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India Pelican Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale

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265 Ratings

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.41%

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

17 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7.5% by volume
Bitterness: 85 IBU
Color: 15 lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002)
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Photo of robsee


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap a week ago at Bailey's taproom in Portland.

A solid and thoroughly enjoyable classic example of the style.

Good head, nice golden color - good floral aromatics that were appopriate but certainly not to any extreme. I have an easier time describing what it isn't - not overly dank, not overly grapefruit, not overly bitter. Hits the right notes but I do like my IPA's more extreme than this example.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 04:54:40 | More by robsee
Photo of HugePlume


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the pub and brewery in beautuful Pacific City. From notes.

A- A short foamy white head atop a light tangerene orange body of ale. Tails of hop oils dangle enticingly. Quite light around the edges, almost golden.

S- Very sweet nose. Fruity, very perfumy, almost too much so. Unique.

T- Hops and booze all the way, but balances as she goes. Bitterness is dialed in to perfection, ever present, strong of hand but smooth of persuasion. The alcohol makes itself known throughout but its not offensive. A good reminder to take it easy lest you imbibe too much.

M- Very light body, light carbonation, just enough to pull some bitterness off the tongue for a very clean finish.

O- Excellent choice for a hophead, but abv keeps you to one or two at most.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 04:59:41 | More by HugePlume
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub yesterday.

The beer pours the prototypical IPA, golden peach color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is very attractive, showcasing orange citrus, peppper, lemon zest, light pine and some underlying dank earth. The flavor profile is just fantastic, and as always, the amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish astonishing. There is otherwise plenty of dry citrus, and the style is west coast all the way (the finish is very dry and bitter). The brewpub menu indicates that the abv. is now up to 8%, but you get no sense of that level of alcohol on the palate. The beer is not at all boozy, with the alcohol beautifully integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, satisfyingly bitter finish.

A benchmark when it comes IPA's. Just excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 14:30:51 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of MADhombrewer


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear straw color with a nice big, white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma- Pine, floral aroma. And lots of it.

Taste- Even more pine and floral. Little bit of earthy hops. The hops stay on your tongue for quite a while after each sip.

Mouthfeel- Nice and even. Very good for the style.

Drinkabilty- Good drinkability just don't expect to feel your tongue for about a day afterwards.

Very good IPA. And to think that I have pasted this up time and again because it is always available. I will be buying it more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 04:34:59 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of velosuds


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 10 oz. glass at the brewery after a 2 oz. sampler. Note: have had this from a bomber, and the aroma and taste were not nearly as good as fresh on tap at the source. Rated based on experience at brewery.

A-A gorgeous golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with good retention and copious, sticky lacing. Beautiful appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are wonderfully fragrant. The aroma is very pronounced and pleasant.

T-Very well balanced yet complex. Grapefruit and piney hops are aggressive at 85 IBUs without overpowering the taste buds since it is balanced by delicate malt sweetness from the pale and caramel malts.

M-A tad harsh from too much carbonation, otherwise an exceptional beer.

D-Quite drinkable, and would be more so if available in other than bombers at retail store and if more affordable compared to other bombers. This is available in stores in Salem for $6.49.

This is the best tasting Oregon brewed IPA I have drunk. It is very reminiscent of Pliny the Elder in its aroma and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 02:08:37 | More by velosuds
Photo of BEERchitect


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

Completely underestimated this beer upon ordering. Expected something servicible, but got a very good beer that ranks among those who defined the style. The beer brings a copper-orangy color with mild haze and an amazing head formation that laced and retained as well as any. Aromas are all soft citrus hop flavor or orange zest, grapefruit, and a little lemony to go along with the hops. Maltiness is detected, but no real sweetness. Malty enough to the taste, but attenuated well enough that hardly any sweetnees is found- only caramel and bread notes. Again hops dominate the flavors with a spicy citrus note and lightly acidic tastes (lemons again). Bitterness is evident, but not as agressive as the hop flavor which, along with the dry attenuation, makes the beer very sessionable. Finishes with a long hop lingering. A very nice beer that could use a little 'signature' to separate it from the Sierra Nevada's of the world.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 21:47:32 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ccrida


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught in a shaker pint, the India Pelican Ale poured a clear light amber with a small, egg shell skim leaving the slightest lace, mainly at the top of the glass from the initial pour.
I've had this from the bottle, and of course there was more head.

