Bad Santa | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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124 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
17.0degree Plato
Alcohol: 6.7% by volume
Bitterness: 65 IBU
Color: 60 SRM

Added by ccrida on 01-03-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Murrhey
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger cream colored head, long retention. Clingy lacing. Mahogany color with high clarity. Nice looking beer.

S- Roast malts, chocolate and toffee. Piney and earthy hops.

T- Bitter hops, creamy flavors and roast malts. Not well developed.

M- Smooth feel. Dry linger.

O- Not great. I was hoping for more, but then again I am not a fan of the style.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Rick778
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josephandbrown
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle pour into a shaker pint glass.

Bad Santa pours a very dark amber with a robust head. I've had several pours so far, and there has not been any haze. Personally, I do not get very much out of the smell. As for the taste, I'm a bit thrown off. Even though it specifically says on the bottle it is a CDA, the name and branding suggest holiday beer. I keep expecting more malt and spice! It isn't bad on its own but my own expectations keep getting in the way.

If I try to ignore this bias and focus strictly on the flavor, it's a fine enough beer. It's main flavor component is a bitterness I am not accustomed to from Oregon hops and beers. It's pretty strongly carbonated, which I like.

Overall, not my favorite beer for the season or my favorite from Pelican.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anteater
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beertunes
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dumb-assed 22oz format bottle. Bottled on date of 9/30/13. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an almost solid black color, just some bare translucence at the edges, with over an inch of tan head that had moderate retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was low on malt, lightly roasty, and had a very subdued hop presence. A very mild version of the style. The roast was a bit more apparent at the back of the palate, and the hops (a bit of citrus and some pine) were a touch brighter, but again, not as bold as most examples.

The body was thinner than most, and other than the semi-lingering roast, had a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I'm not a fan of this style, and I managed to knock off the 22 fairly quickly. Overall, a solid, decent example. Not one that will blow you away, but one that's probably worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Shmizzen
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of casapy
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of unknown age into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Much lighter than expected, more brown than black with 3+ fingers of light tan head. Good head retention and thick lacing. Nose is too mute for the style, not nearly enough hop character. Taste reminded me of a hoppy brown, not an OR CDA. Needs more dark malts and hops. Good body and finish. Wanted much more from this beer as I love the CDA style and have heard great things about Pelican. Won't revisit.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice opaque black with abundant fluffy beige head. Mellow roast grain aroma, some sharp hop bitterness in the taste to accent the dark malts, but finishes fast and kind of weak.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of YieldToNothing
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of earinc
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a sexy looking beer. It's not completely pitch black, but it's very close. Even up to a light you can barely see anything other than night. The head is a finger thick of offbrown foamy bubbles, both large and small. As the middle falls out of the head, there is a gentle lacing left behind.

Early on, it's all roasty malt scents. As the beer warms, the strange smells of the Fuggles hops shine through. Very Earthy, vegetal. Not exactly my liking, but a strong scent.

Has a roasty, charcoal like taste with an Earthy flowery finish.

You don't notice it's a pale ale of any type til the bitter finish. It's actually pretty bitter from start to finish, but it's definitely kicked up a notch in the swallow. There is bitterness from the roasted items followed by a wave of even more bitterness from the hops.

I try to be open about every beer I try, but I just haven't developed a tongue for black IPAs. There's something about each of them that just doesn't work for me and this is no exception. It's not that it's a bad beer, just not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of ncherf
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hreb
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle promises Winter Warmer with its evil looking Pelican on the label, but the caption promises CDA (American Black Ale on BeerAdvocate). Served in a chalice, beer pours dark reddish brown in color with a thick, dark head. Very little aroma to speak of, which would not be a good start if we are to expect a CDA. Flavor is however very much like a CDA: spicy (there's your Winter piece) hop bitterness accompanied by a relatively thin body that just so happens to be dark in color. Drinkable and enjoyable, but as others have said, not a great example of the style.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enznevr
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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