After an eventful week off, I am getting back into action with a beer that came to me as a gift from a friend in Northern Jersey. Right off the bat, I loved the can art and wished I had this one around last month while I was reading Pride of Carthage. Since you can’t judge a book or a beer by its cover, I opened it up at the end of a particularly long day hoping for a nice treat. Let’s see what it had to offer.
Beer Name: War Elephant
Brewer: Rushing Duck Brewing Company
Description: Described on the can as an “aggressive Double India Pale Ale loaded with juicy hops” that will assault you with the intensity of, well, a war elephant. Canned on 03/09/2016.
Pour Info: Poured from a well-traveled 16 oz. tall boy can into my official glass of 2016.
Appearance: It had a hazy, golden-orange juice-like body. Topping it off was a healthy white head that left nice lacing across the top.
Smell: Citrus juice with piney hops lurking in the background.
Taste: Lots of juice here as well. Started out citrusy upfront, then turned more tropical as the beer progressed. The finish was citrus zest and a mixture of fruity and piney bitterness from the hops. I found this beer a touch more juicy than hoppy, but these two aspects were in good proportion to one another and balanced each other quite well. There was a hint of the alcohol at warmer temperatures, but overall it was concealed by the juiciness.
Mouthfeel: The feel was on the thicker side of what I was expecting and the carbonation was just a bit short of moderate. A rather smooth drinking experience where once again, the juice comparison seemed appropriate.
Hype Factor: I had elevated expectations going into this one. Not only was I excited to get my hands on another Rushing Duck brew, but I was also really digging the art and wanting for a solid beer when I opened it up.
Overall: This beer certainly did not disappoint. Although not as aggressively hoppy as the label might suggest, this was still an excellent DIPA and one that I really enjoyed. I particularly liked the juicy and hoppy flavor profiles and would no doubt drink more if the opportunity came up. Cheers!