Pantius Droppus | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by williamherbert on 02-16-2009

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Photo of Omnium
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > tulip glass
A. Cloudy red amber with a thin half a finger fizzy off white head thin lacing
S. Aroma Is dominated by sweet malt, tons of caramel, cherry and raisin, lots of grain, booze. Nearly unbearable.
T. Malt bomb. Sweet caramel, cherry juice bitter soapy hops, like dirty old hop molasses.
M. Sticky chewy diabetes sweet
O. Drainpour. Don't buy this.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, I can find no freshness/bottling date info

Darker honey amber, minor head

malty nose

This is a high alcohol brew that seems to want to be a hoppy barley wine, more than an IPA

Waves of malts with a grainy/resiny hop attack.....meh over malted, a bit hot...probably would benefit from a year in the bottle to mellow things out

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Photo of Kevuas
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pantius Droppus poured a clear amber with a cream-colored light tan head that showed retention. The smell of Pantius Droppus was sweet malt and citrus. Citrus notes such as grapefruit and orange can be detected. The taste was even more malty and bitter than expected from the smell. Pantius Droppus possesses a very strong malt presence. And Pantius Droppus is not lacking in the bitterness department either; a strong cascade hop presence is evidence once your palate gets past the malt wall. There are also orange zest tones that attempt to balance off the malt and hops, but I'm not sure the citrus flavors complete their task. The mouthfeel of Pantius Droppus is medium and maybe a bit sticky and carbonation is average.

Overall, Pantius Droppus would accomplish the task of making pants drop in about 2-3 beers, as this beer is very convincing at 10.6% ABV. Pantius Droppus is a powerful sweet and bitter beer with slight citrus tones.

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Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Pours a clear medium amber color...exceptionally clear - one of those beers you can read the newspaper thru. Almost no head (likely a result of coming from the growler), only a small skim coat of off-white bubbles the results more in a collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Surprisingly low intensity in the aroma first I wasn't getting anything at all, but eventually picked up some low levels of citrusy grapefruit, and some spicy and fruity esters. What I got out of it smelled good, but wish the intensity level was a bit higher.

T - Solid malt base, thick and a bit of sweet maltose, grainy and earthy malt flavors, touch of toffee. Only a medium level hop bitterness. This is a balanced IPA/DIPA...definitely not a hop bomb of a beer. Smooth and easy drinking.

M - Medium body combined with a low carbonation (again likely a result of coming from a growler) that gives a bit of an overall heavy-ness to the beer. Balanced but trending towards a bit of a malt forwardness.

O - Overall a good, balanced IPA...a solid malt body at its foundation a balanced by just enough hops...not a west coast style IPA by any means, but satisfying as a somewhat sessionable example of the style. There is absolutely no indication that this is a 10% ABV beer...this one could really sneak up on you quickly.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript goblet glowing a bright golden amber color. It held a finger of white bubbles around the edges, but had no head. Spotted lacing appeared once we started sipping. There was a moderate haze, no sediment, and lighter appearing carbonation. The nose was of sweeter pale malts, with honey sugars. Hops were bright with citric and floral noes. Booze came out with warmth, helping to cut the sweetness. Our first impression was in regards to the huge sweetness, with big honey and hops. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens up with sweet syrupy honey, and nectary floral hops. Fusel alcohols are present, even from the start. The malts hit at the peak of the sip, with a sweet flash of fruity esters, and a continued bite of that booziness. The latter brings us to the finish, with peppery sweetness cut more by bready malts, sweet and sticky hops, and white sugar sweetness. Actually, it is the huge alcohol that is balancing the extreme sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lemon rind, bitter citric hops, ethanol, and pale sugary malts. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a syrupy, oily, thick coating, giving nice slurp and pop. The abv is high and appropriate, but not hidden well. Regardless, drinkability is great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice balance and the syrupy thickness. This beer is so sweet, and so boozy, they kind of act nicely to balance one another out for a nice balance. The hops were present and robust, but this battle tended to drown them out a bit.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up the last bottle of this at my local beer store. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish brown, the smell was a little hoppy and some malts in the background. The taste was a little strange, for some reason I was getting a tart lime flavor in it. Not really the best taste in my opinion. The more I had the easier it got to put down thankfully. The mouthfeel was medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I liked the name of the beer more than what it had to offer. Better luck next time I suppose.

