This was the first beer in the Elysian Brewing‘s new Manic IPA Series. The Manic IPA series is a rotating special IPA series. Since Elysian Brewing finished their recent expansion, the explosion of exciting new beers from this brewery has seemed limitless. Not only has the quality of the beer (already great) increased, but the availability of their special releases has become much more wide spread.
The Idiot Sauvin IPA features the hot new hop out of New Zealand: the Nelson Sauvin. I’ve seen this hop crop up in many beers lately, but the Idiot Sauvin has to be the best use so far. Unfortunately for some folks, the Nelson Sauvin doesn’t taste good. There are a decent percentage of people who are geneticallywired so that when they drink a beer featuring the Nelson Sauvin hop, they taste garlic or onion instead of the tropical passion fruit and soft citrus that makes this hop varietal so special. Fortunately, I’m not one of those people.
Appearance: Light amber with orange highlights. Nice off white head. The beer is strikingly bright when you shine light through it.
Aroma: Hop aromas of mango, passion fruit, with touches of soft citrus. It’s like a lovely fresh made tropical fruit salad. There’s also a light undercurrent of caramel malt aroma.
Taste: The malt backbone is solid and provides a slightly earthy counterbalance to the beautiful hopping. The hop finish is lingering and pleasant while slightly mouth-watering.
Overall Impression: Drink this now! It’s already largely gone from the market. If you have a bottle, drink it. You’ll start to lose the delicate nature of the hopping if you hold onto it too much longer. If you see one on the shelf at your store, snap it up! This has probably been my favorite IPA release of the year.
Availability: Limited and vanishing quickly.
Note: Originally called “Idiot Sauvin” in its first year, but now called Savant IPA.