India Pelican Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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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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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of scootpolute
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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 :~)

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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 mettkea
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of BartholomewRoberts
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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...

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Photo of Rschis16
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of rmank
1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of danwho
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of bstave
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of kennethkearns
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 thebigredone
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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...

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Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of afksports
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev -2.7%

India Pelican Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 273 ratings