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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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 koopa:
Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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)

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of MikePags
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of r0nyn
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of twizzard
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Matt73
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of eddsan
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of dtomes
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of pknyc
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jiggad369
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.