Bad Santa | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
131 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
Ranking:
#12,549
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
131
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Bjlynch83
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at the Spokane Valley Total Wine for $1.79. According to the stamp on the bottle, this was bottled on October 28, 2015. Also according to the label, this is stronger than what is listed on BA, clocking in at 7.5% abv, and at 65 IBUs. Also, I somehow never picked up on Pelican's shift of production to Tillamook before.

Poured into a Mad Bomber pseudo-IPA glass, this was a very dark, mahogany color, with a rubyish tint when held up to light. Huge, fluffy, rocky head that settled unevenly and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose is a little subdued, no doubt owing to how long I sat on this, but I get notes of piney hops, along with toasted dark malt notes. For a CDA, the latter are more mellow than I was expecting.

Fairly muted tasting. Mildly piney hops mingling with softly sweet, cocoish and nutty toasted malt notes. Mild dryness at the swallow.

The body is at the upper end of medium, with a creamy, ever so slightly oily mouthfeel.

I guess I could chalk it up to its age, but it’s not very divergent from fresher reviews. In general, this seems a kinder, gentler take on the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/whatever BA calls it. Not bad, but not essential, though it did look great in the glass. I might revisit it next year when fresher.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank 01/18/2016 Bottled 10/12/2015
22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Brown, deep red against the light, small brown head, minimal lacing, inviting to drink
Aroma: smell of toasted malts, boozy smell
Taste: strong taste of toasted malts, hint of chocolate coffee, pine
Mouth feel: Creamy
Overall: Very good beer, aroma and taste comes out if drank close to 50F

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Photo of MacStinson
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rrock44
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bombventure
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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 EXScotT
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hokieman00
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ghostxyz3
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davegray
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Artroom123
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josephandbrown
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bad Santa from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 131 ratings