India Pelican Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery

India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale
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IPA - American
Ranked #203
Ranked #3,477
4.14 | pDev: 12.32%
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale
Notes: Everyone loves a comeback story, especially when it features our original IPA, India Pelican Ale. Back and better than ever, we’ve reimagined our original recipe with an even greater focus on massive hopcentricity. India Pelican Ale recreates all the swagger and style of its legacy namesake, slamming you into a bright, citrusy wall of hops. Break on through to experience huge aromatics of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and sweet pine. In fact, don’t call it a comeback…just crack one open and party like its 1999.

15 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 85 IBU
Color: 15 lovibond
Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 276 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hreb from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial pint can served in a regular pint glass. Nearly crystal clear, with a nice caramelly golden amber and a frothy white foam. Aroma provides some delicate notes of pine. First sip provides a much more assertive alpha hop bitterness, classic NW IPA with pine sap and a lasting dryness through the finish. Extremely old school.

Feb 28, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, clarity slightly obscured. 2/3" white head, very soft. A little bit of grapefruit in the aroma, old school hops. Not super aromatic.

Good dry body, hearty bitterness and alcohol warmth. Cold Oregon coast stuff. Lacks sweetness or syrupy aspect from crystal malt that too many 7%+ ipas fall into. A little bit of pine in the mouthfeel.

Bomber format and price kinda sucks for a beer like this.

Nov 30, 2016
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fizzician from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice amber color, effervescent with fine lacing and scant head. Strong, complex malty and hoppy flavors without being too overpowering....Very drinkable. Delicious!

Jun 04, 2016
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Hawksfan79 from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Nonic pint glass

Appearance: a clear dark yellow with a large rocky white lasting head.

Aroma: a citrusy hop aroma.

Taste: was light sweetness at first with orange citrus notes and the finish was a moderate to heavy hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: comes into the mouth light and thin and almost seems to thicken while it sits on the tongue. carbonation was pretty average.

A good IPA, I really enjoyed the flavor and mouth feel, although I felt the aroma was lacking.

Jan 16, 2013
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philbertk from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.50% ABV--85 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Lacy white head. Clear bright gold color. Rich floral hop front. Spicy earthy dry sweet crisp mild caramel big grapefruit ester body. Hot hop spice earthy crisp citrus bitter clean end. Sharp hoppy brew. Bottle Conditioned?

Dec 08, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled 5/30/12; let's hope it's still fresh!

Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam, even a few minutes after pouring. A nice lace is left on the glass; attractive.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with a hint of caramel; it's almost unctuous in character. Hops are earthy and incorporate well with the malt. Overall, a very smooth aroma.

Taste: much like the aroma, but there's a dusty quality here which I've noticed in a lot of fresh-hop ales; I'm guessing they did a measure of wet hopping. A bit sweet, and bitterness is a little low with respect to the overall balance, but the flavor is fresh and tasty. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess, especially for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: quite tasty; fresh and a bit sweet. The light flavor belies the high alcohol ... this beer punches higher than its perceived weight.

Nov 28, 2012
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Lothore from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a vibrant deep golden hue with a massive, chunky head that leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S - Slightly piney with a hint of caramel.

T - Starts off wheaty, continues to hints of pine and finishes with a strong resiny bitterness.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with ample effervescence.

O - An excellent example of the style. This has the whole package. I heard the brewery is going to stop making this one ... What a shame.

Nov 02, 2012
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BeerTheater from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic golden hue, perhaps a tad darker unless you hold it up to the light then the precious metal glistens through the glass. Fluffy head that rises high and could hang with Lando Calrissian. Lie thine head o hoppy prospector.

Nose is a fresh floral and pine feeling with hints of citrus, maybe orange, but I can't place it. It's a pleasant smell that will make you smile and say ahoy there matey or matress.

Taste is wonderful. I should end it there and drink and watch the game, but i'll elaborate and say it hits every spot your tongue has reserved for a hop driven IPA. It's not super bitter if only a hint at first, until you get some on the with the rest of your drink which levels off along with the sweet bread, pine and citrus. What has been created is a well balanced beer despite the scale going in the hop favor. This liquid gold is smooth and even creamy as it's got a nice medium bodied presence. Some sweetness and kick mixed into what I can only call that hop taste, a good one.

I would say go out and get this beer, it's worth it and ever so drinkable. Indian Pelican Ale might not be the best around but you'd have to think it over twice before passing on a most excellent and execute them non bogus iron maiden brew.

Oct 30, 2012
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woemad from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle for $5.75. According to the bottle, this was bottled on “072612.” Another “white whale” I’ve wanted to try for years, as this one never, ever turns up east of the Cascades.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a creamy, beige-colored head. Lots of lace. Said head hung around for a number of minutes.

The nose is of grapefruit, pine needles, and biscuits.

The taste starts out with the flavor of hops giving off tastes similar to grapefruits and a little bit of pineapple. The biscuity tones noted in the nose are in the taste, but well in the background. Things get dry and bitter at the swallow. Oh, yeah, this is a hophead’s IPA!

