Baby Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Baby Elephant
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Rushing Duck Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 04-14-2014

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at the Bier Abbey. No one knew if it was a small beer made from the second runnings of War Elephant, or if it was an IPA that simply used the same hop pallet as War Elephant. To me, it tasted like a small beer, but I got no proof of that.

Good pour--hazy orange, nice head. Smells strongly of yeast and amarillo.

Tastes like small beer syndrome. Big hop burst up front with huge nodes of pine and citrus, but then the flavor drops off considerably near the middle. It's never bad, and it's never quite weak, but the drop off is a little disappointing.

Still, a good example of a small beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very pale for an IPA. A light gold with a nice white head and a touch of lace. Smell is earthy with a touch of citrus. Nice malt undercurrent that brings olfactory memories of full fleged IPAs. Taste is big with earthy hops and light pine and faint citrus. They really got the order right for the abv. Malt sweetness has just enough body to balance the considerable hoppines. Nice grains and and light sweetness. Finish is quite dry and clean with a sharp bit hop oil lingering. Feel is crisp and quenching with a light but substantial body. A perfect thirst quenching session beer. Maybe the best low abv IPA I've had.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lionheart in Albany, NY.

Pours a light golden yellow, with a half inch fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells grassy, with some grapefruit, and pine.

As with most session IPas, not a whole lot of malt flavor here. This one feels slightly watery- hop water, basically. Some light pine, a bit of grapefruit, and a light grassy flavor. Just honestly a little bit boring.

This one is obviously light bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a crisp, but watery mouthfeel.

I'm sure War Elephant is great, haven't tried it yet, but this one is disappointing. Pass.

Photo of PVMT
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Saratoga City Tavern 3/31/15.

Photo of cfalls
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold, cloudy. Good size head

Smells, tastes, and feels more like a DIPA than a session IPA. Citrus, grass, pine. Fairly bitter and dry. Smooth. Medium carbonation.

Really great. I wish the hop flavors were more floral and citrus rather than bitter but this is by far the most satisfying beer per ABV that I've had.

Photo of mdfb79
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

From 09/07/14 notes. Had a 16 oz. pour of this in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells of citrus hop, oranges, pine hops, fruity malts; nose has a ton of hops. Taste is lightly bitter, lots of citrus hops to it thought lighter in general from the nose. Light to medium body and low carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

Overall very hoppy for a low ABV beer and a very good IPA. I don't think it necessarily fair to compare this to the 8.7% ABV War Elephant or hoppier DIPA's as you can only do some much with a lower ABV single IPA, and this is one of the better and more flavorful ones I've had in a while. Would like to have again and oyu could have a few of these for sure.

Baby Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.