Pantius Droppus | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 106
Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5-4-17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a clear dark amber or reddish copper that initially struggles to form a head, but gets up a nice single finger of beige foam that recedes to clumps of large bubbles. Some wisps of carbonation.

S: love this. This is a classic American hop profile. Sweet with a muted, "dark" citrus. Not dank, just darker in tone and mood than the modern citrusy hops. Paired with loads of sweet, bready, crystal malt, this smells almost like a barleywine, which I love.

T: immediate sweet distinctly cascade citrus hoppiness, with a touch of alcohol. It is a dark, floral citrus in the first taste; unmistakably sweet. Sweet, thick, and bready on the mid palate, turning to a lingering floral dankness, with some lingering alcohol. The alcohol here is not hidden, but the beer does not seem to suffer for it.

M: heavier end of medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, and surprisingly clean finish. This, I suppose, is what stops this from being a barleywine. It is sweet and hella hoppy, but is not thick and syrupy, the way a barleywine would be.

O: if there is such a thing as an imperial pale ale, this would be it. Take a good APA, and make it 10% ABV with the volume turned up on the hops and malt accordingly, and you get this. If it were more available to me, I'd pick up a bottle or two of this annually. Reminds me of Bigfoot, and of Mt. Carmel Harvest. But the alcohol on this becomes more noticeable as you drink, to the point of becoming a little unpleasant at the end.

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Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark hazy orange color with a short 1/8" head that falls to some surface bubbles quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness and some alcohol come through to the nose.

Taste: big malt profile here. Some fruity sweetness in the background with earthiness, pungent bitterness, and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping big DIPA that leans towards big maltiness.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a massive imperial IPA that is more than adequately hopped but for my taste is was way too malty. There is a massive caramel/honey sweetness that is far too sweet.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (10.6%). I could not find a date code. The beer is a darker mahogany color. It forms a finger of white head. The head has some nice staying power. The head also has good lacing and alcohol legs on the glass.

S: [3.75] Toffee, caramel, very mild lemon scent.

T: [4.00] Similar tot he nose (malt forward). I get toffee, pancake syrup, caramel. There is a mild touch of hop bitterness late. It is more of a feeling than a flavor.

M: [3.75] Nice rich body with lower carbonation. Overall this gives a hefty mouthfeel. It also has the previously mentioned late bitter feel.

O: [3.75] I think blindfolded I would not guess this was an IPA. It is very malt forward. The malts are front and center and the Cascade hops are far in the background. It is possible this is how this beer is designed - or it is possible that I have an old bottle. There is no way to tell. If this is the brewer's intention it is a well crafted beer. The malty flavors play really well together and the 10.6% ABV doesn't appear in the flavor anywhere. I'd like to have this again (and see if I could find a fresher bottle).

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Before I review this beer I have to say that name for a high abv beer is perfect and spot on.

Appearance = Dark amber color and given the high abv an understandable small head of one finger.

Smell = I only get a malty smell of dark fruit. Do not notice any hops even though bottle says its dry hopped.

Taste = Not bad,but I would categorize it as a malt bomb. I actually like the taste even though I drink IPA's 90% of the time. No noticeable hops on the taste either. This is a sipper, but taste is pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel = Medium bodied not too carbonated

