Pelican Brewing, as said before, is located on the Oregon Coast in Pacific City. This amazingly beautiful spot on the beach is augmented by the fact that there is a very strong brewing presence in town in Pelican Pub and Brewing.
Today’s Pelican ale we are evaluating is India Pelican Ale. This brew is named after the mascot of Pelican Brewing, Phil the Pelican. This IPA (amongst my favorite type of ale) is made with Cascade hops, giving it a noticeably sweet aroma. However, this isn’t a sweet citrusy beer, the hops are balanced with a mild malty flavor that provides a bit of spice.
At first sip, India Pelican Ale has a strong hoppy bitterness. You can definitely tell that Pelican Brewing uses a robust mix of hops to give an initial bitter sting. However, India Pelican Ale transitions quickly to being a smooth tasting balanced beer.
Any IPA lover (even the picky ones) will feel at home with an India Pelican Ale in their hands. It’s a familiar taste, making this brew a very good example of what any Oregon IPA should strive to me.
Through some serious malt action, Emily’s Ember has a very nutty taste that quickly exits your palette as the swig ends. The caramel comes and goes quickly and you are left with a slightly malty after-taste.
I cannot compare the this amber ale to any other beer I’ve had. There’s a nut brown ale that is very similar to me that I think is from Newcastle.
Honestly speaking, Emily’s Ember is a forgettable beer because is has no discernible qualities that make me remember it. It comes and goes without giving me any memorable facets to get me to talk about it to those who ask.
If you’re into Newcastle, give Emily’s Ember a try. Otherwise, this is likely one to skip.