Elysian Brewing - The Immortal IPA
The Immortal IPA
India Pale Ale
Elysian Brewing Company
Make no mistake, I love hops. The more hops the merrier. So naturally, I love IPAs (India Pale Ales). Especially double and triple IPAs, filled with gratuitous amounts of citrusy, piney, mouth puckering hops and a respectable amount of alcohol that makes you take small sips.
So, when I saw this brew, The Immortal IPA from Elysian Brewing I instantly wanted to try it. I mean, look at it, it looks badass with the hand strangling the lightning. I figured, hey this looks like a massive IPA worthy of my time.
Well, like so many other brews with cool names or labels, I bought it hoping the nectar inside would live up to the expectation. And again, like many others, it did not. Granted, this isn't as big of a let-down as IPAs like Rogue's Brutal IPA or Ninkasi's totally weak Total Domination IPA, but it was a let down nonetheless.
Elysian Brewing's The Immortal IPA pours a slightly hazy gold color with a decently thick head. It has aromas of toasty malt and some mildly citrus hops (much less hops than you would expect from an IPA, off to a bad start). You take a sip and get soft, sweet malts, some lemon and grapefruit notes, and a moderate dose of citrusy hops. The finish lingers moderately, but is still rather weak.
Now, this isn't a bad IPA, it's just lackluster. And with such a cool name and artwork, I (wrongly) expected more. This is an easy-drinking everyday type of IPA to drink with dinner, not something to sip outside while you stare at the stars.
Drink This: if you want a basic, rather common-tasting IPA.