Railway City Dead Elephant Ale | Railway City Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
railwaycitybrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full bodied golden Pale Ale which pours with a linen white medium density head leaving spider web lace on the glass.

On the palate the flavour is sweet fruity malts up front (apricot, mango) with a bit of candy, and slight grassy notes which fall away to reveal a hint of biscuit with rather pleasant grapefruit and perfume undertones.

This is a hop bomb, there is no doubt. To the nose there is a mild malt aroma which accentuates the robust floral bouquet which is derived from the hops.

Medium full bodied ale with pleasant lingering hop finish.

46.6 IBU

Added by mrmanning on 09-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of KenMist
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this from Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is subtle tart fruit. The taste is bitter through but easy to drink. There is some citrus present. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Squeezyq
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beeryand
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHawes
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal, it is by far my favourite beer that they brew and I've tried them all, multiple times

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of earthy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Juiposa
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of halfshell
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful crystal clear pale golden color with 2 fingers of foamy white head that has great retention. The carbonation looks pretty lively too.

Aroma - The nose is definitely on the maltier side, which is fine considering its an English IPA. Its extremely bready like fresh white bread. followed up by some ligher citrus fruits, Grapefruit orange and melon all seem to be there but very lightly.

Taste - Again as it should the malt dominates, You get Grass, wheat some fresh baked white bread followed by grapefruit and orange. Fairly simple and pretty decent.

Feel - This is definitely a medium bodied beer with creamy carbonation. Bitterness is very light for someone like me used to american IPA's at a measly 46.6 IBU's Very easy drinking.

Overall - This beer is an English IPA not an American IPA. This is very clear when you smell and taste it. Many people rating it low were expecting an american version of the beer. As far as how it stacks up with the style I think it does a fine job. Its nice and malty and very refreshing. Try it out!

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Photo of mrchip
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of btg95
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersareonme
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really good "light" ale, light in terms of it not being a stiff West-coast IPA. great pint to go with just about any food, and its relatively local to where I live. Cheers!

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Photo of BillT916
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cosmin
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure where to start... I picked this one up in a can from the LCBO and consumed well ahead of "best before" date. First thing that came to mind was: "is this really an IPA?!" Keep in mind this is an English style IPA. Those hop heads out there who are used to American IPAs (like me!) will definitely be in for a rather unpleasant surprise when trying this one out.

Pale yellow colour. Decent amount of head. Low carbonation. Bland tasting beer with a slightly bitter after taste. Definitely not what I expected from an IPA but then again, it's English Style. I supposed I haven't had enough of these to compare it to others. I will definitely give English Style IPAs another chance however not this one.

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isaac420L
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris_r2112
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden pour. Maybe about half a finger of head with almost no retention. Looks appealing enough, but nothing special about it.

Smell: Light citrusy hops. bit breadier on the back end than other IPAs I've tried. I'm detecting a tiny bit of pine as well.

Taste: very light on the hops. If you are expecting to get kicked in the face by hops, this is not the brew for you. None the less, I'm detecting light orange hoppy flavours on the front end, and a little bit of melon. Like the smell, there is almost a breadiness with a hint of pine on the back end. I could see this beer being exceptionally refreshing in the summer due to its light character. If it weren't almost 7%, it would also be very sessionable (well, I guess it still could be if your end goal was to get drunk).

Feel: Light body, medium carbonation. As I stated before, refreshing.

Overall: This beer isn't going to turn the heads of many true hop lovers. However, it is a nice, light and refreshing brew that I will likely pick up again in the summer. Overall, not what many would consider a "traditional" IPA, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of byronic
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Electros
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Railway City Dead Elephant Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
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