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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-06-2008

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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by Talisker:
Photo of Talisker
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Hi-Time in Costa Mesa. No freshness date.

Superb example of the California IPA. Hits everything right, no wrong steps.

Pours a deep orange - healthy American IPA color - with a persistent beige head. Bubble size varies - some huge, some tiny.

Excellent nose. American citrus "C" hops all over the place, with some bready malt underneath. Nicely integrated taste, maybe a little muted, less edgy than some beers in the style. Perfect texture, doesn't linger too long.

American hop showcase in the top tier of California IPAs (to my taste, I prefer only Racer 5, El Toro, and Green Flash ahead of it). Had never heard of this brewery before, but I would happily make this a regular drinker if it were available in Northern California.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz brown stubby. Clear, bright, rich copper color, topped with a frothy, white head. A good finger of foam retains for while, then settles to a healthy lace with plenty of clinging stick to the glass.

Nose is quite aromatic, perfume-y, floral, and full of fresh sweet grains.

Medium-bodied with a hard water mouthfeel. Actually, watery all around with a weak malt character that’s quickly subdued by a dominant grainy flavor and feel, and a lackluster thinned hop character lurking beneath. Some bready notes as the beer warms. Quick citric flash, but that’s about it. Palate is left dry with notes of dusty herbal and grain.

A pretty boring offering, and not much of an IPA.

Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Good golden orange color and lots of citrus scents including grapefruit and orange. A medium bodied beer with lots of good flavors with the hops producing a nice bittnerness at the end. Overall a pretty nice IPA especially from a can --- I'm still not a big fan of cans --- convenience yes, but no to the flavors.

Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This may be their regular IPA under a different name or a special park brew--was on tap in Yosemite National Park

Appearance: minimal head, clear, brownish/gold in color, low carbonation

Smell: pine hops

Taste: toasted malt, big pine hops and a touch of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied--borderline watery, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter.

Drinkability: This one is an average to slightly above average west coast ipa. I would not pass this one up as I like pine ipas and this one hit the notes. However, there are much better ipas and brews from this brewery.

Photo of badbeer
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, fairly clear, amber color; but with very little head and no lacing. Smell has some nice juicy citrus hops, balanced well with the some sweet caramel from the malt. This one has a very nice aroma to it, but not quite a 4.5 for me. Taste comes off a little more floral, but still retaining an excellent balance of malt and hops. By balance, I mean that hops are dominant, as it is an IPA, but the malt keeps it from being one sided. Less than medium level of carbonation, with a medium body. This is a beer that beginners can love as well as the experienced hophead. I think this would be a staple beer of mine if it were available in my area.

Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ the Clocktower. Pours orange with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is nice; hoppy, piney, and sweet. More pine than citrus, but both are prevalent. The taste is very smooth for an IPA with this many hops. A good call when you're back in Mammoth, but the 395 blows this away.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another dark orange beer from Mammoth. Aroma is lacking, not dry hopped like the pale.

Taste, much more bitter than the pale, hop bill is forward, just seemingly more high alpha acid feel and bitterness as opposed to the dry hop feel of the pale. A little sweeter than desired.

Mouthfeel, a little thick downward, would love this beer with more/some dry hopping. A little expensive.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12 ounce can with a High Sierra Mountain seen with a green labeled background and logo, description on the back. Appears a pale copper hue with bright off white sandy beige head, forms intricate even lacing throughout the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has citrus back ground grapefruit and vegetal tones a bit of backend caramel malts. Spicy peppery notes are very subtle but evident. Flavor has a notable fruity character going on with spicy herbal peppery blend of hops with backend caramel tones. Mouthfeel is going with a nice moderate carbonation, a bit sticky/slick with hops. Drinkability is nice subtle not the craziest aggressive west coast hop, but solid drinkability not anything offensive.

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a good lace.

This beer has a mild piney hop aroma. It also has a slight citrusy lemon scent to it. A slight malty sweetness is present as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mild. Some pine and citrus hops. A slight malty caramel flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a mild piney aroma. Carbonation is good.

