IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 227
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-04-2008

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 227
Photo of TheFlern
1.29/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First off let me say I bought a two dollar pint of this beer. It may have been a little old coming out of the keg but I doubt that is the reason for how poorly this beer tastes.

Appearance: Amber in color, much more of a red ale or amber ale look. Head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Ummm...menthol cigarettes or some sort of skunky mint/dirt taste. Very unpleasant.

Taste: Even more unpleasant than the smell. It is like liking an ashtray.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was fine and it finished as smooth as a horrible beer can finish.

Overall: This beer gave me a headache about 5 sips in. Avoid at all costs. (625 characters)

Photo of mfaulk
1.97/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8%, 50 IBU. 22oz bottle

Appearance: a murky amber brown.

Smell: Sage.

Taste: first sip earns the "gross beer face". The herbal sage flavor dominates completely. The sage and juniper additions really don't support the IPA, since I didn't really notice anything else. And they don't stand on their own, because the overall flavor is way out of balance.

I couldn't drink much of this. However, I came back later and had a sip from the now-room-temperature bottle, and found that when warm, enough malt comes forward to play down the herbs. If you have a bottle of this, make sure to serve it on the warm end of the spectrum! (625 characters)

Photo of gregb13
1.98/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

(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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.14/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a creamy off-white head.

S: The amount of sage in this beer is nearing ridiculous. And when you get passed the sage, there is juniper, and a lot of that too. Overall, a very vegetal and wild aroma.

T: A solid bitterness which is really the only thing that is reminiscent of an IPA in this beer. Lots of herbal notes, and the sage just takes over this beer.

M: Medium in terms of both body and carbonation.

D: This was just bad. I like sage in reasonable amounts in food, and juniper is a good herb as well (I'm a big gin fan), but this just does not work. (594 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Founders snifter.

Pours about a finger of khaki head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear ruby hued mahogany.

Aroma: Almost smells like cedar. The spices(juniper berries) add a unique flavor. Very herbal like. Pine flavored hops. Some grapefruit citrus. Unique.

Taste: Very grassy/weedy/piney hops. The spices are way too much for me. Juniper in ipa = odd. The malt profile doesn't show to much because the spice dominates the pallet. Very odd.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more spiced and some stickiness.

Overall, the spices take too much away from the hops. If I wanted a dipa, I would go for something else. This one just doesn't cut it for me. (742 characters)

Photo of mjl21
2.32/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hi Times. Comes in at 8% and 90 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a copper color that has a nice glow when held to the light. It has a two finger off white head that dissipates to a nice level. Leaves streaks of sticky lace.

S-Completely unique for the style and something that I did not enjoy. It starts with some pine and sugary sweetness. They used sage in this beer and it quickly becomes overpowering. It reminded me of a flavor that would work well in a vegetable stock. The sage is inescapable and wasn't to my liking.

T-Like the nose, the sage is everywhere, along with the juniper used in this beer.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-The sage flavor was not for me.

I was quite disappointed in this beer. I enjoyed their Epic IPA and did not know I was getting a beer that resembled vegetable stock. Lovers of sage and/or oregano in heavy doses will like this one. (925 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to pint glass. 4/20/11.

A - reddish brown with 1 finger off white head. Reasonably good lacing. Coloring is not reminiscent of the style. Way too dark.

S - Any hopping is far overpowered by caramel, brown sugar, basil and juniper berries. It's very aromatic, but not like an IPA should be.

T - Taste follows the nose well. Very malty and herbal upfront, and finishes dry like gin on the back. Too sweet for me and very strange basil taste. This one isn't for me.

M - Mouthfeel isn't terrible. A bit astringent but the texture and carbonation are decent.

O - I'll pass on this one. It's more of an herbal red ale and doesn't make a strong showing for the style. (690 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this bottle. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium to dark amber; opaque. A small amount of khaki coloured head. Looks like a barleywine.

S - A lot of caramel sweetness at first. Some floral notes and a smell that I can't put my finger on that is definitely herbal (likely the sage), which is somewhat off-putting.

