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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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War Elephant
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: koopa on 09-16-2012

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 21
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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 baw185
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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
4.8/5  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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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 JG-90
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into glass

A - Clear dark amber (a little reddish) color with moderate head and lacing

S - Smells like Simcoe Hops (I am familiar with Wyerbacher Double Simcoe), Hops, Citrus, Pine resin

T - Great balance of the flavors from the nose, hops, citrus, pine plus a bit of bread, has a real clean finish

M - Medium-High carbonation, medium body, very crisp

O - Great! Got from family member from the area for Xmas, an all around great beer with an aggresive and balanced flavor profile and very drinkable for the ABV, awesome gift and awesome beer! I am excited to get a few growlers of this breweries other beers.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to twizzard for this howler.

A - Pours a dark copper amber color with slight head, mild carbonation. Sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Papaya, pineapple, mango, oranges, and grapefruit and light pine - definitely hop forward.

T - A ton of pine resin and tropical fruit: oranges, papaya, pineapple, red grapefruit, peppery spicy tropical rinds. Up front is a slight bit of sweet malt before the hops crash in over the top and carry everything to the proverbial lingering bitter end. Has a long, lingering peppery rind finish, after awhile the malt/hop combo creates a borderline candy sweetness.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation with a smooth texture and coats the mouth to the point where it feels like cotton.

O - All about the hops in this one. As the beer warms, a little more malt character and alcohol starts to surface, better totally cold and will definitely trash your palate!

Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's a weird funk as this beer warms, similar to enjoy by 12/26

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%

From 12/02/14 notes. Had a 14 oz. glass of this in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC. This was kegged this morning so as fresh as it gets.

Pours a murky dark orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus hops, resin, light bitterness, fruity malts, and lightly floral hops. Hop bomb, very green, very good. Medium body and moderate carbonation, moderate bitterness.

Overall an excellent beer; if it wasn't for having Divided by Zero right after this, which is a little more my style for a DIPA, this would be the best beer I've had by Rushing Duck. Some moderate bitterness but huge hop bomb. Worth the hype, worth checking out.

Photo of Can-In-Hand
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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)

Photo of TongoRad
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow, this is one nice beer. The color is a slightly cloudy orangey amber, but the head is thick and sticks around for a while.

Aroma is very floral at first, but that quickly gives way to a host of fruits- pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon, maybe a hint of kiwi. There is just the slightest amount of ethanol in the background which goes away as the beer warms, otherwise this smell is perfect.

Mouthfeel is full, and the fruity flavors carry over from the nose- very strong on the pineapple over all others. Bitterness and residual sugars are just where they need to be, in perfect harmony, and it goes down very easily.

I am reminded of some of my favorite Lagunitas beers when I drink this- mostly Hop Stoopid, but with some of the best elements of Maximus and Sucks thrown into the mix. Superb job.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of johnh7
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up a growler of this at my local spot, The Green Growler in croton .

Poured into a tulip dusky orange nice 1 finger head

Smelled citrus right away, with that strong simcoe hoppiness

Taste is Great exactly what I'd expect for the style
The hops is just right, with the citrus smoothing out the 8.7 ABV
I could definitely see having a few of these in a night.
Too bad it's a limited brew. A wonderful example of an American I.I.P.A

Photo of alaimoa
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into glass
A: medium golden with small offwhite head and a bit of lace
S: citrus (grapefruit/orange), pine
T: upfront bold hop citrus/pine, floral, smooth toasted bread malt
M: smooth carbonation, crisp, semi-dry finish
Overall very solid DIPA that is very drinkable. Right up there with some of the best

Photo of KyleH
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

A-Pours a medium amber with light carbonation. A small head forms with medium to decent retention for the style.

Smell- citra, amarillo, pineapple with some grapefruit and orange, light pine.

T- floral hop upfront thick oiley hop follow through, continued by a piney citra finish. Definitely light simcoe in there somewhere. Nice malt backbone deep enough to take on the hops but not overpowering, bringing the fruity and earthly hop notes to the forefront, very nice!

M- medium body goes down very nice, sticky end.

O- awesome double ipa hoppy, earthy yet sweet at the same time definitely
one i would get again! Got on tap at torst in greenpoint brooklyn I would probably love it more at home however i sampled the war elephant between another coveted beer they had on tap with will remain nameless for this reviews sake! I gave it a chance for something strong and hoppy between two equally powerful beers and it delivered!

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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.