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War Elephant | Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rushing Duck Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 225
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is basically perfect for me. Tons of fresh hops, but balanced with a strong body that is neither too sweet or overly bitter... so easy to drink, sneaky abv, awesome!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as part of the wonderful NBS BIF#4 MWK thanks to @TongoRad
Light golden body is capped with a decent white head with good retention and moderate lacing.

As soon as you pop the can the aroma of sweet sweet tropical fruits burst forth. Pineapple mango pineapple papaya... it's a veritable liquid fruit salad. With lots of pineapple.

The flavour presents slightly more diverse than the nose with pithy grapefruit bitterness joining the sweet fruits and caramel/toffee-esque malts and keeping it from being too overwhelmingly sweet and cloying. There is a not-insignificant note of alcohol as well, brash and unashamed. Candy sweet touches flourish and light off the rest of the core of the beer, which finishes with a lingering moderate bitterness accented with more sweet trim.

I look down the page and see that this thing has some great numbers. There's a reason for that. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of beerbully
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee from growler filled at brewery

L-Clear, light golden, 1/2 inch head, little retention, mild lacing

S-Blend of hops and sweet malts........stone fruits, berries, papaya, guava, apricot, passion fruit

T-Follows the nose.......sweet tropical fruits as mentioned in the nose, mild bitterness in the finish.........tasty

F-Medium bodied, just the right carbonation for the style and taste

O-excellent DIIPA........can't wait to have it again

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Crystal clear, yellow with a clean white, soapy head. Tiny bubbles

Smells fruity and piney. Pineapple, mango, tree sap, wet mulch

Hops override the malt, bitter and hot

tingles the tongue, slightly creamy, slightly cloying

An excellent DIPA. Classic

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the Brewery. Excellent brew. Wonderful flavor. Not quite as fruity as most East coast style IPA's, subtle piney notes. Smooth and easy to drink. Rushing Duck is making some stellar brews.

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Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can received by that crazy NJMF known as SammyJaxxx. My first ever from Rushing Duck. No obvious freshness date on the can, which does state it's 8.6% abv.

Poured into a pseudo-IPA glass (really what looks like a pilsener glass but with Kung-Fu grip) from Mad Bomber, this was initially quite cloudy looking, and even after it calmed down a bit, was a very hazy orangey shade of amber. The head was big, creamy and off-white, and took it’s time dropping, leaving beer neglige-style lace on the sides of the glass.

Massively big, tropical fruit hoppiness in the nose.I got pineapple, tangerine, and a little grapefruity, piney bitterness, though that last bit is in the minority. Maltiness didn’t seem to be something this beer does.

The tastebuds are first hit by a Blitzkrieg of tropical fruit flavors, as forcast in the aroma. A more bitter, piney-grapefruity bitterness then followed, like the infantry mopping up after the armored division. Malts are mostly awol. The 8.7% alcohol is mostly buried under the hop assault, like ninjas infiltrating silently, targeting the drinker’s sobriety. The finish is dry, yet with a mild, lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied, with a creamy yet oily and resiny mouthfeel.

Another perfect portion size this week. A 22oz bottle of this would have been too much. This is a big, bold beer, but a very tasty one as well. I like the fact that it’s both bold and sweet. It charms you as it destroys you. In some ways, it sorta reminds me of Iron Goat’s DIPA, Impaler, though it’s a fruitier take on the style. I’d probably drink this regularly if in my neck of the woods. Thanks to the inimitable SammyJaxxx for the totally unexpected chance to try this!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest (tm) attended the 2016 BCCA Spring Thaw over the weekend & I was pleasantly surprised. I expected to be (mainly) looking at antique CANs & the like, with a smattering of the things that I am interested in - embroidered cloth patches, belt buckles & beanie caps around just for kicks. Imagine my joy, surprise & elation when I found out that they will also bring full CANs of current micros for sale & trade! I bought a load, but upon realizing that I was limited in my carry capacity, I decided to CANduct some field reviews so as not to have to lug the CAN & its CANtents home when the CANcipient was RIGHT there! My utmost thanks to Jeff Lebo for having me as a guest. Further, since it was a field review, I do not have a good picture for submission.

From the CAN: "War Elephant is an aggressive Double India Pale Ale loaded with juicy hops. Upon opening the [CAN], the smell of citrus, tropical fruit and pine will assertively invade your nose. After pouring War Elephant into a glass, you'll be lulled into a false sense of security by its pale, golden color and rocky white head. Then, when you first taste the War Elephant, your tastebuds face a full on assault with a barrage of more fresh hop flavors."; "Only when you've finished the [CAN] will the War Elephant finally acknowledge you as a worthy foe."; "From the first sip to the last, this is one belligerent pachyderm!"; "Drink Fresh, Store Cold".