T - The herbal (sage?) flavour dominates the palate, making it difficult to detect the hops and the sweet caramel that was in the nose. Very strong earthy taste. There is a slight bitterness present along with a slight sweetness, but overall the herbal flavour overpowers the palate and dominates.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

D - I didn't enjoy this one and I could not figure out how this was possible a DIPA (old bottle), but it was interesting to try. (825 characters)

Photo of hoppyhampy
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Bought last week but no other freshness info. Very deep, dark amber color, like the color of bourbon. Nice head formation but it disappears quickly. No lacing. Smell is malty sweet, then slightly hoppy before quickly transitioning to a, for lack of a better word, "musty" sage scent. Carbonation is a little low and the overall mouthfeel is pretty thick, more so than I like. Goes down like a big, heavy beer. The taste is interesting and complex. Mostly sage and roasted malt on the palate up front but you can still get a sense of the hops. The juniper kind of comes through at the end adding an extra dimension to the hops. I'd like the hops more at the fore especially since they still leave a nice bitterness even after having to overcome so much else going on. Overall, a unique interpretation of the style but the excessive malt makes it come off like a bitter amber ale and the sage just doesn't present well in this beer. (969 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what to say about this beer other than that I am really confused.

The beer pours a golden color with a very nice, thick head that leaves good lace. The smell is of fresh hops and herbs, with a very strong perfume essence...almost to the point of overbearing, but I think it is welcoming because it is stronger than any other IPA i have had.

Now for the taste; wtf? Whoa, I was completely thrown off and, unfortunately, turned off by this beer. I think the sage and juniper flavors are way too overpowering and takes away form the underlying IPA style. It's as if sage perfume was dumped into the beer. The sage and juniper really doesn't hit you until you swallow, then the essence arrives very strongly. In my opinion, this much herb flavor isn't a good match for a bitter, hoppy, beer.

If you love sage, then this is your beer. It's definitely worth trying just so you can see what it is like, but I will definitely stay away from this one. (960 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle courtesy of solomon420. Nice dark orange appearance. It smells almost like a DIPA but then the herbs come in, and nto the good kind. Once I tasted it I felt like someone had lit up a bunch of sage and waved it in my face. This was too strange and not something I look for in a DIPA. It is different though... (320 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with over one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Entirely unconventional with pungent herbaceous spice consisting of aromatic wild sage. Malt and hops never have a chance in the face of the chemical harshness of surface cleaner and lemon-lime soda. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with summery sage and conifer foliage that is surprisingly authentic--not in the sense that it is an authentic IPA, but rather reminiscent of a hot summer day spent hiking in the California mountains. Acidity is kept under tight control, and malt is also a factor, contributing a caramel backbone in addition to the suggestion of sweetness. Moderate bitterness develops into the finish, still tasting of sage. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky and warming on the palate but only weakly astringent (despite a smell and flavor that suggests there ought to be more,) with low carbonation.

D/O: While this is probably not a beer one would want to drink frequently--or a lot of--it is uncanny in its ability to transport the senses back to earlier times spent hiking along hot and dusty trails through a landscape of inland sage scrub and chaparral. It is starting to seem like the IPA styles are not the specialty of this brewery, but the mastery shown here in imparting intense and focused herbal notes makes one think that Mammoth should focus their efforts toward those off-beat but characterful fruit and vegetable beers that seem to pop up in the least expected places. (1,615 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 04/09/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Shared by BigSexy410.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sage, spice, floral notes, juniper berries, and caramel malts.

t - Taste of sage, juniper berries, spices, floral hops, light citrus hops, and light caramel malts. Lots more juniper berries and less caramel malts than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a beer that is very strong on the juniper berries, which I'm not a big fan of. If you are, worth checking out, but I would pass on again. (614 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cloudy deep yellow,orange good carbonation. Nose is earthy, hops, dryness with some floral, caramel and pine.Taste has nice flavor up front but thats where it ended. Sage, earthy notes, some pine and floral notes. Mouthfeel is thinner and get some booze. Ok IIPA but not something I would turn to given stiff competition. (328 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Naja's in a pint glass, on to the beer:

