Ankle-Buster Ale is a Belgian-Style Pale Ale by Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon. Ankle-Buster comes in an attractive, silk-screened bomber bottle like the rest of Pelican’s beers. It’s a nice, classic look that matches Pelican’s “classic” approach to beers.
Pelican is a well-decorated brewery, having won 34 awards through the years at The Great American Beer Festival alone. They make a wide range of very approachable beer styles such as a cream ale, foreign stout, ESB, and more and have one of the best brewery websites I’ve found. You can even buy their beers online in their online store and of course they have glassware, shirts, and more.
Name: Ankle-Buster Ale
Brewery: Pelican Pub & Brewery
Style: Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Released: Seasonal (Summer)
Availability: 22oz. bomber
Surfers know all too well that ankle-buster waves are barely big enough to surf on, but our Ankle-Buster Ale is bound to create a big wave. With an herbal hop character, fruity/spicy Belgian yeast aromas, toasty and caramel-like malt flavor, and a clean dry finish, Ankle-Buster carves its own path to refreshing, flavorful beer. Best enjoyed with both feet planted on sand.
Malts: Golden Promise, Pale Ale, Caramel 15, Caramel 40
Serving: 22oz. bomber into a New Belgium snifter.
Appearance: Pours an attractive amber/copper color with a off-white pillowy head. A rush of carbonation erupts soon after the pour, but it settles down quickly.
Aroma: Strong herbal and floral hop aromas with fruity esters as well. Slight tart note.
Mouthfeel: Light, almost watery mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Taste: Not as strong tasting as the aroma indicates. Slight bitterness at the end. Very clean and balanced.
While Ankle-Buster Ale isn’t a beer to write home about, it is a well-made, clean beer if a bit light on the palate. It’s very drinkable and leaves you wanting more. Given the opportunity I’d like to have this on draft but I’m not likely to pick up another bomber of it, unless I was really in the mood for a Belgian Pale.
Being relatively new to the Pacific-Northwest, Pelican is one of my favorite breweries in the region. Their beers are very drinkable and by the recent trend of “extreme beers”, very normal and normal is great in my book.
Food pairings: Something light - a salad, sandwich, etc.
Comparable beers: Devotion Ale by The Lost Abbey, BPA by Brewery Ommegang, Demolition by Goose Island Beer Co.