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Ankle-Buster Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ankle-Buster AleAnkle-Buster Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: inthebeeraisle on 05-27-2011)
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by gleemonger:
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

gleemonger, Jul 18, 2012
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Photo of HugePlume
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber fresh after release from the brewpub poured into a pint.

A- Crystal clear deep golden hue, topped with an ample light rocky head with excellent retention. Not much lacing.

S- Great nose, very spicy. Also a little tart fruit like dates in the background.

T- Very solid, spicy, fruity with a nice malt background and just a hint of bitterness at the finish in the back of the throat.

M- Very light body, with complimentary amounts of carbonation. Very drinkable . Leaves not a trace of itself on the palate, which just begs you to sniff it again and have another sip. Great to sit on the veranda on a hot evening and drink the night away.

HugePlume, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty copper color topped by a finger of creamy white head that gradually recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of bubble gum and candy sugar from the yeast, a light fruity character, and a somewhat unpleasant undertone of phenols that remind me an awful lot of cider vinegar.
Palate is a nice mix of mildly sweet pale malt balanced by a good bit of tang from the Belgian yeast. Lightly fruity notes from the hops come through mid-palate, followed by a bit of a phenolic character on the finish.
Body is full and a bit creamy, which carries the flavor nicely. I think the base beer is good, but perhaps the yeast got a little carried away and contributed some not-so-clean notes.

ElGordo, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is floral with some lemon grove.
The taste is well balanced, lemon zest, honey and grapefruit.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's drinkable and delicious.

Fatehunter, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of inthebeeraisle
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another really solid Ale from Pelican. Into an Irish style pint glass

A: A crystal clear amber color with medium head and maximum carbonation.

S: Big clove aroma with some subtle fruit notes.

T: Plenty of clove spice to go along with that big citrus taste. Distinctively Belgian yeast taste, really refreshing.

M: Smooth lighter mouthfeel that keeps you coming back for more. Quite a dry finish.

O: One of the best Pelican seasonal beers I've ever had.

inthebeeraisle, May 27, 2011
Photo of isualum12
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in pacific city Very nice place with amazing view.

View. Nice looking with a orange redish tone to it.
Smell. Little fruit with some hop in there.
Taste was off for me. Perhaps it was just me coming off of the cream prior to this but it was not my favorite. Earth flavor with a bitter hop.

Mouthfeel. Very dry. To dry.

Overall I wouldn't order it again. But I do love most of their beers so the selection just got easier.

isualum12, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden caramel hue with a frothy two-finger head with decent retention and good bits of wispy lace left down the glass.

spicy floral aroma laced with pepper, some belgian yeasty esters and a healthy dose of clove. smells awesome.

taste replicates the nose fairly closely with a strong, solid belgian yeast profile with a clean and dry malt base accentuated by pleasantly green hops, peppery notes, and a good bit of spice and even a touch of banana.

mouth is bright, light and clean. moderate body yet ample carbonation and light hop bitterness make it seem lighter and cleaner. linering bitterness and a light astringency give a solid mouthfeel.

I'm not a die-hard belgian pale fan, but wow. maybe I am now. drinkability is insanely high, as the profile is downright delicious.

djeucalyptus, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $3.99 "fermented with Belgian yeast,but built like an English Pale Ale". Slightly hazy amber beer,with ,thick and creamy eggshell white head. Nice fresh estery type aromas,slightly spicy but also weirdly English hops. Slightly black peppercorn flavours and also slightly sour in a green apple way, then fruity hops appear. All rather strange but OK. Slightly thin palate,but with well measured carbonation that aids in the drinkability stakes. Overall a weird hybrid beer..that kinda works well in the early Summer weather. I am happy i didnt have to enter this in the database..i would have no idea wether this was a BPA or strange EPA!!!

Reidrover, May 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

joefc, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear orange color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are nice, very yeasty. Bubblegum, oranges, lemon, cloves, and light pepper.

Tastes is more mellow than the big nose suggests. Still nice though, spicy yeast, some bubblegum, lemons, and light cream. Finish is dry, with faint citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, full smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Overall, a nice take on the Belgian Pale Style. Worth trying.

flexabull, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, and I pick up some dry citrus, a hint of clove and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I appreciate the more than normal hoppy bitterness in this beer. It tends to give this beer a 'light on its feet' mouthfeel, with a crisp, clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, and I discovered my glass of ankle buster was gone before I knew it.

A nice beer, and a bit better than most of the other domestic belgian style pale ales I've come across. Still nothing like the outstanding versions I've had that were actually from Belgian however.

