India Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
17 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 7.5% by volume
Bitterness: 85 IBU
Color: 15 lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant IPA, bitterness well under control, smooth drinker. Grapfruit-orange colour with head, hop aroma. A bit above average mouthfeel. Cascade treat, grapefruit peel and fuit.Great accompaniment with food.Balance without overt sweetness, however honeyish.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

Completely underestimated this beer upon ordering. Expected something servicible, but got a very good beer that ranks among those who defined the style. The beer brings a copper-orangy color with mild haze and an amazing head formation that laced and retained as well as any. Aromas are all soft citrus hop flavor or orange zest, grapefruit, and a little lemony to go along with the hops. Maltiness is detected, but no real sweetness. Malty enough to the taste, but attenuated well enough that hardly any sweetnees is found- only caramel and bread notes. Again hops dominate the flavors with a spicy citrus note and lightly acidic tastes (lemons again). Bitterness is evident, but not as agressive as the hop flavor which, along with the dry attenuation, makes the beer very sessionable. Finishes with a long hop lingering. A very nice beer that could use a little 'signature' to separate it from the Sierra Nevada's of the world.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber pours a cloudy medium apricot hue, with tons of thick, foamy, eggshell white head, which leaves some nice spidery lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells strongly of grapefruit, orange rind, and pine needles, with some sweet background caramel/toffee malt. The taste is big and bitter right up front - palate-drying, aggressively bitter citrus and pine hops, while the fairly mute biscuit/caramel malt lies beaten and bruised by the roadside. The carbonation is average, the body a bit on the light side, a tad creamy, with some mild alcohol warming. It finishes crisp and zingy, the hops riding off without even a sympathetic backwards glance.

I must have been drinking too many balanced (read: usually underwhelming) Canadian versions lately, as this came as a bit of shock, and not-so-gentle reminder of where the term "West Coast Style" comes from when describing IPAs. That said, I lurve me some big hops, and this pleasantly assaulted my tastebuds, making me wish I had more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a huge head that retains well and leaves copious lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a pine forest interlaced with a citrus grove that had been planted with spearmint; excellent use of those aromatic Cascade hops

Taste: After a brief bit of biscuity malt, this ale just gets right down to the piney bitterness and becomes increasingly resinous, mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt makes another appearance and there is an interesting residual caramel sweetness on the tip of the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; just a little bit cloying

Drinkability: A well-above average IPA that has a nice level of bitterness paired with a bit of malty character

Thanks, msubulldog25

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mihir. Poured from a fresh bomber into a tulip. The beer is a lightly hazy golden-amber with a slim white head that leaves behind a few strands of lace. The aroma is leafy and floral with a big toast and caramel malt character. Similar flavors hit the palate: toast and toffee, moderate sweetness, floral and herbal hops. Strong but clean bitterness clings to the palate near the finish, drying the mouth slightly. Lingering toast flavors meet semi-astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. A solid, enjoyable beer; nothing outstanding, but good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip during a nice Wednesday night get together.

Pours a moderate golden-apricot color with a good white head and a bit a lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose is pretty plain with a bit of light grainy malt plus some very mild citrus character from the hops. A bit of pine in there as well. The flavor is equally lacking with a bit of a hop presence and some mild booze in there as well. Feel is medium with a bit of a dryness, though not too much bitterness. Drinkability is decent enough, though not likely something I'd come back to on my own.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask, via hand pump @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass. This was a double dry-hopped version.

Pours a hazed gold, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with quite the smooth looking layer of froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with a big and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells extremely floral, with notes of juicy grapefruit, pine, and spice. This is just so robust, fresh, and flavorful with the hops here in the nose, with an underlying supportive mix of caramel and toast. This all combines to drive a hoppy twang of West Coast awesomeness up the nostrils. This is fantastic!

The taste is just as flavorful, with juicy grapefruit, pine, spice, and zesty rinds flavors, while the hops are being backed by sweeter notes of caramel and bread that takes care of business across the back of the profile. The finish is quite strong but not overbearing, with dry resins, spice, and warm bitterness hanging on the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but SUPER easy, smooth, and creamy feeling in the mouth. I mean, it is just effortless to drink this, considering the amount of alcohol and off-the-chain hop flavors that are present. This is one of the best cask feels that I’ve experienced with a beer in quite some time.