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Photo of billab914
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a murky caramel color with a thin white covering on top of the beer. The head settled out pretty quickly but left some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very sweet and malty with some sugary caramel flavors coming through. It also has a pretty big hoppy aroma with a a lot of citrusy grapefruit present.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that it's very sweet and hoppy with a big malt presence not unlike a lot of barleywines. It finishes with a very strange tart quality that doesn't fit very well at all with the beer. It's also too sugary sweet in my opinion for me to really enjoy the taste much.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, it's too sweet and the tartness to it doesn't do it any favors either. I'm not sure how this is classified as an imperial pale ale. I love a lot of their other beers but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear copper with some orange peel hues.
A large fluffy eggshell white head foams up to overflowing, very creamy and tightly packed foam.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and citrus notes heavy even with the glass sitting on the desk waiting for the head to recede. Fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer leaving very tight lattice on the glass and never fully sinking into the beer.
The first sip reveals a fairly creamy textured brew with very mild to almost non-existent carbonation. As the beer sits a very faint phenolic scent develops, could be on the verge of going bad, but doesnt seem to affect the flavor.
Beer taste is good, some toffee and caramel malt, maybe a little white grape and fruit flavor. Rolls to a decent but not overwhelming hop bitterness, kind of grassy and herbal not as much citrus rind as I expected. No hints of the ABV anywhere in this beer.
I worry that it is close to going bad and hope that infection is not common in this well made beer. Not overly complex but not boring either, a good find, and a very cool name to boot!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this fine beer, with a friend of mine earlier this evening. Again, don't know why here are two entries for the same beer in this website's database. I poured my half into my oversized wine glass. This beer is a cloudy amber red copper color. Head is about 1/4 inch when poured and eventually settles to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of hops and sweet malt and not much else. The taste consists of sweet toasted caramel malt and citrus hop flavors. Great balance here. Has a crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. An overall pretty good beer here.


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Photo of number1bum
1.66/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with about two fingers of creamy beige head. Keeps a pretty good, thick lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smells of some interesting, but seemingly out of place fruit. Passion fruit I guess I'll call it, but it doesn't seem to be a fresh, hoppy sort of fruit aroma. There is also a strong sweetness to the nose, with cough syrup and candied fruit qualities.

Woah. As uninspiring as the nose was the taste is downright awful. Starts with some tart fruit on the front of the palate, then comes some sickingly sweet, medicinal flavor in the back. Fruit seems like passion fruit and overripe peaches and oranges. Where the hell is this tartness coming from? I am searching for a redeeming quality here, but the search is in vain. This is just not good.

I'm not usually one to throw beers under the bus, but this beer is an absolute disaster. For a beer of any style it's not good (and I'm not sure what style it would fit better into; it's just bad beer), but for DIPA it's just unacceptable. Bottle says cascade dry hopping. What dry hopping; what cascade? I get none of either. In fact, it also says 95 IBUs, but lacks any quality hop flavors or aromas, and even lacks much bitterness. Where the hell did those 95 IBUs go? This is a terrible disappointment, plain and simple. I have had a few other EBC brews and they were ok. This one is a drainpour.

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Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber -> imperial pint
Purchased at the Fredonia Brewpub
no date
11.5% on the bottle
95 IBU - wowzers.

Pours an oranged-amber, much closer to orange than amber. A decent head settles nicely to a thick film that is there to the last drop. Droopy rings of lace. Carbonation is big and robust throughout

Nose: Citric and herbal. Some sour funk. Alcohol is there and not very shy if you sniff around a bit.

