Real McCoy Amber Ale - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Real McCoy Amber AleReal McCoy Amber Ale

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71 Ratings

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2004

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kylesobrien
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of vacax
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cyberbackpacker
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.37/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle served into a generic pilsener glass in low altitude Orange, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Caramelized malt, decent cream, and slight amber hops. Mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt over top a barley foundation. Some cream is present, but it's largely a simple build. I will say it's nicely balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very drinkable, low ABV, and decent quality. I'd try it on draught, but it's nothing special.

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours with an attractive foamy head on the handsome golden amber brew. Smooth and light. I would think this would be a sports bar favorite.

Just enough malt to be able to taste, and a touch of fruity hops with just a suggestion of bitterness. And finally, the smooth carbonation adds to the drinkability. A faint buttery taste with a little mustiness. Just a whiff of grain and a wee tangy note. Maybe some caramel. The flavors are so modest there is not much to like here.

Not much to this stuff but it goes down easy. Current label says ABV is 5.5%. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has a dark red background for the “Amber” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a mountain overlooking a green valley complete with a babbling brook, alpine huts and the odd coniferous tree. Described as ‘Amber – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 5.9% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: The tan colored head rises quickly from the depths of the pellucid & polished horse-chestnut body. Thick head lasts throughout, slowly popping here and there but always on the ball, the head reactivates itself with each drink, some nice low key lacing. Quick rising carbonation on the tilt.

Nose: Ground hazelnuts blend with walnut shells; needless to say this one is “nutty”. Lovely toasty-cum-roasty malts start to finish. Some rough grain texture in the aromas is balanced by the chopped peanuts.

Taste: Nutty entrance, again, this time roasted sweet-chestnuts strike against the sides of the grainy dark malt. Strange fruity appearances here and there, reminds me of the dark and mysterious Fantôme La Gourmande, by which I mean that I get strawberries even though I know they are not there!!! Soft bitterness melds the finish and entices the next mouthful sooner than you may wish.

Mouthfeel: A malty brew that is not overpowering at all, the nutty dimension adds substance to the presence and texture but the nature of this one is a middle of the road solid offering that never overpowers nor under whelms.

Drinkability: A very palatable brew that was finished long before I got to this part of my Beer Review. That says it all really.

Overall: Thoroughly straight forward but at the same time complex and intriguing. A very enjoyable “Amber” cum Altbier which has traits of an English Brown Ale in the main body at times. Lovely stuff!!! I’d go for a Six-Pack of this one tonight.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a six pack of these brought to me by a friend from California along with a few other beers that are pretty popular back home. Had it stored in the basement for a while, and was worried, but it seems to be ok

A: The beer poured a rich amber color tinting more towards the red. It poured absolutely crystal clear with an off white head that ended up being about an 1/8" and lasted for about two minutes.

S: I could sense some caramel flavors, and some more arromatic sweet flavors as well, faintly resembling wet straw.

T: When tasting it, I really enjoyed the flavor of the beer it has a nice malty flavor hearkening to the smell of the beer, the caramel really shines through. The beer is refreshingly bitter as well, just the perfect kick at the end to make one want another sip.

M: This beer is quite crisp and refreshing on the palate, it is a little thin, and feels a bit watery and slippery, not really anything to sink in to.

D: This beer is very drinkable though, and after every sip I want to have another, I feel this could be a good beer to sit around and hang out with good friends and enjoy.

Overall, good work from mammoth, I want to try more of their beers.

Photo of SwillinBrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is about the best red beer I have ever had. Very crisp and full of flavor. Will be drinking again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and biscuit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and smooth.

Photo of bbothen
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into that super engineered Sam Adams beer glas that enhances your experience.

Pours a nice amber/rust color with a big & frothy 2+ finger head.

Sweet caramel & malty aroma with a faint hoppiness.

Tastes sweet with caramel, toffee flavos & a nice bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Smooth, creamy, lush, medium bodied & moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great.

This is a tasty amber ale with a low ABV. Lots of flavor. Nice session beer for me. Wish I had more.

Photo of IceAce
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle with no visible freshness dating

An aggressive pour reveals a dark copper body with excellent clarity and two fingers of very active large-bubbled foam. The aroma is roasted earthy malt with hints of toffee.

Entry seems a tad short in the carbonation department leaving the mouthfeel just a wee bit thin. Midtaste shows complex malt structure with roasted and pale malts comingling.

The finish begins with a short hop note followed by a malty fade complete with fulfillment of the toffee promised in the nose.

Prost to SwillinBrew for this tasty sample.

Photo of Rezzin
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sister-in-law went to Mammoth last week and brought me back a few bottles from Mammoth Brewing Co.

A - Poured into a pint glass and noticed very little head. Just a thin layer and it didn't stick around. This is a bottle conditioned beer - perhaps mine didn't get a chance to fully carb or something. Coppery brown according to style.

S - No real hop aroma - mostly caramel and roasty notes.

T - The flavor is better than the appearance and aroma. Nice malty sweetness with fairly balanced hop bitterness. A little sweet up front and finishes dry on the back. Pleasant.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth yet dry finish.

D - I could probably drink another one but if I was at the bar, I'd want to try another offering.

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