Bad Santa - Pelican Pub & Brewery
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2.73/5 rDev -30.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.
A- Three finger cream colored head, long retention. Clingy lacing. Mahogany color with high clarity. Nice looking beer.
S- Roast malts, chocolate and toffee. Piney and earthy hops.
T- Bitter hops, creamy flavors and roast malts. Not well developed.
M- Smooth feel. Dry linger.
O- Not great. I was hoping for more, but then again I am not a fan of the style.
11-22-2012 06:48:35 | More by Murrhey
3.4/5 rDev -13%
Dumb-assed 22oz format bottle. Bottled on date of 9/30/13. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an almost solid black color, just some bare translucence at the edges, with over an inch of tan head that had moderate retention and very light lacing.
The aroma was low on malt, lightly roasty, and had a very subdued hop presence. A very mild version of the style. The roast was a bit more apparent at the back of the palate, and the hops (a bit of citrus and some pine) were a touch brighter, but again, not as bold as most examples.
The body was thinner than most, and other than the semi-lingering roast, had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I'm not a fan of this style, and I managed to knock off the 22 fairly quickly. Overall, a solid, decent example. Not one that will blow you away, but one that's probably worth a shot if you see it.
11-15-2013 23:15:19 | More by beertunes
3.55/5 rDev -9.2%
This is a sexy looking beer. It's not completely pitch black, but it's very close. Even up to a light you can barely see anything other than night. The head is a finger thick of offbrown foamy bubbles, both large and small. As the middle falls out of the head, there is a gentle lacing left behind.
Early on, it's all roasty malt scents. As the beer warms, the strange smells of the Fuggles hops shine through. Very Earthy, vegetal. Not exactly my liking, but a strong scent.
Has a roasty, charcoal like taste with an Earthy flowery finish.
You don't notice it's a pale ale of any type til the bitter finish. It's actually pretty bitter from start to finish, but it's definitely kicked up a notch in the swallow. There is bitterness from the roasted items followed by a wave of even more bitterness from the hops.
I try to be open about every beer I try, but I just haven't developed a tongue for black IPAs. There's something about each of them that just doesn't work for me and this is no exception. It's not that it's a bad beer, just not what I'm looking for.
01-30-2012 03:07:54 | More by RickS95
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
From a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent. Winter seasonal per Pelican's website, so should be fresh.
A-pours a dark brown, almost black hue. Massive three finger head with strong retention and decent lacing.
S-Aroma is malt dominant; roasty and grainy. Hops, Fuggles in particular, are a peculiar choice for what is an American Northwest ale style - Cascadian Dark Ale per the brewer. Fuggles tend to lend a woodsy aroma, which in this case is lost against the roasted and toasted malts.
T-Roasted, almost smoky character more reminiscent of the porter and stout styles is the prominent flavor profile. There is sufficient bitterness for the style, but like the aroma, the hops don't add much flavor.
M-Medium dry body is very smooth and well balanced. Carbonation level is very good.
O-Overall this is lackluster beer and not one of their finer offerings.
01-17-2012 04:39:56 | More by velosuds
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
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: extremely dark brown with rosy tints throughout. Head is two thick fingers of creamy tan foam which demonstrate serious retention. Good stuff.
Smell: sweet, roasty malt aroma with a big helping of rather vegetal-smelling hops. There's also a fair dose of citrus in the mix. Altogether, not bad, but could be cleaner.
Taste: pretty bitter flavor right off the bat with big citrusy and earthy hop flavor. The vegetal quality is there, but is less pronounced than in the aroma. Malt is sweetish and a little bit caramelly; roasty character is limited in the flavor. Not bad; a good example of the style.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. I like it.
Overall: a decent American black ale, although I feel like the harsh bitterness of the flavor negatively impacts drinkability. A decent beer.
11-09-2012 23:30:32 | More by flagmantho
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Buckeyeboy provided this at a recent tasting... Thanks Jeremy... this one was waaay off my radar. Pours a pretty standard dark brown... decent looking tan head drops pretty quickly leaving some spotty lace.
Nose shows more piney hops than anything else.. good hops with some background roast and slight coffee notes.
Flavor mirrors the nose but a little bit more roasty elements emerge... some slight sweetness brings the hops and the malts forward... the finish drops pretty quickly... not quite hoppy enough to meet my expectations...
Good.. but not really multidimensional as I would hope for. A bit of a one trick pony.
Thanks Jeremy... appreciated.
02-12-2012 07:20:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
- Nice super dark brown brew with a very beautiful slow forming 3 fingers of thick light tan head.. lacing all over and a thin pillow left for your upper lip. Great looking beer.
- Grainy smell.. bread, light alcohol aromas. Subtle sweet dark chocolate smell as well perhaps with a bitter grassy and earthy hop. Scent is a tad subdued.
- Roasty light bready grain, light chocolate flare. Not overly sweet at all, and has a nice grassy and herbal hop presence. Quite good. Light alcohol presence detected. Light spice flare, and floral hop.
Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium bodied with a nice creamy feel. Certainly drying and chewy. Well carbonated and not so bubbly light. Certainly a good drinker.
- Solid hoppy and tasty brew. Not at all sweet like many others, but more dry, and drinkable. Certainly is one to try, and one I would buy again for sure.
11-14-2011 22:30:00 | More by Docer
3.95/5 rDev +1%
22oz bomber, bottleworks
appearance: served in capital brewery shaker pint, rich mahogany body, creamy tan head with nice retention
smell: pretty subtle nose - dry cocoa, licorice, pine, hops
taste: nice cascadian dark - rich cocoa, evergreen, ruby red grapefruit rind, licorice, dry roasted malt. nice balance of chocolate malt and fresh NW hops. I like what I'm seeing from Pelican.
mouthfeel: rich and creamy, moderate to high bitterness from the roast and hops
overall: quality CDA
11-13-2011 22:27:32 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured nearly black with a ruby tinge and two fingers of sticky khaki head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and roasty caramel toast.
Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Grapefruit-dominated citrus up front with some light caramel malt. Roasty, bitter coffee on the tail end mingling with pine.
I like that the flavor balance seems to favor the hops over the roast, although I could have used just a little more heft overall. Still, very tasty.
11-06-2011 05:12:12 | More by grittybrews
Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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