Elysian Space Dust IPA, out of Seattle Washington, is a wonderful example of the IPA style. I may be biased, but somehow any beer with Citra hops instantly shoots to the top of my list! This beer is aggressively dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, and the aroma is intoxicating. It is 8.2% ABV and 73 IBU’s. Despite being higher ABV and IBU than the Stone IPA, I found it to be a little bit lighter bodied. Part of this may be the dry hopping, which contributes to aroma rather than bitterness. The bittering hop for this beer is Chinook.
Space Dust IPA is golden in color with a slight haze. The head was a bit creamy, composed of fine suds. The creaminess may have come from a bit more residual yeast, which is a likely contributor to the haziness as well. The malt bill could contribute to this, but I am not sure what that is for this beer. Any addition of wheat could lead to some haziness.
The first aroma components are citrus: mostly grapefruit, orange, and lime. Beyond that, there is a prominent peach aroma, which is probably a yeast component. The mouthfeel is very nice. It is somewhat silky and the effervescence is not overwhelming at all. The flavor profile closely followed the aroma. No other flavors jumped out. The peach flavor was a theme throughout the entire glass. I was struck by how balanced it is, especially being so high in alcohol. The balancing act the brewers were able to pull off is impressive. It wouldn’t take much to knock any of the components off balance leading to unpleasantness. The finish was very nice with a slight numbing sensation on the tongue that lingered.
I think that this beer is a real testament to the brewer’s craft. By every metric this beer is brash, but somehow they managed to bring each element together in a way that made it feel light and approachable. I would enjoy this beer on its own. Any food pairing would likely interfere with the balance.