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IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company

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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 231
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 28.34%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 231
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark orange amber color and a huge head of white coming up and over the top. Majestic looking would be the right word here. Thick lacing up and down the sides of the glass throughout. Most pungent aroma I have come across in as long as I can remember. Thick dose of grapefruit and orange right up front. Huge sticky hops just dripping off of this one. Rich and sweet as I take the first sip. Grapefruit and sugar dipped prange just coating the tongue. Soo fresh it almost hurts. Even warming it brings no relief as the hops are soo thick and omnipresent that you are just taken a back and completely blown away.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.14/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body capped by a thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Malty toffee-scented aroma backed by notes of flowers and fresh-picked herbs.

Taste: Toffee maltiness with a mild, restrained sweetness. Fresh, green herby hop taste with a medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! Packed with enough green herbaceousness that it counts as a single serving of vegetables.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.29/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with a big highway mark of the U.S. 395, my favourite highway, so I had to pick a bottle of this up at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a full white head, and some nice lacing.

S: Herbal, with sage, cedar, some lavender, and pine hops.

T: Label says sage and juniper added as well in addition to the hop profile, and the sage is definitely there, very herbal and woody, earthy, malts are there, add a toasty flavour, hops are light and a clear bite, but the herbal and cedar character is the main flavour.

M: Light for a Double IPA, nice carbonation note though, easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden, some medicinal character in there as well.

D: This is a really good beer, not a Double IPA in the traditonal sense, I'd recommend this to anyone from Adelanto and the High Desert to Lone Pine to Lee Vining.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours with a huge head. After some time to settle, the beer is a slighty hazy blood-amber coloring. The head has a very decent retention, and appears to be light and foamy, with a slightly copper-tinged coloring. Very flowery nose, with the hops representation sneaking in behind. Definite jasmine notes coming from the flowery aromas, and a little reminiscent of what some weed smells like (from what I hear, of course). The flavors are very floral, and the hops are a good balance for all of the flavors. Heavy jasmine characteristics in the flavor, and the body is light and crisp. Also, some peppery notes from the hops help to tie up all of the different tastes towards the end. Very interesting. The aftertaste is floral, and the finish lingers pleasantly in mouth. This is an easy drinker, and very refreshing. Very unique flavor range for this style!

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Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper red colored beer with a good light brown head.

Smell is strong herbal hop. There isn't any overpowering citrus aroma here like with most of these super IPAs. Leather and some cinnamon stick the grapefruit and pine aromas are subdued. This does have one unusual scent, this smells strongly of Cedar.

The taste starts out neutral sweet and savory with a cedar and onion flavor. Flavor stays mild this isn't a hop bomb at all. Woody and herbal this is a bit like an Imperial British Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very easy to drink, just wish it had a stronger hop kick.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
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...

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of Solomon420 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a fluffy white head that shows good retention leaving a thin cap and very good lacing. This is a very good looking beer. The smell is different with some interesting floral aromas, probably the juniper coming out with some pine and oranges in the background. Taste starts with a quick citrus hop kick with grapefruit and oranges before giving way to a sweet bready malt backbone. There is a huge floral hop aftertaste with the juniper dominating the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sticky with the floral hops. This is a very interesting and different take on a DIPA and pretty enjoyable. It's always good to be surprised by something a little out of the ordinary.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

849th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.