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 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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Photo of gkunkle
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent golden color with a tall off-white head that has pretty decent retention and leaves some rings of lacing in my glass. Smell is of grassy and slightly piney hops. Not much malt in the nose. Hops are less prevalent than I expected in the taste judging by the smell. I feel like I would now describe the hops as earthy now. The alcohol comes through a bit in the middle. Finish is dry with a piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is nice. Overall, not as good as I expected from
Pelican, but still a decent beer.

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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 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 vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into tulip pint.
bottled in June.

Pours a clear orange hued golden color, with light, yet steadily rising carbonation and a thick foamy off white head.

The aroma is of juicy grapefruit and pineapple. What little malts are present are caramel and biscuity.

The flavor has more grapefruit with less pineapple than the nose, and a very powerful pine backing as well as a light caramel sweetness. This reminds me more of a DIPA than a standard IPA.

The mouthfeel has a nice medium body with active carbonation and coats the mouth just a bit with an oily stickiness.

A very well done and easy drinking IPA, fairly balanced, though I did feel there was a bit more green, pine characteristics in the taste then were necessary.

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an orangy amber with a massive white crown that shows some retention and good lace.

Smell: Lots of floral hops and some citrus hops, some sweet malt, and hint of alcohol.

Taste: Fairly biscuity malt with a slight caramel edge. Strong bitter hops counterbalance the malt. Grapefruit and lemon pith add some needed acidity.

Mouthfeel: Really nice heavy side of medium bodied with a slight chewiness and great carbonation.

Drinkability: Well balanced (from a hop heads point of view) and delicious.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear straw color with a nice big, white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma- Pine, floral aroma. And lots of it.

Taste- Even more pine and floral. Little bit of earthy hops. The hops stay on your tongue for quite a while after each sip.

Mouthfeel- Nice and even. Very good for the style.

Drinkabilty- Good drinkability just don't expect to feel your tongue for about a day afterwards.

Very good IPA. And to think that I have pasted this up time and again because it is always available. I will be buying it more.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orange-amber tinted gold, nice a crystal clear. nice big fluffy off white head sits atop this beer. settles slowy wo leave some nice sticky lacing along the glass

S- Nice hop aromas. Citrus and piny hops make up the majority of the nose on this beer. some caramel malt backs up the hops.

T- Similar to the nose. Hops throughout, citurs up front with some piny-ness, carries through the middle with a nice bitter hoppy finish. The malt is a little more subdued here, would have liked a little more balance between the hops and malt but not bad.

M/D- Medium Bodied and good carbonation. Perfect for the style, nice and sticky on the palate. For 7.5% ABV, very easy drinkin.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a golden yellow hue with hints of orange and a huge three finger frothy off white head. Incredibly thick head, great retention and really good lacing!

S: Huge aroma of citrus hop, incredibly fresh smelling and really crisp. Faint malt in the background, but smells well balanced. Not overly complex in the nose but solid.

T: Nice bitter hop flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin up front, malt presence comes through in the mid palate with some sweetness and more citrus. The hop bitterness is well balanced and lingers long into the finish, definitely doesn't taste like 7.5%, the abv is very well hidden.

M: Medium light body, with a crisp, dry finish and solid carbonation. Wish it had just a touch more weight on the palate, but very solid.

D: Very drinkable for 7.5%, almost sessionable and very clean for an ipa this big! Definitely revisit this beer in the future!

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

22 ounce bottle poured into a glass

A: Thin white head which dissipated pretty fast. Some lacing but pretty minimal. Deep rich amber in color and very clear.

S: Lots of citrus up front in the nose. Some mild sweetness present.

T: Hops lead the assault on the senses in this beer. Very mild sweetness present in the middle with the finish having a lot of hops present. Hops linger long after the finish.

M: Light bodied beer given the deep amber color. Excellent carbonation level as well.

D: Easy drinking beer. Really could have multiple in a session.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


Received in a trade with mykie73, thanks! Bomber into my Moonlight pint glass.

A: Pours a perfectly clear bright golden orange with a monstrous off white head that lingers for a long, long time, and leaves thick sheets of lacing all over the glass when it finally recedes.

