Elysian Space Dust IPA

I've only had two other Elysian beers. On the whole, they were goddamn spectacular. Now, I get an IPA - which is in the center of my wheelhouse. I am told that they are the easiest to make, the hardest to get wrong, and I love a good IPA to death, so these guys are going to hit it out of the park.

The slightly hazy, flat copper colored beer has a remarkably sticky head that leaves lacing like it is putting up wallpaper. The aroma is WAY lighter than I would have expected. I think there is a pine or citrus hops, but I'll be damned if I can separate the two. It is really, really light is what I'm saying. If a normal IPA is a Charger Hellcat screaming away at a light, this is more like a Nissan Leaf.

First sip is a mild IPA, but it has a lot more hops than I would have guessed from the aroma. The hops are floral, and they have grains under them that are supporting them nicely. The overall effect is bitter, but not so bitter as some other very hoppy beers that I've had. I'm not sure I'd sip this all day, but would I swig?

Tip-in is fairly substantial carbonation burn, light floral hops, a bready malt with some grainy texture to it, and even a bit of caramel. As the middle comes, I get about the same carbonation, but the whole thing smooths out quite a bit. I'm still enjoying the malt and the hops, but the spices I didn't know were there die down to make the beer kind of naked and fun. The finish is a bit more bitter, but the bread becomes dough - a very wet dough - to try to smother it out.

Bottom Line: Very nice to drink.



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