Rushing Duck War Elephant
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
War Elephant is as unapologetic as Double IPAs get. At over 4lbs. of hops per barrel, War Elephant contains a completely irrational amount of hops designed to create a unique hop experience. It has a “smack-you-in-the-face” hop aroma consisting of pine needles, grapefruit, tangerine, and other citrus fruits. Unlike many other Double IPAs, though, War Elephant has a subdued malt character so it’s never cloyingly sweet, and at 80 IBUs it isn’t overly bitter. Like all Rushing Duck beers, War Elephant is unfiltered so as not to strip any of the precious hop aromas from the beer. As a result it has a hazy golden color with a thick rocky head. It is our Fall seasonal, so enjoy the limited release while it’s fresh!

The name: War Elephants date back the 4th century BC in India where elephants were bred and trained to fight in an “elephant cavalry” as transport, but also as a weapon used to stampede the enemy. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that the elephants were sometimes given fermented beverages as a means to make them more aggressive as well as feel numb to injuries of war. Rushing Duck Brewing in no way encourages you to feed beer to elephants or any other animal, nor do we encourage animal fighting…but it is a pretty cool story.

Godofthecellar's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 growler shared by Bill. wow right in my back yard and i didnt even know it!!! drinking this side by side with hill farmstead abner and wow the smell is smiliar. citrus, grapfruit, resin, pine scent and taste. slightly bitter but overall a very good IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhfinn (1) - - FEB 4, 2016 does not count
Small brewery gaining attention from some recent brewery only can releases. From can released 2/4/16 at brewery. Amber in color not too cloudy. Small 1 finger head that fades quickly leaving a slight lacing on the glass. Smell is pungent with citrus tropical fruit dank herb and pine. Taste just like it smells. Like a tropical forest floor. Finishes sweet and not bitter like I would expect from a 8.6abv. Worth seeking out fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Tap. Slightly hazy yellow white pour with a nice head. Grapefruit, citrus, orange, pine. Medium to full body. Not overwhelming sweet body with bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Mug’s, Williamsburg, NYC. Thick grapefruit aroma. Big green, minty citrus up front. very clean and tasty. Creamy, smooth, lovely. Bright hazy gold-yellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2014
5oz pour at Torst. Pours a hazy orange with some sudsy white head. Nose has quite a bit of sticky orange, dank pine, grapefruit zest, some fresh cut herbs and grass. Some sweetness in the mouth, honey comb, the fresh grass is right there though, dank pine, grapefruit, orange, soapy. Full bodied, sticky, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Poured from a growler. Amber in color. Pine and citrus aroma. Can definitely pick up the pine and citrus in the taste. Good amount of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironbike1 (14) - New York, USA - APR 1, 2014
Heavy malt backbone filled with plenty of citrus hops. Very strong pine characteristics. Smooth drink great local brewery. Well local for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (4763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Growler, pours copper amber. Notes are sugar, orange hops, pine, and grain. Good but too big and sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Draft at Pony Bar. Pours golden orange with a white head. Dankity dank pine, fruit, citrus hops, sweet malts, and pretty big bitterness. A little rough around the edges, but definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (1044) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Nice malty hoppy aroma, some citrus and some piney. Taste is malty with citrus hops and a bitter piney hop finish. Malt balance is great. This is a nice ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft at pony bar HK. Pours a clear golden body with super thin white lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and light funky melon. Mouthfeel is medium and slick with notes of sweet citrus fruits, dank melon, clementines, tangerines and sweet residual sugars. If it wasn’t for the overtly sweet character, this would be world class. Super subtle citrus and funky melon flavors are a bit distracted by the sweetness.

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