India Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

180 Reviews
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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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 273
Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear bright golden copper body. inch of white sudsy head slowly settles into a froth leaving a curtain of lacing all the way around the glass.

s: piney hops, sweet malts, spice and citrus hops all wonderfully blended to knock your socks off.

t: sweet well balanced mix of pine and citrus hops with a noteable malt presence and a touch of spice.

m: medium body, great carbonation level. a touch of oil with a short dry finish.

o: from start to finish this is a very good beer. well blended and easy drinkin. everyone should be so lucky to try this.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color with good carbonation. A nice foam and good "legs" throughout the taste.

S - Light on the hoppiness with some malt in the smell, not overpowering which is nice.

T - Awesome! Very nice an American IPA. Good hoppiness with a touch of malt, really well balanced without the big alcohol hit that might come with a 7.5% brew.

M - Good feel, not too heavy but just the right amount of what one would expect from a really good American IPA.

O - I am no expert but I really enjoyed this beer and I cannot wait until I can get back out to Portland, OR to get some more Pelican IPA. If you like IPA's you really should try the Pelican IPA. Cheers!

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

22oz bottle into HOTD tulip. Thanks for sharing, AutumnBeerLove.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a greasy, bubbly, off-white head that held decent retention.
S: I get notes of biscuit malt, honey sweetness and pine hops. Not super complex.
T: Piney hops, pale malts with a touch of grass and resin. Flavors are cleanish but not very smooth. A bit on the malty side. Light bitterness lingers.
M: Low carbonation, tingly slightly harsh mouthfeel, and a medium and greasy body.
O: An average ipa. I love that I got to try this beer but it’s not all that memorable.

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Photo of cbrunpc
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a friend bring me a Bomber of this. Thanks Dylan!

Serving Type: Glass
A: I struggle with this as I am color blind. Clear out of the bottle
S: Wonderfully citrus and appealing
T: Crisp. Citrus with a perfect amount of hops coming through
M: I was surprised at how light it felt in my mouth, very refreshing.
O: Great beer, I would recommend this to anyone. I cant wait to try some more of their beers.

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Photo of IPAguy2009
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having this one while waiting for my pizza, it cost me 5.50, not bad! Had it once before and loved it!

A- clear pale straw color, pours a good head that stays!

S- everything I love in an IPA! Sweet malt and fruits citrusy hops!

T- f'in amazing. I need to keep it short as I'm waiting for my food! more fruity hops then the malt but its so well balanced and bitterness that stays!

M- good feel, medium

O- wow. This is my fav IPA hands down! Very very bitter but its so good and I love it. PICK IT UP! Cheers

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Photo of Nachojon
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks hoparoundnw2337, just an awesome extra.

A- Great looking IPA, nice haze on the golden hay colored beer. 1 finger head that holds on for dear life and lacier than a Fredrick's of Hollywood catalogue.

S- So nice. Warm Cascade hops. Nice grass, and just a little malt back.

T- KILLER. The hops here came through just pure as FUCK. I can't put it any more clearly, these are Cascade hops and they are good. It has a nice balanced back but yeah this is a NW IPA and one of the better tasting beers I have ever had.

M- I usually like em bone dry. Don't get me wrong, this is dry but not the driest. Crisp and clean, maybe juuuust slightly undercarbonated, yeah I am digging.

O- I was stoked when I found this one in my box. I had to leave it in the fridge for a couple days to let the hype wear down and the flavor tell the story, amazingness.

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Photo of robsee
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap a week ago at Bailey's taproom in Portland.

A solid and thoroughly enjoyable classic example of the style.

Good head, nice golden color - good floral aromatics that were appopriate but certainly not to any extreme. I have an easier time describing what it isn't - not overly dank, not overly grapefruit, not overly bitter. Hits the right notes but I do like my IPA's more extreme than this example.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Great Divide goblet. #7 on the cap, so pretty old for tasting an IPA

A: Pours a honey golden brown with moderate head. White curtains of lacing abound.