Overall = This is a tough one to rate. I do enjoy drinking it but cannot see me drinking this on a regular basis. I will keep the 2 beers left in the 4 pack for a winter warmer in 6 months.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not gonna lie, the primary reason for me buying this beer at this time is the name. As far a double IPA goes, it's sweeter and maltier than I prefer my double IPA's to be but it pulls off this end of the spectrum pretty well. The alcohol content roastier bitter flavors make me think barleywine. Dense hops, lingering bitterness, some dark fruit flavors mixed with tropical fruit flavors.
High octane and aggressive. My first try at a brew from this brewery and I'm interested in trying more.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Imperial is a term that doesn't do justice here. This is a strong beer, and I suppose that's the point. It's too thick, too malty, too sweet and too bitter to be truly enjoyable. A sip is like chewing on raisins and pine cones. I guess it's not quite that bad, but this unlikely to ever be my first choice.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a pretty amber red color with a thick, frothy, ecru-colored head and extensive lacing. Its primary smell is malt, along with caramel, grapefruit, and dark fruit. The initial taste is sweet malt with raisin, caramel, and bitter hops. It has a nice balance of sweet malt and hops. This ale is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and has a very noticeable 10.6% ABV. I generally like malty IPA's and this one didn't disappoint. While it seems to be rather polarizing with a wide variance of ratings, I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of Omnium
2.49/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > tulip glass
A. Cloudy red amber with a thin half a finger fizzy off white head thin lacing
S. Aroma Is dominated by sweet malt, tons of caramel, cherry and raisin, lots of grain, booze. Nearly unbearable.
T. Malt bomb. Sweet caramel, cherry juice bitter soapy hops, like dirty old hop molasses.
M. Sticky chewy diabetes sweet
O. Drainpour. Don't buy this.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, I can find no freshness/bottling date info

Darker honey amber, minor head

malty nose

This is a high alcohol brew that seems to want to be a hoppy barley wine, more than an IPA

Waves of malts with a grainy/resiny hop attack.....meh over malted, a bit hot...probably would benefit from a year in the bottle to mellow things out

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Photo of Kevuas
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pantius Droppus poured a clear amber with a cream-colored light tan head that showed retention. The smell of Pantius Droppus was sweet malt and citrus. Citrus notes such as grapefruit and orange can be detected. The taste was even more malty and bitter than expected from the smell. Pantius Droppus possesses a very strong malt presence. And Pantius Droppus is not lacking in the bitterness department either; a strong cascade hop presence is evidence once your palate gets past the malt wall. There are also orange zest tones that attempt to balance off the malt and hops, but I'm not sure the citrus flavors complete their task. The mouthfeel of Pantius Droppus is medium and maybe a bit sticky and carbonation is average.

Overall, Pantius Droppus would accomplish the task of making pants drop in about 2-3 beers, as this beer is very convincing at 10.6% ABV. Pantius Droppus is a powerful sweet and bitter beer with slight citrus tones.

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Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Pours a clear medium amber color...exceptionally clear - one of those beers you can read the newspaper thru. Almost no head (likely a result of coming from the growler), only a small skim coat of off-white bubbles the results more in a collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Surprisingly low intensity in the aroma first I wasn't getting anything at all, but eventually picked up some low levels of citrusy grapefruit, and some spicy and fruity esters. What I got out of it smelled good, but wish the intensity level was a bit higher.

T - Solid malt base, thick and a bit of sweet maltose, grainy and earthy malt flavors, touch of toffee. Only a medium level hop bitterness. This is a balanced IPA/DIPA...definitely not a hop bomb of a beer. Smooth and easy drinking.

M - Medium body combined with a low carbonation (again likely a result of coming from a growler) that gives a bit of an overall heavy-ness to the beer. Balanced but trending towards a bit of a malt forwardness.

O - Overall a good, balanced IPA...a solid malt body at its foundation a balanced by just enough hops...not a west coast style IPA by any means, but satisfying as a somewhat sessionable example of the style. There is absolutely no indication that this is a 10% ABV beer...this one could really sneak up on you quickly.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nondescript goblet glowing a bright golden amber color. It held a finger of white bubbles around the edges, but had no head. Spotted lacing appeared once we started sipping. There was a moderate haze, no sediment, and lighter appearing carbonation. The nose was of sweeter pale malts, with honey sugars. Hops were bright with citric and floral noes. Booze came out with warmth, helping to cut the sweetness. Our first impression was in regards to the huge sweetness, with big honey and hops. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens up with sweet syrupy honey, and nectary floral hops. Fusel alcohols are present, even from the start. The malts hit at the peak of the sip, with a sweet flash of fruity esters, and a continued bite of that booziness. The latter brings us to the finish, with peppery sweetness cut more by bready malts, sweet and sticky hops, and white sugar sweetness. Actually, it is the huge alcohol that is balancing the extreme sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lemon rind, bitter citric hops, ethanol, and pale sugary malts. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a syrupy, oily, thick coating, giving nice slurp and pop. The abv is high and appropriate, but not hidden well. Regardless, drinkability is great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice balance and the syrupy thickness. This beer is so sweet, and so boozy, they kind of act nicely to balance one another out for a nice balance. The hops were present and robust, but this battle tended to drown them out a bit.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up the last bottle of this at my local beer store. The beer poured out as a hazy yellowish brown, the smell was a little hoppy and some malts in the background. The taste was a little strange, for some reason I was getting a tart lime flavor in it. Not really the best taste in my opinion. The more I had the easier it got to put down thankfully. The mouthfeel was medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I liked the name of the beer more than what it had to offer. Better luck next time I suppose.

