Pantius Droppus - Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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88
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: williamherbert on 02-16-2009

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz goblet a deep copper color with a thin but well sustained white head,very balanced aromas slightly leaning to the hops thhe hop aroma seemed more fruity like apricot and citrus than the big pine I was expecting with a lightly sweet biscuity malt profile on the nose.The balance comes thru on the palate starting out doughy and caramelly sweet with that big pine wich was missing in the nose really showing thru to a resiny finish.A very nice DIPA a newer favorite style of mine and a style Iam always on the hunt for.

Photo of bcolwelljr
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not overly bitter. Good color but.dles not have a hoppy smell that comes with strong IPAs smooth with a slight alcohol burn to finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of justjonas
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Def quite a bit of malt to be had here. This is a fantastic example an imperial pale ale.

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

Quite the offering. Served in a fancy goblet type glass with a slice of green apple with cinamon on top. And a doylee. A little frilly, but a nice touch I suppose. Anyway I went straight for the beer. Appears a dark amber color, orange highlights, with little to no head, probably because of the hefty ABV. Smells of piney hops, straight up sugar, and a decent waft of alcohol. Taste is much the same, although the hop taste is much sweeter and less piney than in the nose. A decent floral boquet as well, with some nice dusty alcohol notes. The first thing I thought of when I sipped this was a baby brother to Dogfish's 120 minute IPA, which could be taken as a compliment or not. I find this to be a bit more reasonable and more enjoyably drinkable, although I do appreciate the 120 as well. Slick hop-oily mouthfeel. I'd recommend trying this one. At the very least, it's a very original beer, and at best it's a great interpretation of a sometimes overly "by the book" beer style. Be warned though that it will come with a doylee (I don't know how to spell that) and you will look like a tool.

Photo of wiseguy142
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Eric

Photo of jpd026
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When it's fresh it is an elixir, makes me very POed ellicotville can't put this much love into their other beers

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of kkosmoski
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the brewpub, poured into a 8 oz. glass.

Brilliant orangish hue, crystal clear, with a cream colored thick head. Amazing lace action, even in hotel glassware, which has no doubt been through the dishwasher hundreds of times - impressive!

Smell is dominated by a piney hop profile with some malt lingering in the background.

Initial taste is all piney/citrus hops, followed by a bigtime residual malt sweetness with some orange undertones. Huge lip-smacking, citrusy hop finish without being too bitter, very nice. Everything is brought together by a solid malt backbone.

Very heavy body to this huge beer. Lots of residual sweetness left over which adds some serious viscosity to this brew. Good level of carbonation, not too high. Some nice hop resin left over on the tongue.

Although this big beer is very drinkable, it will catch up to you pretty quickly. A good one to end a session on or sip with a cigar. This is a nice strong, unique offering from a great brewpub tucked into the Southwestern corner of NYS.

Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 here...at 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.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of Kevuas
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Noahtrumble
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Never again, the after taste is horrible

Photo of JAramini
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of number1bum
1.66/5  rDev -57.8%
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.

Photo of tokyo88magnum
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a Barleywine than DIPA. Fresh bottle, 9 days old when consumed

Photo of John
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. The first sniff indicates the malts are big and suggest a certain sweetness. Estery aromas also poke through. Alcohol detection is minimal. Mild sweetness and fruits roll around the palette, followed by a skillfully reserved hop finish. Could very well be considered a barleywine as well. Nice.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Pantius Droppus from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.