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Railway City Dead Elephant Ale - Railway City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full bodied golden Pale Ale which pours with a linen white medium density head leaving spider web lace on the glass.

On the palate the flavour is sweet fruity malts up front (apricot, mango) with a bit of candy, and slight grassy notes which fall away to reveal a hint of biscuit with rather pleasant grapefruit and perfume undertones.

This is a hop bomb, there is no doubt. To the nose there is a mild malt aroma which accentuates the robust floral bouquet which is derived from the hops.

Medium full bodied ale with pleasant lingering hop finish.

46.6 IBU

(Beer added by: mrmanning on 09-20-2009)
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Photo of Float_On
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Native brew to my hometown. But not a biased review.

Appearance is a nice caramel golden haze. Not much head retention.

Not as much aroma as expected from an IPA, just some standard citrus grapefruit and subtle maltiness.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little under carbonated.

The finish really takes a lot out of this pint in my opinion. Just when you want that IPA to have a nice heavy caramel finish, this offering just lays down like a dead elephant on the tracks. Has a nice flavor but then just drys up and lacks complexity.

Overall decent. Will try again. All IPA's are different. Find the ones you like.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of neenerzig
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single 473 ml can of this from a beverage store in Niagra On The Lake, Canada when my wife and I went there recently. Poured into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear, pale, medium golden color with a nice white head initially about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. the most pale IPA I think I have ever seen. Not sure what that means, if anything, or what I should make of it. Don't think I like it, but I don't think this should necessarily be considered a flaw or anything like that. Its just weird. The head eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big cluster of surface foam. Lacing is just okay. Has a nice citrus hop aroma with hints of malt. Has a good fairly sweet and slightly toasted malt flavor upfront that gives way to the citrus hops. The hop profile is interesting, not as bitter as I would expect it to be. While certainly not the best tasting IPA I have ever had, something about the flavor profile is unique and unlike anything I have yet had in an IPA. It is a subtle uniqueness, but it is sure there. The hop bitterness certainly comes out more as the beer warms up a bit and becomes more apparent. Has a clean finish with a dry aftertaste. Has a crisp, slightly chewy, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This has very nice drinkablity indeed. Certainly worth a try, especially if you are an IPA fan like myself.


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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of EvanHarper
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

473 mL can into pint glass; 3 months before its sell-by date.

Palest IPA I've ever seen; light gold, just a shade darker than straw. Bone-white, vanshingly short-lived head.

The nose is distinctively vinous; there's also a vague fruit-juice character and a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Dry, with a subtler impression of the same vinous character from the nose. Lots of bittering hops up front, with only a bit of indistinct grassy hop flavour. There is a trace of malty sweetness but it's one dimensional and quickly lost between the vinous notes and the hop bitterness. The finish is dominated by one-dimensional hop bitterness with a trace of highly attenuated husky malt.

Thin mouthfeel, moderately low carbonation.

I'm not sure why this is so highly rated - I associate English IPA with a lot more caramel, toasty, or bready malt flavour, not with bone-dry vinousness. The bitterness is objectively moderate but unpleasantly magnified by high attenuation and the lack of complexity and balance. Honestly, it tastes like an adventurous but failed home-brew experiment.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Railway City Brewing Company ("Railway") is located at 168 Curtis Street in St.Thomas, Ontario, and was founded by Al Goulding and Paul Corriveau in 2006. During 2007 they purchased all of the equipment, and one year later all of the necessary renovations were completed. In January 2008, the first test batch was undertaken with the doors opening in April 2008. Railway's Dead Elephant India Pale Ale ("Dead Elephant") is its best selling beer and was created as a tribute to Jumbo the Elephant, who was killed in a tragic railroad accident in St. Thomas in the late 1800's. Apparently, DEA was supposed to be a one off seasonal beer.

Bucky purchased a 473 ml can of Dead Elephant IPA from his local LCBO, which was 6.5% alcohol by volume. There was no visible production or "best before" date on the can. Dead Elephant poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour which became much deeper when backlit. An aggressive pour produced 1" of orange tinted off-white foam which lasted for about 3 minutes before receding to a thin collar and film that left some modest lacing down the glass. Its aroma was quite mild, with caramel malt and grapefruit noticeable...the grapefruit aroma being much stronger in its can than in my glass. The beer's flavour was quite sweet up front, due primarily to the caramel malt, but there seems to be another sweet, fruity flavour in the beginning that I can't quite pin down. The sweetness gives way to a bitter grapefruit flavour, which lingers for a while as an aftertaste.

Overall, a good use and balance of sweet malts and bitter hops...unlike some of the craft IPAs that I've tried lately that seem to be engaged in a competition to see which can take the most enamel off my teeth. I would describe Dead Elephant as a medium full bodied IPA, but slightly undercarbonated for my personal taste. At $2.60 per 473 ml can, Dead Elephant is reasonably priced.

Photo of DaveBar
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for approx. $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened well. Poured clear and light colored.

S- Very little for an IPA. Soapy hint for some reason.

T- Ok but not great. Not a lot of hops. Pretty bland for an IPA. High carbonation

M- Pretty bland. Heavy carbonation props up this beer a bit along with a slight bitter bite

O- Pretty good. Will not buy again but would try the double dead to see what that is like

Food Pairing

This ho hum beer didn't make it to a tasting. Just enjoy anything you would with a Bud


Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Railway City Dead Elephant Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
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