Dead Elephant | Railway City Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dead Elephant is a full bodied golden pale ale that pours with a linen white medium density head leaving spider web lace on the glass.

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

To the nose, there is a mild malt aroma that accentuates the robust floral bouquet derived from the hops.

Added by mrmanning on 09-20-2009

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of H8B8
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle pours a hazy golden amber body with a sturdy offwhite head that settles at two fingers high and hangs around several minutes. Lots of attractive lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is mostly hoppy, with grapefruit, pine, a hint of florals and an earthy grassiness. Toasted caramel notes underneath.

Full medium body has a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a bready caramel base that seems almost scorched at times. Abundant hop bitterness has a dominant earthy character with hints of pine, grass, and grapefruit. A hint of ripe pears midway through leads into a clean and even finish.

Not my favorite Ontario pale ale but one that is definitely very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a disastrous Railway experience on draught, I'm willing to give them another go in bottle. Especially when that bottle happens to have an intoxicated elephant crashing through a PT Barnum backdrop. Priceless.

A light amber brew, with a robust white head that recedes nicely into a thin layer. Lots of slicky lacing.

Smells like an American IPA to me. Resin, juicy hops, grapefruit and biscuits. A somewhat buttery note as well, which was a bit strange.

Bready malts open off this beer, with pine resin bitterness to the finish. A bit of grapefruit, smoke and caramel linger in the back. Not bad actually.

Slightly creamy, decent carbonation. Moderate body.

Not a bad little IPA, I quite enjoyed it. Thankfully, Dead Elephant didn't taste like it sounds.

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Photo of Tilly
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Hazy gold without too much head but a beautiful lacing that sticks to the glass.
A: Sweet, malt, hops with hints of citrus.
T: Melon, banana, hops, Indian spices, hops.
M: Clean, fresh, very little bitterness but some but.
O: Not your typifical IPA, but a decent beer regardless.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of machinesquad
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Bright and clear golden colour. Significant carbonation. Initial head of over an inch which reduced to about half an inch.

Smell: Biscuity smell with spice and hints of caramel.

Taste: Not what I was expecting given the description on the brewer's website. Strong caramel/butterscotch flavour. Some citrus hops as well. I was worried there'd be more an alcohol taste to it but was happy to find it wasn't noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp.

Drinkability: Given the carbonation - at least in this particular bottle - I'm suspecting there's going to be some bloating. Flavour wise its mellow enough to make it sessionable - which might not be a great idea since it is 6.8% (even though my bottle says 6.5%).

Overall I'm surprised the brewer is marketing this as an American IPA. While tasting quite good, it doesn't put hops as the star of the beer.

I'd like to try this beer on tap as well to compare to the 500mL bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at C'est What. 47 IBU only for an IPA. It is still hoppy, the carbonation is right there, the finish is odd. Orangey colour with some lace. Definite smoke,which does not fit a touch watery, a mild pleasant aroma. So drinkable but not a good rep of the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JahTurbo
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.
Best before 15 Oct 2011.
6.5% abv, not as listed.

Pours a clear light golden with a massive foamy white head, sticky lacing. Nose is some citrus hops, English maltiness, dried fruit, faint spiciness. Taste is creamy malt forefront, typical lack of hop presence here, bready, some spiciness still but mainly a malt forward brew. Mouthfeel is dry, light to medium bodied with a slightly watery slickness.
Overall, a fairly mild English IPA is what it comes across as to me, or maybe an amber in taste, with some really nice elements such as appearance and a good aroma. Ive only ever seen this beer in the Queens Quay LCBO and its name on some draft handles, not to aware of the Railway City brewery but this bottle was a nice introduction. Pretty decent label & bottle going on. As an American IPA though it falls short.

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Photo of King-Ding-A-Ling
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Citrus hop notes, quite a bit of malt expression for an IPA,cotton candy note which plays into the circus elephant idea. Playful approach, but a little underwhelming.

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Photo of Juiposa
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the sleepy town of St. Thomas Ontario comes this offering from railway city brewing.
It pours golden amber in colour with a thick foamy off white head. The brew goes Hazy as the bottom is poured in. Some good retention here, thick lacing leaving a valley in the center.

Interesting nose, very fruity; raisin, peach, melon rind, pear, and a light caramel scent. A slight earthy grassy tone mixes with that of candy apple. Honey sweetness comes through as beer warms.

Booziness hit you right up front more than one would expect from a 6.8% beer. Woody almost burnt malt taste give a mild smoky sensation. Some light malt sweetness and earthy hop bitterness pull through in the main body. A mild harshness from the alcohol lingers in the finish along with some of the bitterness giving an astringent finish.

The body is surprisingly light and crisp.

Not sure if I would consider this an American IPA, none the less an intriguing beer from this upstart brewery.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dead Elephant IPA from Railway City Brewing Company in St Thomas, Ontario. 6.5% alc.

This beer has a nice white head that lasts for several minutes.

The colour of the beer is hazy gold; almost a light copper.

The smell is very faint: pine and citrus.

The aroma attributes transfer to the taste but in a much more pronounced fashion, which is quite enjoyable.

The beer is medium bodied and the finish is tart and slightly wet.

I thoroughly loved this offering and highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for approx. $3.00. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opened well. Poured clear and light colored.

S- Very little for an IPA. Soapy hint for some reason.

T- Ok but not great. Not a lot of hops. Pretty bland for an IPA. High carbonation

M- Pretty bland. Heavy carbonation props up this beer a bit along with a slight bitter bite

O- Pretty good. Will not buy again but would try the double dead to see what that is like

Food Pairing

This ho hum beer didn't make it to a tasting. Just enjoy anything you would with a Bud


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Photo of StormAles
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stocean1
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured only a half finger head despite my best efforts, no apparent carbonation - light amber - brandy colour - zero lacing

S - sweet malt and floral notes - clearly lots of hops

T - sweet malt and spicy hops up front - floral - not overpowering -well balanced - bitter in the aftertaste

M - seems a little syrupy given the sweetness with no carbonation - light to medium bodied like a watered down liquor

O - very nioe IPA - a little more carbonation would be nice - will grab some more from the brewery when I head to the trailer next weekend

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Photo of paxkey
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

label says to serve within 45 days. This bottle is about halfway throught that.

poured in a pint glass. hazy honey color with bone white head.

mild hops and malt aromas. butterscotch aroma. buttered popcorn.

really creamy and drinkable. bitter aftertaste.
cakey malt. light hops slightly flowery slightly spicy.

Average taste with nothing offputting makes this drinkable. refreshing and nice.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with dry malt notes. Taste is a light mix of subtle bitter hops with a medium-sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one is seriously lacking a hop punch.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can to Founder's tulip. Best Before JUN 16/12.

A - Poured a light to medium yellow/orange colour. Two fingers of thick, foamy white head formed with good retention.

S - Lighter nose than expected. Some grassy and herbal aromas up front with a mild bready malt backbone present. Not overly inviting for an IPA.

T - Grassy and herbal notes up front with a decent bitterness that is more reminiscent of a pale ale than an IPA. Some bready malt flavours in the background. The finish is slightly bitter. Very average and forgettable.

M - Medium body with a very slight chew present at times. Moderate carbonation.

O - I was surprised that this is listed as an American IPA. Tastes more like an English IPA to me (and not a very good one).

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Dead Elephant from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 193 ratings