S: malty sweet caramel with a grassy bitter hop backbone.

T: bitter hops dominate, grass predominates with tea and resin rounding out the hoppiness. Sweet malty caramel goodness rounds out the end of the sip

M: spicy, peppery and sparkly on the tongue.

O: a great brew, wish I had it fresh.

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

22oz bottle, bottleworks, #9 noted in marker on the cap

appearance: served in tyranena nonic pint, glowing orange body, creamy beige head with a well retained lace, well carbonated

smell: pungent hoppy aroma - citrus and sugar, pulpy grapefruit - the hop oils in this one are quite aromatic

taste: fresh hop bouquet - pink grapefruit, orange zest, lemon rind, belgian sugars, bitter hop oil. Fantastic NW IPA - need some more of this

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, medium oily body

overall: high quality

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a transparent light gold color with a nice white cap

S: A nice hop boquet of citrus, light pine and flowers

T: The nose outmuscles the flavor and lets me down. While there is a nice, clean smooth tropical fruit/citrus taste it is not as dominant as the nose would have you believe. Has a clean taste with just a tad of hop oils

M: Medium body

O: An average IPA

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Photo of grittybrews
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"10" on the cap in Sharpie; bottled less than a month ago. Poured a brilliantly clear dark copper with two fingers of loose off-white head. Big aroma of floral pine and tangerine/grapefruit citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, somewhat light mouthfeel. Floral and grapefruit hops up front mixed with orange peel and a gentle caramel biscuit backbone. Long, bitter finish with lots of pine.

Big hops and well-hidden ABV -- the lack of malt heaviness keeps this IPA really easy-drinking. Glad it's finally available in WA.

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

22oz bottle (with a "9" written on the cap, which according to another review indicates this was bottled in September) poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange amber w/ a frothy thick white head, great retention & lacing.

Aroma is a burst of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine - classic American IPA aroma.

Taste is bright sharp citrus w/ a clean hop bite. Pale malt is clean & crisp, and definitely takes a back seat to the bitter hops.

Overall this is just a solid, classic West Coast-style IPA. Not to complex, just simple and clean. Probably reminds me most of some of the Alpine IPAs I've tried.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a fine white head.

Nose has lots of hard candy notes, some sweet citrus, oranges, and mangos.

Taste is bitter, with some lemons, mixed citrus, light cream, and faint sweetness. Finish is really dry, hoppy, and bitter, with sharp lemon, oranges, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp, with biting carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice PacNW IPA. But you've gotta like hops and bitterness.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my Pelican stash I picked up at Belmont Station during a recent roadtrip to Portland.
Poured into my Deschutes Brewery tulip from a bomber.
Nice golden appearance. Abundant off-white head retains very well. Nice lace.
Tastes a little flowery up front with lemon zest feel on the back side.
Very flavorful. Definitely an American or European vs. India pale ale.
Pleasant. I enjoyed this beer immensely and will definitely be more aggressive in my purchases the next time I venture South.

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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 harrymel
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in July sometime as indicated by the "7" written on the cap in Sharpie. Purchased at the brewery.

A: pours an orange ale with brilliant clarity and about a single finger of toasted cream foam. This falls slowly to a quilt of the same, and is consistently served via a central column of evident bubbles. Ropey lace.

S: Pine, grapefruit rind, resin, some sage and bitter orange. Hops dominate over the biscuit malts under there somewhere.

T: My initial thought is there is a little bit of soil in this beer - has a flavor like raw dirt or the aftertaste I get when I eat a carrot without washing it first. Plenty of bitterness, some alcohol, sweet malts with a hint of powdered sugar flavor.

M: A bit heavy for the style with interesting carb: the carbonation is quite high when it hits the palate, but this dies out quite quickly and the beer then feels thin and nearly flat. Interesting; not sure I dig it.