The aroma is bright, fresh and pungent hops, mainly cascade grapefruit, a bit of pine resin, earthy spice, sweet gingerbread like malt.

The taste is very strong hops, more piny then grapefruit, with notes of mint, herbs and spice, sweet hints of vanilla and caramel, and a bitter dry finish.

The mouthfeel is maybe a bit hash, medium bodied with a mineral sharpness, a bit oily but not cloying.

A very good NW IPA, but too robust to session. A tasty palate basher.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2007 19:21:08 | More by ccrida
Photo of bjohnson


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rebones 11/20/06. Following warriorsoul around again...

A: Pours a dark amber almost copper color with a frothy, and I mean frothy , one finger white head. Excellent retention on this badboy from the PNW with ridiculous lacing.
S: Huge citrus and pine notes fill the nostrils and dominate the senses. Citrus notes outweigh the pine notes by just a tad.
T/M: Big citrus and pine hop notes are the first to bombard the taste buds. Amazing bitterness folows the hop notes and lingers for a damn long time. Not lip smacklingly bitter, but just on the edge. A bit oily from the hop juice with a decent amount of malt to balance out the beer. Interestingly not as dry as I thought it would be from the hop attack aroma. Smooth on the palate even with the hop onslaught. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.
D: Everytime I have an IPA from the PNW, I feel as though I'm one step closer to moving there. Extremely drinkable IPA, and the best one from that region I've had so far. I'd seek this out in a heart beat. For the hophead only though. Big cheers to Chris for putting this on.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2006 01:15:00 | More by bjohnson
Photo of warriorsoul


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Chris for tapping this one as I enjoyed lunch today...
Served a golden copper color with a full finger of off white head...most fades but some tight, striated lacing forms as I work my way thru the pint.
Sweet caramal malt and citrus hops in the nose...very pleasant.
The taste is a bombardment of hoppage...citrus and piney goodness crush the pallet. Just enough malt to avoid a total onslaught, but starts and finishes abusively bitter. The bartender that tasted it actually stated that it "burned" which to your typical hophead is a bit overstated.
Not sure of the abv, but has to be close to 7% IMO.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is perfect...drinkability is silly...one of the best IPA's out there, but not for the faint of heart. You have to really appreciate hoppy beers to truly enjoy this one.
Simply solid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 19:57:58 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of doubleipa


4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I both throught this was the best IPA we had on our trip to Oregon. We had this at the Pelican on a beautiful afternoon at the beach.
Wonderful hazy orange appearance with a decent head. Serving temperature was just right. An exceptional grapefruit smell that matched the wonderful hoppy taste. Hop taste lasts throughout, but also a distinct malteness. I could drink this beer all day. Unfortunately I didn't have any room left to bring some bombers back to Atlanta.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 14:40:37 | More by doubleipa
Photo of RedDiamond


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In comparison to the bottled version, Pelican’s India Pelican Ale is notably improved on tap. The grapefruit-citrus hops evince clarity and purpose. The aroma dances upwards like a genie from a bottle. And all the accoutrements – the ghostly lace, the slender film of head, the more-than-casual mintiness to the aroma and taste – align in beatific harmony. The body is characteristically clear and 24 carat gold.

Gives new meaning to the phrase “balance of power.”

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2005 23:29:05 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on-tap from the Basement Pub in SE Portland. My proper (that's imperial to you) pint had a grand copper hue, and a head which stuck around for a while, leaving a little lacing.

It had a strong citrus smell, and the flavour for once confirmed my nose's suspicions. This is a potent IPA (the brewery's website claims 7.5% abv) with a definite accent on the citrus over bitterness. This is dirty red ruby grapefruit all the way. I happen to love grapefruit, so, coupled with a pleasant well carbonated feel, this makes for a grand pint.

