Archive for the ‘Elysian Brewing Company’ Category

Whenever a brewery gets taken over by one of the macro breweries, there is a lot of chatter of people boycotting their beers, the craft brewery selling out, etc. I’m of the opinion that if they keep putting out quality beer, I’ll give it a shot. I’ve reviewed macros as well, because my interest is more in trying as many different beers as possible. I haven’t had many beers from Elysian and the ones I’ve had don’t really stand out in my mind. Maybe this beer will change my impression of them.

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ABV: 8.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo.”

Random: The label is really cute.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of grass, slight sweetness from the malt, and then grapefruit pith. For the style, the nose wasn’t that strong. The taste had a lot more depth than the nose. It had grass, grapefruit pith and peach came through. Some bready malt came through next. The alcohol was well-hidden. It had a thick body with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with hops and grapefruit pith. This was $3.20 for the single bottle ($.27 per ounce). It was really nice and went down without a problem. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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This could be one of the craziest labels that I’ve ever seen. I think my cat thinks he looks like that when he decides at 4 AM that he needs to hunt and play with his toys. Anyways, this is an IPA that uses Mosaic hops in it, which I’m really starting to enjoy.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “This is beer with the insistent beat of hops as driving and inevitable as a Full Moon party in Haad Rin. It drips with tropical, sunshiny Mosaic, and twinkles with touches of Eldorado and Centennial. A touch of wheat hazes the malt bill around the edges, and the IBUs are stuck in the mid-sixties. Rave on.”

Random: I hate when it’s crappy and rainy on my day off.

This brew poured with a huge four finger white head that was exceptionally fluffy and was really slow to dissipated. There was lots of lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with decent amounts of carbonation present. The nose was really fragrant with tropical fruits, specifically mango and I also got some Mandarin oranges with grapefruit and a touch of wood. The taste was light with lots of tropical fruits as well. There was a lot of citrus just like the nose, specifically Mandarin oranges. There was a little bit of malt sweetness right at the end, but make no mistake, this was hop forward. It was definitely bitter, but the tropical fruit and citrus managed some of it. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. It had a long tropical finish. The made for a great summer IPA, given the tropical fruit. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I think I’m finally recovered from End of Quarter. I got up extra early today because the lawyer was up and I wanted to make sure that she had breakfast before she left for the day. Anyways, she picked this one up for me and I was really excited to try it out.

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ABV: 7.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to seattlebeernews.com, “Throughout the year, Elysian Brewing has been releasing a new beer each month in their 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series. This Thursday, just before some say the Mayans predicted the world will end on Friday, December 21, Elysian will host an End of the World party at Elysian Fields. They will be releasing the last beer in the series, DOOM Golden Treacle Pale, which will be available on draft and in bottles.”

Random: The cat has now decided that he will sit in my lap. He doesn’t realize how large he is.

This brew poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body is a cloudy, dark orange color. There was very little carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was not nearly as Belgian influenced as I would have thought. There was some pine and grapefruit present with bready malts. The taste was equally hoppy. There was significant notes of pine and grapefruit like the nose, which then followed up with a bit of sweetness from the treacle. There was also some notes of pineapple. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was long with some significant hoppiness. This brew was pretty good, although not nearly as sweet as I would have expected.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Right before Easter, a member of my staff brought in Jelly Belly jelly beans, which I hadn’t tried in years. My favorite flavor when I first had them was “juicy pear.” After having them last week, I can say that “juicy pear” is still one of my favorites. So, when I saw this beer on the shelf, I decided to give it a try.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “The newest addition to Elysian Brewing’s Oddland Series will be Spiced Pear Ale. This unique ale was brewed with pears, Yakima Cascade and Czech Saaz hops, and finished with a bit of cumin and cardamom for an exotic Asian-fusion flavor. Expect to see this starting July 15 2013 as well as at the Oregon Brewers Festival July 24-28 in Portland. Oddland Series.”

Random: I’m not quite sure what a woman with a bikini top playing a ukelele has to do with this beer, but I guess the label is okay?

