Tuesday, January 5, 2010

189. Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA

“Why does this beer taste like a Jolly Rancher?”
Elli’s response to today’s beer, before she even knows what it is.

This is our second beer from Elysian Brewing Company; our last beer was The Immortal IPA—you remember, the one with the big muscles.

Avatar starts with some malt breadiness in the nose, as well as floral, vegetal, and slightly musty notes, which can’t really be from age, as it was bottled on September 4, 2009. Visually, Avatar has a light copper color with a white lacy head; there is also some sort of hazy particulate matter in the beer—while very clear, there is still a bunch of shit floating in it (see picture), and I didn’t even pour out half of the bottle, so I know it ain’t crud from the bottom. Starts with bready malt flavor and moves quickly into floral flavors and what we took to be jasmine flavors with some fruitiness before ending sweet with some slight bitterness. There was not a lot of hop presence in the beer; the medium-light body had some carbonation bite, but not much else. For an IPA, Avatar is rather light on hops across the board—little to no hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Flowers are fun, but IPA signals hoppiness, and we’re not seeing a lot of that in this beer—too much floral and flower, and not enough hop. Oh, and the floral we’re referring to here was not of the hop variety. The best way to describe our feelings about this one is to label it a Top 10 Worst contender and leave it at that.

From the Elysian website: “Florally fragrant and refreshing with a balanced taste allowing the subtle flavor of jasmine to prevail while still delivering the I.P.A.'s essential hoppiness.”
ABV: 5.2%
OG: 15.6° P


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