Elysian Space Dust IPA

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

The Elysian Space Dust IPA is a a bright orange beer, slightly hazy, with a three finger, thick, white head. Powerful aromas of ripe, red grapefruit (with a little white sugar sprinkled on top). Tropical aromas of pineapple and overripe banana peek past the grapefruit and tickle the senses.

On the palate, the beer has a very nice, medium body mouth feel. Very dry beer with characteristics that are slightly different from the aromas. Whereas the aromas were ripe fruits, the palate brings underripe characteristics. Dry, sour grapefruit is the most evident flavor here. What is amazing about this beer is the abundance of flavor and the spring water-like finish. The Elysian Space Dust IPA has a near perfect balance and an amazingly fresh finish.

This is well made IPA that has everything a Hop Head is looking for, but also has freshness and balance that all beer geeks can enjoy. Very tasty beer that I will most likely revisit very soon. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 93 Points

Beer Advocate – 91 Points

Rate Beer – 96 Points 

The Break Down


Beer Selection – Space Dust IPA  

Style – IPA, India Pale Ale, Hoppy and bitter

Producer – Elysian 

Availability  – Year round — 1/2 Bbl kegs, Six packs, 22 oz bottles

Region  Seattle Washington and Fort Collins Colorado

Hops – Chinook, Citra, Amarillo 

Malts – Great Western premium two-row, c-15 and Dextra-pils

Alcohol – 8.2%

IBU –  73

Food Pairing – French toast, chicken, battered white fish, sushi , hot dogs 

History of IPA

IPA simply stands for India Pale Ale, and falls into the category of pale ales. The IPA style is considered by many to be rather bitter, and is certainly an acquired taste. The beer itself does not actually come from India but earned its name as a beer exported to India some 175 years ago, along with some porters and other ales.

The term IPA was actually first used in an advertisement for an Australian newspaper in 1829 referring to pale ales that were being exported to India from Middlesex England by the East India Trading Company. Some say that IPAs got their name because the hops acted like a preservative in the beer so that it could survive the long voyage to India.

This is only slightly true. Porters were transported to India without any problem and were transported in bulk. One brewery decided the market for porter was too saturated and so a young man, Mark Hodgson, decided to bring something new and different to the boys in India.

He wanted to send something lighter than the dark, bitter porter, and so he created a more refreshing and crisp style of pale ale that would not only survive the voyage, but get better along the way. He added dry hops to the finished pale ale beer in barrels, to preserve it and stabilize it during the long journey across rough and choppy seas. This lead to pale ales that were higher in acidity with more refreshing, citrusy qualities that are now referred to as IPAs.

What do IPAs taste like?

Hops can come from many different regions and countries, creating a very broad range of taste profiles in the beer, much like grapes do in wine. IPAs are considered to be bitter and slightly astringent with tangerine, grapefruit, and other citrus notes along with floral, honey, and caramel-like characteristics.

American IPA – Bigger in every aspect than its English counterpart, American IPA is typically made with American hops and is considerably more bitter, acidic and floral in nature. Higher in IBUs (International Bittering Units). Characteristics include: citrus, fruit, flowers, caramel, honey, and pine.

English IPA –  More rounded or as I like to call it, “moderate”, in nature with fruitier, less astringent qualities. English IPA tends to be earthier, with more yeast, less acidity and medium level IBUs (International Bittering Units). Characteristics include: bread, biscuit, toffee, citrus, and forest floor-like characteristics.

Belgian IPA – Funky, sour fruit aromas that often leave the nose and mind reaching for more typical characteristics. On the palate the beers usually deliver caramel-like malts with heavy yeast, high bitterness levels, and higher alcohol content. Sweet and floral with a bit of yeasty and malty umph behind them.Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier 

For an extremely Hoppy IPA try http://tanseyreviews.com/review/vehopciraptor-unknown-brewing-co/

From The Brewery

The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo.http://www.elysianbrewing.com/elysian-beers/space-dust-ipa/