The Elysian was founded in 1995 by Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca, and David Buhler. Since its founding, Elysian is sold coast to coast and is a household name in the beer community. With a portfolio of over a dozen year-round, seasonal and specialty brews, chances are Elysian is brewing up something that you’ll love. Their spring seasonal is a pineapple habanero sour…a little bit of sweet and a little bit of heat.
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. The half finger white head shows decent retention. Once the head dissipates, a light and sporadic lacing remains a top the beer.
On the nose, aromas of sweet pineapple fruit and malts come through balanced by lacto sour notes. A grainy wheatiness is also notable along with earthy and yeasty aromas that enhance the sour aspect. The habanero is barely detectable on the nose.
On the palate yeasty sour notes hit right off the bat. While the flavor profile is similar to that of a traditional sour beer, you won’t find that same pucker in this brew. Notes of sweet tropical fruits dominated by pineapple come on the heels of the sour notes. The habanero is much more evident on the palate than the nose but is still rather subdue and mild. The heat is more of a tongue tingling mouthfeel than the flavor.
Elysian’s Pineapple Habanero Sour is a great way to welcome the spring months. An interesting brew that is actually fairly mild, well-balanced and easy to drink. Try pairing this one with some Pepper Jack, Grilled Halibut with pineapple salsa or Citrus Granita.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints