Elysian Brewing Company Avatar Jasmine IPA American IPA at 6.3% ABV
Pours a cloudy brilliant orange with one finger of white head diminishing gradually to a moderate cap, well-defined lacing. Nose is bright jasmine, floral hops, light sweet and bready malts. Taste starts out bready and caramel sweetness, quickly followed by floral and citrus hops. Medium body, medium to low carbonation, and mild lingering bitterness.
I gotta say, I like this a whole lot more than I thought I would. The delicate jasmine flower aroma works very well with the Amarillo hops so that even though it’s only 40 IBU, the hoppy floral presence holds its own very well against the sweet malt background. The appearance is quite nice as well – yeah, it’s cloudy, but that doesn’t bother me, and the head is very well-behaved, trapping the floral hoppy aroma and generating a perfect lacing ring for nigh-on every sip. I’d like a little more perkiness from the carbonation, but otherwise the mouth feel is spot-on.
My 105th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers, 99th by the 2013 Edition, and 108th overall.