India Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

India Pelican AleIndia Pelican Ale
273 Ratings
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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4.15/5  rDev +1%
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?

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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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India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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