War Elephant | Rushing Duck Brewing Company

48 Reviews
no score
Send samples
War ElephantWar Elephant

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by koopa on 09-16-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 250
Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can dated 3/1/2017. Many thanks to @cavedave for the chance to try this one.

A: Mostly clear straw yellow with one finger white head. Moderate retention and nice sticky lacing.

S: Punch of citrus with mango and pineapple. Fresh pine and a touch of caramel.

T: Juicy tropical citrus and big hop assault. Mango, passionfruit, and pineapple. Dank resinous hops and a nice malt backbone. I with knew this was going be be a treat from the first sip.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

O: Outstanding DIPA. So far everything I've tried from Rushing Duck has been a winner.

 634 characters

Photo of NYIPAguy
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly was expecting more. Pours pretty bright and clear. Aroma is there; but not as much as I was expecting. Tasting was lacking slightly as well. Obviously it's a good beer but heard a lot about these guys and was expecting a little more

 242 characters

Photo of ScaryEd
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can with no discernible date.

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of effervescent off-white head. The head hangs around for a while before finally settling into a thin film, resting gently atop the beer. Leaves a few random splotches of lace as it dissipates.

The aroma is extremely piney, with plenty of citrus notes and a touch of peppery spice on the back end. Herbal, and exceptionally dank. Very light tropical notes throughout.

The taste is more malt-forward than the nose lead on. Sweet caramel and toffee lead the way, before a wave of bitter pine and grapefruit barge their way in like a fat woman during Black Friday. The faintest hint of pineapple caresses the tongue before a finish of doughy, sweet bread.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy, yet extremely resinous and oily. The alcohol is very well-hidden.

Overall, a very good DIPA. There are some who might not care for the level of maltiness this beer offers, but I find it incredibly well balanced while still delivering a nice, hoppy roundhouse kick to the balls.

 1,114 characters

Photo of Gregaroo
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1-18-17 - On tap at The Pony Bar (10th Ave) in NYC. Short 8 oz. pour in a tiny pilsner-like glass. Dark copperish color with a slight head. Fruitier than I was expecting and not overwhelmingly hopped up. Nice DIPA from these folks, but I chose to move on to other options at The Pony Bar.

 290 characters

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow amber with a full white head.

Taste is an herbal lemon.

Taste is more of that herbs lemon. Crazy bitter and so good.

Delicious beer hope this isn't a one of collab.

 243 characters

Photo of mnj21655
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale golden orange in color with a bit less than a finger of white head. Aroma has pine and indistinct citrus with some sweet malt. Taste has a burst of pine with a good amount of tangerine and grapefruit. There is clean malt here, the sweet malt that I got in the aroma is largely absent. Medium body and carbonation. A great west coast style American Double IPA, super drinkable, very tasty, highly recommend.

 425 characters

Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draught at the brewery so it was very fresh. It poured a hazy, golden-yellow color with a milk-white head and lacing. The smell was rather subdued, I suspect because it was served on draught. I may re-evaluate when I can drink it from the can. The taste is quite dank with abundant malt, pineapple and grapefruit, as well as pine and resinous hops. It is very good! It has a very pleasant mouth feel, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation, and while you can feel its 8.7% ABV, it is far from overwhelming. For a "standard" DIPA, War Elephant is very, very good. I plan to make it part of my regular DIPA rotation.

 636 characters

Photo of Ikeithbot
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Amber. Mostly translucent but a slight haze; 20% opacity. Little creamy head; most dissipated fairly quickly but held at the rim throughout the drink.
Smell: Rich caramel. Piney. Slight over ripened fruit, especially mango.
Taste: Very piney. Resinous. Just great.
Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy up front. Little bitter bite at the end but not unpleasing.
Overall: Nice to try this world class beer again and be more critical. Makes me realize how much better it is than all the tropical bombs out there right now. Best of the piney IPAs I've had.

 554 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.42/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a lightly hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of big malt sweetness, sweet caramel, light cardboard.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, huge malt bomb. Caramel sweetness, very spicy chewy hops. There are some light citrus as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely. Maybe a bit thin.

O - Overall this was a very malty beer. Really unfortunate.

Serving Type: can

 515 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 9/20

No real head, little lacing, candy orange color lots of yeast chunks floating

Nose big candy sweet malts, big fruity hops, stone fruit, banana thing, spicy hops and little orange cream thing, little candy white choc orange cream

Taste big malt, sweet candy malt with hint if booze warmth, smooth sweet candy malt, huge spicy chewy hops quite bitter, faint orange peel, little generic fruity, candy cereal malt, little chewy creamy thing too. Finish big spicy chewy hops little orange zest big sweet sticky malt

MOuth is med to fuller bod decent carb, little booze.

Overall too malty bit booze, hops are not very good and the decent characters are just poking through.

 684 characters

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

 170 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

 901 characters

Photo of beerbully
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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

 471 characters

Photo of musicsherlock
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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

 262 characters

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.

 203 characters

Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

 1,711 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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.

 2,541 characters

Photo of jws7968
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 288 characters

Photo of Prager62
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

 667 characters

Photo of Sandalwood
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

 360 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

 468 characters

Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

 280 characters

Photo of Jhfinn
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

 457 characters

Photo of MS22
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 681 characters

Photo of mattalvey
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

 162 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
War Elephant from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.