Lately I have been trying different craft beer styles trying to expand my pallet as well as yours. However, this weekend I am back to drinking my favorite style and am enjoying a new brew. This weekend Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust IPA is What’s on Tap
Brewing in the great beer state Washington (by the way the Northwest is very underrated when it comes to brewing) Elysian is known for their different styles as well as consistently solid beers. Space Dust IPA is no different; it is a tremendously well balanced beer between both the hoppy IPA notes and the malts used. Upfront I get some earthy notes, mostly piney flavors, and then the IPA citrus characteristics kick in: orange grapefruit, and others. Not only was I surprised that there was not more hoppiness to this brew but I was also surprised at the bitterness on the back end. Mainly I thought it was bitterer than the beer’s listed 73 IBU. But that certainly did not take away from m enjoyment.
This beer’s rather smooth, well hidden 8.2% ABV makes it the perfect “first beer” or first couple beers of the night. I plan on enjoying a few, and a few too many, as I am grilling and during happy hour. But because of the flavor profile one really cannot go wrong whenever they are drinking this brew.
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 8.2%
Bitterness (IBU): 73
Color: Hazy Pale (Yellowish)
Malts: Great Western premium two-row, c-15 and Dextra-pils
Hops: Chinook, Citra and Amarillo
Beer Review Stats
Beer Advocate: 91 and —
Rate Beer: 96