Bridal Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Bridal AleBridal Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
17.1 degree Plato
Alcohol: 7.5% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU

Added by Shaw on 10-06-2003

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ithinkimasofa:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oregone
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Scores say it all. Very good but not exceptional all around.
A: Deep black tea color with some mahogany and maroon when light shines through. Sloid head. ot huge, but given the richness of the beer it has some retention around the edges.
S: Bisquity, hot cocoa, malted oats and toffee.
T: Very malt driven. Rich without pronounced weight. More than a hint of sweetness. Heath bar, oat, fig, candied nut.
M: Silky on the palate. Carbonation is not a consideration here. Rich but refreshing. Deftly balanced.
D: Distinctly drinkable for the style. Abv willverwhelm after time, but no problem tossing back a couple/few. Slight lingering sweetness would be the biggest downside.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a slight haze, head is white-ish, retention is average it eventually just leaves a ring in my glass. The aroma is of sweet malts, maybe slightly fruity, a little bit of grape. The taste has nice malt flavors without being overbearingly malty, it gives some breast and toffee flavors With a bit of zest and pepper in the background. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy, though inwasn't sure what to expect from a Biere de garde. I like this beer, it's well made, certainly fun to try, but I think I may prefer some of their other also fantastic beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with the kind of thick head you would expect from a Trappist; great retention and a fair amount of lace

Smell: Toffee and cookie dough

Taste: Toffee, cookie dough, nuts and a bit of sweet apple/pear character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a bit of bready dryness that arrives to tame the sweeter elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Though it doesn't have the yeasty complexity of some beers in this genre, I really liked it quite a bit and it was very enjoyable to drink

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, alcohol and some earthy aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of beermebeerman
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So... where to begin...

I don't think I've ever sampled a "bridal ale" before, so not sure how to rate this based on style. So I'll just rate it based on my preference:)

Bottle came with the cork and cage, gold foiled on top, and vintage 2005 stamped on the side. It pours an golden/reddish color, with a small white head which diminishes pretty quick. The smell is very nice; quite malty with a bit of a heavy, fruity undertone. Taste is also very malty, and what I'd call autumn spices in the aftertaste. Carbonation level is a little light for my taste but for the style it fits nicely. Overall not bad, but I was expecting a little 'pow' from Pelican, especially for the 14$ price tag.

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage on draught at the brewpub. Bridal Ale is bronze with a small off-white head, leaving no lace.

Smell is lots of caramel sweetness, like Sugar Daddy candy.

Taste is remarkably like Grape Nuts cereal. Not as sweet as the nose, there's a firm bitterness from the marked increase in hops from previous vintages, which provides a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied, but a bit of stickiness.

Drinkability is good, perhaps a tad syrupy, although that is true to style. This is a loosely defined style which affords a lot of variability, and this years vintage is as good an example as any. Quaffable, tasty and smooth.

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Photo of quetzal013
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chumba526
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears hazy medium bodied orange. There is a huge white head when first poured. The head dissipates quickly.

It smells of caramel, pepper, lemon, honey, grapes. There is a nice fruity east smell to the beer. There is also a nice malty caramel presence to the smell as well.

It tastes initially of pepper, lemon, and orange. There is a great caramel smell as well. There is a nice fruity yeasty flavor as well. The balance between the yeast flavor and the malty flavor is excellent. This was not that complex but it tastes great and it is somewhat refreshing.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is quite strong.

The drinkability is quite excellent. It is a smooth beer and it is quite refreshing.

Overall this is quite a nice beer it is not complex but it is a nice beer. I think that it is an amazing beer but it is not the best

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Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed deep orange amber copper, orange cream colored dense towering head recedes looking like a dairy product, nice lacing.

Aroma is a sweet treat. Multitudes of light skinned fruits, flowers, honeysuckle, little citrus plus a dab of sock from a summer leather shoe.

A strong but brief rustic note hits as the intro to the short lived aftertaste which is predominately a very mild nutty herbal bitter. Feels like it's on the cusp of going old world farmhouse until it doesn't. Evolves significantly with warmth to its betterment as a sweetness comes forward.

Light to medium bodied lively crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Shaw
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon.

Bridal Ale is a limited offering. I'm not sure if Pelican brews this regularly or if this is a one-off.

A golden ale with a light white head. There is a little malt and hops in the aroma. It has a nice apple-like, buttery taste. It has a crisp mouthfeel and little aftertaste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this stylistic designation is correct, but we shall see...

In my Kasteel chalice, it's a darkish mahogany/ crimson coloration, with lovelyu creamy froth atop...

In the nose, sweet, light, creamy, malt-dominated, very bready, lightly floral...nice...

Taste: dark and malty, rich and nearly thick...bready and hefty, spicy, like a gingerbread brew, nearly....quite nice, and fairly unique, some lemon zest shines through in the flavor...a real mouthfull, this one, a mess of complicated flavors. Hard not to like it. Most pleasurable, this.

A big bottle, a lot to contend with, to be sure, and my opinion does not change...this is a hard-to categorize ale, that just spills out deliciousness. Sweet, luscious, fruity malt, some slight hops, and a medium body, light, fruity finish.
Very good beer. Tas-teee!

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Bridal Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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