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Photo of billab914
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a murky caramel color with a thin white covering on top of the beer. The head settled out pretty quickly but left some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very sweet and malty with some sugary caramel flavors coming through. It also has a pretty big hoppy aroma with a a lot of citrusy grapefruit present.

The taste is a lot like the nose in that it's very sweet and hoppy with a big malt presence not unlike a lot of barleywines. It finishes with a very strange tart quality that doesn't fit very well at all with the beer. It's also too sugary sweet in my opinion for me to really enjoy the taste much.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, it's too sweet and the tartness to it doesn't do it any favors either. I'm not sure how this is classified as an imperial pale ale. I love a lot of their other beers but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear copper with some orange peel hues.
A large fluffy eggshell white head foams up to overflowing, very creamy and tightly packed foam.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and citrus notes heavy even with the glass sitting on the desk waiting for the head to recede. Fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer leaving very tight lattice on the glass and never fully sinking into the beer.
The first sip reveals a fairly creamy textured brew with very mild to almost non-existent carbonation. As the beer sits a very faint phenolic scent develops, could be on the verge of going bad, but doesnt seem to affect the flavor.
Beer taste is good, some toffee and caramel malt, maybe a little white grape and fruit flavor. Rolls to a decent but not overwhelming hop bitterness, kind of grassy and herbal not as much citrus rind as I expected. No hints of the ABV anywhere in this beer.
I worry that it is close to going bad and hope that infection is not common in this well made beer. Not overly complex but not boring either, a good find, and a very cool name to boot!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this fine beer, with a friend of mine earlier this evening. Again, don't know why here are two entries for the same beer in this website's database. I poured my half into my oversized wine glass. This beer is a cloudy amber red copper color. Head is about 1/4 inch when poured and eventually settles to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of hops and sweet malt and not much else. The taste consists of sweet toasted caramel malt and citrus hop flavors. Great balance here. Has a crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. An overall pretty good beer here.


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Photo of number1bum
1.66/5  rDev -57%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with about two fingers of creamy beige head. Keeps a pretty good, thick lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smells of some interesting, but seemingly out of place fruit. Passion fruit I guess I'll call it, but it doesn't seem to be a fresh, hoppy sort of fruit aroma. There is also a strong sweetness to the nose, with cough syrup and candied fruit qualities.

Woah. As uninspiring as the nose was the taste is downright awful. Starts with some tart fruit on the front of the palate, then comes some sickingly sweet, medicinal flavor in the back. Fruit seems like passion fruit and overripe peaches and oranges. Where the hell is this tartness coming from? I am searching for a redeeming quality here, but the search is in vain. This is just not good.

I'm not usually one to throw beers under the bus, but this beer is an absolute disaster. For a beer of any style it's not good (and I'm not sure what style it would fit better into; it's just bad beer), but for DIPA it's just unacceptable. Bottle says cascade dry hopping. What dry hopping; what cascade? I get none of either. In fact, it also says 95 IBUs, but lacks any quality hop flavors or aromas, and even lacks much bitterness. Where the hell did those 95 IBUs go? This is a terrible disappointment, plain and simple. I have had a few other EBC brews and they were ok. This one is a drainpour.

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Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber -> imperial pint
Purchased at the Fredonia Brewpub
no date
11.5% on the bottle
95 IBU - wowzers.

