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IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of womencantsail
2.13/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Flexabull for sending this one out to me. I split the bottle two ways into Sam Addams glasses I had a great cream colored head that settled down to a good film of lace that followed the brew down the glass. The body was a clear reddish brown.

The aromas were quite interesting the juniper was nice experience to savor right up front. It did have a lot of herbal aromas going on some a little strange to me but noticeable. The beer had a citric to it but hidden behind the herbs. The flavor was balanced so it did surprise me to see this in a CA IPA but pleasantly so. It had a medium feel to it with ample carbonation for me.

The brew was easy to drink and I would have liked another glass. A nice surprise for me from California

joepais, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

hoppyhampy, May 31, 2010
Photo of joebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown, not cloudy. Poured with some head that didn't completely disappear.

Smell: Great herbal aroma from the sage and juniper. Very bright.

Taste: Very clean and initially it reminds me of a gruit. The hops come through right after the herbs. Great balance between the herbs, hops, and malt.

Mouthfeel: light. The carbonation is a little higher than I expected, but it is not astringent. I think it's appropriate.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. I really look forward to having another sip.

Other: bought cold from Hi Times. 22oz.

joebrewer, May 27, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep amber with a cream colored head.

Smells strongly of juniper, sage, and piney hops. Some sweetness coming through too.

Taste is an interesting mix of bitter hops and juniper. A little malt presence in the middle. Bitter hops at the finish with a lingering spiced flavor.

Mouthfeel is between a light and medium body with good carbonation. Finish is a bit dry.

Drinkability is good--not your typical DIPA flavor, but nice hop presence and really interesting.

sidetracked, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of OStrungT
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

OStrungT, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I owe this beer to the old beer crew at Hi-Times/ Costa Mesa, Mike and his guys for turning me onto this, the new guys are a little weak i must say. Overall this is a big beer, smell, taste, finish, it is all dominated by that friggin juniper, and it all works. This has taken the IPA thing and moved on from the citrus to another shrub and it is refreshing. This beer alone is good stuff, but beyond that not so much, not very drinkable after the 22.

chickencoop, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HugePlume, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of sloejams
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sloejams, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of mjl21
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

mjl21, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Ventana
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Ventana, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If you want a beer drinking experience akin to eating bushes, trees, and plants, this is the beer for you.

Pours dark copper, clear in the glass. Smell is herbal and caramel malt sweet. The bready malt of the beer is balanced by the herbal hops, juniper, and sage--all of which are clearly detectable without being overpowering or offputting.

I'm having it with slightly spicy Mexican food and it stands up beautifully.

Hug a tree!

PhiloPsych, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, clear, moderate sized head that has longevity and plenty of lacing. First and foremost on the nose is the desert sage and juniper berries. Almost has a potpourri-like spice and dry fruitiness. There are definitely hops behind them, but they are quite obscured, on to the taste.

Just as in the nose, the desert sage is upfront, as is the juniper berries, the result is a dose of woody and herbal notes that blend well with the hops. Unique, I think I would call it tasty, but seems like it can easily be hit-or-miss for people. A huge change of pace from other DIPAs. Essentially, liquid potpourri. Feel is medium, fairly creamy carbonation, might help if it was more prickly, but pretty good.

A new flavor experience for me or anyone probably. Check it out.

vacax, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of ClimbRox
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The east side in a bottle! This beer is way too hard to find but it is well worth the search. It's a traditional west coast IPA with the unique addition of sage and juniper flavors. This might make for a strange combination to some but if you've ever spent any time climbing, hiking, skiing or just exploring the beautiful country that makes up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, you'll find that these flavors capture the essence of the California high country we love. For my money you can't find a better tasting IPA.

ClimbRox, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

largadeer, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of iboard10
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 395 IPA was more like a dark amber ale. I am not one for IPAs but i tried it and it was not bad... but not great. Over all a pretty good beer. The people I was with said it was great. But I am not so sure it really should have been an IPA; as i said it really seemed like a dark amber ale.

iboard10, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

DoubleJ, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Zorro, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally, poured into a shaker pint.

A deep copper ale. Pretty minimal haze. Above average looking.

Aroma and taste reveal a big American IPA, full of concentrated pale malt runnings and copious amounts of carmel malt, and nothing else probably, and a king size bitterness and full-on C-hop aroma. Very simple and to the point. Leaning towards the barleywine end of the spectrum for sure. Let it warm a bit and the big fruitcake esters and the alcohol come right out, along with some heat.

Rich and chewy, a bit sticky and sweet and a ton of bitterness. Unruly and unsophisticated but done right; big extreme contrasts of malt and hops reach a balance and leave with a big bitter wake. A treat for hop heads, as long as you expect a big beer. Cheers!

rayjay, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a decent head.

Aroma is nicely complex, unexpectedly so. Juicy hops with grapefruit and other citrus. Then theres some spicy juniper or spruce sap in there too. Malt is present for a nice balance. Label says it's got sage in there too, cant pick it out, despite a visit to a sage plant in my front patio for comparison.

I'd call this a 1.5IPA, it's not quite an iipa, but bigger than an ipa. Juicy sweetness, honeysuckle nectar and honey with the citrus in the foreground.

A downright tasty brew.

SurlyDuff, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.