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really, really unique. I got cardamom and cumin off the bat and then some pear and lemon and well. The taste was more pear dominant, but there was a marked spice note with cardamom first and then cumin. There was also some grassiness and bitterness from the hops at the end. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a long finish with spice. This beer was definitely different and interesting. I don’t know if I could have a lot of these, but a glass of this was enough and definitely unique.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

While the other half and I were down in AC, I made appointments for both of us to get massages. I, for one, have never had a massage. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it ended up being really relaxing and my back felt really, really good afterwards. I would definitely try it again, especially the whirlpool. Anyways, I had this brew a few weeks ago. After some research, I figured out that this was the spring seasonal from Elysian. I am always down for a good beer that uses coffee, so I was really excited to try this one.

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ABV: 5.6%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout combines the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.”

Random: After finishing Season Two of “True Blood,” I’ve decided to watch Season Two of “The Wire.”

This brew poured with a three finger, tan head that was thick and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a very dark brown, almost black with very little carbonation visible duet to the color. The nose had lots of straight espresso couple with some lactose present as well. The taste was even better. There was lots of espresso up front that was really strong and authentic. There was a touch of dark chocolate bitterness as well. There wasn’t a lot of sweetness from the cream, but it was definitely present. The body was thick with heavy carbonation present. It had a long and strong espresso finish. This was a really good beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love blood oranges. One of the best martinis that I’ve ever had was a blood orange martini from Moonstruck in Asbury Park (if you’ve never been there and you’re in the area, you need to go). I love the tartness of blood oranges, coupled with the color and then the sweetness at the end. One of my goals in homebrewing is to make a blood orange IPA. When I saw a sixer of this bad boy sitting on the shelves, I knew that it was coming home with me.

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ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “Grok this: what if the world were an orange–a blood orange–and there were Citra and Amarillo hop cones orbiting all around it, with just a dusting of blood orange peel, and it was all, like, an atom? Heavy, right? Well dig this: just to keep things a little blurred around the edges, the mad chemists at Elysian Brewing have come up with Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale. It’ll be available at groovy taverns, restaurants and stores beginning April 1 in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. You’ve heard the story before: the Man’s been throwing his weight around again, muscling people all over town with super-uninteresting beer. Enter Superfuzz, a one-beer crusade against the oppressive ordinary. He can relate to other ales, with an easygoing blend of Northwest Pale, Munich and Dextri-pils malts, but where the hops and the blood orange come in, he’s a complicated guy. Worldly German Northern Brewer and Cascade bitter and flavor the beer, but it’s the combination of Citra, Amarillo and Blood Orange peel in the finish, topped off with pureed and concentrated blood orange in the fermenter that land the biggest blows. Call it Orangesploitation, Superfuzz is serving notice. Starting gravity is 14°P/1.056, and alcohol a mellow 5.3% by volume.”

Random: Is it bad luck if someone leaves their good luck balloon at their job that they were given when they left for a better opportunity?

This brew poured with a finger thick of white head. It was slow to dissipate and did not leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was really bright with lots of blood oranges and lemon. So far, I’d say this brew was fresh and citrusy. The taste was a bit of a disappointment. I got some blood orange notes and grapefruits, but not enough to bill this one as a “blood orange” beer. The sip finished with some sweetness and a touch of malt. The body was light with heavy carbonation. It had a relatively quick finish as well. The beer was good, but I would have loved if they amped up the blood orange factor by about 10. Still, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fall is here! I love Fall…the weather, the sports and especially anything pumpkin flavored. I love pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream…and pumpkin beer. Throughout the couple of years that I’ve reviewed beer, I’ve had my share of pumpkin beers. I find them hit or miss. Either they’re spot on or they’re over or underspiced. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Both roasted and raw pumpkin seeds are in the mash, with pumpkin added to the mash, kettle and fermenter.”

Random: I’m trying to get through all of the episodes of season 2 of “The Walking Dead” before the season premiere on October 14th.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with light carbonation. The nose was sweet. What stood out to me were notes of pumpkin, nutmeg and brown sugar. So far, so good. Unfortunately, the taste wasn’t as good as the nose. The pumpkin notes were light than expected and the spice was muted as well. I picked up the nutmeg and the brown sugar that I got in the nose with an addition of cinnamon. The body was too watery with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with a lot of nutmeg. This was only an alright pumpkin beer, which was disappointing because I really enjoyed the nose. I wouldn’t rush back to have again. There are so many better seasonal options out there.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0