The Crack! unleashed a spray that signaled its belligerence! Settling, I saw that it was due to it being a brimful craft CAN with nowhere for the tab to go once vented. The beer had somewhere to go -my belly, via my waiting glass, following an inverted Glug. The elephant came roaring out of his cylindrical cage and proceeded to destroy my glass with sticky lacing. His immense three-finger dense, tawny head was everywhere. His color was a hazy Amber (SRM = >7, < 9). When he lifted his trunk and bellowed, my nose took in a pine scent like we had suddenly been transported into a forest! My sinuses burnt, my nose hairs curled and it was like a flamethrower was being deployed into my face! Mouthfeel was medium, but the hops were mounting a frontal assault on my poor, bruised tongue! The finish was dry, but cool. It was like taking a deep breath while cutting a fresh Christmas tree during a blinding snowstorm. Yow! The heat was gone, but the attack had taken its toll. I was dead in the water as the elephant thundered away and out of both my glass and the room. Bye! See ya! Let's do this again real soon.

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Photo of jws7968
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold/orange color. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, maybe pineapple. The taste is very hoppy and flowery with pineapple/grapefruit and malt. Nice body to the beer. Overall, I have to say WOW. I really have to say this is one of the best DIPAs I have had the fortune to trying.

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Photo of Prager62
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16 oz. can dated 3/9/16 poured in my Weyerbacher tulip glass.

Look- Pours a brilliant somewhat hazy gold leaving a small finger of white foam.

Smell- Pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, guava and everything tropical and dank. A hint of cereal/malt in the back.

Taste- Passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple, and some fresh rubber. A hint of floral and biscuity malt comes out in the finish.

Feel- Oily and resiny with a bitter hop bite. A bit of malt to round it out.

Overall- A damn tasty tropical/dank beer that in my opinion can run with the best. I'm a bit surprised this isn't world class? I would buy this all the time if I had access. It's that good!

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 can, pours a cloudy dark golden to orange color with a very small white head. There is a little bit of a soapy lacing. The odor for me is powerful, resin, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, apricot, herbal, slightly metallic, tropical fruits. The taste for me is grapefruit, orange, resin, pine sap, dank, less tropical fruit, apricot, bitter throughout.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to @SammyJaxxxx
Golden to shiny copper with a slight haze.
Wow, the aroma gives a gentle kiss of peach that almost instantly morphs into pineapple, then soft lemon, and a touch of bready malt.
Taste is more tropical. Pineapple, papaya. But some tangerine and a bit of grapefruit pith as well. Some sweetness peeks through periodically. Finishes with a gentle pine touch.
Mouthfeel is hefty enough for my liking.
Overall, I like this one…A LOT.

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Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a pale amber color.

The aroma offers intense caramel and sugary sweetness, sweet pineapple, bready malts, grapefruit, soft pine.

The flavor follows with that caramel sweetness up front, onto orange candy, grapefruit, onto lingering pine and leaning on spruce.

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Photo of Jhfinn
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small NY brewery gaining attention from some recent brewery only can releases. From can released 2/4/16 at brewery poured into teku glass. Amber in color not too cloudy. Small 1 finger head that fades quickly leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Smell is pungent with citrus tropical fruit dank herb and pine. Taste just like it smells. Like a tropical forest floor. Finishes sweet and not bitter like I would expect from a 8.6abv. Worth seeking out fresh.

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Photo of MS22
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great brew from one of the best breweries in the NE. Poured from a fresh swing top growler 2 days after filling.

L: lightly hazy, thin lacing, 1/2 creamy head that dissipates quick. Beautiful really, unfiltered but not overdone and thick.

S: all citrus up front, lemons and under-ripe stone fruit. Ends with heavy notes of bread and minerals.

T: wonderful! Creamy but light. Dank citrus with great balance. No sign of that ABV.

F: best part of the brew. For the ABV it is creamy and coating but light at the same time. Just enough carb to wipe it all clean.

O: A near world class beer. I'd put this up in a blind tasting with any of the big DIPAs with all the notoriety.

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Photo of mattalvey
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of fresh growler. Yellowish orange pour. Smell is of citrus and mild bread. Taste is very similar to smell with mild carbination. Very good double IPA.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had a Rushing Duck beer before this one, and this one sets the bar pretty high. A very nice DIPA: piney, dank, citrusy. Pours with light amber clarity. Enjoyed fresh from a growler.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. I'm one of the world's worst reviewers but I know what I like from a DIPA. This is a high ABV IPA that tastes like a regular IPA, so aromatic and hoppy, not boozy at all. My only wish is that Rushing Duck would have this on tap all year. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of PVMT
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Upright Brew House 7/24/15. Tons of hop flavor --great mix of bitter and sweet -- with a very balanced sweet malt backbone. One of New York's better IPAs.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a growler into a snifter. This beer arrived courtesy of cavedave and a New Beer Sunday Beer It Forward.

