Imperial Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale

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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jtfest on 03-01-2004

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 131
Photo of bottomfisher
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just bought this beer at Grocery Outlet in Lincoln City, OR. Wow, one of my favorite beers, not too hoppy, and a wonderful taste for a 8% beer. I normally do not like hoppy beer and this is not hoppy eventhough it is 85 IBU

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Photo of bsonk
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pelican Brewing Company Imperial Pelican Ale- 8% ABV.

A: On the red side of amber, translucent with boisterous head that fades quickly.

S: malt sugar, a bit of alcohol, fruity orange peel, a floral perfumed aspect, plus a hint of lemongrass.

T: caramel candy sweet malt, balanced with orange-apricot hop flavors. A bit of lupulin bitterness lingers.

M: decently chewy. Sweet malt and spicy fruity hops longer on the tongue. Stimulates saliva production. A warming brew despite being easy to drink.

O: Pretty dang tasty. Well balanced, more so than other beers in this category which can be bitterness bombs. These hops are here in force but are quite fruity and not overwhelming. 4.6/5.

This beer is a charity effort for wetland conservation in Ridgefield, WA, which is a southern Washington town known for its wetlands and being a bedroom community for Vancouver, WA and Portland OR. An interesting choice for a conservation effort for a brewery based on the Oregon Coast.

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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 Nichol
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a nice, frothy head head which endures and laces. Smells nice, kinda piney and malty. Very drinkable taste for the 8% ABV - wouldn't guess it without knowing it. Also, would be surprised by the 85 IBU without knowing it...just doesn't seem that bitter, yet it's bitter enough to be tasty. Good balance on it all, I think. The feel left is pleasantly dry and resiny. Overall, something I'd have again

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pelican Imperial IPA cask conditioned at the Rose and Raindrop in Portland and poured into an imperial pint glass.

The beer was served a cloudy brown/amber with a small head of big bubbles that retained throughout the first half of the beer. The nose was all hoppiness. The taste was again largely hoppy, but it was well balanced with a maltiness. A full bodied brew, with a very slight alcohol bite at the end. This one was insanely drinkable, and a true treat when pulled from the cask.

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Photo of jtfest
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal offering was sampled at the brewery on the Oregon coast -- so good, I brought home a growler.

It pours with a big, creamy white/tan head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. With a beautiful orange/amber color, the first thing that hits your senses is the aroma -- pure hops, big and powerful. The full, creamy mouthfeel carries a well balanced flavor that is surprisingly lacking in bitterness and actually somewhat light -- until the aftertaste, when the hop bitterness takes hold and grows. Never biting, however, it is a smooth, clean drinking brew that I could enjoy a lot of. The growler may have made it home with me, but it is unlikely to survive for long.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a clear dark orange color with a medium ivory colored head with decent retention. Patchy lacing. Citrusy hops aroma that also has a good amount of sugary sweet malt. Rich and smooth body with a nice citrus and hops flavor. Strong malt base as well, plus some pine notes. The finish is hoppy at first with a lingering aftertaste of sweet malt and spices. Really good, but honestly did not impress me as much as the India Pelican Ale.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful unfiltered golden/tan ale, pretty white head, fine foam.

Very bitter on the approach, hints of peach and resin, then a long, piney, bitter finish.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, well integrated with the carbonation. A quality beverage.

Bracingly bitter though. BIT-TER. It's good, but how much of it do you want to drink in a sitting? Me: 8 oz. is fine. Dunno how many IBUs it is, but in terms of perception, this is a harder beer than (say) Dogfish Head 90.

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Photo of gandres
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap to glass at the Brewery at Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR
Appearance: Amber, hazy, big white foam
Aroma: very fragrant, hoppy
Taste: very bitter
Mouthfeel: lively carbonation
Overall: very good beer ok to repeat and look for, better than umbrella
Drank: May 6, 2016

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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 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 draheim
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a big fluffy white head, spotty lace.

Aroma is big sticky hop resin: grapefruit, pine, some tropical fruits.

