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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

War Elephant
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%


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:
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(Beer added by: koopa on 09-16-2012)
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Reviews by koopa:
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery this past weekend.
It is an 80 ibu double ipa with loads of summit, simcoe, and galena hops.

NOTE: This growler was the first pour from "batch 2" which had some additional simcoe hops in it and bit less caramalizing/malliard reactions in the wort, yielding more perceived dryness than batch 1.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky orange with a 2 finger white crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Waves of citrus, a slightly bready malt, and a pleasant hint of alcohol. The hops are extremely pungent, wafting out of the glass in an impressive fashion. Lots of grapefruit, hints of orange, and whispers of lemon make themselves known.

Taste: Same as the nose with a really nice amount of hop oil and a nice alcohol stiffness without any heat or fusels. Nice grassy notes from the freshness of the batch. This beer is plenty bitter and very tasty. I think it would benefit from a bit more citrus though.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is at that perfect low level to push the hop presence over the top. Body is medium and finish is fairly dry.

Overall: A solid DIPA worth seeking out while you can still find it (seasonal)

Serving type: growler

10-23-2012 21:23:00 | More by koopa
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JohnGray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-06-2014 23:20:55 | More by JohnGray
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-05-2014 09:16:07 | More by tobelerone
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2014 17:05:01 | More by tempest
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

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TychoNDC

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-29-2014 19:09:49 | More by TychoNDC
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EdwardK77

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very powerful double IPA. I enjoyed this almost as much as the single cut imperial IPA and the Captain Lawrence Double IPA. This ale left my mouth a little drier than the other two ipa's. This was almost but not quite as easy drinking as the other two ipa's. The flavor and mouthfeel are quite good. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2014 00:43:15 | More by EdwardK77
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Can-In-Hand

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S- Pine, Ripe Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Slight Funk
T- A lot of the same. Tons of pine on the tip of my tongue followed by a big wallop of tropical fruit on the mid palate with grapefruit peel on the back with a surprisingly bitter dry finish
M- Viscous and resiney without being sticky
O- Wow! I went into this with zero expectations and was completely blown away! Well Done.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2014 23:14:24 | More by Can-In-Hand
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dtomes

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-06-2014 02:47:22 | More by dtomes
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-05-2014 01:18:00 | More by sneaks2210
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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half growler into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A-Beautiful gold with great clarity and a solid finger and a half head. Miles and miles of lacing.
S-Great fruity piney aroma
T- Plenty of pine on the front end. The pine fades and grapefruit and pineapple, along with some grassiness take over.
MF-The pine flavorings do a nice subtle fade into the fruitiness. the Pine never goes away and lingers after the fruit is gone. The alcohol is there but not in a bad way.

I am enjoying the hell out of this one. Great nose, great flavor and a wonderful drinkability. This beer is a home run from Rushing Duck.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2014 06:21:05 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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New York

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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broadway848

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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juliusseizure

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-12-2013 17:09:55 | More by juliusseizure
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright shiny deep gold color, excellent clarity, steady carbonation streams, big dense billowing white head, and lace that's not so much lace as a dense film that coats every inch of glass.

Aroma has a lot of tropical fruit, along some orange and pine.

Thick caramel foundation. Juicy fruit goes off like fireworks. Nice bitter snap at the swallow that lingers on and on in the afterglow, alongside all that juicy fruit.

Smooth medium mouthfeel. Chewy.

A superior DIPA. Well worth the three hour round trip to the nearest NY state growler station.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2013 01:44:10 | More by RonfromJersey
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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tonybellini

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Kendo

New York

4.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2013 01:05:54 | More by Kendo
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New York

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New York

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.