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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.

Previously called India Pelican Ale, 7.5%
Now called Imperial Pelican Ale, 8%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fgfats (10) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Great IPA. Nice, crisp, and well balanced with the perfect taste and aroma of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Draft: sweet citrus nose. Clear orange color. Carmel & grapefruit. Crisp, clean. Some of the grapefruit in the linguring finish. Very good beer. Classic west coast ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Great clear copper color, beautiful white head with large bubbles, leaving crisp white lacing. Mouth is dry and crisp and refreshing. Taste is bitter with American hops, malt, citrus, and long bitter finish. More like a Stone's Ruination than a Victroy Hoppy Devil, but not quite the grapefruit feel to the citrus hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2003
rated 4/19/03 Poured a nice orange/golden color, with a white head that diminished quickly. Nice floral hop aroma, and a very smooth fron to back pleasant bitter flavor with hops predominating, but a trace of citrus in the finish. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Sampled from cask @ brewery, June 2003, as well as from multiple bottles. Rating is from cask - Golden yellow amber, lots of bubbles drifting slowly down the glass. Very sweet peach aroma. Wonderfully hoppy aroma. Smooth and creamy first taste, then quite full, with only a little bitterness. Finishes without the common bitterness, and remains smooth throughout the drink. Easily one of the best cask beers I’ve ever had, and an outstanding IPA on it’s own as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pour an uninspiring deep dirty orange color with a white head...quickly diminishing. The aroma was pure Cascade hops...sweet grapefruit...some burnt tones. The flavor was much of the same with a dry cirtus finish. Extremely thrist quenching quality...very crisp, bubbly feel. Average west coast IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2003
A bemused deep amber color, the head is planetary in size, spumescent in texture, a winsome light beige in color and after desiccation, a thick glutinous sheet is left behind to hide the glass. Sweet floral aroma dominates the nose, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat to the olfactory senses with a thickly malt sweet start, the top a bit thin for my liking. Finish has a delectable hop spiciness, the acidity tolerable, quite dry and the hop bitterness stays to the very end, a middle of the road IPA, and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
(RAF 03)Super hoppy aroma. Unbalanced. Not worthy of the gold it got at RAF. Aggressive hopping with no real malt balance. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Cask at RAF. Strong hop flavor, that really comes through. Some tart bitterness also finds its way out. However, there's nothing really else happening here. Hops, hops, hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
My palate was just about worn completely thin when we staggered over to the Pelican Pub & Brewery selections. This had won a medal so we were pretty hyped... OK, actually, we were just really drunk and wanted to be part of the excitement! This was strong enough to tnotice (hopswise) and that had to mean that it was extremely hoppy for me to even taste it. There are a dozen beers in my notes before this without any comment, but this one actually mentions the huge hoppy nose and taste. 70 IBUs and 7% ABV are a good match.

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