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IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company

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83
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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 18.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-04-2008)
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Reviews by evanforbeer:
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evanforbeer

California

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%

This is a great beer! Certainly a "mountainy" beer.

Fresh juniper/sage on the nose, lots of it.

Crisp and juicy citrusy and piney hops with a little biscuity malt, sweet and floral layer with juniper and sage, a touch of wild blackberries. Finishes with a warm faint caramely malt note, again with hops and juniper lingering on the palate.

I grew up cruising up the 395 to the Mammoth/ surrounding Sierra area, so perhaps there's a bit of nostalgia for me with this beer. However, I think the use of local juniper, sage, and wild hops is not a mere gimmick but actually creates a unique and delicious beer. While the juniper and sage are featured and very present, they do not dominate the palate but pair and bring out great flavors of the hops. Very drinkable and enjoyable for many occasions.

cheers

01-05-2014 05:45:38 | More by evanforbeer
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aquazr1

California

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

08-17-2014 21:04:18 | More by aquazr1
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magictrokini

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

A much different IIPA than I expected. Pours hazy orange-copper with not much of a head. The aroma is very nice. The expected orange, grapefruit, caramel, and pine notes, but mixed with the sweetness of the sage and juniper. The taste follows this theme. All of the IIPA hop tastes are up front, but then mix towards the back with the sage and juniper, giving it a sweet and long finish. A very nice change of pace.

12-10-2008 18:39:22 | More by magictrokini
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

no freshness date. at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass.

pours out a dark red with a bit of orange. one finger of soapy off white head with pretty decent retention. quite a bit of sticky lace. slightly murky.

spices and a bit of honey sweetness at the forefront. a bit of cinnamon, herbal, floral, and some other christmasy spices. the aroma is almost identical to great lakes christmas ale.

the begining of the taste follows the aroma, a bit sweet with lots of spice. cinnamon, honey, christmasy spices. citrus, herbal hops with some decent bitterness. kind of a spicy almost chile like finish.

medium bodied, carb feels good for the style. some lingering hop bitterness, but not as much as you might expect in a double ipa.

very drinkable, was surprised that this was 8%. a very interesting take on such a popular style. reminds me of a hopped up version of great lakes christmas ale. i recommend you try this.

01-27-2011 01:48:01 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


3.55/5  rDev -3%

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for bringing this back for me, ryno09!

Dark amber and ruby with a thin off-khaki colored head, eventually leaving irregular dots and lines of lace down the glass. Pretty.

The aroma is unique, though also exactly what I expected: sage and juniper berries lead, along with some other floral notes, caramel, and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with earth, sage, and berry flavors leading the way, along with floral notes, caramel sweetness, and a bit of alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very unique, IPA, though I couldn't drink a ton of this like I could my favorite IPAs.

09-25-2012 00:08:03 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-04-2013 01:13:42 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Damn Mammoth makes some good hoppy beers! This one is a good shade of brown on the pour. Aroma is amazingly piney. Its like the Tahoe forest or Yosemite up in a 22oz bottle!

Taste = exquisite. More pine, still a good amount of the citrus hops. Hops dominate, despite the dark appearance and toasting of the malt here.

Mouthfeel, good, but could have been higher if not for the tendency of the beer to seem a little flat down the line. Very drinkable, but you have to watch out, this can be drank a little quick for an 8%

Really important to get this one fresh, even just a few hundred miles from the source, I've come across some compromised bottles I wouldn't rate nearly this high.

12-31-2009 02:35:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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OStrungT

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, with a light tan head. The thin head fades slowly, leaving a decent lace.

This beer has a mild juniper aroma. Some piney hops mix in as well. It has a very subtle sweet malty aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Pine hops and juniper. It finishes with a noticable sage like aroma. Quite unique, and not necesarily bad.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a sage like aftertaste. Carbonation is low.

This beer would not make the best session beer. It is good, and unique, but I think the flavor would become a bit cloying after a time.

Overall: This is a good beer, but not something I want to drink by the case.

03-27-2010 03:16:17 | More by OStrungT
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-11-2013 23:50:05 | More by Beer21
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18%

05-20-2012 19:56:56 | More by acurtis
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gregb13

California

1.93/5  rDev -47.3%

(reviewed from notes; sampled sometime in late September '11)

I was very intrigued after reading the bottle while perusing the shelves at my local bottle shop. It says they use juniper and sage, along with local hops, in this one. Well, it definitely shines through and not in a pleasant way.

Appearance is typical of the style. Smell offers a glimpse of the unpleasantness to come. Very strange, off-putting aroma of wild flora (I guess that's the juniper and sage).

Taste is very unpleasant. I got a few sips down and had had enough. Imagine gathering some very wild, very dry sage, juniper leaves, and hops, and then soaking them in sugary water... that is what this beer tasted like.

I don't remember what the mouthfeel was like, as the awful taste dominated all else, so I'll just call the mouthfeel average.

I'd heard where this beer had given some others a bad headache. After only several sips, I felt it start to go to work on my cranium. Down the drain it went, and fast.

Very disappointed. I like the bottle, the description, the thought and the effort, but the beer was not good at all.

10-31-2011 07:47:05 | More by gregb13
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sloejams

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

The last beer I reviewed was almost exactly one year ago today. Somehow seeing the score for this, I felt compelled to add my 2 cents - here they are:

Had this on-tap several places in Mammoth over the years. The quality ranges from the shitty Whiskey Creek, with their corroded tap lines; to the pub at the main lodge at Mammoth Mt, where it was as fresh and clean as possible. When it's good, it's great. I think the stock moves out so quickly in the wee village, that you're as likely to get a bottle of it as fresh as any place.

