Elemental Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

Elemental AleElemental Ale
25 Ratings
Elemental AleElemental Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
14.6 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 6.5% by volume
Bitterness: 75 IBU

Added by JeffKrenner on 10-21-2006

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by TheBeerCarl:
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours nicely into the glass with a good amount of yellowish white head. The coloring is a somewhat hazy amberish yellow. The look is great for the style.

Smell: A nice light earthy hop aroma with some sweetness and acidic properties. Overall a good fresh hop scent.

Taste: A very light malty sweetness with quite a bit of piney hop presence for a fresh hop ale. The hop character definitely dominates the flavor but is not so intense as to bump it up to an IPA. Some residual acidity on the back of palette as it leaves the mouth as well as some malty sweetness to balance the hops. I'd say they did a smashing job. It's definitely a Pale Ale that an IPA lover can enjoy as well as those who prefer a more mellow ale.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice amount carbonation which accents the hops acidity and leaves a clean finish.

Overall: I'd say this is a damn fine Pale Ale especially considering the volatility and inconsistentness of fresh hopped ales. Good one on ya Pelican!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cory for this one. Like the simple bottle design from Pelican here.

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color with a two finger, fluffy, off-white head on top. Nice retention and fluffy/sticky lacing all around the glass. Really nice looking.

S: Light citrus aromas, lots of floral and grassy hops. It is a little spicy and has some zest as well. Nice and fresh as it should be.

T: Even grassier than the aroma led on, very tasty. There is a zesty spice characteristic, definitely feel it on my tongue. There is some lemon that starts to develop as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, slightly prickly even. Slightly dry finish, with a grassy lingering flavor.

O: A really nice fresh hop beer. Nice and hoppy for an APA, really fresh. Like this beer a good bit.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice light clear copper orange/amber. Fluffy quickly dissipating head, leaves lacing all about the glass, and a thin pillow above the bubbling brew. Not bad.

Smell: (4.0)
- Very grassy, and light citrus hops. Zesty, and somewhat spicy. A bit biscuity, and lightly sweet. Certainly some interesting character here, and I can't quite pinpoint what else it is i am getting in the smell. Perhaps just an earthy robust wet hop.

Taste: (4.0)
- Certainly another winning fresh hop ale. Great zesty and grassy sterling hops. Light light lemon-like zing, rather bready malt base, and just more grassy hops. Certainly not an overly sweet beer by any means. You can tell the focus is on the hops. Lovely beer.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Quite the bitter beer which leaves a cloying and dry feel in the mouth. It's a bubbly well-carbed brew which is rather light to medium bodied. Certainly full flavored. Supper nice bitter touch and finish.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is another one of those fresh hop beers to put at the top of the list. Very unique, tasty, and easy to drink. Certainly sitting up there with or next to number one so far this year for fresh hop beers.

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Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of wchasse222
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a honey golden brown, thick pillowy head, light lacing drapes the glass.

S: pleasant tones of tea and grass (not ganja!), mellow

T: tea flavor dominates the palate, lightly bitter

M: smooth and velvety, bitter tea lingers and drys out the palate

O: a nice beer, wish it was more citrusy

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oregone
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Unfiltered, so a cloudy golden color. Good head that stcks around.
S: Very aggresive hop aromas. Distinct aromatics of citrus peel, pine resin and distinct mossy/forest aromas. 100% Sterling hops likely help to give clarity to the precise aromatics.
T: Plays off of the aromas. Very much a hop forward beer. Malts are not a significant part of the flavor profile but add some mid and back palate richness to the flavors. Crisp/sharp citrus and pine.
M: The first half pint is refreshing to the palate from the crisp acids and flavors along with carbonation. Becomes aggressively/progressively puckering and drying after one pint. Points for originality.
D: I want to drink more of this, but two is enough.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of leftoverburrito
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ccrida
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 edition, but I see cswhitehorse also reviewed the 07 under this entry so I won't bother with a new one. Thought I'd be waiting until next fall for a fresh hop, but scored this at the brewery on new years day, happy new year to me!

Bomber poured into an Imperial pint (bottled in October, evidenced by the '10' in sharpie on the cap, homebrew style). Straw yellow (very murky with yeast on the 2nd pour) with a decent sized white had that is pretty slow to subside, leaving moderate lace. The yeast makes it look like a milk shake, and I let it sit for a good 45 mins while eating and what not and it only barely started to settle out. Still, I really like the lighter, golden color IPAs.

Smell is very spicy, floral noble hops (sterling, a saaz variety, my favorite for homebrewing).

Taste is nice and spicy, very assertive hops, yummy but
more regular IPA then the grassy softness I associated with most fresh hops. Also fairly soapy, more so from that dreggy 2nd pour. 2 months might be a bit long in the tooth for a fresh hop, but it was refrigerated when purchased strait from the source...a firm bitter finish and a touch of alcohol (listed at 5.9%) on their web site.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick.

Drinkability is not to high for me, this was a bit to soapy and bitter, but I wonder how much it degraded after only 2 months, as it's really not to good right now...actually, the dreges (which were too loose to really avoid) really made the second glass suck, I actually dumped most of it...I'll have to try it fresher next year. I was generous with my scores due to age.

These hops come from less then 10 miles from my house though, which is pretty sweet. Probably the exact same ones I use in most of my homebrews, albeit fresh and wet.

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DamienI
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Elemental came in a the typical Pelican bottle with its unique logo. It pours into the glass with a color and appearance of apple cider. It had a two finger head that left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was fresh hop goodness and smelled of grasses and flowers. In the mouth it has quite a punch of bitterness. It was like an IPA but way smoother and popped you in the nose with some bitterness and then finished in a soft way. It was relatively chewy and enjoyable to drink. It is a money fall harvest ale.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kylemif
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in the fall of '08. It must be a regular seasonal from them, so I won't make a seperate entry. This was made with one hop (sterling) and one malt (unknown).

a: This was a cloudy, coppery golden color. It was served to me with a thin whisp of white head.

s: Huge, fresh floral hop aromas and just a hint of caramel sweetness.

t: One dimensional for sure, but very tasty for what it is. The hops are fresh, piny/flowery, and assertive as hell.

m: Nicely carbonated with a looong lasting hop after taste.

d: It took me awhile to work through the pint, but I did finish it. One of the most obnoxiously hoppy brews I've tried. Good stuff.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a darker clear orange color with good carbonation yielding a nice white cap, some bubbles and it has good head retention.

S: Floral, Earthy and grassy with perhaps a light smoke/spice to it

T: Definite grass, herbal like tea which also gives it a light sordove smoke element. The grassiness is balanced with a nice but light floral presence. The finish was sordove long with tea like presence, dry, Earthy

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit hefty and sordove "un-refreshing" for an APA.

O: Sordove a strange APA in my book. Not at all what I was expecting. It's not a bad beer at all but just okay in my book by standards and taste

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cultclassic89
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elemental Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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