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Paranoid Pale Ale - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Paranoid Pale AleParanoid Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004)
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBeer:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

TheBeer, Jun 14, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, light amber in color

Smell: caramel, citrus hops, and pale malts

Taste: caramel and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter with a sweet backbone.

Drinkability: A perfectly sessionable pale ale. Not too sweet or bitter. I could have a six of these.

tigg924, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow, maybe this is a less than ideal bottle v. having it on tap, but I've had it in bottle before, and don't recall it being this pedestrian.

Well, I've still got 5 more, let's hope this was just a bummer beer in the 6er. The hop quality is gone, its just bitter, but not cloying. Boy, I hope this isn't a sign of things to come every other time I try this stuff. Its almost beer fest time, Mammoth is usually at a few of them, I guess I'll have to wait and find out.

Edit: Oh yeah, that's right, I bought this at Bevmo (likely expired). Well, damn. What is disappointing is that I've had this beer at times when it has been very good. But that's once in a (well I don't wanna say blue moon) . . . you know where I'm going with this. This score is cumulative.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +9.9%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Morgan for this one!

A: Pours an orange color with a a large 2.5 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving some splotches of foam on top. Thin lacing forms around the glass.

S: Very basic pale ale aroma, some faint citrus and pine mixed with some grainy malt and a bit of caramel.

T: Grainy malt up front with some faint pine, but very weak. Some lightly toasted malt dominates the flavor profile.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: Not sure on the age, but a bit weak overall. Would have liked a but stronger hop presence.

mdaschaf, May 18, 2012
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint with my bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Whiskey Creek/the brewpub. I thought this was a classic APA; not quite as hoppy as Sierra Nevada, but very American. There was a great balance of bready, toasted malt with perfumey, floral citrus hops that aren't just your standard bitter grapefruit. It had interesting hops, tasty malts, and was wonderfully drinkable. We're I in a certain state of mind, I could clear out a 6-pack of this beer.

tempest, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of SB_Brewmaster
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

SB_Brewmaster, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes:

Pours a golden amber with a light airy head from a 12 oz. bottle. Retention and lacing are thin.

Lots of piney hops on the nose and with a bit of hemp and some floral scents. Very much like a West coast IPA on the nose.

Taste is smooth and quite well balanced. A bit of oily hops couple with a nice tart sweetness, yet not a lot of depth to the malt structure. Slightly dry and bitter on the finish, limiting drinkability.

Malts do deepen as the beer warms yet don't show the smoky flavor of the draught versions.

HalfFull, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of penginpunk
5/5  rDev +37.4%

penginpunk, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

kbuzz, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of vacax
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark orange to amber in color with a fair sized cream colored head. Decent retention and a few spots of lace. Smells of much earthy grain, almost peanut buttery, some earthy hops present. Tastes of earthy malts with a fair hop balance. The flavor is quite dominated by earthy malts and not really what I would think of us a proper pale ale. Full bodied for a pale ale with a medium carbonation.

vacax, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle: badged as 'Yosemite Pale Ale'. Poured twice at home into a stemmed 'Yuengling' glass on 26 Aug 2013. A present from my daughter and son-in-law after a holiday in said park.

Looked fine, a good deep golden body with a full off-white head on both pours.

Hops to the fore in the nose and taste, with a malty undertone. I really liked this beer, good solid balance and plenty of flavour from start to finish.

Liked the alcohol level, suited the body depth and flavour.

BlackHaddock, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of More_betterness
3.75/5  rDev +3%

More_betterness, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of ACB
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%

ACB, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a sticky white head. Fairly sweet on the nose with lots of toffee and sweet bread malt aromas. A moderate citrus hop character to it, maybe a light floral note as well. The flavor is on the sweet side for a pale ale. Lots of bread, toast, and toffee. Some bitterness and hop flavor, but not overly intense. Pretty decent pale ale, actually.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of fezmeister
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one fairly well, speaking as an IPA drinker. Delicate orange-pine hops precede a bready malt backbone, finishing with mild hop bitterness. Plenty carbonated for summer drinkability. Bottle was labeled as "Yosemite Pale Ale", but reading the fine print revealed it was actually Paranoid Pale. Gift beer, possibly purchased in Yosemite Valley...

fezmeister, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Nightrain87, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jmdrpi, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
2.15/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Tioga Gas Mart in Lee Vining after an exhausting hike up Mt. Dana.

Amber with a beige head,nice retention and lacing. Nose has a lot of crystal malt, some citrus hops moderate sweetness. Palate opens with a blend of caramel and chalky hops low bitterness and flavor, this is rather mediocre. Medium light in body moderate carbonation, the finish is poor with mild sweetness and lacing in hop character. I didn't finish this.

DefenCorps, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bpasquini
4/5  rDev +9.9%

bpasquini, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden color. Off-white head.

A- Grapefruit/citrus hoppiness

T- A slight malty sweetness followed by the citrusy hops and a slight piney taste.

M- Light body Medium-light carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- A great beer. The hop flavor is different than most west coast pale ales I've had so far.

gpogo, May 04, 2008
Photo of iboard10
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was golden amber in color and most of the head was gone by the time it got to me but i could see that it was a very white clean head. The smell was hoppy but not too bad. The taste was clean and smooth. It had a little spice and some little floral note but nothing too much. Over all a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

iboard10, Aug 19, 2009
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2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

06/18/09- Received from a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour. Decent 3/4 inch large bubbled full head. Leaves some lace spotting behind.

Smell- Mostly some off lightly stale malt nose. A few fruity and pine hops mixed within.

Taste- Think this one has past it's prime. Significantly stale toasted caramel malt flavor..a bit cardboardy. Hops are overmatched and have probably faded away. What is there is mildy fruity and very lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is fine, but the aftertaste is not one to write home about.

Drinkability- Drained this one after half a glass. May try again in the future if I know I am getting a fresh one...maybe on tap if I ever see it.

GClarkage, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness into a pint glass. This brew appears a lightly hazed orange copper color with a finger of yellowish stained head. Some stringy patches of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl revives less than a finger of the yellow foam back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew includes a sweet candy caramel malt note before the onset of the first hop indications. The sweetness of this brew comes off like toffee and flowers before turning hoppy with a slight pine note, faint citrus and herbs. As it warms, a swirl reveals some aromas that are almost vanilla-like.

The taste includes the malt sweetness indicated in the aroma tasting like a combination of caramel or toffee. Mid palate are some fruity hop indications and a light touch of vanilla before turning a bit herbal and piney in the finish. There is a very mild bitterness to this brew that lasts into the finish with a flavor mix of pine and herbs.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is not as hoppy as expected for an american pale ale. It seems more english in style or maybe is just a dated bottle. I found the malt inclusion in this brew to be quite enjoyable and it had a nice mix of flavors and aromas to enjoy. The 5.5% alcohol is noticeable with a light tingle and warmth in the back of the throat with every sip. Overall not a bad offering, I wouldn't mind having this again as a fresh offering.

stakem, Feb 02, 2011
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Paranoid Pale Ale from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.