Taste is likewise chewy resinous hops layered over a canvas of pale biscuity malt. Just a touch of detectable booze.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied; clearly the hop bill is elevated to counter the big hop presence.

Overall a really solid, straightforward, clean imperial IPA. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange gold with one solid head of long lasting foam.

The smell and taste is of a solid malty backbone and tropical fruity hops. Balance is nicely done with a very smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of FFreak
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Costco purchase at $5.49 for 22 oz bomber. Poured into teku glass. Clear golden-orange with ample off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing. Tons of caramel maltiness in the aroma with some hints of pine, resin and marmalade. Taste follows with piney, resiny, dank and malty tones, followed by caramel candy and ample bitterness. Mouth is medium-to-full bodied, with medium carbonation, and a silky finish. Overall, a big, malty, dank, medium-bodied double IPA - what I would consider a good example of the west coast style

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a 22oz into a snifter, you get a deep amber and slightly opaque color, along with a tan and foamy one finger head. Nice bright orange and grapefruit nose along with a hint of resin. Subtle vanilla sweetness on the tip of your tongue with a good amount of orange and grapefruit along with a lingering hop aftertaste. Texture wise, it's medium bodied with a creaming feel.

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

Nice DIPA. Deep copper color with small silky head, robust hop aroma, some citrus. Taste adds more resinous hops and a little alcohol warmth. Medium wright, slightly chewy, and slippery.

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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 mr-jj
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 8/31/15. Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Color is clear gold with a large white head. Decent lacing and retention. Aroma is piney hops, maybe a bit of citrus, with some roasted malt. Flavor is more bitter than I expected from the aroma, but it balances the malt backbone quite well. Mouthfeel is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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

Poured from the bomber into a small snifter.
Pours medium clear amber with minimal head.
Smells good, not particularly hoppy in the aroma.
Tastes very much west coast with malt very present and lots of hop bitterness. Hops serve primarily to provide bitterness.
Mouthfeel is malty and a touch sweet.
All in all, a classic west coast style pale ale.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says "EXP 10-30-2014, and its 8-10-2014. I guess it is still fresh by this date? Perhaps I will find out as this beer was hard to find, and I don't know how long its been at the store.

Pours a clear light orange color with a 2 finger white head that lasts 30 secs. Looks decent by my standards. 4.0

Smell is of ripe and over ripe grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Light hop presence , but still, it seems mostly citrusy. Nice biscuit malt smell as well. 3.75

Taste is kind of bland, but it is a nice balanced malt vs hop flavor. Rather generic though.
Much better than pyramid outburst. But that's not saying much. 3.5

Feel is spot on, can't really get more or less carbed, without making a mistake. 4.0

Overall this is not the best IPA I have had at the tune of 8%, but it is one of the better offerings where I picked it up. Decent flavor and kick, balanced palate. 4.0

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy dark orange color with visible carbonation, white head that glass coating lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit, orange citrus, pine, and sweet caramel malts. Pretty strong aroma and pretty standard for a DIPA

T- Big sticky grapefruit, pine, tons of sweet caramel malts. THe malt profile on this beer is quite strong and very sweet.

M- A little syrupy, some warming on the finish, prickly carbonation, and finishes semi-dy

O- A pretty good DIPA, not too adventurous The sweetness is a little more than I would like for the style and made it less drinkable than other DIPAs. Some light bitterness on the finish, but not enough to cut the sweetness..

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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

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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Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome pale orange amber color in the deep-dish chalice. Body has plenty of malty substance but is refreshing and on the light side for a big Imperial. A whiff of pine and orange blossoms in the nose. Spritzy and tangy on the tongue.

The taste starts with a puff of sweet malt on the lips. The resiny grapefruit peel takes over soon, but the malt develops a strong presence. Some alcohol taste along with toasted grains. Rather sharp with a zingy hop note that drives into the taste buds. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness with something that makes me think of shelac.

Overall this is somewhat restrained and more elegant than the typical big slobbering DIPAs. Still, it's plenty bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

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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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