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Bad Santa - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%


Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
17.0degree Plato
Alcohol: 6.7% by volume
Bitterness: 70 IBU
Color: 60 SRM

(Beer added by: ccrida on 01-03-2008)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 21:15:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 21:59:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Thanks Jeremy... appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 07:20:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:16:41 | More by superspak
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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2008 06:45:35 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:27:32 | More by dirtylou
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beertunes

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:15:19 | More by beertunes
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flagmantho

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:30:32 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:13:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:28:59 | More by drpimento
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 12:42:34 | More by Reidrover
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:37:14 | More by GilGarp
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from New Seasons SE Division PDX, shared as part of Twelve beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Half finger dark brown head, slow dissipation with a bit of lacing retained over dark brown almost black opaque body. Woody nose from the Fuggles, not much roast aroma. Taste is dominated by caramel malt, some cocoa nib notes, a wee bit of coffee but very little if any roasted malt, and funky woody notes with some residual sweetness on the back end, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, dry finish. This is certainly an interesting variant on CDA theme, the use of the Fuggles gave this a unique aroma and taste profile, but IMO needed a more aggressive PNW hop.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 14:22:20 | More by jdense
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RickS95

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:07:54 | More by RickS95
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draheim

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:55:02 | More by draheim
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Docer

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)
- 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.

Smell: (3.5)
- 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.

Taste: (4.0)
- 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.

Overall: (4.0)
- 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 22:30:00 | More by Docer
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Murrhey

Montana

2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 06:48:35 | More by Murrhey
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grittybrews

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:12:12 | More by grittybrews
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philbertk

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:43:02 | More by philbertk
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velosuds

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:39:56 | More by velosuds
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:32:41 | More by oregonskibum
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:26:11 | More by tsauce2
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ssteakley

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 .

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:39:05 | More by ssteakley
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suncrust

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 05:54:33 | More by suncrust
Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.