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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant IPA, bitterness well under control, smooth drinker. Grapfruit-orange colour with head, hop aroma. A bit above average mouthfeel. Cascade treat, grapefruit peel and fuit.Great accompaniment with food.Balance without overt sweetness, however honeyish.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:19:38 | More by Sammy
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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich rustic orange, lightly hazy. The cap is pale toffee in color and is average in size despite a vigorous pour. Even so, it's in no hurry to deflate and remains humped and rocky in the center when it eventually does so. As well, it leaves an abundant quantity of high-quality lace on the glass.

There's a lovely Cascade-soaked aroma that has some power behind it. When the cap is down to a thin film, it becomes even more hoppily pungent, spritzing aerosolized grapefruit zest and pine sap up my nose. Well done Pelican.

The flavor is enjoyable--especially if you love hops--but isn't out of this world amazing. I don't run across beer like this often, but I think its major fault (if I can even call it that) is that it's insufficiently supported by malt and is, consequently, overbalanced toward hops. It's a fine line sometimes with heavily-hopped IPAs, but in this case the hoppiness is too sharply bitter and is borderline harsh.

The finish is long, tangily grapefruity and quite bitter (and I'm someone whose doesn't perceive bitterness in the vast majority of well-hopped IPAs). Recent reviews seem to agree with my impressions, while reviews from several years ago appear to be describing a different beer altogether. Recipe change perhaps? The body is acceptable, but more malt would give it the full creaminess that it needs.

It's rare when I call for more malt in a IPA, but India Pelican Ale (IPA, get it?) is one of the few that would benefit greatly from just such an addition. It's simply too sharply, tongue tweakingly bitter. That's a shame because those Cascade hops, with a little reining in, would be some kind of delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 16:43:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this one from Unclejedi last week and immediately through it in the fridge, as I just could not pass up trying an India Pelican Ale! The pour was nice with a good orange amber color coming out with a decent amount of haze to it. A nice three inch high head of white sticky foam then came up over the top of it and gradually settled down to leave a nice cushion of white throughout the rest of the session. Some very nice side glass lace was also present throughout and really gave it a nice overall look. Some carbonation could also be seen coming up from the bottom.

The aroma was full of hops. Deep bitter citrus notes, mingled in with some alcohol let me know this was not going to be a light ale. Some light sweetness way down inside of it, but overall this had the smell of a big hop bomb. The flavor followed suit as well, with an intense bitter display right up front that really set the tone for the remainder of the night. Deep grapefruit notes and a sticky pine resin flavor showed no signs of balance. A really big alcohol note in here, not sure the ABV, but I would guess it to be around 9% or so. Nice medium-bodied ale, the carbonation profile was also very nice, and never really let down throughout. The finish was strong, intensely bitter and very dry. Really pushing through that this was a big IPA that was not to be taken lightly. I had no problem working my way through the bottle, though I doubt having two would be an advisable solution.

Overall, I thought this was a very nice big IPA. Certainly a hop bomb in its own right, it was really well put together. A fine example of the style and certainly something I would not turn down if it were to be offered again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 10:23:48 | More by mikesgroove
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Aaron for sending this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a big white head.

S: Pine and citrus peel hop notes are present right away. Plenty of grapefruit and some mild grass and floral notes are also present, as is a bready malt aroma.

T: Quite bitter with a very green flavor, almost like undercooked potatoes. Slightly woody with lots of grass and citrus peel. Not as much citrus flavor as I had anticipated, given the aroma.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: A pretty strange flavor, and I wasn't the hugest fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:35:24 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a huge head that retains well and leaves copious lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a pine forest interlaced with a citrus grove that had been planted with spearmint; excellent use of those aromatic Cascade hops

Taste: After a brief bit of biscuity malt, this ale just gets right down to the piney bitterness and becomes increasingly resinous, mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt makes another appearance and there is an interesting residual caramel sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; just a little bit cloying

Drinkability: A well-above average IPA that has a nice level of bitterness paired with a bit of malty character

Thanks, msubulldog25

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 02:28:17 | More by brentk56
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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
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3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip during a nice Wednesday night get together.

