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Railway City Double Dead Elephant - Railway City Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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12 Reviews
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 41
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 27.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-27-2010

90 IBU
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 41
Reviews by mrmanning:
Photo of mrmanning
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Pours a turbid orange with a frothy and lacey eggshell cap. Nose of apricot,pear, some c- hops with pine and some grapefruit. The aroma also has caramel and odd notes of warm butter. Tastes mildly leafy bitter, mostly sweet, with apricot and other fresh fruit,a bit of earthy funk, then comes the citrus with medium bitterness lingering and a medium body. Not all that bitter really when compared to regular DEA. A disappointment. The only they doubled here was the price.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an attractive silk-screened label, picked up at the LCBO. The back label tells me to check the base of the bottle for a best before date, but there is nothing printed there. Now listed at 7.5%, a blurb from the release announcement states that the recipe for this brew has been tweaked from previous years (including a generous billet of locally-sourced Cascade hops), and that it can "now actually be considered an Imperial IPA" (their words, not mine). Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, hazy orange-amber colour, topped with just over two fingers' worth of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Retention is excellent; it takes more than five minutes for the foam to slowly recede into a more manageable half-inch cap, coating the glass with a curtain of generous lace as this process proceeds. Very visually enticing. The aroma isn't bad either, but it's not all that unique for the style. Cascade hops and their piney, orangey-citrus notes are very prominent, alongside caramel malt sweetness and an earthy, almost herbal note on the back end.

Three sips in, and my only thought is "...that's it?" This is a fairly bitter beer, but the malt backbone is not to be forgotten - bready malts, butterscotch and a hint of toasted biscuits come through initially, providing a good kick of malty sweetness to help counter the hop assault that features strongly through the tail end of the profile. Pine resin and slight grapefruit pith notes come through as well, with an oddly out-of-place green, floral bitterness shining through briefly. It finishes with an earthy bitterness that lingers briefly - not overpowering for 90 IBUs. Medium in body, with a slick mouthfeel and rather muted carbonation levels. The alcohol doesn't factor into the flavour greatly, but is slightly noticeable.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-. Double Dead Elephant just isn't doing it for me - I haven't been this disappointed by a craft beer in quite a while. Is this a terrible DIPA? No - it's just an overpriced, relatively forgettable one. Railway City was the only truly 'local' brewery I had access to for many years so there will always be a soft spot in my heart for them - but they are going to need to try harder than this if they want to compete in the IPA game. I might buy this again if the bottle (and more importantly, the price tag) were smaller but until then there is not exactly a shortage of quality, alternative IPAs in this province for me to select.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at C'est What Fall Festival 2010 of Craft Brewers. Not very popular, this wa but a fair DIPA. Above average carbonation with below average mouthfeel. Yellow and oh so lacey. Not very drinkable. Not acidic but not flavourful melang of ingrediants.

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Photo of LanceH
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Purchase at the LCBO for around $6.95 or so in a challis at 5deg C

A- 4.25- Nice dark unfiltered brew. Nice Nice Nice

S-4.25- This is a good brew

T- 4.5- This is where this beer shines. WOW. What nice well balanced brew

M- 3.75- A touch bitter. Aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

O- 4.15- This is what it deserves. Looking forward to dinner!!!

Food Pairing

This Nice brew went well with...... Dynamite Sushi Roll!!!


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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of headstash
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for about $11 CDN. A beautiful weekend early fall day seems like a good time to crack this. Served cool into a Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - beautiful slightly hazy vibrant orange color. Plenty of effervescent bubbles rise to the top and a finger and half of white head takes its sweet time on relinquishing its hold on the glass. Leaves behind plenty of lacing.

Smell - Nice big does of tropical fruits, that is fulfilling but not overwhelming. Some sweet caramel and mango aromas let you know that this most certainly is related to the original dead elephant beer, the aromatic similarities are striking. This has a touch more citrus aroma, maybe some pineapple is making the difference. A lot of candied fruit aromas too.

Taste - Quite fruity, the mango and pineapple come through here. Not nearly the bitterness expected, if anything until the aftertaste this is too sweet, full of sugar and candied fruit flavors. Some mild bitterness comes on mid sip and leaves behind a residual bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, juicy in the mouth yet finishes dry.

Overall - Certanly not the biggest or baddest or most intense in the style, as this is actually nearly as sessionable as a stock IPA, but is cretianly plenty tasty and well crafted. A bit sweet with too much candied fruit flavor for my liking and the 90 IBU's certainly seem subdued but other than this is quite a good beer. The only drawback for me on repeating this purchase is the steep price.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Float_On
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Wajohnst
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoneCrow
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Jaisell
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

$10.95 for a 750ml bottle at the lcbo.

Pours a hazy light amber with a frothy, long-lasting head that leaves a good amount of foam on the glass. The aroma is herbal and pine hops with malt sweetness and some diacetyl. A somewhat brash hop bitterness and some medicinal alcohol compete with some citrusy, mango hops and some cookie dough. Diacetyl is also noticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with lots of delicate carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with some sweetness and tobacco.

A lackluster IPA with a very limited hop profile, diacetyl and way too much alcohol presence for the low ABV for style. Also too expensive. Pass.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favourite Railway City brew, so delighted to see it and enjoy it again!! Beautiful amber colour, head and decent mouthfeel.

Aroma has a malt backbone with citrus hop twist. Not too sharp, but not dull either. Flavour is well-balanced (buttery diacetyl at a minimum), and really well done : citrus and pine finish plus an excellent grain portfolio.

This keg was fresh and brilliant. Definitely recommend!

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past October

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 90

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy white head with excellent retention. Hazy gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and foamy cap with lots of sticky lacing on the glass. A good splotchy wisp with piles of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel, lots of grapefruit and some soapy notes as well. Citrus lemon and a touch of old yeast perhaps. That’s a little odd, but it doesn’t get in the way. Still, it’s there.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness and some light lemon flavors up front. Lots of bitter hops at the swallow with a big and bold finish of bitter grapefruit, lemon, sweet caramel, some grassy hops and just a hint of that old yeast character as well. Very bitter and aggressive. Enjoyable enough.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is actually quite good. The slight old yeast character might have been a mistake somewhere, as if they left it in the primary for a few months instead of a few weeks, but it’s not that big of a deal. Fix that issue and this would be great, though it’s certainly enjoyable as it is now. One worth picking up if you see it around, and will be especially interested in drinking a potential fresh batch closer to the summer months if they decide to brew it again. *hint hint* Cheers.

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Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Railway City Double Dead Elephant from Railway City Brewing Company
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