IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company
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Reviews by evanforbeer:
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 05:45:38 | More by evanforbeer
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3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
You could say this really does smell like the Sierras with all the pine, sage, and juniper. Very attractive coppery orange color in the tall Belgian glass. Plenty of foam that lasts well. Quite fragrant with the woodsy and resiny smells.
This is quite malty but not overly sweet. Pungent is the word you are looking for here. Still it's sippable, if a little intense. Scratchy bitter notes with hops and that distinct juniper bitterness. Piney and resiny. It reminds me of the spruce-flavored beers, but way beyond. There is some hot orange marmalade and a very bitter aftertaste.
This is an interesting variation on the usual DIPA styles. Intense and hard to drink very much, but it's a unique flavor mix in my experience. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 06:48:23 | More by mactrail
IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.