Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another subgenre of IPA that seems to have emerged in recent years is the spicy/herbal IPA. Not unlike a “New England IPA,” beers of this style – like Elysian Space Dust IPA – are like drinking juice with spice rack seasonings thrown in. It’s an odd combination in theory, but in practice it works quite well. This beer is proof of that.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 12/23/14 and cost $3.74 ($0.31 per ounce).
Appearance: Orange in color with a haziness to the body. There are miniscule particles in suspension (unfiltered, I assume). Pours to a two-finger, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Pungent spicy/herbal aroma, most notable garlic and oregano. Some orange citrus as well.
Taste: The last time I had this beer it was all hop aroma, but not in the taste. This time, for whatever reason, the hops are in the palette, too. I noticed it immediately – an intense surge of spiciness with flavors of garlic, onion, oregano and basil (all probably due to the Chinook hops). Initially, it’s a slightly dry sensation and moderately bitter. The base malt is subtle, creating for no distinct flavors per se other than a general sweet sensation. On the back end the Chinook hop’s intense dry bitterness really shows, but so do that of the late addition Citra and Amarillo hops. A citrusy taste of orange fruit, peel and pith. I even detect minor “cat pee” dankness right before it finishes, which is nice and interesting. All in all, it’s an interesting, tasty brew.
Drinkability: Though not too high on the bitterness scale, Elysian Space Dust IPA is still plenty lively in the mouth. The spicy sensation dances across the tongue, dries it out, and lingers well after each swig. The body isn’t too heavy or thick, it’s remarkably crisp for a 7.2% ABV brew. Works well as a standalone serving, though it’s be perfect with any kind of spicy meal.
conway (1687) - - JAN 23, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Gold with a thin white head. Aroma is body odor and a little garlic. Gross. Taste follows and adds some citrus/tropical fruit. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Not good.
samsmith33 (435) - - JAN 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Followed uinta hop nosh. This is not as good.
Aroma is resin caramel ?
Hazy yellow color. Smallish head.
Taste is mild fruit. Pine, cedar,pine, a whole forest. Hard to describe, but only the unpleasant part of a woody taste.
John25 (731) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 Bottle. Looks like iced tea. Floral with tropical citrus zest. Big tea notes on the long finish. Balanced with some subtle sneaky hops that come and go. Good stuff that gets better as you drink it. Pretty unique feel.
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazy amber pour with a thick beige head. Juicy grapefruits, oranges, zesty citrus rinds, pine, caramel, and a sizable biscuity maltiness feature prominently in the aroma. A medium body. Caramel and a big biscuity maltiness upfront taste-wise. Lots of bitter grapefruits and zesty citrus rinds at the end. Very solid.
drsandman (423) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours lightly hazy golden orange, White head. Aroma is pine, gooey citrus hop, grass, bready malt. Flavor is pretty much the same. Very solid, especially fresh on tap
jake65 (2740) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle picked up s Brewers Haven; glad to see this in small bottles. Coloration is spot on, a bright orange topped with a mountain of stocky white head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Lively nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit. Same in the taste... Its packed with hippy goodness and fruits. Grapefruit... Mango... Very light floral presence. Nice level of bitters. I could easily handle a 22oz bottle, but with this in small bottles I’ll definitely be picking it up again soon.
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours yellow with white head. Aroma is pine and light citrus and tropical notes, well balanced fruity bitter finish.
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nealblind (942) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma caramel, pine, geranium barley. tastes peaches pine grass very well carb, astringent like tea. a bit acidic. watery for an IPA
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Rodman’s in DC pours a lightly hazy orange with some frothy, lacing white head. Nose has a nice mix of tropical fruit sweetness, pineapple, mango, some guava, a little lime, grapefruit, soap. Flavor follows right along, guava, pine, a little asian pear, lime, mild candy, mango, a little grapefruit, some soap. Finishes lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Nice.