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Big Mother - Mother Earth Brew Co.

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87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 03-06-2012)
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Got this bomber bottle in a BIF. It was picked up from the brewery during their anniversary party. I poured it into a balloon glass. The body is a deep, cloudy, burnt orange color. The head is a thick ochre foam that looks like it leaves some lacing, but quickly dies down after a minute or two to a thin layer. It resembles a barleywine more than a DIPA (or Triple IPA as this is called on the label).

The aroma is filled with big notes of traditional American hops, carrying with them hints of sweet orange marmalade. But there is an equal amount of big malt aromas here as well, predominantly toasted malt, caramel, and fig. Nothing exceptional, though certainly well balanced. Again, for the style, I feel like a more complex hop aroma is called for, and maybe the subtle age has not been to this beer's benefit?

Big Mother is bitter from start to finish, but not overly aggressive. There is a balancing sweetness mid-palate that follows a heavy alcohol note up front. Bitterness rests on the sides of the tongue and hits more towards the back. The taste is characterized by the big malt flavors, whereas the hops contribute little more than their bitter resin. Again, I think that it's probable this beer had a better hop character when it was first released.

Good amount of carbonation that helps to lift this heaviness of this beer. It certainly is full-bodied, and maybe a tad hot, but despite the big body and bold malt flavor, it isn't sticky sweet. Big Mother succeeds here in living up to the "BIG" moniker and doesn't go overboard like some notorious monster beers.

Overall, I think this beer is a better candidate for an American Barleywine than DIPA. The hops at this point (and maybe from before?) are too overshadowed by the sweet malts, which really steal the show. I can't say this is a good DIPA, as there is a lot of room for improvement on all fronts. I would treat the ratings quite differently if it were classified differently. Not a bad beer...just not a good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:17:33 | More by MusicaleMike
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T-Flavor starts similar, but has a lot more going on, with rich notes of grapefruit, pine resin, caramel.

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A: Lightly burnt orange color with a clouded glossy look to it . Kind of like honey in the glass. Smallish finger width of khaki cream and some mild dottings of stick run down the glass.

S: Big heady Citra hopped nose permeates grapefruit citrus zest with gooseberry, green melon, and a pinch of green Cali herbs. There is a ephemeral waft of caramel malt sweetness and some high octane alcohol but the citrus aromas almost over takes everything else. Really nice and expressively hopped nose.

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Big Mother from Mother Earth Brew Co.
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.