O: Interesting take on a style that makes or breaks a brewery it seems. I like the nose, the look is good, but the taste and flavor leave something to be desired for me. Definitely unique and therefore worth seeking, but I won't be seeking a second time.

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

A huge thanks to waltonc for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a amber color into a tulip with about two fingers of white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple, slight grapefruit, a malty backbone, and slight hops and pine.

Taste – Malty up front, followed by the tropical fruits. Little to no hop presence, slight pine, but overall overwhelming malty sweetness and sweet fruits.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slight prickly sensation.

Overall – I wish there was a bit more hop presence, but despite there being a dominant malty flavor, the citrus and fruit flavors help offset the malt. An interesting beer – one I’d like to try on tap sometime in the future.

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

A: Orangy/ Golden look with a 2 finger head poured into a pint glass. Sticky lacing remained on the glass as I drank.

S: Sweet smell of pineapple, mangos, malt and a little piney

M: Leaves the mouth dancing. Spicy, tingly after taste is delicious

T: Tastes of sweet fruit dominate fading slowly to a spicy, piney after taste. This beer is definitely a balanced west coast IPA.

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

Poured clear amber color from 22 ounce bottle with minimal bubbly white head. The aroma is really pleasant, resinous, earthy, pine needles. Flavor is mostly the citrus resinous hops. There is just enough malt sweetness to smooth the power of the hop blast in this IPA. Has the crispness I expect in a good IPA. Palate is fine and a lingering bitter citrus alternating with a bit of malt. Overall I have only one complaint. This 22 ouncer was $6.99 US here in Oregon. Occasionally can be found for a buck or two less on sale. No other bottling besides 22 ounce.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass to produce a half inch head. Clear gold body with a sudsy head that leaves curtains of lacing on glass.

This has a lovely orange citrus and floral aroma, backed by some malt sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malt, orange and grapefruit rind, balanced by a subtle malt sweetness. Has a dry, bitter, and peppery finish.

Light body and mild carbonation gives this an enjoyably creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty decent IPA, in the Pacific Northwest style, with Cascade and Centennial hops.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice tan head.

S: Reeks of dank hops along with a big funk presence. There's something sort of herbal in there as well.

T: It takes a while for the taste to get going, but there's a nice bitter hoppiness towards the middle followed by a dry and very bitter finish. This is definitely an English style IPA and it's very drinkable.

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

I bought a bomber of India Pelican Ale in an Oregon grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Ours a rich gold color and is clear. A torrent of bubbles fill the glass. There is a creamy think white head.

The smell is a sweet bread aroma with a hint of citrus along side.

Taste is a sweet cereal malt flavor, with some sweet citrus flavors and a spicy bitter pepper finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some zippy carbonation, and slightly cloying. Dry bitter after taste.

Over all a very drinkable IPA. I would have this again.

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

Served on tap at the pub and brewery in beautuful Pacific City. From notes.

A- A short foamy white head atop a light tangerene orange body of ale. Tails of hop oils dangle enticingly. Quite light around the edges, almost golden.

S- Very sweet nose. Fruity, very perfumy, almost too much so. Unique.

T- Hops and booze all the way, but balances as she goes. Bitterness is dialed in to perfection, ever present, strong of hand but smooth of persuasion. The alcohol makes itself known throughout but its not offensive. A good reminder to take it easy lest you imbibe too much.

M- Very light body, light carbonation, just enough to pull some bitterness off the tongue for a very clean finish.

O- Excellent choice for a hophead, but abv keeps you to one or two at most.

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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 buffs9
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked very nice w/ a 2 finger head and golden color throughout

Smell is piny citrus hops, a little alcohol, very little malt.

Taste is strong floral grapefruit and pine hops,mouthfeel is solid, smooth and crisp at the same time. Finish is full of bitterness.

This beer has a much better hop flavor your average IPA, but also has a very appealing levels of bitterness.
All around high quality IPA, a bit bitter for me, but still solid and fits the style well.

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India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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