I've heard rumors of a stigma regarding Elysian since Anheuser-Busch bought them, but I have an open mind. This beer boasts Mosaic, Eldorado and Centennial hops. The use of Mosaic has been one of my favorite new trends in IPAs so I'm excited to try it, and then make a candleholder out of the bottle since it has some kind of superhero tiger with glowing lasers coming out of its eyes on it.
Appearance: This one flows out yellowish and golden. It looks refreshing as it pours with lots of cascading bubbles and a fresh and foamy head.
Nose: Big apricot, pineapple, and cherry blossom notes. It doesn't have much "beer" aroma. Barely any piney hop aroma, and no dingy malts - just crisp and tropical.
Taste: Very well rounded and definitely a tribute to Mosaic hops without lacking any other flavors from the centennial and Eldoado hops. Upon sipping it you get the pine filling your senses that wasn't at the forefront in the nose. You expect this to taste more fruity or "Tropical" as the label boasts, but it is in fact deliciously bitter. I get notes of citrus rind and grapefruit that linger. You can taste the freshness. The grain, water, and ingredients shine through with quality.
Mouthfeel: This beer is lighter than most IPAs with the same bitterness. I could definitely finish one of these with a meal unlike most 22oz bottles of IPA out there. You almost feel quenched by this, which is great if you enjoy it as you will keep wanting more.
Overall: A pleasure for the senses. If you have been enjoying Mosaic hop creations or like creations that are different without being over the top then you must pick this up. I love that it isn't too heavy. In that regard, it is very balanced. You can taste each nuance, but without being very heavy, which to some may make it seem less crafty that it is, although it is indeed a work of art. This is outstanding by itself, and calls for a hot day or warm summer night to be enjoyed while it's cold.
Dayglow IPA/ American IPA / 6.50% ABV / Elysian / Review: Final Score: 9.3/10
Christopher "Bipp" Rigali