jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, chewy caramel and copper coloured body with a bright orange tint and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head - this is what an IPA should look like. Aroma of pungent citrus and resinous hops with a lot of alcohol and depth noticeable. Medium-bodied; Nice, assertive hops up front that fade relatively quickly and show some sweetness, some citrus and a bunch of herbal notes. Aftertaste is relatively mild with hops noticeable, but not bittering, some alcohol on the finish, a touch of dryness and a great malt backbone. Overall, a nice pungent IPA with a great balance of malt and a nice complex flavour that shows much more than just hop overload. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-July-2012 for US$7.00 sampled at home in Washington on 18-November-2012.
Beerathon (781) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Terrific blend of hops. This is what I like to drink when I get an IPA. Floral, citrusy, and a bit earthy all in one. Great stuff!
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Out of a 22 oz. Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head. Smell is hoppy but balanced. The taste is sweet with a small amount of fruitness. Not really my favorite.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Really nice well balanced rendition of a NW IPA. Elysian never disappoints. I would drink more if it was available in 6 packs.
drjay44 (2334) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with moderate lacing, over a hazy, amber (SRM 9) body.........nose is toffee/caramel, pine, pineapple......taste is sweet malts, toffee/caramel, light pine, pineapple, hints of tropical fruit (mango, peach), finishing with a moderate lingering pine, citrus, with hints of sweet, bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation low. This is not a typical "Left Coast" IPA. In spite of the description, the hops were done in a moderate way, such that pine and grapefruit peel did not dominate overmuch. The hints of other aromas and flavors from the hops made for a nice variation from the often trite mainstream IPA .How high was the fermentation temperature? The fruity esters are really huge. The net result is a nicely balanced beer that is a bit more English in style than described. It is quite lovely. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
malrubius (1507) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Decicco Ardsley. Hazy copper with nice head and lace. Citrus woody floral leafy toasty aroma. Toasted malts and subdued fruity sweetness with medium assertive finish and sort of minty floral citrus grassy dry finish. Very good.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grass and pine notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit and a bit of tea. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter grass notes, as well as some pine and toffee. There is a decent amount of biscuit and toffee malt to keep the beer from being too bitter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear, dark orange color. Two fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and plenty of lacint is left.
4.0 S: Citrusy and earthy hoppiness. Lots of orange and papaya with pineapple and some grapefuit underneath. Caramel from the malts with a light, clean breadiness and moderate neutral malt sweetness. Great balance between the hops and malts. Very nice.
4.5 T: Like the nose, this is a well balanced, sophisticated IPA. The hops donít slap you silly and they donít need to. Mild bitterness. Orange and papaya are strongest. Pineapple, apple, grapefuit, and earthiness secondary. Again a solid caramel backbone with a light breadiness and some balancing neutral sweetness. Clean and refreshing.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little low on creaminess, but itís not a big deal.
4.0 D: Tasty brew that will appeal to those who like a little malt in their IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-26-2012 02:38:15
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, delicious IPA. Just bitter enough. Nice floral hops. Head retains well. Really like this one.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with good white head and lace. Citrus aromas and taste dominate with good hop bitterness and bitter finish