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War Elephant - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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4/5  rDev -8%

BARFLYB, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

tobelerone, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Griffith, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

LoveStout, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

BGsWo22, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

petermethot, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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)

koopa, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Davepoolesque, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Kmlund, Oct 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

brez8791, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

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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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

RonfromJersey, Nov 07, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

jzeilinger, Jul 22, 2014
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4.41/5  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.

Kendo, Oct 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

JRod1969, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

WeisGuy, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

campfirebrew, Sep 13, 2013
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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.