Bad Santa - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
17.0degree Plato
Alcohol: 6.7% by volume
Bitterness: 65 IBU
Color: 60 SRM

(Beer added by: ccrida on 01-03-2008)
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely done beer! Poured at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, tan head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a clear, dark mahoganey with an enormous amount of bubble trails. Aroma is at first subdued and then it's hop, roast, malt, spice, fruit. Flavor's like nose, very slight sweet, plenty bitter and good tang that's not out of place. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, very long, boozy, yet easy drinking. Bad Santa is very good beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Bad Santa is a dark brown colored ale with good clarity and huge long-lasting head. It leaves some really nice lacing behind as it settles.

Aroma is not as hoppy as expected but it was bottled in late October so that doesn't help in that respect. It has a nice roasted malt and earthy hop aroma.

Flavor is bold and bitter but not over the top. It's definately a dark IPA rather than an imperial anything. The fuggles are earthy and spicy which pairs well with the roasted malts and the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall and excellent version of the style. Pelican only makes high quality beers and this is no exception.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A; Poured a dark brown with a big dirty white cap which leavessome nice bubbles, lacing clingign to the sides of the glass

S: Nice floral and piney note with a good dose of chocolate and coffee

T: Initial pine needles hits the taste buds followed by a quick dose of dark brown sugar and chocolate that isn't overly dominant on the palette. Bitterness shines back through in the finish with a little grapefruit and cocoa left in the back of the throat. As it warms, me coffee appears as does some spicinss, a touch of caramel.

M: Medium carbonation a medium body. Great hop bitterness, a bit chewy, a touch creamy.

O: Really enjoyed ths CDA.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of philbertk
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased for $5.50 + tax @ Fremont, Seattle PCC. Big dense lasting lacy tan 1 inch head. Opaque dark black color without obsidian red edges. No sediment. Aromatic floral slightly herbal minimally toasted hop front. Very smooth somewhat creamy toasted hint mildly sweet balanced lightly dark malt flavored IPA body. Lingering herbal mild bitter smooth balanced clean hop spice end. Very smooth and tasty. (4.25 / 5.0).

Photo of tsauce2
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle poured in to 6 oz taster tulip

A: SRM is black. Semi-translucent. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Rich dark malt is light up front, then huge fuggle hops hit the pallet.

T: Hop forward, light citrus notes, but quickly followed by dark malt. Aftertaste is slightly bittered malt and smooth hops.

M: Medium/light body. Big hops stimulate the palate, malt adds some body, and then hops come back in with a fair amount of bitterness, which is present but not overwhelming. Finishes slightly wet.

O: I usually do not like Black IPA's, which this ale most definitely is, but the Bad Santa was very enjoyable. Fantastic hop nose, nice combination of malt and hop presence. I would drink this again were it available in my market.

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured to tulip.

Pours black-brown with a big tan head

Aroma has a piney-citrus hop note, but brown sugar and toast

Taste is hop forward with a nice slug of bitterness... coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar

Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick

Overall a damn tasty christmas surprise hop bomb. Plenty of malt complexity and a full on blitz of bittering, flavor and aroma hops

Photo of suncrust
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to a pint glass.

A- Dark cola brown with a beautifully thick, two finger, lightly toasted marshmallow head. Sticky lacing that continued to coat the glass as I drank. Alluring head retention and a very aesthetically pleasing beer. At times I felt I could almost eat this with a spoon.

S- Mildy present floral and piney hops. Some dark chocolate buried in there with smoked apple woodiness. Aromas are there and seemingly complex, just muted a bit.

T- Light piney hops hits the tip of the tongue, followed by a quick swarm of dark brown sugar and chocolate that isn't overly dominant on the palette. Bitterness shines back through in the finish with a little grapefruit and cocoa left in the back of the throat. As it warms, light chicory root, a touch of caramel, and smoked apple. Interesting complexity.

MF- Medium carbonation and good balance. Great hop bitterness, a bit chewy, a touch creamy, and a residue reminiscent of a banana.

O- This beer has complexity and none of the flavors are overwhelmingly powerful- which is nice. Each sip opens the palate to more characteristics and leaves your tongue searching to break apart the beer's intricacy. Really easy to drink and enjoyable hop profile. Tasty.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle, after a long evening of drinking.

Gotta love Pelican. Bad Santa is a perfect example of a hoppy CDA. Nice citrus and roasted malt flavors up front lead to a slightly burnt flavor on the finish. Mouth feel is medium with nice carbonation. Quite enjoyable and a nice example of the style.

Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought back yesterday in a growler from the brewpub, where the bar tender described it as an "dark English IPA". I didn't really think it would be appropriate to categorize this as a regular English IPA so I went with the old catchall, American Strong.

Appearance is a very dark garnet with a impressively large, tight and creamy, olive tinged khaki head that is slow to recede and leaves a lot of lace...from a day old growler I'm really impressed, this one obviously has a ton of hops. Served in a nonic at fridge temp.

Smell is moderate, but very hoppy, lot of earthy spice, a bit of citrus and some sweet malt. I can't help think of fresh earth or mud, in a pleasant way.

Taste is dark, toasty malt, fairly robust, with a blast of hops, both spicy as well as some citrus that doesn't come across as much in the nose. A nice, coffee-grind like astringency and a lingering, bitter finish that flashes a hint of alcohol. I much prefer the spiciness of the hops in this black IPA more then the recent grapefruit flavored anniversary offerings from Stone and Avery.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a heavier body.

Drinkability is pretty good. It really grew on me, and although I wasn't to impressed when I sampled it at the brewery, this pint went down with ease.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Jeff (Jdense) for the opportunithy to try this beer.

BS pours a very dark brown/black color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is complex and intriguing, consisting of coffee, dark chocolate and dry citrus. The coffee and chocolate seemed to dominate the aroma profile initially, but as the beer warmed, the dry citrus was more and more pronounced. The flavor profile generally replicated the nose, though the hoppy bitterness, in combination with the chocolate and coffee, seemed to give the beer something of a licorice finish. Also, while there was some initial sweetness in this beer, the finish was dry and fairly bitter. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a fairly long, licorice, bitter finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though the beer does come across as having a 7% alcohol level.

Cascadian dark ales are a style I don't always understand or appreciate, but this was pretty good.

Thanks Jeff!

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany cola brown with a thick, rich, almost mocha head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, piney hops, and some nice spiciness. Hints of juniper and evergreen.

Taste is a good balance of roasty, chocolatey malt and lots of bright, bitter hops. An IPA porter? Nice smooth, full mouthfeel.

This could easily have been classified as a winter warmer but this compares well with the few Cascadian dark ales I've had so far. Nice wintry spiciness w/ ample malt, delicious on a cold December eve.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a big three finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet and toasted malt, piney hops; slightly earthy. Flavor of citrus hops, citrus rind, toasted malt, nicely balanced. Finishes with long lasting citrus hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. The flavors are so well melded that no one flavor dominates the taste. One of the best integrated black ales I've had. Nicely done.

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Liberty RD Salem. $4.59 Pretty darned black ale with a huge frothy,thick tan head. Mostly hoppy aromas, floral and grassy..undertone of toasty malt. Curious taste..certainlly complex and malty..but the sting of the hops throws up some delicious aniseed and liquorice tastes....ceertainlly roasty..these Ahtanum hops sure are odd and tasty Nice smooth and deliberate mouthfeel. Nice unusual Black IPA

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.