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Pantius Droppus | Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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Pantius DroppusPantius Droppus

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at their brewpub in Ellicottville. Pours out a nice tawny amber, with minimal head and some lacing. The aroma was huge with malt and Cascades, as well as fruity esters and some slight roasted notes.

Man, this is big. The taste will impress you with a flood of initial malt sweetness, then pound you with an awesome Cascade hop hammer! High alcohol not all that noticeable... a very nice, rich and lush mouthfeel for an Imperial P.A.. I loved this one, and had three more right after this one. Highly recommended for those who like big beers and despise light bodied swill.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of John
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color. The first sniff indicates the malts are big and suggest a certain sweetness. Estery aromas also poke through. Alcohol detection is minimal. Mild sweetness and fruits roll around the palette, followed by a skillfully reserved hop finish. Could very well be considered a barleywine as well. Nice.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz goblet a deep copper color with a thin but well sustained white head,very balanced aromas slightly leaning to the hops thhe hop aroma seemed more fruity like apricot and citrus than the big pine I was expecting with a lightly sweet biscuity malt profile on the nose.The balance comes thru on the palate starting out doughy and caramelly sweet with that big pine wich was missing in the nose really showing thru to a resiny finish.A very nice DIPA a newer favorite style of mine and a style Iam always on the hunt for.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 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 WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice copper hue with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful hop aroma that screams Cascade hops along with a complex malt scent that really rounds out the aroma. The taste is great. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a really nice hop taste and finish. This is a well brewed DIPA. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer and the best these guys make by far. It's complex and loaded with hops; a real treat!

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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 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 twelvsies
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the offering. Served in a fancy goblet type glass with a slice of green apple with cinamon on top. And a doylee. A little frilly, but a nice touch I suppose. Anyway I went straight for the beer. Appears a dark amber color, orange highlights, with little to no head, probably because of the hefty ABV. Smells of piney hops, straight up sugar, and a decent waft of alcohol. Taste is much the same, although the hop taste is much sweeter and less piney than in the nose. A decent floral boquet as well, with some nice dusty alcohol notes. The first thing I thought of when I sipped this was a baby brother to Dogfish's 120 minute IPA, which could be taken as a compliment or not. I find this to be a bit more reasonable and more enjoyably drinkable, although I do appreciate the 120 as well. Slick hop-oily mouthfeel. I'd recommend trying this one. At the very least, it's a very original beer, and at best it's a great interpretation of a sometimes overly "by the book" beer style. Be warned though that it will come with a doylee (I don't know how to spell that) and you will look like a tool.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pantius Droppus from a growler...
Pours a lighter golden amber color with a finger+ light tan head that fades slowly. It is mostly clear without noticeable effervescence. Initially, it smells aggressively like it's fresh hopped. Very floral for the most part and somewhat like grapefruit. Medium bodied, very smooth flavor and hop character but the alcohol is present. Nice complexity.

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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 valgalder
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recently had this for the first time at Ellicottville’s new location in Fredonia, NY. Even though this one is a tad more expensive than the rest, and comes in a smaller glass, it is well worth a try, if not a growler to go! At around 10%abv this beer sure hides it well! You never will taste the high alcohol like I have in other high content brews, like some of the Belgians. This also makes for wonderful drinkablity, so watch out! It ours a real nice amber color, and leaves a slight head that stays throughout. Tastes of slight bitter citrus flavors with a nice hop bite. If you ever get a chance to try some EBC brews, I urge you to check this one out especially, as it is one of their best.

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Photo of JAramini
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My only other experience with Ellicottville was their blueberry beer, which is not a great introduction.

I was sold by the name "Pantius Droppus" on the bomber and the fact that it was a new offering I'd never seen before.

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a creamy tan head that lingers and leaves lacing down the glass.

The beer is very rich, thick, and delicious. Heavy and creamy with a solid amount of sweetness. I think that DIPAs fall into two categories: sweet, and hoppy, and this is in the former category. There's some hop bite in there, but the overall effect of the beer is a caramel sweetness.

The percent alcohol (listed on the bottle as 11.5%) does not particularly influence the taste or smell, but is apparent because of the heavy body of the beer. Lower alcohol beers do not have body like this.

Since I'm not too far away from the brewery and have never seen it before I'm not sure how the availability is on this, but if you come across it, I can say that this is up there with the best DIPAs I've ever had. Tremendous stuff.

Thank goodness I didn't write them off after drinking that blueberry swill. This is a world-class offering.

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 dantsbeats
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkosmoski
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from the brewpub, poured into a 8 oz. glass.

Brilliant orangish hue, crystal clear, with a cream colored thick head. Amazing lace action, even in hotel glassware, which has no doubt been through the dishwasher hundreds of times - impressive!

Smell is dominated by a piney hop profile with some malt lingering in the background.

Initial taste is all piney/citrus hops, followed by a bigtime residual malt sweetness with some orange undertones. Huge lip-smacking, citrusy hop finish without being too bitter, very nice. Everything is brought together by a solid malt backbone.

Very heavy body to this huge beer. Lots of residual sweetness left over which adds some serious viscosity to this brew. Good level of carbonation, not too high. Some nice hop resin left over on the tongue.

Although this big beer is very drinkable, it will catch up to you pretty quickly. A good one to end a session on or sip with a cigar. This is a nice strong, unique offering from a great brewpub tucked into the Southwestern corner of NYS.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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