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IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 228
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-04-2008

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this at the awe-inspiring, beer-centric Panamint Springs resort in Death Valley.

Malty, piney, highly aromatic aroma; touches of weed. Deep garnet color with thick lacing. I dig the juniper and sage, particularly here in Death Valley. Very drinkable too. (262 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get big spice notes on the nose. With the taste I get some rye flavors coming through, with a finish of some berry qualities. I get some pine in there, with very little tropical fruit flavors. This beer is not very hoppy, and this plays more into the malty side of an imperial IPA.

If you like malty imperial IPA's this is for you.. This was okay for me. (358 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber hue, head and lacing minimal. Scent is light but intriguing, piney with something sweet.
Nice pine IPA, the malt is not hidden and it's very balanced IPA-wise. The added juniper berries are very present. I don't feel I notice the sage, but that might be that it is alongside the pine flavor and hard to distinguish. Alcohol present on the aftertaste, but just enough to let you know it's there.

This was recommended by a coworker and I saw it the very same day, so I gave it a try. Very glad I did, very unique in a good way and I will be enjoying again and sometime soon I hope. The earthy juniper berries are a very nice play on the bitter pineness of the hops used. (695 characters)

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Has juniper berries and sage added which makes it taste more piney but it is still good. Hoppy but not too hoppy. 8% ABV. Drinkable for sure. Definitely bring on your next trip to the high Sierras (211 characters)

Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep copper color with a decent head and lingering lacing. The smell is understated, with earthy, herb infused traces. It has a rich creamy mouth feel. It does not have the heavy hop blast of most IPA's which will likely cause many to downgrade this, but I really loved the taste. It reminds me more of a full bodied ale than an IPA with it's even creamy blend. The sage and juniper berries are very apparent and give this a one of a kind flavor that is a pleasant find. (488 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This pours much darker than I expected, like you might expect of a dense Amber. A dark copper, with a light khaki head (22oz into tulip). The bottle declares juniper berries and sage. The sage is evident right in the nose with some piney hops (I mean, Mammoth, has to be pine - am I under the influence of longing for my youth of 6 hour drives pre-dawn to ski until I couldn't stand?). The juniper berries add a tart, sharp point to the nose.

And so the flavor does deliver as the label declares with the sage evident and the juniper berries adding some pop to the heavy pine hops. Really nice blast of bitter. However, the malt balance is a little light. The mouthfeel was also a little light bodied for my expectations in a DIPA. This is a tasty tasty concept beer - a concept I like. Would prefer a bit more body. (817 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +33%

I am reviewing this beer as an Herbal Red Ale not as a "double IPA" as it says on the label. If I reviewed it as a double IPA it would be a much lower rating.

However, as a specialty herbal ale its about as good as it gets.

It pours a beautiful, stunning ruby red with a thick, creamy head. Great lacing and great retention.

Aroma is a very nice balance of juniper, sage and light citrus/spicy hops. Very pronounced boquet that is very inviting.

Taste is a nice solid red ale (only a hint of toasted malt) with a good amount of juniper and some burnt sage. There is not much hop forwardess as the citrus notes are hidden beneath the herbal flavors. Nice hop bite in the back end but certainly not too bitter. Quite complex, delicious and very easy to drink.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and very palatable.

Overall, its one of the best herbal beers Ive ever had. Its an artisan, rustic, specialty beer that I will definitely drink again. (962 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of Theortiz01
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KEWire for adding this as an extra!

Let me preface this review by saying I normally don't care for beers with a bunch of flora added to them, i.e. juniper, sage, and what not.

Appearance:
Pours a beautiful dark copper/ amber color with the appropriate amount of carbonation. About a one inch, tan creamy head. Stunning looking beer. It screams "Make love to me with your face." Poured into a 12oz tulip glass.

Smell:
Holy balls. If you went and picked a bunch of fresh juniper and sage from a mountain side, it probably wouldn't smell as fresh as this beer does. There's also a bit of a mint aroma that I'm getting, probably from the juniper. It's hard to explain, but even though the juniper is very prevalent, its not over the top. You better like juniper if you wanna try this beer though. Also a faint smell of sweet and biscuit malt.

