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Imperial Pelican Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 lighthabit:
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3.44/5  rDev -11.1%

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. :)

05-10-2013 06:04:11 | More by lighthabit
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-16-2014 03:21:09 | More by BurdockBoy
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3.61/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

04-19-2014 05:29:46 | More by Fatehunter
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-29-2013 04:38:25 | More by jaydoc
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-24-2014 20:11:10 | More by Dcbelkot
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-13-2014 03:51:36 | More by rrock44
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-18-2014 00:43:37 | More by DrMindbender
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2014 03:44:17 | More by CCutch
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-24-2013 07:03:35 | More by zestd
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-19-2014 00:46:31 | More by Dave_Treat
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-15-2013 01:36:15 | More by wchasse222
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-05-2014 22:31:17 | More by nmann08
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-06-2013 20:03:36 | More by Derek
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-22-2013 22:13:10 | More by draheim
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

06-08-2014 06:56:14 | More by mactrail
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-16-2013 04:36:04 | More by johnnyboy76
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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..

05-28-2013 03:41:07 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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

08-11-2014 02:02:25 | More by BastardKing24
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-24-2013 02:58:17 | More by akttr
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-08-2013 05:21:33 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-20-2014 15:52:21 | More by anteater
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

12-27-2005 21:45:27 | More by Knuckles
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2013 05:36:09 | More by cbnz
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-29-2014 02:40:08 | More by PZBREW
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2013 04:08:15 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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