subgenre of IPA that seems to have emerged in recent years is the
spicy/herbal IPA. Not unlike a “New England IPA,” beers of this style –
like Elysian Space Dust IPA – are like drinking juice with spice rack
seasonings thrown in. It’s an odd combination in theory, but in practice
it works quite well. This beer is proof of that.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 12/23/14 and cost $3.74 ($0.31 per ounce).
Appearance: Orange in color with a haziness to the body. There are
miniscule particles in suspension (unfiltered, I assume). Pours to a
two-finger, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Pungent spicy/herbal aroma, most notable garlic and oregano. Some orange citrus as well.
Taste: The last time I had this beer it was all hop aroma, but not in
the taste. This time, for whatever reason, the hops are in the palette,
too. I noticed it immediately – an intense surge of spiciness with
flavors of garlic, onion, oregano and basil (all probably due to the
Chinook hops). Initially, it’s a slightly dry sensation and moderately
bitter. The base malt is subtle, creating for no distinct flavors per se
other than a general sweet sensation. On the back end the Chinook hop’s
intense dry bitterness really shows, but so do that of the late
addition Citra and Amarillo hops. A citrusy taste of orange fruit, peel
and pith. I even detect minor “cat pee” dankness right before it
finishes, which is nice and interesting. All in all, it’s an
interesting, tasty brew.
Drinkability: Though not too high on the bitterness scale, Elysian Space
Dust IPA is still plenty lively in the mouth. The spicy sensation
dances across the tongue, dries it out, and lingers well after each
swig. The body isn’t too heavy or thick, it’s remarkably crisp for a
7.2% ABV brew. Works well as a standalone serving, though it’s be
perfect with any kind of spicy meal.