Taste:
Definitely notice all of the flora up front, but the taste gets rounded out with the sweet malt and great hop profile. Very well balanced. All of the flavors, play an important role in this beer, and while the flora is prominent, its not screaming for attention.

Mouthfeel:
Feels exactly like it should. (That's what she said)

Overall:
Double IPA's are hard to get right. Especially when you start adding different flora to it. You better know what the hell your doing. The guys at Mammoth nailed this one. You can't sit around and hammer a bunch of these beers. But this one sure did go down fast. A gin drinker's wet dream. Really enjoyed it. (1,530 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

cheers (807 characters)

Photo of Sark
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance- Orange copper and swirling carbonation, light tan creamy, great attenuation

Smell- citrus, ripe grapefruit and tangerine, hop bitterness finish

Taste- malts superbly balanced with hops, light toast and malt sweetness,

Mouthfeel- medium-bodied, hop oiliness, light carbonation tingle

Overall- Hearty IIPA, big on the malt but very nicely countered by hops of the centennial variety (409 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 ehammond1
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (648 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Benny for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sage, and juniper berries. Taste is much the same with a herbal hop finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting herbal and spice aromas and flavors. (528 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a 10 day trip through California, I can easily say that Mammoth's 395 was my favorite discovery, and a great way to end the day in Yosemite.

As an IPA man this beer did it. It had a very light mouthfeel that complimented very well with the sharper hoppy flavor. The juniper berries were also easily detectable and helped refine the taste.

If you see it buy it! But I wouldn't recommend aging it, as it seems like its meant to be had as fresh as possible. (463 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%

This looks good with a big foamy head that reduces to a snow cap atop an almost amber reddish hued brew. The aroma is engaging and complex, hoppy and beguiling.

What at first I think are piney tropical pineapplefruit almost-medicinal notes develops into a strong juniper aroma.

It makes me think of a fresh forest aroma after a rainfall, of Michigan evergreens, of summer rains and cooling nights…. And that’s just from the aroma.

The flavor brings it on with a gruit-like almost medicinal juniper assault. There’s a hint of sage which mellows things out and some light chew. At 8% this is more IPA than double. Finishes with a little bit of pine backbone, some resin & a light chew. Warms well. Remains fantastic throughout.

Bought to share with a buddy but due to commitments we had to postpone for a month. Hope to find another one of these by then!

Utterly delicious, fantastic brew. More more more por favor (926 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (740 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up on a whim, never even heard of the brewery before. nor did i read the label, "... with juniper and sage"! if i had read it i wouldn't a bought it, but i am glad i tried this brew.

pours a dark amber, nothing like you expect an IIPA to look like, with adequate carbonation and small white head.

the smell is abundant with juniper and sage, and at most a faint hint of hops.

the juniper fades on the tasting and the sage comes out big time, teaming with a decent resiny bitter hop flavor for a surprising mix, the sage very fragrant in the upper palate and a good bitterness on the tongue.

not a bad beer to cook with -- i deglazed a pan of caramelized onions to nice effect. i wouldn't go out of my way for this but it was pretty good. (755 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a tall cylinder glass. Pours a dark brown-orange amber, half finger of light tan head, moderate lacing. Aroma of hops, sage. Very aromatic and appealing. Taste is light malt, dry hops, sage and juniper. Not very complex, but tasty and enjoyable. I liked this IPA. (301 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 12 oz. bottle

S: Juniper is the most forward with a soft, green herbal (thyme, oregano) character provided by the sage and hops, which blend nicely together and make you feel like you are in a forest. Solid malt backbone with notes of caramel and semi-ripe red fruit. A touch of alcohol even is its only slightly warm, but its very clean and works well with the juniper.

