Primordial Imperial IPA - Mother Earth Brew Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid but nothing really stands out about this one.
03-13-2014 23:11:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
On-tap at Mother Earth
A: The pour is a nice golden color with a big slightly off-white head and some mild lacing.
S: The hops are certainly present on the nose with some nice citrus and pine notes. Also a fair amount of alcohol and (as pointed out by Bobby) fish food.
T: Certainly a very bitter IPA with lots of pine and citrus, to a lesser extent. Again, the alcohol presence is pronounced, a bit too much for my liking.
M: The body is medium to heavy for an IPA with a moderate carbonation.
D: I can't say this beer is bad, because I did enjoy it somewhat. But, it was more just bitter without much else going on.
08-29-2010 08:14:04 | More by womencantsail
3.21/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours a dark orangey amber in the tall Stella glass. Clear and bubbly with an attractive head. Some gardenias and gasoline in the aroma.
Rather sweet and spicy. A lot of malt, but the flavor is mostly bitter orange and some caramel. This seems like the current classic style of DIPA-- rich, herbaceous, hot, serious bitterness shading into the earthy, piney woods. Tangy and a little harsh. Woody, like there were some barrels involved.
I don't think there is much to recommend this at the equivalent of 25 bucks a six pack. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.
02-22-2013 04:58:52 | More by mactrail
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
On tap at Churchill's. The color is hazy golden orange with a one inch creamy white head.
The aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, and alcohol. Sort of muted. Not much else to report.
The flavor is bitter pine and grapefruit with some caramel malt and a little sweetness. The beer has bitterness in its favor, but it comes across as somewhat harsh with a strong alcohol presence and little hop flavor behind the bitterness. The finish is alcoholic pine.
The mouthfeel is dry and astringent with ample carbonation. Not impressed and not up to San Diego standards.
09-06-2010 00:55:56 | More by HopHead84
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
22 oz bottle courtesy of Scott. Thanks, buddy!
It pours a hazy orange gold with a 2 finger head of foam and with some good lacing.
There's some nice sweetness in the smell, caramel and bread, a some grassy/piney bitterness but like a some DIPAs, the malt is ruling it in the aroma.
The taste seems to be more balanced. Yep, the malt is well represented with notes of caramel sweetness and some bready tones and the bitterness is kind of a grassy, slightly piney thing going on. As the beer is warming, the malt becomes even more assertive; it's not sickingly, syrupy sweet so that's not a huge complaint from me. I'm liking this DIPA and the hefty abv isn't a major factor.
Close to full bodied with medium to medium light carbonation, the mouthfeel is excellent. It's pretty easy to drink too so I'd say try it if you see it.
08-25-2011 23:14:51 | More by Bitterbill
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small off white head. In the aroma, pine to orange citrus hops, a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and small alcohol note in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and a bit too much alcohol, almost hairspray like.
12-12-2011 19:13:50 | More by OWSLEY069
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
A – Golden amber. White head settles quickly without lace.
S – Sharp alcohol character. Almost like a malt and hop infused vodka. Mildly sweet, orange note.
T – Malty body up front into juicy sweet citrus. Booze and herbs build up behind the sweetness into an almost gin-like flavor. The herbal note continues into the finish with cilantro and juniper.
M – Light body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Leaves a round, lingering bitterness on the back of your palate.
O – Big on the booze, but lays down a nice bitter character.
06-02-2011 01:36:43 | More by vfgccp
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured a golden yellow with orange highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was alright with a decent hop pine aroma, sweet malts, and hints of citrus. Upfront there was a grapefruit hop punch with pine, citrus accents. It had a good malt backbone as well. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but hop bitter crisp finish. It drank good and was probably one of the best beers they offered at MEB.
08-30-2010 21:40:11 | More by Gobzilla
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Mother Earth Brew Co.
A deep, dark, auburn with orange edges. Thick, soapy off-white head forms and sticks around. Lots of lacing down the glass. A beautiful beer.
A very pleasing and pungent tropical and citrus nose. While the typical grapefruit and orange notes are here, there's a distinct apricot aroma as well.
A very bitter DIPA with strong floral and pungent citrus notes. Clean finish and remarkably drinkable, even with just a touch of alcohol warmth that reminds me of this beer's strength.
Medium to thick bodied, a touch slick with alcohol, ample carbonation. A touch of stinging, biting alcohol.
A tasty and impressively bitter San Diego DIPA. It does everything right and I feel lucky this beer (and this brewery) is just a few exits away from me on the 78. Keep up the good work!
05-03-2011 01:36:56 | More by ehammond1
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Nice silk screened bottle. Pours a ruddy amber hue, thick clumpy off white head forms. Leaves a nice streak of lacing behind.
Uplifting pine, grapefruit and tangerine, bold malt under tone of toffee, bread and dark fruit. A medley of aroma, very concentrated on the grapefruit/pine hops.
Hefty malt, very sweet and nearly cloying, syrup, toffee, molasses. Hops come in with a bit of pine barely enough to push back in accompaniment with alcohol burn. Finish is sticky, a muted pine flavor and earthy bitterness. Really underwhelming for a DIPA.
Easy enough to drink all that malt can really hide the abv but without the hops it really is very sticky. Average carbonation and body.
Not terrible but for a DIPA, but not good either. I really wanted more in the hops not just a double amber, a one dimensional flavor profile and overwhelming malt character doesn't cut it.
02-04-2013 05:54:32 | More by rawfish
Primordial Imperial IPA from Mother Earth Brew Co.
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.