Color-wise: looks like a DIPA: dark and a bit beefy with the froth of a well-groomed IPA. There is the spices in the nose and the taste that throws some people off. I get that. BUT - I like it. It's made with sage and juniper - not necessarily something you expect from an IPA or DIPA.

Whether it is a DIPA or IPA - it doesn't fit to style. I'm not judging it on that (I don't think it's a DIPA - as listed here). It's unique and when fresh - quite delicious. Worth a try, even for the extreme hopheads.

02-02-2010 04:33:00 | More by sloejams
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CrunchyGuero


4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

08-08-2014 02:46:22 | More by CrunchyGuero
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-10-2012 03:23:29 | More by InfernoBoss
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Amberish brown and murky - very odd for the style and dark for the style but it's brewed with Sage and Juniper so I'm guessing that has a lot to do with it. Decent head retention

S - Pine, Sage, citrus hops and smells pungent like this beer will be sticky and resinous. It's also earthy and it smells somewhat spicy as well.

T - Follows nose exactly but add a cinnamon component here is what I'm picking up as what I described as spicy in the nose. The malt bill backs this beer up pretty good to note, as it still holds it's hops well over a couple months without getting too sweet. The Sage is a bit overpowering however and could be toned down some while toning the citrus qualities up some. But that's just me. I think the brewer achieved what he was going for as this beer is supposed to showcase the sage and juniper along with the hops highlighting HWY 395. They are all there.

M - All flavors molded well into a resinous and sticky mouthfeel which I like in my DIPAs. Sagish Dank.

D - Solid - not too hard to polish off a bomber.

I recommend this beer as a must try even if just once as this is probably the most unique twist on the style I've had from a Cali DIPA. Enjoyable. If you don't like Sage, you won't like this beer.

01-28-2011 00:50:18 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Big thanks to Morgan for this one!

A: Pours a dark amber color with a one finger egg-shell white head. Decent retention with lacing all around the glass.

S: Now that's a bit different. Lots of juniper and sage with some piney hops underneath. Would have liked the hop aromas to be a bit stronger compared to the juniper and sage, but I still like how this one smells.

T: Similar to the aroma but a bit more balanced. More sage and juniper with a bit more pine and faint citrus fruits. There is also some grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad light for a DIPA, but easy drinking. No abv, but slightly medicinal.

O: A different take on a DIPA. Not as hoppy as most, but I actually quite enjoyed it. Would certainly recommend it.

05-16-2012 01:22:07 | More by mdaschaf
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HugePlume

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +31.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful copper color with a long lasting head. Good lacing.

S- If you enjoy the eastern sierra or great basin outdoors you have to try this beer. The juniper and sage jump out at you and instantly take you to your favorite great basin outdoors location. A delight to smell

T- the juniper and sage are still present but balance well with the fruity hop essence making a well rounded IPA. Does not drink like a strong I-IPA. Not a hop bomb, it may be misclassified.

M- Good typical IPA mouthfeel.

D- If you enjoy the sage and juniper you can go back to this brew time and again. My favorite Mammoth brew.

02-05-2010 03:41:50 | More by HugePlume
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-26-2014 06:53:12 | More by dertyd
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12%

I've spent a few days in Mammoth and been enjoying their beers, but this is certainly my favorite. Most of the beers are fairly clean and standard for the style, but this is a truly interesting brew that most breweries should be proud to offer. Behind rich citrus hops (which are pretty normal) there's a lovely undercurrant of the juniper and sage that both sets this IPA apart and gives it great local flavor. If you try anything from this brewery, here's your beer.

09-04-2010 03:34:24 | More by tempest
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Ventana

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

Vacation in a bottle. Some IPA take us places, most of them nice places. This IPA starts with nice strong note and finishes near a mountain creek with herbal scented winds. Nice break from double IPA's that feel the need to constantly remind you what they are. Nice Amber, acceptable head and body, nice bitter sweet finish. Very drinkable, enjoy.

12-31-2009 02:21:42 | More by Ventana
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Schwegler

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-25-2014 14:57:36 | More by Schwegler
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SB_Brewmaster

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-03-2014 03:40:09 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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HalfFull

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in a 'pint' glass at Mammmoth Brewing/Whiskey Creek in Mammoth. The 'pint' glasses here are somewhat diminutive, but at $3.50 for a Happy Hour glass and given the outstanding food options, I digress.

This beer pours a rich orange amber with a thin head and offers very limited lacing/retention.

Aroma is very hoppy but mostly of pine and juniper with some toasted malts. Not nearly as robust as the bottled version.

Dryness comes to the forefront in the taste department, again, relative to the bottle. And in fact it offers a bit of smokieness to the flavor. Not a real negative here, but not too sure of its source, and in fact I picked up a notable smoky flavor in all of the MBC beers I tried on tap.

Feel and Drink are quite pleasant and consistent with the bottled version. A nice DIPA that is neither over the top sweet nor over the top potent.

08-08-2008 07:27:15 | More by HalfFull
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penginpunk

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-12-2011 09:33:09 | More by penginpunk
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Solomon420

California

4.43/5  rDev +21%

A:
Honey hued elixir tantalizes the senses as its poured, showing beautiful head and lace retention

S:
Like a spice rack, full of floral aromas. The extra spiciness really comes out

T:
Well, its listed as an IPA, but this thing is more like a winter warmer as its chalk full of spicy greatness, in fact the hops are barely apparent at all. Very resiny taste of juniper.

M:
Great beer, makes me think of the days growing up camping up in the pine forests where the juniper was so thick in the air that you can taste it.

D:
For me its a great drinking beer! Easy to drink as its full of flavor, but not overwhelming at all. However at 8% not really a session beer, but good for after dinner with the friends.

I like it and will be drinking more...I am glad to have found this rather local beer!

06-04-2008 05:26:48 | More by Solomon420
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IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.