Imperial Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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131 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 30
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 Texasfan549
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of spycow
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

not my favorite beer here, especially from these guys, not sure how fresh our bottle was, but it tasted a little overdone, and like it was starting to drop off. intended to be a bold expression of cascade hops, i think it shows us where the line is, or at least what it looks like to be on the other side of it. these hops are intensely oily in this thicker golden honey colored brew, spicy, even harsh at times, and thats before the gnarly bitterness sets in over the sweeter oils in the finish. classic case of too much of a good thing i reckon, this was overly pungent and a little less refined and not so easy to drink. i could do without a little of the grain sweetness, but its needed for balance, it just makes the beer taste and feel enormous, especially with the alcohol not so well hidden and the constantly increasing temperature of this due to my slow pace on this one. i like the idea, but they have pushed it a little too far here, and without the freshest of fresh in my glass here, im not sure i would want to drink this again. this is my least favorite beer i have had from these guys so far, although its not bad at all, just overly intense. maybe built for the hophead who likes the full on palate thrashing hop assault in place of more carefully refined hoppy beers...

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 mklisz
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 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 Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

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

Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored ale with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Scents of caramel and menthol hop with some wood and tea scents. Slight syrup smell and an earthy mushroom aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with a citrus flavor and a mild bitter finish. Gets a little more bitter as you drink it but it is far from harsh. Caramel, wood and tea flavors like the smell.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty DIPA.

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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 Donkster46
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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