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The Immortal IPA (Elysian Brewing Company)

Posted in Beer Reviews with tags , , , , on May 28, 2010 by bumpcitybrews

My loyal follower(s)…sorry it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve been able to post something. I know you have been bored to death not having any beer reviews to read.  Don’t get me wrong though as it definitely doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed any good beers lately and I hope you have had the chance to try some too.  Seattle Beer Week was this past week and I got my share of some great Ales.  On top of SBW I have been volunteering at a local brewery helping out with some odd jobs and so forth, so I’ve been busy with beer.  In the spirit of Seattle Beer Week, I felt it would only be appropriate to select a local ale for this review. 


 A little bit about the Elysian Brewing Co…

At Elysian we pride ourselves on our versatility and the variety of beers we produce. Whether classic ale and lager styles or their Northwest-themed interpretations, idiosyncratic treatments with unusual ingredients, or altogether new beers never brewed anywhere else, ever, we tend to have an astonishing array of offerings on tap.

Bump City Brews thoughts…

Pour:  A small white head that diminishes quickly after the pour, gently resting atop of a light pale straw body with brilliant clarity.  

Aroma:  Light straw-like aroma present mixed in with a light flowery aroma from the hops, almost smells like a clean farm with no animals on it.  These aromas become more prevalent as the ale warms up. No yeast-like aroma present.

Taste:  Medium body with a strong upfront bitterness as one would expect in an IPA.  Light malty/nutty back tones helps accentuate the hop bitterness.  Some hop flavor noted as well.  Finishes dry with a long-lasting bitterness on the palate, almost medicinal like.   

Overall:  Maybe it was the cloudy and rainy weather but I was less impressed with this IPA compared to other Northwest IPAs available in seattle.  While the hop bitterness was present, there was no other complexity to the ale that came forward to let this ale “wow” me.  Lets just say it didn’t leave me wanting more once I was finished…

Would I buy more of it:  Nah, it’s a standard IPA, that lacks interest.  I personally would prefer more hop flavor and aroma, this beer was just kinda “there”.  Before looking at the beer fact, my guess is that the grain bill is mostly 2-Row malt, a touch of Munich (nutty flavor) and a little C-40 for body/color. 

Vintage:  2010


Name:  The Immortal IPA

Style:  India Pale Ale

Brewery:  Elysian Brewing Company

City:  Seattle, WA

Country:  USA

Container:  22 oz Bottle

Malts:  Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Hops:  Bittered with Chinook, finished with Amarillo and Centennial

ABV:  6.3%

IBUs:  54

Date:  5.21.10