The rusty copper colored body has haze to it, with patchy lacing clinging to the glass. Surprisingly fruity and thick. The hops seem faded and made the liquid into a syrupy glass of tree sap, mint, and esters. Damn, they could make some good IPA syrup out of this one. As for a beer, it's more syrupy and unbalanced as I'd like. Somewhat drinkable, if only because the ABV is higher than I originally though. (459 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on 2010-08-27 in Reno, NV from a 22oz bomber.

A - Hazy caramel with a one-finger, light tan head.

S - Pine, caramel, juniper, mild citrus, herbal. Didn't love the smell.

T - Initial bitterness followed by roasted malt with caramel sweetness. Perhaps a little too sweet. In addition to the lingering bitter-sweet taste, I noticed a mineral taste that combined with the juniper flavor didn't do a lot for me. It is unique tasting.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation.

D - One was enough. Enjoyable but not great. (533 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Incredibly intense, almost forbiddingly so.

Pours a deep copper with a thick dense head. The aroma is a blast of piny hops. The flavor is quite malty, lots of crystal malt, with a vast wall of piny and citrus hops, so intense as to almost have a menthol edge. The mouthfeel is thick and the finish is hot and bitter.

This is not a refreshing beer. It is just too intense to be really enjoyable, even by DIPA standards. (420 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish/Copper color with a 2 finger tan head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: I may have let this one age a little too long. Sweet malts, juniper and some caramel. Slight floral hops.

T: Not getting a ton of hops here. Some faded hop resin along with caramel malts, juniper, some sage and a lot of buttery oak. Not great. (328 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear but extremely dark in the glass, a brownish-amber hue with an off-white head that retains incredibly well. While this doesn't necessarily rate well to style, it's a beautiful beer. The nose is odd; sage, rosemary, berries, brown sugar, citrus and toast. This is heavy on the specialty malts, but it's well-hopped too. The taste is an even mix of malts and hops, with a generous dose of unusual adjuncts. Sage is plainly noticeable, juniper subtle but present, caramel malts, brown sugar and pine all in even portions. Medium-bodied and semi-dry, moderately hoppy but ultimately bittersweet in the finish. Very well-crafted stuff, but not my personal favorite take on the style. (683 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a deep reddish clear mahagony color with a nice slightly tan 1 finger head. Good lace. The aroma is a mixture of hops, cedar, and sage. It definitely has an herbal type aroma to it. Very interesting flavor. Not sure if I like it or not yet. Sweet malty backbone accented by a hoppy herbal like taste. Ends somewhat cleanly. Medium mouthfeel. I find myself keep drinking it so it must not be too bad. Not extremely hoppy or matly which is somewhat a surprise for a DIPA. The sage and juniper are fairly present and take center stage as they have such a pronounced aroma and taste. A unique beer to say the least. No real evidenceof the 8% abv. (656 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber orange with a light short head that dissapates quickly.

Nose of pineapple, orange and sage.

Light carbonation with bit of a thin mouthfeel. Pleasant flavors grapefruit hops highlighted (if not overshadowed) by huge sage flavors with undertones of juniper. (Surprise..sage and juniper are used in the brew; it shows). Some flavors of orange and grapefruit.

