: Medium bodied, slightly oily texture with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a really good IPA. I like the amount of bitterness and the slightly tropical vibe works well here. I donít know if I would buy this again, but I think it is worth trying.
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Spirits Lacey. Pours a nice slightly cloudy reddish/amber color with a small somewhat tan head. Aroma is of sweet guava, passion fruit hops, light strawberry, some sweet malty notes and light acidic bitterness. Taste is complex with some really nice NS hop notes coming through, sweet fruity bitterness, tropical fruits, light mango, passion fruit, some lingering sweet malt notes and a mild, not too drying bitterness on the finish.