Seattle’s Elysian recently dropped two new beers — or rather, one beer and a hop-flavored sparkling water. Let’s try both.
Elysian Odd Water – Pretty simple: This is just moderately sparkling water flavored with Citra and Amarillo hops. Much less overtly hoppy than other hop-flavored waters I’ve encountered, this has a refreshing, lightly fruity quality that evokes a hint of lemon and orange peel. Some grapefruit and a gentle floral quality give the finish the slightest hint of perfume. It’s not particularly “odd,” but I like it better than La Croix. A- / $8 per four-pack of 16 oz cans
Elysian Hazy ‘96 – “The name Hazy ’96 is a mashup of the beer style and the year Elysian Brewing was established,” per the company, but it basically tastes like a hazy to me: malty and hoppy with relatively mild notes of mango and green papaya, with an appropriately chewy core and a bitter, orange peel-infused conclusion. Certainly not my favorite hazy, but nothing I’d kick out of bed. 6.1% abv. B+ / $12 per six-pack