This beer would make a great session beer. It is mild and refreshing. The alcohol contene is low enough to enjoy a few.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. I picked up a pack while at Yosemite. It is great to be able to get this walking distance from my campsite. I will buy it every time I am in the park.

Photo of pwoods
1.99/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours an average amber with decent clarity. About a finger worth of off white head. Some retention. Decent lacing.

S: Not much aroma. Not really getting much hops. Some light malt sweetness. There's a.... burnt plastic?.... aroma there... somehow.

T/M: Low bitterness, might not even be APA levels. Hardly any American hop flavor, or any hop flavor for that matter. Malts are lightly biscuity with a touch of sweetness. Body is medium with mild carbonation.

D: This beer sucks...

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid IPA - Drank the same day as bottling, then again 3 days after. No bottle on date to Mammoth's bottles, how do you back that statement up you ask??? I have my resources...

A - Very good. A little darker than your typical west coast IPAs, copper colored and very active in the tulip glass and solid white eggshell head and lacing follows suit.

S - Damn. Same day bottled IPA...not your typical citrusy hops. Pungent, Resinous, dank grapefruit and pine. Smells sticky like a double might. The grassiness and dank smells also hold a small bit sage in the background but you really have to look for it.

T - Yum. Same day bottled IPAs I'd image after this one can replace that hop fix needed from Double IPAs. Follows nose perfectly and the pine is almost prickly rather than grassy in a good way.Caramel malt just a bit more apparent here than in your traditional West Coast IPAs. Blends very well in a beer this fresh. Taste would warrant a 5 if that bright sunshine citrus that many west coast IPAs provide were more vibrant here. Juuust about as good as the nose.

M - freaking solid. bitter on the back end and creamy at the same time, almost like extremely well balanced double IPAs around 8-8.5% Love the dry finish it provides.

O - The problem with reviews on this beer is that I feel it gets reviewed on average into the 2-3 month age mark. Mammoth locals I'm sure appreciate this beer much more than those outside the immediate area. If you understand where Mammoth is located geographically, you will understand what I mean. I'd assume malts take over with this one a bit too much after 6-7 weeks of bottling.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to baybassoby for this one!

A: Pours a dark orange with a two finger off-white head on top. Decent detention leaving a ring of foam on top. Randomly forming lace coats the sides.

S: Good amount of grapefruit and some faint pine. The hops give off an herbal aroma, slightly dank.

T: More grapefruit mixed with some caramel and a little bready malt. Slightly soapy.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. Slightly dry and bitter finish.

O: Easy drinking with a nice hop profile. Not over the top, but solid.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with an off-white, finger width head and fair retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Strong, deep caramel notes. Hints of floral hop character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep caramel malt character upfront and throughout. Hops are laid back, playing on floral vibes mid-taste, before a mild orange pith bitterness hits in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Quite quaffable.

Overall - A well-balanced IPA. Fits in closer to an APA by today's standards. I love the flavor. These deep caramel brews get me every time. Reminiscent of Mad River Steelhead DIPA, with less hop bite. Definitely a future buy... especially when Red Chair goes out of season!

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orangish amber

Smell - bready, herbal, dank hops

Taste - Very herbal/earthy hops, carmel bready malts - definitely not a West Coast, more like East Coast IPA in my opinion. Spicy finish bitter finish

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied - a little too much carbonation for my tastes

Overall - solid IPA, nice bitterness and malt - not a "fruity" IPA at all so it is very unique tasting. I like more fruity/citrus IPAs so I can appreciate this but I probably won't buy it again. That being said it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle while in Mammoth. The hazy orange beer had a tall white head. The hop character was a had a fresh herb-citrus character and was backed by a doughy malt taste. Really, this was a fine IPA, but there was nothing spectacular or stand-out about it. It's certainly not a bad option if you're working with a limited beer list, but it's not the first IPA I'd pick.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It poured a half finger of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is nice with lemon and straw.
The taste is smooth with mild bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A fine IPA and a really easy drinker, nothing special but good.

