Review: India Pelican Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery

India Pelican Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery — Pacific City, OR

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Bitterness: 85 IBU
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Malts: Pale Ale, Caramel
  • Hops: Cascade, Magnum, Centennial
  • Sampled: 2 oz. draft sampler

Description:  "Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, got this recipe from his long-lost Indian cousin, and has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale. This brew began life as a seasonal beer during our first year and was so popular while we had it, and so frequently requested when it was gone, that we turned it into our fifth regular beer style the second year."  — Pelican Pub & Brewery

Random thoughts:  This was the 3nd of 7 beers I sampled during my visit to Pelican.  All seven were included in Pelican's $6 beer sampler.

The tasting:  Color is gold-orange.  Very BIG aroma—mostly hops and some citrus.  Nice.  The big hop flavors again come through in taste, as well some grapefuit-type citrus flavors.  It's very nicely balanced with a touch of sweet malt.  While India Pelican Ales weighs in at a hefty 85 IBUs (IPA style guidelines top out at 75 IBUs), it's not a as bitter as the number might imply.  It's also at the medium-high end of the alcohol scale, but I didn't really notice that at all.  So be warned!  :)

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again.  I'm glad Pelican Phil found his lost Indian cousin. This appears to be a very popular IPA, and I now understand why.  Two readers of this blog mentioned it favorably even before I reviewed it. I'm getting a full pint of this during my next visit to Pelican!

Have you tried India Pelican Ale?  If so, let me know what you think.

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