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Imperial Pelican Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knuckles on 12-27-2005)
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Knuckles

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on the information received from the brewery manager at Pelican, I'm going to enter this beer anew as the Imperial Pelican Ale 2005. Unfortunately, as there is currently no style available for Imperial Red (as the brewery would prefer), I'll enter it as an American Strong Ale which is same style listed for the Lagunitas Imperial Red.

No two ways about it, this is a beautiful beer. I had visited the brewpub over Thanksgiving weekend, got myself the sampler and fell for this one immediately. I was limited to a pint, as I was alone with the boys, but I made it last for the first half of the Seahawks/Giants (and then proceeded to blow way too much money on beer and a t-shirt to take home).

Appearance: Deep ruby brown ale,

Smell: Much like the India Pelican Ale, this is a full-frontal hop assault. They're using Magnum, Centennial and Cascade hops in ridiculous amounts, and the aroma is spectacular. The dry-hopping of this beer makes the nose absolutely insane.

Taste: Malty sweetness followed by a bit of burnt caramel balanced out by hops, hops, hops. Served at cellar temp, the balance of this beer is unbelievable. One thing I've noticed about Pelican beers is that they do not tend to handle non-cellar temperatures very well. Too cold and the malts just disappear, allowing either the hops or the roasted barley (ok, so I've only really gone after the Tsunami and the India Pelican on a regular basis) to completely dominate the taste experience. However, serve them at the proper temperatures, and the balance is a wonder to behold. This beer, at cellar temps, is magnificent.

Mouthfeel: Deep, full and perfect. A wonderful viscosity that is just enhanced by the noseful of hops that accompany each drink.

Drinkability: I absolutely demolished a growler of this at Christmas, took me maybe an hour and a half.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2005 21:45:27 | More by Knuckles
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Handsome pale orange amber color in the deep-dish chalice. Body has plenty of malty substance but is refreshing and on the light side for a big Imperial. A whiff of pine and orange blossoms in the nose. Spritzy and tangy on the tongue.

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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.