It doesn't score a particularly high mark for drinkability because although it slides down smoothly I don't need more than one proper pint of it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2005 07:00:46 | More by charlatan
Photo of diablo14


1.1/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer just won best overall beer a the australian international beer awards and it merely backed up my belief that most people have no clue about what an IPA is supposed to be. i heard people outside raving about this brew and i told them they had rocks in their heads. i told them if they wanted a real IPA get sammy smiths or trafalgars. this brew was just tragic.

im only giving the appearance a 3 because it looked like an average IPA. darker golden color, some feirce bubble action and solid head formation. but everything else was terrible. as soon as it was poured all i could smell was something like a garage full of MJ. the taste was overpowering in the hops stakes, and very dry and biting. i said to my drinking companion, if i wanted something like this, i'd just go and have a few bongs. what really annoyed me is that the overuse of hops still didnt mask the fact it was a very dismal beer behind it, with barely any of the malt character an IPA is supposed to have. it was just hops hops hops. i was completely disgusted with this effort.

i know our u.s BA's love their hops, but i tasted plenty of american brews that night that had excellent hops backed by a very fine beer. this was just a dismal attempt to brew a 'micro' for the masses that ended nothing more than a very very ordinary sellout. i wouldnt drink this if it was the last beer on earth. if you want a beer to showcase great hops, get something from kent or yorkshire, not this rabble of a brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2004 12:38:29 | More by diablo14
Photo of Hawksfan79


3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: a clear dark yellow with a large rocky white lasting head.

Aroma: a citrusy hop aroma.

Taste: was light sweetness at first with orange citrus notes and the finish was a moderate to heavy hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: comes into the mouth light and thin and almost seems to thicken while it sits on the tongue. carbonation was pretty average.

A good IPA, I really enjoyed the flavor and mouth feel, although I felt the aroma was lacking.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:16:04 | More by Hawksfan79
Photo of philbertk


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.50% ABV--85 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy white head. Clear bright gold color. Rich floral hop front. Spicy earthy dry sweet crisp mild caramel big grapefruit ester body. Hot hop spice earthy crisp citrus bitter clean end. Sharp hoppy brew. Bottle Conditioned?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:28:57 | More by philbertk
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 5/30/12; let's hope it's still fresh!

Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam, even a few minutes after pouring. A nice lace is left on the glass; attractive.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with a hint of caramel; it's almost unctuous in character. Hops are earthy and incorporate well with the malt. Overall, a very smooth aroma.

Taste: much like the aroma, but there's a dusty quality here which I've noticed in a lot of fresh-hop ales; I'm guessing they did a measure of wet hopping. A bit sweet, and bitterness is a little low with respect to the overall balance, but the flavor is fresh and tasty. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess, especially for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: quite tasty; fresh and a bit sweet. The light flavor belies the high alcohol ... this beer punches higher than its perceived weight.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:58:20 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Lothore


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a vibrant deep golden hue with a massive, chunky head that leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S - Slightly piney with a hint of caramel.

T - Starts off wheaty, continues to hints of pine and finishes with a strong resiny bitterness.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with ample effervescence.

O - An excellent example of the style. This has the whole package. I heard the brewery is going to stop making this one ... What a shame.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:33:15 | More by Lothore
Photo of BeerTheater


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic golden hue, perhaps a tad darker unless you hold it up to the light then the precious metal glistens through the glass. Fluffy head that rises high and could hang with Lando Calrissian. Lie thine head o hoppy prospector.

Nose is a fresh floral and pine feeling with hints of citrus, maybe orange, but I can't place it. It's a pleasant smell that will make you smile and say ahoy there matey or matress.

Taste is wonderful. I should end it there and drink and watch the game, but i'll elaborate and say it hits every spot your tongue has reserved for a hop driven IPA. It's not super bitter if only a hint at first, until you get some on the with the rest of your drink which levels off along with the sweet bread, pine and citrus. What has been created is a well balanced beer despite the scale going in the hop favor. This liquid gold is smooth and even creamy as it's got a nice medium bodied presence. Some sweetness and kick mixed into what I can only call that hop taste, a good one.

I would say go out and get this beer, it's worth it and ever so drinkable. Indian Pelican Ale might not be the best around but you'd have to think it over twice before passing on a most excellent and execute them non bogus iron maiden brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:10:59 | More by BeerTheater
Photo of woemad


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle for $5.75. According to the bottle, this was bottled on “072612.” Another “white whale” I’ve wanted to try for years, as this one never, ever turns up east of the Cascades.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a creamy, beige-colored head. Lots of lace. Said head hung around for a number of minutes.

