ACHops (565) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Hudson. Pours dark orange golden with thin lacey white head. Aroma is thin malt and big piney, spicy hops. Taste is smooth caramel malt, oddly not sweet at all. Big hop finish: notes of earthy pine, grass, and grapefruit. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
AWISLguy (1012) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
STEVE! We did not get Pelican early enough to be in the Desert IPA-land tasting, but HUGE to bring this back from the PNW! Bomber from Belmont Station - you are a good man, Charlie Brown! Pours a golden orange with a bit of a foamy white head. Aroma has fresh and citrus fruits, some pine and some caramel. Medium bodied and a bit sticky, with a little alcohol. Finishes consistently fruity without getting either too bitter or too sweet. Methinks this would not have been a top 5 in the tasting, but it would have replaced an obvious poorer option. Close to a white whale for me after the miss at Binnys downtown a few years back.
DialSquare (2213) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from New Seasons Market in Portland. Gold pour, thin off-white. Aroma is citrus, caramel, pine hops. Tastes are sweet bready caramel, cascade hops, resiny virus. Very nice balance. Finishes dry and chewy, grassy bitter. Good stuff.
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Clear fiery gold, half-inch beige head. Raisins and citrus in the aroma. Sweet great fruity notes, long-lasting bitter finish. Thick smooth body. Very tasty.
pdx76 (452) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at pelican - nice clear copper color. Small fine white head. Nose is dominated of hops and pine. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste of hop and a bit of malt. Nice beer to have with clam chowder.
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Zymurgeist2 (829) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewery. Spicy grass and floral hops. Clear copper with white head. Strong bitterness with citrus, pine and some dank.
mozdy (5) - Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank at the brewpub in Pacific City. Despite a horrible meal (shame on you for overcooking two pieces of salmon for our table--you live and work on the coast and should know how to prepare salmon!), the Imperial Pelican Ale was the standout beer of the ones we tried. Rather typical Northwest style hop profile, very citrusy and apparent, but backed up by a bunch of malt and alcohol. Nice finish. Reminds me of Squatters Hop Rising.
raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange, resin, oak and caramel I smell. modest off white head over clear orange gold. fine in the mouth, coating.my mputh cant put the flavor together—there’s an aluminum bitter buffered by resin, an overwhelmed peachy sweetness, & alcohol. bitter finish
Earlier Rating: 9/9/2007 Total Score: 4.1
(from bomber but you MUST go to the brewpub on the beach) golden amber, negligible head but look out nose—hop assault, billowing, mostly citrus but a little pine and almost orange. does not go lightly through the mouth but as clean as so much hope resinance can go. the taste is hihg bitterness maybe balanced by some pine, oak and caramel, intense and beautiful (tho finish a shade heavy)—relentless hoppiness--please let me go! i’m a little masochistic but having two of these in a row would be too much.
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of GT2. Filtered gold-orange. Sort of an odd aroma, thin oily head. Resiny, almost burnt hop aroma, resinous oily hop tones despite the cleanish golden malt backbone. Pretty solid example, very West Coast in it’ yeast characteristics. Nice balance.
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber. Head is webbed and retentive. Strong aromatic, spice, fruit and citrus. Flavor is similar. flavor is sweeter sticky malts. Really nice. full body.