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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

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81 Reviews

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 212
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 212
Photo of BenwayPHD
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange gold with a thin, frothy head. The nose has a surprisingly high amount of yeast notes for an ipa. There are strong piney, earthy hops. This is similar to torpedo from sierra nevada. The flavor is nice and boost up front with sappy and piney notes.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep amber with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramalts, pine resin, hint of grapefruit peel, tropical fruits.

Taste - Starts off with the hops followed by the bready caramalts, hint of pine resin, hint of grapefruit peel, and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness alongside a light bitterness from the hops.

Overall - An IPA with the elements in place. Not as hop forward as I would prefer but still a worthy IPA.

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Photo of pkalix
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

light, thin on the palate. smells sweet. very easy to drink. someone else said it is "full-bodied"? maybe this is a new recipe with a different label? I like it. it's not the best, but it goes down very nicely, very easily; and at 6.5%, why is that not a great beer?

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Photo of polistuta
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

I like my IPAs very hoppy with an above average bitterness on the finish. This beer is as subtle as it gets with the hops. The finish is smooth, which is not what I look for in an IPA (as stated). Very dark in color for an IPA. On first sip, I was thinking the bar poured me a Pale, but the subtle hops on the finish was enough to think otherwise. For IPAs, this one doesnt cut it, which is curious to me because the Brewery is great.

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Photo of TheJza
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Poured from bottle. 6.5%. Pretty weak ipa. I drink ipa's pretty much exclusively. This is one of the poorest ones I've had in a long time. Do not recommend. Has a coffee undertone, almost like a brown. It's doody juice.

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Photo of Mojave_Ted
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pretty basic IPA. The only real character that intrigues me is this slight tea taste. Which at the same time doesn't wow me. It lacks something, and the malt character wins the war over the hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

A rather full bodied IPA, reddish in its malt profile but not sweet', just coppery and bigger. The hops come across a bit generic to me, with middle of the road bitterness and alphas. The mouthfeel is nice though, super frothy in texture grabbing up the Pune hop aspect. The carbonation is upbeat too, lightening a sturdy grainy base. I liked the other mammoth beers I had better than their IPA, but it's always nice to drink out of market beers and see what's out there. Probably too big to drink more than a few of, it would definitely get filling.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Handsome orange-tinged amber in the Crooked Line tulip. Coarse foam but lots of bubbles. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. This has the most interesting aroma. It's woody, yet musty, with poppy seed muffins.

Malty, French toast sort of flavor to start. A hint of perfume. Then the hops with a serious citrus taste. It's a little like very old, overripe grapefruit. Quite bitter, and it keeps on getting more in the aftertaste. Fairly light body with a silky texture.

This is oddly cloying for a hoppy beer. Still, it goes down easy enough until the bitterness catches up to you. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty citrus forward hop presence that makes this one easy to drink.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a bit of the can into a snifter to get the look and smell, taste and feel are out of the can

Pours a cloudy orange and amber gold with a finger of foam. Transparency around 60%, moderate carbonation stemming from the center, alright lacing and retention. This would probably be more clear if it was fresher

Smells of strong citrus and earthy hops- a lot of floral pine with a touch of grapefruit, back up by a fairly strong and very sweet caramel malt. Again freshness would probably improve this aspect of the beer also, still pretty good

Taste is with the nose, a nice light hoppy flavor of pine and citrus balanced well against a sweet caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Definitely not the most exciting, but pretty solid none the less.

Feel is a medium/light body with a wet finish. Not very bitter at all (44 ibu) and would probably make a good gateway ipa. Alcohol is concealed and finish is smooth. This stuff is pretty drinkable

Overall while 'epic' is a bit of an over statement of this beer, this stuff is pretty good especially on a warm summer day. I feel like it's a bit underscored, and the bros giving it a 68 further solidifies they're ineptness. Worth a try if available, ever since my shop stopped selling hop 'ottin this is my go to canned beer

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Direx
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda like Raul's grade point average in junior high - 3.0 down the line. It's ok, but Raul also had a girlfriend that was "ok" and Raul kicked her to the curb.

