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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

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Epic IPAEpic IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

161 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of pwoods
1.98/5  rDev -45.9%

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...

pwoods, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of nhindian
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

nhindian, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jakecattleco
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

jakecattleco, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of shade13
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of vacax
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

vacax, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

Halcyondays, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Todd
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

Todd, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of Tyrus
3/5  rDev -18%

Tyrus, Aug 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

trubeernick, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

GRG1313, Jan 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

nightwing002, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of RaulMondesi
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

RaulMondesi, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Wetenkamp
3/5  rDev -18%

Wetenkamp, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

pisano, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Dirtyrat91740, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18%

WBMiller, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

Seanibus, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
3/5  rDev -18%

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

2neardead, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

mactrail, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of lurpy1
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

lurpy1, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mschind
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

mschind, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

beagle75, May 31, 2011
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Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.