War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 138
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 3.38%
Wants: 36
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Rushing Duck Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: koopa on 09-16-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 138
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is somewhat hazy golden-orange with a 1-finger densely-bubbled slightly off-white head on top. Nice ring of lace up top is followed by splotchy lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Juicy hops - citrusy grapefruit, tangerine, grapefruit peel and apricot . Not as potent as expected, but it's a pleasant nose for hopheads.

T: Follows the nose: juicy, citrusy hops dominate, along with some tropical fruit. Think grapefruit pith, a touch of pineapple and a touch of apricot. Bite of pine needles and earthy spice at the finish. Slight amount of heat from the alcohol is felt at the back of the palate - and produces warmth down the gulley and in the belly.

M: Medium to full in body. Modestly slick or oily in feel. Carbonation is active and a bit sharp.

O: Very good stuff. (835 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Had this had Torst.

The beer comes in a slightly hazy orange amber.

The aroma offers a big punch of hops of sweet grapefruit, citrus, pine.

The beer follows on the flavor with that orange and grapefruit in the front, a medium maliiness in the middle, while still being clean. A decent bitterness on the back end of pine. It reminds me of a lighter Ghandi Bot.

One of the best DIPAs from NY. (394 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of baw185
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive double IPA. This brewery is a sleeper and worth a visit. (73 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours murky, lighter amber, high quality looking head, starts with good height, goes to a nice tiny bubble film , then leaves all sorts of fine, high and wispy lacing.

Potent hopped up nose. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit all abound.

This is a super tasty, fresh tasting DIPA. Loads of citric hoppy goodness on the palate, including more grapefruit and pinapple shining through. Big shouldered ale, with alcohol well in check. Quality creation from this new brewery. They are local to me and they are turning out some great beers...looking forward to trying more. (615 characters)

Photo of JC333
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikePags
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of johnyb
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of r0nyn
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a growler into a snifter. This beer arrived courtesy of cavedave and a New Beer Sunday Beer It Forward.

Pour produced lots of frothy, blanket-like foam. White and and marshmallow-like. I could ladle this out. Lace is everywhere. The body is a cloudy copper and gold combination. It glows beautifully. 5

The smell is potent enough that as I write this the aroma wafts my way. There's a pronounced orange and grapefruit aroma with underlying mango. Tropical would be an apt term here. A bit of that cat pissiness. Sweet malt becomes more noticeable. Very nice aroma. 4.25

Sweeter than expected. A considerable but still light malt presence provides a vanilla or caramel sweetness. Mid-palate the citrusy zest of orange and grapefruit slide in. It's definitely got some OJ qualities going on. 4.25

This is a burlier beer. Plenty of malt body and the accompanying sweetness but there's also plenty of hop bite. And it's still quite juicy and refreshing. There's a slight floral quality before a mellow but lingering bitter exit. 4.25

This is great. A very under-the-radar IPA. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of twizzard
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler from the brewery. Poured clear amber with a tall white head. I'm not easily impressed by DIPAs, there are so many good ones out there. This, however, is notably delicious. There's a huge juicy fruit and floral side with smooth, oily bitterness complemented by a rich, sharp grapefruit peel and zest. Big aroma, big flavor, and a body that's not too big. I'm a fan. (378 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler.

A: Dark amber, one finger of head.

S: Easily one of the best smelling beers I've experienced. An absolute citrus delight. Pineapple, Orange maybe some mango.

T: The taste backs up the smell nicely. Maybe not as intense, but still an immensely citrus tasting beer. More pineapple, orange, grapefruit in there. Well balanced.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Very nice.

O: This is right up there with the best double Ipas out there. (459 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Matt73
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MrJolly
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY.

Pours a golden orange, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells very pungent, huge floral aroma, some pine, and a good amount of citrusy grapefruit and peach.

This is some real sh*t. A clear cut front runner for best IPA brewed in our state. Fairly bitter, but in a good way- lots of pine with a big floral component, with a fairly sweet and fruity finish. I can discern grapefruit, peach, and orange, with grapefruity bitterness providing the majority of the fruit flavor. There's a small amount of malt perceptible on the back end of this, providing some sweet heft to the hop assault.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and crushable mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. This is really, really drinkable, it goes down so easily.

This is the real deal- it makes me proud that it was brewed in my state. (881 characters)

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.