Medium finish of sage. Nothing special. Likely no need to try again. (449 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz to snifter, no freshness date
8%abv and 50 ibus

A- Dark murky orange, shades of red, brown, meeting in the middle with a solid cloudy rust color. Very dark for an ipa, Pours with mild head, however has some of the best lacing down the sides of the glass as I swirl it of any beer I've had

S- Overwhelming juniper, sage, pine, and hops. Very earthy, notes of bready malt come though the back with a spicky smell of pine resin. Grassy floral overtones. Very different, but very good

T- Strong pine and juniper mostly at the beginning, following through with hops and herbs. Solid pine after taste

M- Spicy and creamy. Pine resins and oils cover the inside of your mouth leaving it sticky. Not the smoothest, but has a solid dry finish

O- Not necessarily a bad beer, but it deviates from the style too far to be marketed as a double ipa. Very unique and something I'd recommend trying, but not as drinkable as many dipas out there. That said, I'll probably pick up another bottle someday (994 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This interesting looking IPA thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: Pours a thick frothy 1.5 finger head which seems smaller than it really is in my huge oversized snifter, and fades very slowly leaving a lacing on the glass. The beer is much darker than I expected, mostly clear but is a dark reddish brown color, with a little copper and a rosy hue.

N: Wow spices! I was not expecting that! Tons of juniper, I think sage too, perhaps even thyme and/or basil (stupid me, it's on the bottle, juniper and sage). A slight hop in the background, but it's really hard to get past the juniper and sage. As my nose gets acclimated to the spices, I start to get a slight earthy and chewy hop presence. There is also a slight chewy and darker malt presence as well, but barely.

T: I'm almost afraid (I'm usually not a spiced beer fan), eventually the sip ensues and I'm no surprised. A big juniper bite at first, although not as bitter as I expected from the juniper at least. Then more spices, again the sage and I still think a hint of basil. Behind that isn't much, but I can start to get a taste of some hops, which add a hint of bitterness, spicy and earthy hops with a light grassy taste too. There is a sweet malty backbone in there as well, that gives it a slight chewy malt and caramel taste, as well as a slight warming booze. The bitterness starts to get more and more as I sip more, and is starting to get a little astringent.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: It's really bitter by now. The hops compiled with the juniper really hit you. It's astringent now as well, with more of the juniper lingering, but not as much as I though, as well as some of the earthy spicy hops. THe juniper now dumps some pine tree flavoring in my mouth, which is what I hate about juniper. It was subdued at first, but now it's starting to come out, the pine tree sap! A little sticky sweetness lingering, it dries a little but still somewhat sweet. A touch of warming booze as well to finish it off. Not quite my cup of tea personally, but I'm sure it's a pretty decent beer for a lot of people. (2,081 characters)

Photo of Talisker
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.

Very interesting - an otherwise "typical" DIPA that seems to be flavored explicitly with a few herbs. I was thinking pine or spruce, with juniper, but then read the bottle, which implies the use of sage and juniper.

Pours a deep brownish orange, darker than the Epic IPA from the same brewery. More consistent head - finer bubbles, but equally as persistent.

Smells something like grass and especially pine trees (or maybe that's sage), sort of like walking through a cool coniferous forest, or even like the whiff of certain gins. Not as spicy as Anchor Christmas or other "potpourri" beers, but herbier than what would naturally come from hops alone.

Hop-led flavor, but also rich on the malt. Not too syrupy (compared to the viscosity of, say, Stone beers). That herbacious overtone is prominent - I think it's a love-it or hate-it flavor, and I lean more toward the latter. That particular flavor lingers on the tongue, making the hops and malt secondary.

A very well-made beer with a distinct and unusual personality. If you're a DIPA fan, definitely try it and see if you like the sage-y twist. (1,156 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

849th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

No date

Purchased from a Shell station in Bishop, CA

App- A caramel medium brown with a 1-1/2" finger head with a soft white fast receding head. A good amount of cling and webbing.

Smell- This was uniquely aromatic. I can't say I've had Juniper or Sage in a beer but I liked the spicy, earthy, grassy notes. Wasn't the most appealing but still quite good.

Taste- A very tasty and big IPA. Many flavors blend to come together into one almost harmonious balance. A little berry flavor with a lot of earthy from the spice of the sage.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation. Berry and sage and a bit one dimensional.

Drink- A nice and spicy dry DIPA. The sage is unique to the profile. A bit thick and a touch too malty where the juniper should dominate. Pretty damn tasty though. (839 characters)

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IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.