So, if you want a beer that you'd drank, then kick to the curb, have at it.

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Photo of Sark
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- slight haze, light orange-copper hue, minimal head even with vigorous pour, some lacing down the glass

Smell- mild citrus and earthy tones for the hops, sweet maltiness but not too prominent

Taste- hop bitters on the tip and middle tongue, malt flavors are difficult to note and could be more pronounced to balance out the bitterness

Mouthfeel- noticeable hop oils, medium bodied, crisp finish with lingering tinge on the back of the mouth

Overall- A descent IPA I'd take on the trail for a quick refresher, not a super serious sit down and pick out the components brew

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can courtesy of blguillen into a Bruery Tulip also courtesy of one Mr. Guillen.

A: Crystal clear amber/orange color. Aggressive slightly tilted pour leads to a thick, frothy white, 1.5 finger head that slowly, incongruously fades leaving a thick slug trail on the sides of the glass and a thick-ish top layer.

S: Fruity hops hit the nose first and are followed by a caramel malt bed. Not an overpowering nose and not all that complex. But solid and inviting.

T: Nice citrus fruit flavors burst through. Not bitter at all. Nice malt backbone supports the orange/grapefruit citrus hops to dance and shine. Nicely balanced.

M: Crisp finish, medium body. Again, not bitter at all which is a nice change of pace in the IPA war of who can pucker your face worse.

O: Highly drinkable, highly sessionable IPA from Mammoth Brewing. This is an IPA that excellent in its simplicity and it's stellar balance.

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Photo of mschind
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden amber color with some haziness. Not much head but decent lacing on the glass.

S- Got a whiff of citrusy hops early on but as time goes on what seems to dominate is a dusty raw grain aroma with an odd peanut scent in the back.

T- Hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the grainy sweetness that is somewhat floral in the finish.

M- Medium body and appropriate carbonation for the style.

O- That strange raw grain thing leaves me with the impression that this is an average IPA. Nothing that I can't drink but not a favorite either.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. can into a shaker pint. No discernible canning date.

Look- This can has something I've only ever seen before on a questionable lager known as "Mountain Brew Beer Ice." Namely, a number of square pictograms depicting the various sporty activities one might engage in while enjoying a Mountain... I mean Epic IPA.

As for the beer itself, it pours a clear light amber with a sudsy eggshell cap. Decent retention, not much lace.

Smell- Nutty, earthy, musky, light resin. A bit powdery. Agitation brings out some lemon.

Taste- Follows the nose. Very interesting nutty, almost mealy flavor dominates. Buttery? not quite, it's more of a nutty, oily feel than diacetyl usually produces. I'd almost say it's haylike, but it's definitely a green, fresh cut light sun-roasted flavor, and not oxidization. Perhaps roasted sunflower seeds are a good description. Mild sweetness. Finishes with an oily, roasty, peanut butter flavor. Not quite sure what to make of it. Light, brisk hopping is present but certainly not dominant, something like dusky nugget. Lingering taste of baked milled oats and basil.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, carbonation comes out on the sip, fairly crisp. Dry finish, a bit oily.

Overall- Epic? Not sure. A very different take on an AIPA, I can't decide if it's revolutionary or weird. Whatever it is, it's not something I've encountered before. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of t420o
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old review from 6/2/2011.

Mammoth epic ipa growler from brewery $8 

A- pour from growler to pint glass produces a 2 finger frothy khaki head that rests atop a deep amber/copper colored beer. Decent sticky lacing. (Other batches of this beer have a golden color). 3.5

S- pine sap, floral hop aroma, molasses, caramel malt 4

T- a buttery malt taste, dank hops, pine, some citrus. Overly malty in this batch for an ipa uet still quite pleasurable and a food beer. 3.5 

M- ever so slightly thin, good carbonation. 3.5

O- good drinkability although a bit sweeter than I normally like my beers especially my ipa's. This is far better fresh in the growler than canned or bottled. I have gotten the epic ipa many times on growler fills and there is some pretty noticable changes in some of the batches. Some are sweeter and more malty, other have a more piney, resinous hop taste. Guess which I prefer? The hopped up ones obviously!  4 


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.