Imperial Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Imperial Pelican AleImperial Pelican Ale

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 30
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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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4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The good hop, Oakland CA, Feb 2016

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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 PZBREW
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of woernersen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 Stunoperator
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Serenity_Now
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Sails_Ambassador
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 OregonGrown7
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 wiescins
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fremont897
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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