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Imperial Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jtfest on 03-01-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
130
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Knuckles
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on the information received from the brewery manager at Pelican, I'm going to enter this beer anew as the Imperial Pelican Ale 2005. Unfortunately, as there is currently no style available for Imperial Red (as the brewery would prefer), I'll enter it as an American Strong Ale which is same style listed for the Lagunitas Imperial Red.

No two ways about it, this is a beautiful beer. I had visited the brewpub over Thanksgiving weekend, got myself the sampler and fell for this one immediately. I was limited to a pint, as I was alone with the boys, but I made it last for the first half of the Seahawks/Giants (and then proceeded to blow way too much money on beer and a t-shirt to take home).

Appearance: Deep ruby brown ale,

Smell: Much like the India Pelican Ale, this is a full-frontal hop assault. They're using Magnum, Centennial and Cascade hops in ridiculous amounts, and the aroma is spectacular. The dry-hopping of this beer makes the nose absolutely insane.

Taste: Malty sweetness followed by a bit of burnt caramel balanced out by hops, hops, hops. Served at cellar temp, the balance of this beer is unbelievable. One thing I've noticed about Pelican beers is that they do not tend to handle non-cellar temperatures very well. Too cold and the malts just disappear, allowing either the hops or the roasted barley (ok, so I've only really gone after the Tsunami and the India Pelican on a regular basis) to completely dominate the taste experience. However, serve them at the proper temperatures, and the balance is a wonder to behold. This beer, at cellar temps, is magnificent.

Mouthfeel: Deep, full and perfect. A wonderful viscosity that is just enhanced by the noseful of hops that accompany each drink.

Drinkability: I absolutely demolished a growler of this at Christmas, took me maybe an hour and a half.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden color with a dirty white head.
Nice crisp taste but not a DIPA flavor that I'm used to. I'm not able to tell you one hop profile over another, but this one isn't familiar to me...and that's okay.
The head, while rapidly dissipating, leaves a sticky coating of lacing with each enjoyable sip.
Much like the hop profile, the after taste is one that I'm not familiar with. Which too is okay.
All in all, glad I was finally able to try a Pelican beer. Might not buy this one again with so many other good DIPA's to be had, but a solid tick.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stunoperator
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on medium straw colored body.
The aroma is pine and more pine.
The taste is a bold pine bitterness with a good malt backup to balance it out nicely.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable and solid ale.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkyyNapalm
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large head.
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, sweet clean malt, some soft pineapple.
Aggressively hoppy flavours, lots of piny, resinous notes and a fair bit of clean malt underneath.

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Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New label celebrating 50 years of conservation at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Pours clear light amber orange with three fingers of dense white head that has staying power and leaves strong lacing all the way to the bottom. Smell is piney hops with a good amount of bready malts.
Taste the hops are strong up front somewhat dank and resinous. The malts are a bit behind matching or subduing the resinous qualities. Mouthfeel is fine with just enough carbonation and a long dry bitter finish.
Overall I was hoping for a bigger Pelican IPA. Well it is bigger for sure but the hop bitterness pegs my hop limiter. I like more spread to my hop flavors and this one just came on with the pine notes and little else.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dcbelkot
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, hint of dankness. Flavor follows with a nice caramel malt base supporting resinous piney and citrus hops. Lingering mildly herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and active carbonation, great mouth feel. A classic Northwest style IPA with a good substancial hop component that delivers flavor and assertive bitterness. Nothing really ground breaking, but tastes great on this 80 degree day when I really needed a strong, flavorful, quality IIPA. Well done.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves some decent lacing

It has a resinous nose indicative of the west coast style.

The taste is loaded with bitterness. I really can't get much else due to the overwhelming bitterness.

Moderate mouthfeel

I am just not a fan of these bitter west coast style IPA's. I prefer my Midwestern juicy IPA's. I am so lucky to have so many juicy options in Ohio. Give me tropical and citrus IPA's any day.

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