Name: Avatar Jasmine IPA
Brewery: Elysian Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Seattle, Washington
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.4%
First Brewed: 2005
Full of complex, musky aromas of jasmine and hops, with a little sweet caramel. Off-dry on the palate, ramping up to a sharp bitter middle. Finish is bitter, with exotic floral overtones.
Time for the Avatar Jasmine IPA. This is our final beer from Elysian, and while I’m sad they are over, I’m excited to drink this. I mean, it IS an IPA. Oh, and I really liked the movie Avatar. Not sure they are related, but still something I can relate.
So we are sitting at the bar, and two people beside us start talking about beer and their travels. Her name was Kristen, and her boyfriend Mark started chatting. Fun! They are so nice, and I hope they are going to check out the blog. I did tell them I would mention them. They are pretty much celebrities now!
The final beer is a jasmine IPA that uses actual jasmine flowers. Jasmine is apparently grown here in the Pacific Northwest. I saw some at the Pike Place Market, but outside of soap… And beer, not sure what I would use it for. Speaking of beer, let’s drink!
Before we start drinking, I will mention the manager grabbed us a sample of this on tap before we opened the bottle. We reviewed the ESB on tap, the Dragonstooth in a bottle, and now the jasmine both on tap and in the bottle. Lets drink!
In the Glass: The beer poured like a good IPA should. I will mention, when I posted about being here on Facebook, Stephanie Hardwell commented about THIS beer. She said she loved it, so I am excited to try it. Oh, and while we were prepping this blog post, we learned of the “12 Beers of the Apocalypse” series they did. They still had a few beers from the series left, and Sheryl ended up buying a few bottles. We will report on those when we drink them. I hope she lets me have a sip.
Aroma: I’m not smelling much jasmine here. Not many hops, either. I can picture this as being an entry level IPA. I know hops are a BIG part of brewing in California, but I’m not sure they are that popular up here in the PNW. I also say that not knowing what jasmine tastes like… Or smells like! Here we go.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is pretty basic. Not much up front, and it slides down with a hint of bubbles.
Flavor: There is a load of fruity flavors at first, and while the finish is a bit dry, the flavor, which I assume is jasmine, is a nice unexpected twist on an IPA. It’s not a double IPA but still a well balanced and low hopped flavor. I am curious to learn the IBU on this offering.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is nice, again offering a subtle drying affect that I didn’t expect. I also just learned that jasmine and lavender are different! I mean, I knew they were different, but confused the two. My apologizes. Not up on my flower talk! The burp on this is nice too, bringing back the same flavors I had on my first trip. Let me try the one on tap.
On tap, the beer is more balanced and has an almost lager mouthfeel. The one on tap is also a bit warmer, but still a tasty treat.
Avatar Jasmine IPA – The bottle says: “East meets west coast with a unique floral aroma and a smooth dose of hops. Avatar is an excellent beer for pairing with food.”
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.
So out of our first 2 beers from Elysian, we reviewed one on tap and one in the bottle. This one we were lucky to be given a sample of it on tap and we are also reviewing the bottle, so you get the best of both worlds.
Comparing this to our tap sample (which, granted has been sitting here for a while now) it looks slightly darker to me, and of course more bubbly. It’s kind of a light orange color, slightly thick but not as thick as the stout. Both the tap sample and the beer from the glass smell like an IPA, somewhat hoppy but also fruitier than I expected. Neither of them have much head.
I’m trying the tap sample first. It’s room temperature now, but still good. It’s not nearly as hoppy as most IPAs I’ve tried. And it does taste fruity as well. I like that. That impresses me about an IPA because usually I only taste hops in most of them. Maybe it is the jasmine I am tasting.
Just tasted the bottle version. Not surprisingly, I like the tap better. Most beers are better on tap. This is no exception. The flavors are still there in the bottle version, but I feel like they taste better and are better balanced in the tap version. This is a good beer for an IPA. I would buy it again for that reason… That it differentiates itself from most IPAs with the flavor.