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Paranoid Pale Ale - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Paranoid Pale AleParanoid Pale Ale

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 27
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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of vacax
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of fezmeister
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of DefenCorps
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of iboard10
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Photo of GClarkage
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of EBucky321
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color and smells really piney with subtle hints of citrus. Has a strong maltyness that shines bright on the initial taste w/ a really decent amount of hops. Finish is piney and a bit sweet. Overall, this is a great beer to drink while chillin on the porch.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth 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 good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly earth and herbal hop forward presence all around.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the source.

Pours clear copper with a half inch of head and a short duration. A partial skim coat on the surface and short fingers of lacing for the remainder.

Aromatics are a pleasant blend of bready, toasted malts and light citrus. A bit malt-forward with fresh biscuits and a minerally chaulkiness following through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel. A light chew keeps the beer from being thinnish.

Plump, bready malt with hints of grapefruit and pine start the palate. A light bitterness takes the edge of the sweetness of the fresh malt and the beer is very approachable.

Finishes fairly quick with some lingering malt and a faint bitterness.

Nice APA, but underhopped by todays APA standards and leans in a British direction.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an initially two-finger thick, lightly tanned, cream colored head that sits atop a clear, fully copper colored brew. The aroma is nicely hop focused with a good mix of citrus and herbal / pine notes. Aromatic notes of grapefruit, apricot and pineapple serve as the dominant hop character, but there is a nice layer of sharper pine & menthol like notes. A touch of biscuit like malt notes are just discernible in the finish. This has quite a bit more of a tropical fruit / citrus character than I was expecting; it is quite nice and appetizing.

Only lightly sweet, the hops compete with the malt character and actually are the dominant force here. Quite smooth feeling on the tongue, almost a touch watery feeling despite a certain malt driven heft & viscosity. The flavor is perhaps a bit more sharp than the aroma might suggest as a solid bitterness is noticeable from the first and a definite, crisp, pine flavor and menthol like hop turpene character is noticeable. Still, there is quite a bit of fruit to be found from the hops (in fact it might just edge out the sharper hop notes in terms of flavor dominance); flavors of candied orange peel, peach, sweet tropical fruit and lychee are all quite noticeable. The malt character, all though it may seem an after thought here, plays a nice supporting role. The touch of residual malt sugars perk up the fruity hop notes and in the finish is found a touch of biscuit-like / soda cracker type malt notes that provide some additional dryness to offset the fruit notes.

This is a really nice Pale Ale. I was not expecting much after the Double Nut Brown, but this is quite nice and I would happily quaff more of this.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local restaurant in Mammoth.

A - Light golden brown color with moderate head and decent lacing.

S - Light aroma of citrusy hops with some biscuity malt mixed in.

T - More hop bitterness than the aroma would lead you to expect. Balanced very well by the malts.

M/D - Nice smooth pale ale. Plesantly surprised after being somewhat dissapointed with their IPA.

Photo of afksports
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mammoth Paranoid Pale ale is a tasty treat hooked up from my buddy Martin out west. Thank you, sir! It's brewed at an elevation of 8,000 feet, so I wonder if this tastes different at sea level.

Either way, it's nice. A pretty appearance, lace and deep rich caramel hues through the filtered beer. The smell is indistinct with a bit of pine hops poking through. The taste is overall roasty. It's a bit weird character for a pale, but not unwelcome. It starts with crisp hops, citrus/pine, follows with the malt that's like burnt sugar, and finishes with water.

Overall I'm happy to have a pale ale that I can drink with dinner, not worry about a bomber at 5.5% alcohol by volume, and not have to pay too much attention to "pick up notes of elderflower".

After all, this is a beer.

Photo of originalsin
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't believe I'm doing this...reviewing a beer from my cell phone. Can't help it. I'm here at mammoth mountain...decided to drive up with my brother last night at 2am. Got here at 6. Crashed the car into a pole when the car skidded out.
I wish I could say that's the only struggle I had but it hasn't been. We came here to ski with two friends of my brothers-both of whom are on the us ski team. I'm on 0 sleep, hungover, and haven't skiid in two years. Can't keep up...
Time for a beer.

A: pours a golden amber with a thick frothy head.

S:very typical west coast pale here.piney citrus nose and certainally the cascade comes through.

T:there isn't really too much to this beer. A slightly bitter finish but otherwise its boring. Watery even.
Too sweet.

M: the mouthfeel is very light, but not at all crisp. I'm tired.

D: ehh. I'm tired.

Photo of Jmoore50
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Just to start off, I am really pulling for this brewing company, they are just coming off of thirteen years of brewing and they are located really close to where I live. I have tried some of their other brews and they were okay but then there was this one.

When I poured it I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. It was really light and golden and I could immediately smell something sweet. I gulped even harder when the head came to about three fingers and was pitch white and frothy like a dog with rabies. It was transparent and had a medium gold color.

The smell was good, for a fruity beer. I could smell the citrus and even some really fine hint of honey. I really don't care for fruit and honey, except for desert.

The taste was like driving on a cobblestone road on a bicycle. At first it was okay and I thought that I was going to make it until...BAM! Sweetness disaster. I got through the whole beer but I had to have some crackers with it.

I am not going to just bag on this beer forever so I will say some positive things about it. It smelled really good, like this one candle I used to have. The head was frothy and sticky, I usually like beers like that.

Overall I will never buy this beer again and will not recommend. Hopefully Mammoth Brewing Company will do better next time.

Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Hi-Times. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Comes in at 5.5%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a very clear golden amber. It has a 3/4 finger off white head that dissolves quickly to a layer of spotted film surrounded by a bubbly ring. A small amount of spotted lace and an occasional streak of lace is left in between sips.

S-Smells of lightly faded grapefruit. According to others they use Cascade and the varietal dominates the nose. I do not pick up on any pine. Also get a hint of banana.

T-It starts with a little bit of grapefruit and some pale malt. Sweet malt hits in the back and on the finish. It is a lot sweeter than the nose lets on and I found it to be a touch too sweet for me.

M-Light end of the medium spectrum. Very smooth and is lightly carbonated.

D-Not bad, not outstanding. It is light enough and has a reasonable abv to be sessionable, but it is a little too sweet for me. Would reseve final judgment until I have tried it from a guaranteed fresh bottle.

This is one I would not seek out, but would drink if offered.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super clear and fizzy. Depending on the light, it goes from yellow to golden honey in color. Beautiful.

S: Smells sooo good!!! Honey, and malts and cake. Man this smells yummy! Vanilla. Caramel. Raw dough.

T: Very earthy and malty. Minimal hops, but then again it is an APA. Lots of malts. Very bready. Toast.

M: Thin and fizzy. Fits this brew very well.

O: A very solid APA.

thanks rtaps!!!

Photo of beer348
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks light, golden in color, pretty clear.

S: Didn't smell great but didn't smell bad either.

T: Nice flavor, easy to drink, good tasting.

MF: Drank it easily, was nice and crisp. A little bitter.

O: Pretty good beer. I would drink it again.

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Paranoid Pale Ale from Mammoth Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.