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Epic IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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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Photo of GClarkage
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/09/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation-12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep burnt orange in color. Pours with a full one inch plus head. Lacing is nice with light patchwork.

Smell- Has that same kind of stinky nose as Pyramid beers...think it's the yeast strain. Very fruity and hoppy...sugary for sure, but a stink that I am too familiar with to back it up.

Taste- Fortunately it doesn't taste like Pyramid. Nice citrus hop bitterness, a lighter toasted malt backing balances it quite well.

Mouthfeel- A slight watery, with a medium carbonation level. Mild sugary orange hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Probably fairly sessionable also.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming on the heels of an epic fail which also depicted a bunch of mountains that did not turn blue (or any other color for that matter), I am hoping that this latest entry in The CANQuest (TM) is a bit more satisfactory.satisfying. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Brewed, bottled & CANned with Alpine water in the High Sierra Mammoth Lakes, CA - elevation 8,000 ft. When in Mammoth lakes visit our tasting room or visit us online ..."; "The High Sierra provides the perfect ingredients for epic adventures and our IPA is the perfect companion! Not overly bitter, our IPA unites a smooth malt flavor with an wonderfully intense aromatic finish. Cheers!"; "Aluminum CANs travel better"; and "Highest brewery on the west coast".

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled to the rim! Score! The Glug not only netted me two thick fingers' worth of tawny head with excellent retention, but the smell of piney hops was immediately evident. Now, yer talkin' to this self-avowed hophead! Color was a deep coppery amber with just a hint of haze. I loved watching the head slowly reduce itself, leaving some mighty sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium with an immediate wash of pine hops on my tongue. Super! I continued to taste the hops on the initial finish and then the caramel malt kicked in on the extreme finish. Forget putting some in the cooler to visit the mountains, I'm going to visit the mountains to put some in the cooler! Man, this is going down fassssttt. Yummy.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a bottle, this was a very decent IPA. The pour gave the beer a very dense, bubbly head. On initial smell, there is a robust amount of hops aroma. First sip, and once again the prevelance of hops, very forward on the tongue. The beer itself is very smooth and bitter with the hops flavor. It has a lingering aftertaste to go along with the heavy flavor. It is a tasty beer, but it would be hard to drink anything afterwards with the amount of hops on your palate. I would absolutely drink this beer 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 tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

Presentation: Stubby 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a simple brass colored twist-off crown cap. Generic design label has a dark green background for the “India Pale Ale” with a centre portrait oriented rectangular port that contains a picture of a snow cap mountain overlooking a snow white valley complete with a babbling brook, with snow-covered alpine huts and coniferous trees. Described as ‘India Pale Ale – Handcrafted Ale, Brewed & Bottled in the High Sierra by Mammoth Brewing Company™, Mammoth Lakes, CA Elevation 8000ft.’ Alc. 6.5% By Vol. No freshness date.

Appearance: Soft russet orange with a shimmering golden marmalade look. Slow repressed single bubble carbonation rises like individual balloons floating off into space. Off-white head is a murky cream color but the ring lacing it leaves is attractive. Good head retention aids the overall appearance and presentation. Average conditioning.

Nose: Dried orange peel mixes with a hoppy oil aroma that is quite strong in parts. The nose is aromatic and contains some herbal infusion in amongst the malts and hops.

Taste: Biscuit malts take the edge of the pine oil hops in this one, and as such it lends a decent balance which I enjoy. However, it means that the hops are far from aggressive which some may see as a weakness. The supporting carbonation is solid enough throughout. Tangerine streaks in the finish peak with some herbal traits.

Mouthfeel: Has a very appetizing crisp, clean and well defined feel, although it may be lower that other WC IPA’s it is far from disappointing, moreover, the soft presence lends a defining Drinkability to this one.

Drinkability: It really didn’t last long……

Overall: Nothing to write home about, but a very enjoyable brew nonetheless that was pleasing and a damn good drink. Not quite the West Coast IPA I usually encounter but I would drink this again for sure. Consider this one more of a Session IPA and you won’t be disappointed. I quite liked it.

Cheers to OCBrewFish/Swillinbrew for this one.

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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 notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Pretty nice citrus hop aroma with a little bit of pine in the background.

T: Caramel malts upfront followed by some pine and grapefruit notes. The hop flavors are good, but they feel really muted. I can't tell if the malts are holding the hops back or if it's something else. Either way, this tastes more like an IPA Light than an "Epic" IPA.

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Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are nice, orange citrus, hard candies, and pine resin.

Taste is a little raw and rough around the edges. Bitter pine hops, some resin, and sweet orange flavors. Decent creamy candy like malts fit nicely into the backdrop. Finish leaves a dry mineral like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. You've gotta love hops to enjoy this one, very raw and hoppy, but I like it. A little fine tuning and this could be a really good IPA.

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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 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 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 brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest.

A huge, frothy head of light khaki immediately sets up shop and shows no sign of leaving. Below is a perfectly clear almond orange liquid which, as it drops, leaves alternating walls and horizontal streaks of lace.

Hot damn, this smells like a handful of fresh hops. Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine. Some sweet caramel, and crackers as well.

The brewer who poured this for me claimed it was a “traditional IPA — really more like an ESB.” I agree, as there’s a nice amount of maltiness here in the form of toasted biscuit and a light nuttiness. Malt has definitely risen to balance hops, but I wish they were as bright as in the nose.

Light, tingly carbonation inside a medium body. No fizziness. Good snap to it.

Mammoth has a Mastodon-sized nose, but not as big a flavor. It’s already a good, quaffable brew. I think it would be world-class with more follow-through.

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