I have had this trope running through my mind for many years when the topic of Oregon's PELICAN BREWING has come up. "Pelican makes really good IPAs". I totally forgot how I knew that. It's gotten to the point where I have to Google myself to remember things from a few years ago – you ever do that? I have written a significant amount of blog posts over the past decade, it's true. Anyway, turns out I reviewed their "INDIA PELICAN ALE" on my Hedonist Beer Jive blog back in 2007 – and loved it. What might an imperial version of this taste like, I wondered? Let's find out together.
First of all, this one's just about as awesome as that one I had six years ago. It has a pretty harsh (but tasty!) hop burn. Thin to medium bodied, "IMPERIAL PELICAN ALE" is a citrusy ale that brings a bunch of post-swallow dryness to the roof of one's mouth. It's quite "floral" and has an amazing orange, hops and flower smell. It's 8% alcohol, and believe me, you taste every bit of it. It's a really strong double IPA, right in line with their "single" and one I'd love to have again. Yes, "Pelican makes really good IPAs". 8/10.