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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
91
outstanding

267 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 12 | 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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VonZipper

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-05-2012 00:12:47 | More by VonZipper
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, appears to be bottled in April of 2012 (a "4" written in sharpie on the cap). Served at around 40F.

Pours clear amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves some decent lacing behind and holds a small creamy cap.

Aroma starts with some pineapple and mango, then moves more towards floral hops and caramel malt. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor features floral and resinous hops, a bit of fruit and citrus, decent bready/caramel malt backbone. A hint of sweetness in the middle, but finishes with nice bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

The first sniff was great, but then became more subdued after that. Pretty good IPA, but not blowing me away...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:21:55 | More by elgiacomo
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Beautiful crystal clear amber color with lots of soft bubbles rising to feed a 1.5 finger sea foamy, off-white head. It dissapates slowly and leaves thick strings of lacing around it. Beautiful beer. The aroma is intoxicating with clean and bright citrusy hop aromas shining through. Just a touch of resiny earthiness to keep it grounded, but the citrus is very present. A noticeably clean malt aroma is there as well, focusing on caramel aromas and less toastiness. A touch of booze makes its way through as well to remind you of the 7.5% ABV bill. Very pleasant aroma.

Potently hoppy. The hops come through and slam down the palate right away. A bit more earthiness is present here, but the hop taste still manages to be clean and fresh as imaginable. It has a spicy hop taste that stems from its potentness and is not at all unwelcome. The malts do a great job in supporting the hop profile in that they are subtle and tend to be forgotten in the first few sips. When your palate starts getting used to the hop barage, a subtle sweetness sneaks out and throws a balance in the beer that was overlooked before. Its caramelly and even a bit fruity, aided by the citrusy grapefruit of the hops. These hops also manage to be floral and piney as well. It has an easy drinking mouthfeel which is pleasant if not a little watery. The 7.5% can be felt, especially in the breath, but it is very subtle compared to the hops.

Not for the faint of heart if your not into big hoppy beers. This one packs a wallop of big hoppy flavors, so be ready. Definitely a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:50:09 | More by chodinheaven
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alpenglocken

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-25-2012 16:46:57 | More by alpenglocken
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FosterJM

California

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1365th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip
22oz

Ordered from LetsPour.com

App- A sunset looking orangey/yellow with a clearer density behind it. A smaller looking 1-1/2 finger head was there with a slow receding foam that was white and nice and fluffy.

Smell- A creamier hoppy aroma with trace amounts of pine. Nothing amazing, just kinda there and nicely done. A smallish tangerine note as well.

Taste- Much better as it warms. It seemed too english in taste to me when colder. A bit more of the hops come out and bring a small citrus note with it. A more malty balance comes in as well.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a good medium carbonation. Slightly lighter than the previous Ninkasi. Finishes kinda awkward like a pils. Dry and Malty.

Drink- Still malty and the taste was fine but the finish and overall just didnt really work for me. Bit awkward.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:02:57 | More by FosterJM
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rmank

South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

06-19-2012 12:52:26 | More by rmank
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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-16-2012 18:49:48 | More by danwho
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for this bomber, I've been looking for this elusive IPA for a while. 22 oz. bottle poured into two glasses.

Appropriately orangish IPA color, clear/ly filtered. Nose offers a gentle combo of citrus, piney bitterness, & a too-healthy portion of malts.

India Pelican Ale isn't quite what I was looking for. This beer is covered with earthy, black-dirt hops that leave an aftertaste like a windy day after plowing the farm. A tang of pine is the only distinct flavor. Adequate bitterness, underhanded sweetness. Half a bomber might be a chore.

I'm bummed because I was looking forward to this one, & it barely reaches the level of a pedestrian IPA (my wife hates it). Completely forgettable, light on flavor, unimpressive aftertaste. I can only hope this is an off bottle. Comes up short of mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:25:28 | More by maximum12
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gkunkle for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear. Light copper. Head is off-white, sticky, rocky, and retains moderately well. Drops to a thin cap. Sheets of lacing. Nice moderate carbonation.

