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Real McCoy Amber Ale - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Real McCoy Amber AleReal McCoy Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-06-2007)
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SwillinBrew

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

So i finally decided to drink some of this after IceAce and the Longbeachbum told me they found it quite good. (i'm not much of an amber fan. I've had fat tire and didnt much care for it. Alaskan amber was better but again, really didnt pique my interest)

I poured my bottle into a pint glass and the brew showed a solid light ice-tea held up to the sun color with a light dose of ivory colored head. The nose was quite bready with hints of sweetness to it. The taste, well, was surprisingly tasty. A good mix of biscuity bread with hints of malt, toffee and some hops to carry it. A well rounded and flavorful brew. The body filled my palate and i found this brew refreshing and quite crisp.

I have to say i honestly like this brew. Could i have rated it a 4 because after talking to IceAce and LBB, i was thinking "well, i know i wont care much for it"... then ended up liking it, thus rating it higher? I dont know. But i do know i like and wish i had more bottles of it now. I'll get some soon.

03-10-2006 06:21:44 | More by SwillinBrew
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Todd

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

12oz brown stubby. Pours a rich amber-copper colored brew with a bright white frothing head. Health, sticky and retains.

A tad sour in the nose (in a pleasing way, berry-like), with notes of pith and earthy flora.

Smooth bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Grainy upfront, with a dusty feel on the palate. Sweet malt juice, with slightly toasted edges and suggestions of peanut deep within the grain character. Subtle herbal bitterness, just enough to push back on the sweetness with some pleasant rhubarb-like flavors, and faint strawberry and dark grapes. Finish is dry with a pronounced lingering fresh grain character.

A very simple (yet complex), extremely balanced, delicious beer. Highly sessionable. Excellent choice for converting others to better beer and a damn tasty interpretation of an Altbier.

11-13-2004 18:52:48 | More by Todd
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

This may be their regular amber under a different name or a special park brew--was on tap in Yosemite National Park.

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, amber in color, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and light hops

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, and light hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet.

Drinkability: A very good and drinkable amber. Not the best I have had, but certainly pleasurable enough to have a six by a campfire. A solid offering.

08-24-2010 15:54:38 | More by tigg924
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badbeer

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Nice amber color with an off-white head, not really leaving lacing, but retains well enough. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, and some definite piney hops. Taste leads off a little hoppy while quickly into a decent caramel maltiness. Medium bodied and about medium carbonation levels. Overall, decent beer that I could have a few of during a session.

08-09-2007 03:55:41 | More by badbeer
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magictrokini

California

3.13/5  rDev -14%

This tastes better than it smells, I swear. I had it at the Alpenhof cellar bar, on tap. Pours clear amber with a short white head. Sweet, but can have some bite with the first sip. Hoppy, but not over-hopped. I'll drink it in Mammoth, and probably nowhere else. Thank God Mammoth expanded its selection.

12-10-2008 18:35:18 | More by magictrokini
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.65/5  rDev -27.2%

Pours a dark red, light brown color, thin tan head, decent retention, not much if any lace. Aroma was bready, red malt, peat in a very slight way.

Taste, uh oh, diacetyl warning. Slight wet cardboard, oxidized butter feeling. Not terrible, not enjoyable either.

Marked down bottles at the brewery tap/gift shop for $1.99 a bomber. Maybe that's why they were kind of blase. Wait, I've had this a few times, was always blase, but not minorly infected.

01-24-2012 00:03:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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IntriqKen

California

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Another brew enjoyed while snowed in at Mammoth on New Years.
Poured beautiful Amber with nice head.
Aroma was typical red beer sweet malts with a bready yeast.
Taste of toasted malt and bread...good balance with just a touch of hop bite at the end...very little but there.
Mouthfeel was good for Alt style...lots of tiny carbonation.
Hey...I was snowed in...definately could drink lots and lots of these.

05-07-2006 04:50:39 | More by IntriqKen
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-02-2014 04:40:43 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3%

Thanks for Morgan for another Mammoth brew!

A: Pours a clear copper color with a one finger white head. Decent retention with sheets of lacing all around the glass.

S: Lots of caramelized malt, it dominates, but there is a little bit of a nutty aroma and some darker grainy malt.

T: Very similar to the aroma, plenty of caramel and nutty flavors mixed together. There is a faint hop presence as well.

M: Medium bodied, rather smooth with moderate retention.

O: An easy drinking beer, not outstanding, but gets the job done.

06-15-2012 03:04:21 | More by mdaschaf
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

I picked up a bomber at the brewery for $3.30, not a bad price at all. It poured a clear orange with a tall white head and lacing. I like that they make a nice sessionable amber, but it could use a little work. As the beer warms, the aroma is full of creamy diacetyl. The malt has a bit of nutty toffee and is followed by a mild spicy hop note. I think if this were cleaned up and there was a little more hop flavor, this would be a fine session beer.

09-02-2010 05:20:59 | More by tempest
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trocketsauced

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-21-2013 01:32:39 | More by trocketsauced
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed deep copper, with several fingers of off-white head. This retains with thin ¼ finger layer of foam which stays rich and throws a foamy cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass which quickly slides down. I'm immediately getting diacetyl in the aroma, being quickly followed malty notes of caramel and bread. Dank and earthy hop activity pulls up the rear but the butter is just VERY strong here.