Creamy toffee and caramel notes start it off followed by quick burst of citrus rind and oranges. Some sweet candied sugar tickles the taste buds as it presents itself as the beer warms a bit. Bitterness creeps in with the first sip, but doesn't dominate until the end and then continues throughout the after burn. Also, as the beer warms, the alcohol presents itself in a big way, and borders on being bothersome, though, never actually reaching said zenith. Great smooth mouthfeel throughout especially for a DIPA

Okay, imo, this beer is definitely classified wrong on the site here. The bottle labels it an Imperial Pale Ale, but really it should be a Double Imperial Pale Ale, bordering on crossing into the barleywine category.. Great beer, but not one i would be chugging on the way to a Phish show. (you taking notes newburger?)

Don't be deterred by some of the reviews here, this beer rocks, and is delightfully dangerous at 11.5%.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color very close to brown in nature. The smell is of hops and sweet roasted malts. The smell isn't overpowering very nice and balanced. The taste is more of the same, a earthy hop tone and a sweet roasted malt are the taste, good hiding of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is a slight slick feel and moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer, very drinkable, with good alcohol masking.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ellicottville Brewery in Fredonia.

Pours a light mahogany with a thin white head that left no lacing to speak of.

The smell is of fresh hops and grass. The taste is more of the same with a good malt profile to balance to mighty bight of the hops.

This is a hefty one, tasting more like a DIPA than an APA to me.

A nice offering from a local brewery. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 650 ml is listed at 11.5% abv and picked up in the fall in Buffalo. FInally, post-shushi, I game. OK, the sourness, and I am far from alone here. Some decent Cascade hop, a bit funky aroma, sweats and smells. Cloudy grapefruit with certain significant white head, a bit of lace. Actually drinkable,and sourness does not throw off the mouthfeel.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is somewhere between a barleywine and a strong amber ale. Very hoppy, but tastes acidic and sour. Smooth mouthfeel, but the beer itself is a tad hard to drink. Amber colored with a little chill haze, reminds me a bit of Old Foghorn, but with a confusing malt character. I had trouble finishing my 2 oz sample of this because it felt too acidic and sour. The alcohol is a bit harsh and it clashes with the overpowering hop bitterness.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle...

Cloudy, hazy copper/orange color. Thin head that thins out and leaves a frosty lace. Very cloudy and thick-looking.

The smell is strong, fragrant, flowery pale ale aroma. Citrus/orange pale malt. Deep, stingy dark malts. Smoldering, sour fragrance like a deep brandy. Complex, beautiful.

The malt flavor is pure sour mash, followed by heavy hops. A blast of flavors: sour, rich, dark, sweet. Tons of bitter pale, citrus/estery hops. Lots of sour, bitter liqueur malts.

The feel is heavy, thick and milky. This drink warms the insides like brandy. A hoppy treasure. One of the best beers I have had in a long time... maybe ever.

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Photo of Bighead6365
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As my first review on beer advocate I am proud to rate this great brew.

A- A beautiful amber red that kept a white laced head throughout the whole drink! Left a nice white lacing throughout the whole beer along the cup.

S- Smelled of alcohol along with hops, and citrus fruits. A great smelling beer that had me looking forward to what was to come.

T- The smoothness of the beer first came through and then the hops hit like a wall of awesomeness. It was bitter but not to much to turn one off to the style itself. The beer was smooth and with each sip, the white head left behind cleansed the palate that left you wanting for more as the next sip came.

D- It's definitly a easy sipper if you were ever to walk into the EBC in Fredonia. It's a great choice if your looking for something to occupy yourself on that Friday night or for dinner. At 5.75 a glass its a great deal and I would buy it again.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 10/3/08.

A - Clear orange/amber body with two-fingers of thick and creamy off-white head that retained very well but left only sparse lacing around the glass.

S - Perfumy hop profile with some head from the hefty alcohol presence. Caramel and toffee malt balance the aggressive hop nose. Some citrus emerges as the liquid warmed up. Hints of mint, herbs and licorice also pop out.

T - Really sweet caramel malt character with prominent perfumy hop profile. Hints of citrus and mint round out the flavor with a bit of alcohol burn.

M - Warm mouthfeel with a beefy alcohol presence. Medium body with moderate carbonation and syrupy texture. Pretty aggressive bitter finish that is dry and lingers on the palate. Slightly metallic and astringent. Sticky on the palate.

