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War Elephant | Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by koopa on 09-16-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
218
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
19.04%
 
 
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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler.

A: Dark amber, one finger of head.

S: Easily one of the best smelling beers I've experienced. An absolute citrus delight. Pineapple, Orange maybe some mango.

T: The taste backs up the smell nicely. Maybe not as intense, but still an immensely citrus tasting beer. More pineapple, orange, grapefruit in there. Well balanced.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Very nice.

O: This is right up there with the best double Ipas out there.

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Photo of plaid75
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Dutch Ale House, Saugerties, NY.

Poured a medium bronze hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell features a balmy citric hop with some tropical fruit highlights.

The taste consisted of a full blown sticky, resinous hop assault. Pine , grapefruit, orange and pineapple dominated.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual bitterness.

Overall a superior DIPA. Fresh and local to this area as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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 SammyJaxxxx
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half growler into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A-Beautiful gold with great clarity and a solid finger and a half head. Miles and miles of lacing.
S-Great fruity piney aroma
T- Plenty of pine on the front end. The pine fades and grapefruit and pineapple, along with some grassiness take over.
MF-The pine flavorings do a nice subtle fade into the fruitiness. the Pine never goes away and lingers after the fruit is gone. The alcohol is there but not in a bad way.

I am enjoying the hell out of this one. Great nose, great flavor and a wonderful drinkability. This beer is a home run from Rushing Duck.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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 beerbully
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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 Can-In-Hand
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S- Pine, Ripe Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Slight Funk
T- A lot of the same. Tons of pine on the tip of my tongue followed by a big wallop of tropical fruit on the mid palate with grapefruit peel on the back with a surprisingly bitter dry finish
M- Viscous and resiney without being sticky
O- Wow! I went into this with zero expectations and was completely blown away! Well Done.

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Photo of jws7968
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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 TongoRad
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow, this is one nice beer. The color is a slightly cloudy orangey amber, but the head is thick and sticks around for a while.

Aroma is very floral at first, but that quickly gives way to a host of fruits- pineapple, tangerine, peach, lemon, maybe a hint of kiwi. There is just the slightest amount of ethanol in the background which goes away as the beer warms, otherwise this smell is perfect.

Mouthfeel is full, and the fruity flavors carry over from the nose- very strong on the pineapple over all others. Bitterness and residual sugars are just where they need to be, in perfect harmony, and it goes down very easily.

I am reminded of some of my favorite Lagunitas beers when I drink this- mostly Hop Stoopid, but with some of the best elements of Maximus and Sucks thrown into the mix. Superb job.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very powerful double IPA. I enjoyed this almost as much as the single cut imperial IPA and the Captain Lawrence Double IPA. This ale left my mouth a little drier than the other two ipa's. This was almost but not quite as easy drinking as the other two ipa's. The flavor and mouthfeel are quite good. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 KyleH
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 Prager62
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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 alaimoa
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into glass
A: medium golden with small offwhite head and a bit of lace
S: citrus (grapefruit/orange), pine
T: upfront bold hop citrus/pine, floral, smooth toasted bread malt
M: smooth carbonation, crisp, semi-dry finish
Overall very solid DIPA that is very drinkable. Right up there with some of the best

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +1.1%
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 Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is somewhat hazy golden-orange with a 1-finger densely-bubbled slightly off-white head on top. Nice ring of lace up top is followed by splotchy lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Juicy hops - citrusy grapefruit, tangerine, grapefruit peel and apricot . Not as potent as expected, but it's a pleasant nose for hopheads.

T: Follows the nose: juicy, citrusy hops dominate, along with some tropical fruit. Think grapefruit pith, a touch of pineapple and a touch of apricot. Bite of pine needles and earthy spice at the finish. Slight amount of heat from the alcohol is felt at the back of the palate - and produces warmth down the gulley and in the belly.

M: Medium to full in body. Modestly slick or oily in feel. Carbonation is active and a bit sharp.

O: Very good stuff.

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Photo of JG-90
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into glass

A - Clear dark amber (a little reddish) color with moderate head and lacing

S - Smells like Simcoe Hops (I am familiar with Wyerbacher Double Simcoe), Hops, Citrus, Pine resin

T - Great balance of the flavors from the nose, hops, citrus, pine plus a bit of bread, has a real clean finish

M - Medium-High carbonation, medium body, very crisp

O - Great! Got from family member from the area for Xmas, an all around great beer with an aggresive and balanced flavor profile and very drinkable for the ABV, awesome gift and awesome beer! I am excited to get a few growlers of this breweries other beers.

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Photo of mattalvey
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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 reds2harleys
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours murky, lighter amber, high quality looking head, starts with good height, goes to a nice tiny bubble film , then leaves all sorts of fine, high and wispy lacing.

Potent hopped up nose. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit all abound.

This is a super tasty, fresh tasting DIPA. Loads of citric hoppy goodness on the palate, including more grapefruit and pinapple shining through. Big shouldered ale, with alcohol well in check. Quality creation from this new brewery. They are local to me and they are turning out some great beers...looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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 koopa
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery this past weekend.
It is an 80 ibu double ipa with loads of summit, simcoe, and galena hops.

NOTE: This growler was the first pour from "batch 2" which had some additional simcoe hops in it and bit less caramalizing/malliard reactions in the wort, yielding more perceived dryness than batch 1.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky orange with a 2 finger white crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Waves of citrus, a slightly bready malt, and a pleasant hint of alcohol. The hops are extremely pungent, wafting out of the glass in an impressive fashion. Lots of grapefruit, hints of orange, and whispers of lemon make themselves known.

Taste: Same as the nose with a really nice amount of hop oil and a nice alcohol stiffness without any heat or fusels. Nice grassy notes from the freshness of the batch. This beer is plenty bitter and very tasty. I think it would benefit from a bit more citrus though.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is at that perfect low level to push the hop presence over the top. Body is medium and finish is fairly dry.

Overall: A solid DIPA worth seeking out while you can still find it (seasonal)

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Photo of MS22
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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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War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
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