T: The juniper imparts an earthy/twiggy, somewhat medicinal/herbal note, that is prevalent up front. The slightly drying effect of juniper along with moderate, but firm, bitterness gives this brew a certain stark appeal and on the bitter side from the get-go. However, as you acclimate, the front side reaches a nice balanced sweet-bitter contrast. I'm a sucker for juniper, so I like it a lot and think its very drinkable, but it could be too much for some. The middle flavors up the bitterness a bit more so that its solid, especially for a DIPA, but never too much. The bitterness has an earthy, treebark, almost black pepper character from the juniper, which I like. Moderately high carbonation and light acidity keeps things bright, which plays off the heavy juniper notes well. Hop flavors come through and I really enjoy the unexpected flavor that the sage adds, melding with herbal, peppery, piney, resiny hops to create something unique and enjoyable. Hints of flowers, sap, resin, and cucumber. The body of this is a little heavy for my tastes given the dry, stark, intensity of flavors, which impacts drinkability to some extent even with the slightly high carbonation as its quite 'full'. Finish lingers long with a touch of bitterness on the tongue, lip-sticking thick sweetness, a more herbal/medicinal juniper edge, pepper, and light hoppiness.

Notes: I love juniper and this is well done, and I love unique hop flavors which this brew does excellently by including sage. So, I love the unique flavors and the firm bitterness is on point for my tastes. (1,958 characters)

Photo of Fillpott
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at MBC, and have bought a growler to review. Again, I really enjoy this brewery, so take this review with that in mind.

The beer pours a strong, even, off-white head with a reddish color and incredible pine/sage/juniper smell. The smell reminds me of the high desert when it rains. The smell is clean, crisp, and intense. The taste is almost a little too sweet from the high level of malt that is required to balance the bitterness of the sage and juniper, I assume. The beer is still approachable and drinkable with a smooth, clean mouthfeel.

My overall impression is that this beer brings back a lot of nostalgia about the mountains and high desert that I really like. (685 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mammoth 395 ipa

22 from brewery. Can't believe I've never reviewed this. One of my favorites.  

A- pour produces a 1/12 finger deep beige head restig on a hazy amber/copper body. Good retention. Very good lacing. 4   

S-huge whiff of juniper and sage with a juicy citrus hop smell evening It out. Light malt smell. This smells like no beer I've ever had and I love it every time I open one.  Amazing smell4.5

T- just like the nose sage and  juniper berries are very present with the juicy hops. It is pretty malty as well. I must say that I really love this beer. There seems to be some batch variation some definitely better than others. Usually superb though 4

M- slightly thin for a beer this big. Good carbonation 3.5

O- one of a kind and I love it every time. Definitely a love it or hate it beer. You have to really like juniper and sage to like this one 4

A- (877 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a large, frothy off-white color head. Scent is EXTREMELY heavy with the sage and juniper berries. You don't need to search for their presence at all. Smells like tree sap, spiciness, maple syrup, and a bit of oregano. Slight hoppiness and caramel malt. Taste is initially hoppy with a strong malt presence. This one tastes like it may be a fresh bottle, as the juniper berries and sage are subdued by the hops and pine (another bottle I had was much more berry and sage forward than hops). Smooth caramel malt and bitter hops throughout. The mellow sage and berries add for a pleasant twist on the standard IPA. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, a bit syrupy, and a crisp finish. Drinkability is high, as the alcohol is well hidden (although more noticeable when beer warms). Overall, this beer was not so great the first time I had it. This time around it tastes pretty damn good. I would definitely buy it again. (942 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, off-white head.

Smell: juniper, malty, hoppy, pine resin, sage.

Taste: very malty, subtle hops, juniper, sage.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A decent beer. Minimal hop profile. A drinkable beer, but not a good IPA by west coast standards. (351 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I try to drink as much of this stuff as I can, this review is from the most recent batch that baybassboy brought back for me. Thanks.
Pours much darker then you would expect for the style and I welcome this, its got good clarity and one of those signiture giagantic frothy heads from Mammoth Brewing, the head sticks to the glass and doesn't uncling until its washed off.
Right off the bat you know why this is IPA 395, if you have ever been to the Eastern Sierra's you know what I'm talking about, full of sage, pine and floral hops, juniper with a slight malt profile.
So much sage in this beer. Feels like I had my head out the window smacking sage brush with my mouth open going 70 up 395. There is a slight bitterness and floral hops as well as some malt background.
Medium bodied with a sticky resin clinging to the mouth and well carbed.
DIPA? I understand why this beer gets some bad reviews and may not be enjoyable for everyone, I however love this beer and its one of my all time favorites. (1,001 characters)

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