I had been aching for an awesome West Coast style IPA by this time on our recent Oregon trip and this fit the bill to a tee. I’ve had this in the bottle before and thought that it was pretty darn good that way, but being double dry-hopped and served on cask just took this to another level. I literally could have just sat there and drank pint after pint of this while staring out at Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean and called this beer heaven. Fantastic.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich rustic orange, lightly hazy. The cap is pale toffee in color and is average in size despite a vigorous pour. Even so, it's in no hurry to deflate and remains humped and rocky in the center when it eventually does so. As well, it leaves an abundant quantity of high-quality lace on the glass.

There's a lovely Cascade-soaked aroma that has some power behind it. When the cap is down to a thin film, it becomes even more hoppily pungent, spritzing aerosolized grapefruit zest and pine sap up my nose. Well done Pelican.

The flavor is enjoyable--especially if you love hops--but isn't out of this world amazing. I don't run across beer like this often, but I think its major fault (if I can even call it that) is that it's insufficiently supported by malt and is, consequently, overbalanced toward hops. It's a fine line sometimes with heavily-hopped IPAs, but in this case the hoppiness is too sharply bitter and is borderline harsh.

The finish is long, tangily grapefruity and quite bitter (and I'm someone whose doesn't perceive bitterness in the vast majority of well-hopped IPAs). Recent reviews seem to agree with my impressions, while reviews from several years ago appear to be describing a different beer altogether. Recipe change perhaps? The body is acceptable, but more malt would give it the full creaminess that it needs.

It's rare when I call for more malt in a IPA, but India Pelican Ale (IPA, get it?) is one of the few that would benefit greatly from just such an addition. It's simply too sharply, tongue tweakingly bitter. That's a shame because those Cascade hops, with a little reining in, would be some kind of delicious.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent apricot with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Much pineyness & some caramel

T: Intense grapefruit & some lemony hops & just a tad of maltyness & caramel up front. Some honey malts mingle with lemony & piney hops, plus a bit of peachy & apricot fruittyness as this warms. Finishes with leafy & piney hops, plus a bit of caramel

MF: Medium bodied & pretty lively carbonation helps make this a smooth albeit a damn hoppy pint

Drinks good for the ABV, a bit too hoppy for my liking, but hopheads may disagree

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this one from Unclejedi last week and immediately through it in the fridge, as I just could not pass up trying an India Pelican Ale! The pour was nice with a good orange amber color coming out with a decent amount of haze to it. A nice three inch high head of white sticky foam then came up over the top of it and gradually settled down to leave a nice cushion of white throughout the rest of the session. Some very nice side glass lace was also present throughout and really gave it a nice overall look. Some carbonation could also be seen coming up from the bottom.

The aroma was full of hops. Deep bitter citrus notes, mingled in with some alcohol let me know this was not going to be a light ale. Some light sweetness way down inside of it, but overall this had the smell of a big hop bomb. The flavor followed suit as well, with an intense bitter display right up front that really set the tone for the remainder of the night. Deep grapefruit notes and a sticky pine resin flavor showed no signs of balance. A really big alcohol note in here, not sure the ABV, but I would guess it to be around 9% or so. Nice medium-bodied ale, the carbonation profile was also very nice, and never really let down throughout. The finish was strong, intensely bitter and very dry. Really pushing through that this was a big IPA that was not to be taken lightly. I had no problem working my way through the bottle, though I doubt having two would be an advisable solution.

Overall, I thought this was a very nice big IPA. Certainly a hop bomb in its own right, it was really well put together. A fine example of the style and certainly something I would not turn down if it were to be offered again.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of several great looking hoppy beers I pulled out of a package from Oregon this evening. The temp outside was perfect to get this one right into our glasses while we are preparing for the Monday night football game.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear amber color with a huge foamy head filling the top 1/3 of the glass. As the foam started to settle it left a thick spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a great citrus forward hoppiness to it. Mango, peach, pineapple and grapefruit all come out in it at one time or another. The grapefruit is especially pronounced with more of a sweetness to it rather then bitterness. I probably mention grapefruit in a lot of reviews, but this one really comes the closest I've ever had to real, fresh, grapefruit.

The taste shows more of the grapefruit flavors to it throughout the flavor. The grapefruit has more of the bitter qualities in the taste compared to the nose. It has more of adry, fruity, herbal, bitterness coming through in the finish. Just a touch of the tropical fruit like hoppiness, that was found in the aroma comes through in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, and slightly sharp carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it was a excellent beer overall. I loved all the citrusy, fruity and hoppy flavors it had in the aroma. The flavors really came together nicely too and it had a very fresh, green, hoppy, bitterenss to it. Very nice beer ovaerall and a very good IPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Aaron for sending this one.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a big white head.

