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Elysian The Great Gherkin
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 117   ABV: 3.9%
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Mashed with crisp maris otter palte and weyermann munich and cara-hell malts with organic pumpkin puree and cucumber seeds. Bittered with sorachi ace and finished with east kent goldings and the World Spice Merchant’s Sweet Chai blend, including cardamom, orange peel, clove, cassia, ginger, and szechuan pepper. Pumpkin in the boil, and over 5 pounds per barrel of pureed fresh cucumbers in the fermenter. Starting gravity 11.7 Plato (1.047). Brewed at Tangletown. 3.9% abv


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Hazy orange, a little dull, large foamy white head, very nice lacing.   Whoa, some cucumber aroma on the nose.   Fairly bright, also a slight touch of spiciness that is hard to decipher.   Light cucumber flavors up front, and oddly enough, very faint French toast.   Has that cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup aspect right after the cucumber wears off, which is immediate.   Faint earth aspect from the cucumber shows up on the backside.   Very interesting and unique beer, also very clean.   A few flavors I wouldn’t normally think to see together, and they do alright.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate yet smooth.   The finish comes to quick, flavors of the spices fall off too quickly, leaving a little earthy cucumber profile on the finish.   Interesting and odd beer, one that they seemed to pull off fairly well.   Nose suggests more cucumber, or at least brighter than it comes across on the tongue.   Spices could stand to be kicked up a bit to finish better with the earthy cucumber on the finish.   Otherwise this was really creative and neat to try!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Smells of cucumber with light corriander and Belgian Wit notes. Hazy bright orange with a nice head. Hella cucumber. Some wit. Light spice. I hate cucumber, so I found this rather foul.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Hazy amber with a frothy white head. Big veggie cucumber pumpkin aroma. Smooth medium body. Flavor is dominated by salty cucumber, with the pumpkin and chai spices adding a nice dimension. A most unique beer here. Draft at Tangletown.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Taster - Elysian Tangletown - GPBF 2008 - Seattle, WA
Aroma – Holy Cow this was filled with aroma. Cucumber, Pepper, and Chai. Tons of Aroma.
Appearance – Amber in color, Hazy with a nice head.
Flavor – Beergasmic this beer had so many flavors it was to die for. Wow what a beer . This is perfect for a fish dinner and wow it had flavor.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, Good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – Did I mention this was a huge beer with the flavor was strong as hell. Cucumber was strong and the Chai was very nice. Wow what an awesome beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Grainy, opaque pale copper. Creamy thin white head. Wooly mid-palate. Huge cucumber and chair nose...very weird. Astringent, bitter, super-dry cucumber mid-palate. This needs a little more body and sweetness, especially for people who connote chai tea with delicious blends of sweet spices.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Cucumber and chai based pumpkin ale from Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Fest
Had a strong chai aroma and some vegetable-y elements to it, a cold cucumber/soybean contrasted against the alive spices from the chai and pumpkin.
I liked this for trying something new, but I don’t think the balance is there.


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