And another IPA, this one ‘The Immortal’ from the Elysian Brewery in Seattle.
From what I can make out, Elysian operates four brew pubs and a brewery around Seattle, they first brewed in 1996 and claim to have brewed over 350 different brews since then.
They have a reputation for their pumpkin beers. Elysian hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival each autumn, where dozens of different pumpkin beers are poured, some of them from giant pumpkins.
I think I’ll pass, I’ve not been overly impressed with pumpkin ales.
Another of their brews gets a mention in Joshua Bernstein’s IPA book that I reviewed recently (here).
They describe ‘The Immortal’ as ‘A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavour and aroma.‘
It’s brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell malts and Chinook, Amarillo and Centennial hops.
It does indeed pour a pale golden copper colour with a rich, foaming head.
The nose is really subtle, honey and herbs, subtle for an American IPA.
The flavour is also subtle, with gentle honey to the fore, but those pale malts provide a warming undertone. And then the alcohol makes its presence felt, more warming.
I can’t see this as an “interpretation of a classic English style” but it is indeed “loaded with New World hop flavour and aroma”, but with unusual subtlety.
I really like this brew, I’d happily have another. I’ll still pass on the pumpkin ales though.