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Beer – #430 – Pelican – Imperial Pelican Ale

I stopped by a new (to me) place Brothers Beer in town today and brought me some “Pelican Imperial Pelican Ale” that was in tap to take home in a growler.

“Huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.”

This is brewed by Pelican Pub & Brewery in that well travelled style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Pacific CityOregon USA

I have to drink this evening a beer that is at 8% ABV, and that is of  85 IBU things (which is low end for a dIPA, but high for an IPA), this has 240 calories a serve, or about 850 in the bottle I have, and works out to be that I brought 7.89  standard drink units worth in the 1250 ml growler I brought  (42 fl oz).

 Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own

Imperial Pelican Ale - which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

Imperial Pelican Ale – which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade and Centennial hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the floral, 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 our second year.

or… .

Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, got this Imperial IPA 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.

Get in! Oh and Phil is a great name for a mascot…

Cracking amount of hop aroma on opening this, nice wee hiss too, sweetness too. Winning so far.

Pelican - Imperial Pelican AleNo head in the pour, but I’m putting that down to the ad-hoc bottling that went on, including the producing stick thing, not the best way to decant beer I’m sure.

Aroma moves to ‘fruit’ which could be oranges, tangerine, and the initial taste is one of a nice bitterness that isn’t too sharp or tart and a decent finish too.  Still winning.

There is no hint whatsoever that this is am 8% ABV beer and it is indeed a beer that you could indulge and quaff a bit of.

I am despite the little nit-pics really enjoying this, although to me it could do with a bit more middle, some sweetness or stronger malt thing.

This is a really clean drinking, and then, sessionable beer, if you can on an higher ABV beer that is.

What we have then is a very good IPA beer. A very good IPA beer. One that engages you, looks great, sits well, plenty of lacing, nice head (I made that up but I am sure it has) and isn’t overly dry or otherwise on the palate.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a steady 9 a of its things from the thing. It was from a tap into a growler, and might have lost something, probably not much. I may have enjoyed something with a bit more middle or body. But I enjoyed it a lot anyway.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes I am fully onboard the Phil the Mascot bus with this.
  2. Would I have another? I would love to, thankyouverymuchyessah
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think that I could as this fits the brief of being quaffable, and it’s non invasive, has no edges that’ll spark controversy, is nicely bitter and steadily so, and is a clean and lovely drink.

When I write the  answer to #3 I actually do imagine the outside, sometimes late afternoon, sometimes evening, sometimes last thing at night, sometimes a fire, or somesuch. With this beer I really could imagine that, the sharing this, and truth be told I’m only 6 numbers short of winning the Lotto first prize*.to make it happen…….

*(you only need 6 numbers in NZ) 

I have the latest album from Brian Jonestown Massacre  turned up to about ‘loud’ on the dial – this is the track “What You Isn’t”

Needless to say I think you should give it a listen.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.



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