Tonight I will be out and about, so there is no time for a beer review. It just so happens that a timely guest review arrived in my inbox this afternoon! My guest reviewer, W.L. Wittstruck, is a former home brewer who still appreciates a finely crafted beer. In his spare time he now makes no-budget independent films with his wife and 4D4Films. In addition to the website, you can visit 4D4Films on Twitter.
As a fan of IPAs, I saw this Elysian The Immortal IPA on the shelf at the local store and decided to give it a try. The label features Zeus, the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and refers to the Pantheon of gods who resided there. If it’s good enough for Zeus, it must be good enough for a mere mortal such as me!
Upon opening the bottle, you are instantly met with a bouquet of hops that are firm, but not overwhelming. A malty aroma subtly arrives as the bottle is allowed to breathe. Out of the bottle, it pours with a nice head and a slightly cloudy, caramel color.
In the first taste, you are reassured that you are drinking an IPA. You get a good taste of hops on the first sip, then after a few seconds the aftertaste hits you again and settles on the back of your tongue nicely. While the hops definitely carry the flavor, there is a nice malty/caramel flavor balanced with the right amount of carbonation to tie it all together making it very smooth and drinkable. A nice layer of lace formed on the inside edge of the glass and remained after each sip.
According to the Elysian Brewing website, it’s brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell malts, bittered with Chinook hops, and finished with Amarillo and Centennial hops. Carrying a sturdy 6.3 % alcohol by volume and 42 IBU’s, this beer is a decent entry in the IPA category.
While I was hoping for a stronger hop presence, as I am a fan of beers such as Victory Hop Devil and Lagunitas IPA, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try an IPA for the first time or those who prefer only slightly hopped beers. It’s definitely drinkable, but not remarkable in comparison to other IPA’s on the market and I think Zeus would agree.