The Avatar Jasmine IPA is brewed with dried jasmine flowers added to the boil. Having had some flowery beers recently, I cannot claim to have picked up any jasmine in the aroma or the flavor, but it did not matter with this excellent IPA. The hops are herbal and grassy, and there is a touch of lemon on the tongue. The malts are a subdued caramel, and complement the hops perfectly. At 6.3% ABV, this is a smooth drinking IPA. I am giving it a 7.5/10.
The Elysian Loser Pale Ale is another winner. Brewed as a tribute to Seattle’s Sub Pop Records*, this pale ale poured a burnt orange with some nice lacing running up the glass. The hops had notes of pineapple and herbs, but were mild and muted and went nicely with the creamy maltiness. This was a smooth drinking pale ale, perfect for the cool spring evening that I knocked it back on, 7/10.
*Hag was a huge Sub Pop fan back in late eighties, especially their ‘Dope and Fucking Guns in the Streets‘ series, but then again who wasn’t?