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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-06-2008)
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of superduper
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Lovely light-amber color.
S - Could not get enough. It was like smelling a fresh bag of hops. I kept smelling and smelling. Catnip for me.
T - Again, the fresh hop flavor (they must dry hop significantly) without the bitterness that American IPA's are known for (thanks Mammoth you didn't overdue it on this one).
M - Medium and appropriate.
D - I bought a six pack a day when camping in the Eastern Sierras. It must have been fresh. I just couldn't get enough of the Epic. I found this very drinkable. The Mammoth 395 IPA, with its juniper and sage notes, was more of a seasonal (Christmas) beer than the Epic for me.

Photo of BierJager89
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper orange with a white head.

S: Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya in the nose.

T: Pine comes out up front in the taste, followed by orange, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit peel and maybe a little mango. Some malt as well, but the hop character is much stronger.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: One of the best IPAs I've ever had. This is an amazing brewery from what I can tell. I'll have to visit it sometime.

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Whitefang
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

So good

Photo of badbeer
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Mojave_Ted
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you are a mountain guy and have done your outdoor time in the Mammoth area, you will understand this beer. They spice it up with the real no kidding local flora (flowers, herbs, shrubs). So if you've been hiking, mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, fishing, etc., out in the Mammoth area, you smell all that stuff.

Later on when you crack one open, or get a draught from a local joint (WAY AMAZING), it puts you right back in the woods. Very cool connection.

The color is great. The suds/head/foam are good, right up there with the best. It's got some kick (alcohol content). It's a fun beer to drink. 2 pints is good for me.

If you like IPA's and like the forest and all it's wonderful scents, you will get a kick out of this. If you are a strict IPA guy basically want pine tar and heavy alcohol, you won't like this very much.

Photo of Direx
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Great amber color. More red than orange, but still a dark amber. Head is the most persistent I've seen on any brew yet.

S: Woody, very hoppy and sour aroma. Smells like mahogany, acorns. Earthy.

T: Not terribly complicated. Total brute force of high grade hops--very generous amount. I wouldn't say it's the most refined IPA i've had but it is thick, flavorful and complete. This stuck could knock you down after a while--very intense flavors that stay together well.

M: Full mouth-feel, no corner cutting here. Sour element when you move it around. Pleasant.

O: A great IPA that prides itself on pummeling you with great quality hops. It's rich and intense with uncomplicated flavors. Finishes clean, great scents. Really stands out when it comes to quality and intensity of it's hops--one of the better IPAs I've had.

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

Photo of x0darap
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of thkrb99
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of outlaw1323
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Tang07
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA. Not the greatest, but I certainly enjoyed it and will have more if I were to find it again.

I bought mine not very far from Mammoth. So maybe mine was a bit fresher than the ones that others tasted. Mine wasn't flat and certainly didn't taste spent.

It is a nice dark rusty orange color with a nice foamy tan head.

The nose is of hop and some fruit. The smell of peach is in the background.

The flavor of peach is also among the flavors of hop and pine and citris.

The mouth feel was pretty good. The carbonation was right. Maybe because I drank it at almost 10000 ft, mine weren't flat at all.

It is certainly drinkable. The 6.5% gets you feeling nice pretty quickly.

As a post script. This stuff comes alive if it's allowed to warm a bit before you drink it. It is kind of bland when it's too cold.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the source.

Pours hazy copper with a two inch-plus head of rocky white.
A solid skim coat and loads of sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with pine sap, cannibus, grapefruit rind, and tangerine. Earthy and dank.

Medium bodied with a sticky, lush mouthfeel.

Resinous, gummy hops start the palate with a solid bitterness following through. Ripe malt flows under and adds some balance. Piney and citrus-laden with hints of forest floor and skunk-weed.

Finishes with a lingering, slightly coarse bitterness, dank hops and plump malt.

Tasty beer and very fresh. Maybe lighten up the malt and smooth out the bitterness a bit and this one would be kicked up to the next level.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into New Belgium globe

A-The pour is hazed orange copper with a smallish off white head. Had spotty lacing.

S-The aroma is faint floral hops along with cracker malt, grapefruit and resin.

T-The taste is a pleasant blend of the dry floral, softly bitter hops and the cracker toasted malt.

M-The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation and a clean dry softly bitter mineral finish.

O-Overall I was surprised by this beer with all the average reviews, nice aromas, taste, and mouthfeel. It would definitely ask for this one again.

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mammoth IPA
Serving type in a growler
Appearance a nice dark orange sunset. Very inviting with its color.
Smell is of a medium hop presence. Citrus tones and a bitter fresh hop scent.
Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness. A decent offering for an IPA. There is not much depth to it so this beer should not be aged. Its worth keeping a six pack around if you can find it. I haven't tried a 12oz bottle but if it keeps the integrity of the growlers, then it would be a good beer to stock.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. The freshness of the hops give a slight burn but its forgiveable.
Drinkability is good on my list. I need to hunt down a six pack of it and get to know it better.

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the brew ckeegan04
Poured into a standard pint glass amber bodied brew with a good two finger worth of head that goes to a nice looking lace

The floral piney hops hit your nose first then the malts follow it up.

Flavors are a nice hop forward but not to hoppy that it makes you pucker a nice balance .A nice mouthfeel with proper carbonation for the style

An easy drinking IPA very sesionable I could easily grab a six of this a good brew all in all

Photo of Reem
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.