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India Pelican Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

268 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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danieelol

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-11-2012 08:42:10 | More by danieelol
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philbertk

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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?

12-08-2012 21:28:57 | More by philbertk
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-07-2012 03:25:02 | More by t0rin0
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

11-28-2012 21:58:20 | More by flagmantho
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

11-23-2012 17:07:11 | More by wembly13
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-10-2012 16:58:51 | More by mendvicdog
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Lothore

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

10-29-2012 00:18:19 | More by woemad
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nitro0292

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

10-19-2012 18:09:21 | More by nitro0292
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

09-29-2012 03:24:10 | More by dbossman
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-25-2012 23:41:41 | More by TheRuss9585
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

09-09-2012 22:17:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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DruD

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-04-2012 15:41:12 | More by DruD
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-24-2012 02:03:27 | More by loupap
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.3%

08-22-2012 04:13:12 | More by dtx00
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-17-2012 04:18:02 | More by avaldivia
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-28-2012 22:39:19 | More by CliffBrake
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scootpolute

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

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 :~)

07-27-2012 22:49:55 | More by scootpolute
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gleemonger

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

07-18-2012 20:11:48 | More by gleemonger
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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).

07-17-2012 00:44:13 | More by oriolesfan4
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mettkea

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-14-2012 02:02:31 | More by mettkea
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, off-white head, with glass coating lace. Aroma is very mild, hop, malt, grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang on top with bitter/sweet right behind. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a bit boozy. Great IPA!

07-13-2012 01:22:37 | More by drpimento
India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.