A: Floral with perfume notes. Fruit notes are of grapefruit and orange, flesh and rind, and there's a hint of pine. Malt is caramel in character, and does well in balancing the hops. I'm not sure of the bottle date on this, but the hops are quite muted.

S: Upper moderately bitter and quite dry, with grapefruit rind and orange pith notes. Some pine resin is noticeable, but the hops are mostly grapefruit and orange with a touch of sweetness midpalate. The malt doesn't have much influence in the flavor. Again, somewhat muted and mostly bitter without much backing hop flavor.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, sticky, and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Not sure how old this is, but it comes off as bitterness without much flavor or aroma. There are so many better options I'd recommend skipping this one.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by my friend Eric - many thanks for my share of this well-regarded IPA!

Pous a hazy orange with a finger of well-lacing white head. Fairly classical appearance. Big west coast nose, with lots of citrus and pine, along with something else in the background I can't quite nail. The flavour follows the nose quite closely, with prominent orange and grapefruit teeming up with pine to produce a bitter hop bomb. There is a slight off-note, which might be light oxidisation, and that's enough to distract me and drop this one down a bit. Warming on the way down. Excellent smooth mouthfeel with a hint of oiliness.

Nice stuff! There's that one flaw that holds it back, but I'm sure that's probably an anomaly in this bottle. I can see why its so well-respected.

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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 joshuacavett
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Brandoneast who shared this one from a trade. Amazing brew that is very drinkable. Orange, coriander and hops to the nose, a medium to high carbonation. Excellent IPA and on par with Sculpin. Slight yellowy orange pour. Also picked up some huge cascadian hops on this one. Great brew.

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Photo of ekardz
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3 finger head. Nice retention. Golden amber haze. Medium carbonation. Lots of lacing

S - citrusy, grapefruit, piney, lemony scents

T - hoppy, citrus notes, coriander/orange notes. Piney and somewhat earthy.

M - medium-light bodied, good carbonation, small bite

D - very drinkable. Solid ipa, goes down easy. Would definitely have one again

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber from my trip to Victoria, no dating but I was assured it was no problem...whatever that means.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a two-finger bubbly head caking to the sides. Nose is all citrus and pine, orange rind, a hint of tobacco.

Orange rind, grapefruit pith, a hint of something lemony, real nice piney bitterness with an oily mouthfeel which makes you think you're ingesting hop oil. Cascade all the way but there's something else in there I can't pin, something more lemony. Classic take on the West coast hop bomb, mega drinkable for the ABV. Real nice.

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Photo of oregone
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double (actually triple) dry hopped version on cask.
A: Uuuuugly. Cloudy funky glass, and not just carbonation (which was perfect). Lots of inert fine sediment giving this some murkiness, but it wasn't gritty in the end, and really, it gave some heads up on what you were getting in to.
S: Hops. And then some. One of the most pure and unabrasive hop aromas. Clean rich, crisp, with some malty sugared notes and yeast hiding in the background.
T: Rockin. Just hops all day, but the serving style takes any edge off and lets you savor. Frickin killer. Pure unadulterated hop bliss without the stinging ramifications.Malts are there, and it does have a chorus line, but thats not the point.
D: Its cask, which never goes down crazy fast for me. But this would be trouble at, what, 8.5 abv? Jeez. Stopped at two because of deadline, but would have been drug out of there later otherwise.

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Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle popped open and poured into a pint glass. As soon as the cap is lifted a huge rush of grapefruit scent escapes the bottle and was picked up on from a few feet away. This one pours a golden orange with ruby highlights. A massive white head erupts and slowly dissipates into thick sticky lacing all over the glass. The nose is very hop forward, big citrus profile. There is a lot of grapefruit and orange zest, some piney hop in the middle and maybe a faint malt backbone. The taste is pretty much equivocal to the nose. This is a good American IPA, especially if you the kind of person that likes hop forward beers. Huge hop presence throughout this one; it is quite bitter. The citrus profile is truly great but there is barely any malt balance to this one, which I am finding to be a slight drawback to this. Maybe I would be enjoying it more with some spicy pad thai. Drinks fairly easily and alcohol rears its head about half way through this one. A good example of the style and a welcome introduction to the Pelican Pub and Brewery.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsbreath for this.

