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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
86
very good

26 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jtfest on 03-01-2004

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 114
Reviews by jtfest:
Photo of jtfest
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal offering was sampled at the brewery on the Oregon coast -- so good, I brought home a growler.

It pours with a big, creamy white/tan head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. With a beautiful orange/amber color, the first thing that hits your senses is the aroma -- pure hops, big and powerful. The full, creamy mouthfeel carries a well balanced flavor that is surprisingly lacking in bitterness and actually somewhat light -- until the aftertaste, when the hop bitterness takes hold and grows. Never biting, however, it is a smooth, clean drinking brew that I could enjoy a lot of. The growler may have made it home with me, but it is unlikely to survive for long.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden color with a dirty white head.
Nice crisp taste but not a DIPA flavor that I'm used to. I'm not able to tell you one hop profile over another, but this one isn't familiar to me...and that's okay.
The head, while rapidly dissipating, leaves a sticky coating of lacing with each enjoyable sip.
Much like the hop profile, the after taste is one that I'm not familiar with. Which too is okay.
All in all, glad I was finally able to try a Pelican beer. Might not buy this one again with so many other good DIPA's to be had, but a solid tick.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stunoperator
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on medium straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and more pine.
The taste is a bold pine bitterness with a good malt backup to balance it out nicely.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable and solid ale.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large head.
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, sweet clean malt, some soft pineapple.
Aggressively hoppy flavours, lots of piny, resinous notes and a fair bit of clean malt underneath.

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Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New label celebrating 50 years of conservation at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Pours clear light amber orange with three fingers of dense white head that has staying power and leaves strong lacing all the way to the bottom. Smell is piney hops with a good amount of bready malts.
Taste the hops are strong up front somewhat dank and resinous. The malts are a bit behind matching or subduing the resinous qualities. Mouthfeel is fine with just enough carbonation and a long dry bitter finish.
Overall I was hoping for a bigger Pelican IPA. Well it is bigger for sure but the hop bitterness pegs my hop limiter. I like more spread to my hop flavors and this one just came on with the pine notes and little else.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dcbelkot
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, hint of dankness. Flavor follows with a nice caramel malt base supporting resinous piney and citrus hops. Lingering mildly herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and active carbonation, great mouth feel. A classic Northwest style IPA with a good substancial hop component that delivers flavor and assertive bitterness. Nothing really ground breaking, but tastes great on this 80 degree day when I really needed a strong, flavorful, quality IIPA. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves some decent lacing

It has a resinous nose indicative of the west coast style.

The taste is loaded with bitterness. I really can't get much else due to the overwhelming bitterness.

Moderate mouthfeel

I am just not a fan of these bitter west coast style IPA's. I prefer my Midwestern juicy IPA's. I am so lucky to have so many juicy options in Ohio. Give me tropical and citrus IPA's any day.

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Photo of bottomfisher
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just bought this beer at Grocery Outlet in Lincoln City, OR. Wow, one of my favorite beers, not too hoppy, and a wonderful taste for a 8% beer. I normally do not like hoppy beer and this is not hoppy eventhough it is 85 IBU

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.