Pours an oranged-amber, much closer to orange than amber. A decent head settles nicely to a thick film that is there to the last drop. Droopy rings of lace. Carbonation is big and robust throughout

Nose: Citric and herbal. Some sour funk. Alcohol is there and not very shy if you sniff around a bit.

Creamy toffee and caramel notes start it off followed by quick burst of citrus rind and oranges. Some sweet candied sugar tickles the taste buds as it presents itself as the beer warms a bit. Bitterness creeps in with the first sip, but doesn't dominate until the end and then continues throughout the after burn. Also, as the beer warms, the alcohol presents itself in a big way, and borders on being bothersome, though, never actually reaching said zenith. Great smooth mouthfeel throughout especially for a DIPA

Okay, imo, this beer is definitely classified wrong on the site here. The bottle labels it an Imperial Pale Ale, but really it should be a Double Imperial Pale Ale, bordering on crossing into the barleywine category.. Great beer, but not one i would be chugging on the way to a Phish show. (you taking notes newburger?)

Don't be deterred by some of the reviews here, this beer rocks, and is delightfully dangerous at 11.5%.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color very close to brown in nature. The smell is of hops and sweet roasted malts. The smell isn't overpowering very nice and balanced. The taste is more of the same, a earthy hop tone and a sweet roasted malt are the taste, good hiding of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is a slight slick feel and moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer, very drinkable, with good alcohol masking.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ellicottville Brewery in Fredonia.

Pours a light mahogany with a thin white head that left no lacing to speak of.

The smell is of fresh hops and grass. The taste is more of the same with a good malt profile to balance to mighty bight of the hops.

This is a hefty one, tasting more like a DIPA than an APA to me.

A nice offering from a local brewery. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 650 ml is listed at 11.5% abv and picked up in the fall in Buffalo. FInally, post-shushi, I game. OK, the sourness, and I am far from alone here. Some decent Cascade hop, a bit funky aroma, sweats and smells. Cloudy grapefruit with certain significant white head, a bit of lace. Actually drinkable,and sourness does not throw off the mouthfeel.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is somewhere between a barleywine and a strong amber ale. Very hoppy, but tastes acidic and sour. Smooth mouthfeel, but the beer itself is a tad hard to drink. Amber colored with a little chill haze, reminds me a bit of Old Foghorn, but with a confusing malt character. I had trouble finishing my 2 oz sample of this because it felt too acidic and sour. The alcohol is a bit harsh and it clashes with the overpowering hop bitterness.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle...

Cloudy, hazy copper/orange color. Thin head that thins out and leaves a frosty lace. Very cloudy and thick-looking.

The smell is strong, fragrant, flowery pale ale aroma. Citrus/orange pale malt. Deep, stingy dark malts. Smoldering, sour fragrance like a deep brandy. Complex, beautiful.

The malt flavor is pure sour mash, followed by heavy hops. A blast of flavors: sour, rich, dark, sweet. Tons of bitter pale, citrus/estery hops. Lots of sour, bitter liqueur malts.

The feel is heavy, thick and milky. This drink warms the insides like brandy. A hoppy treasure. One of the best beers I have had in a long time... maybe ever.

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Photo of Bighead6365
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As my first review on beer advocate I am proud to rate this great brew.

A- A beautiful amber red that kept a white laced head throughout the whole drink! Left a nice white lacing throughout the whole beer along the cup.

S- Smelled of alcohol along with hops, and citrus fruits. A great smelling beer that had me looking forward to what was to come.

T- The smoothness of the beer first came through and then the hops hit like a wall of awesomeness. It was bitter but not to much to turn one off to the style itself. The beer was smooth and with each sip, the white head left behind cleansed the palate that left you wanting for more as the next sip came.

D- It's definitly a easy sipper if you were ever to walk into the EBC in Fredonia. It's a great choice if your looking for something to occupy yourself on that Friday night or for dinner. At 5.75 a glass its a great deal and I would buy it again.

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Pantius Droppus from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 106 ratings