Pours a moderate golden-apricot color with a good white head and a bit a lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is pretty plain with a bit of light grainy malt plus some very mild citrus character from the hops. A bit of pine in there as well. The flavor is equally lacking with a bit of a hop presence and some mild booze in there as well. Feel is medium with a bit of a dryness, though not too much bitterness. Drinkability is decent enough, though not likely something I'd come back to on my own.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:04:36 | More by Thorpe429
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber pours a cloudy medium apricot hue, with tons of thick, foamy, eggshell white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells strongly of grapefruit, orange rind, and pine needles, with some sweet background caramel/toffee malt. The taste is big and bitter right up front - palate-drying, aggressively bitter citrus and pine hops, while the fairly mute biscuit/caramel malt lies beaten and bruised by the roadside. The carbonation is average, the body a bit on the light side, a tad creamy, with some mild alcohol warming. It finishes crisp and zingy, the hops riding off without even a sympathetic backwards glance.

I must have been drinking too many balanced (read: usually underwhelming) Canadian versions lately, as this came as a bit of shock, and not-so-gentle reminder of where the term "West Coast Style" comes from when describing IPAs. That said, I lurve me some big hops, and this pleasantly assaulted my tastebuds, making me wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 22:13:31 | More by biboergosum
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent apricot with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Much pineyness & some caramel

T: Intense grapefruit & some lemony hops & just a tad of maltyness & caramel up front. Some honey malts mingle with lemony & piney hops, plus a bit of peachy & apricot fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with leafy & piney hops, plus a bit of caramel

MF: Medium bodied & pretty lively carbonation helps make this a smooth albeit a damn hoppy pint

Drinks good for the ABV, a bit too hoppy for my liking, but hopheads may disagree

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 05:02:04 | More by russpowell
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was just OK, I think I liked it slightly more than my confederates but overall it is a disappointment.

Beer is amber and mostly clear. Small head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with some pine hops in there, smells fine.

This beer is more malty than hoppy, this is it's primary problem. Lead off is malt with some moderate bitterness in the back but a clear lack of hops in the midpalate. I don't know, I doubt I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:20:24 | More by drabmuh
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by blutt59 and sampled at thirdeye11's birthday bash.

Beer pours dark yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong hops, come citrus and pine. The flavor is strong pine hops with a good amount of malt as well. This is a very hoppy American IPA that is very drinkable. Outstanding beer that I hope to try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:18:21 | More by Mora2000
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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours golden with a rich one-finger creamy head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine, fruits (mango, pineapple, peaches) and citrus (orange/grapefruit). Huge complex hop aroma. (Label says that it has a Cascade hop aroma - if that's the only hop they used - they certainly worked wonders with it!). Some caramel is there, too.

The taste is citric - very grapefruity - with a hint of pine. There's a touch of caramel sweetness mixing it, though it gives way to a bitter, dry finish. A slight touch of alcohol shows in the finish, though in a non-interfering way (was a bit surprised at actual abv, since it is not listed on the bottle).

It has a smooth/creamy feel in a medium body. Flavor lingers.

It has a huge hop character, but still retains balance (relative to the style). This huge hop character, with a hint of caramel sweetness that draws back to give a lingering citric bitterness works very well! This is highly aromatic and wonderfully delicious!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 21:14:15 | More by jwc215
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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
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3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a transparent light gold color with a nice white cap

S: A nice hop boquet of citrus, light pine and flowers

T: The nose outmuscles the flavor and lets me down. While there is a nice, clean smooth tropical fruit/citrus taste it is not as dominant as the nose would have you believe. Has a clean taste with just a tad of hop oils

M: Medium body

O: An average IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:29:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber at Bailey's Taproom... but ended up enjoying most of it. Despite the extra strength, it hardly felt like a heavier IPA. In fact, I had no problem finishing my pint. What I really loved about this beer was that it covered a lot of different hop flavors - floral to earthy to citrus - and balance them all well to make a slightly juicy, and wholly delicious IPA. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 07:44:22 | More by tempest
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a crisp, clear amber color, betraying equal parts orange and red. The head is quite huge on pour, weighing in at almost 3 fingers. As the head recedes, it leaves a strong lacing.

S: The aroma is piney, resiny and thick with hops. Frankly, the intensity of the pleasantly surprised me.

T: The IPA has a subtle, almost nondescript malt base, somwhat grainy and biscuity. The hops are the real focal point in the beer. They are big and spicy with a thick pine element. There is an additional citrus component present as well, adding some tangerine and apricot to the profile. The hops are big initially but quickly taper off to a bitter hop finish.

M: The hops are big and vibrant but fall a little short at the end of a sip. The profile is fairly big though.

