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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

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews by jtfest:
Photo of jtfest
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

jtfest, Mar 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BurdockBoy, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Fatehunter, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rrock44, Feb 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

CCutch, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

zestd, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dave_Treat, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

wchasse222, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

nmann08, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Derek, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a big fluffy white head, spotty lace.

Aroma is big sticky hop resin: grapefruit, pine, some tropical fruits.

Taste is likewise chewy resinous hops layered over a canvas of pale biscuity malt. Just a touch of detectable booze.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied; clearly the hop bill is elevated to counter the big hop presence.

Overall a really solid, straightforward, clean imperial IPA. Enjoyable.

draheim, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

The taste starts with a puff of sweet malt on the lips. The resiny grapefruit peel takes over soon, but the malt develops a strong presence. Some alcohol taste along with toasted grains. Rather sharp with a zingy hop note that drives into the taste buds. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness with something that makes me think of shelac.

Overall this is somewhat restrained and more elegant than the typical big slobbering DIPAs. Still, it's plenty bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

mactrail, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

johnnyboy76, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy dark orange color with visible carbonation, white head that glass coating lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit, orange citrus, pine, and sweet caramel malts. Pretty strong aroma and pretty standard for a DIPA

T- Big sticky grapefruit, pine, tons of sweet caramel malts. THe malt profile on this beer is quite strong and very sweet.

M- A little syrupy, some warming on the finish, prickly carbonation, and finishes semi-dy

O- A pretty good DIPA, not too adventurous The sweetness is a little more than I would like for the style and made it less drinkable than other DIPAs. Some light bitterness on the finish, but not enough to cut the sweetness..

Hoptometrist, May 28, 2013
Photo of BastardKing24
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says "EXP 10-30-2014, and its 8-10-2014. I guess it is still fresh by this date? Perhaps I will find out as this beer was hard to find, and I don't know how long its been at the store.

Pours a clear light orange color with a 2 finger white head that lasts 30 secs. Looks decent by my standards. 4.0

Smell is of ripe and over ripe grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Light hop presence , but still, it seems mostly citrusy. Nice biscuit malt smell as well. 3.75

Taste is kind of bland, but it is a nice balanced malt vs hop flavor. Rather generic though.
Much better than pyramid outburst. But that's not saying much. 3.5

Feel is spot on, can't really get more or less carbed, without making a mistake. 4.0

Overall this is not the best IPA I have had at the tune of 8%, but it is one of the better offerings where I picked it up. Decent flavor and kick, balanced palate. 4.0

BastardKing24, Aug 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

akttr, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jrohrbacher, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

anteater, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

quick shot here -

clear, golden color, a bit lighter than i usually look for in my ipas (is it an ipa? it's under american strong, but tastes like an ipa to me. hops ahoy!). pretty good lacing, points for that. head has a dryness that presents well. smell is standard ipa, taste is, as well. a nice standard ipa, not sure how it's an imperial, though. nothing wrong here, just not much to write home about, which is too bad, since it probably won't get the recognition it deserves for doing a good job of representing the style. mouth feel is a tad dry, and i'd like to see a bit more carbonation . . . but i'm starting to think that's just me. hides its 8% fairly well.

note - as an experiment, added a third of a shot of maker's mark, and it livened it up quite well. i think brews that have a simplicity about them do better at this, rather than trying to fix an obviously bad brew, so kudos to pelican for providing a solid foundation. went great with carrot cake. :)

lighthabit, May 10, 2013
Photo of Knuckles
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Knuckles, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cbnz, Dec 28, 2013
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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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