Smell: Mega citrus. Orange and grapefruit flesh. Marmalade. Orange juice. It's an infusion! Some malt backing. Mild caramel malt sweetness. Faintly roasted. Very faint. I can't escape the orange. Peel and fresh-squeezed juice. Punches of sharp, oily citrus. Some mint.

Taste: More of the nose. It's marmalade with some pine lacing. Sweet citrus. Malts are more prominent as well. Nice counter to the hops. Big bready malt base layered with some lingering roasted sweetness. Spearmint and pine needles in your oj. Decidedly bitter. It pushes and pushes. I feel like I smoked a citrus laced pipe.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, and smooth. Moderate body and a moderate carbonation. It does the job.

Overall: My first few sips of this were less than impressive. As the beer warmed, it really hit its stride. Amazingly drinkable and aggressively bitter. Well played.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 20:10:08 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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bstave

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

A- Pours a transluscent dark golden color with one finger white fluffy head.

S- Citrussy hops with bready malt. No date on bottle, so I may not have the freshest bottle.

T- Taste picks up big citrus hops and light bready malt backbone. Leaves a nice bitter in the backend.

M- Smooth medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O- I really like this IPA. Hard to believe it's 7.5%. Easy to drink and I am really looking forward to having this soon at the brewery. I am surprised I have not been there yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:23:05 | More by bstave
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kennethkearns

New York

5/5  rDev +21.7%

06-13-2012 02:33:51 | More by kennethkearns
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-13-2012 00:47:01 | More by BeerOps
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superspak

Michigan

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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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-09-2012 23:43:24 | More by thebigredone
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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

Pours a tawny orange color, translucent, with an almost white head that leaves a nice lace.

The aroma is juicy citrus, grapefruit, tinges of lemon and grass.

Nice sharp bitterness on the front of the tongue, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, some toasted malts. It's quite lovely.

Medium body, good carbonation level, slight oiliness.

Quite a nice west-coast IPA. I've definitely got my eye on Pelican...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:55:51 | More by EgadBananas
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-04-2012 07:32:04 | More by strongaf
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afksports

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-29-2012 21:22:06 | More by afksports
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sukwonee

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-29-2012 16:43:52 | More by sukwonee
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beertunes

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pored into straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, bright, light gold color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

Bright pine hop scents are the first thing that hits the nose. Behind that comes a solid shot of citrus fast on its heels. There were also some floral notes dancing around in the background. I didn't pick up any grain or malt scents, and I would have liked some for foundation and balance. On the tongue, things are pretty much the same, although the citrus flavors dominate over the pine, which showed up mostly in the middle of the tongue. The beer had a very bitter grapefruit finish that lingered a long time, a bit too long for my tastes. The malt profile was virtually non-existent. Again I would have liked some malt foundation to support all those strong hops.

The body was exactly average, for the thinner bodied of the West Coast-style IPA's. Drinkability was very good, my 22 went down quickly and I would have liked another, but sadly this wasn't a six-pack, which would have allowed me to have another brew. Overall, a very good example of this style, perhaps not in the very top percentile, but not far away either. This is a must try brew if you see it.

Dear Pelican, please put this (and the rest of your brews) into six-packs. The 22 is a terrible format. A sixer of this would have a spot in my regular rotation, 22s only come home out of necessity and I rarely buy a second bottle of a beer when it's only in 22s.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:13:04 | More by beertunes
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-24-2012 23:08:54 | More by BruceBruce
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Dracook

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -27%

05-24-2012 20:01:32 | More by Dracook
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bvermilion

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-08-2012 06:58:51 | More by bvermilion
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courtre

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

05-04-2012 01:59:10 | More by courtre
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match1112

Illinois

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

a: clear bright golden copper body. inch of white sudsy head slowly settles into a froth leaving a curtain of lacing all the way around the glass.

s: piney hops, sweet malts, spice and citrus hops all wonderfully blended to knock your socks off.

t: sweet well balanced mix of pine and citrus hops with a noteable malt presence and a touch of spice.

m: medium body, great carbonation level. a touch of oil with a short dry finish.

o: from start to finish this is a very good beer. well blended and easy drinkin. everyone should be so lucky to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:25:25 | More by match1112
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-05-2012 02:25:06 | More by eawolff99
India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.