boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap... this was a nice refreshing IPA. Poured a hazy orange/red, thin white head. Full body hoppy flavor with just the right amount of malt, citrus fruits and other spices. Finished very clean and short.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 22 oz. bottle courtesy of asteele8. Crystal clear deep gold pour with a nice medium/large soapy head that leaves some decent lace. Hop dominated aroma of pine and orange peel that largely hides a light toffee and honey contribuition. Light to medium body with carbonation to match. MOuthfeel has a certain resinous quality and a bit of astringency. Bitterness up front that extends throughout a long finish, There is some light maltiness, but it canít compete enough to bring a good balance. A very drinkable IPA, and refreshingly bitter.
GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught sampler at Elysian Brewpub, Seattle. Orange-copper colour. Lots of grapefruity hops in the aroma and flavour, but itís not sharply bitter - thereís enough malt to keep things in line. Mouthfeel is soft, and a bit thin. Simple, but pleasant.
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 12/20/06
Copper-tangerine with some melon orange hues. White/off-white head is medium sized and fades slowly to cover, leaving moderate lacing behind. Well-carbonated, high clarity.
Bitter in the nose and very dry. Seems a bit old, though this keg has been kept for only 2 months in cold storage. It has that vegetal/plant-like character that seems like dull, soggy hop bitterness without much aromatic livliness. There is still a bit of pine twang and light herbal and spicy suggestions (faint) and the malts are still pretty limber. Not overly sweet in the nose, though a touch bready and with some apparent crystal malt. Clean and no alcohol apparency. Medium strength of aroma, but the dull, heavy bitterness seems to work against it.
Bitter and soggy, overwhelmingly so, with bready, tacky maltiness and a medium amount of carbonation. Not too sweet, by any means, but just annoying on the palate, throwing pine, citrus and tons of acidity at the palate and quickly fatiguing it. Brief spots of light base malt (light caramel and honey) with a light melon-like hoppiness show that there are (or more accurately, were) good aspects to this beer, but I canít figure out why itís so massively dull and bitter and seemingly stale. All of the other Elysian beers were in perfect shape at Redbones. Warming allows more sweet spots to arise, which help cleanse some of the bitterness, but breadiness still persists, making the effect short-lived. Modestly engaging carbonation, so nothing wrong in that department. Donít know if they just forgot about the aroma and flavor hops, and went overboard on the IBUs in this batch. Iíll definitely try it again next time I get the chance.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from notes that I thought were long lost. 08Oct06.
Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is quite a bit thicker than I was expecting from the small amount of foam thatís left.
Smell; very nice citrus aromas, with grapefruit and oranges. Thereís not much in the way of malts in the nose, but boy do those citric hops smell good.
Taste; as with the aroma, this is dominated by citric hops, with just a little bit of caramel malts to take the edge off of the bitterness a little. This isnít as in your face as a lot of the west coast IPA tend to be, itís just a very easy drinking IPA.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and the drinkabilty is really good.
BeerandBlues2 (10831) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark yellow and brown with a small frothy and fizzy off-white, mostly diminishing head, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, cookie), light hops (celery, grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of pineapple, butter and vanilla. Average duration, light acidity and sweetness, moderate bitterness, sour milk. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and chalky finish.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a 22oz bottle. A pretty good IPA. Nothin too special about it though. But yeah, for 3 bucks, its very drinkable.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice IPA that lingers on the palate a wee bit too long with a NAST aftertaste. Otherwise, pours hazy and dark caramel, small head, smells of quality IPA tastes nice cold for 4 seconds then the NAST creeps in. The only way to beat the nast, keep drinking!
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yay íanotherí PNW IPA. Clear amber orange body with a moderate sized head and good lacing. Aroma is the usual... grapefruit, pine, citrus, resin, some fruit, caramel. Fairly standard mouthfeel, bitter but not overly so. Enjoyable but a dime a dozen.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle pours a brownredorange liquid with a big foamy, barely off-white head with good retention. There are both malt and hops in the aroma, which gives me hope. Nose is dominated by lemon-limey citrus, although there are some herbal notes and the impression of a freshly cut oak sapling. The malt suggestions in the nose are mostly caramel. I donít feel like these aromas harmonize very well, a harbinger of things to come.
The beer is medium to full bodied with a big bitterness that lasts long into the finish, growing on the way, I donít feel like this beer has a solid sense of what it wants to be. Thereís the acidity for one thing, and then the malt sugars want to join in but they donít know the tune. The caramel, cereal, and graininess is good, but misses the bullís eye. This is a very average IPA in search of an identity.