D - While this is a pretty huge hop bomb, there is also a good amount of malt to back it up, as well as plenty of heat from the 11.5% ABV. This brew has a very apparent alcohol warmth, which make it definitely a sipper.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice copper hue with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful hop aroma that screams Cascade hops along with a complex malt scent that really rounds out the aroma. The taste is great. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a really nice hop taste and finish. This is a well brewed DIPA. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer and the best these guys make by far. It's complex and loaded with hops; a real treat!

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Photo of chemmie
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I don't think I got a really fresh bottle. However, I like the taste of aged hops. So, keep that in mind.

Pours a nice amber with a good hoppy scent and lots of lacing.
The taste was very sweet. I think this was because I got an old bottle. The hops were real mellow and sweetness reigned supreme. I actually love this flavor, so it was pretty good for me. I really could drink a lot of this, but I suppose the hops are much stronger normally. I would like to get some more of this and try it again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Consumer Beverage in Amherst - into a big-@$$ Red Oak mug. Let's see what happens...

This has the look of a classic DIPA. Sudsy, bountiful head with a few muffin tunnels. Has staying power and solid lacing. Body is a little cloudy with amber, light copper and orange zest tones.

Lots of grapefruit on the nose with sweet caramel malt. Alcohol and sweetness creates wonderful balance and viscosity.

This has qualities similar to its next-door neighbor, Southern Tier Unearthly. Lots of meat on the bone - floral hops, caramel malty backbone with some decent alcohol kick to be putting it together. Oily oily oily - excellent!

Slithers down the throat to create an extra long, well-balanced finish - the tang of the hops is coated with heavy, oily, viscous malt and alcohol.

I was curious when I couldn't find this on BA - then I realized it was under the generic ImPA moniker. A hop-bomb sledgehammer, this is - one of the best I've tried ever. 11.5% (?) ABV, but drinks as well as a Ruination. Gotta get back to the 716 and get more of this!

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Photo of JAramini
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My only other experience with Ellicottville was their blueberry beer, which is not a great introduction.

I was sold by the name "Pantius Droppus" on the bomber and the fact that it was a new offering I'd never seen before.

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a creamy tan head that lingers and leaves lacing down the glass.

The beer is very rich, thick, and delicious. Heavy and creamy with a solid amount of sweetness. I think that DIPAs fall into two categories: sweet, and hoppy, and this is in the former category. There's some hop bite in there, but the overall effect of the beer is a caramel sweetness.

The percent alcohol (listed on the bottle as 11.5%) does not particularly influence the taste or smell, but is apparent because of the heavy body of the beer. Lower alcohol beers do not have body like this.

Since I'm not too far away from the brewery and have never seen it before I'm not sure how the availability is on this, but if you come across it, I can say that this is up there with the best DIPAs I've ever had. Tremendous stuff.

Thank goodness I didn't write them off after drinking that blueberry swill. This is a world-class offering.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the fredonia location. Poured a nice dark copper with a small white head. Smell is very fruity and pleasing. Taste is less hoppy than I expected from an ipa. Malty with a slight chewiness and syrupy feel. Not a bad brew though. I think the malt was a little over the top, and they should have put more of a hop bite into it. A respectable beer though.

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Photo of monkaass
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep rich copper color, with carbonation working up the top of the glass which shows off and boosts the incredible body of this Pale ale.

An immediate carmel and bitter flavor at introduction. The hop finish at the end is not biting just incredible drinkable and refreshing. The most drinkable IPA I have ever tasted.

Its hard to believe that it is almost 10%. An IPA lover will adore this beer.

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Photo of tokyo88magnum
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I normally am not a fan of IPAs but the "brewski" sampler at Ellicottville Brewing Company (Ellicottville, NY) led me to purchase a growler of this beer, nicknamed 'Dropus Pantius.' I refrigerated the growler for a week and then shared it with friends at a Superbowl party. The opening taste has a hint of caramel and then a semi-bitter (smoother than the average IPA) aftertaste. There was very little head which could have been an effect of the growler storage. This was a very enjoyable beer. I am not sure if they bottle it for distribution.

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Pantius Droppus from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
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