John_M, May 29, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold with a slight haze, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

The phenolic spicing is upfront in the aroma, a bit of papaya and hints of earth & herbs.

There's some depth the flavour, but while it's interesting, it just doesn't really work for me. The earth & phenols take away from the fruity esters and biscuity malt.

The mouth feel abides by the Belgian tradition of being crisp and digestible.

It's a lighter brew with some decent amount of flavour... I'm just not overly fond of the flavour myself.

Derek, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -21.3%

avaldivia, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of MitchellWarner
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale coppery yellow, very clear with a good 1 inch of bright white head

S - Lemon, papaya, banana with a slight spiciness

T - light with bright lemon and slight floral taste. Slightly sweet with a hoppy aftertaste, also found there to be a bit of Brett on the finish

M - light crisp and bubbly would like to see it a bit dryer

O - a great light, refreshing beer with a nice fruity and floral Belgian characteristics

MitchellWarner, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Kopfschuss, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny, tiny touch of haze to the body. There's a nice effervescence and a thick finger of creamy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a little bit of pear character and a tiny whiff of farmhouse funk. Perhaps not the most complex thing out there, but a light, fruity aroma is something I like in the style.

Taste: light, sweet malt flavor just as in the aroma, although here there is also a little bit of a toasty, bready contribution. I think it is a very good example of the style, especially for an American-made beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and an appropriate level of creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer definitely impresses me. I like the fruity aroma combined with a little bit more malty, toasty flavor. It's also mild enough to be quite drinkable. I'd definitely have this again.

flagmantho, Nov 13, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Gkunkle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a bright orange color. Head is white, bubbly, and retains at a decent size for the duration. Wisps of lacing.

Smell: Clove and banana with a big emphasis on banana. A touch of peppery spiciness. Lightly floral. Malts are pale. A touch of roasted character in the back. The yeast strain really kicks. Bubblegum and rose petals. Some sweetness, almost like candy.

Taste: A dialed back version of the nose. Belgian yeast is up front and hits harder to clove, but leaves plenty of ripe banana. Malts are mildly sweet and add a nice compliment to the powdery yeast. Bubblegum sweetness and touches of granny smith apple. A touch of English malt? Pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and almost light. Body manages to pull in to medium, but barely. Drinks crisp and has a lingering dryness.

Overall: A solid take on the style. Deftly balances the huge flavors of the yeast strain and manages to make it work as a pale ale. Not groundbreaking, but not bad by any means.

Goblinmunkey7, May 24, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing from notes taken a few months ago. Pouts a mostly transparent light orange color. Head is composed of large rocky bubbles. Retention is average, the head slowly recedes to a ring in my glass. Smell is generally floral, I also get a touch of peppe and clove. The taste inured these notes, but I get a bit of citrus added against the background of pale malts. Mouthfeel is average, with ticklish carbonation. Overall I was not terribly impressed with this beer, not a favorite of mine in Pelican's lineup.

gkunkle, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears medium bodied gold with a thin white head.

It smells of floral, citrusy hops and peppery Belgian yeast.

It tastes a bit of fruity peppery yeast. There is a dry malt bill to the beer. I get a nice citrusy hop flavor. The beer ends with a nice amount of hop bitterness. This is a light yet flavorful and refreshing ale.

There is a thin and crisp mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall a very good Belgian pale that is refreshing and easy to drink.

chumba526, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

twelveinches, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Kylemif
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Kylemif, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of BurgerJones
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours slightly hazy amber with beige head that laces glass well.

Sweet malty smell, some sweet fruits. Very little aroma to be honest.

Taste caramel, spice, warming alcohol, citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel more carbonation than I expected, dry finish, medium body.

Overall a very drinkable beer. I'm not sure I've had a Pelican brew yet that I didn't say the same thing about. None of the half-dozen I've had exactly knocked my socks off, but all of them have been solid.

BurgerJones, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mettkea
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mettkea, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hated 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear copper color, a bit on the dark side for a "Pale" ale, with a half-inch of light khaki colored head that quickly dissipated down to a cap, then a ring. There was no lacing.

The aroma was good, some nice yeasty spice over a solid bed of malt. The scent was a bit on the sweet side and rather Tripelish. The taste was a nice step up from the scent, while fuller and better defined, the beer wasn't as sweet and had a better balance of the Tripel-like aspects.

The body was nice and smooth, although a bit thinner than I would have liked. Drinkability was good, my bottle was gone too quickly. Overall, a nice brew that's certainly worth trying if you see it, but probably not worth any effort to find.

beertunes, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of MikeEhrmantraut
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

MikeEhrmantraut, Dec 29, 2012
Ankle-Buster Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.