Medium bodied, carbonation is exactly where it should be. The mouthfeel is oily and resiny.

This is a great IPA. It would be even greater if it were available in my neck of the woods. Not entirely sure it would be the best thing to pair with food, due to it’s uncompromisingly bitter finish, but it’s making me feel a lot better after a “defeat from the jaws of victory” style Seahawk game. Yet another reason to envy Portlanders.

Oct 29, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled July 26, 2012.

A real clear, but slightly cloudy pale amber body, with virtually no rising carbonation at all. Head forms off white in color, three fingers easily with lots of retention and lacing.

Nose is a light toasty sugar sense of malt. Chewy grapefruit hops and citrus zest. Powdered sugar sense. Quite nice.

Palate hits with a hop angle and prickly carbonation. Dry, and burnt pine hits, a sense of woddy char action. Finish matches a very quick hop blast, but the flavor seems to be stuck at the tip of the tongue. Mealy. Hints of chalky aspirin on the finish too, slightly medicinal, and very bitter.

Overall another hop punch, pretty good and a little bit of variation on the nose. The finishing though is just a bit too medicinal bitter.

Oct 12, 2012
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dbossman from Nebraska

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a huge frothy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of tropical fruits, some grassy and weed smelling hops; a touch subdued but they play well off the grainy and bready undertones

T: Bitter--almost astringent--hops up front: citrus, pines, grass but enough of a bready sweetness comes out underneath to balance things out...a bit, but don't kid yourself this is a hop forward beer

F: Sticky, oily, balanced carbonation; medium body--really a nice mouth feel for an IPA, though perhaps a bit dry on the finish

O: A solid hop-forward IPA; my first beer from this brewery since I really got into beer and I'm glad to try it and hop to try more Pelican brews again

Sep 29, 2012
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 8/15/12 bottle date
Poured into hotel wine glass.

A: Pretty much crystal clear in orange color. It get tons of carbonation. Full finger of slightly off white head.

S: It smells of pine and grapefruit, as well as other bitter fruits. Not a lot of malt bill to dig through here. Nice fresh bottle.

T: The taste follows nose, slight bitter bite on tip of the tongue. You definitely get those full of pine flavors. Also that bitter grapefruit rind. There is a nice medium malt bill balances it nicely. But on the back end you are left with some intense bitterness.

M: It's a nice medium body beer. The IBUs make it a little tough to be a session brew.

Sep 19, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense and salty hoppiness on this one. Consistent flavor delivery, though I feel like it would benefit the beer to be a little more rounded as opposed to a smack in the mouth. For an IPA, it's alright. I think for a beer coming out of Oregon, there is a lot to live up to. Especially being an IPA.

Sep 09, 2012
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scootpolute from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. brown bottle into tulip with a cool pic of a pelican readily found in the wild combing the oregon & WA coastline...

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...also some bread, burnt toast perhaps, with a touch of cinamon spice...

T - Smooth, great hop kick at the top, followed by malts and spice (from the alcohol)some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...a suprisingly dry finish...

M - The carbination is good There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully, although the VERY dry aftertaste threw me...I was expecting a fruitier/hoppier finish...

O - This one good, but not as 'GREAT' as so many others claim...Not to 'poo-poo' the Bros, but 'c-mon...OK...I agree this is still a great example of a NW American IPA, but there are far better ones out 'here' than the hype of this one...I just didn't like the over-dry ending notes...perhaps better on tap, eh?!...Chasin' Cheers :~)

Jul 27, 2012
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first beer ordered from LetsPour. Pours a hazy orange color, nice hop aroma. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel, so far so good. Taste is pretty citrusy, also well balanced, but still a hop head's delight. A very good IPA, one of the better ones out there I'm sure and is worth trying. Something about this one just tastes 'different' compared to other IPAs too (in a good way).

Jul 17, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temperature with a nice sized, foamy, frothy, off-white head, with glass coating lace. Aroma is very mild, hop, malt, grapefruit. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang on top with bitter/sweet right behind. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a bit boozy. Great IPA!

Jul 13, 2012
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BartholomewRoberts from Washington

2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overly aggressive dry hopping ruined the experience for me. Grassy, abrasive aftertaste. No subtly. Gave me indigestion. FYI to contemporary brewers: hucking hop pellets into partially fermented wort is not the height of your craft. Beautiful bottle art. If only the contents possessed a comparable level of understated balance.

Jul 05, 2012
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elgiacomo from Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, appears to be bottled in April of 2012 (a "4" written in sharpie on the cap). Served at around 40F.

Pours clear amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves some decent lacing behind and holds a small creamy cap.

Aroma starts with some pineapple and mango, then moves more towards floral hops and caramel malt. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor features floral and resinous hops, a bit of fruit and citrus, decent bready/caramel malt backbone. A hint of sweetness in the middle, but finishes with nice bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

The first sniff was great, but then became more subdued after that. Pretty good IPA, but not blowing me away...

