Tuolumne Meadows IPA - Mammoth Brewing Company
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Reviews by evanforbeer:
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
drank from a bottle in Yosemite Valley, who knows how old it was.
nose- assertive fruity and floral hops, sweet malt, pine, touch o mint
Taste- starts with hoppy grapefruit and pine notes, sweet smooth malt with red berries, turns to a kind of funky note of oregano/herbal spice and onion, finishes dry with piney and grassy hop resin
feel- standard medium bodied IPA, fair carbonation
lots of great hop aroma and flavors, but dies off kinda of quickly and there's that weird herbal note. It was better on tap, but alas, my notes were from the bottle on my iphone
06-21-2013 18:56:00 | More by evanforbeer
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3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
First of all, it should be pointed out that this beer is actually just Mammoth's Epic IPA relabeled for sale inside of Yosemite. In "The Northern California Craft Beer Guide" Ken Weaver makes the excellent point that Mammoth beers are pretty good, but they taste way more delicious when you are drinking them in the shadow of El Capitan (well, that's pretty much what he said anyway). I first drank this beer out in the Merced Grove, and if I'd rated the bottle I drank out there, this would be full of superlatives about how terrific it was. Instead, I am sitting at home in Portland drinking it from a glass, so I can be a little more honest with myself.
The color of this beer is rich and reddish for an IPA, which I really like. The head leaves much to be desired, I got barely a finger of foam and ten minutes in, it's all but gone. The weak showing here might be due to the fact that this was purchased in Yosemite and it may have been sitting on the shelf for awhile-- it's hard to say, but this bottle has only been in my fridge for about a week now. I don't think it's unfair to mention this because you will also have no idea how long this has been on the shelf if you purchase it in Yosemite, and since you can't get it elsewhere, you're at the mercy of the system.
For an IPA, I feel this beer really falls short in the aromatic department, it's my biggest gripe for sure, the smell is faint and the dominate note is the alcohol-- lame. The taste is better than the smell, particularly as it opens up. (Say, like, you put a six pack in the bottom of your son's babycarrierpackthing while you hike for an hour and then crack it open, that would be the right temperature to enjoy this-- or put it in your own backpack, whatever, I don't know your life.) It's a little light for an IPA, less bitter than one might expect, but only because it's less flavorful in general, not because it's malty or anything-- not watery, in my opinion, just light with a little kick of a greenery that's pleasant. I'm good with this, because I think of this as a trail beer, and I want my trail beer to be refreshing and not to distract me from 3,000 year old sequoias. On that tip, the mouthfeel is also just right, good carbonation levels, very drinkable.
My take away is that I would probably buy this again the next time I am in Yosemite. Maybe when Tuolumne Meadows re-opens from the fires (and the stupid government shutdown), you could go there, and bring this along to celebrate. You certainly won't regret it if you do, the same can not be guaranteed if you opt to drink this at a bar.
10-09-2013 22:43:48 | More by Melissa_awayintheworld
Tuolumne Meadows IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.