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass with a half inch head; reducing to a thin film and showing standard lacing.

Piney hops on the nose couple with some light citrus tones and a touch of hempy hops, not atypical to California IPA's. Seems reminiscent of their IPA 395 but a bit more subdued and without herbal adjuncts and the malty cover of a such a DIPA

Taste is slightly sweet, though not very complex, and with a bit of dry hop smokiness on the finish. Otherwise follows suit from the aroma. Carbonation is a bit light, giving the beer a slightly thin mouthfeel at times. A smooth bottle conditioned brew that drinks like a highly hopped pale ale.

Photo of Solomon420
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, dont know if the previous rater had a bad bottle as I really like this beer. Its a very drinkable session beer. Its clean and crisp with plenty of hop flavor, but without going overboard with it.

Its a great treat to have had this beer. I am sure glad that its rather local to me and that I can easily get 6 packs.

Photo of FACEMEAT
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pouts a cloudy amber with a quickly-dissipating white head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Floral, piny hops with a soft malt background.

T: I was initially surprised by the caramel sweetness of the malt upon first sip. As I kept drinking, however, the hop bite built in strength and perfectly balanced the sweetness.

M: Medium-heavy body with light carbonation.

D: I wasn't expecting too much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's hard to find, but worth the search.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured to a slight head. medium amber that was crystal clear

S - noted to floral and citrus. pleasing aroma

T - the notes and floral I smelled turned into something with a funny aftertaste. It had to come from the hops cause it wasn't malty

M - good level of carbonation that kept beer fresh to finish

O - don't think I would buy again but only because of the intense IPA competition.

Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a nice clear but dark amber color with minimal off white slick of head at the top of a very full pour into the glass. Some light lacing after swirling the beer but it quickly slides back into the small amount of head that forms. Light carbonation, with a few bubbles here and there visible through the beer.

Nose is malty, caramel and toasted bread, with a tinge of orange peel and bitter pith. After warming up a little more, some floral hops come through, but overall, aromas are not too strong.

Big malt backbone on the taste, light caramel sweetness with orange peel, light pine notes and floral hops. Decent hop bitterness on the finish, dank grass and floral.

Light to medium body with some moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and decent flavor, but could use a bit more fresh hop flavor for the aroma and taste.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack purchased at Von's Grocery in Bishop, CA. in late May, 2006 for $7.19. Pours a moderate-deep golden color, typical of the style. Quite clear, with the tiniest of head that's fed by the tiniest of carbonation streams.

Aroma is sharp, rich, oily pungent hops- some grapefruit/lime citrus hiding behind the oils. Not as strong as some IPAs, but quite distinctive. Flavor is more fruity, with biscuit malts and a slight sweetness. All of this is surrounded by a distinct, but mellow hoppiness. The hops flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Drinkability is pretty good because of a solid full mouthfeel, but it is not overly complex. Sometimes that's a good thing. Good, enjoyable, I would buy more.

Photo of gregshead
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of head, dissipates slowly.

S: Really strong grapefruit on the nose with a strong caramel in the background.

T: Some grapefruit bitterness up front but lots of caramel malt sweetness takes over. Reminds me of Inversion IPA with a little less hoppy taste.

M: Good carbonatoin feel. Little bit of an oily feel on the tongue.

O: An IPA a notch above the average. Enjoyable but not up to the level of the tops tier IPAs.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowloy receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

Overall this was a very nice sessionable IPA.

Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that mostly dissipates. Smell is somewhat piny hops - although not much here - and a touch of caramel malt.

Taste is altogether uneventful. Standard caramel malt base with a relatively low level of piny hops. Clean overall taste. Nothing is inherently off here, it's just somewhat plain - and could use some more hops.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkability is good enough.

Overall, not really recommended. If you're somewhere and the only other options are BMC, you'll do fine by this. Otherwise, there are many better sixers of IPAs out there.

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.