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RATINGS: 472   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9346) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Thanks to cmaruschak for providing me with this superb IPA. Pours a bright bronze/orange color with tiny rising bubbles and a medium white fluffy head. Nice lacing streaks the glass. Big citrusy hops aroma. Medium-bodied with an excellent hops flavor. Citrus and a bit of malt and herb flavors are very well-balanced. The finish retains the flavorful hops throughout. This is probably the best "regular" IPA I have had, beating out even Alesmith and Buckeye Hippie IPA. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
651mL thanks to 3fourths. Pours clear orange with decent head retention. Spotty lace. Nose is heavy orange candies, toffee, caramel, onion. Some nice apricot and peach. Taste is rich and chewy, oranges, dried apricot, quenching caramel. Very nice. Great palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (9205) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear golden / copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma of big juicy fruity hops, resin, and a big caramel malt backbone. Flavour brings out big juicy resinous hops, a bit of floral hops, and a bit juicy caramel malt. Very well-balanced, though perhaps maybe a bit too much residual sugar. Finishes quite astringency and fairly juicy. Good stuff, but I prefer the regular India Pelican Ale.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2010 Total Score: 4.3
22 oz. bottle, pours a sharp hazy golden with a light ahead. Great aroma of hops, citrus, pine and spices. Flavour of very spicy hops. Tremendous IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
Pale golden pour with a thin white head. The aroma is really bright and fruity. A bit of lean malt and some bright hoppiness. Dry-hopped grassiness and a lingering bitterness. A nice bright fruitiness and a soft peppery flavour. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 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 Iíve ever had, and an outstanding IPA on itís own as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle from Brock_Landers. Deep golden pour with huge, fluffy head. Aroma of huge piney hops, tropical fruit. The flavor is hoppy, very fruity, with a solid caramel malty backbone. Yeah, this one does get a little hot, but I didnít notice it until the very end. Worth seeking out!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Any first impressions?
-A rich head of foam crowns the translucid orange.
-Luxurious, booming orange hop flowers morph into wooden hop resins and sandy angles.
-As the aroma announces, this is a quintessential West Coast IPA folks; fruity hops all over and just enough malts to support.
-Body is slender and quenching, making this a very drinkable pint.

What if you dig deeper?
-A wooden hop bitterness lingers beautifully.
-The biscuity maltiness fits perfectly with the colourful hoppiness.
-Orange pulp, pink grapefruit, and a plethora of other citrus fruit celebrate their seaside reunion. But they donít come from the now ubiquitous Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe varieties, etc.
-You could complain that it doesnít have any unique personality, but who cares! This is so well-brewed, clean, and scrumptious, you couldnít ask more from a typical West Coast IPA.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
2010-06-28. Crisp golden body with a nice off-white head and lace. 3+ Nice hoppy aroma, lemon-grapefruit blend, muted leafy hop notes. 7+ Flavour has a good amount of bitterness, modest citrus, citrus seeds, and a kiss of resin. 7+ Average plus bodied palate is appropriate for the beer. Solid IPA but I had pretty high expectations from anticipation, so it was a disappointment when it was just very good and not excellent. Just a little more citrus would have taken it over the top. Sampler at the brewpub, Pacific City.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8389) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2011
Small off-white head over clear metallic-orange beer. Rosewater & passionfruit, C-hopsí nose, very nice if unidimensional, citruscharacter. Bitterorange zeste, orange marmalade, copperflavour. Less sweet than the nose suggested, but the aftertaste reverts to dull-sweet. Medium bodied, very slick. More than OK, nice, citrussy IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle (with a "10" on the cap) thanks to DA. Pours with a beautiful, crystal clear amber-orange body and a large, fluffy white head. Some good lacing. Aroma of citrus cascade, a bit fruity, pine and dank, with fresh bread dough notes in the back ground with a tinge of fresh clover honey. Taste is bread, followed by a lot of floral and then bitter hops, and a good bit of crystal malt. Prickly carbonation. I need more from these guys!

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