The taste is caramel and bread but it isn't really popping a whole lot. Butter is present as well but isn't nearly as distracting as it is in the nose and even works a little bit with the toasted feel of the malts. There are just enough earthy hops to keep things balanced before this finish with leftover buttery sweetness and some dirty feeling bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while there is some crispness to this, it lightens up a tad too much on the edges and backend of the feel and lessens the overall presence that this has in the mouth.

My second can of Mammoth beer here and my second can of Mammoth beer with off-flavors. Not a good track record so far. This is actually came off much better than the High Country Pils that I had just drank and if it hadn't been infected with diacetyl, would have come off as a pretty decent Amber Ale. I'd probably be willing to give this guy a shot again down the road.

08-31-2010 19:27:36 | More by Kegatron
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SB_Brewmaster

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-03-2014 03:49:11 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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HalfFull

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours an orange/red amber in color. Lighter than the draft yet deeper than the can. A light airy head offers greater retention and lacing.

Sweet caramel malts on the nose and a touch of piney hops.

Taste is richer than the tap version and offers both a touch of smoke and a more malty/sweet finish. Hop finish is there as usual but with a bit less bitterness. Up to this point the beer is better than either the can or tap version, seemingly a bit purer to the style, or at least the intent of the brewer. But the bottle conditioning may have gone a bit too far as the carbonation is rather high on the finish. Somewhat predictable by the head retention, it is a bit of a drawback at this point.

Reviewed from notes, 08/2008.

12-31-2008 07:30:35 | More by HalfFull
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PowDay

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-10-2012 07:47:15 | More by PowDay
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kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

A good amber ale, very crisp and drinkable. Hop aroma is subdued, but a smooth (and slightly herbal) hoppy bitterness lends a very pleasant flavor. A malty sweetness is also present, but isn't overwhelming. The malty caramel taste goes well with the nice deep caramel amber color. This amber is clear, with little head, though I suspect the last person to wash the pint glasses at home may have used some soap! This is a very balanced amber ale, smooth and drinkable enough that I was surprised to see it has 6.0% alcohol by volume.

I personally feel that more aroma would be a good thing, but this beer more than makes up for that in flavor and drinkability. I would definitely work this one into my rotation if I could actually find some in my area. Yet another beer to stock up on when driving through California...

10-18-2006 22:28:16 | More by kylesobrien
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amberBob

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-05-2014 00:02:40 | More by amberBob
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g_jenkins

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-29-2012 07:21:57 | More by g_jenkins
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nightwing002

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-21-2012 00:02:05 | More by nightwing002
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vacax

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12 oz. brown bottle from Hi-Time. Pours medium to light amber in color with a smallish cream colored head. Not much retention, little lace. Aroma of nutty and figgy malts. Tastes pretty mild with some nuttiness, biscuit, slight hop balance on the end. Medium in body, fairly medium carbonation, like how it isn't overcarbed. Easy drinking, pretty light in flavor to match the low ABV. Decent stuff but I'd like a bit more flavor. Tastes quite like a brown ale actually.

01-03-2010 07:32:03 | More by vacax
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akokinakes

California

5/5  rDev +37.4%

12-07-2011 19:40:59 | More by akokinakes
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cyberbackpacker

California

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

Served in a mug on tap in Mammoth Lakes. Poured a nice thick head with a thin lacing throughout. A deep rich amber/copper color was noted. Smeel of walnuts was noticeable, but not overbearing. Nutty character noted in smell was followed through in the taste, and a welcomed taste of maltyness as well. Drinkability and taste are equivalent with other quality domestic brewed altbiers. Try this one.

02-06-2006 22:29:03 | More by cyberbackpacker
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chadski

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-29-2014 01:05:40 | More by chadski
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womencantsail

California

2.38/5  rDev -34.6%

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy light amber color with a thin khaki colored foam and sheets of lacing.

S: The nose is incredibly buttery. There's a slight nuttiness as well as a sweet, almost maple syrup like, aroma. Unfortunately, the diacetyl is almost overwhelming.

T: The flavor is a touch better and the buttery quality is less intense, but it's still very noticeable. There's a bit of toasty malt along with a bit of nuttiness and a touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is smooth and creamy with a low level of carbonation.

D: I don't know if I got a bad can or if this beer is just really this bad. The flavor wasn't awful, but I just couldn't get passed the nose.

03-23-2010 05:45:27 | More by womencantsail
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flexabull

California

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a hazy amber color with a pretty good white head.

Aromas are earthy, tea like, and a little bit sugary.

Taste is sweet up front, with some bread, light spices, brewed tea, and light cream. Finish has faint crispness, and hints of earthy hops. Beer has thick mouthfeel, but is to much on the sweet side for me.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and with nice, full body.

Overall a pretty good amber. Sessionable, but a little too sweet for my liking. Decent, but unspectacular brew.

04-16-2011 02:37:04 | More by flexabull
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Real McCoy Amber Ale from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.