D: The ale is easily drinkable, showing a big hop profile that grabs you early.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 01:53:02 | More by akorsak
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks msubulldog25 for this brew.

Pours a clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, tons of lacing, actually a nice covering of the glass. The nose is of hops, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy, and citrusy. Nice dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have a chance to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 01:29:56 | More by Wasatch
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear copper brew. Head stays static for a long time, with ample random bits of lace. Aroma is hops, hops, hops, lemony pine is about all, and that's just fine. Taste is just what the nose indicated, light malt sweetness upfront, quickly overcome by intense citrus and pine hops character. But the hops, while dominant, don't go over the line into "just bitter for bitter's sake", which is great. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is very pleasing. Another excellent NW IPA, ho hum. I could be bored by beers like this for a loooong time.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:50:09 | More by ppoitras
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask, via hand pump @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass. This was a double dry-hopped version.

Pours a hazed gold, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with quite the smooth looking layer of froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with a big and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells extremely floral, with notes of juicy grapefruit, pine, and spice. This is just so robust, fresh, and flavorful with the hops here in the nose, with an underlying supportive mix of caramel and toast. This all combines to drive a hoppy twang of West Coast awesomeness up the nostrils. This is fantastic!

The taste is just as flavorful, with juicy grapefruit, pine, spice, and zesty rinds flavors, while the hops are being backed by sweeter notes of caramel and bread that takes care of business across the back of the profile. The finish is quite strong but not overbearing, with dry resins, spice, and warm bitterness hanging on the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but SUPER easy, smooth, and creamy feeling in the mouth. I mean, it is just effortless to drink this, considering the amount of alcohol and off-the-chain hop flavors that are present. This is one of the best cask feels that I’ve experienced with a beer in quite some time.

I had been aching for an awesome West Coast style IPA by this time on our recent Oregon trip and this fit the bill to a tee. I’ve had this in the bottle before and thought that it was pretty darn good that way, but being double dry-hopped and served on cask just took this to another level. I literally could have just sat there and drank pint after pint of this while staring out at Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean and called this beer heaven. Fantastic.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2011 14:04:44 | More by Kegatron
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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
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3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A hazy gold pour. Soft white head. Citrus aroma, not over the top, but behind the scenes. Won't catch it in the bottle, must pour to release.

Clean and light body, good hopping, spice to pepper to citrus, sweet to bready at times. Stays away from the wood feel you get with some sweetness in ipa's as they age. Pine develops, nothing is over the top, there's a lot going on, but nothing out of the ordinary, just a lot of what represents the style.

Not worth $8 a bomber though.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 15:42:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bemused deep amber color, the head is planetary in size, spumescent in texture, a winsome light beige in color and after desiccation, a thick glutinous sheet of lace is left behind to hide the glass. Sweet floral aroma dominates the nose, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat to the olfactory senses with a thickly malt sweet start, the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish has a delectable hop spiciness, the acidity tolerable, quite dry and the hop bitterness stays to the very end, a middle of the road IPA, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 17:15:41 | More by Gusler
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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
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3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


Received in a trade with mykie73, thanks! Bomber into my Moonlight pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear bright golden orange with a monstrous off white head that lingers for a long, long time, and leaves thick sheets of lacing all over the glass when it finally recedes.

A: Floral with perfume notes. Fruit notes are of grapefruit and orange, flesh and rind, and there's a hint of pine. Malt is caramel in character, and does well in balancing the hops. I'm not sure of the bottle date on this, but the hops are quite muted.

S: Upper moderately bitter and quite dry, with grapefruit rind and orange pith notes. Some pine resin is noticeable, but the hops are mostly grapefruit and orange with a touch of sweetness midpalate. The malt doesn't have much influence in the flavor. Again, somewhat muted and mostly bitter without much backing hop flavor.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, sticky, and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Not sure how old this is, but it comes off as bitterness without much flavor or aroma. There are so many better options I'd recommend skipping this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:56:09 | More by HopHead84
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, grass, herbal, pine, floral, bread, honey, and light caramel. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pine, grass, herbal, bread, floral, honey, light caramel, and citrus rind. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, and citrus rind on the finish for a while. Fantastic hop flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt balance as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is completely hidden, with no warming noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. Great balance of hop flavor; and extremely crisp and easy to drink. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:05:34 | More by superspak
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India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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