This American-style IPA from the Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a golden-amber colour with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing and gets retained as a thin collar and film. Dead Elephant IPA has the traditional berry and citrus aromas fans of the style know and love, but here they take a back seat to a warm, toasted grain smell and deep caramel tone.
A nicely embittered grapefruit flavour is much more prevalent in the taste of Dead Elephant IPA and is joined by a slightly sweet, dark caramel tone, as well as a biscuit-like one. The ale is full-bodied with almost no carbonation beyond the first few minutes after being poured, yet there is a bright pop on the tongue followed by a heavy yeast note. The finish is bitter and the aftertaste is oily and grainy, with a subtle fruit tone.
The silver can that Dead Elephant IPA is packaged in has the image of an elephant’s trunk and tusks printed in black, white and a poppy red that really stand out. The back of the can has a story about the inspiration of the beer’s name that is also a big part of the town of St. Thomas’ history. Freshness dating can be found stamped towards the top of the can.
Dead Elephant IPA is a solid, highly drinkable effort. I really appreciate the sturdy grain character and it could become a regular pick up for me if it remains in steady supply. This ale pairs well with grilled meats, spicy foods and salty snacks. You can find Dead Elephant IPA at many LCBO locations and at bars and pubs across southwestern and eastern Ontario.
Type: American IPA
Region: Ontario, St. Thomas
Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.5%