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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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Added by koopa on 09-16-2012

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 224
Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
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 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Jhfinn
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Sandalwood
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
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 musicsherlock
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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 tempest
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of kemoarps
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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 mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%

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 woemad
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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 johnh7
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently picked up a growler of this at my local spot, The Green Growler in croton .

Poured into a tulip dusky orange nice 1 finger head

Smelled citrus right away, with that strong simcoe hoppiness

Taste is Great exactly what I'd expect for the style
The hops is just right, with the citrus smoothing out the 8.7 ABV
I could definitely see having a few of these in a night.
Too bad it's a limited brew. A wonderful example of an American I.I.P.A

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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 RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright shiny deep gold color, excellent clarity, steady carbonation streams, big dense billowing white head, and lace that's not so much lace as a dense film that coats every inch of glass.

Aroma has a lot of tropical fruit, along some orange and pine.

Thick caramel foundation. Juicy fruit goes off like fireworks. Nice bitter snap at the swallow that lingers on and on in the afterglow, alongside all that juicy fruit.

Smooth medium mouthfeel. Chewy.

A superior DIPA. Well worth the three hour round trip to the nearest NY state growler station.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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