The nose is of grapefruit, pine needles, and biscuits.

The taste starts out with the flavor of hops giving off tastes similar to grapefruits and a little bit of pineapple. The biscuity tones noted in the nose are in the taste, but well in the background. Things get dry and bitter at the swallow. Oh, yeah, this is a hophead’s IPA!

Medium bodied, carbonation is exactly where it should be. The mouthfeel is oily and resiny.

This is a great IPA. It would be even greater if it were available in my neck of the woods. Not entirely sure it would be the best thing to pair with food, due to it’s uncompromisingly bitter finish, but it’s making me feel a lot better after a “defeat from the jaws of victory” style Seahawk game. Yet another reason to envy Portlanders.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:18:19 | More by woemad
Photo of smakawhat


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled July 26, 2012.

A real clear, but slightly cloudy pale amber body, with virtually no rising carbonation at all. Head forms off white in color, three fingers easily with lots of retention and lacing.

Nose is a light toasty sugar sense of malt. Chewy grapefruit hops and citrus zest. Powdered sugar sense. Quite nice.

Palate hits with a hop angle and prickly carbonation. Dry, and burnt pine hits, a sense of woddy char action. Finish matches a very quick hop blast, but the flavor seems to be stuck at the tip of the tongue. Mealy. Hints of chalky aspirin on the finish too, slightly medicinal, and very bitter.

Overall another hop punch, pretty good and a little bit of variation on the nose. The finishing though is just a bit too medicinal bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:29:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dbossman


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a huge frothy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of tropical fruits, some grassy and weed smelling hops; a touch subdued but they play well off the grainy and bready undertones

T: Bitter--almost astringent--hops up front: citrus, pines, grass but enough of a bready sweetness comes out underneath to balance things out...a bit, but don't kid yourself this is a hop forward beer

F: Sticky, oily, balanced carbonation; medium body--really a nice mouth feel for an IPA, though perhaps a bit dry on the finish

O: A solid hop-forward IPA; my first beer from this brewery since I really got into beer and I'm glad to try it and hop to try more Pelican brews again

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:24:10 | More by dbossman
Photo of inlimbo77


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 8/15/12 bottle date
Poured into hotel wine glass.

A: Pretty much crystal clear in orange color. It get tons of carbonation. Full finger of slightly off white head.

S: It smells of pine and grapefruit, as well as other bitter fruits. Not a lot of malt bill to dig through here. Nice fresh bottle.

T: The taste follows nose, slight bitter bite on tip of the tongue. You definitely get those full of pine flavors. Also that bitter grapefruit rind. There is a nice medium malt bill balances it nicely. But on the back end you are left with some intense bitterness.

M: It's a nice medium body beer. The IBUs make it a little tough to be a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 17:04:51 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense and salty hoppiness on this one. Consistent flavor delivery, though I feel like it would benefit the beer to be a little more rounded as opposed to a smack in the mouth. For an IPA, it's alright. I think for a beer coming out of Oregon, there is a lot to live up to. Especially being an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:17:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of scootpolute


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. brown bottle into tulip glass...art with a cool pic of a pelican readily found in the wild combing the oregon & WA coastline...

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...also some bread, burnt toast perhaps, with a touch of cinamon spice...

T - Smooth, great hop kick at the top, followed by malts and spice (from the alcohol)some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...a suprisingly dry finish...

M - The carbination is good There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully, although the VERY dry aftertaste threw me...I was expecting a fruitier/hoppier finish...

O - This one good, but not as 'GREAT' as so many others claim...Not to 'poo-poo' the Bros, but 'c-mon...OK...I agree this is still a great example of a NW American IPA, but there are far better ones out 'here' than the hype of this one...I just didn't like the over-dry ending notes...perhaps better on tap, eh?!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:49:55 | More by scootpolute
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer ordered from LetsPour. Pours a hazy orange color, nice hop aroma. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel, so far so good. Taste is pretty citrusy, also well balanced, but still a hop head's delight. A very good IPA, one of the better ones out there I'm sure and is worth trying. Something about this one just tastes 'different' compared to other IPAs too (in a good way).

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:44:13 | More by marlinsfan4
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India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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