IPA 395 - Mammoth Brewing Company
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4.36/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feels exactly like it should. (That's what she said)
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.
01-18-2014 21:24:20 | More by Theortiz01
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
01-05-2014 05:45:38 | More by evanforbeer
IPA 395 from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.