Bad Santa - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of roasted malt balance; and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, light char, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, roast, cocoa, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors with moderate roasted malt balance; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA. Flavors seemed to lean towards a standard American IPA overall, but there was still a fair amount of roasted flavor going on. Very smooth and crisp to drink; and a very enjoyable offering.
12-02-2013 04:16:41 | More by superspak
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
05-08-2013 01:37:14 | More by GilGarp
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
03-20-2013 01:28:59 | More by drpimento
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-04-2012 03:13:40 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-20-2011 21:59:56 | More by John_M
3.79/5 rDev -3.1%
This is a fine dark ale, chocolate/ coffee start to finish mild caramel malts, A little thin on The body overall but greAt for a cold Seattle night. GreAt beer to take go a Dark Ale party. I can or IPA's and just bring home a Dark Ale occasionally so try it and see what you think .
12-22-2013 02:39:05 | More by ssteakley
Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.