Elysian's Tangletown Brewpub


We made a trip to Seattle over the weekend. It's a great craft beer town and I was looking forward to sampling some of the local brews. Seattle-based Elysian recently launched 12 Beers of the Apocalypse and Manic IPA.  We decided it to sample these beers at the source, so we visited Elysian Brewing's Tangletown brewpub for lunch.

I ordered the Dragonstooth BBQ Pork Sandwich and of course, the sampler tray which included the beers listed below (pictured left to right). Elysian's descriptions are in italics. My comments are in bold.



  • Rapture: “A pound per barrel of high country heather tips in both the mash and toward the end of the boil give Rapture herbal and piney notes..."   The 2nd installment in 12 Beers of the Apocalypse, I noticed mainly citrus flavors with a nice light bitterness in the finish. The 7.7% ABV was not noticeable. I didn't notice herbal and pine notes from the heather, but I liked it just the same. Very nice! 

  • Men's Room:  “Brewed for the KISW radio program of the same name, Men's Room is amber in color with a light hop aroma and a toasty malt finish."  Aroma and flavor of bready malt and light citrus hops. I was surprised that this "Red" ale didn't look very red in color. Good beer, but my least favorite of the bunch. 

  • Avatar: “Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Glacier and Amarillo hops. Dried Jasmine flowers are added in the boil and hopback."  The jasmine flowers provide an amazing floral aroma to this Jasmine IPA! The subdued hop bitterness allowed the jasmine to shine. A must-try, even if you're not a IPA fan!

  • Perseus Porter: “Named for the slayer of the Gorgon Medusa, and rescuer of Andromeda. Perseus Porter is slightly smoky with Black and Chocolate malts."  Loads of roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate with a silky smooth mouth feel!

  • Backhanded Compliment:  “Brewed in the tradition of American-hopped Belgian ales brewed in the tradition of American IPAs brewed with Belgian yeastgot it?" Has the pepper and clove aromas typical of Belgian-style ales plus the grapefruit hop aroma and bitterness common in IPAs.  A nice melding of the styles! 



The beers, as expected, were great! The food was equally good. My sandwich was delicious and my dining companions enjoyed their meals as well.

Sadly, our visit was bit rushed because our two young sons decided to have atypical simultaneous meltdowns. Fortunately, the brewpub is family friendly and the wait staff was great.  My most sincere apologies to the other patrons....

Have you visited any of Elysian's brewpubs?  Which is your favorite?



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