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Imperial Pelican Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale

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very good

42 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

PZBREW, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Ultra-Plinian, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rrock44, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Derek, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

BigJYoungblood, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a clear dark orange color with a medium ivory colored head with decent retention. Patchy lacing. Citrusy hops aroma that also has a good amount of sugary sweet malt. Rich and smooth body with a nice citrus and hops flavor. Strong malt base as well, plus some pine notes. The finish is hoppy at first with a lingering aftertaste of sweet malt and spices. Really good, but honestly did not impress me as much as the India Pelican Ale.

Dogbrick, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pelican Imperial IPA cask conditioned at the Rose and Raindrop in Portland and poured into an imperial pint glass.

The beer was served a cloudy brown/amber with a small head of big bubbles that retained throughout the first half of the beer. The nose was all hoppiness. The taste was again largely hoppy, but it was well balanced with a maltiness. A full bodied brew, with a very slight alcohol bite at the end. This one was insanely drinkable, and a true treat when pulled from the cask.

edmundfitzoil, Nov 07, 2005
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
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

CCutch, Jul 27, 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jrohrbacher, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

NickSMpls, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

RJLarse, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

shelby415, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

twelveinches, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mecmd, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dmorgan310, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

stevedj, Jul 06, 2014
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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BurdockBoy, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dave_Treat, Mar 19, 2014
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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.