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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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War Elephant
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 20
Gots: 4 | 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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-10-2014 16:46:42 | More by acurtis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-22-2014 21:51:52 | More by Knapp85
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2012 02:57:38 | More by Billolick
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-19-2013 02:00:34 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-30-2014 15:29:19 | More by BARFLYB
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plaid75

New York

4.7/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 21:30:18 | More by plaid75
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-05-2014 09:16:07 | More by tobelerone
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-29-2014 15:53:36 | More by BGsWo22
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-01-2014 15:33:04 | More by Griffith
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

08-24-2013 20:46:11 | More by brez8791
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

05-11-2014 22:10:58 | More by LoveStout
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-30-2013 22:27:08 | More by Davepoolesque
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Kendo

New York

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2014 22:59:17 | More by JRod1969
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Serving type: growler

07-22-2014 22:17:44 | More by jzeilinger
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-01-2013 15:33:01 | More by Kmlund
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-14-2013 23:13:01 | More by WeisGuy
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-13-2013 12:09:25 | More by campfirebrew
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-02-2014 16:32:25 | More by NJBeer265
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13%

02-26-2014 04:56:51 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

09-22-2013 05:48:02 | More by facesnorth
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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.