Railway City Double Dead Elephant | Railway City Brewing Company

Railway City Double Dead ElephantRailway City Double Dead Elephant
52 Ratings
Railway City Double Dead ElephantRailway City Double Dead Elephant

Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
90 IBU

Added by Sammy on 09-27-2010

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

$10.95 for a 750ml bottle at the lcbo.

Pours a hazy light amber with a frothy, long-lasting head that leaves a good amount of foam on the glass. The aroma is herbal and pine hops with malt sweetness and some diacetyl. A somewhat brash hop bitterness and some medicinal alcohol compete with some citrusy, mango hops and some cookie dough. Diacetyl is also noticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with lots of delicate carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with some sweetness and tobacco.

A lackluster IPA with a very limited hop profile, diacetyl and way too much alcohol presence for the low ABV for style. Also too expensive. Pass.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of cratez
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle courtesy of Sonita Bird. Thanks again! My understanding is that this beer is a “fresh hop” IPA brewed with locally harvested hops. It’s an annual fall release and, to my knowledge, is NOT meant to be an Imperial IPA (hence the same ABV as Dead Elephant). I believe it has different and higher amounts of hops than the regular DEA and that is why the “Double” name is used.

Pours a clear copper hue with golden edges, some chill haze, and a thin ring of cream coloured froth. A few spots of lacing speckle the pint glass.

Nose is perfume, flower petals, peanut brittle, hints of rubber and plastic, bread dough, strawberry, and weedy-grassy notes. Hops are very "raw" in this beer, but the aroma isn't particularly appetizing. Smells like an amateur home brew that's trying to be a hop bomb but falls short.

Taste is floral and spicy hops, more nuttiness, toffee, cotton candy sweetness, faint strawberry, weak bitter finish with a green grassiness on the cough. A weird melange of flavours, quite muddled and not overly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little slick and oily, sharp carbonated bite precedes a mild citric bitterness and drying finish. Better than the taste at least.

Overall, I was excited to hear that RCB was doing a fresh hop IPA, but it seems like they don’t know how to brew with high levels of hops. This beer is too green, perfumey, and flowery, in an unpleasant and novice sort of way. The rubbery, plasticy, and strong nutty elements are probably unintentional (still having equipment problems and resin build-ups, perhaps?) and the bitterness is subdued for the style. I wanted to like this ale but it’s dreadfully flawed. When will this brewer step up its skills and improve its quality control? I’m concerned we might never see that day come. A massively disappointing beer.

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2.97/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at C'est What Fall Festival 2010 of Craft Brewers. Not very popular, this wa but a fair DIPA. Above average carbonation with below average mouthfeel. Yellow and oh so lacey. Not very drinkable. Not acidic but not flavourful melang of ingrediants.

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2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mrmanning
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Pours a turbid orange with a frothy and lacey eggshell cap. Nose of apricot,pear, some c- hops with pine and some grapefruit. The aroma also has caramel and odd notes of warm butter. Tastes mildly leafy bitter, mostly sweet, with apricot and other fresh fruit,a bit of earthy funk, then comes the citrus with medium bitterness lingering and a medium body. Not all that bitter really when compared to regular DEA. A disappointment. The only they doubled here was the price.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Alc./vol 6.5%

A: Pours a medium copper, sort of like a clover honey colour. Frothy white head about 1 inch then falls after a few minutes to a film. Lacing is low-medium throughout. Beer is very clear.

S: Grainy malt with hints of caramel and biscuit. Hop aroma is very floral with hints of grass.

T: Sweet yet not too malty. Hints of biscuit, some floral flavours. In the background there are some fruitiness present. Flavour is a bit watered down though.

M: Thin, watery, carbonation is low-medium. Dry and bitter finish.

O: Not all that impressed. The taste and mouthfeel are not what I had expected after smelling the beer. This is a very average beer and the mouthfeel just puts me off.

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Photo of LanceH
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TerryW
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright apricot orange with a moderate head that settles to a heavy film. Lots of lace. A handsome beer.

Hoppy nose. Grapefruit and other sweet fruit. Some caramel. Grapefruit and pine to taste. Fruit and caramel. Somewhat wooden in character, bitter bite. Big in your face stuff, not particularly subtle. Lingering bitterness.

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3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at C'est What's 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Breweries. Pours a clear orange colour with some foamy white head. Smells of citrus hops with a small bit of caramel malt coming through. Some bitterness and hop flavour, but not up to a double IPA level. I thought the normal dead guy was more like an APA than an IPA, just as I think this is more of an IPA than a IIPA.

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Photo of hotsudge
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle with an attractive silk-screened label, picked up at the LCBO. The back label tells me to check the base of the bottle for a best before date, but there is nothing printed there. Now listed at 7.5%, a blurb from the release announcement states that the recipe for this brew has been tweaked from previous years (including a generous billet of locally-sourced Cascade hops), and that it can "now actually be considered an Imperial IPA" (their words, not mine). Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, hazy orange-amber colour, topped with just over two fingers' worth of fluffy, bubbly off-white head. Retention is excellent; it takes more than five minutes for the foam to slowly recede into a more manageable half-inch cap, coating the glass with a curtain of generous lace as this process proceeds. Very visually enticing. The aroma isn't bad either, but it's not all that unique for the style. Cascade hops and their piney, orangey-citrus notes are very prominent, alongside caramel malt sweetness and an earthy, almost herbal note on the back end.

Three sips in, and my only thought is "...that's it?" This is a fairly bitter beer, but the malt backbone is not to be forgotten - bready malts, butterscotch and a hint of toasted biscuits come through initially, providing a good kick of malty sweetness to help counter the hop assault that features strongly through the tail end of the profile. Pine resin and slight grapefruit pith notes come through as well, with an oddly out-of-place green, floral bitterness shining through briefly. It finishes with an earthy bitterness that lingers briefly - not overpowering for 90 IBUs. Medium in body, with a slick mouthfeel and rather muted carbonation levels. The alcohol doesn't factor into the flavour greatly, but is slightly noticeable.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-. Double Dead Elephant just isn't doing it for me - I haven't been this disappointed by a craft beer in quite a while. Is this a terrible DIPA? No - it's just an overpriced, relatively forgettable one. Railway City was the only truly 'local' brewery I had access to for many years so there will always be a soft spot in my heart for them - but they are going to need to try harder than this if they want to compete in the IPA game. I might buy this again if the bottle (and more importantly, the price tag) were smaller but until then there is not exactly a shortage of quality, alternative IPAs in this province for me to select.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and bitter hops with some caramel malt notes is OK. Taste is a mix of citrusy and resinous hops with bitter hops and some caramel malt. Body is full with good carbonation. Old school IIPA with too much caramel malt and bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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