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Beer Review: Avatar Jasmine IPA

Posted in Beer, Beer Review:, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by themadhopper

And last but certainly not least, my favorite Elysian Brewing Company’s Avatar Jasmine IPA


India Pale Ale


Pours golden copper with a lively head. Avatar has a very floral nose while the taste is an elegant balance allowing the subtle flavor of jasmine to prevail while still delivering the I.P.A.’s essential hoppiness.

Pale, 45° Crystal, Munich and Cara-hell

Bittered with German Northern Brewer, finished with Glacier and Amarillo hops

Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil and hopback

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: 45

Elysian Brewing

Elysian Brewing is hands down one of my favorite beers so when my co-worker brought back the Avatar I was ecstatic. Avatar has been one of my favorite ever since I tried it years ago. I am a self proclaimed Hop Head and my favorite style of beer is probably an IPA that being said, the Avatar is a very different style of IPA.

As you might be able to guess from its name its brewed with a flavor of Jasmine. When drinking an Avatar the first flavor I tasted was the hops. At 40 IBU the hops are subtle and light so that they don’t overpower the Jasmine. The Jasmine flavor comes towards the end and lingers on your tongue for a while after you’ve finished.

After I take a sip of Avatar I feel like I am walking through a field of Jasmine  my fingers outstretched brushing against their soft white flower petals, with the sun beating down upon on my back. In essences drinking a pint of Avatar makes me feel like I am in Elysian, the fabled realm ofthe  Greek after life( akin to heaven) where only the brave and worth go to spend eternity.

For an IPA Avatar is light on hops but it makes up for it in other ways as “East meets the NorthWest”  in this stunning combination.  Avatar is one of my favorite beers and I highly recommend trying it. It may not turn out to be your favorite but I think any one can enjoy the complexity of a beer crafted to the level of Elysian’s Avatar.


Beer Review: 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA

Posted in Beer, Beer Review: with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by themadhopper

I live in South America so it’s a real treat when I get to drink a decent beer, let alone an IPA. So when my co-worker brought down three beers for us to drink I was stoked. I mean really stoked, depriving a North Westerner of their beer is like depriving a monkey of …well his bananas.

So the first up that we tried was the Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel. I have never had any beer from 10 Barrel before that I can recall but my co-worker loves their entire line so I was more than happy to try it.


First a little information about the Apocalypse IPA:

Malts: 2-row Pale, Victory, Crystal
Hops: Horizon, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade
ABV: 6.5%
IBU’s:  65

I love hoppy beer but I haven’t had much beer lately above about 30 IBU’s so getting drink a 65 IBU beer was a little intense, in a good way of course. 10 Barrel has bigger IPAs like their HOP Junkie which is 95 IBUs but for the time being I was perfectly content with the hops and flavor profile of the Apocalypse IPA. Apocalypse wasn’t the best IPA I have ever had but it holds true to its style and although it didn’t give me the “wow whats this” reaction, it brought a smile to my face as the familiar flavor of my favorite beer style danced upon my pallet. It was a little bit like home…

With that being said I also really enjoyed reading the description on the back of bottle. It was short, but quirky and rang home with a description as a “Northwest Style IPA”.

Which brings up another point… there are American IPAs which differ them selves from English IPAs. Is there a chance that NWIPAs might become a new style upon its self?

Next Up, the 10 Barrel Sinister Black Ale

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