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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Epic IPAEpic IPA

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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 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 pwoods
1.99/5  rDev -45.2%
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...

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Photo of nhindian
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided by jodan as an extra, thanks Jordan!

A - Pours an amber color with a golden burst of flare around the edges. The head is small and understated, only about a finger high and poor retention, but the consistency is a nice fluff. The lacing more than makes up for the head formation, with generous coating. The body itself is rather clear with slow, lackadaisical bubbles making up the carbonation.

S - The nose on this beer is much more malty than I would've thought given the name, to the point where it even begins to outshine the hops. In fact, the hops are hard to discern, but when they do come through, it is a spicy, floral smell.

T - The taste is much of the same of the nose, unfortunately, as the malts are much too prominent. By the time the malt, raisins, and brown sugar of the malts subside, the only flavors that the hops generate are some light citrus and bitterness. Again, the hops are spicy and earthy, and the finish even manages to bring some slight alcohol heat. As the beer finishes, I'm getting some of that grape bubblegum that I sometimes get from malty pilsners.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with medium-to-low carbonation. The body is somewhat sticky and syrupy, and the malts combined with this lends this beer to be a compared to a weak barleywine in my eyes.

D/O - Drinkability is low. I understand trying to brew a balanced IPA, but tipping that see-saw to overshadow the IPAs is just wrong. Epic is probably not the first thing, or second, or third or.... I'd use to describe this beer. This one is a miss for me.

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Photo of vacax
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dark orange to amber in color with a fair sized cream colored head. Looks mighty similar to the Mammoth Paranoid Pale. Decent retention and some good lacing present. Aroma has earthy hops, vegetal hops, slight citrus twang, and malt sweetness. Tastes plenty hoppy, but just a flat out bad hop profile. Astringent, vegetal hops with a slight bit of flora and a cookie finish. Not very nice. Medium-full body with a smooth low-mid carbonation. Don't care much for this one.

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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 Halcyondays
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA

A: Pours a medium amber, with a nice white head, good retention, and some lacing.

S: Earthy, bitter hops, and caramel malt.

T: Light maltiness greets the palate first, toasty, biscuity followed by earthy, almost grungy hops, not a big fan of this flavour, but still drinkable.

M: No real problems, light and crisp, could use more body though.

D: The worst beer I have had from Mammoth so far, just didn't appeal to me, so it goes.

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Photo of Todd
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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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 Seanibus
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit heavier and maltier than I would have liked to see.

Pours a clear deep copper with an unbelievably titanic head. It's so thick and heavy, I suspected at first that the bottle was spoiled, but it proved to be OK.

the aroma is thick and syrupy, with a piney hop overtone, almost caramelized in its malty richness. The flavor is heavy and caramelly with a thin piney hop flavor and a citrus bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thinner than the heavy flavor would suggest.

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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 lurpy1
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The smells - pine, hop, nut, honey - are fine, there just isn't enough of them. Smell is very muted and not very ambitious. Same pretty much is true for taste, the hops are in there to be sure, but they are balanced out, perhaps too much, by a malt wave. Resiny finish, made for quick and easy drinking. Probably the beer's strong suit.

I enjoyed the beer and would drink it again, would even pay for it again if it was the best beer in the house. But it's not epic by a sight. What it is, unfortunately, is unflinchingly average.

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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 IceAce
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle with no freshness dating visable

Pours light gold with two fingers of rocky, big-bubbled foam with decent staying power. Nose is strikingly similar to most of the other Mammoth brews...undoubtedly due to shared yeast strains. There is an element of pine in the background...but not as much as one might normally expect with an IPA brewed near the Left Coast.

Entry is quiet with little fanfare from the CO2 and a slightly watered down mouthfeel. Midtaste is nondescript with just enough malt to make an appearance and just enough floral hop to balance the malt.

The namesake IPA qualities finally reveal themselves in the finish, with a semi-complex ping-pong of piney and citrus hops which finally settle into a grapefruity fade.

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Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sharp candy, more than just caramel, with mixed estery citrus and spicy herbal accents.

T: Begins dry, with faint medicinal and citrus hop aromatics, caramel, and mild acidity. Malt is more assertive and toasty in the middle, while hops practically vanish. The finish is very clean, with just mild medicinal bitterness lingering.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and remarkably smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While strong appealing flavors do not show up in this IPA, that does not make it a bad beer. According to the promotional statement on the bottle, the water of the Sierras is intended to be featured here. While it is a mostly clean beer that does justice to the water it was brewed with, a better approach might have been to brew a session IPA with a less malty backbone (and lower gravity.) As it stands, this is just an unremarkable malt-forward ale that is priced too high at $8 per bomber.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember where I got this bottle but it was in the fridge. Beer is a amber and clear with a decent head of off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. carbonation is low.

Aroma is malty and piny. Eh.

Beer is medium bodied and flat on flavor. The bitterness is moderate and grows the more you drink but ultimately disappoints. The midpalate flavors are also quite flat and disappointing. Overall its a below average IPA and wouldn't drink ti again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off-white head with fair retention to a lumpy 1 finger cap. Decanted lightly. Laced in broken rings.

S: Herbal and citrus hops; grapefruit and pine primarily. Sweet caramel malt.

T: Big grapefruit hops up front. Bready caramel malt follows. Lightly resinous. Moderately sharp bitter that's a a little resiny with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny and dry.

O: More malt character than expected. Moderate ABV makes it drinkable and does have some nice hop character in the nose (less so in the taste).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 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 alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Crystal clear dark amber color with a full finger of head that recedes quickly. Smell is an intense blast of the dirtiest, earthiest hops I have ever smelled. Like a dirt covered pine cone. Those hops carry over into the taste as well...I seriously feel like I need to chase this with a glass of mouthwash. Not sure if that is a positive or a negative really. There is a nice malt backbone and a healthy level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is normal for the style. This one was very unique. I honestly really don't know what to think of it, I just can't get past that dirt aspect.

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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 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 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 Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange. Smells faintly of pine and citrus. Almost no head.

Taste is okay. Refreshing citrus, some pine, maybe a hint of balancing malt. Fairly standard IPA. Good mouthfeel and drinkable.

Wouldn't go out of my way for, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of neorunner
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 - http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/neorunner/af3d4ae8.jpg

Another pint glass beer, sensing a trend here. Amber red in color with a tan/khaki head that leaves a solid oil slick coating on top but not much more. Aroma is caramel and malt with a bit of bob evan's biscuit in the background. Flavor seems like a lot of English style malts, crystal/marris/and maybe a bit of patent. Hops aren't over the top, but give a nice balance to the malt. Body is light and mouthfeel is slightly dry and mineraly. Finish has a bit of a tang but it doesn't last long.

My guess would be a British Amber. Answer is: Mammoth Brewing Epic IPA.

Hmm, I was somewhere else with this beer. Bottle says "2 lbs of hops per barrel and a wonderful smooth malt flavor with intense aromatic finish". I can see the smooth malt flavor, but the aromatic part wasn't there for me.

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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
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