Pour produced lots of frothy, blanket-like foam. White and and marshmallow-like. I could ladle this out. Lace is everywhere. The body is a cloudy copper and gold combination. It glows beautifully. 5

The smell is potent enough that as I write this the aroma wafts my way. There's a pronounced orange and grapefruit aroma with underlying mango. Tropical would be an apt term here. A bit of that cat pissiness. Sweet malt becomes more noticeable. Very nice aroma. 4.25

Sweeter than expected. A considerable but still light malt presence provides a vanilla or caramel sweetness. Mid-palate the citrusy zest of orange and grapefruit slide in. It's definitely got some OJ qualities going on. 4.25

This is a burlier beer. Plenty of malt body and the accompanying sweetness but there's also plenty of hop bite. And it's still quite juicy and refreshing. There's a slight floral quality before a mellow but lingering bitter exit. 4.25

This is great. A very under-the-radar IPA.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Sunkist orange color. Unfiltered but fairly clear. Rocky, ivory white head.

S: Grapefruit pith, apricot, peach, tangerine, pine. Passionfruit and general tropical sweetness. Medicinal and herbal hoppiness.

M: Soft body with assertive bitter character, firm in feel.

T: Great hop flavor in this, tart citrus, slightly sweet tropical. Floral pine, dandelion bitterness. Subdued malt sweetness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY.

Pours a golden orange, with a one inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells very pungent, huge floral aroma, some pine, and a good amount of citrusy grapefruit and peach.

This is some real sh*t. A clear cut front runner for best IPA brewed in our state. Fairly bitter, but in a good way- lots of pine with a big floral component, with a fairly sweet and fruity finish. I can discern grapefruit, peach, and orange, with grapefruity bitterness providing the majority of the fruit flavor. There's a small amount of malt perceptible on the back end of this, providing some sweet heft to the hop assault.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and crushable mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. This is really, really drinkable, it goes down so easily.

This is the real deal- it makes me proud that it was brewed in my state.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%

From 12/02/14 notes. Had a 14 oz. glass of this in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC. This was kegged this morning so as fresh as it gets.

Pours a murky dark orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus hops, resin, light bitterness, fruity malts, and lightly floral hops. Hop bomb, very green, very good. Medium body and moderate carbonation, moderate bitterness.

Overall an excellent beer; if it wasn't for having Divided by Zero right after this, which is a little more my style for a DIPA, this would be the best beer I've had by Rushing Duck. Some moderate bitterness but huge hop bomb. Worth the hype, worth checking out.

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Photo of KyleH
4.5/5  rDev +3%

A-Pours a medium amber with light carbonation. A small head forms with medium to decent retention for the style.

Smell- citra, amarillo, pineapple with some grapefruit and orange, light pine.

T- floral hop upfront thick oiley hop follow through, continued by a piney citra finish. Definitely light simcoe in there somewhere. Nice malt backbone deep enough to take on the hops but not overpowering, bringing the fruity and earthly hop notes to the forefront, very nice!

M- medium body goes down very nice, sticky end.

O- awesome double ipa hoppy, earthy yet sweet at the same time definitely
one i would get again! Got on tap at torst in greenpoint brooklyn I would probably love it more at home however i sampled the war elephant between another coveted beer they had on tap with will remain nameless for this reviews sake! I gave it a chance for something strong and hoppy between two equally powerful beers and it delivered!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to twizzard for this howler.

A - Pours a dark copper amber color with slight head, mild carbonation. Sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Papaya, pineapple, mango, oranges, and grapefruit and light pine - definitely hop forward.

T - A ton of pine resin and tropical fruit: oranges, papaya, pineapple, red grapefruit, peppery spicy tropical rinds. Up front is a slight bit of sweet malt before the hops crash in over the top and carry everything to the proverbial lingering bitter end. Has a long, lingering peppery rind finish, after awhile the malt/hop combo creates a borderline candy sweetness.

M - Medium body, gentle carbonation with a smooth texture and coats the mouth to the point where it feels like cotton.

O - All about the hops in this one. As the beer warms, a little more malt character and alcohol starts to surface, better totally cold and will definitely trash your palate!

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler from the brewery. Poured clear amber with a tall white head. I'm not easily impressed by DIPAs, there are so many good ones out there. This, however, is notably delicious. There's a huge juicy fruit and floral side with smooth, oily bitterness complemented by a rich, sharp grapefruit peel and zest. Big aroma, big flavor, and a body that's not too big. I'm a fan.

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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
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