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Evil Octopus - Mayday Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Mayday Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 05-10-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 49
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very very black black ipa, almost a hoppy porter in some ways, minus a little body. it comes out of the tap very dark, and has a hop aroma that can be picked up from across the room. it smells like hop pellets, dissolved barely, green and new still, and i think thats a bit of a flaw. like it smells more like the ingredients its comprised of than some synergistic or cumulative whole. fortunately the taste is a lot more integrated than the nose, and the hops seems bright and fresh rather than pellets right from the bag. the dark malts are bitter too, and sort of take over from the middle onward, with coffee and even soy notes for a second, before the bitterness rounds it out. some more body would be useful here, the flavors are bold and dont quite seem to have enough to cling to, maybe a handful of oats would help. i like the flavors quite a bit though, and was impressed with this offering from a brewery i had never head of before. i only had two of their beers, but i liked this one a lot more than the blonde, which despite being well made, was rather boring.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the tasting room.Poured into a standard pint glass a dark chocolate brown with a lighter beige head atop.Aromas of chocolate malts and leafy/herbal hops,the chocolate malt aromas really stand out.Flavors are like the nose with a real pronounced chocolate maltiness with a nice shot of herbal and grassy hops in the finish.A well made beer,the hops don't hit very hard but it has good complexity.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, hint of pale malt, and slight hop. Overall, decent beer overall, nothing either mundane or extraordinary.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap at the brewery this had a chocolate brown coloring with a thick foamy head and a ton of lacing.

The scent held a lot of chocolate malt with a bit of caramel. There was some dry floral hoppiness and some barley grains.

The flavors held many of the properties of the scent as the chocolate malt comes out first. The hops then get mingled within the caramel and grains.

The feel is smooth but the carbonation is little high.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, I always like to try something local.
Standard pint glass, dark brown with a light beige head, good retention and thin lace.
Aroma of some chocolate malts and leafy/herbal hops, with the cocoa and chocolate really dominant. Chocolate is main flavor, with a finishing kick of herbal and grassy hops. Pretty complex, more flavor as it sits.
Medium body, holds the hoppiness at the end.
A nice choice, well made.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Highly disappointing. Look and mouthfeel fit the bill, but smell is non-distinct and taste is a mess. The black IPA genre is tough, as you're dealing with conflicting concepts so you need to pick a distinct identity. This beer has none.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jeffersons in Murfreesboro, TN

Appearance: dark mahogany brown/black with slightly off white head, great head retention

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, earthy herbal hoppiness, dark chocolate, minor vanilla

Taste: roasted malts and dark chocolate with a very notcieable earthy hop presence, very smooth but could be a little more balanced.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation with a pretty full body.

Overall: great fresh local beer, if your in town i would seek this out, but i like Angry Redhead better. Pairs great with burger and fries.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark amber, blackish, thin white head with a thick lacing that is maintained throughout when tilting the glass. The head has dispersed making it easy to see through it.

The aroma is chocolatey hoppy, kinda reminds me an imperial IPA or choclatey stout.

The taste contains roasted malts with a chocolatey taste on the forefront. It's a very smooth beer. I can't taste the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thin with slight carbonation

Overall, this is a great beer. I was very pleased with the result of this one. I can tell that Mayday cares about having a great quality brew.

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Photo of Krisp09
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served at burger republic Nashville in pint. Dark brown to black color with thin head. Aroma is least impressive feature about beer with mostly dark malt aromas. Taste is nice mix of bitterness from floral hops with smokiness from dark malts. Overall a nice black IPA that could use a little more hops.

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Evil Octopus from Mayday Brewery
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.