Split 3 ways into 7oz tasting glass.

Aroma was expectedly hoppy, cirtrus sweet, a little alcohol in the nose. there is a distinct spice in the nose, with few floral notes.

The pour left a bit of sticky white bubbles around the glass and lacing that stayed.

Very tangy/pine mashed with grapefruit and a nice bite at the finish - almost a straight pine flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel and the sweetness in the nose balance this out.

Interestingly, the parts play together well, but, I felt, didn't really indicate the next. As much as aroma guides flavor, I felt this had a different aroma than flavor. Well carbonated, and an exceptional drink.


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Photo of djbreezy
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - transparent amber, little carbonation bubbles, generous foamy head, dissipates slowly, sticky lacing

smell - aromatic resinous and earthy hops, backed by a malt backbone

taste - earthy hops up front with a malt body that finishes on the side of the mouth, then the hop profile comes back, very dank and resinous

mouthfeel - light/medium, silky/soapy, well carbonated

drinkability - flavorful and hoppy, west coast ipa profile, first time drinking this, picked up a bottle at a local grocery store on a whim and am happy with it

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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 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 BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Bright and clear copper color, foams up right to the rim of the glass and crowns the inside with a stunning lace. Big aromatics from the hops; orange rind, ruby red grapefruit, spearmint and light pipe tobacco. A little bready and fruity in the nose, but the hops are obviously dominant here. Smooth and slick on the palate with a medium to full body. Hops slowly drop a hammer of bitterness that oozes of hard citric, tobacco and woodsy flavors. The malt opens up enough to get through the hops for a brief moment to lend some bready and caramel flavors. Alcohol is deceiving until a few sips in, as the slight warmth sets in and the faint tropical fruitiness materializes on the tongue. Bitter finish, but not bitter enough to hinder us from going back (and back again).

This is a big American IPA, a bit of old-school PNW flavor. We splashed the last few drops on us like aftershave, wishing for more--yet we were left with an empty feeling when it was finished, with only memories of such a great beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to oregonskibum for including this as an extra in our trade.

A two-finger head of beige colored mousse topped the ever-so-slightly hazed, golden amber liquid. The head deposited a crackly latticework of sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Lots of pungent, citrusy, C-style hops came through in the aroma. Candied orange peel was most apparent. Some tropical fruit notes were also noticeable. A touch floral and honey-like. The hops were balanced by a rich, semi-sweet, caramel maltiness. Brown sugar was detectible as well.

The taste was similar to the nose except perhaps punchier and a bit more complex. Quite hoppy. Citrus and pine notes dominated. Orange peel came through strong. Slightly grassy. Spicy. A sweet, caramel malt backbone complimented the hops perfectly. The malts also had a slightly bready component to them. Hints of brown sugar appeared as the beer warmed. The finish was crisp and off-dry with resonating notes of pine sap.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. A bit thinner than I was anticipating. Frothy and smooth with a lively, bubbly effervescence.

Drinkability was phenomenal. This IPA is super hoppy and complex, yet appropriately balanced. Furthermore, the 7.5% ABV was remarkably well hidden.

Although the label states that Phil the Pelican "recreated the flavor of the British Empire (in this IPA) with his own American twist" I see no indication of anything British about this beer (except perhaps its moderately balanced nature). For me, that is a good thing. Definitely give this one a shot, if you are fortunate enough to come across it.

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

Picked up a bomber at the Brewpub on 8-10-10 for $6.00.
Beer poured a golden orange with a really nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is very pungent with northwest hops and pale malts. Taste has a decent caramel and pale malt backbone finishing with a nice pine and citrus hop finish. I am struggling with the style as this borders between the double ipa and ipa styles. But in the end there is enough hop finish to support the ipa classification. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with an appropriate carbonation level for the abv. Drinkability is quite good. This is one of the tastier ipas i have had this year. Definitely worthy of a try and is reasonably priced.

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