Friday, May 4

Beer Review: Elysian Brewing Prometheus IPA (Manic IPA Series #2)



The IPA
An unapologetically fierce Northwest IPA, Prometheus sparks with hop flavor and aroma.


Our Manic IPA Series allows us to indulge in our hop obsession and share with you some of our favorite varietals.


Brewhouse
Elysian Brewing Company operates three brewpubs in the city of Seattle and has won Large Brewpub and Brewmaster of the year three times at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

a.k.a. Prometheus Stolen Fire IPA

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pale orange, fruity hoppy and strong. A bold, unapologetically hoppy northwest-style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts with a portion of sugar. Bittered and finished with Chinook, Centennial and whole flower Cascade hops all over the place.


Manic IPA Series beer #2, May-Aug.

With much thanks to Elysian Brewing Company, this bomber was gifted to me via FedEx this morning. 


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Appearance: (4.0)
-Nice vibrant orange and copper IPA with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that has settled to some lacing, a medium sized ring, and a thin island of foam covering most of the brew from the center. Looks like a Northwest IPA to me. Does have a nice slightly cloudy appearance.

Smell: (3.5)
- Zesty pine and resinous hops hit first, and then fade. What is left is a fruity punch, sweet bready malts, and more fruit. Little pineapple, mango, and grassy hop aromas. Sweet subtle grains. Overall not bad, comes out of the bottle strong, but settles a bit in aroma.

Taste: (4.0)
- This is certainly a beer with a focus on aroma and flavor hops. There is a fantastic bright stinging bitterness which is quite good to balance out the lightly sweet and bready malts, and all with a finish of fruity zesty hops. Certainly a great barrier between the bitter and finishing hops, quite interesting.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium body, well carbonated, and hardly chewy or cloying at all, very drinkable. This stuff flows fast. The nice bitterness does dry it up a bit at the end. Good stuff.

Overall: (4.0)
- Like I said, the range between the bittering, and finishing hops is very great. It balances quite well. The malt end seems a bit light which is just fine. It's not overly sweet, and is a little bready. I think any good west coast or Northwest IPA should almost glow orange, be a little cloudy, and certainly be bready and grainy without the overly sweet caramel attributes. This one gets pretty close to all of the above. Certainly would drink this again.


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

(I noticed that I had this on tap at the Beer Mongers back in 2010. My review of it was slightly higher then, so I went in and edited it with my new live tasting score. Perhaps because it was on tap I liked it more, or maybe that is how much my palate has changed in the last couple of years?)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds tasty, I'll have to give it a try. Plus it has a great label.

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