omhper (19186) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pale golden, brief head. Sweet and neutral, lightly grainy and nutty. Dryish grassy finish. Refreshing, but near thin.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Medium golden colored. Long-lived white head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is musty and earthy. Light bodied. Fairly well-hopped with and earthy bitterness. Fair cream ale.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.70 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) After rating several cream ales, I’ve saved this one for last, and I’m hopeful that Pelican can deliver a cream ale that’s actually palatable, as most of the others have been pretty awful. Hmm, a good start here. The nose is actually fairly inviting, showing a fair amount of orange citrus tea aroma, plus a bit of malt in the background. The first sip is also encouraging. Yes, it’s a bit grainy, but this is not a strong corn flavor like in some of the others. Gentle, light malt is joined by a mildly sweet orange citrus and peach fruitiness, and balanced by a modest hop bitterness. There’s even a slight bit of smokiness in the finish. Wow, this is not only palatable, but something I can actually drink and not bitch about. Light to medium body, nicely carbonated. Pale yellow in color with a slight haze. The head is pretty much white in color, not all that big on the pour, and fades to a bubbly rim, leaving a few small patches of lace on the glass. While all the other cream ales I’ve rated ended up being drain pours (not enjoyable, and with the rating completed, no need to finish the glass), I plan on drinking this entire bomber. That speaks volumes. Best cream ale I’ve ever had, and by a wide margin I think.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild caramel flavor up front balanced by a smooth hoppiness leaving a nice light citrus and grassy hop finish flavor behind. Pours a very clear gold with a smooth white head. Very smooth brew well balance and very light weight on the palate.
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a great beer. Had a great flavor and was light for the heat of the moment. I really liked this beer. The flavor was full with such a light feel.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sometimes a beer can be perfect in the moment. This is one of those times. We finally had some nice weather today, I worked like 13 hours today. But this beer is just right.
Pours a cloudy golden in color with a quickly lasting fluffy white head. Fruity, floral hop aroma is very appealing. Though light in body, the taste leaps with peachy fruitiness, grassy hops, tiny pine, and a dry finish. A+ for the tingly mouthfeel. This is a fantastic brewery and this is a great session-type brew.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow with a light head and lace. Pils malts and grassy hops. Some bitterness and lemons. Again the flavors contain that musky malt with some lemons and grass. Bitter notes. Tangy palate and finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have issues with Pelican’s gargantuan bottles, but I do like the Pelican name, as it makes me think of Florida, not Oregon. Whatever, you say. The beer is fine, but totally lacks in malt. It’s got a surprising hop punch - very floral! But, alas, the hops are left at the altar without Mr. Malt. Frothy, snow white head that lingers. A delight if you like a crisp floral brew with no barley to be found. Also: too fizzy. I’m disappointed as I had high hopes.
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lager aroma with some sweet maltiness. Hazy gold in color with lots of visible carbonation. Small, white head. Nice lace. Some bitterness evident on the tongue. Crisp and enjoyable. A little dry but good.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden/orange color,small foamy white head.Decent malty/fruity aroma with a slight citrus side.Lightly malty flavor with a good yet mild grapefruit hop taste that goes down fairly easy and smooth.Theres a slight mild hop after taste and the brew finishes up fairly dry.a decent enough brew for a hot summer day but it has little to really offer as far as taste goes.Worth trying atleast once.