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Pelican Elemental Ale (2006+)



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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This special, once a year beer is produced with 420 pounds of freshly picked, "wet" Sterling hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton, OR. The hops were only 3 hours from the vine when they went into the kettle. The mash tun was also used as a hop back, holding 300 pounds of hops!!! This beer features a huge floral, spicy, grassy aroma with a firm malt background and a huge, snappy hop finish. Produced using one malt, one hop variety, one yeast and pure coastal water, this is truly an elemental beer. This years version of Elemental Ale was inspired by Nigel Tufnel and his amp that goes to eleven, and to celebrate Head Brewer Darron Welch’s eleven years of brewing at the Pelican Pub & Brewery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Pacific City, OR). This is the Willamette version from Fall 2015 Harvest Season. Pours a nice deeper orange amber hue, a gentle haziness, mellow cascading bubbles with frothy offwhite head atop. Nice lacing as a filmy layer with decent ringer head. Aromas are green and fresh, floral and earthy, gentle resiny quality as the fruit shows mellow to minimal life. A bit bready but a mellow malt presence allows a more robust rich floral and fresh hop resiny feel, hop oils protrude and stick around nicely. Initial is a touch more mellow, lighter bodied but a touch heavier on that end with some firmer earthy bitterness, mellow malt presence and a flash of lime. Mellow pithy citrus, some earth, a bit of sweetness as we round the corner shows some bread, biscuit, a touch of caramel. A fun richer nose and pretty pour, the beer delivers some life up front but becomes a bit drab into the finish. A touch sweet, dry, earthy. Ok. Really dug the nose and aroma. Sad they don’t break these out properly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2014
On Tap at The River Room, Whole Foods, Boise. Hazy deep orange witha full dense sandy head. Nice fresh citrus tangerine hop aroma. Creamy ful bodies palate, modest and smooth bitterness. Great pale malt flavors and a little more late citrus pithiness at the end. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Hazy golden color with a lacing white head. Aroma of pine, grass, and earthy wet hops. Dry finish. Not the best beer I’ve had from Pelican.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2014
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy golden topped with a sand head. Nose is great pine grass citrus and some spice. Taste is as the nose with a good hop mix and a nice bitter grapefruit pithy end. Pretty tasty and man an I happy to see pelican in out area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Poured from tap to glass at the Growler Cafe. Hazy golden hue with creamy white head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is grassy, pine, grapefruit, tangerine. Mouthfeel is refreshing with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet with a bitter finish that extends through the finish. Overall this is a nice fresh hop!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Draft at sb. Pours a clear medium amber. Loose white head and stringy lace. Sharp nose of grapefruit and a bit of ammonia. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel with rich blood orange and light ammonia on the mid palate. Long dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Pours clear orange finger white head. Smell powdery floral. Taste almost a bit of coco, delicious floral hops Crisp light body. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Tap at Pelican brewpub as "Elemental IPA". Pours a clear orange. Webby lacing. Nose is juicier citrus hops, perfume, moving to something a bit chemical. Taste is chemically bitter, perfumey, sharp ginger bite, white grape juice. Clean, balanced body. Strange, but likeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Draft at Brouwer’s. Pours a clear, pale, orangeish amber. Resin, pine, onion, just a little biscuit in the aroma. Taste is lightly sweet up front with assertive (but still quite pleasant) bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation, easy to drink. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours a clear bronze with a medium white head. Aroma brings out quite a bit herbal hops, a little pine, and earthy malts. Flavour brings out very fresh earthy and piney hops. Not really much of a malt backbone, but the hops shine bright. Good stuff.

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