Jun 29, 2012
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful crystal clear amber color with lots of soft bubbles rising to feed a 1.5 finger sea foamy, off-white head. It dissapates slowly and leaves thick strings of lacing around it. Beautiful beer. The aroma is intoxicating with clean and bright citrusy hop aromas shining through. Just a touch of resiny earthiness to keep it grounded, but the citrus is very present. A noticeably clean malt aroma is there as well, focusing on caramel aromas and less toastiness. A touch of booze makes its way through as well to remind you of the 7.5% ABV bill. Very pleasant aroma.

Potently hoppy. The hops come through and slam down the palate right away. A bit more earthiness is present here, but the hop taste still manages to be clean and fresh as imaginable. It has a spicy hop taste that stems from its potentness and is not at all unwelcome. The malts do a great job in supporting the hop profile in that they are subtle and tend to be forgotten in the first few sips. When your palate starts getting used to the hop barage, a subtle sweetness sneaks out and throws a balance in the beer that was overlooked before. Its caramelly and even a bit fruity, aided by the citrusy grapefruit of the hops. These hops also manage to be floral and piney as well. It has an easy drinking mouthfeel which is pleasant if not a little watery. The 7.5% can be felt, especially in the breath, but it is very subtle compared to the hops.

Not for the faint of heart if your not into big hoppy beers. This one packs a wallop of big hoppy flavors, so be ready. Definitely a good beer.

Jun 28, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1365th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip

Ordered from

App- A sunset looking orangey/yellow with a clearer density behind it. A smaller looking 1-1/2 finger head was there with a slow receding foam that was white and nice and fluffy.

Smell- A creamier hoppy aroma with trace amounts of pine. Nothing amazing, just kinda there and nicely done. A smallish tangerine note as well.

Taste- Much better as it warms. It seemed too english in taste to me when colder. A bit more of the hops come out and bring a small citrus note with it. A more malty balance comes in as well.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a good medium carbonation. Slightly lighter than the previous Ninkasi. Finishes kinda awkward like a pils. Dry and Malty.

Drink- Still malty and the taste was fine but the finish and overall just didnt really work for me. Bit awkward.

Jun 19, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for this bomber, I've been looking for this elusive IPA for a while. 22 oz. bottle poured into two glasses.

Appropriately orangish IPA color, clear/ly filtered. Nose offers a gentle combo of citrus, piney bitterness, & a too-healthy portion of malts.

India Pelican Ale isn't quite what I was looking for. This beer is covered with earthy, black-dirt hops that leave an aftertaste like a windy day after plowing the farm. A tang of pine is the only distinct flavor. Adequate bitterness, underhanded sweetness. Half a bomber might be a chore.

I'm bummed because I was looking forward to this one, & it barely reaches the level of a pedestrian IPA (my wife hates it). Completely forgettable, light on flavor, unimpressive aftertaste. I can only hope this is an off bottle. Comes up short of mediocre.

Jun 16, 2012
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gkunkle for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear. Light copper. Head is off-white, sticky, rocky, and retains moderately well. Drops to a thin cap. Sheets of lacing. Nice moderate carbonation.

Smell: Mega citrus. Orange and grapefruit flesh. Marmalade. Orange juice. It's an infusion! Some malt backing. Mild caramel malt sweetness. Faintly roasted. Very faint. I can't escape the orange. Peel and fresh-squeezed juice. Punches of sharp, oily citrus. Some mint.

Taste: More of the nose. It's marmalade with some pine lacing. Sweet citrus. Malts are more prominent as well. Nice counter to the hops. Big bready malt base layered with some lingering roasted sweetness. Spearmint and pine needles in your oj. Decidedly bitter. It pushes and pushes. I feel like I smoked a citrus laced pipe.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, and smooth. Moderate body and a moderate carbonation. It does the job.

Overall: My first few sips of this were less than impressive. As the beer warmed, it really hit its stride. Amazingly drinkable and aggressively bitter. Well played.

Jun 15, 2012
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bstave from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

A- Pours a transluscent dark golden color with one finger white fluffy head.

S- Citrussy hops with bready malt. No date on bottle, so I may not have the freshest bottle.

T- Taste picks up big citrus hops and light bready malt backbone. Leaves a nice bitter in the backend.

M- Smooth medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O- I really like this IPA. Hard to believe it's 7.5%. Easy to drink and I am really looking forward to having this soon at the brewery. I am surprised I have not been there yet.

Jun 13, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, grass, herbal, pine, floral, bread, honey, and light caramel. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, pine, grass, herbal, bread, floral, honey, light caramel, and citrus rind. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, grass, and citrus rind on the finish for a while. Fantastic hop flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt balance as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is completely hidden, with no warming noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. Great balance of hop flavor; and extremely crisp and easy to drink. Fantastic stuff.

Jun 10, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny orange color, translucent, with an almost white head that leaves a nice lace.

The aroma is juicy citrus, grapefruit, tinges of lemon and grass.

Nice sharp bitterness on the front of the tongue, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, some toasted malts. It's quite lovely.

Medium body, good carbonation level, slight oiliness.

Quite a nice west-coast IPA. I've definitely got my eye on Pelican...

Jun 06, 2012
India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 276 ratings