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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rushing Duck Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: koopa on 09-16-2012)
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Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Kendo, Oct 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

dar482, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SkiBum22, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

joel66, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Billolick, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

MikePags, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

tappangordo, Nov 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

acurtis, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

r0nyn, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Griffith, Feb 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

twizzard, May 22, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

tempest, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of chrishiker1409
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

chrishiker1409, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Ralphs66, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

broadway848, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Matt73, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Kmlund, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

campfirebrew, Sep 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

eddsan, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

dtomes, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

WeisGuy, Jul 15, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%

pknyc, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Dutch Ale House, Saugerties, NY.

Poured a medium bronze hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell features a balmy citric hop with some tropical fruit highlights.

The taste consisted of a full blown sticky, resinous hop assault. Pine , grapefruit, orange and pineapple dominated.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual bitterness.

Overall a superior DIPA. Fresh and local to this area as well.

plaid75, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BGsWo22, Apr 29, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -13.2%

IronTom, Oct 29, 2014
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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.