S: Pine and citrus peel hop notes are present right away. Plenty of grapefruit and some mild grass and floral notes are also present, as is a bready malt aroma.

T: Quite bitter with a very green flavor, almost like undercooked potatoes. Slightly woody with lots of grass and citrus peel. Not as much citrus flavor as I had anticipated, given the aroma.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: A pretty strange flavor, and I wasn't the hugest fan.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours golden with a rich one-finger creamy head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine, fruits (mango, pineapple, peaches) and citrus (orange/grapefruit). Huge complex hop aroma. (Label says that it has a Cascade hop aroma - if that's the only hop they used - they certainly worked wonders with it!). Some caramel is there, too.

The taste is citric - very grapefruity - with a hint of pine. There's a touch of caramel sweetness mixing it, though it gives way to a bitter, dry finish. A slight touch of alcohol shows in the finish, though in a non-interfering way (was a bit surprised at actual abv, since it is not listed on the bottle).

It has a smooth/creamy feel in a medium body. Flavor lingers.

It has a huge hop character, but still retains balance (relative to the style). This huge hop character, with a hint of caramel sweetness that draws back to give a lingering citric bitterness works very well! This is highly aromatic and wonderfully delicious!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/07/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden/orange pour with a larger creamy white head. Better than average lace abounds.

Smell- Huge and I mean huge fruity cascade hop scents. Grapefruit up the wazzo. Malt is a bit hard to smell through the hops. Awesome scent though.

Taste- Ahhh, the malt does come through in the taste though. Large grapefruit flavored hop hit. Comaparbly to Indica from Lost Coast. Medium toased malt follows through nicely.

Mouthfeel- Semi-creamy with an average carbonation level.

Drinkability- Can see how this won a gold medal. Although, there are others I like better, this one is right up there.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was just OK, I think I liked it slightly more than my confederates but overall it is a disappointment.

Beer is amber and mostly clear. Small head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with some pine hops in there, smells fine.

This beer is more malty than hoppy, this is it's primary problem. Lead off is malt with some moderate bitterness in the back but a clear lack of hops in the midpalate. I don't know, I doubt I would have it again.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber at Bailey's Taproom... but ended up enjoying most of it. Despite the extra strength, it hardly felt like a heavier IPA. In fact, I had no problem finishing my pint. What I really loved about this beer was that it covered a lot of different hop flavors - floral to earthy to citrus - and balance them all well to make a slightly juicy, and wholly delicious IPA. Yum.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to H1N1 for this bottle.

Poured in to Duvel Tulip from bomber.

A - Golden orange colour with a s light amber tinge and one finger of thick white head. Appears to be completely filtered.

S - Bitter h ops up front with a mix of citrus, grassy and floral notes and a very evident sweet caramel malt base. Seems well balanced.

T - Very bitter and very sweet at the same time. The bitterness from the hops doesn't have a whole lot of flavour that compliments it but there are some floral and piney notes. The malts provide a big, sweet caramel flavour. Slight bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A good IPA. Would love to try it fresh as it took me too long to get to this bottle.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks msubulldog25 for this brew.

Pours a clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, tons of lacing, actually a nice covering of the glass. The nose is of hops, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy, and citrusy. Nice dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty IPA, glad to have a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by blutt59 and sampled at thirdeye11's birthday bash.

Beer pours dark yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong hops, come citrus and pine. The flavor is strong pine hops with a good amount of malt as well. This is a very hoppy American IPA that is very drinkable. Outstanding beer that I hope to try again.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub yesterday.

The beer pours the prototypical IPA, golden peach color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is very attractive, showcasing orange citrus, peppper, lemon zest, light pine and some underlying dank earth. The flavor profile is just fantastic, and as always, the amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish astonishing. There is otherwise plenty of dry citrus, and the style is west coast all the way (the finish is very dry and bitter). The brewpub menu indicates that the abv. is now up to 8%, but you get no sense of that level of alcohol on the palate. The beer is not at all boozy, with the alcohol beautifully integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, satisfyingly bitter finish.

A benchmark when it comes IPA's. Just excellent.

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